The Church of the Divine Mercy built by the Polish community in Keysborough, Melbourne, in 2005, soon became known to the entire Catholics community in Australia as the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Thousands of faithful visit this place of worship, attending Holy Masses in both Polish and English, every year. Particular attention receive conferences organized there as well as monthly Masses dedicated to the Divine Mercy for all mankind, which are celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. There are also other initiatives undertaken by the community gathered around this Sanctuary.
In early November 2018, an initiative was born under the banner: "Australia and Oceania pray for the Divine Mercy". It is about the common recitation of the Chaplet, the words of which have been passed to Saint Faustina by Jesus himself (see the diary 476), at 15:00 (3:00 pm), on the following dates, chosen by the initiators with the consent of the priests:
- 18 May - the birthday of the Holy Father, John Paul II
- 13 September - the day of handing over the Chaplet to Saint Faustina.
The initiators want to encourage those who are devoted to Christ and the cult of the Divine Mercy, who are scattered in many countries of this part of the world, to join in the above-mentioned days in common prayer, because such prayer shall have exceptional power to obtain graces so needed today.
This effort of prayer may turn out to be crucial for the Church and its future, our priests, young people and ourselves praying together.
This prayer is to be a response to Jesus' call to ask for help through God's Mercy, our only hope and source of help, at the times called by Him “terminal”.