On February 18th, at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Kiekrz, Sr. Cherubina will give thanks for 60 years of religious profession. The jubilee Holy Mass at 12.00 will be chaired by a relative of the jubilant, Fr. Adam Miastkowski, PhD, Metropolitan Court Judge and Chairman of the Białystok College of Academic Pastors. The jubilee celebration will be attended by delegations of the sisters from other houses of the Congregation.
February 15 is the name day of Sister Faustina and the liturgical memorial of her Vilnius spiritual director, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. The Shrine of Divine Mercy will celebrate the Saint with morning Mass in her intention at 6:30 am, as is the custom of the Congregation. The intention is thanksgiving for the graces received by St. Faustina in her earthly life and for those the Congregation, the Church, Poland and the world were granted through her intercession and asking that she show the merciful love of God to all and support trust in Him along with the attitude of being good neighbors in us. Broadcast at www.faustyna.pl. Anyone can submit their prayer there as well as provide the gift of prayer, which an act of true mercy toward our neighbors, or another spiritual gift.
Between 12 and 15 February at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a retreat for members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association will take place. It will be led by Fr. Stanisław Łucarz. S.J., and its main theme will be the words “Life from Mercy and for Mercy”.
On February 6th, in the General House of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, an eight-day retreat for sisters will begin. The second week of Ignatian retreats will be led by Fr. Wacław Rusiniak, S.J. The participants will include sisters from the convent at ul. Żytnia, but also from other houses of the Congregation.
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 February (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 Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
On the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes (11 February), we will be celebrating the World Day of the Sick. On this occasion, the Shrine of Divine Mercy will host major diocesan events for patients and their caregivers. In the basilica, at noon, solemn Holy Mass combined with anointing of the Sick will be celebrated by the Bishop of Krakow. The live broadcast of the ceremony will be available at the Shrine Rector’s website: www.milosierdzie.pl.
On February 10th, Sr. Faustia of the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the Gospel Festival in Ružomberok, Slovakia. After the Eucharist, the participants of this event will celebrate relics of Sister Faustina, and Sr. Faustia will talk about the Saint’s life and communicate the message of Mercy recorded in her Diary.
On February 5th (Sunday), 25th anniversary of religious profession will be celebrated by Sr. Martyna Dudek. Solemn Eucharist at 11.00 am, at which the Jubilarian will renew her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, will be presided by Fr. Prof. Bogdan Czupryn, Professor at WSD in Płock and lecturer at the Catholic University of Lublin. This community thanksgiving for the gift of vocation and all the graces that Sr. Martyna has received in her religious life, and through her ministry – also the Holy Church and the world, will be attended by sisters from other communities of the Congregation, Family, Priests and invited guests.
On February 4th, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Derdy will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of religious profession of Sr. Pauletta. Solemn Eucharist at 11.00 an will be presided by Fr. Prof. Marek Tatar, PhD. This community thanksgiving for the gift of vocation and all the graces that the Jubilarian has received in her religious life, and through her ministry – also the Holy Church and the world, will be attended by sisters from other communities of the Congregation, Family, Priests and invited guests.
On February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church. On this occasion, we can learn more about the gift of God’s mercy that is the vocation to live according to the values of chastity, poverty and obedience. It is a day of thanksgiving for each call to religious service and for the many gifts with which institutions of consecrated life have been bestowed. The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, thanks to the gifts received from the founder, Mother Teresa Potocka and the spiritual co-founder, St. Faustina Kowalska, are participating in the life and salvific mission of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the merciful love of God towards every human being by the witness of their lives, deeds, words and prayers. Priests and the laity also participate in this spirituality and apostolic mission of the Congregation in various ways. In particular, members and volunteers of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy, „Faustinum”, who come from more than 90 countries worldwide, are involved in this mission.