Celebration of sainthood for Popes John Paul II, John XXIII

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts Catholics are celebrating this Sunday’s Canonization of Pope John Paul II. 22News found out that the faithful in Chicopee are planning a major event to mark Pope John Paul’s becoming a saint.

St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee will hold a canonization celebration on Sunday, May 18th, exactly one month after the first Polish Pope is elevated to Sainthood. Event Co-Chair Debbie Tomaszewksi told 22News the event will be open to everyone.

“The mass which involves school children and singing in many various languages to represent the diocese of Springfield,” said Tomaszewksi.

Longtime parishioners at St. Stanislaus Basilica told 22News, how excited they are about sainthood for Pope John Paul II.

“He did so much, he was, what a personality, and I don’t know what else to say before I start crying,” said longtime parishioner Barbara Sullivan.

Pope John XXIII will also be canonized on Sunday along with Pope John Paul II.

Director of Worship for the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese, Father William Hamilton, told 22News that many people mistakenly think sainthood is about being perfect.

“That’s not what It’s about. It’s about the struggle of daily living, and somehow in the midst of the struggle, being faithful to God,” Father Hamilton said.

The Canonization Celebration committee is contacting other churches right now inviting them to the Basilica Mass May 18th followed by the dinner at the School parish center for five hundred of the faithful.

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