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I Hope St. Faustina and St. John Paul II Were With Us

Written by: Denise Serafini on Friday, February 19, 2016


On our way back from our tour in Missouri we had the pleasure of doing a bi-lingual event in English and Polish at the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Wallington, New Jersey.  This event was so touching, it is my sincere hope that St. Faustina and St. John Paul II were participating witnesses from Heaven.  They indeed would have been pleased to see how the Polish people of this parish demonstrated their deeply rooted reverence and devotion to Our Savior in His Passion.  I know what I observed was Polish people of this parish actively engaged in their faith, with a genuine pride in their heritage and an attitude of sincere warmth and gracious hospitality.   

Even though the service was extended well beyond the standard one-hour event we usually have, the faithful were steadfast in staying for the complete program which was extended to accommodate for the dual language readings, regardless of the fact that it was a week night with many children in attendance.

We had scheduled this event for the 2015 Lenten Season but had to reschedule due to a major snow storm.  Perhaps the one-year delay was meant to happen to assure that we would have the opportunity to come with Relics of the Passion in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

The Very Rev. Canon Felix R. Marciniak, Pastor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, arranged for a very unique presentation of the relics.  The relics rested on 7 foot columns during the reading of the meditations with a red spotlight that highlighted each relic in turn.  Each relic was incensed by Deacon Domenick DiBernardo during the musical interludes and the liturgical book was present on the altar as a focus on the program as an element of the Liturgy of the Word.  It was evident that Father spent a tremendous amount of time in managing all of the details to make this event a touching experience, aligned to the cultural norms of his parish community.  The lighting in the church was subdued to enhance the meditational tone of the event and the musical portion of the program was customized with orthodox selections; truly beautiful.

Twenty representatives from the Knights of Columbus Color Guard were active participants in the ceremonial and veneration portions of the program and each of the meditations was read by members of the parish.  They are genuinely to be commended for their efforts.