On July 27, a novena before the feast of the Patron of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which falls on August 5, will start. During the novena, the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy is sung or recited. In this prayer we ask Mary to defend us from our enemies, accept us at the hour of death and beg for the Mercy of her Son for us. In the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, the novena is celebrated on weekdays at 7 pm, while on Sundays at 6:30 pm. The words of the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy.
On 22-29 July, there will be another round of retreats for the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. This time it will be devoted to God’s love based on the foundations of Ignatian exercises and will be led by Fr. Lesław Ptak, S.J. In addition to the preofessed sisters, novices and postulants will participate in the retreat.
From 30 July to 6 August, Sr. Matylda and Sr. Loretta from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take part in the “Przystanek Jesus” music festival, to testify, by word and prayer, the merciful love of God for every human being. It will be an evangelizing action directed at young people who participate in the “Przystanek Woodstock” festival. The trip to “Woodstock” will be preceded by a 3-day retreat for the evangelists led by Bishop Edward Dajczak. There will be many famous musicians from Poland and abroad, who will join in the evangelization, such as 2Tm2,3 (Tymoteusz), Propaganda Dei, Arkadio, TAU, Wild Magnolia (New York), Hubert Kowalski and the ICE team. This year, for the first time, the base of the “Przystanek Jezus” festival will be located in the immediate vicinity of “Przystanek Woodstock”. For the evangelizers, the largest tent in Poland will be installed, which will accommodate 5 thousand people.
August 1st is the 92nd anniversary of the entrance of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – to the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw at ul. Żytnia. She described this day in her Diary: “At last the time came when the door of the convent was opened for me – it was the first of August , in the evening, the vigil [of a feast] of Our Lady of the Angels. I felt immensely happy; it seemed to me that I had stepped into the life of Paradise. A single prayer was bursting forth from my heart, one of thanksgiving” (Diary, 17). Now the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of her life, the vocation and the prophetic mission of proclaiming the message of God’s merciful love to the world by witness of life, deed, word and prayer comes not only from her mother Congregation, which has regarded her as its spiritual founder, but by all apostles of Divine Mercy in the world.
On August 1th, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, four postulants will receive new names and costumes of novices (black dress and a white veil) after a first, ten-month period of religious life. They will begin another two year’s term of novitiate, after which they will be able to make their first religious vows. The ceremony of investiture takes place within enclosure, but a Mass for the intention of the sisters who begin their novitiate will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, at 11:15 am.
Between 1 and 5 August, the youth of the MAJ Divine Mercy Movement will meet in Nuevitas, Cuba. The meeting will be attended by young people from all over the island: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas, Manzanillo, Santa Clara and Camagüey. Sisters Filipa and Filipina from the Camgüey community will take part as well. During the congress, the following activities are planned: prayer, conferences, sharing of experiences from the last year of work and resting on the beach.
On 2 August, at 11:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, four sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, after serving a two-year novitiate and making an eight-day retreat, will make their first vows before the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremonies, taking place in the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina will be presided by Fr. Krzysztof Kowal, a La Salette priest. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation and families of the sisters. During the first profession, sisters make vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to Jesus for a year, which are then renewed for five consecutive years. After this period, perpetual vows take place.
During evening devotions in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus is sung or recited in July. Reflection on the words of this litany can help us better understand the price of God’s Mercy that we experience every day in salvation and sanctification. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions are celebrated on weekdays at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays). You can also participate in the services online, thanks to the live video srteaming at faustyna.pl.
In the entire Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, perpetual prayer of the Rosary (24 hours a day) will be recited on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the election of Mary, Mother of Mercy for the Heavenly Superior General for 81 days (from May 16th to August 4th, 2017). The Novena of All Novenas is, above all, a thanksgiving for Her special care of the Congregation and for all graces solicited by Her. It is also recited for rewarding and supplicatory intentions: for the holiness in life for the sisters, for new vocations and the further development of the Congregation, so that it remains a living sign of Divine Mercy acting in the Church and in the world.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to express gratitude to all those who support the www.faustyna.pl website, which is available in 7 languages, as well as all the apostolic works, which are on the run, especially the “Chaplet for the dying” and on-line transmission of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Thanks to the apostolic work, commitment and financial support of many people through this work we carry the gift of the message of mercy to the world and provide specific assistance to people who are in the direst need. For this support, we respond with prayer, which we direct to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina in the intentions of all Benefactors and Donors.