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The Polish name for the votive Mass celebrating the Virgin Mary, celebrated in Advent is “roraty”. The name comes from the words of the introit which begins with: rorate caeli desuper – “Drop down ye heavens from above”. At the altar, a special candle decorated with a white ribbon is lit, symbolizing the Virgin, and the faithful hold lighted candles that illuminate the darkness inside the church while they are waiting for a sign of the coming of Christ. This candle is referred to as “roratka”. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy, this Mass is celebrated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6.30 am. Internet users can get involved in the prayer online at www.saint-faustina.org .

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”. Specific intention for January: so that divine blessings come to us and our families on each day of 2024 and so that mercy and peace are bestowed on the world.

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.

From June 25-28, 75 young women from the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, will participate in an annual camp organized for the discernment of life’s vocation. The motto of the summer camps is We pray hard and play hard! Sister Faustia and Sister Grace from the Washington, D.C.,  community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will talk about what a vocation is, how to discern it, what types of vocations there are, what it’s like to be a sister…, as well as give personal testimonies, lead prayer and spend time with the girls. The meeting agenda includes Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, Adoration and all kinds of outdoor games.

August 17th is the 21th anniversary of the entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy by Pope John Paul II during his last pilgrimage to Poland at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. After the consecration of the basilica, the Holy Father uttered words in which he entrusted the fate of the world and every human being to God, the Father rich in Mercy. These words became a daily prayer not only for the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the pilgrims coming to the Łagiewniki Shrine, but also to millions of people in the world.

God, Father of Mercy,
Who revealed Your love in your Son, Jesus Christ,
And poured it upon us in the Holy Spirit the Comforter,
today we entrust to you the fate of the world and every human being.
Look upon over us sinners,
heal our weakness,
overcome all the evil,
let all the inhabitants of the Earth experience Your Mercy,
In You, the Triune God,
we have always found a source of hope.
God, Father of Mercy,
for your painful torment and the Resurrection of Your Son
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The annual retreat for worshipers of Divine Mercy will take place on June 24-26 at the Jesuit retreat house in Prešov, Slovakia. The retreat with God’s greatest attribute, which is His mercy, will be led by Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová ISMM from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy together with the Jesuit Fathers from the Prešov community.

On the occasion of the 38th World Youth Day in Portugal, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is launching a Brazilian Portuguese version of the Faustyna.pl website, to be operated by Sisters of the convent in Rio de Janeiro. The website features source texts on the mystery of the Divine Mercy, Mary the Mother of Mercy, St. Faustina, her life, mission and spirituality, Shrines of Divine Mercy in Poland and worldwide, and also tells about the life and activities of the Congregation where the Apostle of Divine Mercy lived and died. The website also has the online video streams from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying and the Perpetual Chaplet in addition to contracts for downloading the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the photos and images of St. Faustina.

It is the ninth language version of the website, apart from the Polish, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian and Slovak ones, which was created thanks to the apostolic service of the team of translators and consultants under the direction of Robert Jankowski, our IT team and the Sisters of the Congregation of the Lady of Mercy.

“I betroth you to Jesus Christ”. These are the words 3 sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will hear from Bishop Jan Zając on August 2nd during their perpetual vows at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the chapel with the famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The vows of chastity, poverty and obedience will be made in the presence of the Superior General, Mother Miriam Janiec. The ceremony will be attended by sisters, priests, families and friends. It will be one of the most important days in the lives of these sisters, the Congregation and the Church—the espousal of God and the human soul.

The monthly formation meetings of the Faustinum community will be held in Borši (Streda nad Bodrogom parish) in Slovakia on Monday and Tuesday (June 19-20). The program includes conferences on the theme of God’s mercy in the Bible and St. Faustina’s Diary, will be delivered by Sr. M. Hedvig Uličná of the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Slovakia.

On August 1th, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, postulant 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 sister who begin their novitiate will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, at 11:00.

On July 7, the 11th International Walking Pilgrimage will set off from Hidasnemeti (Hungary) across Slovakia to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During the nine days, the pilgrims will make their way along a 275 km route through Kosice, Radatice, Pečowská Nová Ves, Plavnica, Piwniczna Zdrój, Gostwica, Tymbark and Brzączowice. The pilgrimage will reach Krakow on July 15. At 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited in the chapel of the convent before the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina.

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.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington, D.C., organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on July 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. The honorable guest this month will be Sr. Mary Claire from the community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Lakeville. Her presentation will be titled Heart to Heart with Merciful Jesus.

You can also join the event online atwww.jp2shrine.org/youtube. The lecture will be followed by Adoration of the Lord Jesus and a meet-up with refreshments.

“Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover the new quality of life in friendship with the merciful Lord Jesus.

 

On June 22, at 7 p.m., a monthly meeting of young faithful, the traditional Łagiewnki 22, will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. The evening meetings provide space to worship Divine Mercy during which the participants give thanks for the received blessings and entrust all their personal intentions and all matters of the Church and the world to the Lord Jesus.

On June 10, Sr. Donata of the Washington, D.C., community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a day of recollection at the National Center for Padre Pio, in Barto, Pennsylvania. The theme for reflection and prayer will be the devotion to the Divine Mercy in the forms handed down by St. Faustina, especially its essence, that is, the attitude of trusting God to do His will.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington, D.C., organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on June 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. The honorable guest this month will be Fr. Patrick Fiorillo, chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Centre and vicar of the parish of St. Paul at Harvard Square in Boston; member of the Vatican III jazz band which is made up of priests only. In his presentation, Fr. Patrick will speak about human sin and evil versus God’s unfailing love that restores man’s dignity as a child of God.

You can also join the event online atwww.jp2shrine.org/youtube. The lecture will be followed by Adoration of the Lord Jesus and a meet-up with refreshments.

“Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover the new quality of life in friendship with the merciful Lord Jesus.

On Friday 23 June at 3.20 pm monthly Holy Mass will be celebrated for the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association in Slovakia. It will be celebrated at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Košice’s KVP area by Fr. Radoslav Gönci. Regular monthly Masses for the intentions of the Faustinum in Slovakia have been celebrated since 2006.

After the service, a formation meetup will be called for the local community of the Faustinum, which will be hosted by Fr. Tomáš Svat and Sr. M. Antoniana Štullerová of the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

Until 23 June you can register for the three day Divine Mercy Retreat: “Brought to a new birth through Divine Mercy”, which will be held from the 25th to 27th of August at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków Łagiewniki. It will be led by Fr Jason Jones, Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy in Wales, and sr. Maria Vianneya Dąbrowska from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

For more information and the registartion form, visit: www.faustinum.pl/eng

On June 7 and 8, the Annual Divine Mercy Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference will be held at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, organized by the Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy in cooperation with the Marian Fathers. This event will be attended by Sr. Inga from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will give a conference on Eucharist a source of healing for patients.

A formal gathering of members and volunteers of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on June 3rd. The theme of the Convention will be: The community of the Church as a place of growth, which corresponds with the motto of the pastoral year in Poland. The meeting agenda includes Holy Mass, lectures, community sharing, Adoration of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and the entrustment of the Faustinum Association to St. Joseph, who communicated to St. Faustina that he is supporting her prophetic mission to bring the message of Mercy to the world and who asked her for prayer as well.

To find out more about the Faustinum Association and the Convention agenda, please visit www.faustinum.pl.

On June 3rd, the Youth Meeting at Lednica will be held for the twenty-seventh time. This year the main theme will be the Eucharist, and the motto of the meeting will be Follow the Lamb. Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be there with Sr. Gaudia Skass who will deliver a message to the participants of this event, which flows from the spiritual legacy of St. Faustina. The Saint’s relics also have accompanied the young during the Lednica meetings for a few years.

A spiritual retreat for young women will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on May 26-28. The theme of the event is How do I find my way?  It will be delivered by Fr. Mariusz Balcerek, S.J. and Sr. M. Gaudia Skass, I.S.M.M. Based on Scriptures, the Diary of St. Faustina and the teaching of St. Ignatius Loyola concerning how to discern spirits.

On May 27th at 28 pm a prayerful vigil before the feast of the Pentecost will begin at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We will gather in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, which will become the Cenacle. Together with Mary, the Mother of Mercy, we shall be asking the Holy Spirit for the Light, Power and Graces for us, the Holy Church, our Country and the entire World. The vigil will end with Holy Mass at midnight. You can join in this prayer online at www.saint-faustina.org where it will be broadcast.

It is a tradition in Poland that Catholics gather in every church and even at small roadside shrines in May to celebrate “Majówki” – a special kind of devotion to the Virgin Mary, during which the Litany of Loreto is sung. At the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the May devotions are celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm and on Sundays and other holidays at 6:30 pm. You can also join in the prayer online, at /www.saint-faustina.org

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”. Specific intention for May: For children and youth so that they nurture the spirit of faith, hope and love and for new vocations to God’s service in the Church.

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 5th World Congress on Divine Mercy, organized by Wacom, will be held in Samoa, the island country in Oceania, from May 20-26. Sisters from the American communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will also participate. Sister M. Teresa de la Fuente will give a conference, The Ocean of Love that Encompasses the Whole World: The Message and Mission according to Sister Faustina, and Sr. M. Inga Kvassayova will speak about the image of Merciful Jesus as the face of the new evangelization. The Congress organizers emphasize that the Pacific Ocean on which Samoa lies, considered the largest and deepest ocean in the world, can serve as a metaphor of God’s deepest, unfathomable, forgiving love for sinful humanity. The image of the ocean reveals the truth that God’s mercy is humanity’s hope of returning to the Father and the greatest force that fights evil in the world today.

On May 19th (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.

On Saturday, May 20th 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 Aleksandra, Sister Catherina, Sister Clara, Sister Daria, Sister Lilioza and Sister Nazareta 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 of thanksgiving for the gift of the Jubilarians  and for their intentions.

On Saturday, May 20st, there will be a spring pilgrimage to the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy on Mount Butkov in Slovakia. Celebrations will start with communal prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy from from Slovakia. Solemn Mass in honor of St. John Paul II at 3.30 p.m. will be presided over by Father Pavol Zvara, rector of the Pontifical Slovak College of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Rome. The site devoted to the worship of Divine Mercy located at Mount Butkov (11th floor of a stone quarry), where a large illuminated cross, in addition to statues of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II have been placed, is part of the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy with a church in Ladce.

On May 18, 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II – the third national TVP channel began daily broadcast of the Hour of Mercy prayer and the Divine Mercy Chaplet from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In front of the grace-famous Divine Mercy image and at the tomb of St. Faustina, the prayers are recited by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. At three o’clock in the afternoon, a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, only thanks to this broadcast, hundreds of thousands of people gather every day at the cross of Jesus, and – as Jesus wanted – at least for a brief moment ponder the mystery of God’s mercy revealed in His passion and, for its merits, beg for God’s mercy “for us and the whole world”. It is a time of grace that is given to us every day, because Jesus has bound promises of all graces and temporal blessings in accordance with His will, with the Hour of Mercy (the moment of His dying on the cross) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, if we ask for them with trust and combine this confident prayer with acts of mercy towards other people.

The broadcast of the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet on TVP3 is also available online, at www.faustyna.pl including other language versions of the website, as well as on our Faustyna.pl You Tube channel and app for Android and iOS.

On May 18th, faithful across Australia and Oceania will join in prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm for the 6 time. 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 13—the anniversary of the revelation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, above all, by the faithful of Australia and Oceania. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. On May 18th, all those participating will pray for the following intentions:

More information and how to join: www.worldchaplet.org