The nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on April 22nd. This time the meeting will start at 7 pm with Holy Mass. The renowned Guest ofthe meeting will be Fr. Adam Jabłoński, chief chaplain of the prison system in Poland and head of the “Przystanek w Drodze” home for former prisoners and homeless people in Czerwony Bór. After the Eucharist, refreshments will be offered and time for conversation with our Guest. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
On April 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., a day of recollection will take place. sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be hosting another „Evening with Merciful Jesus”. Since April 22 is Sunday, it will begin at 7 pm with Holy Mass, followed by a presentation about the merciful heart which will be delivered by the renowned Guest of the evening: Fr. Robert Panke, the Rector of the Seminary of St. John Paul II in Washington. On that day, a new cycle of presentations will start, based on St. Faustina’s “Help me, oh Lord” prayer. At the end, the young participants 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.
This is the title of Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation, devoted to the call to holiness in today’s world. The papal dokument discusses the contemporarity of the universal call for the Christians to holiness as provided by the Gospel, and especially in the Sermon on the Mount. The Holy Father also points out some characteristics of holiness in the modern world along with dangers to the realization of this vocation. Speaking of how one should endure humiliation, he notices the need for becoming one with Jesus, who brings deliverance from agression of the overgrown ego, grace and peace. Here, he rewers to the words of Jesus noted in the Diary of St. Faustina: Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.
In the year of the 80th anniversary of the birth of St. Faustina for heaven, on 27-29 April, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, liturgical music workshops with the Dipped in Mercy theme will be organized. The masterclasses will be led by Piotr Pałka, Paweł Bębenek and Hubert Kowalski. Sisters from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Łagiewniki would like to invite all who want to develop their musical talents and draw strength from the Heart of Merciful Jesus. The number of places is limited, therefore the order of applications decides whether you will be admitted. For more information and registration, visit: http://muzyczne-lagiewniki.pl//
On April 28th, at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, beatification of the servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska (1902-1973), nurse, teacher, instructor, precursor of family, home and parish nursing, and close associate of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła will take place. The beatification ceremony in the basilica at 10.00 am will be presided over by the papal legate, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Angelo Cardinal Amato. It will be preceded by a preparatory prayer, which will start at 9 am. The ceremony will be attended by bishops, priests, representatives of state authorities, the international nursing community, several hundred sick and disabled, the family and thousands of believers. This will be the second beatification at the Shrine of Łagiewniki. In 2013, Zofia Czeska, the founder of the Congregation of the Ladies of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Seraphite Sister Małgorzata Szewczyk were beatified.
On the eve of the 18th anniversary of Sister Faustina’s canonization, a solemn presentation of the Apostle of Divine Mercy’s relics at the Shrine of the Church of Mary the Star of the New Evangelization and St. John Paul II in Torun. A portrait of the Saint is already found in the chancel of this church. The event and the accompanying Holy Mass, which will begin at noon will be attended by delegations from many of the convents of the Congregation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy with our Superior General, M. Petra Kowalczyk. Jesus said to Sister Faustina: “My Heart is pleased with you, and for your sake I am blessing the earth” 980, 1078, 431), “the world” (Diary, 1061) and “the entire country” (Diary, 39).
April 30th is the 18th anniversary of the canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, an apostle of Divine Mercy. Her canonization took place at St. Peter’s Square in Rome and at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki in the year 2000. Saint Faustina described the event with details more than 60 years earlier, at the end of March 1937 (Diary, 1044-1048). Whoever participated in these events knows that her vision was fulfilled accurately. On that day, the Holy Father John Paul II introduced the Feast of Divine Mercy for the whole Church and provided it with the message of Mercy as articulated by St. Faustina for the third millennium of our faith. You can find out more the testimony of miraculous healing which was tested for the canonization, a description of the event and the canonization homily of the Holy Father at faustyna.pl. We give daily thanks for this “gift of God our time”, as St. Faustina and the message of Mercy which she provided us with were called by St. John Paul II. Millions of people around the world are joining in St. Faustina’s prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful Love of God to the world through the witness of life, deeds, words and prayer, creating the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy, which is the “new congregation” as demanded by Jesus. May the anniversary of the Apostle of Divine Mercy’s canonization be an opportunity for us not only to give thanks, but also to explore the abundant heritage of the Saint.
En el decimoséptimo aniversario de la canonización de Santa Sor Faustina, que cae en el 30 de abril de este año, tras la misa de las 12:00, va a salir de Bielsko-Biała la quinta peregrinación de la diócesis al Santuario de la Divina Misericordia de Cracovia-Łagiewniki. Los fieles van a peregrinar en grupos, cuyos patronos serán: Santa Sor Faustina, San Juan Pablo II, San Alberto Chmielowski, San Maximiliano Kolbe, San Józef Bilczewski, el Beato Padre Józef Bilczewski y la Beata Madre Teresa. Los peregrinos van a llegar a Łagiewniki el 3 de mayo y allí van a visitar la capilla con la milagrosa imagen de Jesús Misericordioso y la tumba de Santa Faustina, y besar sus reliquias. Más tarde pasarán a la basílica, donde participarán en la Eucaristía final del peregrinaje.
It is a tradition in Poland that Catholics gather in every church and even at small roadside shrines in May to celebrate “Majówki” – a special kind of devotion to the Virgin Mary, during which the Litany of Loreto is sung. At the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the May devotions are celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm and on Sundays and other holidays at 6:30 pm. You can also join in the prayer online, at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl.
Meet the Father who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and rich in kindness and compassion at the sight of misery is the fundamental message of the retreat for members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association, which will take place in the Dolny Smokovec in the Slovakian Tatras on 4-6 of May. The retreat will be hosted by Fr. Milan Supek and Sr. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.