On March 9-11, in the monastery of Discalced Carmelites in Košice, Slovakia, a vocational retreat for young women will take place. In an atmosphere of prayerful silence, considering the stories of Biblical womens’ vocations, the participants will discover how God can make the devious paths of the human lives straight. The retreat will be hosted by Fr. Jan Kocurko and Sr. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
Following the invitation of the parish priest, Fr. Jaroslav Klič, on 10-11 March, Sr. M. Alžbeta Mikušová of the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will host a Lenten retreat at the parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Hertnik, Slovakia In the program: presentations, communal Way of the Cross, adoration of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament, prayer of the rosary and Hour of Mercy, Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On March 8th, 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. From February 2017, already over 500 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 82 of them are already expecting children, including one couple with twins coming up. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
Mary, Mother of the Son of God, Mercy Incarnate and Mother of each of us. Ultimately beautiful in her love for God and man. A role model for every girl, mother and consecrated person. That is why we direct our prayers of thankfulness and supplication. To read more about the most beautiful of Women, Our Lady of Mercy, her veneration, iconography, liturgy and prayers, visit faustyna.pl.
“Meet the Merciful” is the theme of the Lenten retreat for members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association in Slovakia. The Lenten retreat for the Slovaks will be held for the first time at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on 2-4 March and it will be led by Fr. Artur Ciepielski and Sr. Clareta Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
On March 1st, the provincial stage of the Interdisciplinary Competition on Great Poles organized in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship will take place. In this school year, the character chosen as the subject of the competition for the pupils of 6th and 7th grades of primary schools and 2nd and 3rd grades of middle schools will be Saint Faustina Kowalska, her life, mission of Divine Mercy and veneration, set in the Polish history. Forty five students have qualified for the provincial level. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the honorary patron of this event and has undertaken collaboration with the organizers to support them with their knowledge.
On February 23-28, Sr. Teresa and Sr. Maria Vianneya from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will conduct a retreat about Divine Mercy in Swansea, in the diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy in Morriston. In the program: Holy Mass, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, presentations, daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. On Friday, the Way of the Cross. The plan also includes meetings with priests and nuns from the Diocese of Menevia, the Divine Mercy Community, meetings with youth and a day of recollection for Poles from the Polish Catholic Mission in Swansea. During their stay in Wales, the sisters will also travel with the message of Mercy to Newport and Cardiff, the capital of Wales.
On 25-28 February, the Sisters: Zacheusza, Terezjana, Amelia, Ancilla and Rachela from the Warsaw community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will lead the retreat of Divine and human mercy and on St. Faustina at the parish of St. Hedwig in Choszczno, in the Diocese of Szczecin-Kamień. Primary school pupils will follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina. Students of Bolesaw Wrymouth School No 1, will experience the retreat days under the motto: “The Touch of sin and the touch of God’s Mercy”. On Sunday, during Mass, the sisters will introduce the message of Mercy to the parishioners, as provided by Sister Faustina in her famous Diary and with which she was sent by Jesus to the whole world.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence, the parish of St. John Paul II and the Community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Elk are organizing an artistic and literary competition for preschoolers, elementary school students and their families. The aim of the competition is to spread the message of Divine Mercy in the family and the parish, strengthening the love for the Homeland, the transmission of the Christian heritage to younger generations of Poles and to develop their talents. The pupils and their families will be writing a literary work in any form that will answer the following questions: In what way did Sister Faustina contribute to the good of our country? How can we imitate St. Faustina to make our country a better place to live? Preschoolers will respond to these questions by creating art. More information can be found on the parish website. The contest and awards ceremony on will take place on the Feast of Mercy, April 8th. The winners will receive attractive prizes.
For the period of Lent, we usually make resolutions, which usually involves doing the deeds that Jesus asked us to do: almsgiving, prayer and fasting, performed secretly with the pure intention of love for God and for people, not for applause or recognition. Saint Faustina also practiced them. In her religious life, however, she made one specific resolution, which she realized not only during Lent, but always, namely, she joined Merciful Jesus living in her soul, through an aspiration. When she wanted to change this decision, Jesus would not let her, because this daily practice leads to the development of a deep relationship with Him, to living our daily lives with Him.