Friday, February 15, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: In Gratitude

Friday greetings from the home office here in Franklin Park, Illinois.

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, we flew into high gear here at World Library Publications and the J.S. Paluch Paluch Company. As you know, WLP is the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch, the largest parish bulletin printer in the United States. We decided to print a commemorative flyer honoring the papacy of Benedict XVI, with a photo on one side and a biography (in English and in Spanish) on the other side. We are currently printing these and they will be sent to every J.S. Paluch bulletin parish throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The total number of complimentary flyers we are printing is 2,527,225.

I just spent some time in our printing plant here in Franklin Park, one of three J.S. Paluch printing plants in the United States. Our plants in Florida and California are hard at work printing these flyers for millions of Catholics throuhgout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Here is a close-up of the flyer itself:

Here is a video of the printing process. We print these "four-over-one," which means four color (photograph) on one side of the sheet (with four images printed on the sheet) over one color (black) for the text printed four times on the back of the sheet. I find this stuff fascinating. I apologize that the Youtube process includes a frame (not of my choosing, obviously) at the end of each video that offers other Youtube videos that include ones that are in very poor taste; I will try to figure out how to get rid of these in the future.

Coming off the printing press:

Here are the four images stacked up, they will then be cut by a huge knife and then stacked again individually.

Here they are coming off another of our presses:

And here's a view of part of the printing plant, with the stacks of ready-to-cut- flyers in the foreground:

And here are the flyers boxed up and on the shipping line:

And then labeled and placed on pallets ready for shipping:

I am so proud to be working for the J.S. Paluch Company at times like this. Our plant personnel work so hard to serve the Church. And the creative team here at WLP works in partnership with the entire company to ensure the best quality and the best customer service.

Thanks for taking this tour with me today.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Lou Pod said...

Kudos, once again to J.S. Paluch/WLP! If it hadn't been for your publications, the liturgical reforms of Vatican II would have been nearly impossible. You have historically been at the forefront of what's happening in the church, and this commemorative insert is no exception!

Marybeth McCallum said...

Thanks for sharing the printing process with us. I, too, think it is fascinating. Many thanks for this historic flyer that the People of God will be able have as a memento of Pope Benedict XVI. This may be a spark that starts conversations in families that need ways to plant the seeds of Faith.