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The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all those who have supported the on-line broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at  www.faustyna.pl, on You Tube and on our mobile Faustyna.pl app for Android and iOS. Thanks to these broadcasts, people can virtually travel to the Łagiewniki Shrine 24 hours a day to participate in the Liturgy and pray for their intentions.

For all the Contributors and Benefactors of this work, on May 17th, at 5 p.m., Holy Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. We commend everyone to the Mercy of God in daily prayer in this holy place.

On May 17th, in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Prešov, Slovakia, a “Day of Divine Mercy” will be held. Sister from both communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Slovakia will take part, the ones from the Košice and Nižny Hrušov, together with members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association. The program includes: Holy Mass, sisters’ conference on “Our God’s name is Mercy”, adoration and prayer at the Hour of Mercy and  the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On Sunday, May 14, the parish of the Heart of Jesus and Mary in the village of Korneevka will host a meeting on the topic of Mary’s reign and what it means in our lives. It will be hosted by Sr. Anastasis Omelchenko from the Petropavlovsk community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The meeting is organized as part of the diocese’s preparations for the coronation of the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace, which will take place at the National Shrine of the Queen of Peace on July 7, 2023.

On May 8 we will be celebrating the 155th anniversary of the establishment, by Mother Teresa Ewa Countess Potocki nee Sułkowski, of the first house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow. The sisters became involved in the education of girls and women in need of deep moral renewal, first in the “House of Mercy” at the Church of Divine Mercy at Smoleńsk street, and then in the convent at the crossroads of Zwierzyniecka and Straszewskiego (now occupied by Hotel Radisson). Since 1891, the convent’s house has been in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Today, the sisters are performing more than their original work, being also involved in the mission of St. Faustina to proclaim the message of Mercy to the world. They do this not only at the Shrine of Divine Mercy among the pilgrims from around the world, but also through many new works: the Association of Divine Mercy Apostles “Faustinum”, the publishing company “Misericordia”, the quarterly magazine “Orędzie Miłosierdzia”, the website available in 8 languages, the online broadcasts from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the perpetual Chaplet, the Chaplet for the dying, presence in the media, social networking, visits to parishes in Poland and abroad, participation in symposia and conferences devoted to the Mercy of God and the heritage of St. Faustina, etc. Their ministry, even the most implicit, includes the proclamation of the message of the merciful Love of God to man.

On May 8, at 5 p.m. at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, Mass will be celebrated for the intentions of all those participating in and supporting the Chaplet for the Dying, for a serene death for the moribund reported by text message to +48 505 060 205 and the joy of heaven for the deceased.

The Chaplet for the Dying has been carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine since 2013, as a response to Jesus’ request to St. Faustina: Pray as much as you can for the dying, pray that they may put their trust in My mercy, for they are the ones most in need of trustfulness, but have it least of all. Know that for some souls the grace of eternal salvation will depend at their last moment on your prayers (Diary, 1777). Every year, as part of this project, we come to the aid of more than 40,000 people who need our support as they depart this world and, sometimes with great suffering, make the most important choice of their lives. May Jesus the Merciful go out to meet people who cross the threshold of eternity through our apostolate, so that their death is peaceful and serene, and may He welcome the dead into his kingdom.

For more information go to https://www.saint-faustina.org/chaplet-for-the-dying/

On May 7 (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.

Saint Faustina is commonly associated with her revelations of Merciful Jesus and not so much with ones of the Virgin Mary. However, she experienced tens of such revelations. While She conversed with Sister Faustina, Mary revealed to her the mystery of Divine Mercy in her own life. She also instructed, reassured and accompanied the Saint in her prophetic mission of Mercy. She told her: Out of the depths of God’s Mercy, I am your Mother (Diary, 449) and I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy, and your Mother (Diary, 330).

The Blessed Virgin was, for Sister Faustina, primarily the Mother of the Son of God – the Embodiment of Mercy – and thanks to the Divine Mercy, also the mother of every human being. As the caring best Mother of all and a Mistress of spiritual life, she instructed her regarding the contemplation of God in her soul, regarding obedience to the will of God, the art of lovingly accepting one’s own cross and concern for the virtues that condition the attitude of trust in God and mercy towards our fellow human beings. I saw the Mother of God, Sister Faustina noted, who said to me, “Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! 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 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).

When the Congregation chose Mary for the Heavenly Superior General, St. Faustina had a vision where she saw all the sisters covered under Mary’s coat and heard the words of a great promise: “Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory, and I desire that each one distinguish herself by the following virtues: humility and meekness; chastity and love of God and neighbor; compassion and mercy”. After these words, the whole Congregation disappeared from my sight, and I remained alone with the Most Holy Mother who instructed me about the will of God and how to apply it to my life, submitting completely to His most holy decrees. It is impossible for one to please God without obeying His holy will. “My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfill all God’s wishes, for that is most pleasing in His holy eyes. I very much desire that you distinguish yourself in this faithfulness in accomplishing God’s will. Put the will of God before all sacrifices and holocausts” (Diary, 1244).

 

On Saturday, May 6th, 16th annual pilgrimage of Catholics from Slovakia organized by Radio Lumen will arrive at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. About 10,000 pilgrims from all over Slovakia will participate in solemn Mass at 10:30 am, presided by Bishop Jozef Haľko from Bratislava and concelebrated by many priests who will arrive with the pilgrims. At 14.00 pm, Sr. M. Clareta Fečova from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will give a conference. The pilgrimage will conclude with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3:00 pm), the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and pastorial blessings. The events will traditionally be broadcast by the Catholic Radio Lumen, which will allow those unable to participate in person and come to Łagiewniki in a spiritual manner.

Under this motto, a day of recollection for women will be held at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdańsk on May 6th. It will be delivered by Gracjana Szewc, I.S.M.M. with Fr. Łukasz Grelewicz. On the schedule: entering into silence, meditating on the Word of God and selected texts from the Diary of St. Faustina, there will also be a conference, an opportunity to participate in confession or have a conversation, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and the Eucharist. Lunch and coffee/tea and refreshments will be available.

April 30th is the 23th anniversary of the canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, an apostle of Divine Mercy. Her canonization took place at St. Peter’s Square in Rome and at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki in the year 2000. Saint Faustina described the event with details more than 60 years earlier, at the end of March 1937 (Diary, 1044-1048). Whoever participated in these events knows that her vision was fulfilled accurately. On that day, the Holy Father John Paul II introduced the Feast of Divine Mercy for the whole Church and provided it with the message of Mercy as articulated by St. Faustina for the third millennium of our faith. You can find out more the testimony of miraculous healing which was tested for the canonization, a description of the event and the canonization homily of the Holy Father at faustyna.pl. We give daily thanks for this “gift of God our time”, as St. Faustina and the message of Mercy which she provided us with were called by St. John Paul II. Millions of people around the world are joining in St. Faustina’s prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful Love of God to the world through the witness of life, deeds, words and prayer, creating the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy, which is the “new congregation” as demanded by Jesus. May the anniversary of the Apostle of Divine Mercy’s canonization be an opportunity for us not only to give thanks, but also to explore the abundant heritage of the Saint.

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Blisko Rahamim [Around Rahamim] is the name of a YouTube, Facebook and Instagram account opened this January as a new evangelistic space on the Internet, run by Sr. Gaudia Skass and the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. It provides a space for sharing the happiness of living close to the merciful God. Blisko Rahamim’s first production is a podcast titled Zbliżenia (Encounters). In the roughly half-hour episodes that appear every Sunday evening, we zoom in on the image of Merciful Jesus, discovering symbol by symbol what God is like, how He presents Himself through the image He asked to be painted. Two primary sources for the podcast musings are Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska.

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 April is prayer for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and its confident turn towards God’s Mercy.

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.

In April in all the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions in honor of Divine Mercy will take place, during which the Litany of Divine Mercy will be recited. The words of the litany were written down by St. Faustina in her Diary and her Vilnius confessor, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, composed the prayer on this basis. Praying with her words, we not only praise God’s Mercy, but also get to know the mystery of God’s merciful Love more, which accompanies man in all the dimensions of his earthly life, accompanying him always and everywhere.

The Second National Faustinum Convention will be held in Loreto on April 21-23 this year. It will be attended by Sister Emanuela Gemza, president of the Faustinum Association Divine Mercy of Apostles and Sister Eliana Chmielewska from the Krakow community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, and Sister Wincenta Mąka from the community in Rome.  The program includes ceremonies for the reception of new members.

On Sunday, April 23, the 7th National Bible Reading will take place, this time selected texts from the Gospel according to St. John. Ceremonial celebration led by bishop Andrzej Kaleta will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7.00 a.m and will be broadcasted together with the Eucharist by TVP1 and on the website: www.saint-faustina.org, You Tube and on mobile applications: faustyna.pl . Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the EPP and Mateusz Morawiecki, president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland took the patronage over the event.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington, D.C., organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on April 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C . This month’s special guest will be Michael Corsini – husband, father of five, painter, illustrator and musician, whose life has been transformed by the power of Merciful Love!

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 the occasion of the 10th anniversary of when relics of St. Faustina Kowalska were introduced, which also is the 10th anniversary of the Faustinum Association formation group in Slovenska Ľupča, a retreat will be held on April 21-22 at the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Slovenska Ľupča, Slovakia. Following the invitation of the Dean, Fr. Petr Ivanič, it will be delivered by Sr. M. Antoniana Štullerová from the community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Košice, and Sisters M. Clareta Fečová and M. Mariela Lengyjelová from the community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.  The festivities will conclude with Sunday Mass at 10.30 am, with Bp. Stanislav Stolárik of Rožňava as the main celebrant.

April 18 is the 30th anniversary of the beatification of Sister Faustina. Therefore, it is an excellent opportunity to thank God for her life, her school of spirituality, her prophetic mission to remind the world of the biblical truth about God’s merciful love for man and to proclaim it with a new strength through the witness of life in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards others, word and prayer. Today, there is no country left in the world without an image of Merciful Jesus painted according to the vision she had in Płock. The Feast of Mercy has been inscribed in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, dictated by the Lord Jesus in Vilnius, is recited even in tribal languages ​​on tiny islands in the oceans, and prayer is increasingly practiced at the moment when Jesus died on the cross, called the Hour Mercy as more and more people join in spreading the message of Mercy, creating today a multi-million movement of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.

The main celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy is always held at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, where, with the death of St. Faustina, God deposited her entire spiritual inheritance, and thus also Jesus’ request for the establishment of this feast. And although Divine Mercy Sunday has been included in the liturgical calendar of the entire Church since 2000, pilgrims from all over the world, from all continents, continue to come to the main celebration of this feast at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, this year from almost 40 countries, even as far-away ones as Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Korea, South Africa, Rwanda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, USA and Canada, in addition to Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela) and more than a dozen countries in Europe.

Such is the theme of the first prayerful initiative organized by the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association on the Feast of Mercy. This prayer fulfills the request Jesus uttered to St. Faustina. On My feast day, on the Feast of Mercy, you shall go round the whole world – the Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina – and bring fainting souls to the fount of My mercy. I shall heal and strengthen them (Diary, 206)Participants in the event came from all countries around the world, and everyone who took part in the prayer offered the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the intentions of the people a given country. The largest number of people this year prayed for Poland, Russia, Australia, Italy, Albania, the US and China.

For more information, go to: www.faustinum.pl

On My feast day, on the Feast of Mercy, you shall go round the whole world the Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina – and bring fainting souls to the fount of My mercy. I shall heal and strengthen them (Diary, 206. Inspired by these words, the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association is organizing a prayer action themed Please have mercy on us and the whole world. Anyone who will offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the people of a selected country on the Feast of Mercy on April 16 will be a participant. For details and participation guidelines, go to www.faustinum.pl

Mercy Sunday at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Kiekrz will be preceded by a triduum, celebrated by Fr. Hieronim Stypa, O.F.M. From April 13 to 15, Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. with a dedicated homily.

On Mercy Sunday, April 16, the solemn service at noon will be presided over by Fr. Krystian Sammer, celebrated at the field altar by “Little Kierskie Lake”, the site of Jesus’ revelation to the Apostle of Divine Mercy. It will be accompanied by live music by Marek Kraśkiewicz and the Blessband. Holy Mass will be preceded by a procession with relics of St. Faustina, which will march from the convent yard to the lake. At 3 pm, the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed.

On the octave of the Resurrection, the greatest feast of the Catholic Church, ends on the Feast of Divine Mercy, widely called the Mercy Sunday. Jesus demanded the establishment of the feast when He revealed Himself to St. Faustina, repeatedly expressing His desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy: He said: I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. (Diary, 699). On this day, we can receive the grace of washing of regeneration (one of the graces of baptism), but also obtain many other graces and earthly blessings, if they are in accordance with the will of God. The condition is a pure heart without attachment to sin and the attitude of trust in God, which is the desire to do His will and active love of one’s neighbors. The only vessel for drawing the graces is trust, as Jesus taught St. Faustina, because God’s Mercy has no limits and the joy of God is to give much – very much. Such is the Merciful Love we can get to know better and venerate as we celebrate the holiday. Click here to learn more about the Feast and its history in the Church.

The Feast of Mercy, in accordance with the wishes of Jesus expressed to St. Faustina and the decisions of the Holy Father John Paul II, is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter (this year it is April 16). The central ceremony held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. They will be preceded by a novena of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy made on Good Friday, and a night vigil which starts in the Basilica on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Sunday Masses at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be the celebrated according to the following program:

12:00 am (midnight) – Bp Janusz Mastalski (basilica).
6:00 am – Fr. Michał Kania (basilica).
8:00 am – Bp Damian Muskus (basilica).
10:00 am – Bp Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow – field altar in front of the basilica – transmission in TVP 1.
10:30 am – Holy Mass in English, Fr. Bernardo Ibarra, IVE (chapel of the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina).
12:30 pm – ks. Tomasz Szopa (basilica).

3:00 pm – Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Rector of the Shrine and the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (basilica).

4:00 pm – Bp Roman Pindel (basilica).
6:00 pm – Bp Robert Chrząszcz (basilica).
7:00 pm – Fr. Grzegorz Zembroń, M.S. (chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina).

Masses from the basilica, the Hour of Mercy prayer (3:00 pm), and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be broadcast by TV Milosierdzie at the website of our Rectory, www.milosierdzie.pl, whereas Holy Mass at 10.30 am, 7:00 pm and visitation of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina by pilgrims will be live streamed at www.saint-faustina.en .

At the Shrine of Divine Mercy at the Old Market Square in Płock, the site of St.  Faustina’s revelation of the Divine Mercy image and the Feast of Mercy, Mercy Sunday (16 April) services will be celebrated at the following times:  8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (High Mass presided over by Bishop Szymon Stułkowski, pastor of the Płock diocese), and 5:00 p.m. At 3 pm, the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed. At 6 p.m. there will be a live performance of Divine Mercy themed songs.

Mercy Sunday will be preceded by prayer vigil on 15 April, from 9 p.m., which will conclude with Holy Mass at midnight.

On April 12 at 5 pm, 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, for the intentions of all benefactors and donors who support the media apostolic works of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy: Chaplet for the Dying, online broadcasting from the Łagiewniki Shrine, and the website: faustyna.pl available in several languages. Live stream from the service will be available at Faustyna.pl, our Faustyna.pl YouTube channel and in the Faustina.pl mobile application.

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.

Allelujah!!! Jesus lives!!! He lives among us and in us, when we are in a state of grace. Love wins over sin and life over death.  Jesus overcame all evil and Satan, the enemy of man. Since then we can also can gain the victory over sin and human weakness through Jesus, and thus live more fully in communion with God. Let God’s mercy be praised in us and through us! We wish you all joyous celebration of this greatest mystery of our faith!

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 of the Facebook group of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. 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. We also wish you all graces, and on the Feast of Mercy, may you be granted the greatest promise of Jesus, which is complete absolution from sins and punishment. Blessed Easter to you all!!!