There is only one approved Marian apparition from Poland, Our Lady of Gietrzwald.
It was June 27, 1877. Thirteen-year-old Justyna Szafryńska was on her way home from church. As she heard the Angelus bells and said the prayer, she suddenly saw a strange light and a figure dressed in white on the nearby maple tree. The apparitions would continue for almost three months, concluding on September 16.
On June 30 during the apparition Justyna asked: “What do you want, Holy Mary?” The reply she received was, “I want you to pray the Rosary daily.” Our Lady spoke in the local dialect similar to the Polish language.
On Oct. 13, 1973, the anniversary of Our Lady’s last apparition at Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun, she appeared to Sister Agnes Sasagawa in a convent in Akita, Japan.
Our Lady actually began what she told Sr. Agnes with these words:
I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will
inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment
greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire
will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the
good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The
survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.
The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign
left by My Son. Each day recite the payers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.
On the Catholic
calendar the month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Oct. 7 is the
memorial of Our Lady of the rosary. On
Oct. 13 we celebrate the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. One of her exhortations was for each of us to
pray the rosary daily.
During October, after every Sunday Mass, we will pray the
rosary. We will use a series of videos
to lead the prayers. The videos use a
number of different visuals to help us focus on the mystery which is being
prayed. Praying the rosary takes about
20 minutes. Each Sunday we will pray a
different set of the mysteries. By the
end of the month, the Joyful, Luminious, Sorrrowful, and Glorious will all have
been prayed. Please plan on spending the
time after Mass and praying with the parish.
Please bring a rosary with you to Mass. If you have several rosaries, you are invited
to bring them to church and give them to someone who does not have one. On the first Sunday in October we will give a
free inexpensive rosary to everyone who needs one.
During the month, the homilies will focus on the rosary. We will preach about how to pray the rosary
and the benefits of praying it as an individual, a group, and a family.