Tell the whole world about My Mercy by dfsiopmhy6


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                              Summer 2 [50] 2010   ISSN 2042-7247

                   Tell the



       ell the whole world about my Mercy – these words spoken to Sister Faustina by Jesus were the theme
       of The First National Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which took place
       on 5th June 2010. The pilgrimage brought together over 1500 people from all over England and Wales.
They took part in Holy Mass, confession, hearing God’s words about His mercy, and also prayed for mercy. But
not only this. They were also called to become the Apostles of Divine Mercy. Praise be to Our Lord for this divine

There was the beatification of Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko in the last few weeks, who lived through the time of Soli-
darity, a Polish martyr, who gave his life for Christ. At this time Eastern Europe was under communist rule, and
as a result Catholics had to pay a high price for their belief. The Church was under serious attack at this time,
especially the priests. Fr Jerzy served both God and man completely and faithfully. He stood up for his beliefs
and as a result paid the highest price by being murdered by secret police agents. He reminded us of the words
of St Paul: ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Rom 12, 21).

Merciful God will bring Pope Benedict XVI to England and Scotland from 16-19 September 2010. We have to
prepare ourselves spiritually for His visit. Even now many parishes are praying that His visit will be fruitful. We
would like to invite you to pray with us in this intention. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at 3 o’clock and
we would especially request your prayers to be with us at this time. There are many people who oppose his visit.
We ask for your prayers for God to enlighten their hearts and minds, to hear His word and know His mercy for
them. We trust that the visit of Pope Benedict XVI will be a strengthening of our faith and an excellent time for
evangelization and hearing God’s word.

May Our Merciful Lord bless you all.

Fr John
(Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC)
                                                                                                                                                                     MESSENGER OF MERCY 2 [50] 2010
2            News from the Church                                                    15          Graces received through the intercession
             Beatification of Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko,                                              of blessed Stanisław Papczyński
             Warsaw, Poland, 6th June 2010
                                                                                     16          Marian Fathers’ Coat of Arms
3            Benedict XVI Regina Ceali, Castle Gandolfo,
             Divine Mercy Sunday, 11th April 2010
4            Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in the United
             Kingdom, 16 -19 September 2010                                          18          Let us be witnesses of God’s Mercy
                                                                                                 12th International Conference of
                                                                                                 Marian Helpers, Lichen, Poland,
FAITH AND LIFE                                                                                   19 - 21 April 2010
6            1st National Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to
             the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham,                                   FROM THE APOSTOLATE
             5th June 2010
                                                                                     20          Cameroon
10           Deeds of mercy in the modern world [6]                                              The first Marian Deacon from Africa
             Praying for our enemies
             Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC                                                         In Memoriam
                                                                                                  Fr Kazimierz Jankiewicz MIC
11           Places of Devotions to the Divine Mercy [1]
             Church of the Divine Mercy in Manchester

12           Mission and spirituality of St Faustina [10]
             May my hands be merciful
             Fr Wojciech Węgrzyniak                                                  O my Jesus, transform me into
                                                                                     Yourself, for you can do all things
14           A word from the Cenacle
                                                                                                                                                       Diary, 163
             Youth visit to grave of
             blessed Stanisław Papczyński

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                              Martyred Polish priest beatified at Mass
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                              in Warsaw in front of 140,000
                                                                                 By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service

                              A martyred Polish priest was praised for standing against the        Nycz of Warsaw said Father
                              oppressive forces of communism when he defended human                Popiełuszko had suffered
                              rights in his sermons during a beatification Mass in the Polish      "severe punishment" for his
                              capital.                                                             religious devotion during
                              More than 140,000 people listened intently during the June           military service in the 1960s
                              6 ceremony in Piłsudski Square as Archbishop Angelo Amato,           but had rapidly attracted a
                              prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, recalled   following after being assigned
                                                                                                   to the Warsaw parish of St         Blessed Father J. Popiełuszko
                              how Father Jerzy Popiełuszko "did not yield to temptation to
                              survive in this death camp" under communist rule.                    Stanisław Kostka in May 1980.
                              "Father Jerzy ... helped only by                                     He added that the priest had been viewed as a "danger to
                              spiritual means, such as truth,                                      the communist system" for his defense of human dignity and
                              justice and love, demanded                                           freedom of conscience, and calls for "reconciliation and peace,"
                              freedom of conscience for citizen                                    and had also been aware the dangers facing him.
                              and priest," Archbishop Amato                                        In his homily, Archbishop Amato said he had been reduced to
                              said of the 37-year-old priest                                       tears during several visits to the crypt museum at the church,
                              who was linked to the Solidarity                                     where Father Popiełuszko lies buried with a rosary given him by
                              labour movement and murdered                                         Pope John Paul II, who prayed at his grave in June 1987.
                              by communist secret police                                           He added that pictures of the dead priest's "monstrously
                              agents. "But the lost ideology did                                   deformed face" had recalled that of the crucified Christ, which
                              not accept the light of truth and                                    had also been stripped of "beauty and dignity."
                              justice. So this defenceless priest
                                                                                                   "What was the reason for this great crime? Was Father Jerzy
                              was shadowed, persecuted,
                                                                                                   perhaps a criminal, a murderer or a terrorist?" the prefect told
                              arrested, tortured and then
                                                                                                   the thousands at the Mass. "Far from being any of these, Father
                              brutally bound and, though
                                                                                                   Popiełuszko was simply a faithful Catholic priest, who upheld his
                              still living, thrown into water
                                                                                                   dignity as a servant of Christ and the Church, and the freedom
                              by criminals with no respect
                                                                                                   of those who, like him, were victimized and humiliated,"
                              for life, who thus left him
                                                                                                   Archbishop Amato said. "But religion, the Gospel, human dignity
                              contemptuously to his death,"       Procession along a seven-mile
                                                                                                   and freedom were not concepts which suited Marxist ideology.
                              he said.                                route to the Pantheon
                                                                          of Great Poles           This was why the destructive hatred of the great liar and enemy
                              More than 3,000 priests and 95                                       of God was unleashed against him."
                              bishops were among those who attended the ceremony.
                                                                                                   Father Popiełuszko's killing was widely credited with helping
                              Among those in attendance were Cardinal William J. Levada,           discredit four decades of communist rule in Poland, which
                              prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the         ended in 1989.
                              Faith, church leaders from neighbouring Lithuania, Belarus,
                                                                                                   A reliquary with fragments of Father Popiełuszko's remains,
                              Ukraine and the Czech Republic and former Solidarity leaders
                                                                                                   which were exhumed in April, was later carried in procession
                              including Lech Wałęsa, past president of Poland.
                                                                                                   along a seven-mile route to the unfinished National Temple of
                              The priest's widowed mother, Marianna Popiełuszko, who               Divine Providence in Wilanów in suburban Warsaw for burial
                              turned 100 on June 1, led the congregation in a rosary recital       in a newly dedicated crypt called the Pantheon of Great Poles.
                              before the Mass.                                                     procession along a seven-mile route to the unfinished National
                              The bound and gagged body of the Father Popiełuszko was              Temple of Divine Providence in Wilanów in suburban Warsaw for
                              dredged from a reservoir on the Vistula River near Wloclawek         burial in a newly dedicated crypt called the Pantheon of Great
                              Oct. 30, 1984, 11 days after his abduction while returning at        Poles. procession along a seven-mile route to the unfinished
                              night from a Mass in Bydgoszcz.                                      National Temple of Divine Providence in Wilanów in suburban
                              The Warsaw Archdiocese launched a canonization process in            Warsaw for burial in a newly dedicated crypt called the
                              1997 and sent its 1,157-page dossier to Rome in 2001. A decree       Pantheon of Great Poles. procession along a seven-mile route to
                              recognizing Father Popiełuszko as a martyr was issued by Pope        the unfinished National Temple of Divine Providence in Wilanów
                              Benedict XVI Dec. 19. His beatification is a major step toward       in suburban Warsaw for burial in a newly dedicated crypt called
                              sainthood.                                                           the Pantheon of Great Poles.
                              In a message to the beatification Mass from Nicosia, Cyprus,          A memorial tomb dedicated to murdered Fr J. Popiełuszko
                              Pope Benedict said the priest's "sacrificial service and
                              martyrdom" was a "special mark of the victory of good over evil"
                              and offered an example to Catholic clergy and laity everywhere.
                              Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Archbishop Kazimierz

2                             MESSENGER OF MERCY   | 2 [50] 2010
                BENEDICT XVI

                                                                                                                                            from the life of the church
                REGINA CÆLI
Castel Gandolfo

Divine Mercy Sunday, 11 April 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday concludes the Octave of Easter. It is a unique
day „made by the Lord”, distinguished by the outstanding
event of the Resurrection and the joy of the disciples at
seeing Jesus. Since antiquity this Sunday has been called
in albis from the Latin name, alba, which was given to the
white vestments the neophytes put on for their Baptism on
Easter night and took off eight days later, that is, today.
Venerable John Paul II entitled this same Sunday „Divine
Mercy Sunday” on the occasion of the canonization of Sr
Mary Faustina Kowalska on 30 April 2000.                              inaugurating the Year for Priests, 16 June 2009). In this
The Gospel passage from St John (20: 19-31) is full of mercy          way we shall make increasingly familiar and close the One
and divine goodness. Is recounts that after the Resurrection          whom our eyes have not seen but of whose infinite Mercy we
Jesus visited his disciples, passing through the closed doors of      are absolutely certain. Let us ask the Virgin Mary, Queen
the Upper Room. St Augustine explains that „the shutting of           of Apostles, to sustain the Church’s mission and invoke her
doors presented no obstacle to the matter of that body, wherein       exulting with joy: Regina Caeli....
the Godhead resided. He indeed could enter without their being        After the Regina Caeli:
opened, by whose birth the virginity of his mother remained
                                                                      As we all know, a tragic air crash happened yesterday at
inviolate” (In ev. Jo. 121, 4: CCL 36/7, 667); and St Gregory the
                                                                      Smolensk in which President Lech Kaczynski of Poland
Great added that after his Resurrection the Redeemer appeared
                                                                      perished with his wife, various important Polish State
with a Body by its nature incorruptible and tangible, but in a
                                                                      Authorities and all the entourage, including the Archbishop
state of glory (cf. Hom. in Evang. 21, 1: CCL 141, 219). Jesus
                                                                      Military Ordinary. In expressing my profound condolences, I
showed the signs of his Passion even to the point of allowing
                                                                      assure you of my heartfelt prayers of suffrage for the victims
Doubting Thomas to touch him; but how can a disciple possibly
                                                                      and of support for the beloved Polish nation.
doubt? Actually God’s indulgence enables us to profit even
from Thomas’ disbelief, as well as from the believing disciples.      Yesterday in Turin the solemn exposition of the Holy Shroud
Indeed, in touching the Lord’s wounds, the hesitant disciple not      began. I too, God willing, will go to venerate it next 2 May.
only heals his own diffidence but also ours.                          I rejoice at this event which is once again attracting a vast
                                                                      number of pilgrims, but also studies, reflections and, especially,
The visit of the Risen One is not limited to the space of the
                                                                      an extraordinary reference to the mystery of Christ’s suffering.
Upper Room but goes beyond it, to the point that all can
                                                                      I hope that this act of veneration may help everyone to seek the
receive the gift of peace and life with the „creative Breath”. In
                                                                      Face of God, which was the deep aspiration of the Apostles, as
fact Jesus said twice to his disciples, „Peace be with you”. And
                                                                      it is our own.
he added, „As the Father has sent me, even so I send you”.
Having said this he breathed on them, saying „Receive the Holy        I address a special greeting to the pilgrims who have come
Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you     to Rome today, on the occasion of Divine Mercy Sunday.
retain the sins of any, they are retained”. This is the mission       I warmly bless everyone, especially the animators of the
of the Church, eternally assisted by the Paraclete: to bear the       Spirituality Centre at Santo Spirito in Sassia: may the image
Good News, the joyful reality of God’s merciful love, in order,       of Merciful Jesus, dear friends, shine out in you, in us, in our
as St John says, „that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,      lives!
the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his           I greet all the English-speaking visitors who join us for the
name” (20: 31).                                                       Regina Caeli prayer on this Octave of Easter. The Church’s
In the light of these words I encourage all, Pastors in particular,   Liturgy today invites us, with the Apostle Thomas, to
to follow the example of the holy Curé d’Ars, who „in his             acknowledge the Risen Christ as our Lord and our God, and
time... was able to transform the hearts and the lives of so          to welcome into our hearts his gifts of peace, mercy, forgiveness
many people because he enabled them to experience the                 and new life. Upon you and your families I invoke a continued
Lord’s merciful love. Our own time urgently needs a similar           outpouring of the joy and hope born of Christ’s glorious
proclamation and witness to the truth of Love” (Letter                Resurrection from the dead.

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                                                                       POPE BENEDICT XVI                                                                                                       Why is the Pope beatifying
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  frofrom the life of the church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where and When Itinerary
                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Henry Newman?

                                                                    IN THE UNITED KINGDOM                                                                                         While here, Pope Benedict will honour John Henry
                                                                                                                                                                                  Newman, one of the most distinguished English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on a four-day Papal visit from 16-19 September 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Catholics of the 19th century, by declaring him
                                                                                                                                                                                  “Blessed”. This is known as beatification, and is just                                  Thursday 16 September, Scotland
                              The visit to the United Kingdom of Pope Benedict XVI will be a most historic visit, a Papal Visit                                                   one step short of declaring him a saint. At a special
                              with the equivalent status of a State Visit, during which Cardinal John Henry Newman will be                                                        ceremony in Cofton Park in Birmingham - chosen to                            When Pope Benedict arrives, he will go firstly to Scotland
                              declared ‘Blessed’. Newman’s motto was ‘Heart speaks unto heart.’ These words have been                                                             accommodate the thousands expected – the Pope                                where he will be received by Her Majesty The Queen,
                                                                                                                                                                                  will actually have to break one of his own rules...                          members of the Royal Family and people representing
                              chosen as the motto for this Papal Visit. They are most fitting because Pope Benedict comes                                                                                                                                      British society in the Palace of Holyrood House.
                                                                                                                                                                                  because he doesn’t normally perform beatification
                              as a sensitive and eloquent exponent of the invitation to faith in God and faith in Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                Having met the Queen, the Pope will travel to Glasgow
                                                                                                                                                                                  ceremonies at all. While saints are seen as examples
                              This invitation to faith is always spoken in the language of the heart. It is profoundly personal,                                                  of Christian living for the entire Church, those who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               where he will celebrate an open-air Mass in the evening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and then he will fly from Glasgow to London. The Holy
                              most often softly spoken and not at all imperious. Yet heart and mind need to go together.                                                          are beatified are seen as role models for a particular                       Father will then be based in London for the remainder of
                              There is much to understand about the call of faith; about its unfolding in daily life, about the                                                   place or country. But Cardinal Newman is very special                        the visit.
                              role of the Catholic Church. (…)                                                                                                                    to Pope Benedict, hence relaxing the normal practice
                                                                                                                                                                                  to honour a great man.                                                                     Friday 17 September, London
                              The first fruit of faith in God is prayer. So we ask you to pray for the success of this Visit of Pope
                              Benedict XVI to the UK from 16-19 September 2010.                                                                                                                  John Henry Cardinal Newman                                    On the second day of the visit, Pope Benedict is going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, where
                                                                                                                                                                                  Born in 1801, baptised in the Church of England, Newman became               there will be three aspects to his visit. The first is that he
                                                                                       Archbishop Vincent Nichols – President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                  a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford in 1822, an Anglican clergyman in          begins the day praying with representatives of religious
                                                                                                      Cardinal Keith O’Brien – President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland   1825 and Vicar of the Oxford University Church in 1828.                      congregations - particularly those who have a charism for
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Anglican Newman was a pastor of souls, a University teacher,             education and a history of education.

                                                        Prayers for the Pope’s visit                                                                                              and a student of Christian history and theology. His studies were
                                                                                                                                                                                  never purely theoretical. Informed by pastoral experience, they were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               He will then go and meet about 3,000 young people -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               schoolchildren, students - to celebrate Catholic education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               From there he will then meet with religious leaders and
                                                                                                                                                                                  above all shaped by his insight into the needs of the present.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               people of religious faith. He will discuss with them religion
                                                                                                     Prayer for Pope Benedict                                                     1842-5 were his ‚wilderness’ years, out of the public eye, secluded in
                              Prayer of Preparation                                                                                                                                                                                                            and belief in our society.
                                                                                                                                                                                  prayer and study. At Littlemore, outside Oxford, he worked on the            Later in the day, the Pope is scheduled to meet with the
                              God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the
                                                                                                     V. Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI:                       still deeply influential Development of Christian Doctrine (1845). The       Archbishop of Canterbury to speak with him in front of
                                                                                                     R. May the Lord preserve him, give him long life, make him                   book studies the ways in which Faith has unfolded in history; Newman         the Anglican diocesan bishops and the Catholic diocesan
                              light to all who seek you with a sincere heart. As we strive
                                                                                                     blessed upon the earth, and not hand him over to the power                   saw an analogy with how Faith unfolds in individual minds, including         bishops of England and Wales.
                              with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we
                                                                                                     of his enemies.                                                              his own. At last he was convinced that the Faith of the Apostles and         He has then been invited, as part of the State Visit, to
                              reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope
                                                                                                     V. You are Peter.                                                            Fathers was the Faith of Roman Catholicism. The Church of Christ was         address British society. Representatives of British society
                              and peace to all. We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward
                                                                                                     R. And upon this Rock I will build my Church.                                the Church of Rome. Embracing the Catholic Church as the ‚One Fold           will be invited to Westminster Hall to hear the Pope’s
                              with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries. May he be a
                                                                                                     Let us pray: God our Father, Shepherd and Guide, look with                   of Christ’ Newman was received at Littlemore by Blessed Dominic              address.
                              witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people.
                                                                                                     love on your servant, Pope Benedict XVI, the pastor of your
                              We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen                                                                                                    Barberi on 9th October 1845.                                                 He will finish off the day with the Archbishop of
                                                                                                     Church. Grant that his word and example may inspire and                                                                                                   Canterbury and Christian leaders at Westminster Abbey to
                                                                                                     guide the Church and that he, and all those entrusted to                     Ordained a Catholic priest in Rome in 1847 Newman returned to
                              Our Lady, Mother of the Church, pray for us.                                                                                                        England with a mission from the Pope to found Oratories of St Philip         celebrate Evening Prayer.
                                                                                                     his care, may come to the joy of everlasting life. We ask this
                              St Andrew, pray for us.                                                                                                                             Neri, in Birmingham (where he lived until his death on August 11,
                                                                                                     through Christ our Lord. Amen.                                                                                                                                        Saturday 18 September, London
                              St George, pray for us.                                                Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.                                     1890) and then in London.
                              St David, pray for us.                                                 Saint Peter, pray for us.                                                    As an Oratorian Newman founded a Catholic University in Dublin               On the third day of the visit, Pope Benedict will celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                  (1851) and a Catholic School in Birmingham (1859). He was made a             Mass in Westminster Cathedral where he will also, from
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cardinal in 1879.                                                            there, greet the people of Wales.
                                                                              Pope approved miracle                                                                               Newman was a Victorian, and his religious journey was intensely              Later in the day he will visit a home for older people,
                                                                              for Cardinal Newman’s                                                                               personal. But his is much more than a Victorian conversion. He is a Man of   giving the Pope an opportunity to go to those who cannot
                                                                                   beatification                                                                                  Faith, but his voice is modern, recognisably of our own age. He knew the     meet with him, and then be present at a Vigil of prayer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               which again will be in the open air in London.
                                                                         On 3 July 2009, Pope Benedict XVI                                                                        uncertainty, even hostility, towards Christianity, provoked by Science
                                                                         recognised the healing of Deacon Jack                                                                    and Philosophy, flowing from politics, the media and popular culture,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday 19 September, Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                  and prophetically confronted these things. Entering into the experience
                                                                         Sullivan in 2001 as a miracle resulting from
                                                                                                                                                                                  of the loss of God, he shows how God might once again be known and           The final day of the visit is focused very much on the
                                                                         the intercession of the Venerable Servant of
                                                                                                                                                                                  loved.                                                                       beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, and the
                                                                         God John Henry Newman.
                                                                                                                                                                                  In perhaps his most powerful testimony to our own day, Newman                Pope will celebrate that beatification in Cofton Park in
                                                                         The miraculous healing from a debilitating                                                               shows how the light of conscience, active in every human heart,              Birmingham. He will conclude the day by meeting with the
                                                                         spinal condition occurred in Boston in the                                                               finds fulfilment not in subjectivity and individualism, but in               bishops of England, Scotland and Wales in Oscott College
                                                                         United States following prayers for Cardinal                                                             obedience to the teachings of the Pope in the communion of the               before returning to Rome from Birmingham Airport.
                                Cardinal John Henry Newman               Newman’s intercession.                                                                                   Catholic Church.

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                                      1st National Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
from the life of the church

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     from the life of the church
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Tell the whole world about My Mercy’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Diary of St Faustina, 699)

                              ‘Tell the whole world about My Mercy’ was the theme              some kneeling with arms raised and others with foreheads          Lunch time was not unlike the experience of the multitudes          and the transforming impact of the Divine Mercy Devotion in
                              of the 1st National Pilgrimage of Divine Mercy to the            on the ground. Time stood still as we experienced the             gathered on the Mount of Beatitudes by Lake Galilee with the        his own Parish Community. He spoke of the need to continue
                              Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on               depths of God’s love and mercy. The only interruption of          Lord among them assuring everyone had their fill.                   to pray for our beloved Holy Father and for his forthcoming
                              Saturday June 5th2010 eve of the great Feast of Corpus           the silence was the joyous singing of multitudes of birds         Then the solemn SILENT Procession of the Blessed Sacrament          visit and to see this moment in the history of the Church as
                              Christi. Around a 1500 pilgrims representing diverse             and the imperceptible echoes of the words of absolution           of adoration and reparation wended its way from the Abbey           one of renewal through cleansing and purification. He spoke
                              nations arrived to a Walsingham bathed in golden                 upon penitents availing themselves of the Sacrament of            Grounds, up the Martyrs’ Way, and along the Pilgrims’ Way           about the power and the mysteries of the workings of God,
                              sunshine reflecting the glory and welcome of God.                Reconciliation.                                                   through the fields to the Roman Catholic National Shrine. The       and for us to go forth with infinite TRUST in God’s Mercy and
                                                                                               The Rosary and Angelus were followed by a solemn Act              compassion and mantle of God’s mercy was upon us as we              proclaim it to the world.
                              The Pilgrimage began in the Abbey Grounds, which prior to
                              the Reformation was the site of the Holy House and great         of Consecration of the British Isles to the Sorrowful and         slowly processed in deep silent prayerfulness. Our Blessed          Before the final blessing all the concelebrating priests came
                              Abbey Church in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham. The            Immaculate Heart of Mary - a moment of intense prayer to          Lord led his people – what a vision to behold, to see HIM with      before the Divine Mercy Image and led the congregation in a
                              shrine was erected in response to Our Lady’s call to Richeldis   plead Our Lady’s intercession in the life of our Church and       the throngs of people stretching as far as the eye could see!       solemn Entrustment of the Church and our Countries to the
                              de Faverche in 1061 to erect a shrine in honour of the           Country and to entrust our hopes for a new Evangelisation in      Upon arrival at the Shrine, the sound of clarions of bells hailed   Divine Mercy praying that the binding promise of the Lord
                              Annunciation of The Lord.                                        the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to envelop our land.    the King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s and then the pilgrims         Jesus be fulfilled and that the gentle balm of God’s Mercy
                                                                                               Mgr. Keith Barltrop (National Coordinator for Divine Mercy        sang in joyous praise of the Holy Eucharist. The Chaplet of         would sweep this land.
                                                                                               in UK) then gave an impassioned talk on ‘God’s Mercy, Help        Divine Mercy was sung whilst a flurry of swallows danced and
                                                                                                                                                                 dived in honour of the Lord! Solemn Benediction followed.                                 Jesus I Trust in You
                                                                                               of the World’ drawing our attention to trust in God’s Mercy
                                                                                               and to proclaim it by the witness of our lives to a world which    Fr Wojtek Jasiński MIC
                                                                                               for the moment seems to have forgotten its need of God.                                                                                                                                Reflection by Antonia Moffat
                                                                                               He spoke of the need for a renewed commitment to serious                                                                                                                                     Photos by Marcin Mazur
                                                                                               prayer and fasting and exhorted the pilgrims to be part                                                                               P.S. Special thanks to all Marian Helpers for their involvement and support
                                                                                               of a National Movement to spread the fire of God’s Mercy                                                                              in the preparation of the Pilgrimage
                                                                                               throughout the British Isles.

                              The day began with songs of praise and the Enthronement
                              of the Divine Mercy Image on this hallowed spot and the
                              solemn praying of the Chaplet of Mercy. Pilgrims had come
                              to pray to invoke God’s Mercy and Blessing upon the Church,
                              our Country and World. A special intention was to pray for
                              the forthcoming Papal visit and a special union of prayer was
                              extended from our Pilgrimage to the Holy Father. Solemn                                                                            The Pilgrimage culminated with the joyous celebration of
                              exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed during which                                                                          Mass presided by Fr Wojtek Jasinski. A rousing and moving
                                                                                                       Mgr. Keith Barltrop, National Coordinator for             homily was preached by Fr Laurie Locke in which he humbly
                              pilgrims prayed intently in silent adoration and intercession            the Divine Mercy in UK
                                                                                                                                                                 spoke of how God’s Mercy had enveloped his own priestly life

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                                                                                                                                  God, merciful Father,
faith and life

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       faith and life
                                                                                                                                  in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
                                                                                                                                  and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
                                                                                                                                  We entrust to you today the destiny of England, Wales,
                                                                                                                                  Scotland, Ireland, the Holy Land and the whole world
                                                                                                                                  and of every man and woman.
                                                                                                                                  Bend down to us sinners, heal our weakness, conquer all evil,
                                                                                                                                  and grant that all the peoples of the earth may experience
                                                                                                                                  your mercy.
                                                                                                                                  In you, the Triune God,
                                                                                                                                  may they ever find the source of hope.
                                                                                                                                  Eternal Father,
                                                                                                                                  by the Passion and Resurrection of your Son,
                                                        Act of Entrustment of the                                                 have mercy on us and upon the whole world!
                                                         World to Divine Mercy
                                                        made during the Pilgrimage
                                                        to Walsingham 5th June 2010
                                                                   (based on the form used by the Holy Father, John Paul II
                                                            in the Divine Mercy Shrine at Łagiewniki, Poland, 18th August 2002)

                                                      Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and
                                                      Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
                                                      in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world (...)
                                                      For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and
                                                      on the whole world.
                                                      (Diary, 476)

                                                      Upon us and on the whole world…how greatly the world
                                                      today is in need of God’s mercy! In every continent, from the
                                                      depth of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise up.
                                                      Where hatred and the thirst for revenge dominate, where
                                                      war brings suffering and death to the innocent, there the
                                                      grace of mercy is needed in order to settle human minds
                                                      and hearts and to bring about peace.
                                                      Wherever respect for life and human dignity are lacking,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fr Andrzej Gowkielewiczi MIC
                                                      there is need of God’s merciful love, in whose light we see
                                                      the inexpressible value of every human being.
                                                      Mercy is needed in order to ensure that every injustice in
                                                      the world will come to an end in the splendour of truth.

                                                      Today therefore in the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of
                                                      Walsingham, we solemnly entrust England ,Wales, Scotland,
                                                      Ireland, the Holy Land and the whole World to the Divine
                                                      We do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s
                                                      merciful love, proclaimed through Saint Faustina, may be
                                                      made known to all the peoples of the earth and fill their
                                                      hearts with hope.
                                                      We pray that this message may radiate from this Shrine of
                                                      Our Lady to every parish of every diocese, to every home
                                                      and family in our beloved homeland and throughout the
                                                      May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled and
                                                      may the gentle balm of God’s Mercy sweep this land.

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                                                                       Deeds of mercy in the modern world [6]
faith and life

                                                                                                                     Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC

                                                                                         Praying for our
                                               your enemies.
                                               No exceptions.

                 Would you like to find yourself in Heaven alongside those
                 people who, on the eve of the Holy Father’s visit to our
                 country are attacking the Church and the pope? I was asked
                 this challenging and provocative question recently by a
                 friend. I have to admit that the answer didn’t come easily
                 – for how am I to be in Heaven alongside these enemies of
                 the Church? With these sinners? When I hear about their
                 behaviour, my first reaction is anger as well as the thought       reactions in people. On the one hand, the arrival of Benedict
                 that this cannot be left without just punishment ... Once they     XVI generates great joy in us Catholics. On the other, when
                 have converted and done the penance they deserve, perhaps          we hear voices opposed to this visit, we feel we are being
                 then I’d be inclined to accept their presence in Heaven.           attacked and persecuted. Joy and hope are mingled with
                 My reaction shows me the truth about what sort pharisee I          irritation and anger.
                 really am.                                                         What matters is our desire to hear what God is saying to us
                                                                                    through these events. This visit, and the time leading up to
                                                                                    it, is a time of grace. It is a time when Christ is passing among
                   I tell you, love your enemies and                                us. We are being invited to prepare well for this. It is worth
                                                                                    taking up this preparation in the context of our personal,
                   pray for those who persecute you                                 family and parish lives. It is also a great opportunity for us
                   (Mt 5:44)                                                        to evangelise, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ,
                                                                                    about the Jesus who conquered death and sin, who gives us
                                                                                    the strength to love our enemies, those who persecute and
                                                                                    destroy us.
                 Firstly, when I look at another person I do not see my brother,
                 beloved by God, but only the things he does. Yet I do not          Simple and steadfast prayer for them, for the opening of their
                 know his heart, I do not know what makes him act in that           hearts to the love of God becomes an expression of love for
                 way, the reasons for his behaviour. Perhaps it is determined       them and at the same time, it helps us to see that they are our
                 by his history, by his wounds.                                     brothers called, just we are, to eternal happiness in Heaven.
                 Secondly, I am placing myself in the role of one who is better.
                 After all, I do not behave in that way, I am holier, and that
                 is why I can judge my neighbour who is acting incorrectly.
                 I then become my neighbour’s judge, often issuing the
                 severest of sentences.                                               Today I am sending you with My
                 Thirdly, prayer in their intention and love for them is probably
                 the last thing on my mind in the face of their behaviour.
                                                                                      mercy to the people of the whole
                 It seems, therefore, that before I can find myself in Heaven         world. I do not want to punish
                 with these people, I myself need first to convert. It is I who       aching mankind, but I desire to
                 first needs to ask Jesus for a new heart which will not judge
                 others, which will love my neighbour as a brother.                   heal it, pressing it to My Merciful
                 I am writing about all of this on the eve of the Holy Father’s       Heart (Diary, 1588).
                 visit because this forthcoming event arouses a variety of

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Places of Devotion to the Divine Mercy [1]

                                                                                                                                      faith and life
Church of the Divine Mercy in Manchester
                     Conveying the image of Divine Mercy
This year’s Feast of Divine Mercy (11 April 2010) was very           I am offering people a vessel with which they are
special for the Polish parish of Divine Mercy in Manchester.        to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy.
On that day, the image of Divine Mercy was ceremonially                 That vessel is this image with the signature:
enthroned. Until then, this image had been in the Church                        Jesus, I trust in You (Diary, 327).
of St Anne adjacent to the Marian Fathers’ House in Fawley
Court. Since the Marian Fathers had to move out of Fawley
Court, the image has found a worthy place in Manchester
where we hope that it will be revered. The painting was
restored by experts and has been hung above the main altar.

                                                                                                                         Main altar

                                                                  The church that currently stands there and which is dedicated
                                                                  to Divine Mercy was built in 1873 as a Welsh Methodist
                                                                  chapel. It is made of stone and is built in the early Gothic
                                                                  style. Polish émigrés bought the building in 1958. It was the
                                                                  first Polish church outside Poland following World War II.
                                                                  Since its consecration, the church dedicated to Divine Mercy
                                                                  has become an important religious centre and a treasury
                                                                  of Polish memorabilia reflecting Polish traditions abroad. It
                                                                  is not surprising that it is close to the hearts of those Poles
                                                                  who can find here many mementos associated with the
                                                                  routes they followed across many countries after being
                                                                  displaced by the war.

                                                                                      The Church of Divine Mercy
                                                                                        196 Lloyd Street North
                                                                                       Manchester M14 4QB, UK
                                                                                        +44 (0)161 226 1588

Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with
the signature: Jesus I trust in You. ... I promise that the
    soul that will venerate this image will not perish.
 I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here
        on earth, especially at the hour of death.
    I myself will defend it as my own glory (Diary, 47-48)

At the invitation of the parish priest, Fr Paweł Urban TChr,
Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC, head of the Divine Mercy
Apostolate, participated in the ceremonies in the name of
the Marian Fathers, and gave a homily about Divine Mercy at
every Mass. The wish of the parish priest and of the whole
parish community is that in this place there will be a devotion   Conveying the Image of Merciful Jesus to the
to Divine Mercy, not just among Poles but among anyone            Church in Manchester by Fr A. Gowkielewicz MIC
who wishes to come there and to taste God’s mercy.

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                                                                      Mission and spirituality of St Faustina [10]                                         the best restaurant and paid for them to have the best dinner       might have work to match their strength. That would have
faith and life

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             faith and life
                                                                                                                                                           there, they could finish them off, even with the best intentions    seemed more just. However, the point isn’t how much can
                                                                                                                                                           of being good. Knowing how to help is an art, a wisdom, a           any one person do , it’s about an astonishing openness, a de-
                                                                                                                                                           skill which we need to spend our whole lives learning.              sire to help others, to make their life less complicated, to make

                                                                                May my hands be merciful                                                   Parents are the ones who understand this best of all, and they
                                                                                                                                                           try to reach out to their children in all sorts of ways to help
                                                                                                                                                           them, but the effect is sometimes quite the reverse of what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               things easier for them. It doesn’t matter that things get worse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for me, more burdensome. What matters is that someone has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               been helped. Is this not the way that every loving mother and
                                                                                                                                                           they had hoped to achieve.                                          father thinks about their child? Did not God Himself through
                                                                  Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled                                Let us turn our attention to one more detail. We are talking        His Son on the cross take on Himself every kind of suffering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and sin for the salvation of the world? A person who asks that
                                                                  with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbours                             about doing good to our neighbour. We say that all people
                                                                                                                                                           are our neighbours. Yes, this is true. But our neighbour is         they may receive the harder portion in life most definitely
                                                                  and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.                              above all someone who is close to us – family members,              loves. Anyone who loves has their hands closest to their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hearts. These hearts will do only what love gently prompts
                                                                                                                    (Diary, 163)                           neighbours, friends. It would be wonderful if we could help
                                                                                                                                                           people throughout the whole world, but perhaps it would             them to do.
                                                                                                                                                           better if we looked towards the people we share our landing                                                        Fr Wojciech Węgrzyniak
                                                                                      is very difficult to climb mountains with your hands in your         with or who live on our street or in our own families. Would it                                             (Orędzie Miłosierdzia No: 70, 2009)
                                                                                      pockets. It is just as hard, if not harder, to be merciful when      not be wonderful to be able to say: Nobody who lives on our
                                                                                      you presume in advance that you can do nothing to help: My           street and who is in need is left alone; in my family, we help
                                                                                      hands will stay folded, let others take care of the needy. But       one another.
                                                                                      that’s not the way it is... The very sight of an extended hand,
                                                                                      whether in friendship or with an offer of help, is a great act of
                                                                                      mercy. If hands are always open and ready to help, they can          Hard-working hands
                 There are about 13 billion of them because at the                    be called merciful without a shadow of hypocrisy.                    The final part of the prayer for merciful hands is very striking.
                 start of 2009, it was estimated that there are 6.7                                                                                        Saint Faustina wants to take on herself the harder, more oner-
                 billion people in the world and not everyone has                                                                                          ous work. It is interesting that she doesn’t ask that everyone
                 two of them ... Precisely. This meditation on St Sister              Hands full of good deeds
                 Faustina’s prayer, “Help me, Lord” will be about                     However, Saint Faustina asks not just for merciful hands but
                 hands. In this world of left hands, hands that are                   also for hands that are full of good deeds. In as far as mercy
                 unclean and tightly-clenched, where sometimes                        can be called an attitude of the heart in this prayer, an orienta-
                 everything is plainly written on the palm of a hand,                 tion, a readiness to help, then good deeds are associated with
                 or when we simply wash our hands of something,                       a definite way of realising mercy. Once again, hands that are
                                                                                      clenched can’t accommodate good deeds, while once they
                 humble Sister Faustina asks for merciful hands:
                                                                                      are open, if they are not full of good deeds, they will remain
                 Help me, Lord, so that my hands might be merciful and                forever empty.
                 full of good deeds, so that I might do only good to my
                                                                                      There is a good custom, which is not limited to my neck of
                 neighbour, and take on myself the harder, more oner-                 the woods nor is it uniquely Polish, that when you are visiting
                 ous tasks.                                                           somebody who has a small child, you should bring something
                                                                                      for the child, usually some chocolate or other kinds of sweets
                                                                                      or some little knick-knack which will make the child happy. To
                 Both hands                                                           visit somebody with empty hands in this situation is tactless
                 Firstly, both hands need to be merciful. The right hand cannot       and a little bad mannered, to say nothing about it border-
                 be extended in reconciliation while the left hand is holding         ing on meanness. We need to have the same approach to
                 a knife. One hand cannot be dispensing medicine while the            every human being, because everyone is a child of God. That
                 other is spreading poison. One hand cannot be writing good           doesn’t mean that we need to be giving sweets to everyone
                 things while the other is tearing up the paper on which they         because that could be bad for some people, but we should
                 have been written. To be precise, these things can be done           always “have something for everyone”: time, patience, a kind
                 in the sense that they are possible, but in that case we’re not      word, a smile or another good deed. It is very helpful to
                 talking about being merciful. If I want to be merciful, both my      introduce a simple rule: I will “give” something to at least one
                 hands, meaning all my actions, need to harmonise with one            person every day, I will do a good deed.
                 another. What good would it be if someone set up a detox
                 centre for alcoholics if they then supplied them with alcohol
                 so that they wouldn’t have to leave the centre? What good            Wise hands
                 does it do if someone talks about mercy but other people             Saint Faustina also prays that she may do only what is good
                 can’t bear being in that person’s company? One hand must             for her neighbour. We now understand why she asked earlier
                 do what the other one is doing. The prayer, “Help me, Lord, so       for hands full of good deeds. If she only has what is good,
                 that my hands” is above all a prayer asking that all our actions     then she will only be able to give what is good. If someone
                 might have the same aim: the good of the other, so that we do        only has coins in their purse, then all they can give are coins.
                 not destroy the things that we are ourselves building up.            This part of the prayer, however, speaks about one other very
                 Sister Faustina asks first for merciful hands. The distinction be-   important thing – about the ability to do good. In order to
                 tween merciful and hands full of good works isn’t just a matter      help somebody, it is not enough to love; you need also to be
                 of style, a form of expression. Both the meaning and the order       wise. A wise person is not someone who bestows goodness
                 are important. Before hands can be full of good works, they          but someone who does good to others, meaning, he acts in
                 need to be merciful. Because if they are clenched tight, even        a way that helps another person and improves their situation
                 a drop of water can’t get in there. A hand needs to be open          rather than makes it worse for them. If somebody were to
                 towards the other person, ready to help, inclined to help. It        take another person who was worn out through starvation to

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                 A word from the cenacle

                 YOUTH VISIT TO GRAVE
faith and life

                 OF BLESSED STANISŁAW

                           There was no shortage of interesting concepts
                                using music, drama or multimedia.
                 The liturgical memorial of Blessed Stanisław Papczyński which
                                                                                  10TH Marian Youth Meeting
                 was celebrated on 18 May provided a wonderful opportunity
                 to make a pilgrimage to his grave. The tenth annual Mar-          Marianki, Poland, 2010
                 ian Youth meeting took place between 21-23 May 2010 on
                 Góra Kalwaria in Marianki, Poland. As happens each year, the
                 groups which attended came predominantly from parishes          tor of the Marian Postulants, Fr Rafał Gniazdowski. It was
                 led by the Marian Fathers. This year, the young people came     interspersed with songs and scenes that were acted out as
                 from Elbląg, Goźlin, Góra Kalwaria, Grudziądz, Gzybowo,         well as testimonies. After lunch, there was an examination of
                 Licheń Stary, Lublin, Puszcza Mariańska, Rdzawka, Rzepisk,      conscience followed by confession, which profoundly moved
                 Skórco, Stoczek Klasztorny, Zakopane, Warsaw (Stegny and        many people. This was also a time for meditation, writing a
                 Praga), and there were also volunteers from the hospice in      letter of thanksgiving to God or for visiting the local church
                 Licheń, seminarians and postulants. This year, we also had      for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There was a tempo-
                 guests from outside Poland – there were groups from Ukraine,    rary respite from these meditations during the evening meal
                 the Czech Republic and Belarus. Altogether there were about     which was followed by a time of worship led by the Marian
                 500 participants. This event was organised by the Youth and     Youth Community. The singing induced an atmosphere of
                 Vocational Chaplaincy as well as by the Marian Youth Com-       vigil, and each participant had the opportunity to take part in
                 munity.                                                         a prayer of intercession, where each group prayed for a given
                                                                                 intention. The day concluded with a special Mass at which
                 The grand opening of the ‘Marianki’ was announced on Friday     the Gospel was proclaimed in the three languages of the par-
                 21 May by Fr Roman Frąckowiak MIC who is the Provincial         ticipants. Finally, the
                 Chaplain for Youth and for Vocations. Each group then had to    priests blessed each
                 introduce the parish from which it had come. There was no       participant individually,
                 shortage of interesting concepts using music, drama or multi-   anointing them with
                 media. Another highlight of the programme was a concert by      oil. The tired partici-
                 the group “40 Sons and 30 Grandsons Riding 70 Donkeys”. It      pants returned to the
                 was past midnight by the time the tired participants returned   school for their final
                 to spend the night at the school. They began the next day at    night.
                                                        10.00 am with a youth
                                                        meeting. Saturday        Sunday morning com-
                                                        morning commenced        menced with singing
                                                        with singing led by      from 10.30am until
                                                        the Marian Youth         midday. At 12.00 noon,
                                                        Community. The           Mass began, attended                     Confession profoundly
                                                        participants joined      by pilgrims from many                      moved many people.
                                                        in the songs of praise   Marian parishes who
                                                        very energetically.      had come to pray
                                                        Next, catechises was     together by the grave of Blessed Father Stanisław Papczyński.
                                                        given until 1.00pm by    And this marked the end of the 10th Marian youth meeting on
                                                        the Provincial Father    Góra Kalwaria.
                                                        Paweł Naumowicz
                                                        and the modera-
                    Provincial Father Paweł Naumowicz
                                                                                                                     Anna and Magdalene

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Testimonies of the graces

                                                                                                                                    from the life of the church
received through the
intercession of blessed
Stanisław Papczyński

My health began to improve very fast

I was ill and unable to work, suffering from many different
ailments. A medical examination brought bad news.
Doctors predicted a long period of treatments, also involving
a hospital stay.
I thought of stopping the sporadic treatments altogether. My
future seemed unclear. My husband was very angry with
me and did not want to pay for the medicine. He was still
treating me badly.
Being completely resigned to my plight, I went to church. I
think that it was December 8 - the Feast of the Immaculate
Conception. After Mass, I was still sitting in the church,
feeling very ill and tired, and thinking of my future.
Suddenly, I noticed a prayercard in the pew. It included a
novena prayer to Blessed Stanisław Papczyński.
With hope and trust, I began to pray this novena - first at      Daughter accepted to college
the church, and then at home. And everything started to
change for the better. First, peace and trust in the Lord came   I have been praying to the Venerable Servant of God
to me. I found that was not nervous or desperate anymore.        Stanisław Jesus Mary Papczyński for my daughter.
Then my health began to improve very fast. Finally, the tests    We struggled through many decisions about her academic
showed good results. Gradually, even my husband changed.         future. She is our only child. We are a strong Catholic
                                                                 family. Her first choice of an educational institution was
I became even more faithful and trusting in the Lord. Now
                                                                 approved. I prayed to him on an appropriate choice for her
I often turn to Fr Stanisław for intercession with many
                                                                 to do the will of God. I placed it in His hands. Never, ever
different needs.
                                                                 did we expect her dream to come true. I am writing to tell
                                                                 you as requested in the prayer for beatification card you
                                                                 mailed to me. I prayed faithfully to Venerable Stanisław. I
                                                                 am grateful for his blessing at that tumultuous time.
Brother finds job                                                Thank you for your fine work. My mother had been a
                                                                 devoted financial supporter of your work for many years up
My brother was without a job for about two years. He was         until her death a few years ago. I guess I am carrying on for
having a very difficult time. His wife told him to leave         her.
his own house many times. But my brother is a good son,
husband, and father. He did not want to leave his children.
He loves them so much. While his wife worked, he would do
all the chores at home and take care of the children.
                                                                 Successful tests
My sisters and I helped my brother all we could. As a family,    My dad recently took an important test. During that time,
we have helped each other in bad times.                          my sister and I were preoccupied with schoolwork. No
I decided to pray to Blessed Fr Stanisław to obtain a job for    matter how tight our schedule was, we did our best to find
my brother, and he did. My brother now has a full-time job.      time to pray. Among the prayers we’ve said to aid us and
I give thanks to Fr Stanisław for this great favour.             our dad (most especially) are these: the chaplet to the Holy
                                                                 Spirit, prayer to Blessed Mary of Mount Carmel, Novena of
                                                                 St Therese of the Child Jesus, prayer to St Jude Thaddeus,
                                                                 prayer to St Nino, and prayers through the intercession of
                                                                 Fr Stanisław Papczyński.

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                 The history of the Coat of Arms of the                                                                                             interpretation as a sign of victory of the Christianity over         Description of the coat of arms
faith and life

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               faith and life
                                                                                                                                                    Islam. The lily, which Mary holds in her hand in the majority        On the blue field there is a figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
                                                                                                                                                    of emblems, is a general and traditional Marian symbol of            her head is surrounded with a nimbus of 12 five-ray silver

                 Congregation of Marian Fathers of Immaculate
                                                                                                                                                    purity and virginity. We do not know the colours of the Marian       stars. She is clad in a dress of the same colour and a blue cape.
                                                                                                                                                    emblem from past centuries. Images associated with the               In her right, natural-colour hand she holds green stems: one
                                                                                                                                                    Order, especially the oil paintings displaying the Immaculate        bearing a silver lily flower in bloom and the other - a bud of
                                                                                                                                                    Mary in the manner similar to the one used in the emblem,
                 Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the same colour. Her left hand is lying across half her chest.
                                                                                                                                                    use in great majority the typical colours of modern day              Mary stands on a crescent with its back downwards. Her right
                                                                                                                                                    Marian iconography - white and blue clothes.                         foot crushes a green serpent wrapped around the crescent.
                                                                                                                                                    The coat of arms in official use until 2009 also had colours         Mary’s figure is surrounded by golden rays shaped as oblongs
                                                                                                                                                    symbolically related to Mary. Blue and white (which is equal         of various lengths; together those rays create a shape of an
                                                                                                                                                    to silver in heraldry) are dominant.                                 oval radiant aureole. Underneath is located a blue scroll bent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in semicircular shape facing downwards with its ends rolled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         up and reaching l/3 of the shield’s height. The scroll bears the
                                                                                                                                                    New design of the Marian Fathers’ coat of arms                       Order’s motto: PRO CHRISTO ET ECCLESlA (For Christ and the
                                                                                                                                                    The new design of the coat of arms, corresponding with               Church). In heraldry the white colour usually equals the silver.
                                                                                                                                                    the description from the Declaration of the Congregation’s
                                                                                                                                                    General Chapter of 1999, was created on the base of
                                                                                                                                                    thorough analysis of the old images and the application of           The idea to create a new version of the coat of arms sprang
                                                                                                                                                    the rules of heraldry. In the new crest Mary is depicted in          from the Jubilee of the 100th Anniversary of Renewal
                                                                                                                                                    a manner more expressive than usual. That decision goes              and Reform of the Congregation celebrated in 2009. Mr.
                                                                                                             Coat of Arms used 1999 - 2009
                                                                                                                                                    back to the origins of the Order and was based on one of the         Tomasz Steifer of Gdańsk, Poland, an artist, art historian
                                                                                                                                                    oldest Marian seals from mid -17th century, on the medallion         and a founding member of the Polish Heraldic Society, was
                                                                                                                                                    from the chaplet of the Ten Virtues of the B.V.M. and on a           commissioned to do the work.
                                                                                                                                                    beautiful medal commissioned by the Marian Fathers for the           One of the main motives behind this initiative was a desire
                                                                                                                                                    150th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the            to have a graphic symbol of the community that would
                                                                                                                                                    Immaculate Conception of the Most B.V.M.                             more expressively unite the old Marian crest used during
                                                                                                                                                    The Baroque “curve” of Mary’s body is to suggest that she is         first centuries of the Institute’s life with the motto given to
                                                                                                                                                    with child, as per the vision of St John (cf. Rev 12:2). The shape   the renewed Congregation by Blessed Archbishop George
                                                                                                                                                    of the shield, which is a simplified Baroque cartouche, refers       Matulaitis-Matulewicz.
                                                                                                                                                    to this period also. The rays surrounding the Immaculate Mary        The new version of the Marian coat of arms was approved
                                                                                                                                                    are pained in the Baroque style, which also finds its reflection     for the use in the entire Congregation by the decree of
                                                                                                                                                    in the old images of the engravings on the Order’s seals. In         the Superior General Fr Jan M. Rokosz, MIC, issued on
                                                                                                                                                    accordance with heraldic tradition, the motto-bearing scroll         November 3, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                    has been more strongly tied in with the shield and shaped in
                                                                                                                                                    conformant style.
                   The Great Seal of the Marian Order from the 18th century. The seal is embossed on the document issued by Fr General
                          Cajetan Wetycki on July 28, 1752, authorizing the establishment of the Marian Foundation in Portugal.

                 From the inception of the Congregation of Marian                 swing of Mary’s attire. Later images have a tendency
                 Fathers, its Founder and first Superior General, Bl.             toward stillness. The majority of images show Mary’s head
                 Stanisław Papczyński, saw the need to have a seal.               covered with a mantle and surrounded with stars. Only a
                 The seal was necessary to certify the legitimacy of              few seals from the beginning of the 20th century skip the
                 documents presented to the Church and civil authorities          stars. The number of stars varies: on older seals, paintings,
                 for the approval of the Order and its rule, as well as           and medallions we find anywhere from 8 to 12 stars, the
                 for establishing new foundations. Shortly after its              latter being the most common. Ten stars appear certainly in
                 establishment, the Congregation of Marian Fathers took           reference to the Rule of the Ten Virtues of the B.V.M. upon
                 the image of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.             which the Marians have been making their religious vows
                 as its sign. Since the election of Fr Andrzej of St Matthew      for 210 years. The presently accepted number of stars is 12,
                 Deszpot as Superior General in 1722 and the ratification         referring to the description of the Woman in the Revelation.
                 of the Marian regulations by Pope Innocent XIII in 1723, it      The greater part of the old images shows Mary holding
                 remains the Order’s emblem.                                      a lily in her right hand (in heraldic terms, that is from the
                                                                                  side of the one holding the coat of arms). Her right bare
                                                                                  foot is crushing a serpent. Mary is standing on a crescent,
                 History of the emblem of the Marian Fathers                      surrounded by rays. On many images the surrounding rays
                 All available images of the Marian emblem show an upright        are shaped as an oval radiant aureole either inside or outside.
                 figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, clad in a dress and a cape,   Only on rare occasions does the crescent on which the                   The new rendition of the Coat of Arms
                 without the Infant. Older images depict Mary in slight but       Mother of God stands rest on a symbolic globe. Beginning              designed for the Congregation of Marian
                 expressive motion, emphasized by the Baroque-styled              with the 17th century, this symbol gained an additional                     Fathers for the 100th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                        of its Rebirth and Reform

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         from the apostolate
                      12th International Conference of Marian Helpers, 19-21 April 2010, Lichen, Poland

                                    Let us be witnesses of God‘s Mercy
                                                             It is a long standing    was led by Fr Jaroslaw Sobkowiak MIC, a lecturer at the                                                                        Wednesday, April 21
                                                             tradition for the lay    Warsaw Catholic University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski.
                                                             and clergy members       The following lecture on The witnesses of the Divine Mercy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This was the last day of the conference and as usual it
                                                             of the Association of    was presented by Elizabeth Matulewicz, a scholar from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     began with Mass. We continued with reports from the
                                                             Marian Helpers from      Warsaw Catholic University. The third lecture, The Marians’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Associations of Marian Helpers, and again in the afternoon,
                                                             all over the world to    inspirations of the Divine Mercy was delivered by Fr Janusz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     thanks to computers and the internet we participated in
                                                             meet annually.           Kumala, MIC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a second workshop conducted by our colleagues from
                                                             The Association was      Each individual presentation was followed by a discussion                                                                      America.
                                                             created to support       and specific questions to the speakers. Often, the subjects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Later we had the opportunity to meet Fr Jan Rokosz, MIC,
                                                             the spirituality and     turned out to be not only inspiring, but also led to heated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the General of the Marian Fathers’ Congregation. In his
                                                             worldwide ministries     exchanges of views. These ‘brainstorming’ sessions brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     speech Fr Rokosz analysed the individual experiences from
                                                             of the Marians of        us closer to a better understanding of the discussed topics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     different parts of the world and set out further tasks and
                                                             the Immaculate           Evening prayer, Vespers for the dead ,was conducted in                                                                         goals for the Marian Helpers throughout the world.
                                                             Conception.              the languages of the participants: Lithuanian, Ukrainian,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     At 3 pm, as on previous days, we paused for prayer to
                                                           This year‘s meeting        Latvian, Portuguese, English and Polish. Zygmut Chodźko-
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Image of Our Lady of Licheń   celebrate the Divine Mercy Hour and to recite the chaplet
                                                           took place in              Zajko, a frequent participant at these meetings, currently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the Divine Mercy. In our prayers we remembered all the
                                                           Lichen, Poland             a lay missionary in the Philippines, urged us to pray in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     members of the Marian Helpers and prayed for them. The
                                                           under exceptional          the Tagalog language used by the native population,            Fr Kazimierz Komor from Portugal and Zygmut Chodźko-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     last talk of our conference was entitled Today and Tomorrow
                                                           circumstances: just        but it seemed that we needed more practice and quickly         Zajko from the Philippines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - the Association of Marian Helpers. We set out our new
                      Opening of the Conference was host- a few days after the        switched to the official language of the Philippines, which    This part of our conference was especially important as it      challenges and discussed tasks and plans for the future.
                      ed by Fr Wojciech Sokołowski MIC.    tragic plane crash         is English.                                                    gave us a chance to exchange experiences of our daily work      The directors of each Centre gave a short resume and laid
                                                           in Smoleńsk where                                                                         and the opportunity to be acquainted with the methods of        out the plans for our evangelical work.
                      the President and his wife and many members of the Polish                                                                      action in other countries, presenting a broad perspective
                                                                                      Tuesday, April 20                                                                                                              From this mosaic of people, experiences and testimonies,
                      government, army and clergy died.                                                                                              on our work and enriching the individual experiences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     emerged a more complete picture of our mission and work,
                      In addition, the interference to air travel over Europe, due                                                                   In the afternoon, after many trials, we finally established
                                                                                      Morning Mass and straight after breakfast we began a new                                                                       as well as a vision for the new challenging objectives to be
                      to the volcanic dust, prevented the arrival of a number of                                                                     internet connection with the Marian Helpers Centre
                                                                                      session. Each of the centres of Marian Helpers presented                                                                       pursued in future years.
                      participants from many parts of the world. We missed our                                                                       from Stockbridge, U.S.A. Some intensive work by the IT
                      representatives from Brazil, U.S.A. and some from Great         their work, achievements, successes and problems. Reports                                                                      At the end of our three days in Lichen we all felt more
                                                                                                                                                     personnel on both sides of the world allowed us to have
                      Britain. Fortunately, thanks to 21st century technology         were delivered by Fr Pavlo Ostrovskiy MIC from the                                                                             energised by this conference and we were already looking
                                                                                                                                                     audio-visual links with Stockbridge.
                      we had contact by internet, and the planned sessions and        Ukraine, Fr Provincial Vytautas Brililius MIC of Lithuania,                                                                    forward to our meeting next year.
                                                                                      Fr Piotr Marchewka, Ewa Lodkowska and Grażyna Michalak         The workshop conducted by Francis Bourdon, Vice
                      workshops prepared by the members of the Association
                                                                                      from the Marian Helpers Association in Warsaw, Fr Andrzej      President of Marian Helpers’ Centre in the U.S.A. was very
                      of Marian Helpers from the United States were held via
                                                                                      Gowkielewicz MIC and Tomasz Wachowiak from U.K.,               informative and thanks to technology it seemed as if he
                      internet audiovisual displays.
                                                                                                                                                     was present in the room in Lichen, not thousands of miles
                      Monday, April 19                                                                                                               The internet workshop was conducted in the spirit and
                                                                                                                                                     as our reply to the recent message of His Holiness Pope
                      Each day began with the Eucharist. During these early-                                                                         Benedict XVI for the 44th World Communication Day. The
                      morning Masses, held in the holy chapel named after our                                                                        theme of this year’s World Communications Day was - The
                      spiritual father, Blessed Stanisław Papczyński, the priests                                                                    Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at
                      preached the word of God giving us the evangelical basis                                                                       the Service of the Word.
                      and inspiration for our work.                                                                                                  After an eventful day, we had the opportunity, in the
                      The official welcoming and opening of the conference was                                                                       evening, to watch the latest film covering the life and
                      hosted by Fr Wojciech Sokołowski MIC, Father Superior of                                                                       mission of blessed Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko.
                      the Lichen’s community of Marian Fathers in Poland.
                      Subsequently we were greeted by the main promoter
                      and organizer of the Marian Helpers, Brother Andrew
                      Mączyński MIC from Stockbridge, U.S.A.
                      The first lecture, The new manifestations of the Divine Mercy   Each day began with the Eucharist.                                                                                             Commemorative picture of the participants of the Conference

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                        Cameroon:                                                                            IN MEMORIAM
                        The first Marian                                                                                    RIP
                        Deacon from                                                                    Father Kazimierz Jankiewicz MIC
                        Africa                                                                    Father Kazimierz Jankiewicz
                                                                                                  MIC, son of Józef and
                        On the 22nd May 2010, the                                                 Stanisława, was born on
                        day before Pentecost, in                                                  July 17, 1936, in the town of
                        the Divine Mercy Shrine in                                                Czarna Mała, in the Province
                        Atok, Yves Oumarou was                                                    of Kujawy and Pomorze,
                        made a deacon. The Marian                                                 Poland. After finishing
                        Fathers in Cameroon are                                                   elementary school in 1950,
                        very pleased that he is the first Marian deacon in Africa.                he was admitted into the
                        Yves was ordained by Bishop Jan Ozga from Doume                           Marian Minor Seminary
                        Abong-Mbang Diocese. It is a sign of a blessing for the                   at Bielany, Warsaw. Two
                        Marian Fathers working in Africa. The missionaries believe                years afterwards, he made
                        that Our Lord cares and rewards their hard work, because                  his novitiate in Skórzec.
                        they can see the fruit of their labour.                                   Kazimierz professed his first religious vows on August 15,
                                                                                                  1953. In 1953-55 he resided at the Marian religious house
                                                                                                  in Warsaw’s borough of Praga, where he completed two
                                                                                                  more years of schooling and passed his high school finals.
                                                                                                  Next, he studied philosophy at the Major Metropolitan
                            DIVINE MERCy CONFERENCE                                               Seminary in Warsaw. He professed his perpetual vows
                                          2nd October 2010                                        in Stoczek Klasztorny, Poland, on August 15, 1959. From
                                            11 am - 5 pm                                          1959-63 he studied theology at the Major Seminary in
                                         Church of Our Lady                                       Włocławek, Poland, and was ordained to the priesthood
                                                                                                  on June 23, 1963, by Bishop Kazimierz Majdański. His
                                       2 Windsor Road, Ealing,
                                                                                                  first posting was in Licheń (Shrine of Our Lady), Poland,
                                          London W5 5PD                                           where he served pastorally until 1965. From 1965-68,
                                                                                                  he ministered in London-Ealing, UK. Several months
                                      Holy Mass, Talk, Exposition,                                after his return from England, he served again in Licheń.
                                        Divine Mercy Chaplet.                                     From 1969-79, he served as catechist and youth minister
                                                                                                  in Grudziądz, Poland. Transferred to Warsaw-Praga, he
                                          More information:                                       served as the Provincial Director of Vocations during
                                       Divine Mercy Apostolate                                    1979-81, and then from 1975-81 he carried out the office
                                1 Courtfield Gardens, London W13 0EY                              of the Provincial Councilor. Elected a General Councilor,
                                                                                                  during 1981-87 he fulfilled his duties in Rome, and when
                          tel: 020 8998 0925; email.                      his term in the office was completed, he became the
                                                                                                  Superior of the Licheń House from 1987-90. From 1990, Fr
                                                                                                  Kazimierz worked as a catechist in parish in Zakopane.
                                                                                                  He spent the following three years as a youth minister
                                                                                                  in the houses in Marymont (Warsaw) and Puszcza
                                               THE HOUR OF MERCY                                  Mariańska. In 1994 he served as the House Superior and
                                                       FIRST FRIDAY OF                            Pastor in Elbląg, Poland. Transferred back to Licheń, he
                                                         THE MONTH                                served at the Shrine during 1994-98. In 1998, Father
                                                                                                  General sent Fr Kazimierz to the British Province, where
                                                     We invite you to join us in prayer to
                                              the Divine Mercy every first Friday of the month.   he served as House Superior in London and Chief Editor
                                                              Church of Our Lady                  of our quarterly magazine Messenger of Mercy.
                                                   2 Windsor Road, Ealing, London W5 5PD          In 2005, Fr Kazimierz was transferred back to Licheń,
                                                  (near Ealing Broadway underground station)      where he generously helped in pastoral work and where
                                                                                                  he also died on June 23, 2010, having endured prolonged
                                             2.30 pm Rosary                                       sufferings. The ceremony of Christian burial took place 25
                                             3.00 pm Hour of Mercy, Exposition,                   June, at St Dorothy’s Church in Licheń.
                                                     Divine Mercy Chaplet                         We commend the deceased Fr Kazimierz Jankiewicz to
                                             3.30 pm Holy Mass                                    The Divine Mercy.
                                             4.30 pm Tea/coffee in the church hall,                          Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord!
                                                     Opportunity to purchase                                And let perpetual light shine upon him.
                                                     devotional items                                                May he rest in peace.

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