From May 25th to June 2nd, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, an eight-day retreat for the sisters will take place. It will be led by Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S. On these days, the convent will be filled by the atmosphere of the biblical desert, and the “great silence” will reign at the Congregation’s website, www.faustyna.pl. No new messages will be posted, as the sisters operating the page will also be at the retreat. However, they will not forget our online community in their prayer – the participants of the “Chaplet for the Dying” and the “Perpetual Chaplet”, members of the Shrine of Divine Mercy Facebook group, as well as all the contributors, benefactors and donors.
On May 26th (Friday), the Church is making a novena before the feast of the Holy Spirit. In the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, this novena is combined with the May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can participate in it on-line and ask for the light and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit for you, the Church, our country and the world, so that the Spirit lead us to full familiarity with Jesus, reveal to us the depth of His merciful love and teach us to perceive His presence and action in our daily lives. At the end of the novena in the Łagiewniki Shrine, a prayer vigil will be held.
May 27th is the 11th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Holy Father prayed before the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina, in the chapel of Perpetual Adoration, and in the Basilica he met with the sick, who – as he said – are the most eloquent witnesses of God’s Mercy and have an active part in the salvation of the world. On a general audience in Rome, he recalled this pilgrimage to the Shrine in Łagiewniki: I had the opportunity to point out that only Divine Mercy illuminates the mystery of man. … Contemplating the illuminating wounds of the risen Christ, Sister Faustina Kowalska received a message of trust to humanity, the message of God’s Mercy … This message is indeed the main message of our time: mercy as God’s power and as the boundary for the evils of the whole world.
On May 27th (Saturday), after a communal prayer in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7:30 am, the 10th Pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will begin. The pilgrims will make the distance of 33 km on foot. They will visit the churches of Mary Queen of Poland in Krakow’s Nowy Ruczaj and in Rzozów, and the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Przytkowice as they go. The arrival to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is planned at 6:45 pm. After a Holy Mass, they will return to Krakow by buses.
On May 28th (Sunday), sisters from the Radom community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will share the “gift of God for our time” that is St. Faustina and the message of Mercy provided by her, with the faithful at the parish of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Kozienice.
On May 29th, in Cuba, the Camaguey Archdiocese will host Youth Passover. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Camaguey convent will also participate in it: Sr. Filipa Bąk and Sr. Filipina Szwed accompanied by youth from the MAJ (Youth Charity Movement), which is the youth branch of the Congregation of Charity of Apostolate in Cuba. The program includes “The Way of Light”, where one of the stations will be led by young people from MAJ, concerts, a solemn Mass and group work.
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.
In May, in a number of parishes in Poland, children participate for the first time in the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion. More and more children in special white clothes arrive with their priests, catechists and parents to the Shrine of Divine Mercy to make thanks for the great gift of God’s mercy which is the Eucharistic presence of the Lord Jesus and His indwelling in the human soul and to ask for fidelity and growth in the love of God and other people.
In June, during the evening worship, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally sung in churches in Poland. This is also true for the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, this takes place in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina. The June devotions are celebrated every day at 7:00 pm and at 6:30 pm on Sundays and other holidays.
On June 1st, celebrations associated with the 100th anniversary of the Primary School in Świnice Warckie, which was attended by Helena Kowalska – the future Sister Faustina, for three years from the beginning of its existence. On this occasion, a solemn Mass will take place at 10.00 am at the outdoor altar at the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina in Świnice Warckie. It will be presided over by Fr. Prelate Artur Niemira, the Chancellor of the Włoclawek Curia. Then, in the sports hall of the school, there will be occasional speeches, guest appearances and artistic performance by the students. A special point of the program will be the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the fact that one of the first pupils of this school was a girl today known in the whole world as the Apostle of Divine Mercy.