LAKE VIEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – This weekend, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized and become saints during the same ceremony in Rome.
Experts think the church is doing this because they want to bring more liberal and conservative people together. News 4 spoke with Father Peter Karalus at John Paul II Parish in Lake View to talk about why this will be unique and special for the local community.
Father Peter says rarely does a parish community have the chance to celebrate its parish patron and it’s even rarer for parishioners to have a living memory of the life and holiness of their patron. Many young people throughout the Buffalo Diocese have gone on pilgrimages with John Paul, who instituted World Youth Day.
On Friday, the parish will host the Canisius College Chorale for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free of charge, but tickets are required and can be obtained by calling the parish office at (716) 627-2910. There will also be a fireworks display over the parish.
Saturday night at 7 p.m. there will be a reunion and prayer vigil for World Youth Day.
On canonization day, Sunday, April 27, as the parish becomes St. John Paul II Parish, the parish will host a special Mass of Celebration of the Canonization at noon. During the Mass, five specially commissioned wooden reliefs of historic moments of John Paul’s papacy, which have been installed in the sanctuary of the church, will be blessed and dedicated.
The Mass of Celebration of the Canonization will be followed by a parish reception. For more information and details, visit Blessed John Paul II Parish’s website at www.BlessedJPIIParish.org or call the parish office at (716) 627-2910.