The liturgical feast of St. Faustina, October 5th (Wednesday), at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be preceded by a triduum of Masses with occasional sermons, which will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy at 5 pm. The Triduum will be led by Fr. Sławomir Czajka from Jerusalem. On the feast, October 5th, in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 am, 12.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3pm, as on all days. From 8.00 pm, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be led by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The evening of grace and praise will end at 10.45 pm, i.e., at the hour when St. Faustina departed to the House of the Lord. In the Basilica, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Sunday order, except for the 1.30 pm one.
The Feast of St. Sister Faustina Kowalska will be held on October, 5 at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in all convents of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The Divine Mercy Apostle’s day of birth for Heaven was recalled by Sr. Euphemia Traczyńska in these words: On October 5, at dinner time, there was a bell. It was known that Sr. Faustina was dying. We dropped whatever we were doing and as we were, we went to see her. The chaplain was already in the infirmary with a few of the sisters. We prayed together. We prayed for a long time: the prayers for the dying, litanies and other prayers. We prayed for so long that even the evening Mass was held a little later than usual. At some point, Sr. Faustina gave a sign for Mother Superior to lean toward her, and she said that she would not die yet, and that she would let us know when she would. The sisters left. … When I returned to my cell, I entered the chapel and prayed for the souls in purgatory, asking that they awaken me when Sr. Faustina was dying, because I really wanted to be with her at the moment of her death. I was afraid to ask Mother Superior outright, for we young novices were not allowed to go in there, in case we should be infected with tuberculosis. Sister Amelia was allowed in, because she was already sick. I went to bed at the usual time and immediately fell asleep. Suddenly, someone wakes me up: “Sister, if you want to be present at the death of Sr. Faustina, get up now.” I immediately realized that a mistake had been made.. The one who came to wake Sr. Amelia, got into the wrong cell and came to me instead. As soon as I could, I woke Sr. Amelia, I put on my smock and cap, and quickly ran to the infirmary. Sister Amelia followed. It was around eleven at night. When we came there, Sr. Faustina seemed to slightly open her eyes and she smiled a little, and then bowed her head and that was it… Sister Amelia said she probably just died. I looked at Sr. Amelia, but I did not say anything. We prayed on. The candle was burning all the time.
In connection with the renovation of the Opole cathedral, the diocesan Catholic radio Doxa broadcasts the morning Mass from Monday to Saturday at 6.30 pm from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, from the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. For three months, listeners of the Doxa radio will join the prayer of the sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and Internet users at faustyna.pl, receiving the online transmission. May this time of communal prayer bring blessings to us, our Homeland and the whole world.
On October 5th, the feast of St. Faustina will be celebrated at the parish of St. Anne in Dorchester, MA (USA). The celebrations will begin at 7 pm with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung by sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from the convent of Boston, followed by a solemn Mass. They will conclude with veneration of relics of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
On September 30th, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church in Radom will give thanks for the 100 years of apostolic ministry in this city. In the church of Our Lady of Mercy at ul. Ks. A. Staniosa Holy Mass will be presided over by Bishop Henryk Tomasik, pastor of the Diocese of Radom, at 11.00 am. At noon in the lower church there a scientific conference on “100 years of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Radom” will begin.
The convent in Radom at ul. Struga was founded on the initiative of Fr. Paweł Kubicki, rector of the seminary and later Bishop of Sandomierz. The sisters once ran a “House of Mercy” there for about 80 girls and women in need of deep moral renewal. During the Nazi occupation, they generously provided mercy for the poor, evacuated from the territories of Western Poland, prisoners of war, those captured in Radom and in concentration camps, in labor camps, as well as officers and soldiers captured during the Warsaw Uprising. In 1962 the communist authorities took over the “House of Mercy”, leaving the convent and garden to the sisters. In 1974, at the request of Bp. Piotr Gołębiowski, the sisters donated part of the garden for the emerging parish and Church of Our Lady of Mercy. Upon the recovery of the building confiscated by the state, the sisters opened a children’s daycare center there, and in 2000, in cooperation with the Radom “Caritas” – a baby hatch. The apostolic ministry of the sisters also includes the mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy and prayers for mercy for the whole world.
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the printing of the first pictures of Merciful Jesus and the stay of St. Faustina Kowalska at the J. Cebulski Publishing House, on September 28th this year, at the “Kamienica Kolegiacka” townhouse at ul. Szewska 22 a special plaque will be unveiled. The celebrations will begin at 3.00 pm at the Collegiate of St. Anne, with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Around 3:30 pm, the plaque will be unveiled by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan of Krakow, in the presence of the authorities of the city of Krakow and the University Collegiate of St. Anne, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy with Superior General Petra Kowalczyk, apostles of Divine Mercy and venerators of St. Faustina. The commemorative plaque was designed and made by sculptor Piotr Idzi from Krakow.
Already for the tenth time on September 28, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the beatification of Fr. Michael Sopocko. At 3 pm on squares, corners and intersections of the streets in crowded cities, as well as in other public places and at rural crossroads, people will gather to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The participants will pray for mercy for themselves, their loved ones, their homeland, the Church and the world, especially in the intention of persecuted Christians and their persecutors (for the forgiveness for them and the grace to learning about God). A list of participating communities with a list of streets where the Chaplet will be recited in Poland and outside the country is published at www.iskra.info.pl. Everyone can join. The event is held to remind us about the message of God’s mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina. Just find a place at an intersection and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, individually or in a group. If this is impossible – you can connect spiritually.
On September 19th, in the Miłosierdzie Retreat House in Derdy, an eight-day retreat for sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters Our Lady of Mercy will take place. The exercise of the third week of the Ignatian retreat will be led by Fr. Wacław Rusiniak, S.J., and attended by sisters from several houses of the Congregation. The retreat will include a communal novenna to the Holy Spirit, so the Spirit accompany priests leading the exercise and the sisters participating in it. The sisters make one eight-day, and one three-day retreat each year. In those days, they are free from their daily duties, to join the Lord “in the wilderness” and let Him direct them completely.
From September 1st, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and in some parishes, special evening devotions will begin in honor of Divine Mercy, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This form of devotion was introduced in 1993 (after the beatification of Sister Faustina), to follow the monthly forms of worship practiced in May, June or October. The celebrations in September will include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recited or sung for the intention of mercy for our homeland and the world. September is the month of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy by the Lord Jesus and the outbreak of World War II a few years afterwards. These circumstances, as well as the situation in the modern world, are especially urging us to cry for the mercy of God for us and the whole world.
Since September 1st, the PallottiFM radio station, which is based in Krakow’s Nowa Huta and has studios in Krakow and Warsaw, will be broadcasting the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet recited by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It is already the 11th radio station which includes prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet from the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. So far, the broadcasters are: Radio Niepokalanów, Radio Warszawa, Radio Ain Karim, Radio Jasna Góra, Radio Podlasie, Radio Nadzieja, Radio Aleks, Radio Faustyna.pl and RadioSiedemNet from Chicago (USA) which re-transmits the broadcast. On-line broadcasting can also be viewed at faustyna.pl and krakow.faustyna.pl.