On October 13th, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia, will be held the day of recollection for members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association. It will be led by Fr. Roman Haško and Sister of the Hrušov community. The program includes: Holy Mass, prayer and Agape. The day of recollection is organized on the occasion of the 80the anniversary of Sister Faustina’s birth in heaven.
On October 13th, the participants of the “Margaret” apostolate from all over Poland will meet at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrimage will begin at 9 am, with prayer at the Shrine of John Paul II next to the relics of the Pope. Then, in the procession of the Rosary, the participants will walk to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, where at noon, a solemn Mass celebrated in the basilica will be presided by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, metropolitan of Cracow. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On October 13 (Saturday), a monthly meeting of the Sychar community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take place. At 5 p.m., in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of married couples who are experiencing problems and are in danger of falling apart, followed by a meeting in the “Faustinum” hall. In this intention – of married couples in crisis – the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy hold daily Rosary prayer at 8.30 pm at the Łagiewniki Shrine.
On October 8-10 in Camaguey, the first meeting of the Polish-speaking missionaries in Cuba will be held. Also sisters from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will take part. The program includes: Holy Mass in the chapel of Divine Mercy, sharing of experiences and a missionary tour of the city.
On October 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk will support married couples praying for offspring. Already over 700 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 130 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
On October 6th (Saturday), the annual pilgrimage of the Rosary Clubs of the Diocese of Włocławek to the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina Kowalska in Świnice Warckie will join in the national campaign “Rosary to the Borders”, in order to implore, together with the Mother of God, for mercy for our homeland, Europe and the world. The schedule includes: 10 am – community at the family home of St. Faustina in Glogowiec and a prayer procession with her relics to the Shrine in Świnice Warckie. Bishop Stanisław Gębicki, will preside the solemn Mass at 12 pm. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, after which the participants will return to their homes.
On October 7, at the Shrine of Sister Faustina in Kiekrz, a pilgrimage ceremony will take place. Mass at noon on the Małe Kierskie Lake, in the place of the revelation of Jesus to St. Faustina, will be presided by Bishop Grzegorz Balcerek. It will be preceded by a procession with relics of St. Faustina, which will depart from the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the altar over a Małe Kierskie Lake. After the Eucharist, relics of the Saint will be honored. The preparation for this event will be the triduum from 5 to 7 of October, which will be conducted by the parish priest, Fr. Bogdan Waliczek OSPPE. The Masses during the triduum will be celebrated at 6 pm.
On October 5-6, at the Parish of St. Faustina in Fulshear, Texas, a Parish Festival in honor of the Apostle of Divine Mercy on the occasion of St. Faustina’s 80th birthday in heaven will take place. Sister Caterina and Sr. Alicja from the Boston community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will participate. They will provide presentations and short lectures after the Masses on 5th and 6th of October. They will be sharing the Message of Divine Mercy, as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina. There will also be a theatrical play about the life of the Saint, concerts, games and fun in the open air.
6 October on the PGE Narodowy National Stadium in Warsaw, a 12-hour seminar for young people will be held under the slogan “Turn the faith on full!” The meeting is a response to the call of the bishops to devote the current year in to the Church young people and experience it with them. The invited guests include well-known musicians, journalists, and people from the film industry who will share about the power of God’s Mercy, which has transformed their lives. A special place will be the Zone of Mercy, where the young people will be awaited by ca. 300 confessors. The main point of the spiritual exercise is Holy Mass at 7.00 pm, where the main celebrant will be Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz, and the homily will be said by Bp. Edward Dajczak. The event will be attended by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Further information: https://www.stadionmlodych.eu/ .
October 5 (Friday) is the liturgical feast of St. Faustina and the 80th anniversary of her birth in heaven. The main celebrations will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, where she and her spiritual heritage have remained after her death. On this day, we will be giving thanks for the gift of the Apostle of Divine Mercy, her prophetic mission and all its fruits in a special way. Alongside, we will thank for the independence of our Country on its centennial independence. Masses in the Shrine’s chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina will be celebrated at: 6.30 am, 5.00 pm and 7.00, and in the basilica as on Sundays, except the Holy Mass at 1.30 pm. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3pm, as every day.
On the occasion of the anniversary, at 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, all will be able to visit the space behind the religious closure, were Sister Faustina departed to the house the Heavenly Father, and make thanks for the gift of her life and spiritual heritage asking her to intercede in different intentions.
At 7 pm, in the Hall of John Paul II, there will be a performance entitled “I am with you”, based on the Diary, directed by Adam Woronowicz and performed by Aleksandra Posielężna, Karol Górki and Piotr Bondyra.
From 9.00 pm, in the Shrine’s chapel at the tomb of St. St. Faustina, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be led by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The evening of grace and praise will end at 10.45 pm, i.e., at the hour when St. Faustina departed to the House of the Lord.
A traditional triduum of Masses with occasional sermons, which are celebrated 2-4 October in the Shrine’s chapel at 5 pm is held to prepare us for this solemnity.
Apostles of Divine Mercy from Poland and Slovakia will attend those events in a particular. From 1st to 5th October, they will be participating in a formative meeting with the word of God and the Diary of St. Faustina, under the lead of Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine.