1. Next Sunday, October 1 at 2PM, Fr Arek will have a training session for men who want to serve at the altar during our English Mass.
The training will be held in the church, which at that time is not being used for the liturgy.
Men who wish to participate should either sign up on the sheet in the sacristy after Mass, or send us an email using the Pastoral Centre contact form.
We need to have your contact information – first and last names, email and phone number – so you can be contacted by Damian, who will be organizing a schedule for when you will assist at altar each month. The way that will work is that Damian will send you an email with a list of all the Masses we will have (Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation) and you write back telling him the Masses when you are free to assist at the altar. Damian will make a schedule and send it back to you. Anyone who has to cancel his duty should contact Damian to let him know that he needs to find someone else to take your place. So we definitely need your contact details on paper as soon as possible.
2. Sunday October 15 will be our monthly social hour after Mass. It will be held in the parish café, which is across the street from the church behind the priests’ house (the old house with the rooster on the top, at number 58). The café is downstairs at the far end of the modern extension to the old house. If you don’t know where the café is or how to get to it, Fr Arek or someone else will meet you outside the doors of the chapel side of the church (south side, to the right as you face the altar) and greet you and go across the street with you.
3. We’re planning a one-day pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Łagiewniki district of Kraków on Saturday, October 28. The tentative plan for the day looks like this:
- Leave the Wroclaw main train station at about 8-8:30AM (depending on trains)
- Arrive in Kraków and go directly to the Franciscan Basilica and Seminary for a private Mass in English
- Visit the Franciscan Basilica
- Have lunch/dinner in Kraków, probably at this restaurant, which has a varied menu and is not very expensive. (Also, you are free to bring your own food or snacks rather than buying something to eat when we’re in Kraków.)
- Go by tram to Łagiewniki and walk a short distance to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, in time for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3PM (the Hour of Mercy). There will be time to venerate the relics of St Faustyna in the old church at the shrine.
- Time to see the shrine in general (it’s not very big) and buy some souvenirs if you want.
- Walk to the John Paul II center nearby, and visit that.
- Return by tram to Kraków.
- Depending on the departure time of our train, there might be time to stop in a café and have tea and cake or a sandwich, etc., before returning to Wrocław.
Of course, you are welcome to stay in Kraków overnight or go early on Friday, return on a later train, etc., and just connect with our group when we arrive. You can also invite friends who speak English but don’t necessarily come to the English Mass; if they are non-Catholic, they are welcome as well, but of course you should explain to them that they must not receive communion during Mass.
We’ll have a sign-up sheet available starting after Mass next Sunday, and we can discuss the definite details at the meeting on October 15, when we know if we have enough participants to make the trip worthwhile (8-12 people). If you sign up on paper, you’ll be contacted. If you will be bringing a guest, please indicate the number of people who will be coming with you, so we can get an idea of the number of people who will come to Mass (in a private Mass, we have to count the number of people who will receive communion).
If you are not very familiar with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or the life of St Faustyna Kowalska, to whom Jesus entrusted the image and devotion to Divine Mercy, here are some links to help you understand where we’re going, how we will be praying, and what we will be seeing on our trip.