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On October 15, at the Parish of St. Norbert in Orange near Los Angeles, a diocesan prayer evening entitled The healing power of God’s mercy will be held. After the conference from Sr. Gaudia Skass of the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy there will be a Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and confession. This event will also be an opportunity to meet with apostles of Divine Mercy living in California, who rarely have the opportunity to talk to the sisters from the Congregation that St. Faustina was a member of.

On October 12 (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 October 12, 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 in the Basilica at 9:00 am with greeting the pilgrims and a rosary prayer for priests. About 11.00 am, Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will give a conference on “Prayer for priests in the light of the Diary of Sister Faustina”. Solemn Eucharist at 12.00 an will be presided by Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz, who will provide the “Margaret” Apostolate with a relic of St. John Paul II. 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.

 

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 October at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl

On October 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 270 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: kobietajestboska@gmail.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.

The liturgical feast of St. Faustina, October 5th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be preceded by a triduum of Masses with occasional sermons, which will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy at 5 pm. The Triduum will be led by Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, rector of the Shrine. On the feast, October 5th, in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 am, 8.00 am, 9.00 am, 10.00 am and 5.00 pm. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3pm, as on all days. From 8.30 pm, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be led by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The evening of grace and praise will end at 10.45 pm, i.e., at the hour when St. Faustina departed to the House of the Lord. In the Basilica, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Sunday order, except for the 1.30 pm one.

 

 

On October 5th, at 8.30 pm, a vigil with St. Faustina will be held on the occasion of the anniversary of her leaving home to the Heavenly Father in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The vigil will be led by Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy together with participants of the Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy event. The prayerful vigil will end at 10.45 pm, the hour of St. Faustina’s death.

On October 5th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., day retreat with St. Faustina will take place. The motto of the meeting will be: “Well-known and well-loved”. The retreat experience will focus on silence and individual prayer. It will start with a presentation from Sr. Gaudia Skass of the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The first lecture will unfold how deeply did God know Sister Faustina, loved her in the truth of who she is, and chose her to fulfill a prophetic mission. The second conference will be a meditation on the meeting at the well between Jesus with the Samaritan woman, which was a moment when her deepest desire to love was fulfilled. The retreat will also be an opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy Mass, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and personal conversation with the sisters.

On October 5th (Saturday), the annual pilgrimage of the Rosary Clubs of the Diocese of Włocławek to the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina Kowalska in Świnice Warckie will join in the national campaign “Rosary to the Borders”, in order to implore, together with the Mother of God, for mercy for our homeland, Europe and the world. The schedule includes: 10 am – community at the family home of St. Faustina in Glogowiec and a prayer procession with her relics to the Shrine in Świnice Warckie. Bishop Wiesław Mering, will preside the solemn Mass at 12 pm. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, after which the participants will return to their homes.

On October 5, which is the anniversary of St. Faustina’s birth in Heaven, the site where the Apostle of Divine Mercy left the earth to go to the Heavenly Father’s house, will be opened to visitors. Usually, it is unavailable for pilgrims, because it is inside the religious cloister. Entering the Shrine, you can only see a plaque and the window of the old infirmary decorated with flowers. On October 5, however, the oratory, in which the relics of St. Faustina body are deposited, along with more than a hundred relics of other saints and blessed, will be made available to pilgrims from 10 am to 6 pm.

The feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, the patroness of the city of Lodz, will take place on Saturday, October 5th at the parish church consecrated in her honor as the Parish of St. Faustina at Plac Niepodległości. Holy Mass at 6 pm will be presided over by Bishop Damian Muskus from Krakow. After Mass, a procession with relics of St. Faustina will pass down the Piotrkowska Street to the Archicathedral Basilica, where the Act of Entrusting the Archdiocese to Divine Mercy will be renewed.

From 30 September to 6 October 2019, in Poland’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the  “I have loved you with My eternal love” 3rd International Days of Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. The event will be attended by about 300 venerators of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina from about 30 English, Spanish and French speaking countries. The meetings will focus on prayer and formation. They will be hosted by Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.V., and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The program includes: daily Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, biblical catecheses and conferences on the spirituality of Sister Faustina. Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy are also an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences related to the practice of Divine Mercy apostolate and proclaiming the message of Mercy around the world. On October 5rd, which is the 81th anniversary of St. Faustina’s birth in Heaven, Holy Mass will be chaired by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow. Just before the Mass, ceremonies of admission of new members to the “Faustinum” Association, which is the organizer of this event, will be held.

The Feast of St. Sister Faustina Kowalska will be held on October, 5 at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in all convents of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The Divine Mercy Apostle’s day of birth for Heaven was recalled by Sr. Euphemia Traczyńska in these words: On October 5, at dinner time, there was a bell. It was known that Sr. Faustina was dying. We dropped whatever we were doing and as we were, we went to see her. The chaplain was already in the infirmary with a few of the sisters. We prayed together. We prayed for a long time: the prayers for the dying, litanies and other prayers. We prayed for so long that even the evening Mass was held a little later than usual. At some point, Sr. Faustina gave a sign for Mother Superior to lean toward her, and she said that she would not die yet, and that she would let us know when she would. The sisters left. … When I returned to my cell, I entered the chapel and prayed for the souls in purgatory, asking that they awaken me when Sr. Faustina was dying, because I really wanted to be with her at the moment of her death. I was afraid to ask Mother Superior outright, for we young novices were not allowed to go in there, in case we should be infected with tuberculosis. Sister Amelia was allowed in, because she was already sick. I went to bed at the usual time and immediately fell asleep. Suddenly, someone wakes me up: “Sister, if you want to be present at the death of Sr. Faustina, get up now.” I immediately realized that a mistake had been made.. The one who came to wake Sr. Amelia, got into the wrong cell and came to me instead. As soon as I could, I woke Sr. Amelia, I put on my smock and cap, and quickly ran to the infirmary. Sister Amelia followed. It was around eleven at night. When we came there, Sr. Faustina seemed to slightly open her eyes and she smiled a little, and then bowed her head and that was it… Sister Amelia said she probably just died. I looked at Sr. Amelia, but I did not say anything. We prayed on. The candle was burning all the time.

On the occasion of 81th anniversary of St. Faustina’s departure to House of the Heavenly Father, on October 3rd (Thursday) at 7.30 pm, a concert of praise and adoration will be performed by the ICE Worship Team (International Center of Evangelization Worship Team) conducted by Hubert Kowalski, in the Basilica of Divine Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine. It will bring together venerators of Divine Mercy from 30 countries participating in the Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy event and all who desire to worship God’s Mercy and give thanks for the gift of St. Faustina. Admission is free. Organizers of the event, the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will be waiting for you.

The traditional three-day retreat for venerators of Divine Mercy will take place on September 27-29 in Dolný Smokovec in the Slovak Tatras. The theme of the retreat will be: “There is a word near you” will be provided by Fr. Milan Supek and Sr. Alžbeta Mikušová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The program includes: Holy Mass, presentations, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and honoring the relics of St. Faustina.

On September 28, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the beatification of Fr. Michael Sopocko. At 3 pm on squares, corners and intersections of the streets in crowded cities, as well as in other public places and at rural crossroads, people will gather to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The participants will pray for mercy for themselves, their loved ones, their homeland, the Church and the world. Everyone can join. The event is held to remind us about the message of God’s mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina. Just find a place at an intersection and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, individually or in a group. If this is impossible – you can connect spiritually. More: www.iskra.jezuici.pl.

From September 1st, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and in some parishes, special evening devotions will begin in honor of Divine Mercy, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This form of devotion was introduced in 1993 (after the beatification of Sister Faustina), to follow the monthly forms of worship practiced in May, June or October. The celebrations in September will include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recited or sung for the intention of mercy for our homeland and the world. September is the month of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy by the Lord Jesus and the outbreak of World War II a few years afterwards. These circumstances, as well as the situation in the modern world, are especially urging us to cry for the mercy of God for us and the whole world.

 

The forthcoming Evening with Merciful Jesus at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, this time will be held in on Saturday, September 21. Sister from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event and the special guest will be Jonathan Kalish, O.P., director of the chaplains of the Knights of Columbus. The meeting 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. After the speech, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will take place. At the end, refreshments will be available. The young will meet to discuss the topic of the evening’s lecture and share their experience of God. “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 first “Łagiewniki 22” after summer holidays, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on September 22nd. Since it is a Sunday, 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 Holy Mass will be celebrated, followed by a meeting over tea. In the coming months, sisters and their special guests will take topics related to the cycle entitled “We love mercy”. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast www.faustyna.pl

Each year “St. Faustina’s Day” is celebrated at the John Paul II Hospital in Krakow at Prądnicka 80. In the surviving chapel of the Sacred Heart, which is a silent witness to the presence, prayers and sufferings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and the extraordinary events of her life, Holy Mass will be celebrated on September 17th, about 3:20 pm. It will be preceded by a prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by sisters from the convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Day of St. Faustina is organized by the management of the John Paul II Hospital and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and attended not only by the medical staff and the hospital’s patients, but also by venerators of the Divine Mercy and St. Faustina. The Apostle of Divine Mercy spent more than eight months in this hospital, in the years 1936-1938, and on 17 September 1938, she finally left it for the convent to go House of Our Heavenly Father from there.

On September 14 (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 September 14, (Saturday), the 17th National Railway Workers’ Pilgrimage will arrive at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will start at 10 AM with the devotion of the Way of Mercy at the field altar and a speach from Fr. Ryszard Marciniak, entitled “Threats to Poland and the Church today. The need for response and witness”. At noon, the central moment of the pilgrimage will take place: Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Janusz Mastalski of the Archdiocese of Krakow. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, to whom they will entrust their personal intentions. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, on 14 September, Way of the Cross will be celebrated at 2:30 pm, in the Basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, on the line with the participants of the Poland under the Cross prayer meeting in Włocławek. It will be followed by prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) combined with Adoration of the Cross.

 

Following the request of Bishop Francesco Milito of the Oppido Mamertina-Palmi Diocese,   the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is starting apostolic ministry in the parish of Maria SS della Colomba in San Martino and at the Oasis of Mercy, which operates in this parish, on September 14. The sisters’ apostolic work will comprise of creating and forming groups called “Student apostles of Divine Mercy”, familiarizing parishioners and those who come to the Oasis of Mercy with the message of Divine Mercy and the school of spirituality of St. Faustina, visiting families in difficult life situation, as well as promoting and disseminating the message of Mercy in other social circles. Sisters Ligia and Salwatricze will live in the parish building at Via Firenze, and their community in San Martino will be a subsidiary of the religious house of Mercy Spirituality Center in Rome at Via dei Penitenzieri.

On 13 and 14 of September, we will be celebraring the 84th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus taught humanity two prayers: Modlitwy Pańskiej, when the Apostles asked Him for it, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which He dictated to St. Faustina in Polish, in the Vilnius convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1935. As she noted in her Diary: In the evening when I was in my cell, I saw an Angel, the executor of divine wrath. He was clothed in a dazing robe, his face gloriously bright, a cloud beneath his feet. From the cloud, bolts of thunder and flashes of lightning were springing into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they striking the earth. When I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply and I did not dare to repeat my entrietaties. At that very moment I felt in my soul the power of Jesus’ grace which dwells in my soul. When I became conscious of this grace, I was instantly snatched up before the Throne of God. Oh, how great is our Lord and God and how incomprehensible His holiness! I will make no attempt to describe this greatness, because before long we shall all see Him as He is. I found myself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly.

As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not carry out the just punishment,which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then. The words with which I entreated God are these: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.

The next morning, when I enered chapel, heard these words interiorly: Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday. When had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: This prayer will will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the folllowing manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the following words: ‚Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: „Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and thw whole world”  (Diary, 474-476).

In consequent revelations, the Lord Jesus associated many great promises with this prayer, on the condition it is recited in the spirit of trust in Him and mercy towards one’s neighbors. The general promise states that trustful recitation of the Chaplet can help a person acquire anything which is compliant with the will of God. Moreover, He provided us with additional promises, which apply to the joyful grace and the grace of serene death, without fear and apprehension. They can be obtaied not only by thise who pray the Chaplet trustfully, but also by the dying at whose side the prayer is said in a proper manner.

Today, apart from the call Jesus, I trust in You!, it is the best known prayer to Divine Mercy, recited on all continents and languages, even in those of small tribes. More information on the Chaplet and its story can be found here.

On September 7-8, Sisters from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will participate in the celebration of indulgences, which will be held at the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vranov nad Topľou, Slovakia. Solemn Eucharist at 10.30 an will be presided by Jozef Cardinal Tomko. The Sisters will lead the prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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 September at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl

On September 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 260 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: kobietajestboska@gmail.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.

On August 30 to September 1, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Zakopane, a retreat for young women will be held. The retreat givers will be Fr. Paweł Czyż, Sr. Greta and Sr. Ewangelista. 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 August 29, priests from the Congregation of Our Lady of Consolation from many European countries will meet at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The meeting will include a Holy Mass, a communal Liturgy of the Hours, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to conferences concerning the discussion of priesthood in the Diary of St. Faustina. The role of priests in the mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world will be delivered by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The priests will be acquainted with the school of life and spirituality of St. Faustina and with the Łagiewniki Shrine.