Christmas - Christian holiday to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ was already celebrated in Rome in IV century. Customary tradition is to have a festive dinner on the Christmas Eve. In Polish tradition, this dinner is called ‘Wigilia’ and involves many traditional customs among which we can list singing of Christmas Carols as well as sharing Christmas Wafer with making wishes.
This year, the traditional Christmas Wafer meeting of the John Paul II Foundation members and friends was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the POSK in “Łowiczanka” restaurant. The meeting attended 110 individuals. Consul Ines Czajczyńska Da Costa, Rector of the PMK Rev. Prelate Stefan Wylężek, and many others distinguished guest were present at the meeting. Ms. Ewa Szymańska, the President of the Chapter welcomed all attendees and made New Years’ wishes. Then, Prelate Wylężek explained the meaning of Christmas and tradition of sharing Christmas Wafer. He also recalled that on annual basis, in Vatican, Pope John Paul II was sharing the Christmas Wafer and making wishes with his Countrymen. After the breaking of the Christmas Wafer, Rector presented the John Paul II Foundation’s Merit Medal to a few individuals: Consul Ines Czajczyńska Da Costa, Grażyna Bielecka, Jadwiga Dee, Barbara Flis, Wanda Mieszkian and Zofia Walisiewicz.
- Florida is preparing for the solemn presentation of the St. John Paul II relic in the Church in Royal Palm Beach
- Irish Chapter - Friends of the John Paul II Foundation - January Gathering in Ferns
- Concert in honor of Saint John Paul II
- Christmas Wafer Meeting of the John Paul II Foundation in New York
- Christmas at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin