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Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed John Paul II

By on September 27, 2013

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus RC Church Celebrates New Shrine

LINDEN, NJ – Polonia rejoices that The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, recently decided to establish the Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed John Paul II at Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 131 East Edgar Road, Linden. Polish born Reverend Mirosław Król is pastor of this predominantly Polish parish.

Let us be numerous at Solemn Vespers and Official Announcement of the Archbishop’s decision at 4 p.m. on Sunday 29 September 2013 at Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus in Linden. The Archbishop will be principal celebrant of Solemn Vespers, and a reception will follow.  Information about the reception is available via telephone at:  908-862-1116.

Father Król told this writer that soon after the death of the Polish Pope, many of the faithful began spontaneous devotions at Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus.  Now there is an Altar of the Relics of Blessed John Paul II with four relics: blood, hair, the muzzetto, and zucetto (white skull cap or piuska).  Father Król’s predecessor, Rev. Msgr. Bronislaw Wielgus, began the Altar of the Relics, which was completed by Father Król who has been pastor over the past two years.

Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus also is the home for the main office in the U.S.A. of the Foundation:  Friends of Blessed John Paul II, BE NOT AFRAID CENTER, Inc., 122 Liberty Ave., Linden, NJ 07036.  Father Krol explains that this Foundation based in Linden coordinates fundraising activities in liaison with the BE NOT AFRAID CENTER in Krakow.  Your gift to the CENTER in Krakow, given through the Foundation based in Linden, is tax deductible.  Please make your checks payable to:  Friends of Blessed John Paul II BE NOT AFRAID CENTER, and then mail it to 122 Liberty Ave., Linden, NJ 07036.

Father Król reminds us that on January 2, 2006, His Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz established the BE NOT AFRAID John Paul II International Center in Krakow to continue the project John Paul II described at the inauguration Mass of his pontificate on October 22, 1978 when he said:  “Be not afraid!  Open wide the doors for Christ!  To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development.  Be not afraid”.

Solemn Vespers at 4 p.m. on 29 September at Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus in Linden is the first of the celebrations looking forward to the official announcement, likely to come next spring, of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II.  Polonia should turn out in force for these events to keep alive in the present the Christian and democratic message of Blessed John Paul II.

By John Czop