Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration Times in Small Arena

Tuesday, July 26

  • 12-2:30 pm (CET) – Adoration

Wednesday, July 27

Small Arena

  • 9:00 – 11:00 am (CET) Adoration

  • 12:30 – 7:30 pm (CET) Adoration

Thursday, July 28

Small Arena

  • 9:00 – 11:00 am (CET) Adoration

  • 12:30-3:00 pm (CET) Adoration

Friday, July 29

Small Arena

  • 9:00 – 11:00 am (CET) Adoration

  • 12:30-3:00 pm (CET) Adoration

Relics

“St. John Paul II had many relics, about ten of them in his private chapel. Among others, those of Saints Peter and Paul. When the excavations of the tomb of St. Peter were being done, the relics were brought in a special case to the private chapel of St. John Paul II. There were also relics of St. Stanislaus, the hair of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the relics of St. Bro. Albert Chmielowski. [...] There were also the relics of Sister Faustina. He venerated them every time he passed by them. And when he was no longer able to walk, and Archbishop Mokrzycki was moving him on a wheelchair, Archbishop Mokrzycki would always stop by the little table with the relics so that St. John Paul II could venerate them, and he could kiss them. He had a special devotion to venerating relics.” Excerpted from: He Liked Tuesdays Best by Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki

Relics of the following Polish saints, whose lives exemplify the themes of the Mercy Centre, will be available for veneration during the day in the small arena Chapel:

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who spent his life spreading devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially through the Militia Immaculata. He was a missionary in Japan, but after his return to his native Poland (due to his own weak health), he was imprisoned in Auschwitz in 1939 for assisting Jews during the Second World War. When the Nazi guards selected ten prisoners to be sentenced to death by starvation, Fr. Kolbe volunteered to die in place of a stranger. He was canonized a martyr by St. John Paul II in 1981.

“Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes.” – St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, when first arrested

St. Albert Chmielowski

Saint Brother Albert (Adam Chmielowski) was born on the 20th August 1845 in Igołomia near Krakow, Poland. In January of 1863 he took part in the Polish Insurrection, during which he lost his leg. Fleeing the country for Belgium, then studying in Paris and Munich, Bro. Albert became a popular artist in Krakow. With ardent love of God and neighbor, he sacrificed his life to serve the homeless and oppressed by opening houses for them. Bro. Albert saw God in them, and by his care for them and through his art, he spoke to them of God’s love. In 1887 he donned the religious habit and one year later he pronounced his vows in the presence of Albin Cardinal Dunajewski. Shortly thereafter, he founded The Congregation of Albertine Brothers and Sisters. After years of charitable work, he died on December 25th, 1916 with a reputation of great sanctity.

“We should be good like bread: we should be like bread, which is set on the table for all, from which each can cut off a slice for himself and be nourished, if he is hungry.” – St. Albert Chmielowski

Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko

Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Polish priest in Warsaw who became associated with the opposition Solidarity trade union in communist Poland. In 1981 Popiełuszko took part in the famous strikes at the Warsaw Steelworks, and thereafter was associated with the workers and trade unionists of the Solidarity movement who opposed the Communist regime in Poland. Popiełuszko was a staunch anti-communist, and in his sermons, interwove spiritual exhortations with political messages, criticizing the Communist system and motivating people to protest. His sermons were routinely broadcast by Radio Free Europe, and were heard throughout Poland. His popularity raised the suspicions of the secret police, and his friends even suggested that he leave Poland for his own safety. However, he replied “my place is with the people.” On October 19, 1984, he was murdered by three agents of Służba Bezpieczeństwa (Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs). He has been recognized as a martyr, and was beatified by Cardinal Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.

“In order to defeat evil with good, in order to preserve the dignity of man, one must not use violence. It is the person who has failed to win on the strength of his heart and his reason, who tries to win by force…Let us pray that we be free from fear and intimidation, but above all from the lusts for revenge and violence.” – The last public words of Jerzy Popiełuszko

St. Faustina Kowalska

Sister Faustina was born on the 25 th of August 1905 in Głogowiec, Poland to Marianna and Stanisław Kowalski as the third of ten children. She attended elementary school for merely three years and then she went to work as a housekeeper in various well–to–do families in Aleksandrów and Łódź. From the age of seven, she had felt the calling to a religious vocation, but her parents would not give her permission to enter the convent. However, impelled by a vision of the Suffering Christ, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw. She lived in the Congregation for thirteen years, staying in many houses, working as a cook, shop assistant, gardener, and portress. She had frail health, but she experienced many extraordinary graces such as: apparitions, ecstasies, bilocation, hidden stigmata, reading souls, and even mystical betrothal. She was quick to offer her sufferings to the Divine Mercy. Sister Faustina’s principal task was to pass on to the Church and world the Message of Mercy, a recapitulation of the Biblical truth of God’s Merciful Love for every human being, and a calling to each of us to entrust our lives to Him and to actively love our neighbor. Jesus not only revealed the depth of His Mercy to St. Faustina, but also gave her new forms of worship: the picture inscribed Jesus, I trust in You, the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Prayer in the Hour of His Death on the Cross, the Hour of Mercy. Sister Faustina died in Krakow on October 5 th , 1938, at the age of thirty-three. Out of her charism and mystical experience grew the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy which continues her mission, proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world through the testimony of life, deed, words and prayer. Her relics are in the Shrine of the Divine Mercy at Łagiewniki, Kraków.

“I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy, and to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor.” – From the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska,163

St. John Paul II

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Krakow. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 in the school for drama. The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in a quarry (1940-1944) and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany. In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Krakow. At the same time, Karol Wojtyla was one of the pioneers of the underground "Rhapsodic Theatre." After the Second World War, he continued his studies in the major seminary of Krakow, once it had re-opened, and in the faculty of theology of the Jagiellonian University, until his priestly ordination in Krakow on November 1, 1946. On July 4, 1958, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII, and was consecrated September 28, 1958, in Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, by Archbishop Baziak. On January 13, 1964, he was nominated Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI, who made him a cardinal June 26, 1967.

He took part in the Second Vatican Council, and was elected to the See of Peter on October 16, 1978. His legacy includes his extraordinary teaching on the moral life (the Theology of the Body and Veritatis Splendor, to name a few), the fall of Communism, the renewal of the priesthood, devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother, advocacy for human dignity and religious freedom, the commencement of the New Evangelization, and the institution of World Youth Day.

“Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!” – St. John Paul II

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Confession

"Everyone says to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession.” – Pope Francis

The Mercy Centre has arranged for confessors to be widely available for pilgrims to seek the sacrament. Look for those priests who have registered with the Knights of Columbus, who will be easily identified by their unique purple stole. Among these, some have even been commissioned by Pope Francis to be “Missionaries of Mercy” during the Jubilee Year. Confessors will be located in the main arena (before mass) and throughout the whole day in the small arena, where there will also be Eucharistic adoration.

Do not be afraid! Seek His Mercy!

All priests who wish to concelebrate Mass or to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the Mercy Centre must be able to present the following documentation:

  • Official clergy WYD registration

  • Government photo ID

  • Sacramental accreditation letter from diocese or major superior

Priests should also bring:

  • Alb and stole

Priests wishing to hear confessions at the Mercy Center will need to check in at the registration table on level 0. Once you check in, you will be given a stole for hearing confessions.