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Due to the eight day retreat that will take place on January 14-22, there will be no news or gallery updates at www.faustyna.pl. All the remaining works and will continue as will praying for all our coworkers and visitors of our Faustyna.pl website and our Faustyna.pl application.

On January 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 trust, as the situation around the world requires our ever fuller trust in God, often against human hope. A conference on this topic will be delivered by Fr. Gabriel Ciloo, a Marian priest, who also will share his experience of God’s mercy in many very difficult situations. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4deSWNfrY1k&feature=youtu.be .
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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 January 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 at www.faustyna.pl.

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 www.faustyna.pl, our YouTube channel, Faustyna.pl, as well as in the Faustyna.pl application.

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki received over 210,000 prayer requests in 2020. The intentions refer to prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy celebrated in honor of the Mercy of God by intercession of St. Faustina on Thursdays at 5 pm. These include over 20,500 prayers of gratitude for graces and earthly blessings experienced thanks to trustful prayer to Jesus the merciful and the powerful intercession of Sister Faustina. They were submitted by mail, e-mail, telephone, at the convent gate and at the faustyna.pl website (form available under the “Intencje” tab). In addition, at faustyna.pl, visitors have left  461 testimonies. They speak of their experiences of the loving presence of God and His action in the various stories of human lives, and they also build the faith of those who read them. The only vessel for experiencing these graces is confidence expressed in the fulfillment of God’s will. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, Jesus said to St. Faustina, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much (Diary, 1578).

In 2020, despite the pandemic we did not stop work the construction of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. In the first months of last year, the tower was completed with the roofing and fitting of external woodworking. The roofs of existing houses have been joined to the newly built church. Also work on the facade of the church and the pilgrims’ house have been completed. In addition, work has begun on the electrical and sanitary installations, plastering, and flooring inside.

In 2021, it is planned to continue sanitary and electrical installations, to continue plastering and flooring, and to make stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), of course, as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

The Patron draw is a very good idea. Everybody wins”, Łukasz wrote after drawing his Patron of the year at www.faustyna.pl. During the first six days in 2021, nearly 140,000 individuals – including almost 105,000 from Poland, almost 14,000 from Slovakia, and over 13,000 Spanish speaking users, have participated in the annual Patron draw. Also many French, Italian, German and Russian speaking visitors have joined. Many participated again, while others took part for the first time. Some of their testimonies are available at: Faustina.pl. “I just want share this joy”, Elżbieta wrote. “This is the first time that I took part in the Patron draw for 2021. Privately, I thought about St. Faustina, whose Diary I have recently read for a second time, this time delving deeply into its content. But the Lord pointed me, thanks to the Sisters, to St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of people engaged in the occupation which I have been involved for decades. It is a sign for me that I can and should accomplish something good in this field. Lord, please bless the Shrine in Łagiewniki in its work.” Everybody wins. You can draw your Patron throughout the year, whenever you need heavenly assistance.

You can download a file “Jesus' message of Mercy” at Faustyna.pl for the non-commercial spread of the message of Mercy, which St.  Faustina provided us with in her Diary. It contains the most important words of Jesus recorded by the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The pdf file has been translated into 15 languages. In 2020, it was shared 1242 times via faustyna.pl. The Spanish version was downloaded by the most (549) people, Polish by 156, English by 186, French by 142, Italian by 69, German by 69 and Russian by 19… In many cases, more than one language version was downloaded by the same individual.

Misericordia has released the English version of the book which comprises considerations to 60 joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary prayer. These considerations are aided by short statements from Jesus, Our Lady and St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary. Users of this content will become immersed in the spirituality of Mercy, where they will discover the merciful love of God to man, learn by the example of St. Faustina’s contemplation of Merciful Jesus in everyday life, her attitude of trust in Him which expresses itself in fulfilling His will, mercy towards others and love for the Church, the Eucharist and heartfelt devotion to Our Lady. The selection of quotations from the Diary was prepared by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., and the graphic design by Wojciech Sobolewski. The book is available from the online shop of the publishing house of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

Such is the title of the English, Spanish, French and Italian book with 30-day program guidelines on how to entrust oneself to the merciful God through Mary. It is a translation of the book which was written on the basis of Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina by Sr. Miriam Janiec from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Selected quotations are intended as prompts for personal prayer and meditation and that will lead the reader towards inner healing and freedom of heart, and thus to an attitude of trust in God and becoming more and more merciful like Him. In addition to the meditation prompts, the book also contains daily prayers of trust, inviting to entrusting oneself, day after day, as our human life goes on. The proposed spiritual path eventually leads us to complete entrustment of ourselves and our life into the hands of merciful Lord by making a solemn act of entrusting oneself to the merciful God through Mary.

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 2021 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.

The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2021:

February 22 – 90th anniversary of the revelation of Divine Mercy Image and Mercy Sunday in Plock, the commencement of the prophetic mission of St.. Faustina, which is to remind the world of the biblical truth about merciful love of God and a call to proclaim it with a renewed power with the testimony of life, deed, word and prayer. Her visual summary is the image of Christ with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

March 6 – 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles, which brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful from 90 countries of the world by Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski. Its main task is to conduct spiritual formation in the school of spirituality of St. Faustina.

The 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Diary of St. Faustina, a jewel of mystical literature, in which the Author recorded not only the message of Mercy from Jesus addressed to the modern world, but also a school of spirituality based on the exploration and contemplation of everyday life in the mystery of God’s mercy, which flows from the attitude of trust in God and active love of one’s neighbor.

August 1 – 10th anniversary of the start of Perpetual Chaplet at www.faustyna.pl. Through this initiative, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed around the clock, and Internet users join the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy every day from many countries of the world to pray together.

For millions of people worldwide, St. Faustina’s Diary has become not just an occasional read, but a manual for spiritual life and prayer. People often go back to in addition to the Holy Bible, even daily, even if to read just one sentence. Our website www.saint-faustina.org and its different language versions contain not only the text of the Diary, but also citations selected for every day of the year. You can also subscribe to receive them in your e-mail box, by filling in a short form. In this way you will be gradually introduced to school of Sister Faustina’s spirituality to better understand God’s merciful love, learn contemplation in everyday life, the attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others, as well as love for the Church, the Eucharist and the close relationship with the Mother of God.

Panoramic images of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki are available on Google Maps, in addition to photos depicting some of the spots there and a walk around the holy place. In the present situation which has made traveling impossible, we would like to invite you to take the virtual tour and connect with us daily through the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl applications. In this way you can participate in the liturgy of Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours (Lauds and Vespers), the prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the evening service and prayer of the Rosary at 8.30pm. We are waiting for you!

In the spirit of solidarity with the suffering and mercy, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has followed the appeal of the four Conferences of Consecrated Life in Poland to pray the rosary offered to God every day at 8.30 pm. At this time, in all religious communities and consecrated lay persons’ homes, the rosary is recite for the intentions of people with Covid-19, their families and loved ones, medical staff and all those who are taking care of the needy, as well as for those who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. You can join us praying the rosary via the live video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl mobile application.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congredation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina sisters to pray the Rosary for married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. You can join this celebration via the live video broadcast at www.faustyna.pl in the intention of your family or your loved ones.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine have joined the Adopt a Medical Professional campaign. The action involves including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, all health professionals who are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic in our prayers. Although we do not know the people we surround with spiritual support by name, God knows who needs this gift of mercy most. We invite you to make such resolution, thanks to which you will become richer before God with every act of mercy you do, and the medical professionals will receive spiritual support.

 

The different language versions of www.faustyna.pl have been given new forms for submitting your testimonies. This allows our visitors to share their faith and experience of God’s mercy in their lives, or the graces which they have obtained for others. The testimonies will be published on the website only after the administrator’s approval. They will not only help build the faith of those who share them, but also those who will read them. Prayer requests should be entered via the intentions form. Intentions are included in prayers in the chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and during recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.

 

Sister Elżbieta M. Siepak from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy provided an answer to this important question which determines the shape of our life and our relationship with God and people, at a meeting at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. The content of her presentation in Polish and English, and the discussion which followed, are available at: www.milosierdzieplock.pl. The meeting was hosted by Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Tomasz Brzeziński and Leszek Skierski.

On every Thursday at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated for the intercession of St. Faustina in the intention of requests and thanks to the faithful offered in the chapel with the image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. You can add an intention right before the Mass and those who cannot physically be present at it can join us in prayer thanks to the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.

 

Recent months have seen further progress in the development of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock. Zakończono zadaszenie wieży i montaż stolarki zewnętrznej. Początek roku to również wykonanie połączenia dachów istniejących kamienic z kościołem. Obecnie na budowie trwają prace związane z elewacją kościoła i domu pielgrzyma. Ponadto rozpoczęto prace związane z wykonaniem instalacji elektrycznych i sanitarnych. Zamknięcie budynków stolarką,  dachem i wykonanie kompletnych elewacji wraz z kolorystyką to główny cel prac do końca 2020 roku. It is also planned to start works related to land development, of course, as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl, is invited to join in this prayer.