On June 15th at 8 pm, in the Basilica of Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 17th night vigil of the Padre Pio Groups will begin. “Padre Pio – the master of prayer”, will be the theme of the event The renowned Guests of the meeting will include: Joanna Bątkiewicz-Brożek, author of the book Jezu, Ty się tym zajmij.Ojciec Dolindo Ruotolo, życie i cuda [Jesus, you take care of it. Father Dolindo Ruotolo. Life and miracles], Fr. Zygmunt Klim, a diocesan priest of the Padre Pio prayer groups, and Fr. Andrzej Kuflikowski, curator of the Shrine of Padre Pio in Warsaw. Holy Mass at midnight will be presided by Bishop Pacific Dydycz, O.F.M.Cap., Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Drohiczyn. In addition, the night vigil will include: Appeal of Jasna Góra, lecture (9.30 pm), testimonies and Adoration. The meeting will conclude with a solemn blessing and kissing of the relics.
On June 15th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, members and volunteers from the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will meet for the last time before the Summer holiday break. The program of the meeting includes Holy Mass and agape at the barbecue. After the Summer break, the Association will begin another year of formation at monthly meetings, retreats and days of recollections. Those interested in the formation in the school of St. Faustina, which is entirely based on the mystery of Divine Mercy, are welcome to contact the Secretariat of the “Faustinum” Association. For more information visit: Faustinum.
This motto, which is a quotation from the Diary of St. Faustina, announces a retreat for members and volunteers of the Faustinum association which will take place on June 7-9, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will be given by Fr. Krzysztof Kowal, M.S., and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Participants of the retreat will listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit (who lives in us) in an atmosphere of prayerful silence, and will be seeking answers to questions: How to open myself to the action of the Holy Spirit?, and How to let Him lead me?, based on the word of God as cited in the Diary of St. Faustina.
On June 8th at 9 pm a prayerful vigil before the feast of the Pentecost will begin at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We will gather in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, which will become the Cenacle. Together with Mary, the Mother of Mercy, we shall be asking the Holy Spirit for the Light, Power and Graces for us, the Holy Church, our Country and the entire World. The vigil will end with Holy Mass at midnight. You can join in this prayer online at faustyna.pl where it will be broadcast.
The “Woman is Divine” community and Fr. Andrzej Wiecki – its spiritual director and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 June at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl
On June 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 203 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
On June 8 (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 June 8th, at the Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Terna, Slovakia, a day of recollection for young people who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place. Following the invitation of the parish priest, Fr. Imrich Revák, Sr. M. Clareta Fečová, K.M.B.M. From the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will give conferences about the mystery of God’s mercy and the attitude of trust in God and mercy towards our neighbors. She will also lead a prayer.
On June 7th, the 22th anniversary of the first pilgrimage made by Pope John Paul II to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be celebrated. The Pope prayed in front of the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of (then Blessed) Sister Faustina. He also gave a short speech in which he conveyed many important matters. He said that nothing is more necessary to man than the Mercy of God. The pope added, that he took the message of Mercy from this place to the Holy See and that it shaped the image of his pontificate. He thanked for being able to fulfill the wish of Jesus concerning the introduction of the Feast of Mercy in Poland. In a special message addressed the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, he encouraged them in their charismatic apostolic ministry, entrusted to him by Sister Faustina.
On May 31th (Friday), the Church is making a novena before the feast of the Holy Spirit. In the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, this novena is combined with the May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can participate in it on-line and ask for the light and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit for you, the Church, our country and the world, so that the Spirit lead us to full familiarity with Jesus, reveal to us the depth of His merciful love and teach us to perceive His presence and action in our daily lives. At the end of the novena in the Łagiewniki Shrine, a prayer vigil will be held.
Under this motto, a retreat for the families of the sisters from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will take place on May 31st at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The provider will be Fr. Paweł Gabara, PhD, priest of the Archdiocese of Lodz, an employee of the University of John Paul II in Krakow, a university teacher in the higher seminaries in Lodz, Krakow and Stadniki, and Sr. Emanuela Gemza from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
Following the invitation of Fr. Szczepan Bysiek, S.C.J., on June 2 (Sunday) Sr. M. Clareta Fečová, K.M.B.M. fro, the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a day of retreat in the parish of St. Anne and St. Joachim in Horna Štubnia, Slovakia. She will be sharing the Message entrusted to St. Faustina during each Mass, and in the afternoon after a communal prayer at the Hour of Mercy.
In May, in a number of parishes in Poland, children participate for the first time in the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion. More and more children in special white clothes arrive with their priests, catechists and parents to the Shrine of Divine Mercy to make thanks for the great gift of God’s mercy which is the Eucharistic presence of the Lord Jesus and His indwelling in the human soul and to ask for fidelity and growth in the love of God and other people.
May 27th is the 13th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Holy Father prayed before the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina, in the chapel of Perpetual Adoration, and in the Basilica he met with the sick, who – as he said – are the most eloquent witnesses of God’s Mercy and have an active part in the salvation of the world. On a general audience in Rome, he recalled this pilgrimage to the Shrine in Łagiewniki: I had the opportunity to point out that only Divine Mercy illuminates the mystery of man. … Contemplating the illuminating wounds of the risen Christ, Sister Faustina Kowalska received a message of trust to humanity, the message of God’s Mercy … This message is indeed the main message of our time: mercy as God’s power and as the boundary for the evils of the whole world.
On 24-26 of May, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw’s Żytnia street, a retreat for young women will be held. The theme of the event will be: In this retreat, my soul has matured. The retreat givers will be Fr. Szymon Kulwicki, Sr. Greta Mizeracka who is responsible for the work of vocations in the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, and Sr. Ewangelista with postulant Sisters. The participants of the retreat will consider the Gospel parable of the grain, which continues to grow in the hearts of those who listen. The program includes: Communal Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, listening and meditation on the Word of God, meetings and conversations with the Sisters.
On May 25th (Saturday), after a communal prayer in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7:30 am, the 12th Pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will begin. The pilgrims will make the distance of 33 km on foot. They will visit the churches of Mary Queen of Poland in Krakow’s Nowy Ruczaj and in Rzozów, and the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Przytkowice as they go. The arrival to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is planned at 6:45 pm. After a Holy Mass, they will return to Krakow by buses.
On Saturday, 25th of May this year, at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the silver anniversary of the religious profession of Sister Alberta Perkowska will be celebrated. At 11:00 in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a solemn Holy Mass will be celebrated with the renewal of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience by the Jubilarian, whose outer sign is a silver ring with the engraved name of Jesus. Sisters in the remaining convents of the Congregation, as well as the Family and persons entrusted with apostolic work will join in the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of the Jubilarian and in her intentions.
On May 22th, 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 host another Evening with Merciful Jesus. It will start at 7 pm in front of the image of the Merciful Jesus with prayer with the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This month’s conference about Our Lady of Fatima, Pope John Paul II and what connects the message of Fatima with the message of Mercy entrusted to Fr. Jose Cortes, who was born in Lisbon. After the conference, there will be adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, which this time will be musically supported by artists from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Baltimore. At the end, the young meet to share refreshments and talk to the guest of the evening. “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 March 22nd. 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, i.e., with the WORD. The renowned guest will be Fr. Mariusz Ołdak from the Diocese of Opole, involved in the School of New Evangelization, the district priest for the deaf, leader of annual Jesus Lives retreats on St. Anne’s Mount, opole province, Poland. The lecture will be followed by ADORATION and WORSHIP of Merciful Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the Holy Mass, there will be time for COMMUNITY over tea. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
On May 18th (Saturday), annual May celebrations will take place at the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia. Bishop Tomáš Galis, pastor of the Diocese of Žilina, will be presiding at the Mass on Mount Butkov at 3.30 pm. Some pilgrims will first appear at the foot of Mount Butkov to enter the site of the celebration at the cross from beneath, along the Stations of the Cross. At 3.00 pm, sisters from the Congregation of our Lady of Mercy from Slovakia and from the convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will lead prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On May 18th the work of prayer called Australia and Oceania pray the Chaplet will launch. Since then, every year on May 18th, which is the birthday of St. John Paul II, and on September 13th, which is the anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to Sister Faustina, the faithful of that part of the world will unite in prayer at 3 pm to implore divine graces in the intentions provided by the bishops of the region. “We want to include not only large and important countries in this prayer”, says the initiator of this project, Ryszard Hodowany from Melbourne, “but also those tiny islands of the Pacific, and Australian Aborigines, so that everyone taking part in this prayer can feel their unity as God’s children.” Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. On May 18th, all those participating will pray for the following intentions:
the conversion of the world to Merciful Jesus,
the message of Mercy to reach all the lost and wounded by sin,
for priests to be apostles of Divine Mercy for those in most need,
On May 18th (Saturday), the 10th pilgrimage counting several thousand Greek Catholics from Slovakia will arrive to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. At 9.15 am, Akathistos will be sung in honor of the Blessed Mother of God. The solemn Byzantine Rite Mass at 10 am will be chaired by Archbishop Jan Babjak, S.J., the Metropolitan of Presov. Vladimir Juszczak, the Bishop of Wroclaw-Gdansk Eparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will deliver the sermon. After lunch break (about 2.25 pm), Sister M. Blanka from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will provide a conference about the suffering of St. Faustina for the work of Divine Mercy. The pilgrims will pray at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus next to the tomb of St. Faustina. The pilgrimage will end officially at 3 pm with prayer at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a pastoral blessing.
On May 15th, in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Prešov, Slovakia, a “Day of Divine Mercy” will be held. Sister from both communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Slovakia will take part, the ones from the Košice and Nižny Hrušov, together with members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association. The program includes: Holy Mass, two presentations: “ Mercy of God in prayer” by Fr. Peter Sykora and “Chaplet of Divine Mercy as aid – not only for the dying” by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová, O.E.M., adoration and prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
In Krakow, on May 12th (Sunday), an annual procession in honor of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr will walk from the Wawel Hill to the monastery of Skałka (the place of his martyrdom). This beautiful procession dating back to the thirteenth century, is attended by bishops, priests, various male and female religious congregations, parish delegations from the entire archdiocese of Krakow, including some wearing regional costumes, and many other faithful. Traditionally, in the sign of their relics, patrons of Poland are also following: St. Stanislaus, St. Adalbert and other Polish saints, among them St. Faustina, who has participated in this national procession for many years.
On May 11 (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.
The “Woman is Divine” community and Fr. Andrzej Wiecki – its spiritual director and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 May at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl
On May 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 190 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 May 8 we will be celebrating the 151th anniversary of the establishment, by Mother Teresa Ewa Countess Potocki nee Sułkowski, of the first house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow. The sisters became involved in the education of girls and women in need of deep moral renewal, first in the „House of Mercy” at the Church of Divine Mercy at Smoleńsk street, and then in the convent at the crossroads of Zwierzyniecka and Straszewskiego (now occupied by Hotel Radisson). Since 1891, the convent’s house has been in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Today, the sisters are performing more than their original work, being also involved in the mission of St. Faustina to proclaim the message of Mercy to the world. They do this not only at the Shrine of Divine Mercy among the pilgrims from around the world, but also through many new works: the Association of Divine Mercy Apostles „Faustinum”, the publishing company „Misericordia”, the quarterly magazine „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”, the website available in 7 languages, the online broadcasts from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the perpetual Chaplet, the Chaplet for the dying, presence in the media, social networking, visits to parishes in Poland and abroad, participation in symposia and conferences devoted to the Mercy of God and the heritage of St. Faustina, etc. Their ministry, even the most implicit, includes the proclamation of the message of the merciful Love of God to man.
The III Congress on Divine Mercy will be held in the five parishes of Missisauga, Brampton and Toronto on May 1-5. The Congress is organized by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Most of the participants will be of Polish descent, but conferences will be given in English. The speakers will include Bishop Mateusz Ustrzyycki, Fr. Prof. Jan Machniak, Rector of the International Academy of Mercy, Fr. Serafin Michalenko, M.I.C., from Stockbridge, and Sr. Teresa de la Fuente from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In each parish, they will talk about the significance of the message of Mercy as provided to Sister Faustina by the Lord Jesus, and about the development of the Divine Mercy devotion in the world.
On 4-5 May in “Kijów” cinema at al. Krasińskiego 34 in Kraków, a special film festival will take place: Mercy Festival. Viewers will be able to attend movie screenings and participate in accompanying events with religious themes, during which they will have the opportunity to meet with the guests of the Festival. Some of them will be Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The following films will be screened: Teraz i w godzinę śmierci (Now and at the hour of death), directed by Mariusz Pilis and Dariusz Walusiak; Wywiad z Bogiem (Interview with God), directed by Perry Lang; Mary’s Land – Ziemia Maryi, directed by Juan Manuel Cotelo; Oblicze Miłosierdzia (The Face of Mercy) – documentary film by David Naglieri; Miłość i Miłosierdzie (Love and Mercy), by Michał Kondrat, and Największy dar (The greatest gift), by Juan Manuel Cotelo.