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Pilgrimage to Poland with Fr. Jim Lowe

Event Date: 
April 30, 2015 (All day) to May 14, 2015 (All day)

Pilgrimage to Poland - Journey into the Mercy of God April 30- May 14, 2015
Sponsored by the John Paul II Centre for Divine Mercy

With Fr. Jim Lowe, CC

It is important to emphasize that this pilgrimage is a retreat, a time of prayer, a path of conversion, a deepening of our love for God and a greater awareness of His love for us through our Daily Mass and monastery style accommodation.

This is our journey for an ever deepening experience of the Mercy of God found in Jesus and for the whole world to know. The grace begins in Ottawa, flying overnight to Warsaw and then travelling by motor coach to visit the key Shrines and Churches of Poland related to Divine Mercy and our Polish Saint Companions.  
Stan and Maria, who did such an excellent job on our first pilgrimage, will be our Host.

PRICE PER PERSON:  $2975 SINGLE PERSON and $2,875 PER PERSON FOR COUPLES.
Price includes airfare/taxes/fuel charges, accommodation, all meals, motor coach transportation, group airport transfers and entrance fees.  Travel insurance, and other personal expenses are extra.  For more information please contact our team at ottawapoland2015@yahoo.com

Our First stop is NIEPOKALANOW - THE SHRINE OF OUR MARY IMMACULATE AND ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE. We will stay over for two nights and celebrate MASS IN ST. MAXIMILLIAN’S CHAPEL AND THE SHRINE CHURCH. VILNIUS

Lithuania Icon of Holly Mather of Mercy One of the reasons this image of the Mother of Mercy is so important to our pilgrimage is because this Image came alive to St. Faustina and Mary spoke to St. Faustina and encouraged her to continue to fulfil the holy Will of her son. The Shrine of Divine Mercy is a very special shrine in the centre of Vilnius because it displays the original Image of Divine Mercy. This special Image of Divine Mercy was painted by Eugene Kazimirowski under the direction of St. Faustina and Bl. Fr. Sopocko in Fr. Sopocko’s parish house in Vilnius.

On our pilgrimage, we will visit the convent where she received the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and where Jesus explained the Image of Divine Mercy. We will visit Fr. Sopocko’s house and meet with the Sisters of Merciful Jesus who live there now.

As part of our tour of WARSAW we will visit the MOTHERHOUSE OF THE SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF MERCY.   It was at this Convent on August 01, 1925 that Helena (St. Faustina) was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. We will also visit the TOMB OF BLESSED FR. JERZY POPIEULUSZKO the Martyr who stood against the Communist ideology and gave his life for TRUTH!  SWINICE WARECKIE where St. Faustina was born and raised. We will CELEBRATE MASS IN ST. CASMIR CHURCH where she was baptised. GLOGOWIEC - THE KOWALSKI HOME

Our day continues towards the destination of the monastery in CZESTOCHOWA, JASNA GÓRA - OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA has for centuries been the heart of pilgrimage in Poland. It is home to the Icon of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. We stay the night in CZESTOCHOWA SHARING IN THE CANDLELIGHT POSSESSION. The next day we celebrate MASS UNDER THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY and spend a good amount of time exploring the enchanting site and history of Mary as the Queen of Poland.

KRAKOW/LAGIEWNIKI

DIVINE MERCY CENTRE  where St. Faustina lived and died. We STAY AT THE CONVENT GUEST HOUSE of the Sisters of our Lady of Mercy and from there we take our day trips until we return to Ottawa. The whole complex is enchanting with Chapels, Grottos and Stations of the Cross. It offers a 24/7 Adoration Chapel in truly a Catholic village setting. MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED DAILY. Join the SISTERS AT 3:00 P.M. FOR THE HOUR OF MERCY AND CHAPLET. There will be a COUPLE OF DAYS WHEN ALL CAN REST AND PRAY at the Divine Mercy Centre, VISIT THE NEW JOHN PAUL II CENTRE across the stream from the Centre. There is easy access to the center of Krakow for those who wish to shop. The Sisters operate an excellent gift shop with all things religious especially Divine Mercy right on the Mercy site.

DAY TRIPS: OSWIECIM - The Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  WIELICZKA SALT MINE - Poland’s Underground Salt CathedraL. WADOWICE - The birth place of John Paul II.  KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA –Weeping Madonna Our Lady of Calvary. ZAKOPANE NATIONAL PARK–THE SHRINE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA built as a votive offering for saving of the life of Pope John Paul II. As well the scenery and mountains are so beautiful, only enhanced by a gondola ride to the summit for a breathtaking view.

For more information please contact our team at ottawapoland2015@yahoo.com