On April 29th, at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Warsaw at ul. Żytnia, celebrations of the jubilee of religious vows will be celebrated, presided over by Bishop Piotr Jarecki. During the solemn Mass at 11.00 am, the golden vows will be celebrated by Sr. Anastazja Pastuszka, Sr. Antonina Włodarczyk, Sr. Rafała Dąbkowska, Sr. Sylwana Robak to commemorate their the 50th anniversary of their religious profession. Sister Lucyna Tokarska, will be celebrating her silver jubilee of 25 years since she took the first vows of purity, poverty and obedience. Families of the Jubilees and sisters from many communities of the Congregation will be present at the ceremony to thank the Lord for the gift of life, vocation and mercy, which became part of the Jubilee sisters and their participation in the Church and the world.
On April 26th, Sr. Inga from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Boston will meet with students at Boston College. The subject of the meeting with lecture and discussion will be St. Faustina and her spiritual heritage, especially the message of God’s Mercy.
From 1 April in all the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions in honor of Divine Mercy will take place, during which the Litany of Divine Mercy will be recited. The words of the litany were written down by St. Faustina in her Diary and her Vilnius confessor, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, composed the prayer on this basis. Praying with her words, we not only praise God’s Mercy, but also get to know the mystery of God’s merciful Love more, which accompanies man in all the dimensions of his earthly life, accompanying him always and everywhere.
On April 23rd, the feast of Divine Mercy, sisters of the Congregation of the Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, Sr. Anastasis and Sr. Martyna will be sharing the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of Sister Faustina with the faithful at the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Martyrs Archbishop Antoni Julian Nowowiejski and Bishop Leon Wetmański in Działdowo. At every Mass (5) they will reveal the mystery of God’s Mercy and the example of St. Faustina, teaching how to respond to this pre-eminent love of God with an attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others.
The Feast of Mercy, in accordance with the wishes of Jesus expressed to St. Faustina and the decisions of the Holy Father John Paul II, is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter (this year it is April 23). The central ceremony held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. They will be preceded by a novena of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy made on Good Friday, and a night vigil which starts in the Basilica on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Sunday Masses at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be the celebrated according to the following program:
0:00 am (midnight) – Bp Grzegorz Ryś (basilica)
6:00 am – Fr. Krzysztof Gryz, W.S.D. rector (basilica)
8:00 am – Fr. Stanisław Olszówka, Mirted prelate (basilica)
10:00 am – Bp Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow (field altar in front of the basilica – transmission in TVP 1)
12:30 pm – Fr. Marian Waligóra, O.S.P.E. (basilica)
3:00 pm – Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Fr. Prelate Franciszek Ślusarczyk, Rector of the Shrine and the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (basilica)
4:00 pm – Bp Damian Muskus (basilica)
6:00 pm – Bp Jan Zając (basilica)
7:00 pm – Fr. Andrzej Zagórski, M.S. (chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina)
Masses from the basilica, the Hour of Mercy prayer (3:00 pm), and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be broadcast by TV Milosierdzie at the website of our Rectory, www.milosierdzie.pl, whereas Holy Mass at 7:00 pm and visitation of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina by pilgrims will be live streamed at www.faustyna.pl
The parish of Wolfsberg, Austria, has invited the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 23. The program of the meeting includes Holy Mass with Bishop Alois Schwarz, veneration of Divine Mercy, testimony, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and conferences. The school of Merciful Jesus, in which St. Faustina was a pupil, will be presented by Sr. Koleta Fronckowiak from the convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
On the Feast of Divine Mercy, sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from Rio de Janeiro will celebrate at the cathedral and the Church of Divine Mercy. During the main celebrations, in the cathedral of St. Sebastian, Sr. Solange will be sharing the message of Mercy, which Jesus entrusted to St. Faustina. Sister Solange spent 20 years at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
On 20-23 April, in Cairo, Egypt, the 1st Middle East Congress of Divine Mercy will take place. It will be attended by apostles of Divine Mercy from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In the event, held under the slogan “Mercy – our mission and our cause in the Middle East”, two sisters from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki will participate as well. Sister Vianeya Dąbrowska will give a conference on the school of mercy of St. Faustina, and Sr. Diana Kuczek on mercy in the teaching of St. John Paul II. The organizers of the Congress are the Franciscan fathers ministering in Egypt.
In Warsaw, on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 23rd, the consecration of the Church of Divine Mercy and St. Sister Faustina at ul. Żytnia will take place. At 11 am, the solemn Holy Mass will be presided over by the Warsaw Metropolitan, Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz, and sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will participate. The church is a former chapel of the Congregation, where from the second half of the nineteenth century, the sisters would pray with their pupils. Also, Sister Faustina prayed there, when she was staying at the General House of the Congregation at ul. Żytnia.
The celebration of Mercy Sunday in Lebanon will be presided over by Bishop Georges Eskandar, responsible for the apostolate of Mercy in this country. At the ceremony, Sr. Vianeya Dabrowska and Sr. Diana Kuczek from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will share the message of God’s Mercy with the faithful, as provided by Sister Faustina. At 3 pm, the sisters will participate in the prayer of the Hour of Mercy and a solemn procession with the image of Merciful Jesus. On this day, the sisters will continue to preach the message of Mercy during the ceremony in Dibivi, where Holy Mass will also be celebrated and a procession will honor the Divine Mercy.