St. John Paul II

During 2021–2022, we celebrated the Jubilee Year of St. Pope John Paul II. It was a wonderful time of activities and reflections centered around his life and teaching, culminating in the renewal of the consecration of our parish to Mary, who played such a large role in the life of this great saint. 

We are keeping this page alive so you can refer back to the many resources we made available during the jubilee year. We will also add new items periodically as they relate to St. John Paul II, as he continues to feature significantly in the life of our parish and in the ministry of the Disciples. 

What’s Happening?

Poland Pilgrimage

Sept. 20–29
$3,433/person

We will trace the life and formation of Karol Wojtyla, we will explore where he grew up, prayed, studied in hiding for the seminary during the Nazi occupation, and became one of the foremost defenders of the family and the dignity of man as Pope John Paul II. Celebrate Mass in his home parish, in the Salt Mines, outside Auschwitz, and more. More than a religious tour, a pilgrimage immerses you in prayer as you grow in knowledge and faith.

Contact Linda Sherman at lsherman@stmarylittleton.org.

Prepare for the Consecration to Mary

Since September’s Marian Weekend, we have traveled with Mary through this beautiful Jubilee Year of St. John Paul II. Given his great devotion to Our Lady, it is fitting that we conclude our celebration of this great pope and saint with a consecration of our parish to Mary on Sunday, May 30. 

To help prepare for this moment, we will send out each week a prayer and set of readings for each day of that week, which we have entitled “Easter Journey with Mary.” The link to the first week is below. These daily devotions are designed to help families and individuals prepare their hearts to make a deeper commitment to Jesus through His mother, following the example of St. John Paul II. These devotions will also be available on our website and on our Facebook page.

May God bless you as you make this Easter Journey with Mary!

Monthly Words

A monthly brochure and preaching on a key topic enlightened by St. John Paul II: Work, Love, Suffering, Family, Life, Mercy, Mary, Holy Spirit.

“Fill the Earth and Subdue It” (September)

…Another complementary element of work is how it transforms us into the likeness of God (Gn 1:27), it sanctifies us. Through work you transform and are transformed.

“Love—a Gift and a Task”
October

The beauty manifested in the sexual difference does not leave us indifferent. It is like an arrow that wounds our heart.

Suffering
November

Suffering is present in the world in order to release love, in order to give birth to works of love towards neighbors, in order to transform the whole of human civilization into a “civilization of love.”

“Family: Become What You Are”

God created family as the place to love and to be loved for our own sake, where we learn to be human. There we also receive the capacity to know Himself.

“Choose Life”
January

Life on earth is not an ultimate, but a penultimate reality. It is, and remains, a sacred reality.

“Mercy”
February

The Father’s mercy does not stop at compassion, not even at alleviating evils, but goes so far as to regenerate the dignity of the one who lost it.

Coming soon.

Coming soon.

Marian Masses

Video of homilies from our Saturday 8:15 am Marian Masses, where we journeyed with the encyclical Redemptoris Mater

Sept. 19: Mother of the Redeemer

Sept. 26: Mother of the Savior

Oct. 3: Mary, Full of Grace

Oct. 10: Chosen Daughter of Israel

Oct. 17: Virginity and Motherhood

Oct. 24: Mary’s Faith

Oct. 31: Pilgrimage of Faith

Nov. 7: Mary, the New Eve

Nov. 14: Mary, Pillar of Faith

Nov 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Putting God First

Nov. 28: Mary, Mother of Divine Hope

Dec. 5: Mary, Temple of the Lord

Dec. 12: Coming soon.

Dec. 19: Mary, Cause of Our Joy

Jan. 9: Epiphany Through the Eyes of Mary

Jan. 16: Our Lady of Nazareth

Jan. 23: Our Lady of Divine Providence

Jan 30: Mary, Help of Christians

Feb. 6: Our Lady of Nazareth

Feb. 13: Our Lady of Cana

Feb. 20: Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord

Feb. 27: Mary at the Foot of the Cross

Mar. 6: Mary at the Foot of the Cross, Part 2

Mar. 27: Our Lady of Sorrows

Apr. 10: Mary’s Joy

Apr. 17: Mary and the Resurrection

May 8: Our Lady of the Upper Room

May 22: Mary, Image & Mother of the Church

May 29: Our Mother & Teacher in the Spirit

Prayer of Consecration to Mary

O Mother, you know the sufferings and hopes of our families. Come to the aid of your children in the daily trials which life brings to each one, and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all, the darkness will not prevail over the light. To you, Dawn of Salvation, we commit our journey, so that with you as guide all people may know Christ, the light of the world and its only Savior, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

“Up, to the source!” We are celebrating the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II. The holy Pope was always able to perceive hope amid the difficulties of history. He speaks to us of this hope in his poem Roman Triptych:

If you want to find the source, you have to go up, against the current… Where are you, source? Where are you, source?… tell me the secret of your beginning!… Allow me to wet my lips in spring water, to feel its freshness, reviving freshness.

And what is this source? John Paul II discovered in the life of every man a primary and continuous source of renewal: the love of the Creator. It is a spring that does not stop flowing even when we want to dry it up with our sin, and therefore it restores us with its mercy. And it is a spring of love which allows us to love at the same time, making us a source of love and life for our brothers and sisters. Christ came into the world to reveal to us the depth and freshness of this love of the Father, the origin from which everything comes, and to teach us how to respond to this love. Here is the key to the jubilee: to recognize, with St. John Paul II, the source of the love of the Creator that flows in your family, in your work, in your parish. And then we understand what it means: “do not be afraid!” That is, do not be afraid to open your heart to this source, to let yourself be enlivened and transformed by it, to bear fruit according to its measure.

– Fr. José Granados, Superior General, DCJM

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