We are cordially inviting members and friends of the John Paul II Foundation to attend the “Prayer Meeting” at the Divine Mercy Hill in Verona, N.J. Proceeds obtained during the meeting will support the goals of the John Paul II Foundation.
April 21, 2017 (Friday)
- 7 p.m. solemn Mass at the Salvatorian Fathers Monastery at the Divine Mercy Hill
- 8.30 p.m. Agape at the John Paul II hall
(Agape is prepared by the Salvatorian Fathers)
The “Prayer Meeting” will attend:
Fr. Jan Bednarz – General Administrator of the Pauline Fathers
Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko – Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation
Rev. Zdzisław Torba – Pastor of the St. Ferdinand Church in Chicago
Barbara Pyśk, President of the John Paul II Foundation New England Chapter
Richard Krzyżanowski, President of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter in Pennsylvania
And many other distinguished guests
On the night from March 24th to 25th, 2017, in Lublin took place Extreme Stations of the Cross organized by the religious student group of the Catholic University of Lublin under the direction of Rev. Jacek Wiosna Stryczek and Canon Rev. Mirosław Ładniak. Four people from the John Paul II Foundation participated in the Stations of the Cross. We started our long night pilgrimage with a Mass at the Lublin’s Archdiocese. Bishop Mieczysław Cisło celebrated the Mass and blessed over two thousands attendees. After the Eucharist, we set off for the Stations of the Cross leading to Basilica of St. Adalbert in Wąwolnica. On the way, we were contemplating the Mystery of the Passion of Christ stopping at the fourteen stations of the Stations of the Cross. Holding in our hands a cross and a flashlight we went for more than 40 kilometers. We took a truly extreme route – through small villages, fields, forests, muddy and rocky paths. It was a time of meditation, silence and struggling with our own weaknesses. Despite the fatigue and paid in our feet, we went with Christ to the end. We understood and experienced a lot…
The Republic of Panama - a country in Central America bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is mainly associated with the Panama Canal. The New York Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation organized a trip to Panama from March 3rd to March 8th. It was another Latin American country which we visited recently with the Chapter. And, always during our trips we are trying to find places associated with John Paul II, so we did the same this time as well.
The capital of the country – Panama City
Saint John Paul II in Panama
On March 23, 2017 took place the anniversary celebrations of the Munich Chapter of John Paul II Foundation. The celebrations started with a Mass which was celebrated by the Pastor, Stanisław Pławecki CSsR along with Fr. Wiktor Bochan CSsR at Our Lady of Czestochowa Chapel at the Polish Catholic Mission in Munich. During the homily, Fr. Pławecki recalled the origins of the Munich Chapter. He said that in fall of 2005 the Polish School took the name of John Paul II. This fact inspired some worshippers of John Paul II to intensify and spread the memory and knowledge of the Great Pole and His teachings. In spring 2007, a Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation was established. It consisted of few members led by Mr. Paweł Kuśmierz, while Fr. Pławecki was the spiritual leader of the group. In years 2011 to fall of 2016, Mr. Adam Kowalik was the president of the Chapter. Then, the leadership role was given to Ms. Marta Czempik who leads the group to the current date. The Chapter was growing and it was taking new initiatives. From the very beginning, members of the Chapter were trying to accomplish specific spiritual, prayer related, informational and financial goals within the main goals of the Foundation. During the regular Chapter meetings they were praying, listening to the lectures of Fr. Pławecki about the life and teachings of John Paul II, discussing, and organizing various activities - all of them are worth of mentioning and it will be quite a long list.
On the initiative of John Paul II Foundation, on April 2nd at 7:30 a.m., on the 12th anniversary of the Holy Father John Paul II departure to the House of the Father, a thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the St. Peter’s Basilica at the relics of St. John Paul II. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko along with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski. Many priests, nuns, and faithful people attended the Mass. It was a join thanksgiving to God for the great gift of the Polish Pope, the man of enormous faith and complete entrustment to God to the end. At the beginning of the Mass, Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko said the following words: “I cordially greet all of You, dear Brothers and Sisters and I would like to express my gratitude for your presence at this morning Eucharist at the altar of the relic of St. John Paul II. Today, on the fifth Sunday of Lent, is the twelfth anniversary of the birth for heaven of the Holy Father John Paul II. It was the Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the eve of the Divine Mercy Sunday…we remember countless crowds, who came from all over the world to pay homage to this Great Pope from the Polish nation. And this morning we gather by the altar of His relic at the St. Peter’s Basilica to thank God for this great gift, which John Paul II was and still is today for the Church, for world, for our Homeland, and for each of us. We are His debtors, and the only way to repay that debt is to constantly undertake the responsibility for the spiritual heritage which He left us.”