In the evening of October 12th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a formation congregation of superiors, assistants and masters of all stages of formation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will begin. The convention will conclude with a night vigil on 14/15th of October.
Sisters from many monasteries of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will spend the night from 14th to 15th of October praying, this time at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In the year of many anniversaries related to the veneration of Our Lady, especially the 100th anniversary of the revelations of Fatima, the theme of the vigil will be the words “What is Your wish, Our Lady?” We want to spend this night, writes Sr. Anna Maria, listening to Mary’s desires for us, our Congregation, and to thank God together with Her for all the gifts and graces that she fill our hearts, communities, and children with. We will also ask for the gift of an open heart so that we can hear the invitation to continual conversion.
On October 14th, the participants of the “Margaret” apostolate from all over Poland will meet at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrimage will begin at 9 am, with prayer at the Shrine of John Paul II next to the relics of the Pope. Then, in the procession of the Rosary, the participants will walk to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, where at noon, a solemn Mass celebrated in the basilica will be presided by Bishop Jan Zając. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Honorary patronage of this event was taken by the Metropolitan of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski.
On October 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 this year, already over 200 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 27 of them are already expecting children. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: email@example.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
On October 8th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, Day of Retreat with St. Faustina will be held. After Mass at 11 am, Sr. Inga from the Boston community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will give a conference entitled “The Greatest You Can Do”. In the world of many opportunities and thousands of proposals it is easy to lose what is really important, and it reminds us of Sister Faustina in the 990th issue of the Diary. We will focus on this SOLE really important aspect of our lives on October 8th, say the organizers of the retreat from the Washington community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The day of retreat will be an opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, individual and community prayers, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, tea meetings and individual conversations with the sisters.
On October 8, at the Shrine of Sister Faustina in Kiekrz, a pilgrimage ceremony will take place. Mass at noon on the Małe Kierskie Lake, in the place of the revelation of Jesus to St. Faustina, will be presided by Bishop Damian Bryl. It will be preceded by a procession with relics of St. Faustina, which will depart from the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the altar over a Małe Kierskie Lake. After the Eucharist, relics of the Saint will be honored. The preparation for this event will be the triduum from 5 to 7 of October, which will be conducted by the parish priest, Fr. Jan Wróblewski SVD. The Masses during the triduum will be celebrated at 6 pm.
On October 7th, in Sacramento, CA (USA), a conference on Divine Mercy will be held. Sister Confida of the Boston community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will attend. The organizer of the meeting is the Divine Mercy Sacramento community. The majority of its members belong to the “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy which is based at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and pilgrims coming to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will join in the prayer action named Rosary to the Borders. On October 7th, in the convent chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, from 2 pm to 4 pm (with a break for prayer at the Hour of Mercy at 3 pm and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy), Rosary will be recited asking for mercy for our Homeland, for Europe and peace for the world. You can join in this prayer online at faustyna.pl where it will be broadcast.
On October 7th (Saturday), the annual pilgrimage of the Rosary Clubs of the Diocese of Włocławek to the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina Kowalska in Świnice Warckie will join in the national campaign “Rosary to the Borders”, in order to implore, together with the Mother of God, for mercy for our homeland, Europe and the world. The schedule includes: 10 am – community at the family home of St. Faustina in Glogowiec and a prayer procession with her relics to the Shrine in Świnice Warckie. Bishop Wiesław Mering, the pastor of the Diocese of Włocławek, will preside the solemn Mass at 12 pm. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, after which the participants will return to their homes.
The feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, the patroness of the city of Lodz, will take place on Saturday, October 7th at the parish church consecrated in her honor as the Parish of St. Faustina at Plac Niepodległości. Holy Mass at 6 pm will be presided over by Bishop Jan Zając from Krakow. After Mass, a procession with relics of St. Faustina will pass down the Piotrkowska Street to the Archicathedral Basilica, where the Act of Entrusting the Archdiocese to Divine Mercy will be renewed.