On the eve of Divine Mercy, exactly 11 years passed since St. John Paul II, the Founder of our Foundation, return to the Father’s House. On this occasion, at the John Paul II Foundation’s Home in Lublin a Mass was celebrated on Sunday, April 3rd. Rev. Jan Strzałka celebrated that Mass. The thankful and imploring Eucharist gathered a large group of scholarship recipients, residents and visitors. After the Mass, devotions took place during which various intentions, especially for the Foundation’s leaders and all Benefactors living as well as already deceased were presented to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. John Paul II. At the end, homage was given to St. John Paul II by kissing His relics.
Then, a delegation of 50 scholarship awardees went by bus to Warsaw to participate in the Oratorio Concert under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Polish Republic Andrzej Duda and His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz. President of the John Paul II Foundation Warsaw Chapter, Mrs. Ewa Bednarkiewicz organized the concert. Invited guests attentively listened to fragments of St. John Paul II speeches to the world of culture and poetry of Cyprian Kamil Norwid performed by artists of Polish theaters: Teresa Budzisz-Krzyżanowska, Anna Dymna and Wiesław Komasa interspersed with piano compositions of Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski.
Knights of Columbus from the Our Lady of Peace parish invited us to participate in the winter picnic named Beach Party. They rented a place next to the lower lifts at the Arapahoe Basin, prepared tables, grill and some dishes. We brought their favorite Polish kielbasa, bread and Polish donuts. This year, we had 10 individuals registered from Colorado, few skiers from Chicago, who came for the XVIII International Polish Championship in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding organized by the Tatry Ski Club from Chicago and the most numerous group of skiers from the parish in Silverthorne. The skiing was wonderful, lunch delicious, and the weather was perfect. In the evening, we were participating in the Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church in Silverthorne. In the Church, there is a gorgeous Chapel of St. John Paul II with His relic. For all attendees we prepared diplomas. People who were not skiing, took a lift in the morning to get to our meeting point and spent their time at the deck of the new resort. They joined us for lunch.
Eugeniusz Gawor, President of the John Paul II Foundation Calgary Chapter, is not only actively involved at the Foundation, but also undertakes various religious activities and actively participates in the life of the Church.
Since his arrival to Calgary, he is very active in various charitable actions organized in the diocese: social, festival WYD’s, Outdoor Ways of the Cross, Feed the Hungry, Pastoral Care, Ecumenical, Mission. He coordinates the action “40 Days for Life” in Calgary during which he encourages people to pray in front of the abortion clinic in Calgary. As a volunteer of the diocese’s Pastoral Care Team, he visits sick people, mainly in hospitals, but also in senior houses, and even at their private homes providing prayers and Eucharist.
Along with his wife, who is also very involved in various Church’s activities, they participated in charitable concerts for the John Paul II Foundation helping as volunteers and providing financial support. Every year, on April 27th- at the anniversary of the Joh Paul II canonization, on behalf of the Chapter, he requests a thanksgiving Mass. In cooperation with Dominican Sisters, Mr. Gawor wants to be involved in many charitable actions and concerts related to the Saint and Great Pope John Paul II.
Three-day retreat of the John Paul II Foundation France Chapter at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre
At the Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis, members of the John Paul II Foundation France Chapter participated in retreat which took place in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart from April 1-3, 2016.
Sister Mary Cleofas, Prioress of the Benedictine congregation, during the conference which she presented, presented deeper meaning of the Divine Mercy and encouraged to practice mercy in our daily life.
On the following day, on April 2nd at 11:15 a.m. at the 11th anniversary of the death of John Paul II, a holy Mass was celebrated. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Bogusław Brzyś, Rector of the Catholic Mission in France. Rev. Brzyś presented also a lecture on “Bible’s focus on mercy” in which he explained three levels of mercy: forgiveness, mercy and Christian perfection. Barbara Michalik presented “Small Diary” by Sister Faustina and Jesus’ message to the entire world.