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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
In the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship, there will be the next edition of the Interdisciplinary Contest on Great Poles in History. In this school year, the character chosen to compete about for the pupils of 6th and 7th grades of primary schools and 2nd and 3rd grade of middle schools will be Saint Faustina Kowalska, her life, mission of Divine Mercy and worship against the Polish history.
Stage I at schools – December 7, 2017, 12:00 pm (apply to the headmaster)
Phase II, district – February 1, 2018, 12:00 pm
Phase III, voivodeship – March 1, 2018 12:00 pm
Gala – 21 March 2018 , 12:00 pm, at the Center for Youth Education in Górsk.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy took the honorary patronage over this event and undertook substantive cooperation in this work.
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.
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