Between 20 and 27 November, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Częstochowa, a retreat on Divine Mercy for religious sisters will be led by Fr. Artur Ciepielski from Slovakia. These spiritual exercises will be attended not only by sisters from our convent in Częstochowa and other houses of the Congregation, but also by Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
On November 24-26, a Divine Mercy retreat will take place at the parish of St. Joseph in Gbel’any, the Diocese of Žilina, Slovakia. At the invitation of the parish priest, Fr. Pavel Kalabusa, Sr. Alžeta Mikušová from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will provide conferences, adoration and prayer at the Hour of Mercy. She will host meetings with young people preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Also, a screening of a film about the Apostle of Divine Mercy and celebration of her relics are planned.
On November 26th, at 10.00 am, Fr. Tymoteusz Kmiotek and Sr. Wincenta of the Roman community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the solemn dedication of the image of Merciful Jesus in the Basilica of St. Sebastian in Rome. On this occasion, they will share the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful and will tell them about the history and meaning of the Divine Mercy image, and about the mission of the Congregation in today’s world. In memory of this meeting, copies images of Merciful Jesus and His apostle, St. Faustina, will be distributed.
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 November 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 Mass. This month, the young people will be looking for answers to the question “How to witness MERCY?” based on the word of God. The renowned guest will be Fr. Krzysztof Kowal, M.S., longtime pastor and catechist, currently serving at the Saletin Seminary in Krakow. After the WORD, the most important part of the evening will begin: ADORATION – time for a personal meeting with Jesus, followed by time for COMMUNITY with a cup of tea for everyone and an opportunity to talk to the our Guest. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
On November 22nd, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C, Sisters from the DC community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will hold another Evening with Merciful Jesus, on the day before the very important day for Americans that is, Thanksgiving Day. Therefore, the theme of the event will be gratitude as an expression of trust in God. A conference on the topic will be delivered by Sr. Donata, and during Adoration, the young participants will be expressing their gratitude to God for all the good, great and small, that they experience daily. The tea-time will be enriched with a traditional holiday meal.
Every evening in November, the Rosary for the Dead is prayed in the chapel with the image of the Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, as well as in all other chapels of the Congregation. Praying the Rosary with others in a church, a public chapel, with your family, or in a religious community or pious organization can gain you a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. In Poland a plenary indulgence can also be obtained by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Prayer is a great good that those still living on Earth can offer to those who have already departed from it and are expecting our aid, as they cannot help themselves anymore. Mercy rendered to the dead, like any good done to others, is also the wealth of those who practice it.
On November 19th (Sunday), the last day of the anniversary celebrating the proclamation of the Jubilee Act of acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord, participants of the 10.00 am meeting at the shrine of St. John Paul II will take part in revering the Holy Spirit. Then, the Way of the Cross will proceed to the Basilica of Divine Mercy at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. At noon, after the Angel of the Lord prayer, the Jubilee Act of acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord will be concluded and Holy Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Krakow.
On November 19th, Sr. Pavla and Sr. Jana Maria from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will share the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful at the parish of St. Martin in Hankovce, Slovakia. They will also visit the filial churches and, after praying at the Hour of Mercy and reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, they will participate in the dedication of a small shrine of Divine Mercy. The Sisters were invited by the parish priest, Fr. Ján Švec Bíly.
As part of the Arka Polish Christian Film Festival, on 19 November in Katowice (Światowid cinema) and Nowy Sącz (Sokół cinema), the film Oblicze Miłosierdzia [The Face of Mercy] will be screened. The film talks about how contemporary the message of Mercy delivered by Jesus to St. Faustina is, how modern people live by it, and how powerfully it transforms human stories. The film was prepared by the Knights of Columbus and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. As part of the screening of the film, a meeting with the audience will be held. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Katowice will be represented by Sr. Emanuela Gemza, and in Nowy Sacz by Sr. M. Vianneya Dąbrowska. The screenings will take further place in November, in Siedlce and Bialystok, and in early December in Warsaw.
On 18 November, the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, the “Woman is DIVINE” formation group and the Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of Gdansk will hold a meeting for women under this motto. It will begin with Holy Mass celebrated in the intention of women at the Cathedral of Oliwa at 3 pm. After the service in the Hall of John Paul II, Sr. Anna Maria Pudełko – an Apostoline sister, author of many books about femininity and a psycho-educationist, will deliver a conference entitled “Woman Is a Dream of God”. At the meeting, based on the Bible and Christian anthropology, we will investigate how God created the woman, what He fitted her with, what He invites her to and what His dream for her is. We will get closer to the biblical women and we will look at the most beautiful form of femininity that is Mary. We will look at ourselves as we are, see what our beauty is, as well as where our feminine power, wisdom and goodness are. We will consider how we can become fully happy, fulfilled and realized women, say the organizers of the meeting.