On October 28th, the “Faustinum” Association of Divine Mercy Apostles organizes a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki. At 10 am, “Faustinum” members and volunteers will meet during Mass at the feet of Our Lady of Fatima to entrust themselves and the Association to Her. The pilgrimage also includes visits at two other sites related to the veneration of Our Lady: the Pauline Fathers’ Monastery on Bachledówka and the Shrine in Ludźmierz.
On October 22nd, the liturgical feast of St. John Paul II – the initiator of World Youth Day – at the cathedral in Camagüey, Cuba, the signs of the World Youth Day, a Cross and icon of the Mother of God, will be greeted. The program of the event includes a solemn welcome, familiarization with the history of the WYD signs, adoration of the Cross, concerts, testimonies, and more. The cross and icon of Our Lady will also visit the nearby towns, and they will remain in the diocese until October 24th. The preparations for this great event are attended by Sr. Filipa Bąk from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Camagüey. The World Youth Day signs set off from Panama on April 9th to the countries of Central America. They have already visited the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
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 October 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 Holy Mass. This month, the young people will be looking for answers to the question “How to witness MERCY? Looking at St. John Paul II on the day of his liturgical feast”. The renowned guest of the evening will be Fr. Marcin Sitek, M.S. After the Holy Mass, there will be time for COMMUNITY over tea. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
The traditional three-day retreat for venerators of Divine Mercy will take place on October 20-22 in Dolný Smokovec in the Slovak Tatras. The retreat on Mary and the Mystery of the Eucharist will be led by Fr. Marián Maťaťa, S.D.B. and Sr. Clareta Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. In the program: Holy Mass, conferences, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Way of the Cross, the Rosary and honoring of the relics of St. Faustina.
On October 21-22, at the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington, D.C., there will be a great thanksgiving for the gift that St. John Paul II was, on the occasion of his liturgical feast. Many events are planned, announces Sr. Gaudia from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. On top of the arduous prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for his intercession, there will be a staging of The Jeweler’s Shop, a play authored by the Pope. There will be Polish folk dances and ‘kremówka’ cream pies. On Sunday evening, the “Washington 22”, a special evening with Merciful Jesus will be held. We will reach this special moment guided by St. John Paul II on the way of trust. A renowned guest of “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on October 22nd, for the first time, will be a lay person: Samuel Vasquez will deliver the conference. The musical setting of the event will be provided by the Capuchin brothers who will be leading the Adoration on this day. There will also be time to share and ask questions. What is more, the young participants will receive special gifts.
On October 18th, Fr. Parick Fiorillo from the parish of St. Anne in Dorchester, MA, is organizing adoration meetings for children from the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy and from Saint Brendan elementary school. The purpose of the meetings for children is to show them the truth about the living presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ways of adoring Him, including the prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The meetings with children will also be attended by Sr. Inga from the Boston convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
Ojciec Andrasz – spowiednik świętych [Father Andrasz – the Confessor of Saints] is the title of a new book, which will soon be published by the WAM company on Fr. Józef Andrasz, S.J., the Krakow spiritual director of St. Faustina. The book describes his ministry as a confessor and spiritual director for people who are already on the altars or who enjoy a saintly fame, among them St. Faustina and Sr. Kalikast Piekarczyk from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Stanisława Bogdańska, the author of the book, is a graduate of the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, promoter of the veneration of Father Joseph Andrasz and an animator of the pilgrimage movement. This October 16th is the 126th anniversary of his birth. In the Diocese of Tarnow, and many others, there are numerous groups of people praying through the intercession of Fr. Andrasz for the holiness of priests.
In the spirit of gratitude, on 17 October at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of the collaborators in the media works of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy – especially “The Chaplet for the Dying” and “The Perpetual Chaplet” – and the on-line broadcasts at www.faustyna.pl, as well as for all the online visitors and participants of our open Facebook group – Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia. The Eucharist will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. You can join in this prayer thanks to our livestreaming broadcast.
At the Shrine of Divine Mercy, another, 104 issue of the quarterly „Orędzie Miłosierdzia” magazine is already available. You can read about the apostles of Divine Mercy in Egypt and Lebanon, the Congregation of Divine Mercy in Slovakia, and in the next article in the series devoted to Fr. J. Andrasz, S.J., Czesław Bogdański describes his silhouette as emerging from the memories of the witnesses of the confessor of St. Faustina. In the Biblical cycle, Sr. Maria Faustyna Ciborowska, O.L.M., writes about mercy in the Epistles of St. Paul, this time on the theme „Does God reject man?”. In the „School of St. Faustina”, Fr. Karol Dąbrowski writes about the desires of Jesus recorded on the pages of her Diary. In addition, in the issue you will find a talk with the pilgrim Fr. Zdzislaw Grad, S.V.D., a missionary in Madagascar, concerning the amazing testimonies of the people who had experienced the merciful love of God in a spectacular manner, reflections on the texts of the Diary by „Anne”, „Faustinum” letters, news, a poem and a song – everything connected with Divine Mercy and human mercy. „Orędzie Miłosierdzia” is distributed in exchange for donations of any amount at the Łagiewniki Shrine or in subscription. Back issues are available on the Internet at www.faustyna.pl , in the tab: Kwartalnik „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”.
The beautiful tradition of celebrating rosary devotions in October is deeply ingrained in the religious life of the Church in Poland. The devotions are held in every church and in many chapels. In the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the devotion is celebrated in the Convent’s chapel with the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, every day at 07:00 pm and at 06:30 pm on Sundays, public holidays and the first Friday of the month. In order to pray the rosary in Krakow-Łagiewniki, you can also join in the on-line transmission. Rosary meditations in the spirit of the Divine Mercy and human mercy (including the writings of St. Faustina) are also available in our Misericordia store at the Łagiewniki Shrine and on our website: www.faustyna.pl