Knights of St Columba
Who are we?
We are an organised body of Catholic men who are joined as a fraternity, giving total loyalty to the Holy See and worshipping together helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
We are a way of life, in Charity, Unity and Fraternity, working through our local groups who are present in most towns throughout the United Kingdom.
We work both as individual local groups and together on a national scale, while at the same time linking with other Orders in the International Alliance of Catholic Knights.
The local council 117 was established in Peckham in 1926. It is one of the longest standing councils. Six reasons why you should join the Knights
It will help with the work that you have always wanted to do.
It will increase your spiritual life.
It will increase your circle of friends.
It will mean that the Knights' voice, speaking as one, will be your voice.
It is a 'way of life' that will suit you.
It will help you do something good for God
Are you interested in...
The Sanctity of Human Life?
Justice and Peace?
The Third World?
Could you like to be involved in...
family social activities?
A wider circle of like-minded friends?
Local and national charitable events?
Would you like to be...
Part of a national as well as a local organization?
Involved in things that interest you?
Be one in Charity, Unity and Fraternity with your friends?
...then be a Knight of St. Columba!
For further information, contact the Knights of St. Columba via their website:
Web link for Knights of St. Columba Competitions:
Knights of St. Columba Competitions.
Currently this is kindly undertaken by one person, though anyone can help out.
Please speak to the Parish Priest or contact the office for more information.
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the church flowers, please place any donations in a sealed envelope marked 'Donation - Church Flowers' and either hand to one of the priests, the deacon, a church helper or post through the church letter box in Friary Road.
Please include your details so we can acknowledge your kindness.
Thank you for your generosity.
Nigerian Catholic Women's Organisation
Aims and Objectives:
To support the welfare, social well-being and spiritual advancement of all Nigerian Catholics residents or visitors in parishes in the United Kingdom.
- To have quarterly Masses for members' intentions and specific needs.
- To recite the fifteen decades and the mysteries of the Rosary
- To go to Confession and receive Holy Communion every first Saturday of the month, in honor of Our Lady, for especial favors and in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which the Immaculate Heart of our heavenly Mother and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are offended.
- To profess our faith to all people in our daily lives and participate in all Catholic activities both within and outside our parishes.
- To encourage all our young men and women to develop interest in the priesthood and the religious life.
- To have a spiritual director who shall cater for the spiritual and pastoral needs of members and their families.
These take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, at the Friary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Friary Road, Peckham. But please ask about it first.
The Filipino Community
In 2001 we began a monthly Mass in Filipino (Tagalo), with the help of some of the Filipino clergy based in London. The normal time is 5.00 pm on the first Sunday each month. Exceptions are the June Mass (slightly later to accommodate the First Holy Communion Mass) and the Mass in December (sometimes on a specially arranged date).
The Mass is organised by the local Filipino community, including the singing, the refreshments afterwards and making sure that a priest is available!
The purpose of this is primarily spiritual -- as faith and culture come together in the joyful celebration of Mass in a much-loved tradition. At the same time the gathering of the local Filipino community can provide a sort of support group for those who may be experiencing problems of any sort.
Nigerian, Ghanaian, and Sierra Leone Associations
These three groups vary somewhat in terms of their rules and constitution, but they are broadly similar in purpose and they share a number of objectives, which could be roughly stated as follows:
➢ To promote the welfare of those in the local community, especially those in need.
➢ To raise awareness of important issues concerning the 'home' country and to raise money for particular projects approved by the association.
➢ To offer support and advice to those newly arrived in this country, making them welcome and sharing their experience.
➢ To encourage the practice of the faith amongst their families and within the community, and to offer financial and practical support to the parish in order to further the pastoral care and the mission of the church.
Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham.
"Acting together against all forms of poverty"
The AIC, (International Association of Charities), also known as The Ladies of Charity, is a worldwide lay Organisation which is part of the Vincentian Family. It was formed by St. Vincent de Paul and is composed of mainly women. The Ladies of Charity (AIC) was the first Foundation of St. Vincent de Paul in 1617. Their role, or task is to combat poverty in all forms.
The AIC UK aims to respond to situations of poverty by ensuring that member's availability, skills and resources are utilized where they are most needed.
St. Vincent de Paul had a firm method which he used when organizing his first Charity, this he did while ministering in a small village in France.
His method was to :
♦ Identify a need and remedy it by working imaginatively and sensitively.
♦ Organize well from the outset
♦ Assign responsibilities according to the talents of each member.
♦ Encourage team work.
♦ Insist on regular attendance, giving an account of services rendered and
money received and spent.
♦ Evaluate by asking the question; "How well are these poor people being
"Charity" volunteers were considered by St. Vincent de Paul to have a special 'Grace' in their vocation to serve the poor.
As with those first members, AIC members today have demands made upon them to continue this 'Grace' which are :
♦ To discern prayerfully with common sense and good advice.
♦ To prepare well according to the need, their time and talents,
while avoiding waste of energy and burn out.
♦ To work willingly, without seeking personal gain or gratification.
♦ To be committed, supportive and a good team player.
♦ To serve sensitively and effectively.
♦ To evaluate reflectively.
♦ And to be loyal to the AIC.
While keeping within the teachings, instructions and goals of the AIC, each parish works according to what is needed at a local level.
In Peckham, and in keeping with "Acting together against all forms of poverty" The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham have opened a Food Bank and a Clothes Bank.
The Food Bank is available to those who are in most need and this is assessed on a personal basis in discussion with the individual and a designated person from The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham or the Parish Priest. All discussions are in the strictest confidence.
The Clothes Bank is also available to those who are in most need and offers clothes, kindly donated by parishioners.
There is an opportunity for clothes to be purchased at a small cost by those in need, where they have the means or want to pay. This again can be assessed and discussed with a person from The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham or the Parish Priest.
The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham can also help by offering a friendly ear to listen to individuals who need someone to talk to. A person can come and have a friendly chat, in strictest confidence.
The Food Bank & Clothes Bank is called the "Café Thrift" and is open on Tuesdays; 10.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. in the lower part of the friary, via the rear entrance on Friary Road.
For these to operate successfully, The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham require donations of Food and Clothes. These donations can be placed in the appropriate boxes which are located in the Narthex (rear of the Church).
Clothes items need to be in good condition, washed, ironed and put into a bag and placed into the appropriate box at the back of the church.
Food items are also needed so please be generous. All food items must have an expiry date of at least one year. Regrettably we cannot accept perishable items as they are difficult to keep.
A thought for you to consider:
Maybe when you go shopping, you could buy an extra few items placed into a separate bag, or spend an extra few pounds on some items which would be purely for the Food Bank. In this way you can help in the charity mission of the AIC and parish in a regular way. A piece of charity work weekly.
If you would like more information about The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham, or may be interested in becoming a member, please contact The President of the Ladies of Charity via the Parish Office (details on contacts page), alternatively, you can speak to the Parish Priest or The Parish Deacon who can put you in touch with a representative of the Ladies of Charity (AIC) who can then help you.
The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham would like to extend a thank you for all the kind donations that have been given, as well as a thank you for all your future donations, whether they are regular donations or one time donations.
The Ladies of Charity (AIC) - Peckham are grateful for your co-operation in helping them in their vocation as they continue their work against all forms of poverty.
The official website for the AIC International is;
“To raise funds for the work necessary to improve the Fabric of the parish buildings and eventually give back a parish hall”.
This is a group of our parishioners whose aim is to raise funds for the work necessary to improve the fabric of our parish buildings and eventually give us back a parish hall.
They organize and arrange events with the help of individuals and Organisations within the parish as well as with other local churches.
One of the annual events they organize is the Churches Sponsored Walk (sometimes involving other churches in the local area). You can view some photographs of these walks on the website (Gallery - Churches Walk 2013; Eight Churches' Fundraising Walk - July 2014).
Our Church is a grade 2 listed building, so they work closely with the Parish Priest, the Archdiocese and architect to ensure that that structure of the building is restored in accordance with the requirement of the listed building status and ensuring all materials are restored to their original state where possible.
If you would like to donate to the Restoration Fund, please place any donations in a sealed envelope marked 'Restoration Fund' with your details (so we can say thank you) and hand to the Parish Priest, Assistant Parish Priest, the Parish Deacon or one of the designated people who deal with any parish finances (one of the welcomers will happily show you who they are), alternatively, you can post through the Presbytery Post box located in Friary Road.
We sincerely and graciously thank you for any donations you may be able to give in helping to restore this old, wonderful and lively church. Thank you.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP)
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) was initially formed in Paris, France in 1833 by the Blessed Fr. Frédéric Ozanam and his companions.
It is an international Christian Organisation, made up of volunteers, which is dedicated to tackling poverty and helping the disadvantaged members of society. It does this by providing practical assistance to those in need. This assistance is irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.
The SVP is a lay Organisation and has been active in England since 1844 where it was placed under the Patronage of St. Vincent de Paul.
The Society is inspired by the thoughts and words of St Vincent de Paul and seeks to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form. This is done in the spirit of Justice and Charity.
In the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) will work in conjunction with the Ladies of Charity (AIC).
If you are interested to become a member please contact the Parish Office by phone 020 7639 0947 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vision of the SVP Peckham
This vision is inspired by the message of Christ:
"The second is this: You must Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these" Mark 12:31
It is for individuals and families who are in need to have hope, together with a sense of dignity, worth, well-being and peace of mind.
The Mission of the SVP Peckham
Their mission is to seek and find those who are in need, to help them in a spirit of justice, and to tackle the causes of poverty where they can.
The SVP meet on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. on a fortnightly basis.
The next meeting will take place on Monday, 2nd November, 2015 and then fortnightly from thence onwards.
The official website for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in England and Wales is: http://www.svp.org.uk
Welcomers are at all weekend Masses and many other Masses. They wear a green welcomers sach.
You can ask them for any information or help.
As you enter the Church, they will offer you a Mass Book, a Hymn Book as well as a Parish Newsletter (Angelus). They may give out other items and information sheets as appropriate, this will usually be as you leave at the conclusion of the Mass.
As part of their duties, they try to ensure that the Mass is conducted in an orderly fashion so that all can hear. This may mean that late-comers are asked to wait until there is a suitable pause - i.e. not whilst someone is speaking from the sanctuary.
We politely ask that those attending the Mass should not walk or move around during certain important parts of the Mass, i.e. The Readings, The Homily, And especially during the Consecration. This is to allow those in the congregation to fully concentrate and participate in the Mass.
If you need to use the facilities, we ask to you wait until there is a suitable pause before returning to your seat. The Welcomers will help to encourage those at the Mass to follow this request.
They may also suggest that if you have a potentially noisy baby or young child, that you might like to go to the Lady Chapel, where it is relatively sound proof, or stay in the Narthex. (The Narthex is often called a Porch, but a narthex is part of the church and not an addition)
Some of their duties include the Offertory Collection during Mass. They will either carry out this function themselves, or they may ask some of the congregation to assist them. Maybe you can help!
If you want the priest to do anything for you, it is always best to write it down. He sees many people over a very short space of time so may well forget each request.
NB. If you want a Mass offered ask a Welcomer for one of the envelopes.
If you wish to register with the parish, please ask for a Registration Form (A). Once you have filled it in, you may give it to one of the welcomers who will ensure that it goes to the right person. Once you have handed in the form, one of the Priests or the Deacon may phone you to come to see you at home if you have noted on the form you would like a visit.
We love to bless people's homes.
If you interested in becoming part of the Welcoming Team, please talk to one of the other Welcomers who will be happy to help, or you could speak to one of the Priests or the Deacon.
At the beginning of the 10.00 a.m. Mass on Sundays, the younger children are invited to go with some of the churches’ catechist to an area in the Friary.
It is here that they listen to the readings from the Mass, in a setting where it is possible to use a dialogue format which can be more easily explained and understood.
Some simple practical tasks are often set and the children return to the church during the Offertory of the Mass. They are then encouraged to bring forward the offertory gifts, (wine, water, mass collection).
Once they reach the foot of the sanctuary, the mass celebrant comes down to take the gifts from them and asks them what they have learned from their liturgy sessions.
They will usually have some writings or drawings to show which they have done during their time in the study room.
On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Family Mass (although technically, each 10.00 a.m. Mass is the family Mass).
The children remain in church, where they come onto the sanctuary and proclaim the readings of the mass. During his homily, the priest addresses himself to the congregation, but in a way that is primarily directed towards the children.
All parents with young children are highly encouraged to attend the 10.00 a.m. Mass each Sunday with their children so that the children can take part in this informative, child friendly way to teach them about the Catholic Faith.
(Although this does not replace the importance of the parents role in being the first catholic teachers of their children).
The Children's Liturgy is recommended for children from 5 years of
age through to 10-11 years of age. No pre-registration is neccessary.
All children are welcome and encouraged to attend, but parents who
wish for their child(ren) under the age of 5 years old to attend, will
be expected to accompany their child(ren) to the classes.
Also, if any child(ren) is found to be disruptive during the classes,
they will be returned to their parents by one of the catechists.
Singing is an integral part of the Church's worship and when you sing, you are praying twice as hard! The Folk Choir is there to lead the singing and to encourage the whole congregation to join in. We try to provide a complement in the Folk Choir and sing music that is generally traditional in character but also trying to include the best of the old with some of the new.
Singing the main tune is just the start though, and the sound of a strong choir in full, four-part harmony together with a congregation singing their heads off is a glorious expression of God's praise. We very much want to work towards this target but we are short of members, particularly male voices. So, if you have a good voice and would like to help build up the music in our church, even if you have no experience of singing in harmony, do please get in touch.
The Folk Group has been singing at the Church for more than 25 years. They meet in the Presbytery every Monday evening at 7.30 pm to practice for the Mass.
The Folk Choir sings at the 10.00 a.m. Mass each week. They also sing at the First Communion Mass, Confirmation Mass and any special occasions they are invited to do.
The Folk Choir consists of a group of instrumentalists and singers. People of all ages, abilities and those playing a wide range of instruments are encouraged to join. Numbers have dwindled in the last few years due to people moving away from the parish.
New members (Singers or Musicians) are always welcome, please contact the office for more information or come along to one of their practice sessions on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m.
12.15 p.m. Mass Choir.
The 12.15 p.m. Mass Choir was formed in 2018 with the mandate to help in enhancing the singing at the 12.15 p.m. Mass. They statred mall, but now have more members joining them.
They have grown a little in numbers, but new members are always needed and welcomed to join them. Just pop along on a Sunday and speak to them and they will be happy to help you become involved.
8.30 a.m. Mass Choir.
This started as two people who took up the challenge of encouraging the parishioners to sign at the early morning Mass. They work with the same organist who plays at the 12.15 p.m. Mass.
Previously, hymns on a CD were played at this Mass, but can often have the effect of stiffling the congregation from joining in. Having an 8.30 a.m. choir has enabled them to raise their own voices, which in turn has helped to encourage the parishioners to join in with the singing, rather than just listening to the CD.
Quite often, when playing a CD, the congregation can be out of sync with the CD, but with the choir, they sing in unison with the congregation which has helped to greatly improve the singing at the 8.30 a.m. Mass.
As with the other choirs, they are always looking for new members to join them. You do not necessarily have to be the best singer, or the loudest, just go along, join them, and let your voice glorify the Lord together as one.
On occasions, the 8.30 a.m. Mass Choir and the 12.15 p.m. Mass may combine the sing together, for example, while leading the singing for the pre-gathering before our annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
Guild of St Stephen (Altar Servers)
Anyone who attends this church regularly, and who has already received his or her First Holy Communion can from their 9th Birthday apply to be Sanctuary Servers. Those who are interested are welcome to give their contact details to the Parish Office, The Parish Priest, The Assistant Priest or Parish Deacon who will then inform them when the next training session is due to take place.
After some initial training, they are invited to serve Mass in company with more experienced servers, so that they can gradually increase in confidence and in their ability in the various ceremonies of the Church. There will be occasions when the initial training will take place by experienced Altar Serves during the Mass.
The Guild was formed in Hammersmith in 1901 in the Archdiocese of Westminster. In 1906 it was promoted to an Archconfraternity.
The first branch in our Diocese was at Thornton Heath on 23rd March 1953.
Our parish became the 5th branch on 14th September 1953 (Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross).
Membership of the Guild is open to all Servers who have completed at least 6 months and shown a wish to keep the standards of the Guild. When enrolled in the Guild, at a time and place arranged by the Parish Priest, candidates are presented with the Guild Bronze Medal which they wear when serving. Previously this has been done on December 26th each year which is the feast day of St. Stephen, the patron saint of altar servers. In our Parish, those Altar Servers who are determined to be ready to be enrolled, will attend the Annual Altar Servers Rally in Aylesford sometime in May where they will be enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen.
To give an idea of the general ethos of the Guild of St Stephen, the following is an extract from a notice in the Servers' Sacristy:
The Server: 'Who Me ... Lead Prayer?'
Young people have been serving Mass from the earliest centuries. They have helped to get things ready: assisting the priest with vestments, lighting candles, carrying the books used at Mass, ringing bells, saying prayers in practically every language known. They must have been getting up early in the morning, staying up late at night. Of utmost importance, however, is not really the things they do but the example they give.
More than anything else, the server is a prayer leader. Servers help people to pray. So, servers must ask themselves, 'What is prayer?'
To begin with, prayer is listening, listening to God. During the Mass, there's much to be listened to. There's music, the priest's prayers, the people's prayers, and especially there are the words of Scripture. All the things servers have to do during Mass cannot be a distraction to their listening. Remember, the server is part of the celebration.
The server is not like a waiter in a restaurant who stands off to the side and only helps out occasionally. A waiter is not usually part of the dinner celebration, but the server is; the server is part of the celebration, listening all the time. This is one way you pray: by listening.
If your child would like to become an Altar Server, please contact the Parish Priest or the Assist. Priest who can be reached via email, (please see contacts page) or after any of the Masses that they are attending.
The Guild Medal
The medal is worn around the neck on a red cord which reminds us that St Stephen was martyred because he believed in Christ.
In the centre of the medal are the letters XP which are the first two letters of the name 'Christ' in Greek.
At the top of the medal is the crown of victory which symbolizes the reward that was given by God to everyone who overcomes evil, especially those who die for him.
When he was alive, St Stephen would have answered to the name Kelil, which means 'crown' in Aramaic, the language spoken by the Apostles and those they first preached the good news of Christ to.
At the bottom of the medal are the palm branches. These are traditional signs of martyrs who died for Christ.
Around the edge of the medal is the Guild Motto, in Latin:
CUI SERVIRE REGNARE EST.
this translates as: TO SERVE CHRIST IS TO REIGN.
Training for Altar Servers takes place every Saturday; 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Every Saturday for Amateurs Last Saturday of the Month for the Advanced
All Altar Servers are required to receive training to be able to Serve in the Parish.
The spiritual development of a parish is of utmost importance, and to this end, a Parish is better supported by the formation of a Liturgy Committee to assist the Priests and Deacon in their role in fostering the spiritual life of the parish family within Liturgical Celebrations.
The Liturgy Committee's mandate in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is to enhance, encourage, inspire and strengthen the faith life of parishioners and their experience of God's church in liturgical celebrations.
The Liturgy Committee works under the guidance of the Parish Priest Very Rev. Fr. Richard Diala, CM and the Assistant Priest Rev. Fr. Vincent George, CM supported by the Parish Deacon, Rev. Alfred-Joseph Banya. The Committee is made up of various people within the parish community who offer a wide range of gifts and represents the diversity of the parish. Those on the committee are appointed by the Parish Priest who retains the final decision on suggestions, comments and recommendations that the group makes.
The Liturgy Committee meets on a regular basis to assess, evaluate and feedback on the following roles, liturgical and sacramental activities that take place in the parish:
• First Holy Communion
• Anointing of the Sick
• Children's Liturgy
• Altar Servers
• Offertory Collectors
• Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
• Ladies of Charity (AIC)
• Legion of Mary
The purpose of the regular evaluation of all the above is to help and improve their planning and the delivery. The Liturgy Committee also discusses and plans for the events and activities associated with the different liturgical times of events throughout the year, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter as well the celebration of various Feast Days and other celebrations.
The Liturgy Committee seeks to encourage participation in liturgical activities, whether joint or individual, from the various groups within the parish. It also promotes the development of the devotional life of the parish through:
• Eucharistic Adoration
• Stations of the Cross
• Marian Solemnities
• Divine Mercy
• Pentecost Programmes
If you have any comments, suggestions or would like to know more about the role of the Liturgy Committee, please contact the Parish Priest, Assistant Priest or Parish Deacon through the Parish Office
“When a pagan wants to become a Christian
he had to begin a course of formation,
called the catechumenate”
The early Church grew in a predominantly pagan world. When a pagan wanted to become a Christian he had to begin a course of formation, called the catechumenate, in which he was prepared for baptism.
In our increasingly secularised world many people have abandoned Christian faith and the Church, or live their faith at a very superficial level. For many of us Baptism has remained dormant in our daily life.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
"By its very nature infant Baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate" (No. 1231).
The Neocatechumenate is a way of conversion to discover the immense richness of our faith in a post-baptismal catechumenate, so that the Baptism which the Church gave us can grow within us and become a "sign" for the far-away that God is Love and has the power to save.
The Holy Father in his letter "Ogniqualvolta…"(30 August 1990) wrote: "I acknowledge the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation valid for our society and for our times".
The Neocatechumenate is lived in small communities within the parish structure. In our Parish there are 3 of these communities, each formed of 20-30 members. They include both young and adults, couples and single people, from different cultures and backgrounds.
Each community meets every week on a weekday evening for a liturgy of the Word at which a number of readings from Holy Scripture are proclaimed. Each member of the community may then share with others the light those readings have shed on his own life. The communities also meet every Saturday evening to celebrate Mass and once a month for a day of prayer and sharing.
Everyone who wishes is welcome to join. For this purpose, every year a series of talks is given by a team of catechists, in which the Neocatechumenate is presented and offered as an occasion for people to receive the announcement of Christ who has died and risen for us to give us a new life. Those who desire to continue on this way of formation begin to meet regularly as a new community. It is also possible to attend a liturgy of the existing communities as a guest.
Divine Favour Catholic Charismatic Renewal
“Coming together to pray and offer worship and give thanks and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour”
The Divine Favour Catholic Charismatic Renewal are Catholics from various backgrounds, coming together to pray and offer worship and give thanks and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
They meet on a weekly basis for approximately two hours and their prayer meetings include, prayer, songs, praising, worship, scripture readings, teachings, testimony and sharing, social time, intercessions and healing prayers.
There are no conditions to join in, or participate as each person expresses themselves in different ways. Some will sing, others may offer praise to God in tongues. Some may want to just sit and listen, but always encouraged to remain open to the Holy Spirit.
"The Charismatic Renewal has helped many Christians to rediscover the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, in the life of the church and in the world, and this rediscovery has awakened in them a faith in Christ filled with joy, a great love of the church and a generous dedication to her evangelizing mission." Pope John Paul II
At Our Lady of Sorrows, the Divine Favour Catholic Charismatic Renewal meet on:
Mondays - Charismatic Renewal Day (Prayer)
7.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m.
Fridays - Divine Favour Prayer Ministry Day
7.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m.
First Friday of the month is the All Night Vigil with Mass.
10.30 p.m. until 5.00 a.m.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and will receive a warm welcome.
Divine Mercy Prayer Group
Saint Faustina was a Polish member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the 1930s she received a message of mercy from the Lord, which she was told to spread throughout the world. This message emphasizes faith in the mercy of God, revealed in Jesus Christ and encourages us to reflect this same mercy in our relations with others. The diary of Saint Faustina has become the handbook for devotion to the Divine Mercy.
Divine Mercy Activities
The Divine Mercy Novena takes place on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. for about 30 minutes and the prayers are based on the model provided by Saint Faustina, including the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
Each Thursday following the Divine Mercy Novena, there is the Divine Mercy Mass.
"Divine Mercy Sunday", the Sunday following Easter, is observed in this parish with an afternoon of Divine Mercy devotions, concluding with Mass.