Today, the 3rd May, in...

by michael

Today, the 3rd May, in Poland is celebrated the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Poland.
On 1 April 1656, when almost the whole country, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was occupied by the Swedish Army, during a Holy Mass celebrated by the papal legate Pietro Vidoni in Lviv’s Cathedral (at present Ukraine), King John II Casimir of Poland, in a grandiose and elaborate ceremony, entrusted the Commonwealth under the Blessed Virgin Mary’s protection, whom he announced as The Queen of the Polish Crown and other of his countries. This vow made by the king was accepted and ratified by both houses of parliament.

These were the words of the king:
“Oh Great Mother of God-Man, Holy Virgin! I, John Casimir, king by the mercy of your Son, King of kings and my Lord, and your mercy, fall to your most holy feet. Today I take Thee as my Patroness and the Queen of my countries. Just as myself so as well my Kingdom of Poland, Duchies of Lithuania, Russia, Prussia, Mazovia, Samogitia, Livonia, Smolensk, Czernichow, and the armies of both nations, and all my peoples to your peculiar care and protection I recommend; In this disastrous and wretched defeat of my kingdom I humbly invoke Your help and kindness against the enemies of the Roman Church. Because I am compelled by your great blessings, together with my nation, I vow, on behalf of my senators and peoples, the new and ardent desire to dedicate ourselves to Your service. To you and to your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, I vow, that in all the countries of my kingdom the honour and devotion to you I will diligently expand. And since by your mighty intercession, and your Son’s great love, I will become victorious over my enemies, and first of all over Swedes, I pledge that I will apply to the Apostolic See, as a thanksgiving to You and to Your Son, this day be celebrated solemnly and to the end of time. I will do my best together with the bishops of my kingdom, so that what I have promised be fulfilled by my people. I confess with the great sadness of my heart, that the plagues, diseases, wars, and other misfortunes of these seven years fell on my Kingdom at the hands of your Son, because of the sighs and oppression of peasants and serfs. I swear furthermore, and vow, that upon the coming of peace I will earnestly strive, together with all the classes, that the people of my kingdom be liberated from all unjust burdens and tribulations. And Thou, O Most Merciful Queen and Lady, as You who have inspired me with the idea of this vow, so plead with Your Son for the grace of fulfilling it. Amen.”

And so it is today that in all Polish churches and in homes of Polish people scattered throughout the world, an Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa is to be found and Our Lady is honoured as truly the Queen of the country and of its people. She is Queen by vow, by act of parliament and by honour.

Regina Poloniae, ora pro nobis.

I have attached three images of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa adorned with different jewellery robes.

 
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Good Shepherd Sunday - 7...

by michael

Good Shepherd Sunday - 7 May
As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday we would like to commend to your prayers our Seminarians: Brothers Zachary Lewis, Joseph Maria Buckley, Jeremy Santoso, Casimir Zielinski and our candidate Brendon Seeto. May the Good Shepherd fulfil in them what He has begun.
Please pray that the Father, the Master of the harvest, will send many more labourers, who will serve in our Order for the greater glory of God and honour of the Blessed Mother.

Lest we forget Please pray...

by michael

Lest we forget

Please pray the Rosary everyday for peace in the world. Our Lady asked for that prayer in Fatima. Let's respond to her request. Amen.

Ready for the Feast of...

by michael

Ready for the Feast of Mercy. Come along tomorrow to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
Check our events for the program.
God bless
Fr. D.

Few photos from the Passion...

by michael

Few photos from the Passion Play.
Enormous Thank you to everyone who made this day possible: Fr. Marek, directors, actors, volunteers, RFS Wingello, pilgrims and, of course our God, who has given us such a great weather.
Many blessings
Fr. D.

 
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The day has been very...

by michael

The day has been very very very long. After our working bee on the grounds of the shrine there was a time of preparation for tomorrow's Palm Sunday. Thanks to every and each who contributed to such a wonderful, and now painful, day. All for Jesus and Mary.

God bless
Fr. D.

 
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We've been working for an...

by michael

We've been working for an hour. Where are you?

The labourers are few but the harvest is rich. Come and help. Pleeeeease!!!

 
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Early start on the Working...

by michael

Early start on the Working Bee tomorrow. Thanks to the generosity of our friends who helped with the removal of the dead trees. Please pray for them.
Fr. D.

PS see you tomorrow start at 9am.

 
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Dear Friends of our Shrine...

by michael

Dear Friends of our Shrine
Preparations for the Passion Play and Easter are well under way. Thanks to Manuel, Sam, Zoran, Br. Luke and Br. Brendon Our Lady looks splendid in her garden.
However, there is much to be done to make sure that all is prepared down to the last detail.
Come and help us this Saturday from 9am.
Fr. D.

 
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Dear Friends of our Shrine...

by michael

Dear Friends of our Shrine
I would like to ask you to pray with us for the benefactors of our building project. This morning we have received enormous donation of 53 boxes of various items necessary for the toilet block.
Special Mass intention will be celebrated for these particular donors. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Thank you and God bless all of you!!!

If you would like to donate to particular purpose please message me through this page.😃

 
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At Penrose Park in the Southern Highlands of NSW, there is a shrine dedicated to our Lady of Mercy, represented by a replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, known as the Black Madonna.  The Shrine is run by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit known as the Pauline Fathers.  The Pauline Fathers have been custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna since 1382.