Janina Szarlak - the oldest Friend of the John Paul II Foundation in Munich
Mrs. Janina Maria Szarlak, family name Czerwonka, the oldest member of the John Paul II Foundation Munich Chapter by the Polish Catholic Mission, celebrated her 91st birthday on Wednesday June 24, 2015. In year 1941, when Mrs. Janina was 17 years old, she was deported to forced labor near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her family house in Aleksandrów near Lublin was destroyed during war. In 1945, Mrs. Janina was celebrating the end of war when American soldiers who came over there were greeting her in Polish language. When war ended, she was sent to the refugees camp in Rosenheim in Bavaria and in 1947 to Munich, where she currently lives. Her belated husband, Bogdan Ryszard Szarlak was a prisoner at the KZ Auschwitz and KZ Mauthausen camp.
Mrs. Janina was involved in activities of the Polish Catholic Mission in Munich from its beginning. In 1981, Mrs. Janina went on a pilgrimage to Rome to attend opening ceremony of the Polish House at via Cassia. In Rome, Mrs. Janina had a privilege to meet Holy Father John Paul II and shook His hand. Mrs. Janina joined the John Paul II Foundation Munich Chapter at the beginning, in 2007, and actively supports it with prayers and financially.
We wish Mrs. Janina a lot of health, many bright days, and 100 years.
Presentazione del volume: Il rinnovamento della Chiesa e del mondo
To pass the heritage of John Paul II
On March 29-30, 2014, the Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, PhD, OSPPE from Rome was visiting the Polish Catholic Mission in Hamburg. During masses, he was presenting purposes, goals, and work of the Foundation. The Foundation, among others, preserves and promotes John Paul II’s heritage and provides scholarships for students from Eastern Europe.
The Foundation’s work is possible thanks to gifts provided by benefactors from Poland and around the world. Currently, 47 Chapters of the John Paul II Foundation operates in 16 countries on four continents. One Chapter exists also at the Polish Catholic Mission.
Christmas at the Foundation’s Home
For various reasons not all scholarship recipients were able to travel, to visit their families for Christmas. There was a group of approximately 20 people who remained in Lublin. Among them, there were Catholics, Greek Catholics and Orthodox. Despite the fact that the individual churches celebrate Christmas at different time, all united in joy to celebrate the mystery of the Incarnate Word. For, Son of God once became a man to free his beloved children from the bondage of sin and death. He comes in time so a modern human being could have a greater awareness of the salvation and redemption.
Holy Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II
Rome, January 30, 2014
Greetings and introduction:
I sincerely welcome Primate Józef Kowalczyk, Bishop Andrzej Wypych, and all other members of the Administrative Council who came to Rome for the annual meeting; greetings to employees of our Foundation who are present today. Special greetings are directed to the Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See who joined us today for the Eucharist.
We are beginning this annual meeting with a prayer at the St. Peter Basilica, at the place which Poles consider as very precious and which is “over prayed” by numerous pilgrims from around the world – by the altar in which relics of Blessed John Paul II were placed. We are beginning our meeting in a time, when the Church – and especially Poland – goes through the very specific “Advent” of preparation for His prompt canonization. As it was during His life, the central point of our meetings was always the time of meeting Him. We were waiting for His words of support and encouragement. So, it is also this time.We are coming to Him, as the Foundation which bears His name, to renew in ourselves the feeling of responsibility for the great spiritual heritage, which was left upon us. During this Eucharist, we would like to – through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II – entrust to our Lord this valuable deed – the Foundation, and pray for mature fruits in the life of the Church, in lives of so many young Foundation’s fellowship recipients, as well as, in the lives of brothers and sisters who are members of the Foundation’s Chapters in many countries around the world.
Choral workshops with John Paul II
On the occasion of the XIII Papal Day entitled “John Paul II – the Pope of Dialogue” the John Paul II Center in Lublin organized free choir workshops for young people and adults. The workshop meetings were held from October 11-13th at the Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The program included the common musical pieces from mass, songs about Blessed Pope including the Litany to John Paul II as well as other liturgical and religious songs. Everyone who knows and love to sing for the glory of God was invited to participate in the workshops.
Manhattan Chapter of the Foundation
New York that’s one of the largest metropolis of the world which attracts various cultures, nations, religions… In the heart of New York, in Manhattan, exists the youngest chapter of the John Paul II Foundation. This group was created thanks to young people gathered around the “Przyjazn” choir. After the conversation with Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko and his permission, without hesitance, the group of the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation in Manhattan was organized, to promote teachings and memories of our Great Compatriot and to support activities of the John Paul II Foundation.
27th Anniversary of the Foundation’s Chapter in Southern California
On Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the parish of Our Lady of the Bright Mount in Los Angeles a festive banquet of the John Paul II Foundation Los Angeles Chapter was held. At the banquet, 195 guests were participating. The celebrations began with a Mass celebrated by the Father Krzysztof Wieliczko who came for this occasion from Rome. After the Mass there was a special blessing and an adoration of the relics of Blessed John Paul II.