At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood, that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross. To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood.
While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said, “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross.
Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”
2 Free Movie
You are invited to a FREE movie! Sunday, May 4, at Noon
Come celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II.
St. Mary’s church in Paris is hosting the movie Pope John Paul II at our local movie theater.
It is based on the powerful true story, in cooperation with the Vatican.
Free tickets will be available on a first-come basis at the Paris Theater.
Everyone is welcome!
“This epic film follows Karol Wojtyla’s journey from his youth in Poland
through his late days on the Chair of St. Peter.
It explores his life behind the scenes: how he touched millions of people and
changed the face of the Church and the world; how he defended the dignity of mankind.
Jon Voight’s powerful, Emmy-nominated performance as John Paul II
was widely praised, as was Cary Elwes as the young Karol.
Shot on location in Rome and Poland in close connection
with the Vatican, this is the definitive epic film on the life of Pope John Paul II.”
The Paris Theater
119 North Central Avenue
Paris, Illinois 61944
Phone (217) 465-6048
3 Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday is next week, April 27.
We invite you to join us at 3:00 pm to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.
For those who have prayed the Novena, confession is required within the two weeks before or after this Feast,
and communion is required on the day of the Feast.
Our Lord promised to the souls who follow these requests a complete remission of sin and punishment
We will close the Novena with:
· the prayer to the two new saints: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,
· the anointing of those who care for the sick and elderly,
· sprinkling with water from the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.