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On January 22nd at 7 pm, in the Łagiewniki Shrine’s chapel of the Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the traditional monthly youth meeting, dubbed the Łagiewniki 22, will take place. This year, the Sisters and participants of the meetings are following a new theme: Come and Trust! In prayer, the young people will entrust all the difficult matters of the Church, the world and their personal problems to the merciful Lord. The evenings of adoration will also be a spiritual preparation for the 20th anniversary of the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy, which was done by St. Pope John Paul II in 17 August 2002 at the Łagiewniki Shrine. 

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki received over 350,000 prayer requests in 2021. 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 37,000 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  660 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).

The Patron draw is a very good idea, every draw wins, Łukasz wrote after drawing his Patron of the year at www.faustyna.pl. Until 15 January 2022, nearly 290,000 individuals – including almost 184,000 from Poland, almost 43,000 from Slovakia, and over 52,000 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: „Jesus set a difficult task for me in 2022. The drawing of the patron saint for the year 2022: a moment of reflection, a short prayer, and now I have my Protector, it is St. Stephen. Nothing happens against God’s will. “One who can forgive prepare many graces from God for himself” is a message from the Diary. Through such seemingly small events, God shows me what I need to improve, because I seem to be able to forgive, to forgive, but am I, 100%? But I received a valuable suggestion from St. Faustina: “Whenever I look at the cross, I shall forgive sincerely”. There are no losers in this draw, every draw wins. You can draw your Patron throughout the year, whenever you need some assistance from Heaven.

Such is the title of the 29th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “All the time keep saying the Chaplet I have taught you. Whoever says it shall be granted great mercy at the hour of death” (Diary, 687). Saint Faustina responds: “I am realising more and more how much every soul needs Divine mercy throughout the whole of its life, but especially at the hour of death. This Chaplet is to assuage God’s wrath” (Diary, 1036).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

Every day at 3-3.20 pm, Sisters’ from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy is broadcast from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In this prayer, in accordance with the wish of the Lord Jesus, we contemplate the mystery of the merciful love most fully revealed in His passion, death and resurrection, and beg for His mercy, recommending the intentions offered on the altar of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, along with matters of the Church, our country and the world. Also listeners of 12 radio stations, television viewers and Internet users from many countries of the world are involved in this prayer. The broadcast will be available at www.saint-faustina.org and from TVP3 nationwide broadcasting from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays on TVP1. Polish television broadcast can be received also at faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions and in the Faustyna.pl applications.

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 2022 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.

Such is the title of the 27th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “I am giving people a vessel with which they are to come to the fount of mercy for graces. That vessel is the picture with the inscription ‘Jesus, I trust in You” (Diary, 327). Saint Faustina responds: “O my Jesus, every day my soul bathes in the rays of Your mercy; I know of no moment in my life when I did not experience Your mercy” (Diary, 697).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

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 2022: 

February 18 – 5 years of the ministry of the Congregation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

May 1 – 100th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kalisz.

June 7 – 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s first pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope.

June 29 – 25 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.

August 5 – 85th anniversary of electing Mary Mother of Mercy as the heavenly Superior of the Congregation.

August 17 – 20th anniversary John Paul II’s second pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope and entrusting the world to Divine Mercy.

August 26 – 10 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.

September 1 – 30 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Szylavichy, Belarus.

September 16 – 5th anniversary of the consecration of the convent and the ministry of the Congregation in Lodz at ul. Krośnieńska, in the house, where Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – lived in 1922/1923.

September 27 –  85th anniversary of printing the first Divine Mercy holy cards (with a copy of E. Kazimirowski’s painting by Ł. Bałzukiewiczówna) in Krakow’ printing shop of J. Cebulski at ul. Szewska 22. 

October  – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Hour of Mercy devotion, i.e., praying at the hour of Jesus Christ’s agony on the Cross (3 pm), at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.   

November 1 – 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland.

Starting November 19th, the secretariat of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association will be accepting applications for individual retreats with the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. Persons who wish to experience an encounter with God in this holy place through deep prayer with the Word of God and drawing on the spiritual heritage of the Apostle of Divine Mercy are invited to participate. The retreat (from 1 to 8 days), currently only available in Polish, is held according to the program proposed by the spiritual director (a Sister from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy) in complete silence, excluding cell phones and other electronic devices. For details, visit: www.faustinum.pl

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to warn everyone againts buying counterfeit relics of St. Faustina which have appeared online. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina. Relics of the first and second degree are donated to parish churches or chapels which proclaim the message of God’s Mercy and practice the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Relics of the third degree (the canvas on which the bones of St. Faustina used to be deposited) are available in laminated pictures, medallions and rosaries are designed for the faithful who practice individual devotion.

The song titled Nie przestanę ufać (I will not stop trusting) comes from the Ja zawsze jestem z tobą album inspired by the Diary of St. Faustina. The songs are by Sr. Emanuela Gemza and performed by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The music was arranged by the Krakow composer Hubert Kowalski, who also supervised the recording of the album. The album is in line with St. Faustina’s mission to bring the message of God’s merciful love to the world. The album can be purchased from the online store at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

Until now, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has used the abbreviation ZMBM. in Polish and the abbreviations adequate to the name of the Congregation in a given language in other countries. The Congregation has now decided to standardize the abbreviation of the name to all language areas. After appropriate consultation, the Chapter adopted the following abbreviated name of the Congregation: ISMM., from the Latin name Institutum Sororum Matris Misericordiae.

Sisters from the Plock convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have prepared a video showing the present condition and needs of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, which is being erected in the place of the historic revelations of the Merciful Jesus image.

In 2021, it is planned to continue installing sanitary and electrical facilities, plastering and flooring, in addition to stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), 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. The 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 day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina to pray the Rosary for families and married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. Also at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, Holy Mass is celebrated on every 22nd day of a month at 5pm with this intention. To join this prayer in the Łagiewniki Shrine, also in the intention of your family or loved ones, you can access the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org.

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.saint-faustina.org is invited to join in this prayer.

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.

 

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.