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Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, in the Santo Spirito church in Sassia, adjacent to the Vatican, home to Italy’s first Center for the Spirituality of Divine Mercy, which was created after the beatification of Sister Faustina Kowalska. The church hosts relics of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and a Divine Mercy image donated by St. John Paul II. The rector of the church is a Polish priest, Fr. Józef Bart, and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy are serving there as well. Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is broadcast from this church from Monday to Friday by the Italian Telepace  television, and on Saturdays and Sundays on YouTube (find the broadcast via

Good Friday is the first day of the novena before the feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus asked St. Faustina to use it in order to prepare for the celebration, in which we worship God in the mystery of His unfathomable Mercy. The novena consists of nine days of recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus said about the power of this novena that it entreat just about everything which is in accordance with God’s will, which means that is good for us on earth and in eternity. Out of devotion, you can also recite a novena which Jesus dictated to Sister Faustina. The ceremonial start of this novena will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy after the prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3:00 pm), which is celebrated and experienced  in a special way on Good Friday. Live broadcast on-line  and TVP 3.

In the Catholic Church, Holy Saturday is a day of mourning after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In churches and chapels, the „Tomb of the Lord” is arranged, we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, thanking Him for the work of Redemption and graces brought by the Cross for our salvation, and we beg for mercy for us and the whole world. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the morning, foods are blessed on the Christmas table. About 3:00 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy is observed, combined with the novena before the Feast of  Divine Mercy, followed by memoration of the descent of Jesus into the abyss. After nightfall, at 8:00 pm in front of the basilica, the rites of the Easter Vigil will begin with the Eucharist, where candles should be brought, because this liturgy renews our vows of baptism. Live broadcast:

On the occasion of Easter and the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy would like to wish all our Benefactors, Associates supporting our apostolic works, as well as Visitors to the Congregation’s website and Members. May you all experience a joyful encounter with the risen, merciful Lord. He is the One who brings peace which the world cannot give, fills our hearts with love and always bestows blessings, as we see Him in the Image which He instructed St. Faustina to paint. Blessed Easter to you all!!!

Trust. This distrust of My goodness hurts Me very much.  If My death has not convinced you of My love, what will? (Diary, 580), Jesus complained to St. Faustina. His life, teachings, and miracles most fully revealed the goodness of God and his merciful love to the world. And yet, it so difficult for us to trust in God, so deep is our wound of distrust left by the original sin and our personal sins. Sister Faustina lifts the veil of heaven so we can deepen our knowledge of God’s merciful love, most fully revealed by Jesus’ passion and death on the Cross. This knowledge awakens and grows an attitude of trust in us, which expresses itself in fulfilling God’s will contained in the Commandments, the word of God, duties of the state or inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The will of God, as St. Faustina used to say, is mercy itself, which is why she served it faithfully and prayed with the words: Should You take me in my youth, be blessed; should You let me live to a ripe old age, be blessed. Should You give me health and strength, be blessed; should You confine me to a bed of pain for my whole life, be blessed. Should you give only failures and disappointments in life, be blessed. Should You allow my purest intentions to be condemned, be blessed. Should You enlighten my mind, be blessed. Should You leave me in darkness and all kinds of torments, be blessed. From this moment on, I live in the deepest peace, because the Lord himself is carrying me in the hollow of His hand. He, Lord of unfathomable mercy, knows that I desire Him alone in all things, always and everywhere (Diary, 1264). Doing the will of God is not only an expression of trust in Him, but also a release from fear, pride and selfishness, that brings peace and joy to the heart, so that we can more fully live in the freedom as God’s children and to participate in the life and mission of Jesus. It is the shortest way to union with God in love.

Good Friday is the only day in the year when there is no Holy Mass, as the most perfect sacrifice was made by Jesus Himself at the Cross.  Jesus told St. Faustina in one of the many revelations associated with His Passion: On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls – no one have I excluded! (Diary, 1182). On Good Friday, the 3:00 pm prayer, recited at the moment of the agony of Jesus on the Cross (Hour of Mercy) the is celebrated in a particularly solemn manner at the Shrine of Divine Mercy and followed by the start of the novena before the Feast of Mercy (transmission available at: and After the novena, at approx. 3:30 pm, the Way of the Cross will be celebrated. The Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion will begin in the Basilica at 6:00 pm. After Adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion, an Eucharistic procession will set off to the Holy Sepulcher, which is traditionally arranged in the convents’ Chapel of the Passion. There will be a continual adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. On Good Friday, strict fasting and abstinence from all meat is required. Live broadcast:

Holy Thursday is the day when we give thanks to merciful God for the gift of priesthood and the Eucharist. Jesus allowed me to enter the Cenacle, wrote St. Faustina about her mystical experience, and I was a witness to what happened there. However, I was most deeply moved when, before the Consecration, Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and entered into a mysterious conversation with His Father. It is only in eternity that we shall really understand that moment. His eyes were like two flames; His face was radiant, white as snow; His whole personage full of majesty, His soul full of longing. At the moment of Consecration, love rested satiated – the sacrifice fully consummated. Now only the external ceremony of death will be carried out – external destruction; the essence [of it] is in the Cenacle (Diary, 684).

At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, on Holy Thursday (April 1) at 10:00 the Holy Chrism Mass will be presided by archbishop Marek Jędraszewski. Oils for the exercise of the Holy Sacraments will be consecrated. About 6:00 pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be presided by Bishop John Hare, the honorary curator of the Shrine. The Holy Thursday liturgy will be completed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, which traditionally arranged in the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. Adoration of Jesus in Repose will last all night. Live broadcast:,

March 28 is Passion Sunday, also celebrated as Palm Sunday, which starts the Holy Week. On this day, the account of Jesus Christ’s Passion is read from the Gospel during the Holy Mass. The Eucharist is preceded by a procession with colorful Polish palms as a celebration of the memory of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The palms symbolize the Divine life being reborn in the souls of the faithful. The evangelic description of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem is supplemented by the account of St. Faustina’s visions from her Diary: I saw Jesus riding on a donkey’s foal, and the disciples and a great multitude with branches in their hands joyfully accompanying the Lord Jesus. Some strewed them before His feet where He was riding, while others raised their branches in the air, leaping and jumping before the Lord and not knowing what to do for joy. And I saw another crowd which came out to meet Jesus, likewise with joyful faces and with branches in their hands, and they were crying out unceasingly with joy. There were little children there also. But Jesus was very grave, and the Lord gave me to know how much He was suffering at the time. And at that moment, I saw nothing but only Jesus, whose Heart was saturated with ingratitude (Diary, 642). Jesus gave me to understand how much He had suffered in that triumphal procession. “Hosanna” was reverberating in Jesus’ heart as an echo of 'Crucify’. Jesus allowed me to feel this in a special way (Diary, 1028).

On every Friday at Shrine of Divine Mercy, a communal devotion of the Stations of the Cross, or Way of Sorrows, will be celebrated at the Basilica at 4:00 pm and in the chapel of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at 7:00 pm, with the exception of the first Friday, when the Way will be celebrated at 6:15 pm (online broadcast available at The devotion, in which we contemplate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, allows us to discover and explore the merciful love of God to man, to develop the attitude of trusting God in every situation, even the difficult and painful ones and the attitude of mercy toward our neighbors. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and suffered ignominious death for every one of us, to rise again so that we may have life and enjoy it now and forever.

In March in all chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one with the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions will be held to memorate St. Joseph. The sisters, since the early history of the Congregation, have had special veneration for St. Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of God and diligent protector of Christ, whose care they entrust themselves to. The Saint provides aid not only in respect to material things, but also spiritual ones. He gave St. Faustina “to know how much he is supporting this work of mercy” which the Lord commanded – one of proclaiming the message of mercy to the world, and promised his protection. However, he also demanded her continuing devotion and asked that she recite three daily prayers and one Memorate to St. Joseph (Diary, 1203). Our daily on-line broadcasts (except Thursdays and Sundays) at 7:00 pm will allow you to join in the singing of the Litany of St. Joseph with the sisters to thank for his fatherly care and to ask for his powerful intercession in our intentions before God.

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 March is prayer for  a fruitful experience of Lent, and the grace of conversion for all sinners, especially those in danger of losing their salvation.

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: 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. Faustina at least once.


The importance of daily choices. We may not realize just how much depends on our daily choices and taking on the cross every day to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In fact, here in the earthly life, we get to decide about everything: not only about what is important for our personal, family, professional, social, or national lives… but above all, our eternal lives. We live on earth only to learn how to love, since eternity will consist of loving. And the cross is inscribed in the art of love: enduring of suffering, forgiveness, and sacrifice. The importance of the ability to carry the cross is important for eternal life, as Jesus told Sister Faustina.

Then I saw the Lord Jesus nailed to the cross. When He had hung on it for a while, I saw a multitude of souls crucified like Him. Then I saw a second multitude of souls, and a third. The second multitude were not nailed to [their] crosses, but were holding them firmly in their hands. The third were neither nailed to [their] crosses nor holding them firmly in their hands, but were dragging [their] crosses behind them and were discontent. Jesus then said to me, Do you see these souls? Those who are like Me in the pain and contempt they suffer will be like Me also in glory. And those who resemble Me less in pain and contempt will also bear less resemblance to Me in glory. Among the crucified souls, the most numerous were those of the clergy. I also saw some crucified souls whom I knew, and this gave me great joy. Jesus then said to me, In your meditation tomorrow, you shall think about what you have seen today Diary, 446).

Starting on January 24, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina every Sunday at 11 am in the Slovak language. In this way, we would like to make it possible for the Divine Mercy venerators from Slovakia to participate in the service, especially since pandemic restrictions in that country do not permit church attendance. The broadcasting of Sunday Mass in the Slovak language at 11 am and in English at noon are available at, our YouTube channel,, as well as in the application.

For the period of Lent, we usually make resolutions, which usually involves doing the deeds that Jesus asked us to do: almsgiving, prayer and fasting, performed secretly with the pure intention of love for God and for people, not for applause or recognition. Saint Faustina also practiced them. In her religious life, however, she made one specific resolution, which she realized not only during Lent, but always, namely, she joined Merciful Jesus living in her soul, through an aspiration. When she wanted to change this decision, Jesus would not let her, because this daily practice leads to the development of a deep relationship with Him, to living our daily lives with Him.

On March 25, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, diocesan celebration of the Sanctity of Human Life Day will be combined with the rite of admission to the Work of Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child and the start of the Archdiocese of Krakow Year of the Family. Solemn Eucharist at 6 pm in the Basilica will be presided over by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Meropolitan Bishop of Krakow.  Representatives of families will receive the Amoris laetitia Exhortation from Pope Francis, which is the topic for reflection in the Year of the Family.

Pope Francis, announcing the Year of the Family in the Church on 27 December 2020, said: In the family, three words need to be used. I want to repeat this! Three words: ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Sorry’. Three essential words!. In our families when we are not overbearing and ask: ‘May I?’; in our families when we are not selfish and can say: ‘Thank you!’; and in our families when someone realizes that he or she did something wrong and is able to say ‘Sorry!’, our family experiences peace and joy.

St. Faustina is associated with the revelations of Merciful Jesus, the prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful love of God to man to the world, with the devotion to Divine Mercy and the new school of spirituality. She is less frequently mentioned in relation with her revelations of Our Lady, and yet in the Diary, dozens of meetings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy with Mary are reported. One revelation was a special occasion, because it talks about the extraordinary role of St. St. Faustina in Divine Mercy plans. On the Feast of the Annunciation of 1936, in the convent chapel at ul. Żytnia in Warsaw, Sister Faustina saw the Mother of God, who told her: I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it.  Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day.  Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you (Diary, 635). This message from the Mother of God also applies to us and impels us to bring the message of the merciful love of God to man to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer.


Before the Sanctity of Human Life Day, on 21-24 March, a retreat for women will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will be held in the Basilica and led by Fr. Mirosław Smyrak. Holy Mass will be at 6 pm, and will be followed by a lecture. The retreat will also be available live at the website of the Rectory:

On 22-24 March in the town of Kokshetau, a diocesan youth meeting dedicated to St. Joseph will be held. During this meeting, Sr. Anastasis Omelchenko from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Petropavlovsk and Anastasia Kochelabova from Shchuchinsk will deliver a workshop for girls on the Appointment of women to motherhood.

On March 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., a virtual Evening with Merciful Jesus will be organized, due to the Shrine being still closed to the public due to the pandemic. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. The evening will be devoted to Saint Joseph. A conference on this topic will be delivered by Sr. Donata Farbaniec. The meeting will start at 7 pm EST at the image of the Merciful Jesus with prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. You Tube live: . F acebook:


The nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on March 22nd. In this year of formation, the young will meet at 7 pm for an evening of Divine Mercy veneration in front of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at

This is the title of a series of videos recorded in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. Sister Anastasis shares the spiritual riches of St. Faustina and her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world, which Jesus provided her with. She recalls the biblical truth of God’s merciful love, most fully revealed in the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus, and calls us to bring it to the world with the witness of life, deed, word and prayer. The videos prepared by the Catholic Information Service are successively made available on its You Tube titled “Католики Казахстана”.

On March 21, in the parish of Our Lady of Consolation in Krzemienica, Przemysl Diocese, will see the official introduction of the relics of St. Faustina. On this occasion, the message of Mercy and the spiritual heritage of the Saint recorded in her Diary will be introduced to the faithful of this parish by Sr. Norberta Ruchała and Sr. Clareta Fečova from the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.


Concern for the conversion of sinners. This is the greatest act of mercy, which has us keep in mind the eternal wellbeing of another human being. Sister Faustina, following Jesus’ example, even made the sacrifice of her life with this intention. The mystical experiences she met heaven, purgatory and hell, because she said that no sacrifice is too great to save a man for eternity. Jesus invited her – and through it well and us – to cooperate in the work of saving sinners, even those for which humanly speaking, there is no hope. Many times He asked: I thirst. I thirst for the salvation of souls. Help Me, My daughter, to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion; and offer them to the heavenly Father for sinners (Diary, 1032). The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me; is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered (Diary, 1397).

At the invitation of Jesus, Sister Faustina responded generously: O Jesus, I want to bring souls to the fount of Your mercy to draw the reviving water of life with the vessel of trust. The soul desirous of more of God’s mercy should approach God with greater trust; and if her trust in God is unlimited, then the mercy of God toward it will be likewise limitless. O my God, Who know every beat of my heart, You know how eagerly I desire that all hearts would beat for You alone, that every soul glorify the greatness of Your mercy (Diary, 1489).

The feast of St. Joseph – March 19th – at the Shrine of Divine Mercy’s convent chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina is an indulgence, because it is the original dedication of the chapel and the entire property called “Józefowo”. The ceremony will be preceded by a novena, during which at the evening worship services Litany of St. Joseph is sung, and in  the morning after the breviary, a prayer is recited to the Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus. From March 16th to 18th it is traditional to celebrate a “Forty Hours Devotion” on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Holy Masses will take place at 6.30 am  and 5.00 pm.


Before the Feast of St. Joseph, a traditional novena will be celebrated in all convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, there will be a 40-hour service with full exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. In connection with the Year of St. Joseph which is celebrated by the Church in Poland, a special Triduum will be celebrated. On March 16-18, at 5 pm, in the chapel of the grace-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, which originally had been dedicated to St. Joseph, Fr. Mateusz Wyrobkiewicz, Vice Rector of the Shrine of Łagiewniki, will deliver the services and sermons on this occasion.

The film entitled Święta Faustyna w blasku Miłosierdzia (Saint Faustina in the glow of Mercy) by Piotr Weychert is now available on You Tube. The film is a fictionalized document that tells about the life of St. Faustina and the power of Divine Mercy. The film is built around the idea of St. Faustina’s impact on the modern world and is an attempt to answer the question why her mission meets the needs of people living in the twenty-first century so aptly. The film features archival materials intertwined with scenes played out by actors, and is supplemented by computer animations and other visual effects. The film was co-produced by Grupa Filmowa and the National Cultural Center. It was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The sponsors of the film are also: PKN ORLEN, Energa Group and publisher of the monthly “Poznaj Świat”.

On March 15, another Monday’s meeting will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, dedicated to contemplating the Catechism of the Catholic Church and prayer at the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina for the recovery of faith in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus, and for priests. At 6.45 pm, Fr. Janusz Kościelniak will lead a short meditation based on the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (128-133).  The focal point of the program will be the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with individual blessing. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at

This is the title the album published by the Kwadrat book company dedicated to Adolf Hyła, known as the Painter of Mercy, and John Paul II, the Pope of Mercy. The artist was the author of the most famous image of Merciful Jesus of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, and hundreds of other paintings made for many churches in Poland and worldwide. Saint John Paul II has revealed the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina to the Church and the world for the third millennium, and he entrusted the world to Divine Mercy. In the album, among others, you will find homilies of St. John Paul II and his successors delivered in the Łagiewniki Shrine, sermons and writings by priests of the Archdiocese of Krakow and Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Łagiewniki convent, in addition to accounts about the life and work of Adolf Hyła. This is accompanied by many unique photos from the history of the Divine Mercy Image veneration from its beginning until modern times, on top of St. John Paul II and Adolf Hyła. The book is available from the Misericordia stationary store at the Łagiewniki Shrine and its online shop at

Works of mercy.  This fast is what God desires. The following event in the life of St. Faustina is among the things which can convince us of it: The doctor did not allow me to go to the chapel to attend the Passion Service, although I had a great desire for it; however, I prayed in my own room. Suddenly I heard the bell in the next room, and I went in and rendered a service to a seriously sick person. When I returned to my room, I suddenly saw the Lord Jesus, who said, My daughter, you gave Me greater pleasure by rendering Me that service than if you had prayed for a long time. I answered, But it was not to You, Jesus, but to that patient that I rendered this service. And the Lord answered me, Yes, My daughter, but whatever you do for your neighbor, you do for Me (Diary, 1029).

Jesus instructed St. Faustina, and through her, all of us, that there are three ways to provide good to our neighbors: by deed, word, and prayer. He said: In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. (Diary, 742). Jesus asked Sister Faustina to do at least one act of mercy towards her neighbors during a day, and do it out of love for Him. This is the only wealth on earth that has eternal value. It makes us beautiful in our humanity and our Christian vocation, but also rich before God.

On Saturday, March 13, the Diocese of Arlington invites women to an annual meeting with prayer and conferences prepared specifically for them. The topic of this year’s meeting is Chosen From All Eternity For This Moment In Time. One of the conferences will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass, and another one by the Bible scholar Dr. Mary Healy. Holy Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Burbidge. The event will be held in Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. It will be attended by 250 women, twice fewer participants than in previous years due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. In order to reach as many women as possible, the conferences will be recorded and sent to all parishes in the diocese for formation purposes.