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The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.soeurfaustine.fr, has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices. The new version of the website is available in Polish, English, Spanish and French for the time being. The other 4 language versions are being developed and will be added in time.

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 8 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.

 

Next year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. It was one of the most important events of the pontificate of John Paul II, which took place on August 17, 2002, during the consecration of the basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During this year’s nationwide pilgrimage of venerators of Divine Mercy, which always takes place on the Sunday following the anniversary of the Basilica’s consecration, preparations will begin for the 20th anniversary of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. We would like to invite Shrines of Divine Mercy in Poland and worldwide, parishes dedicated to Divine Mercy and all those who would like to learn more about the content of the papal act of entrustment, to join in this work.

Over a dozen shrines and sites of worship of Divine Mercy have already responded to our proposal, among others from Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania, France and many other countries, says Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Rector of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Over the next 11 months we will meditate on the different parts of the Act of Entrustment of the World to Divine Mercy to discover the richness of this wonderful prayer. In the Basilica of Divine Mercy, at every Holy Mass and every day after praying the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet, we recite the Papal Act of Entrustment. Now we want to bring it back to the attention of the whole world. Texts for consideration will be emailed to those interested.

This preparation is inspired by the words spoken by John Paul II at the end of his homily during the Mass during which he consecrated the Divine Mercy Basilica: How greatly today’s world needs God’s mercy. On all continents, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise … Today, therefore, in this Shrine, I want to make a solemn act of entrusting the world to God’s mercy. I do this with a fervent desire that the message of God’s merciful love, which was proclaimed here through Sister Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the Earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message be spread from here to our beloved homeland and throughout the world.

Shrines and parishes that would like to receive materials for prayerful preparation for this event please email us at: info@milosierdzie.pl.

On 7-13 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the pilgrimage from Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. The pilgrimage is organized by Pallottine fathers and sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will lead prayers for the pilgrims along the 145 km route.

August 15 marks the 20th anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Pastavy, Belarus, Vitebsk diocese. Following the invitation of Bp. Władysław Blin, the Sisters started their service at the parish of St. Anthony, living in a small house near the church. Their apostolic work is missionary, and its purpose is to reach out to children, adolescents, families, the poor, and the elderly with the message of God’s love to mankind. The Sisters teach religion in Pastavy and nearby villages, lead formation work in communities of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association in Pastavy and in Minsk (about 25 people in each group), they run a day-care center for children, hold meetings with youth, and operate a canteen for the poor, where they cook and serve nutritious soup to serve them every day. In addition, the Sisters visit the local retirement home, and during school holidays, they organize “Holidays with God” for children and youth, stage occasional performances in the parish, and serve the local people with good word and prayer. May the Merciful Lord continue to use their service, so that their life testimony, deeds, words and prayers make His merciful love present and carry it on their apostolic mission fruitfully.

The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.santafaustina.es, has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices. The new version of the website is available in Polish, English and Spanish for the time being. The other 5 language versions are being developed and will be added in time.

A photo exhibition has been arranged in the lower part of the Basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, titled Franciszek Cardinal Macharski – A Man of Mercy. The occasion for organizing this exhibition is the 5th anniversary of the retired metropolitan Bishop of Krakow’s passing away. Cardinal Macharski was a great venerator of Divine Mercy and Sister Faustina, which is why he chose “Jesus, I trust in You!” as his episcopal motto. As the pastor of the Archdiocese of Krakow, he took great care of the proper teaching of the Divine Mercy devotion and venerating St. Faustina, since, as he admitted: It is not just one more devotion, one more little book and a painting. Divine Mercy devotion is not comparable to anything else, and it is affecting world history, the history of mankind. No diplomacy, no politics, no human industry and skill can save what seems to be man-made doom impending no just on one human being, but on all humanity – except for Jesus, the Crucified and Resurrected. And I say through Mary. He was the first bishop to introduce the Feast of Divine Mercy in his diocese, in 1985. On 1 November 1992, he issued an official decree elevating the status of the convent chapel of St. Joseph to the rank of a Shrine of Divine Mercy, and 4 years later, he founded the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association. He was a patron and active participant of many theological symposiums and the International Congresses of Apostles of Divine Mercy organized in the Łagiewniki Shrine. He initiated and endorsed many books by granting his imprimatur, the first of which was the Diary of St. Faustina.

On August 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, Częstochowa, Kalisz and Kiekrz will support married couples praying for offspring. 714 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: www.modlitwaopotomstwo.pl.

The community of people praying for children led by Fr. Andrzej Wiecki and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 August at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.facebook.com/modlitwaopotomstwo 

On Saturday, August 7, a ceremony of admission for 19 new members of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles will take place in Košice, Slovakia. Solemn Eucharist at 10.45 am will be presided by Fr. Artur Ciepielski, and the ceremony of admission will be held by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová from the Krakow-Łagiewniki convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, on behalf of the Association. Sister Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will deliver a lecture before the ceremony, titled “Disciple – apostle – friend of merciful Jesus”.

Such is the title of the 13th 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: “Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth, the Tabernacle – and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. I am not surrounded by a retinue or guards. You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and desire to grant you grace”  (Diary, 1485). Saint Faustina responds. “From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish” (Diary, 1037).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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 August 5, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrates its patronal feast, honoring its Patroness – the Mother of Mercy Incarnate. On this day, the election of Mary as the heavenly Superior General of the Congregation has been traditionally renewed since in 1937, in the form of a special, ceremonial prayer. Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary: I saw the Virgin Mary and She said to me, Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love!  And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand she did the so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said hen the Mother of God said, Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory (Diary, 1244). This day is the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Pope Sixtus III, to celebrate the end of the stormy Council of Ephesus (431 AD), which declared the dogma of the divine motherhood of Mary (Theotokos), introduced the feast of the Mother of the Son of God, which was first celebrated in this particular basilica, and with time, successive Popes expanded it to the whole Church. Today, the liturgical calendar of the Church contains the memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, commemorating the miracle associated with the rise of the basilica, and this name is functioning in the minds of the faithful. Therefore, the first circumstance of the establishment of the feast of Mary as Mother of the Son of God – Mercy Incarnate, has been forgotten. For more information about Mary the Mother of Mercy, Her title, worship and iconography in the Church and Congregation, follow the link: Our Lady of Mercy.

On 2 August, at 10:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, 1 sister 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 Father Robert Więcek SJ. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation and families of the sisters. During the first profession, sister 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.

August 1 marks the 10th anniversary of the Perpetual Chaplet, which is a prayerful endeavor managed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at www.faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions. It was inspired by the request made by Jesus that He uttered to St. Faustina, to use the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to incessantly ask for “mercy – for us and the whole world” (see Diary, 687). The participants of this prayer are people from all over the world and all the continents, who have at least once declared to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on a chosen day and time by filling out a simple form. In addition to personal intentions, each month we plead for God’s mercy in important general intentions. The fruits of this prayer are only known to the Lord. What we know is that no request goes unheeded provided it is in accord with God’s will, which for us is mercy itself, and if we ask with trust, striving to do God’s will faithfully and to love our neighbor actively, which is the foundation of every form of Divine Mercy devotion.

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 August 1st, it will be 96 years since Helena Kowalska, known throughout the world under her religious name of Sister Faustina, joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Despite explicit instructions from Jesus to go to Warsaw and enter a convent to begin monastic life, her way to start following her vocation was not easy. As she wrote in her Diary, she knocked on the doors of many convents, but she was accepted nowhere. It was only in the convent at ul. Żytnia in Warsaw that she received an approval to join, but not before she spends a year working as a maid to earn a modest dowry. Finally, on August 1st, 1925 she stepped over the threshold of the closure, and wrote in her Diary: 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, 12). She then spent 13 years in many convents of the Congregation, fulfilling simple duties, and at the same time leading a very deep spiritual life. The Lord sent St. Faustina to the world to remind people of the Biblical truth about the merciful love of God to each human being and call them to proclaim it with a new power of witness, deed, word and prayer.

Il 1 agosto di quest’anno nel convento della Congregazione B.V.Maria della Misericordia nel Santuario a Cracovia-Łagiewniki, ci sarà una ceremonia della vestizione di 3 postulanti. Le sorelle, dopo aver vissuto di prova nella vita religiosa, ricevono il loro nuovo nome ed un vestito di novizie (un vestito nero ed un velo bianco).  Cosi iniziano un periodo di noviziato che dura 2 anni, dopo di ché si pronunciano i primi voti religiosi. La cerimonia della vestizione ha luogo dentro la clausura del convento, però la santa Messa, alle ore 10.30,  per le loro intenzioni, è celebrata nella cappella con l’Immagine Miracolosa di Gesù Misericordioso e presso la tomba di santa Faustina.

Such is the title of the 12th 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: “It is love that has brought Me here, and it is love that keeps Me here. In the Blessed Sacrament I am fully for you – Body, Soul, and Divinity”  (Diary, 576, 1770). Saint Faustina responds. “One day, we shall learn what it is that God does for us, and the gift He offers us during every Mass. Only His Divine love could have afforded such a gif” (Diary, 914).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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 Saturday, July 31 of this year, at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the silver anniversary of the religious profession of Sister Andrea, Sister Akwila, Sister Aurelia, Sister Marcelina, Sister Rosaria, Sister Senta and Sister Zofia will be celebrated. At 11:00 a.m. in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a solemn Holy Mass will be celebrated with the renewal of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience by the Jubilarians, whose outer sign is a silver ring with the engraved name of Jesus. Sisters from other convents of the Congregation, Family, as well as persons entrusted with apostolic work will join the celebration praying in thanksgiving for the gift of the Jubilarians  and for their intentions.

On Saturday, July 31, a day retreat for venerators of Divine Mercy and the rosary club will take place at the parish of Our Lady of Peace in the Third District. It will be hosted by Fr. Alan Delz, O.P., and Sr. M. Antoniana Štullerová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The event will includes lectures, Holy Mass and Adoration of the Holy Sacrament, and prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On July 31st, the liturgical calendar includes a commemoration of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and one of the patron saints of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which has benefited from Ignatian spirituality throughout its history. Saint Faustina mentions this Saint twice in her Diary, when she writes about his advice concerning keeping the vow of obedience, and on the occasion of her the vision in 1935: The Feast of St. Ignatius. I prayed fervently to this Saint, complaining and asking how he could watch me and not come to my assistance in such important matters, that is in fulfilling God’s will. I said to the Saint: “You, who are our Patron, you were burning with the fire of love and zeal for the greater glory of God, I humbly ask you, please help me carry out God’s plans.” It was during Mass. Then I saw St. Ignatius on the left-hand side of the altar with a big book in his hands. He said to me: “My daughter, I am not indifferent to your affairs; this rule can be applied to the Congregation as well.” With his hand he pointed to the book and vanished. I was extremely pleased that the Saints have us very much in their thoughts and that they are in close touch with us. O, divine Goodness, how beautiful the spiritual world is, if we can be in communion with the Saints already here on earth. All day long I felt that this Patron Saint, whom I hold so dear, was close by my side.

On July 27-29, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is organizing the Christ Our Life Conference which will be an online event for diocese pro-life leaders. The Conference will start with a presentation from Sr. Gaudia Skass of the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The event will revolve around the topic of trusting the merciful Lord, which is so crucial for the pro-life movement, as the people who are creating it are on the front lines of the fight between civilizations for the right to live from womb to tomb, and are facing extreme resistance from contemporary culture.

The liturgical calendar includes compulsory commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene, who is the patroness of good change, on 22 of July. Since the beginning, this Saint is the patron of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, especially of the girls and women in need of moral regeneration, the education of whom is the main task of the sisters. Images and statues of Mary Magdalene are found in many convents of the Congregation. In the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Lagiewniki, her the statue is located in the main altar which is dedicated to the patron saint of the Congregation – Our Lady of Mercy.

On July 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., another Evening with Merciful Jesus will take place. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. This time, Sr. M. Inga will give a presentation about proclaiming the Message of Mercy by witness bearing by one’s life, deeds, words and prayer. After the speech and the Adoration of the Lord Jesus, the participants will finally be able to gather for tea.

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.

People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for July is prayer: Coverage of costs: servers and fiber optic cables, streaming carried out by Livestream Vimeo, and ongoing maintenance of equipment needed for broadcasting.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustinaat least once.

 

The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.saint-faustina.org, has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices. The new version of the website is available in Polish and in English only for the time being. The other 6 language versions are being developed and will be added in time.

Sisters Konstancja and Cypriana from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Pastavy, Belarus, will organize a camp for young people from their parish in Garshevichy, Grodno diocese, on July 14-17 this year. They will be joined by Fr. Vitalik, a Priest of the Sacred Heart. The camp will be both recreational and formational, as it also includes conferences and presentations on the importance of the sacraments in the Christian life.

Such is the title of the 11th 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: “On the cross, the fount of My mercy was opened up wide by the spear, for each and every soul – I have not excluded any of them” (Diary, 1182). Saint Faustina responds. “O Jesus, Your goodness surpasses all comprehension, and none shall ever exhaust Your mercy. Perdition is for the soul that wishes to perish; for them that want to be saved there is an inexhaustible sea of the Lord’s mercy” (Diary, 631).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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.

July 16 is the 155th anniversary of the death of Mother Thérèse Rondeau, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France (Laval), and co-founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. She was born on October 6, 1793 in Laval, France. She was christened Theresa Agatha. Under the influence of her confessor, Fr. J. Chanon, S.J., Theresa undertook working with penitent women, that is to say women in need of deep moral renewal and willing to change their lives. In order to prepare better for this work, in 1818 she moved to Bordeaux, where Mother Teresa de Lamourous ran a house for penitent women, which was called “Mercy”. After a two-month stay, Theresa Rondeau made private vows and returned to Laval to become the foundress of a new work, independent from Bordeaux, and in time this became the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France. Mother Teresa Potocka, née Ewa Sułkowska, who later became the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, adopted the spirituality of the French Congregation and their way of conducting apostolic work. Mother Teresa Rondeau died on 16 July 1866 and was buried within the grounds of the Congregation in Laval; her tomb is in a garden belonging to the convent. Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland has named a co-founder. The spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is St. Faustina Kowalska.