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Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Rochester, New York
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Celebration of First Holy Communion and Placing of Relics of the Blessed Pope John Paul ll



St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Rochester, New York, is privileged to have been given a relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II to place at the church’s shrine honoring Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Pope who was so devoted to her. This great gift was designated for by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was Pope John Paul’s personal secretary and is now Archbishop of Krakow.

 The relic consists of a small piece of cloth from one of Pope John Paul’s cassocks, stained with a drop of his blood – making it a first-class relic, one of the highest significance. The drop of blood was taken from a vial of blood drawn from Pope John Paul in the hospital before his death. Only a few churches in North America have received first-class relics of the recently beatified John Paul. St. Stanislaus becomes the first church in the Rochester Diocese to be given this special honor.

 The relic was blessed and installed May 6, 2012 at a special liturgy celebrated by Bishop Matthew Clark.



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Bishop Matthew Clark and Rev. Adam Ogorzały
Bishop Matthew Clark and Rev. Adam Ogorzały
Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester
Saint Stanislaus Kostka
1150 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, N.Y.
Corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton St.

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Be sure to visit the Friends of St. Stanislaus Foundation website for detailed information. 

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Close up of Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul ll at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, New York
     
Presider: Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark
Concelebrants: Reverend Adam Ogoraly, Pastor
Reverend Roman Caly, Reverend Tadeusz Rudnik
Assisting Deacon: Deacon Don Eggleston
Master of Ceremonies: Sr. Mary Ann Binsack, RSM, Administrator of the Bishop's Office
Lectors: Dominica Homa (Polish) Sydney Nakas (English)
Cantors:Judi Kolupski, Carol Personte and Tess Pospula
Prayers of the Faithful:Philip Procaccini (English), Stanislaw Wojciechowski (Polish)
Offertory Procession: Elena Anderson, Evan Anderson, Aleksander Bell, Victoria Hajec, Gabriella Leak, Malgorzata Makula, Sierra Nakas, Abigail Pfluke, Lauren Raspudic, and Robert Sztabkowski
First Holy Communion - May 6, 2012
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to pray the Rosary with Blessed Pope John Paul ll