On September 8 (Saturday), the 16th National Railway Workers’ Pilgrimage will arrive at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will begin at 10.00 am at the outdoor altar with an introduction by Fr. Ryszard Marciniak, entitled “God’s ways with Mary towards Polish independence”. At ca. 10.30 am, Way of the Cross will be celebrated in the outdoors, and then, at 12.00 pm, the central point of the pilgrimage: Holy Mass will be chaired by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, to whom they will entrust their personal intentions. The pilgrimage will end with a prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On 6-8 September, before the 80th anniversary of St. Faustina Kowalska’s birth to Heaven, which falls on October 5, members and volunteers of the Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy from Slovakia will be following in the footsteps of the Saint’s life. Venturing from Presov, they will visit: Świnice Warckie, Lodz, Warsaw, Plock, Derdy and Krakow. The guides will be sisters from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
From August 31 to September 2 in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, a retreat for women will be held with the motto: “Woman is Divine – Discover your divine beauty”. It will be led by Fr. Łukasz Grelewicz, the “Woman is DIVINE” community and Sisters from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk.
In the last days of August, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy which run Youth Education Centers operate (Krakow, Kalisz and Wroclaw), student dormitories, community centers or kindergartens, like in other educational institutions in Poland, preparations for the new school year are under way. Here, the opening of the school year is always accompanied by a Holy Mass, during which the teachers and the pupils and students ask God for His blessing and the graces needed during the next ten months, so that they may become more than just a period of effective learning, but also a time of fruitful spiritual growth.
1 September of the year apostles of the Divine Mercy from Nowy Sącz, associated in the “Faustinum” Association, will organize a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. More than 130 people led by Fr. Jan Drożdż from the parish of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will experience the Eucharist at the Basilica of Divine Mercy at 8:00 am and then pray in the Shrine chapel in front of the graces-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina. From the Shrine, the pilgrims will travel to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska to pilgrimage along the “Paths” at the Shrine of Our Lady of Kalwaria.
On September 1, at 11:00 am in the Walendów convent chapel, solemn Mass will be celebrated for the intention of Miss Kamila Maria Olszewska, a former pupil of the Assembly, on the occasion of her hundredth birthday. Abandoned by her mother, Miss Olszewska was admitted at the age of 14 to the House of Mercy led by the Walendów sisters, and has remained with the sisters until today. She is a living chronicle of the Walendów house. She even remembers the stay of St. Faustina at the convent in 1936. On the occasion of her hundredth birthday, Miss Olszewska received congratulatory letters from President Andrzej Duda’s Office and the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, which caused her great joy. The sisters surround the venerable centenary with heartfelt concern and prayers. The jubilee celebrations will be attended by sisters of different houses of the Congregation.
In the summer months, during the holidays, the numbers of people who join the works of “Chaplet for the dying” and “Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy” at www.faustyna.pl are not decreasing. On the contrary, they are growing. Thanks to these works, the call for “mercy on us and the whole world” is being voiced constantly, day and night, every day. Internet users from dozens of countries around the world take part in this prayer, including ones from Canada, USA, Argentina, Venezuela, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, El Salvador… Those who would like to join in this prayer can feel free to fill out the proper form.
Monastic life involves changing one’s place of living and, often, also of the type of apostolic work. Usually, in mid-August, the sisters move to other convents, where they are sent due to their vocation of obedience. This frequently means not only a new place to live, but also a different kind of work. The sisters are sent wherever the Congregation is taking up new tasks or needs to answer to the needs of its apostolic work. For the sisters, it is an opportunity to acquire freedom of all earthly attachments in order to live only for God and His Kingdom.
It happened in Świnice, on 27 August 1905, at one o’clock in the afternoon. Stanislaw Kowalski, aged 40, a farmer from Głogowiec, in the presence of Franciszek Bednarek, aged 35 and Józef Stasiak, aged 40, both farmers from Głogowiec, appeared and showed us the female child born in the village of Głogowiec on August 25 this year, at eight o’clock in the morning, of his wedding wife Marianna née Babel, aged 30. This child received, at baptism held today, the name Helena, and her godparents were Konstanty Bednarek and Marianna Szewczyk. This provision of the rite of baptism from parish records was left by the parish priest, Father Józef Chodyński, who baptized the little Helena Kowalska. The Deed was drawn up in the Russian language, because it was still the time of the Partitions of Poland, when the country was not to be seen on the political map of Europe. Helena’s father, Stanisław Kowalski, signed this record in Polish. The godparents, who were illiterate, confirmed their signatures by an X. In the former parish church, today the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina, you can see the same font at which the baby Helena Kowalska became a child of God and a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, baptized two days after her birth, on the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The grace of baptism was further developed in her life as she achieved the fullness of mystical union with God here on Earth. Today, she is venerated as an apostle of Divine Mercy, because Jesus chose her as a prophet of our time, and sent her into the world with the message of Mercy.
On the Sunday after the anniversary of baptism of St. Faustina, this year on August 26th, an annual indulgence at the Baptismal Shrine of the Apostle of Divine Mercy in Świnice Warckie will be held. At 10.00 am, a procession celebrating the relics of the Saint will proceed from her family home in Głogowiec to the parish church in Świnice Warckie, where at the field altar at 12.00 pm solemn Mass will be celebrated. Pilgrims coming from all over Poland and other countries will remain there to pray at the Hour of Mercy (3.00 pm) and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In the family home and parish of St. Faustina, two communities of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy live and operate: the active one and the closed one.