Spring Fest 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Open Air Festivities
In case of rain, the Fest will take place at JPII hall

12:30 – 5:00 P.M

Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish
655 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston


For Boston faithful, canonizations are personal, profound

As Pope John Paul II passed through Rome one day in 1988, greeting people as he went, a Polish teenager managed to thrust her hand through the cheering crowd pressed against the barricades. Improbably — unforgettably — the pontiff shook it.

“I will never forget the lightness of his hand,” said Joanna Bereaud, now a 42-year-old music therapist who lives in Swampscott.

A quarter-century earlier, Pope John XXIII had a spot alongside President Kennedy in Mary Jane England’s gallery of heroes. The future doctor and Regis College president, then in her early 20s, saw Pope John as a reformer who breathed new life into a stagnant church.