On 22-24 March, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lodz, Sisters Terezjana, Beata, Rachela, Confidia and Ignis from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a retreat for children from Primary Schools no. 48 and 71. The main objective will be to show God’s merciful love and encourage the children to form a close relationship with Jesus, trust Him in everyday life and provide good to their neighbors. The sisters will deliver this message through a variety of presentations, cinematics, singing and games to activate the participants of the retreat.
On 24-26 March, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nizhny Hrušov, Slovakia, a retreat for girls under the slogan “For the Mighty One has done great things for me”. The retreat will be led by Fr. Vladimír Nemec and Sr. Jana Mária of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. Applications: email@example.com; Tel.: 0907 464 479.
On 25-28 March, Sr. Donata and Sr. Gaudia from the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Washington, D.C., will lead a retreat at the parish of St. Joseph in Webster, Massachusets. St. Joseph’s was the first Roman Catholic parish formed for Polish immigrants in New England, which was founded in 1887. The sisters will share the message of Mercy as provided by St. Faustina, permeated in a special way with the Mercy of God expressed in the passion of Jesus and in the sacraments. Also scheduled are meetings with students of St. Joseph Primary School.
The outdoor Stations of the Cross at the top of Mount Butkov, which was dedicated in September of last year are enjoying huge popularity. A booklet with directions for the celebration of this practice entitled “The Mercy Stations of the Cross at the Mount Butkov”, prepared on the basis of citations from the Diary of Sister Faustina has been already distributed in 15,000 copies (another 10,000 are in print). The Stations of the Cross lead us along the forest slope top to the 11th floor of the stone quarry, where a monumental cross is found, to the chapel of Divine Mercy and the memorial to St. Faustina and St. John Paul II. These objects on top of Mount Butkov, along with a new church in Ladce, are a still very young, and yet so often visited rock Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the collaborators, benefactors and donors, thanks to whom the message of Divine Mercy provided to St. Faustina by the Lord Jesus can reach many people around the world. We are especially thankful to those who support our website, www.faustyna.pl, as it is thanks to them that is has now been updated in seven languages, offers the project of Perpetual Mercy for the Dying, which currently supports 60 terminally ill people and the online broadcasting from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki which is presently accessed by over 1,700 unique users each day. Together, we can respond to the urgent call from Jesus to proclaim the message of His Mercy to the world. Only Divine Mercy can bring the peace to the world and happiness to humanity. May Merciful Jesus bless your every day and bestow all His graces to our dear Donors and Cooperators, which we pray for many times during each day.
The greatest miracles of Divine Mercy take place in the confessional, as they turn the death of sin to life. Jesus said to St. Sister Faustina: Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation] There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God‟s mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late (Diary, 1448). At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, priests stay in confessionals every day – from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in the basilica (from Maundy Thursday until 5:45 pm), and 6:00 am-6:30 am and 4:30 pm-5:00 pm in the chapel with the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina. Since in the Holy Week there are long queues to the confessionals, we recommend coming earlier to confess rather than wait the last days before Easter.
On 27-29 March, at the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Piotrków Trybunalski, Sr. Terezjana, Sr. Miwiana, Sr. Tobiana and postulant sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a retreat for children from three primary schools and for young people from the local Catholic High School. The main message of the retreat will be to show the merciful love of God for man and to shape the attitude of trust in Him and active love of one’s neighbors. In the program of the retreats, beyond traditional means, the sisters will also use a variety of multimedia presentations, videos, theatrical forms, pantomime, testimonies and songs.
On every Friday at Shrine of Divine Mercy, a communal devotion of the Stations of the Cross, or Way of Sorrows, will be celebrated at the Basilica at 4:00 pm and in the chapel of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at 7:00 pm, with the exception of the first Friday, when the Way will be celebrated at 6:15 pm (online broadcast available at www.faustyna.pl). The devotion, in which we contemplate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, allows us to discover and explore the merciful love of God to man, to develop the attitude of trusting God in every situation, even the difficult and painful ones and the attitude of mercy toward our neighbors. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and suffered ignominious death for every one of us, to rise again so that we may have life and enjoy it now and forever.
In the period from March 31 to April 2, at the Shrine of Sr. Faustina, a retreat for the “Faustinum” Association will take place under the slogan “Hope of Mercy”. It will be led by Fr. Bogdan Czupryn, Professor at WSD in Płock and lecturer at the Catholic University of Lublin. The program includes:
3 pm – Hour of Mercy
– Stations of the Cross
– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6 pm – Holy Mass and homily.
3 pm – Hour of Mercy
– Holy Mass and homily
– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6.30 pm – Conference
2 pm – Holy Mass and homily
2.55 pm – Presentation of the Blessed Sacrament
3 pm – prayer at the Hour of Mercy and adoration
4 pm – Lenten Lamentations devotion
The retreat is open to all those interested in the subject, not only members of the “Faustinum” Association. There is also no need for prior application. The retreat is open for everyone.
Christian Marriage and Family Aid Centre operating at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Kiekrz offers assistance in the field of psychotherapy and counseling. It is visited by couples who are experiencing difficulties or cannot cope with the problems occuring in the relationship with their spouse and are looking for help, taking into account their relationship with God. Assistance provided in the form of individual and group therapy, is conducted on the basis of Christian values and takes into account the personal relationships with God.
Therapy begins with Mass and it is provided by Fr. Grzegorz Kaudowski and a psychotherapist in small groups (up to 10 people). Meetings are held on Mondays, every two weeks (7.00 pm–9.00 pm). The program includes twelve meetings.