Saturday, September 19, 2015

Snohomish County Catholics Prepare For Pope Francis Visit to US

IC-OLPH parishioner Julie Muhlstein wrote an informational article today about what Snohomish County Catholics are doing to prepare for Pope Francis' visit to the United States this coming week.
Some parishioners of St. Mary's in Marysville will join their priest Fr. Dwight Lewis in a pilgrimage to New York City and Philadephia. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain will be among the US Bishops meeting with Pope Francis during the visit. And we're doing some special things at Archbishop Murphy High School to share the Good News with students.
I will share updates daily ( on the Pope's visit using multi-media sources. Please check back in the coming week to keep track of what Pope Francis is saying and doing in the US.

Here's a snippet of the article on what we are doing at AMHS:

"At Archbishop Murphy High School in south Everett, Deacon Dennis Kelly said students have been captivated by the messages of Pope Francis. ' He’s talking in their language,' said Kelly, director of campus ministry.
The school’s theology teachers will talk about the pope’s visit. And Kelly will offer daily multimedia recaps of the pope’s visit.
Pope Francis embodies the values of compassion, love and faith taught at Murphy, Kelly said. 'He resonates deeply with the Catholic students, and even some non-Catholic students. He speaks a language that feels like Jesus,' Kelly said.
The school has a big cutout figure of Pope Francis, he said, “and kids take selfies with him all the time.”


The visit of Pope Francis
Pope Francis will arrive at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday for his visit to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. Schedule highlights are:
Wednesday: Meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, papal parade at National Mall, Junipero Serra canonization Mass.
Thursday: Speech to joint session of Congress, evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
Friday: Address to United Nations General Assembly in New York, a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a motorcade through Central Park, Mass at Madison Square Garden.
Saturday Sept. 26: Mass at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, visit to Independence Mall, visit to Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, prayer vigil with World Meeting of Families.
Sunday Sept. 27: Meeting with bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, visit to Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Mass for World Meeting of Families.


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