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October 5 


Saint of the day:
Saint Faustina Kowalska

Patron Saint of Mercy 

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…it is for them that

the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fountain overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy.”

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story


Patron Saint of Mercy 

She is best known for her dairy and vision of the divine mercy.


Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story

Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people.

Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses.

In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, Sister Faustina also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.

At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told Saint Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death.

Because Sister Maria Faustina knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God.”

Sister Maria Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993, and canonized her seven years later.





St Faustina Kowalska

(d. 1938, Kraków, Poland) (Relics: Kraków, Poland)

Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia

(Shrine of Divine Mercy)

Siostry Faustyny 3

30-420 Kraków, Poland

*The remains of St Faustina, to whom Jesus revealed the inexhaustible limits of His Divine Mercy, rest within the chapel at this convent. They are placed within a white urn located under an image of Divine Mercy just to the left of the main sanctuary. The original tomb of St Faustina can be visited in the cemetery adjacent to the new church.






Polish Apple Pancakes

Traditional polish apple pancakes



  • 1 c all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 egg

  • 8 oz milk

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

  • 3 apples peeled and thinly sliced

  • Powdered sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

  2. In another bowl, lightly beat egg; add milk and oil. Add to dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

  3. Fold in apples.

  4. Pour batter by 1/2 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot pan and spread to form a 5 inch circle.
    Turn when bubbles form. Cook the second side until golden brown and apples are tender.
    Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
    *Place in a warm oven until ready to serve.

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Divine Mercy Cheesecake


  • 5 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • 2 cups crushed oros or graham cracker

  • 1 stick salted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Pre-Bake Crust for 10 minutes on a lined pan at 350 degrees (use a lined springform pan)

  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

  3. Make Filling:
    In a large bowl of electric mixer, combine cheese, sugar, flour, lemon and orange peel, and vanilla.
    Beat at high speed, just to blend.
    Beat in eggs and egg yolks, one at a time.
    Add cream, beating just until well combined. Pour mixture into springform pan.
    Bake 10 minutes.
    Reduce temperature to 250 degrees F and bake 1 hour longer.

  4. Then top with Sour Cream Mixture:
    2 cups of Sour Cream, 1 cup sugar, and lemon juice
    Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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