On January 12-13, in over 230 schools from across Poland, the first stage of the National Contest of Knowledge about St. Faustina will be held. On Thursday, January 12, at 2.30 pm, middle school students will be solving interesting quizzes. The next day (Friday), at the same students from high schools will compete in the contest. The results of this competition will be announced on 25 January and the best students will procede to the district level, which will take place on February 28 (Tuesday), also at 2.30 pm, in seven different cities (see tab: Rejony). The finale is scheduled in Krakow on April 7, 2017. The winners and finalists will receive very attractive prizes, including university scholarships and a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Faustina.
Every year on January 1st, each sister of Our Lady of Mercy is provided with the name of a saint who will be her patron in the forthcoming year, along with an intention and message to include in her prayers. These patron Saints are picked at random and their names are chosen by the participants of the New Year event, who also include individuals associated with the Congregation, such as priests, cooperators, members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association, friends and members of the “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” Facebook group. May our Patron Saints support us and may they help us participate more fully in the life and mission of Jesus, who reveals His merciful love to the world.
Sister Gaudia and Sister Inga from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Washington, D.C., and Boston will participate in the meeting of young people SEEK 2017 to be held in San Antonio, Texas on January 3-7. The five days with youth of different faiths and seeking will be filled with conferences, prayer, concerts and other initiatives. During these days, various religious organizations, including the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, will be displaying their stands there. More at: https://seek2017.com/
We have recorded 6 400 000 visits to www.faustyna.pl in 2016 and almost 1 400 000 unique users (persons). 992, 000 users visited the Polish version, 141,000 the English one, 77, 200 the Spanish one, 40,000 the Italian one, 68,000 the French one, 30,000 the German one, 12,000 the Russian one and 44, 800 visitors came from other language areas. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all our Cooperators, who made it possible for this work to grow, and all online visitors without whom the present marvelous exchange of good deeds along with proclaiming the message of Mercy and the entire spiritual legacy of St. Faustina would not be possible. We wish you all a good New Year, rich in mercy and many graces.
The year of the Lord 2016 has ended. During this time, we experienced the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the World Youth Das, the recognition of Jesus Christ as Lord and King, and many other events. The Shrine of Divine Mercy was visited by a record number of pilgrims – more than 5 million, from 180 countries. It was a special year, one of grace and mercy, when we had a unique opportunity to explore the mystery of God’s Mercy, to experience the merciful Love of God in our everyday lives, and to shape our lives in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards others. With this extremely rich experience of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are entering the new 2017. May this time, too, be rich in the grace of God and human mercy. We wish this to all the Collaborators, Donors and Benefactors of the Congregation and the people to whom we are sent with the message of Mercy, the Church and our homeland.
After Christmas, priests in Poland begin visiting their parishioners. This also includes sisters in convents. Although the dates for these visits can change from year to year, the priests traditionally visit the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Three Kings’ Day). On that holiday, priests acting as chaplains for the Congregation, accompanied by Christmas carolers, visit the convent’s assembly halls and other common areas, the sisters’ cells, workshops and guest rooms to bless them with holy water and incense, praying for God’s blessings for all the residents and guests in this next year of their apostolic ministry.
In 2016, our work Chaplet for the Dying included over 20,000 persons whose names we received by text on + 48 505 060 205 or our mailbox. We have gathered almost 2,000 participants who offered their help to the dying each day in a particular time zone by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of a person whose name they received by a text message or email. The contributors also included donors, doctors, nurses, volunteers in hospitals and hospices and all those who provided the names of the dying. We would like to share our deepest gratitude for your merciful attitude towards individuals who found themselves in the hardest moment of human life, when we make the final and the most important decision here on Earth: the one concerning Eternity. Such deeds of mercy make us rich in the face of the Lord and beautiful in our humanity. All the participants are commended to the Mercy of God in our everyday prayers at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. All those willing to join in the project are invited to fill the form available at www.faustyna.pl. Please choose only one time zone per day.
I too came down from heaven out of love for you; I lived for you, I died for you, and I created the heavens for you, said Jesus to St. Faustina, addressing these words to every human being as well. On the occasion of Christmas and the approaching 2017, we would like to express our heart-felt wishes to our collaborators, benefactors, donors, all those involved with various apostolic works of the Congregation (such as our Chaplet for the Dying and Perpetual Chaplet), online visitors to our website and members of the “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” Facebook group. May you continually discovery the presence of Immanuel – God with us – and recognize signs of His merciful love in all circumstances of your life. May you share your everyday life with Him. We also wish you all the temporal favors so that they bring you joy and lead you to an even greater love of God and fellow human beings. May the New Year be rich in God’s graces and human mercy provided to those in need. We embrace you all in our prayers. May God’s Mercy be praised in us and through us!
As is tradition, on December 31 at 9:00 pm at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin in the chapel of the famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina. Adoration this year will be led by the sisters and will conclude at midnight with the celebration of the first Mass of 2016. Those unable to come to the shrine can join us by watching our online broadcast beginning with vespers at 7:00 pm and continuing with adoration and Mass. Please visit www.faustyna.pl for more information.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the collaborators, benefactors and donors, thanks to whom www.faustyna.pl was created and has now been updated in seven languages, along with all the works of mercy which are possible thanks to them. These include, above all, our „Chaplet for the dying” and the on-line transmissions from the chapel of the miracle-famous Image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in the Łagiewniki Shrine. We all participate in the mission of Jesus, who is revealing the merciful love of the Heavenly Father to the world and bestowing His Mercy on His people. Dear IT professionals, translators, Benefactors and Donors, it is also through you that God’s Mercy is poured into the world. Let this Christmas be a time of special joy and peace, for the Lord has come to earth. He is here with us and lives in us when we are in a state of grace. May the New Year 2016, the Jubilee of Mercy, be rich in God’s grace and in mercy provided to our neighbors.