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St Faustina relic comes to Kellyville Parish

Catholic Outlook, April 2010  

The parish community of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville has been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the relic of St Faustina, which came from Poland in February 2010.

The relic was accompanied by Alicja Waszczuk, who made and presented the film Cyreneans shown recently in the Theatre of John Paul II next to the Basilica in Lagiewniki. Alicja will also be bringing the film to Australia.

Among those who visited Alicja’s home to venerate the relic before it left Poland were many young people. The youth of Poland are particularly attracted to the mission of St Faustina as they see their future in the Mercy of Our Lord. 

St Faustina and Alicja were formally welcomed by Friar Martin, a Conventual Franciscan friar, formerly from Kellyville who is currently administrator for the order’s seminary in Vietnam.

It was with the blessing of Bishop Manning, recently retired, that Fr Emmanuel asked the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland for a relic of St Faustina to be permanently housed in the church at Kellyville.

Divine Mercy Sunday has been celebrated in a special way at Kellyville since 1995. Bishop Manning said that it is a special devotion which offers His Divine Mercy to a soul as they face eternity.

St Faustina’s relic was also welcomed by the parish at Sunday Mass celebrated by Fr Paschal, who spoke movingly about the relevance and holiness of having the relic of the saint within the parish.

On Divine Mercy Sunday (11 April 2010), the program commences at 1pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction, Mass at 3pm and veneration of the relic. A special indulgence is available on that Sunday.

All are welcome to venerate St Faustina’s relic, especially in their hour of need, by attending the prayer group held on Monday evenings at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville. Details: Stephen Boland tel 0405 206 695.

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