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Saint Faustina’s Feast Added to General Roman Calendar

On the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s birthday, and on the birthday and feast day of St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Vatican has announced that St. Faustina’s Oct. 5 feast will be entered into the General Roman Calendar — that is, it shall be celebrated all around the world for the first time.

Meditating on Christ's Passion

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

Thank God for Nurses

Florence Nightingale and inset photo of Marie Romagnano, MSN, RN

This year, the May 12 celebration of International Nurses Day comes in the middle of Nurses Week in the year designated by the World Health Organization as the International Year of Nurses and Midwives. It also falls on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

The celebration of the 2020 International Nurses Day comes at a time when the world daily acknowledges and applauds the heroic efforts of nurses who are on the front lines in caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Calls for a Day of Prayer, Fasting, Mercy

By Chris Sparks

Pope Francis has called for May 14 to be a day of prayer, fasting, and works of mercy, all in pursuit of an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Come Home to the Holy Family

By Chris Sparks

We've been placed once again in the hands of the Mother of God, her Most Chaste Spouse, and the Son of God.

As many folks have been pointing out, Friday, May 1, saw an incredible intersection of different devotions and graces.

Worried? Spread the Message of Mercy

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina's Diary, and you'll find spiritual gems. Like this one: 

Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because justice will have no hold on it. (1075)

Dodging the Widow Maker

By Bette Harrison

I have been invited to tell the miracle story of my beloved spouse, Jim.

It was a Friday evening, this past July, about one month before the wedding of our first child, Jessica. I was out with a group from church who had met since our babies were toddlers.

The Hour of Great Mercy

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

A Perfect Fit Dressed for Mercy

By Terry Peloquin
She grew up learning from her parents’ example of faith and merciful deeds. So it’s no surprise that Michelle Annecchiarico of Ludlow, Massachusetts, leaps at the occasion to help others.

She has taught the Life Teen religious program at St. Elizabeth Parish. She helped students to “raise awareness and start a conversation” after the suicide of one of her ski team members. She volunteered for library fundraisers to help children’s literacy.

And the Winners Are . . .

Image: Left, Isabelle Cormier of Sandy Springs, Georgia, won the age 9-12 category. She painted a Divine Mercy Image featurying St. Faustina and St. John Pal II. Right, Maggie Borchers, 7, of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the ages 5-8 cetegory, with an acrylic Divine Mercy Image painted on canvas. 

Isabelle Cormier (left) of Sandy Springs, Georgia, won the age 9-12 category (here's her winning artwork), and Maggie Borchers, 7, of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the ages 5-8 category. 

 

In the spring issue of Marian Helper, we announced a Divine Mercy art contest for children ages 5 to 12. Contestants were encouraged to draw or paint an 8-by-10-inch Divine Mercy Image. 

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