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Publication of the Marian Helpers Association in Great Britain

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Marian Helpers

Autumn 2010

Jesus said to Peter, You in your turn must strengthen your brothers.

(Lk 22:32)

His words are still ringing in our ears, our hearts are beating faster as we remember those days. Many of us participated personally in those events – the Mass in Glasgow, the evening vigil in Hyde Park, the morning Mass in Birmingham where perhaps we caught a passing glance of him. Our hearts were full of hope as we waiting for the Holy Father’s visit to Great Britain. There was also anxiety, as we worried whether his visit would be in any way disrupted. God once more revealed His power in a miraculous way. The dark clouds which appeared to be gathering over the Church were dispelled by a gentle breeze from God. That gentle breeze of God’s love, of God’s Spirit did not destroy or kill but rather revived and rebuilt. This is how God acts. ‘Heart speaks unto heart’ – this motto of the papal visit to Great Britain, taken from the words of Blessed John Henry Newman, became a challenge to us to open our hearts to all the things that God is giving us – His Word, His forgiveness, His mercy and His love. Benedict XVI spoke to our hearts with his own heart. He gave us his heart, the heart of a Peter for our times. He spoke to us but he also spoke to the world in our name, the world we live in which so often shuts its heart to God. In this context, how expressive was the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Hyde Park – it was as if the loving heart of Jesus was beating in the heart of London. That was the sacrament of God’s presence among us. With the departure of the Holy Father we are left with memories which sooner or later will fade, but what has remained with us is, above all, an experience of love, God’s love for mankind, and this will last. May Our Merciful Lord bless you all.

Fr. John (Fr. Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC)


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Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom 16 - 19 September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI reflects on His visit to the UK General Audience, St Peter’ Square, 22 September 2010

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Day of prayer to Divine Mercy Iver Heath, 11 September 2010

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Places of devotion to the Divine Mercy [2] Church of St Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, London

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Mission and spirituality of St Faustina [11] May my heart be merciful Fr Wojciech Węgrzyniak MIC A word from the Cenacle New religious and retreat house Graces received through the intercession of blessed Stanisław Papczyński

FRONT COVER: Pope Benedict XVI greets 2,500 young people gathered in the Westminster Piazza. BACK COVER: Pope Benedict XVI during the meeting at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham

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Director of the Association in Great Britain Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC Assistant of the Director Anna Zielińska Association of Marian Helpers / Divine Mercy Apostolate 1 Courtfield Gardens, West Ealing, London W13 0EY Great Britain Tel: 020 8998 0925 E-mail: info@divinemercy.org.uk www.divinemercyapostolate.co.uk Reg. Charity 1075608

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Cardinal Newman’s motto, ‘Cor ad cor loquitur’, or “Heart speaks unto heart”, gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness, experienced as the profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God.

The Association of Marian Helpers assists the Congregation of Marian Fathers in uniting all the faithful who want to develop spiritually, to imitate our Lady’s life, to proclaim to the whole world the truth of Divine Mercy according to Mary’s example and under her guidance. Members make themselves and their neighbours holy through prayer, penance, acts of mercy which they offer to God in the intentions of the Church, for the souls suffering in purgatory and praying for priestly and religious vocations. By their prayers and work and, if possible, material help, they support the apostolic and missionary work of Marian Helpers and share in the fruits of the daily masses, prayers and good works of the Marian fathers and brothers.

I thank God for my missionary vocation Fr Mariusz Jarząbek MIC

Pope Benedict XVI to the British Parliamentarian

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Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom 16 - 19 September 2010


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Pope Benedict XVI reflects on His visit to the UK General Audience, St Peter’s Square, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 Dear Brothers and Sisters,

From the very first day of my stay in the United Kingdom and throughout my Visit I met with a warm welcome from the Authorities, from the representatives of the various social realities and of the different religious confessions and, especially, from the common people. I am thinking in particular of the faithful of the Catholic Community and their Pastors who, in spite of being a minority in the country, are widely appreciated, esteemed and committed to the joyous proclamation of Jesus Christ, making the Lord shine out and making themselves his voice, especially among the lowliest. To all I renew the expression of my deep gratitude for the enthusiasm shown and for the praiseworthy diligence with which they strove for the success of my Visit, whose memory I shall always cherish in my heart.

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Today I would like to say more about my Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom which God granted me to make a few days ago. It was an official Visit and at the same time a Pilgrimage to the heart of the past and of the present of a people rich in culture and faith, as is the British people. It was an historic event that marked a new and important phase in the long and complex relations between those peoples and the Holy See. The main purpose of the Visit was to proclaim blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the greatest Englishmen in recent times, an outstanding theologian and man of the Church. In fact, the beatification ceremony was the culmination of the Apostolic Journey, whose theme was inspired by the motto Blessed Newman chose on being created a Cardinal: “Heart speaks unto heart”. And in the four busy and very beautiful days I spent in this noble land I had the great joy of speaking to the hearts of the inhabitants of the United Kingdom and they spoke to mine, especially with their presence and with the testimony of their faith. Indeed I could see how strong the Christian heritage still is and how active it still is in social life at every level. British hearts and British lives are open to the reality of God and there are numerous expressions of religious feeling that my Visit has made even more visible.

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Day One

The first Meeting was in Edinburgh with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who, together with her Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh, welcomed me with great courtesy on behalf of the entire British people. It was a very cordial meeting, characterized by the sharing of several profound concerns for the well-being of the world’s peoples and for the role of the Christian values in society. In Scotland’s historic capital I was able to admire the beauties of art, the testimony of a rich tradition with profound Christian roots. I referred to this in my Discourse to Her Majesty and to the Authorities present, recalling that the Christian message has become an integral part of the language, thought and culture of the peoples of those Islands. I also spoke of the role that Great Britain has had and has on the international scene, mentioning the importance of the steps taken for a just and lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

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The joyful, festive atmosphere created by the young people and children gladdened the visit to Edinburgh. Then, having gone on to Glasgow, a city embellished with enchanting parks, I presided at the first Holy Mass of the Journey in Bellahouston Park. It was an immensely spiritual moment, very important for the Catholics of the country, given also that the Feast of St Ninian, the first evangelizer of Scotland, was celebrated on that day. At this liturgical assembly, gathered in attentive and participatory prayer, whose solemnity was deepened by the traditional melodies and involving hymns, I mentioned the importance of the evangelization of culture, especially in our epoch in which a pervasive relativism threatens to cloud the unchangeable truth about the nature of the human being.

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Day Two

the United Kingdom, I recalled the inevitable need for sincere dialogue which, if it is to be totally fruitful, requires respect for the principle of reciprocity. At the same time, I highlighted the search for the sacred as the ground common to all religions on which to consolidate friendship, trust and collaboration.

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On the second day, I began my Visit in London. Here I met first the world of Catholic education which plays an important role in the country’s educational system. In an authentic family atmosphere I spoke to the teachers, recalling the importance of faith in the formation of mature and responsible citizens. To the numerous adolescents and young people, who greeted me with pleasure and enthusiasm, I proposed that they should not follow limited objectives contenting themselves with accommodating decisions but to aim for something higher, in other words the quest for true happiness which is found only in God. At the next Meeting this time with the leaders of other religions most widely represented in

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St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.

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St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.


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Lambeth Palace

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The fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury afforded the opportunity to reaffirm the common commitment to bear witness to the Christian message that unites Catholics and Anglicans. One of the most significant moments of the Apostolic Journey followed the meeting in the Great Hall of the British Parliament with institutional, political, diplomatic, academic and religious figures, and exponents of the worlds of culture and business. In that most prestigious place, I emphasized that legislators, must never consider religion be a problem to be solved, but on the contrary a factor that makes a vital contribution to the progress of history and to the public debate of the nation, in particular by recalling the essential importance of an ethical foundation for taking decisions in the various social milieus.

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In that same solemn atmosphere, I then went to Westminster Abbey. It was the first time that a Successor of Peter has entered that place of worship which symbolizes the very ancient Christian roots of the country. The recitation of Evening Prayer, together with the different Christian communities of the United Kingdom, was an important moment in relations between the Catholic Community and the Anglican Communion. When we venerated St Edward the Confessor together at his tomb, while the choir sang “Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor�, we all praised God who is leading us on the path to full unity.

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Day Three Saturday, 18th September 2010

On Saturday morning, my Appointment with the Prime Minister introduced the series of my Meetings with the most important spokespeople of the British political world. It was followed by the Eucharistic celebration in Westminster Cathedral, dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. This was an extraordinary moment of faith and prayer that also highlighted the rich and precious tradition of “Roman” and “English” liturgical music in which the vari-

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At the Apostolic Nunciature I met with several of the victims of abuse by members of the clergy and by religious. It was an intensely emotional and also prayerful moment. Shortly afterwards, I also met with a group of professionals and volunteers who are responsible for the protection of children and young people in ecclesial contexts, a particularly important aspect that is part of the Church’s pastoral commitment. I thanked them and encouraged them to continue their work that fits into the Church’s long tradition of attention to respect, education and the formation of the new generations. Still in London, I then visited the home for the elderly run by the Little Sisters of the Poor with the invaluable contribution of many nurses and volunteers. This structure that takes in elderly people is a sign of the great esteem the Church has always had for the elderly, as well as an expression of British Catholics’ commitment to respect any life without any reservation on account of age or condition.

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ous ecclesial dignitaries took part, spiritually united to the multitude of believers in the course of the long Christian history of this land. I felt great joy in meeting a large number of young people who were taking part in Holy Mass outside the Cathedral. Their presence charged with enthusiasm and attentive expectation, showed at once their desire to be the protagonists of a new season of courageous witness, effective solidarity and generous commitment to the service of the Gospel.


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Day Four

who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The rite of Beatification took place in Birmingham at the solemn Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, in the presence of a great throng from the whole of Great Britain and Ireland and from many other countries. This moving event brought even more into the limelight a scholar of great stature, an outstanding writer and poet, a wise man of God, whose thought illumined many consciences and still today exerts an extraordinary fascination. May believers and ecclesial communities in the United Kingdom in particular draw inspiration from him so that, in our day too, this noble land may continue to produce abundant fruits of gospel life.

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As I was saying, the crowning point of my Visit to the United Kingdom was the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, an outstanding son of England. It was preceded and prepared for by a special Prayer Vigil that took place on Saturday evening in Hyde Park, London, in an atmosphere of profound recollection. To the multitudes of the faithful, especially young people, I chose to present anew the luminous figure of Cardinal Newman, an intellectual and a believer, whose basic spiritual message testifies that the path to knowledge is not withdrawal into “self”, but openness, conversion and obedience to the One

Oscott College The Meetings with the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and with that of Scotland ended a day of great festivity and intense communion of hearts for the Catholic community in Great Britain.

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Oscott College support the Catholic Community, encouraging it to work strenuously to defend the immutable moral truths which, taken up, illuminated and strengthened by the Gospel are at the root of a truly human, just and free society. I also wished to speak to the hearts of all the inhabitants of the United Kingdom, excluding no one, of the true reality of man, of his deepest needs, of his ultimate destiny. In addressing the citizens of that country, a crossroads of culture and of the world economy, I kept in mind the entire West, conversing with the intellect of this civilization and communicating the unfading newness of the Gospel in which it is steeped. This Apostolic Journey strengthened a deep conviction within me: the ancient nations of Europe

have a Christian soul, which is one with the “genius� and history of the respective peoples, and the Church never stops working to keep this spiritual and cultural tradition ceaselessly alive. Blessed John Henry Newman, whose figure and writings still preserve a remarkable timeliness, deserves to be known by all. He supports the resolutions and efforts of Christians to spread everywhere they go the fragrance of Christ, so that their whole life and being may be only his radiance, as he wrote wisely in his booklet Radiating Christ. www. vatican.va

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As I take my leave of you, let me assure you once again of my good wishes and prayers for the peace and prosperity of Great Britain. Thank you very much and God bless you all! Benedict XVI

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Mission and spirituality of St Faustina [11]

May my heart be merciful Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me. Diary, 163 St Faustina prayed for merciful eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet. She also prayed for a merciful heart, ‘Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful, so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me’ (Diary, 163). The request for a merciful heart had to be included for one very simple reason: it is the heart which determines how merciful the rest of our body is. It is the heart that feels, decides and guides every part of the body: the hands, the feet, the eyes, the ears or the tongue. That is why we can say, whatever the heart is like, so will the person be. What do you feel? St Faustina asks for a merciful heart, meaning , one that may feel all the sufferings of its neighbour. Despite popular opinion, there is no such thing as an unfeeling heart because even a stony heart feels something. Everyone feels something to a lesser or greater degree. Perhaps sometimes, their feelings focus more on themselves meaning they are aware of their own problems. Their ambitions, needs, wounds, and feelings are so focused on themselves that they can’t or won’t feel what others are feeling. The logic behind feeling is simple. The more spoiled people are, the more focused they are on their own feelings and not on those of others. Anyone who begins to feel what others are feeling is turning away from the self, is going beyond the boundary of their own self-centredness, is directing their attention towards the other, is beginning to love. A merciful heart feels the sufferings of those who

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suffer, meaning, it is a healthy heart. The importance for the rest of the body of having a healthy heart is appreciated not only just by people who have heart problems. Who are you refusing? When a person’s heart begins to feel the needs of others, it faces two separate doors. On one there is the sign ‘Do not enter’ while on the other, there is the invitation ‘Help’. For St Faustina, there was only one door, the second one, which is why she promises never to refuse her heart to anyone. Even the most sophisticated computer isn’t able to calculate how many times in life we refuse somebody something, and this is not a tragedy nor is it a sin, because the skill lies not only in saying yes but in learning to say no: first to the devil, and then to matters and people that are worse and less deserving than those matters and people to whom we say yes. If the priest announces in church that funds are needed for the repair of the church roof yet my mother-in-law is in hospital and needs money to pay for an urgent operation, then I need to say no to the parish priest and yes to my mother-in-law. If a female friend from work wants to go out for an evening meal while I know that my wife would be happy if for once I were to look after the children, then I need to say no to the female friend and yes to my wife and children. We often say no, we often refuse to give time, money, help because we‘re not able to be everywhere and for everyone. The skill lies in never refusing your heart to anyone. We might refuse a person time or money, but we must never do that while refusing them our heart! The problem lies not in the fact that we don’t help everyone as they would like us to, but in the fact that sometimes we simply just can’t stand them. People who are always asking us for things


With whom do you spend your time? We are afraid to offer our hearts because we don’t want to be cheated, wounded, taken for a ride. That is why we protect ourselves by spending time with people whom we know well, of whom we can be certain. St Faustina knows the way the human heart works very well, which is why she promises never to avoid difficult people. She does not limit herself merely to taking action. She doesn’t say, I’ll help those who will abuse my kindness, she says I will be with them. To be with someone is more than to help them. It means to be with them, to spend time with them, to form a relationship with them, not to avoid a needy person like the plague, or to only see to their needs as an official would. And here we see the true genius of Faustina, as well as the smallness of the hearts even of those people who are engaged in the work of mercy. Only someone who really loves a person in need will genuinely want to spend time with him, even if this is at the price of suffering and renunciation. With whom do you lock yourself up? It is humanly impossible to love those who might take advantage of us. Perhaps this is why when Sister Faustina speaks about being with people who might abuse her kindness, she immediately speaks about remaining with God. In order for a person to be completely open to others, they must lock themselves in the Heart of Jesus. Only a deep union with God gives us the strength to be open to people who are difficult. People do a great deal for those who they like. And for this, nobody needs the grace of faith, nor any special vocation. However, in order to give yourself to someone who is disliked, rejected

or proverbially bad, it is essential to escape into God. We sometimes complain that people are difficult, yet the real problem lies in the fact that we often do not lock ourselves up in God, we do not turn to God, we do not want to believe or we pretend that being with God cannot give us the strength to be with people. If you want to be open to people, you need to lock yourself up with God and in God.

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irritate us. Since they irritate us, this means that we have already refused them our heart. We have kept our heart for ourselves alone. To have a merciful heart, means to give our hearts. And no one has yet lost their heart by giving it.

What do you bear in silence? Speaking about a merciful heart and about the possibility of abusing kindness, St Faustina stresses that she will remain silent about her own suffering. It is completely natural that when a person is taken advantage of, he automatically complains about this. A merciful heart transcends this natural response and creates a different rule: it forbids complaints. This kind of attitude may generate rebellion: how come? Why should I remain silent? It would seem that Faustina ought to tell others about her grievances, she ought to go to her superiors so that they might intervene, she should try and resolve the matter in a human way. Silence, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that I accept the evil in another person - it may mean that I am extinguishing the evil in myself. It is not a matter of avoiding the problem by remaining silent, but of avoiding the desire for revenge and for having things on my own terms. Despite the general tendency towards garrulousness, there are many issues that we remain silent about. To remain silent about your own suffering is to die on the cross like Jesus, not like the bad thief. Saint Faustina, may the Lord’s mercy rest upon me, in my hands and in my feet, in my eyes and in my ears and above all, may it rest in my heart. May it find rest there, may it dwell there as in its own home because the home of mercy is man himself. Fr Wojciech Węgrzyniak (Orędzie Miłosierdzia, 72, 2009)

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A word from the cenacle

New religious and retreat house Dear friends of Blessed Father Stanisław It gives me great pleasure to inform you that on 21st April this year a new building, named Blessed Stanisław, adjacent to the Cenacle in Marianki in Góra Kalwaria, where the relics of the Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers repose, was handed over for our use. This building, which has been under construction since 2007, the year of Fr Stanisław’s beatification, fulfils the long-held intention to have a place close to Fr Papczyński’s tomb where his spiritual sons, the Marian Fathers, can come for spiritual retreat. The family house that has until now served that purpose does not even have guest rooms.

Cenacle in Marianki in Góra Kalwaria We expect other priests to come here, too, for the same purposes.

New building, named Blessed Stanisław

The new building has six guest rooms which can accommodate up to ten people. The large refectory (for mealtimes) as well as the chapter (a meeting place for the confreres) provide a lot of space while the chapel, for which there was insufficient room in the old monastery, is a place for prayer and reflection. There are also two large rooms, a meeting room and a conference room, for pastoral needs which were designed with pilgrims in mind; they are currently being furnished. One of these rooms is to be dedicated to the memory of Blessed Stanisław. The presence of Blessed Stanisław and the surrounding parkland are naturally conducive to tranquillity and to prayer. For this reason, the house will be the place where the Marian Fathers will hold their retreats and days of recollection.

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The house is also intended as a minor centre where the spiritual heritage of Blessed Stanisław will be studied. In the near future, there will be a series of meetings for the Marian brothers, which will focus on reading and reflecting on the writings of the Founding Father. With time, we want to collect in our library all the published work of Blessed Stanisław, so that we can study his entire legacy. All the dear people who revere Blessed Stanisław Papczyński are, as ever, heartily welcome to visit his tomb at Marianki in Góra Kalwaria, Poland. If you intend to come as a group, please let us know by emailing us at kustosz@marianie.pl or by calling tel: +48 22-727-32-58. Fr Wojciech Skóra MIC Guardian of the tomb of Blessed Stanisław Papczyński


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Testimonies of the graces received through the intercession of blessed Stanisław Papczyński Union contract passed This letter is regarding our favour that Blessed Stanisław brought to us. My husband’s union was having trouble coming to an agreement, and the next move would be a strike. My husband is 60 and was not in favour of this at all. I prayed, and the contract was passed. I thank God and Blessed Stanisław for everything. Sherburne Family receives many graces With grateful joy, I write to you about the many graces that my family has received through the intercessions of Blessed Stanisław Papczyński. The graces are as follows: A daughter of a close family friend was expecting a baby boy after having four miscarriages. I prayed to Blessed Stanisław to please intercede for her and her unborn son. In March, a healthy baby boy was born. My father has a history of skin cancer and has had several cancerous growths removed throughout the years. Most recently, another growth was found on his right ear, and surgery was recommended to remove it. I prayed once more to ask Blessed Stanisław to intercede on my father’s behalf, and again my prayer was answered. My husband was laid off from his job. He had been working for the company for 14 years. This was a very difficult time for him and our family. I prayed fervently to Blessed Stanisław. Praise God, yet again, my prayer was answered. My husband has been blessed with a new job. Alice Condition is not cancerous I wish to thank Blessed Stanisław Papczyński for an answered prayer. I had bleeding from my colon. I thought it was cancer, but instead it was a condition that is being treated with medication.

Foreclosure avoided I asked Blessed Stanisław’s prayers for a friend who was having a difficult time on her home’s “short sale” going through and was close to foreclosure. Within a few days, my friend’s short-sale process began to move, and she was able to successfully complete the sale and avoid foreclosure. I thank Blessed Stanisław for his intercession on these and many other things I ask. Alexandria

Blood pressure getting ‘back to normal’ About a month ago, my blood pressure rose very high, and I had a rapid pulse even though I had been on medication for many years. I prayed to Blessed Stanisław to help get things back to normal. I really believe Blessed Stanisław helped me, and things seem to be getting better. Ansonia

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Day of prayer to the Divine Mercy Divine Mercy in the family On Saturday, September 11, a day of prayer to Divine Mercy was led by the Marian Fathers, Fr Wojtek Jasiński MIC and Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC, in the convent of the Bridgettine Sisters, which lies near beautiful Iver Heath close to Slough.

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meeting was prepared by Milli Fernadez and her prayer group from Slough, as well as by the Bridgettine Sisters. The overall theme was Divine Mercy in the family. More than 120 people took part in this meeting. The day began with a procession with the image of Divine Mercy which was followed by a conference entitled How to practice Divine Mercy in the family. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Wojtek Jasiński MIC who also gave the homily. After Holy Mass, the participants were able to rest in this pleasant, peaceful, tranquil place, enjoying perhaps the last of this summer’s warm sunshine.

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day, because despite a forecast of rain, the weather stayed warm and sunny. In the afternoon, everyone gathered to pray for healing with individual blessing by the Blessed Sacrament, followed by veneration of the relics of St Faustina. The participants returned to their homes enriched by Divine Mercy, which they will be able to share with the close members of their families and with other people as well. 16

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BRIDGETTINE GUEST HOUSE Fulmer Common Road Iver Heath, Bucks SL0 0NR tel 01753 662645/ 662073

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Places of Devotion to the Divine Mercy [2]

Church of St Mary of the Angels Bayswater, London Welcome to St. Mary of the Angels Church in Bayswater. We are a friendly Catholic community always happy to welcome visitors, new members or Catholics who have not been active in their faith for a while. One of the great means God has given Catholics to do that in our time is the Divine Mercy, of which we have two large pictures in our church: it is open all day long during daylight hours, and we look forward to your visit! Parish Priest Mgr. Keith Barltrop National Coordinator for Divine Mercy in the UK

Sunday Masses : Saturday 6 pm Sunday 9.30 am (family Mass), 11.00 am (Portuguese), 12 noon (sung), 6 pm Weekday Masses Monday to Saturday 10.00 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday to Saturday (ex Tuesday) 9.00 am - 9.50 am Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) Saturday 10.30 - 11.00 am, 5.30 - 6.00 pm or by appointment

How to Find Us: St Marys is situated between Moorhouse Road, Artesian Road and Sutherland Place. The entrance to the Parish House, Office and Church are on Moorhouse Road. The entrance to the Father Michael Hollings Centre is on Sutherland Place. Tube: Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater and Westbourne Park are the nearest tube stations. Bus: Bus numbers 7, 23, 27, 28, 31, 70 and 328 all stop near the church on Westbourne Grove or Chepstow Road.

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I thank God for my missionary vocation A Polish Missionary in the Philipines A year-and-a-half has passed since we arrived in the Philippines. Fr Jan Migacz and Fr Walerian Poźniak are putting a great deal of effort into organising our surroundings and our work in the Shrine to Divine Mercy on the island of Mindanao. As of last year, they have been helped greatly in this by Zygmunt and Ela Chodźko-Zajko, who are lay missionaries. For my part, I am working in the Archdiocesan Shrine to Divine Mercy in Mandaluyong City in Manila, the Philippine capital. I work with the vice-rector of the shrine, Fr Ernesto who is Filipino and with Fr Joseph who is Chinese. Over the Christmas season, we were helped by Fr Mars from India. The rector of the Shrine, Monsignor Josefino Ramirez has been absent through illness for some time. Marian Fathers in the Philippines

When I first crossed the threshold of our shrine, I was pleasantly surprised by its ‘Polishness’. The presbytery is dominated by the largest portrait in Asia of the Divine Mercy. It was painted in Kraków by Lesław Ojak and ceremonially brought to the Shrine in 1996. It was brought to Manila by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, the congregation to which St Faustina belonged. 18

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The painting had been divided into three sections in order to transport it to the Philippines, and on the way here it disappeared. The concerned sisters were forced to wait impatiently for over a week before the painting was finally found. One of the Filipinos, whose daughter discovered her vocation and joined their congregation after hearing the conference given by the sisters when the painting was being installed, said that before coming to rest in Manila, Christ had wanted to fly around the whole world. The mission of the Divine Mercy is aimed at every country and each nation and, as we can imagine, Asia’s needs are the greatest. A second Polish symbol in our shrine is a side altar with the image and relics of St Faustina. Adults and children pray here and touch with great reverence the pane of glass behind which the relics are preserved. They then make the sign of the cross with the same hand or touch those parts of their bodies which are causing them pain, believing that their health will be restored through the intercession of the saint. On the other side of the altar is the image of Our Lady of Mercy, Vilnius, Lithuania, showing the bond between the devotion to Our Lady of Mercy and that to Divine Mercy; the shrine in Vilnius was a place beloved by St Faustina. I soon learned that I wasn’t the first Pole to have worked in the shrine in Manila. For 2 years, Fr Wiesław Kondzior had been working among the Filipinos and they recalled him very fondly. Although I am currently the only Pole and the only Marian Father to be working here, I do not feel in the slightest bit isolated. Every day, I experience the natural goodness and warmth of the Filipinos. They


Divine Mercy Shrine Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

love their priests, seeing in us God’s messengers. They treasure the blessings that we bestow on them. They often catch hold of my hands, and even if my hands are full, they touch them to their foreheads. Tiny children who can barely walk know perfectly well how to ask for a blessing. After each Mass, we bless individually anyone who asks to be blessed. If it is someone’s birthday, they come and ask for a special blessing. Filipinos have a special fondness for all kinds of devotions. Therefore, every day we bless statues,

Good Friday - The Way of the Cross on the streets of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

I cannot fail to mention the National Shrine to Divine Mercy which is a 2-hour drive from Manila. A visit there left me even more overwhelmed. The rector at the time, Fr Vincente Robles, who is enamoured of the Polish religious tradition, built there what he himself called ‘a little Poland’. A building which stands not far from the shrine was dedicated by him to our three great countrymen: St Faustina, St Maximilian Kolbe and John Paul II. Numerous photographs with Polish subtitles and exhibits create the impression that one is in Poland. Many of these photographs can be seen in the home of Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice. Of course, the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa is present here, too. While he was showing me around, Fr Vincente asked me to recite the Hail Mary in Polish in front of this image. He said that the aim of this ‘little Poland’ was to enable Filipinos, most of whom cannot afford a trip abroad, to become familiar with the Polish religious heritage. The current new rector of the Shrine, Fr Mario Arenas, who is also the national pastoral head of the devotees of Divine Mercy, continues to expand the Shrine at a rapid pace.

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and in a sense joins Polish and Filipino culture. The Catholic Church is our mutual priceless heritage.

As I perform my priestly ministry here in the missions, the Filipinos are teaching me patience, goodness, fear of God and love, although I am also aware that their faith often needs to be deepened and they need greater awareness. A few years ago, I didn’t think I would ever go to the missions. It was on the Feast of the Holy Spirit that the Superior General of the Congregation of Marian Fathers, Fr Jan M Rokosz, suggested that I go to the Phillipines. After a time of prayer and discernment, I agreed. Today, I thank God for this missionary vocation. Fr Mariusz Jarząbek MIC

images, rosaries, prayer books and other devotional objects. I was recently asked to bless a large image of Divine Mercy which will be hung in the Senate House. I believe that the Catholic faith, the rapidly expanding devotion in the Philippines to the Divine Mercy and the ubiquitous Marian devotion, brings our two countries close together. Faith inspires

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from the apostolate

You are warmly welcomed to the monthly prayer groups organised by Divine Mercy Apostolate, Marian Fathers DAY OF PRAYER WITH MARY TO THE DIVINE MERCY

THE HOUR OF MERCY FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

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10.45 am Morning Prayer 11.00 am Rosary 11.30 am Holy Mass 12.30 pm Meditation 1.00 pm Lunch Break 2.00 pm Talk 3.00 pm Holy Hour, Exposition, Chaplet to the Divine Mercy, Veneration of St Faustina’s Relics 4.00 pm Evening Prayer (bring your packed lunch)

near Ealing Broadway underground Programme 2.30pm Rosary 3.00pm Divine Mercy Hour, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet 3.30pm Holy Mass 4.30pm Tea and coffee in the church hall, opportunity to purchase devotional items

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Autumn 3 [51] 2010 ISSN 2042-7247 Publication of the Marian Helpers Association in Great Britain

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