On October 21-22, at the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington, D.C., there will be a great thanksgiving for the gift that St. John Paul II was, on the occasion of his liturgical feast. Many events are planned, announces Sr. Gaudia from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. On top of the arduous prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for his intercession, there will be a staging of The Jeweler’s Shop, a play authored by the Pope. There will be Polish folk dances and ‘kremówka’ cream pies. On Sunday evening, the “Washington 22”, a special evening with Merciful Jesus will be held. We will reach this special moment guided by St. John Paul II on the way of trust. A renowned guest of “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on October 22nd, for the first time, will be a lay person: Samuel Vasquez will deliver the conference. The musical setting of the event will be provided by the Capuchin brothers who will be leading the Adoration on this day. There will also be time to share and ask questions. What is more, the young participants will receive special gifts.
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 October 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 with Holy Mass. This month, the young people will be looking for answers to the question “How to witness MERCY? Looking at St. John Paul II on the day of his liturgical feast”. The renowned guest of the evening will be Fr. Marcin Sitek, M.S. 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.
The traditional three-day retreat for venerators of Divine Mercy will take place on October 20-22 in Dolný Smokovec in the Slovak Tatras. The retreat on Mary and the Mystery of the Eucharist will be led by Fr. Marián Maťaťa, S.D.B. and Sr. Clareta Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. In the program: Holy Mass, conferences, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Way of the Cross, the Rosary and honoring of the relics of St. Faustina.
On October 18th, Fr. Parick Fiorillo from the parish of St. Anne in Dorchester, MA, is organizing adoration meetings for children from the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy and from Saint Brendan elementary school. The purpose of the meetings for children is to show them the truth about the living presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ways of adoring Him, including the prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The meetings with children will also be attended by Sr. Inga from the Boston convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
At the Shrine of Divine Mercy, another, 104 issue of the quarterly „Orędzie Miłosierdzia” magazine is already available. You can read about the apostles of Divine Mercy in Egypt and Lebanon, the Congregation of Divine Mercy in Slovakia, and in the next article in the series devoted to Fr. J. Andrasz, S.J., Czesław Bogdański describes his silhouette as emerging from the memories of the witnesses of the confessor of St. Faustina. In the Biblical cycle, Sr. Maria Faustyna Ciborowska, O.L.M., writes about mercy in the Epistles of St. Paul, this time on the theme „Does God reject man?”. In the „School of St. Faustina”, Fr. Karol Dąbrowski writes about the desires of Jesus recorded on the pages of her Diary. In addition, in the issue you will find a talk with the pilgrim Fr. Zdzislaw Grad, S.V.D., a missionary in Madagascar, concerning the amazing testimonies of the people who had experienced the merciful love of God in a spectacular manner, reflections on the texts of the Diary by „Anne”, „Faustinum” letters, news, a poem and a song – everything connected with Divine Mercy and human mercy. „Orędzie Miłosierdzia” is distributed in exchange for donations of any amount at the Łagiewniki Shrine or in subscription. Back issues are available on the Internet at www.faustyna.pl , in the tab: Kwartalnik „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”.
Ojciec Andrasz – spowiednik świętych [Father Andrasz – the Confessor of Saints] is the title of a new book, which will soon be published by the WAM company on Fr. Józef Andrasz, S.J., the Krakow spiritual director of St. Faustina. The book describes his ministry as a confessor and spiritual director for people who are already on the altars or who enjoy a saintly fame, among them St. Faustina and Sr. Kalikast Piekarczyk from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Stanisława Bogdańska, the author of the book, is a graduate of the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, promoter of the veneration of Father Joseph Andrasz and an animator of the pilgrimage movement. This October 16th is the 126th anniversary of his birth. In the Diocese of Tarnow, and many others, there are numerous groups of people praying through the intercession of Fr. Andrasz for the holiness of priests.
In the spirit of gratitude, on 17 October at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of the collaborators in the media works of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy – especially “The Chaplet for the Dying” and “The Perpetual Chaplet” – and the on-line broadcasts at www.faustyna.pl, as well as for all the online visitors and participants of our open Facebook group – Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia. The Eucharist will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. You can join in this prayer thanks to our livestreaming broadcast.
In the evening of October 12th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a formation congregation of superiors, assistants and masters of all stages of formation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will begin. The convention will conclude with a night vigil on 14/15th of October.
Sisters from many monasteries of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will spend the night from 14th to 15th of October praying, this time at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In the year of many anniversaries related to the veneration of Our Lady, especially the 100th anniversary of the revelations of Fatima, the theme of the vigil will be the words “What is Your wish, Our Lady?” We want to spend this night, writes Sr. Anna Maria, listening to Mary’s desires for us, our Congregation, and to thank God together with Her for all the gifts and graces that she fill our hearts, communities, and children with. We will also ask for the gift of an open heart so that we can hear the invitation to continual conversion.
On October 14th, the participants of the “Margaret” apostolate from all over Poland will meet at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrimage will begin at 9 am, with prayer at the Shrine of John Paul II next to the relics of the Pope. Then, in the procession of the Rosary, the participants will walk to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, where at noon, a solemn Mass celebrated in the basilica will be presided by Bishop Jan Zając. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Honorary patronage of this event was taken by the Metropolitan of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski.