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For the last few months, the Vienna-based Polish Droga Radio has been broadcasting the daily morning Mass 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, and since May 24, 2023, it has also included the live 3 pm Hour of Mercy prayer and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The service is led by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, and is broadcast by more than a dozen radio stations and several TV stations in Poland and abroad, including TVP3 on national air.

On October 2-4, the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will host the traditionally celebrated triduum before the Feast of St. Faustina. Services with occasional sermons will be preached by Fr. Grzegorz Szczygieł, M.S., pastor and retreat giver.

October 2 at 7 pm,
October 3 and 4 at 5 pm.

You can participate in the triduum through the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl, on the Faustyna.pl YouTube channel and the mobile application with the same name.

On October 5, which is the anniversary of St. Faustina’s birth in Heaven, the site where the Apostle of Divine Mercy left the earth to go to the Heavenly Father’s house, will be opened to visitors. Usually, it is unavailable for pilgrims, because it is inside the religious cloister. Entering the Shrine, you can only see a plaque and the window of the old infirmary decorated with flowers. On October 5, however, the oratory, in which the relics of St. Faustina body are deposited, along with more than a hundred relics of other saints and blessed, will be made available to pilgrims from 10.00 am to 6 pm.

Under this motto, a retreat for members and volunteers of the Faustinum Association will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki from September 30 to October 2. It will be delivered by Fr. Paweł Bryś, M.S., a retreat giver and CEO of the La Salette publishing company, and Sr. Maria Faustyna Ciborowska from the Krakow convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, a Bible scholar with a PhD from the John Paul II University in Krakow. The theme of this spiritual exercise was inspired by Jesus’ words spoken to St. Faustina: “Meditate on the Prophet Jonas and his mission” (Diary, 331) and her reflections following them.

On 1-2 October, before the feast of St. Faustina, Sr. Wincenta Mąka from the Roman community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will meet with the faithful at the parish of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Malignano, Marche district, to share awareness of the Apostle of Divine Mercy, her mission and spiritual legacy. The meeting agenda includes a prayerful commune, the Hour of Mercy prayer and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the honoring of St. Faustina’s relics.

On October 2 (Sunday) at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock at the Old Market Square, another formative meeting of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association community will be held, the topic of which will be God’s mercy in the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. It will begin at 2:15 p.m. with communal adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to be continued with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by a conference and Holy Mass at 5 p.m. The meetings are hosted by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and priests.

On May 23, the National Museum in Krakow (Aleja 3 Maja 1) will open an exhibition titled Vilnius, Vilnius, Vilne – one city, many stories, covering the years 1918-1948. One of the themes of the exhibition is the Divine Mercy devotion. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has loaned 4 artifacts for this exhibition:

  1. the painting of Merciful Jesus by Łucja Bałzukiewiczówna, donated by Blessed Fr. Michał Sopoćko in 1940 to the Congregation’s chapel in Vilnius
  2. a photo album, Obrazki Jezusa Miłosiernego, featuring photographic reproductions of the World War II-era Divine Mercy image by Michał Nowicki
  3. A “Jesus, I trust in you!” holy card, printed in Vilnius in 1940
  4. Pocket prayer book to Divine Mercy, published in Vilnius in 1940

The exhibition was organized by the National Museum in Krakow and the National Museum of Vilnius, with honorary patronage assumed by Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland. The exhibition will be open until September 3, 2023 in Krakow, when it will move to Vilnius.

During the summer, the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy go on holidays too. Usually, they spend these days visiting their families or other convents of the Congregation. The younger sisters are happy to organize their stay at the retreat house of the Congregation in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki and Rabka, because they can also stay with members of their families there. What is more, they can make hiking trips from there. We would like to wish you all to make your holiday a time of restoration of your spiritual and physical strength.

On September 30, at 6.30 am, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina in the intentions of IT specialists, donors, translators and other individuals contributing to www.saint-faustina.org. The Eucharist is an expression of gratitude from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for bringing the message of the merciful love of God towards man to the world together. Let it bring great glory to the Divine Mercy in human souls.

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. 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. More:  www.iskra.jezuici.pl.

On September 22-25 this year, the Fourth Congress of Consecrated Young People will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady in Licheń Stary, with the participation of Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The motto of this meeting, which has a prayerful and formative purpose, are the words from the Book of Isaiah: Arise; shine. The event will include Holy Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, testimonies, sharing the experience of consecrated and apostolic life, and conferences to be delivered by Bishop Jacek Kiciński CMF, chairman of the Commission for Consecrated Life and Apostolic Societies of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Father Michał Nowak OFMConv, Father Krzysztof Pałys OP, Franciszek Kucharczyk and Father Marek Chmielniak SAC.

On 23-25 September, a vocational retreat for young women will take place in the Discalced Carmelites’ monastery in Lorinčík near Košice in the south of Slovakia. The theme will be: The heart of a woman. The retreat will be provided by the Carmelite Fathers and Sr. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

Such is the title of the 16th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “Mankind shall not find peace and contentment until it turns with trust unto My mercy” (Diary, 300). Saint Faustina responds. “I truly want all souls to turn trustfully unto Your infinite mercy. No-one can be justified in Your eyes unless he is attended by Your infinite mercy” (Diary, 1122).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On September 18th at 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Holy Mass celebrated under the presidency of Fr. Canon Henryk Betlej will begin the celebration of the centenary of St. Faustina’s stay in Łódź and the 5th anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s ministry at Krośnieńska street, in the house where the Apostle of Divine Mercy lived. On this day, an exhibition entitled Krośnieńska 9, dedicated to St. Faustina, the patron saint of Łódź, will be opened. The program of jubilee celebrations at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy includes a series of monthly meetings with prayer, interesting conferences, cultural events and a tour along the trail of the Patroness of Łódź until February 2023. Services in the following months will be celebrated by Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan of Łódź, Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, Bishop Marek Marczak, and Bishop Ireneusz Pękalski. The event will be held under the honorary patronage of Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan of Łódź, and Mother Miriam Janiec, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

Such is the title of the 15th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “Let My mercy work in you, in your poor soul; let the rays of grace into your soul, they will bring light, warmth, and life”  (Diary, 1486). Saint Faustina responds. “I seek no happiness except in my interior, in which God abides. I rejoice in God within me. Here I dwell constantly with Him; here I am at my most intimate with Him” (Diary, 454).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On September 14th, faithful across Australia and Oceania will join in prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm. The action is the fruit of the Congress of Divine Mercy held in Melbourne in 2018 and involves joining in prayer twice a year: on May 18, which is the anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, and on September 14—the anniversary of the revelation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. More information and how to join: www.worldchaplet.org