On Passion Sunday, April 9, at 6.30 pm, from the Shrine of John Paul II’s “Do not be afraid” Center, the traditional Way of the Cross will set off, and will pass the route to the parish church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Łagiewniki, and then to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, where it will end. Not only the inhabitants of Łagiewniki and Borek Fałęcki are invited to participate, but all the residents of Krakow.
On April 5th, a three-day retreat will begin in Detva, Slovakia, organized by the formation community of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy “Faustinum”. It will be led by Fr. František Trstenský and Sr. Boromea Chudobová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. In the program: Holy Mass, conferences, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and honoring the relics of St. Faustina.
On April 7th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the final of the National St. Faustina Knowledge Competition will be held. In the final stage of the competition, which will consist of written and oral parts, 53 junior high school students and 50 high school students will compete. The announcement of results and the awards ceremony will take place at 4 pm in the John Paul II auditorium. The winners will be granted admission to universities in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Torun, while others will participate in a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Faustina, and the rest will be given diplomas and other prizes. The competition is organized by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology at the UKSW. The honorary patronage over the contest is held by the rector of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Fr. Prof. Stanisław Dziekoński, PhD. The media patrons include twenty newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations.
This is the motto of the monthly retreat at the Shrine of Divine Mercy organized for young people and devoted to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as before the World Youth Day, the meetings will be led by honorable guests invited from across Poland and the world: renowned bishops, cardinals and leaders of Christian communities. During each of the seven meetings, selected Polish communities and movements who have been asked for a testimony, and a short presentation of the charism will be presented. The next meeting is scheduled already on the 8th of April (Saturday) in the basilica. The following activities are planned: at 4.30 pm, prayer, an interview with our Guest, and a testimony of a community leader; at 6.00 pm, Holy Mass; about 7.30 pm, a conference from our special Guest, followed by a prayer vigil. The special guest on this day will be Polish Primate Bishop Wojciech Polak.
In the period from March 31 to April 2, at the Shrine of Sr. Faustina, a retreat for the “Faustinum” Association will take place under the slogan “Hope of Mercy”. It will be led by Fr. Bogdan Czupryn, Professor at WSD in Płock and lecturer at the Catholic University of Lublin. The program includes:
3 pm – Hour of Mercy
– Stations of the Cross
– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6 pm – Holy Mass and homily.
3 pm – Hour of Mercy
– Holy Mass and homily
– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6.30 pm – Conference
2 pm – Holy Mass and homily
2.55 pm – Presentation of the Blessed Sacrament
3 pm – prayer at the Hour of Mercy and adoration
4 pm – Lenten Lamentations devotion
The retreat is open to all those interested in the subject, not only members of the “Faustinum” Association. There is also no need for prior application. The retreat is open for everyone.
On 27-29 March, at the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Piotrków Trybunalski, Sr. Terezjana, Sr. Miwiana, Sr. Tobiana and postulant sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a retreat for children from three primary schools and for young people from the local Catholic High School. The main message of the retreat will be to show the merciful love of God for man and to shape the attitude of trust in Him and active love of one’s neighbors. In the program of the retreats, beyond traditional means, the sisters will also use a variety of multimedia presentations, videos, theatrical forms, pantomime, testimonies and songs.
On 25-28 March, Sr. Donata and Sr. Gaudia from the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Washington, D.C., will lead a retreat at the parish of St. Joseph in Webster, Massachusets. St. Joseph’s was the first Roman Catholic parish formed for Polish immigrants in New England, which was founded in 1887. The sisters will share the message of Mercy as provided by St. Faustina, permeated in a special way with the Mercy of God expressed in the passion of Jesus and in the sacraments. Also scheduled are meetings with students of St. Joseph Primary School.
On 24-26 March, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nizhny Hrušov, Slovakia, a retreat for girls under the slogan “For the Mighty One has done great things for me”. The retreat will be led by Fr. Vladimír Nemec and Sr. Jana Mária of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Applications: email@example.com; Tel.: 0907 464 479.
On 22-24 March, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lodz, Sisters Terezjana, Beata, Rachela, Confidia and Ignis from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a retreat for children from Primary Schools no. 48 and 71. The main objective will be to show God’s merciful love and encourage the children to form a close relationship with Jesus, trust Him in everyday life and provide good to their neighbors. The sisters will deliver this message through a variety of presentations, cinematics, singing and games to activate the participants of the retreat.
On March 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be hosting another “Evening with Merciful Jesus”. Evening will start at 7.00 pm with presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and worship of Merciful Jesus. After communal prayer, a priest from the Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary in Washington, pastor of the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, who is a great witness of Divine Mercy, will speak about the Mercy of God revealed in the passion and death of Christ. At the end, the young will meet over tea. Evenings with Merciful Jesus are organized for young people who want to follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover a new quality of life in friendship with Merciful Jesus.