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.
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 22nd March. The meeting will start at 7.00 pm in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in its usual rhythm, ie, with the WORD. A conference entitled “Live with Passion” will be given by Sr. Emanuela Gemza from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Immediately after the conference, ADORATION and WORSHIP of Divine Mercy will take place. Then, there will be time for COMMUNITY over a cup of tea for everyone. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
Under this motto, Sr. Donata and Sr. Gaudia from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead the Lenten retreat at the parish of St. Patrick in Rockville, near Washington, D.C., on 19-22 of March.
The feast of St. Joseph – March 19th – at the Shrine of Divine Mercy’s convent chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina is an indulgence, because it is the original dedication of the chapel and the entire property called “Józefowo”. The ceremony will be preceded by a novena, during which at the evening worship services Litany of St. Joseph is sung, and in the morning after the breviary, a prayer is recited to the Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus. From March 16th to 18th it is traditional to celebrate a “Forty Hours Devotion” on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19th.
For the first time in this US state, on 11-16 March, Sr. Gaudia and Sr. Inga from the Washington and Boston communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will proclaim the message of Mercy provided by St. Faustina. On this mission, they will meet with the participants of Lenten retreats in the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix (12-14 March), pray with the dying in the “Americare” hospice, and share the spiritual heritage of St. Faustina with the students of the school of Christ the King and the faithful at the St. Peregrine Cancer Shrine.
On13-15 March, Sr. Emanuela, Sr. Grace, Sr. Greta, Sr. Matylda, with girls from the “Łagiewniki 22” community operating at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will lead a retreat focusing on the merciful Love of God, the attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others. It will be held for children at the primary school and junior high school in Aleksandrów’s parish of St. Raphael and Michael the Archangels. It is worth recalling that it was in the town of Aleksandrów, that Sister Faustina worked for one year at the house of Kazimierz and Leokadia Bryszewski as a house servant and received the sacrament of Confirmation in 1922 at this particular church.
Under this motto, on 10-12 March at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock – at the Old Market 14/18 – a retreat for girls organized by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be held. It will be led by Fr. Krzysztof Ruciński, diocesan moderator of the Light-Life Movement, member of the Youth Pastoral Council and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Movements and Associations in Płock, and Sr. Koleta Fronckowiak from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. In the program: Holy Mass, conferences, a bibliodrama, individual interviews with retreat leaders, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and time for personal prayer. Please send your applications through the form at: faustyna.pl.
On March 11th, the Association of Apostles of the Divine Mercy operating at the Parish of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina in Toruń organizes a one-day retreat at the Centre SAMARYTANIN for members and volunteers of “Faustinum”. Holy Mass, a conference and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the chapel of the sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The meeting will be led by Fr. Sławomir Tykarski, PhD, venerator of Divine Mercy and psychotherapist ministering at the „Cyrenejczyk” Catholic for Psychological and Pastoral Center in Toruń. The community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Toruń is looking forward to the meeting.
On March 11, the traditional pilgrimage of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the Shrine of St. Joseph in Kalisz will take place. Delegations from many convents of the Congregation will participate in the solemn Mass at noon, which will be celebrated by the Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz. The Holy Mass will be preceded by a conference from Fr. Andrzej Lemiesz SJ. After communal Agape, a religious play will be performed by girls from the local Youth Fostering Center. The pilgrimage will conclude with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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 guests invited from throughout Poland and the world: renowned bishops, cardinals and leaders of Christian communities. During each of the seven meetings, also selected Polish communities and movements who have been asked for a testimony and a short presentation of the charism will be presented. The second meeting will take already on the 11th of March (Saturday) in the Basilica. The schedule is as follows: 4.30 pm – prayer and interview with the renowned Guest concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a testimony of a community leader; 6 pm – Holy Mass, 7.30 pm – conference from our special Guest followed by a prayer vigil. The Guest on this day will be Fr. Mario Cornioli.