ADVENT MISSION 2023: “OUR LADY, MOTHER OF MERCY”
Speaker: Sister Donata Farbaniec, of the “Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy” the religious order to which St. Faustina Kowalska belonged.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in 1862 by mother Teresa Potocka in Poland. The charism of the Congregation was first directed to girls and women in need of moral renewal.
In 1925, Helen Kowalska, who would later be known as St. Faustina, joined this religious family. It was to her that Our Lord revealed the message of Divine Mercy, and entrusted her with the mission of reminding and proclaiming this truth to the whole world. Now the Sisters carry out this task through their prayer, word and deed of mercy.
Sr. M. Donata Farbaniec – born in Poland. She is a perpetually professed sister. She works as a member of a formation team. In 2010-2013 she was assigned to the community in Boston, Massachusetts. Afterwards she worked in one of the retreat houses of the Congregation and in 2016 she began a new ministry of propagation of the message of Divine Mercy in John Paul II National Shrine in Washington DC.
Sr. Inga Kvassayova was born in Slovakia. She studied geology and during that time she discovered the Catholic faith and was deeply touched by God’s mercy. After working as a geologist and serving the sick in a hospital, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. She made her perpetual vows in 2015.
She was assigned to minister to Slovakian and Hungarian pilgrims who visited the Divine Mercy Shrine in Cracow. She worked also in the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy in Poland and in Slovakia. In the US she lived and served in Congregation’s communities in Boston, MA and Washington, DC and after spending 2 years on mission in Cuba her current assignment is in the community in Washington, DC. She spreads the message of God’s Mercy at the St. John Paul II National Shrine, in spiritual direction meetings, in parishes, at retreats, conferences and everywhere where God’s providence sends her. She is also the Vocation Directress for her Congregation in the US.
ADVENT MISSION PROGRAM
Dec 9, Saturday, Day of recollection
8:30am -Morning Mass; 9:00am – Rosary. (Light breakfast provided); 10:00 – 10:40am 1st talk Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confession; 12:00 – lunch; 12:45 – 1:15 – 2nd talk; 1:15 – 1:45 – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 1:50pm – Movie: The Face of Mercy; 3pm – the Hour of Mercy (short meditation on Jesus’ Passion followed by the Chaplet).
Dec 9-10; 7 minute reflections on the message of the Divine Mercy at all Sunday Masses
Dec 10, 3pm talk and chaplet of Divine Mercy in the school auditorium.
Dec 11, Visit with Stella Maris schoolchildren throughout the day. 7pm Final talk: “Sometimes in Life”
Consider joining the three days of our Advent retreat. No need to register. This is a free event. Beverages and light snacks provided. Parking is available at the church and Gym parking lots (8th Ave entrance). Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118.
For more information please call the parish office: Contact Mariella Zevallos, Director of Communications and Parish Life at (415) 751-0450