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: email@example.com 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.
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/ .
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.
The Feast of St. Sister Faustina Kowalska will be held on October, 5 at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in all convents of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The Divine Mercy Apostle’s day of birth for Heaven was recalled by Sr. Euphemia Traczyńska in these words: On October 5, at dinner time, there was a bell. It was known that Sr. Faustina was dying. We dropped whatever we were doing and as we were, we went to see her. The chaplain was already in the infirmary with a few of the sisters. We prayed together. We prayed for a long time: the prayers for the dying, litanies and other prayers. We prayed for so long that even the evening Mass was held a little later than usual. At some point, Sr. Faustina gave a sign for Mother Superior to lean toward her, and she said that she would not die yet, and that she would let us know when she would. The sisters left. … When I returned to my cell, I entered the chapel and prayed for the souls in purgatory, asking that they awaken me when Sr. Faustina was dying, because I really wanted to be with her at the moment of her death. I was afraid to ask Mother Superior outright, for we young novices were not allowed to go in there, in case we should be infected with tuberculosis. Sister Amelia was allowed in, because she was already sick. I went to bed at the usual time and immediately fell asleep. Suddenly, someone wakes me up: “Sister, if you want to be present at the death of Sr. Faustina, get up now.” I immediately realized that a mistake had been made.. The one who came to wake Sr. Amelia, got into the wrong cell and came to me instead. As soon as I could, I woke Sr. Amelia, I put on my smock and cap, and quickly ran to the infirmary. Sister Amelia followed. It was around eleven at night. When we came there, Sr. Faustina seemed to slightly open her eyes and she smiled a little, and then bowed her head and that was it… Sister Amelia said she probably just died. I looked at Sr. Amelia, but I did not say anything. We prayed on. The candle was burning all the time.
In honor of St. Faustina on the 80th anniversary of her death, the first Congress of St. Faustina in Lodz will be held on 4-5 October under the motto: “from her will come forth the spark” (Diary, 1732). These are the words of Jesus recorded in the Diary, referring to Poland, which celebrates the centenary of independence this year. Representatives of parishes of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina, as well as persons to whose hearts the Apostle of Divine Mercy is close to, were invited to participate in this meeting. Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Archbishop of Łódź, Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, Bishop Jan Zając, Bishop Ireneusz Pękalski, Bishop Krzysztof Wętkowski, many priests, Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Merciful Jesus and the Missionary Sisters of Charity have declared their willingness to participate. The program, beyond discussion panels, includes a walk in the footsteps of St. Faustina in Lodz, a theatrical performance and a concert of the band Lumen. The Congress will be held in the parish of St. Faustina in Lodz, at ul. Niepodległości 1. It will conclude with the traditional procession with relics of the Apostle of Divine Mercy to the archcathedral in Lodz, where Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, on behalf of Pope Francis, will put on the pallium on the Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the metropolitan of Lodz.
Patronage of the Congress was taken by: Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, metropolitan bishop of Lodz, M. Petra Kowalczyk, General Superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Marshal of the Lodz province and Mayor of the city of Lodz, the Patron Saint of which is St. Faustina.