Christmas Wafer meeting of the John Paul II Foundation at the Polish Embassy in Paris
I think that Christmas Wafer meetings of the John Paul II Foundation at the Polish Embassy in Paris were permanently written to the calendar of events of the Paris’ Polonia. Among numerus guests who were attending the last meeting, which took place on Saturday, January 30, 2016 were: Father Krzysztof Wieliczko – Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome; Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission (PCM) in France, Rev. Brzyś; Consul Ms. A. Kucińska; Prelate Rev. S. Jeż – former Rector of the PCM and honorable member of the Paris Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation; Ms. d’Ornano – longstanding benefactor of the Foundation, Prof. Zaleski - President of the Historical and Literary Society; as well as representatives of the board of the Foundation’s Chapter: Mr. and Mrs. Brzakowscy, Mr. and Mrs Rogowscy, Mr. and Mrs. Tomkiewicz and Mr. Załuski. On behalf of the Ambassador, Ms. Stachowiak – chargée d’affaires opened and welcomed all guests. Referring to the spiritual heritage of St. John Paul II, she pointed out one of the most important events of this year which are taking place in Poland – World Youth Days in Kraków. Ending the welcome speech, Ms. Stachowiak already invited us for the next year Foundation’s Christmas Wafer meeting in January 2017. Then, Mr. Brzakowski, President of the Chapter, summarized numerous activities of the last year: 1) Chapters’ presidents meeting in Rome and meeting with Pope Francis at the anniversary of Johan Paul II’s canonization; 2) A trip to Poland and Lithuania 3) Foundation’s retreat at Sacré Coeur related to Divine Mercy; 4) General meeting of the Chapter at the St. Genevieve Parish; 5) Exhibition related to St. John Paul II trips which took place at Sacré Coeur Basilica, at the Polish community in Boulogne Billancourt, at the Saint Denys de la Chapelle Church in Paris and at the Polish Parish in Aulnay sous Bois. At the end of the speech, Mr. Brzakowski invited all for the Mass at the anniversary of John Paul II’s death, which will take place on April 2nd at the Sacré Coeur Basilica. Rector of the PCM will be celebrating that Mass. He also invited us for the week-long trip to Rome in October. Celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation’s establishment will be the main point of the trip.