Friday, March 15, 2013

Commemorative Flyers for Pope Francis

Friday greetings from the home of J.S. Paluch and World Library Publications here in Franklin Park, Illinois. Well, I guess we did it. Yesterday at about noon time, we submitted the materials (photo, prayer, and biography in English and Spanish) to our J.S. Paluch bulletin production plants here in Illinois, in California, and in Florida. And from what I am told, approximately 4,000,000 had been printed by noon today and are being readied to be shipped to our J.S. Paluch bulletin parishes in the United States and Puerto Rico. They are scheduled to arrive next week. I was able to spend a little time in the printing plant here this morning. Here is the simple image, in a simple design, for a simple man, which we have produced:

And more:

 And more:

And more:

And here are a few short videos of the printing process:

Quite a day for J.S. Paluch and World Library Publications.

I especially like the prayer that appears on the back of the photo, written by Michael Novak, one of our great editors, who "shepherded" the process:

O gracious God, our shepherd and guide,
look with love on Francis your servant,
whom you have appointed as successor to Saint Peter.
Grant him courage and wisdom,
and fill him with love for your people.
May he serve with fidelity all those whom you entrust to his care
and bring your Church together in unity of heart and purpose
as we seek to fulfill the mission of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen.

It is an honor and privilege for us to serve our parishes at this historic moment in our Church.

Looking forward to hearing the Eucharistic Prayer in Chicago this weekend: For Francis, our pope, and Francis, our bishop . . .

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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