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October 22

Saint of the day:

Saint John Paul II (Pope)

Patron Saint of World Youth Day

Saint Pope John Paul II's Story 
(as known as Karol Wojtyla from Poland)

For many years Karol believed God was calling him to the priesthood, and after surviving two nearly fatal accidents, he responded to the call. He studied secretly during the German occupation of Poland, and was ordained on 1 November 1946. In these years he came to know and practice the teachings of Saint Louis Marie Montfort and Saint John of the Cross. Earned his Doctorate in theology in 1948 at the Angelicum in RomeItaly.

Parish priest in the Krakow diocese from 1948 to 1951Studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University at Krakow. Taught social ethics at the Krakow Seminary from 1952 to 1958. In 1956he became a professor at the University of Lublin. Venerable Pope Pius XII appointed Wojtyla an auxiliary bishop in Krakow on 4 July 1958. Servant of God, Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Krakow on 30 December 1963.

Wojtyla proved himself a noble and trustworthy pastor in the face of Communist persecution. A member of the prepatory commission, he attended all four sessions of Vatican II; is said to have written Gaudium et spes, the document on the Church in the Modern World. He also played a prominent role in the formulation of the Declaration on Religious Freedom. Following the Council, Pope Paul VI, appointed Karol Wojtyla cardinal on 26 June 1967.

In 1960 he published Love and Responsibility. Pope Paul VI, delighted with its apologeticaldefense of the traditional Catholic teaching of marriage, relied extensively on ArchbishopWojytla’s counsel in writing Humanae Vitae. In 1976 he was invited by Pope Paul VI to preachthe lenten sermons to the members of the Papal Household.

In 1978Archbishop Wojtyla became the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI. He took the name of his predecessors (John, Paul, John Paul) to emphasize his desire to continue the reforms of Vatican II.

John Paul II is the most traveled pope in history, having visited nearly every country in the world which would receive him. As the Vicar of Christ he has consecrated each place that he has visited to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On 13 May 1983 he went to Fatima to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He later repeated the consecration of the world to Mary in union with all the Bishops of the Catholic Church, in fulfillment of Our Lady‘s promises at Fatima.

In 1995Pope John Paul II began a lengthy catechisis on the Blessed Virgin Mary during his weekly Angelus addresses, culminating with his instruction on Our Lady’s active participation in the Sacrifice of Calvary. This active participation of Our Lady at Calvary is called the co-redemption. Already in 1982 and 1985 he had used the term “corredemptrix” in reference to Our Lady in public addresses. This is significant, for he is the first Pope to do so since Pope Benedict XV at whose prayer Our Lady came to Fatima to reveal Her Immaculate Heart. Since the time of Pope Benedict XV, this terminology was under review by the Holy See; the present Pope’s usage is a confirmation of this traditional view of Mary’s role in salvation history.








St Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy

Chapel of St Sebastian

*Located on the right side of the nave just after Michelangelo’s statue of the Pieta.

*In 2011, in preparation for his beatification, the remains of St John Paul II were removed from the crypt of this basilica and placed within the altar of this chapel. Since thousands of people visit this basilica every day the tomb is roped off to provide a small area of prayer.

Access is granted if one asks to pray at the tomb.


Churches of Honor in Rome

Santa Maria in Traspontina (Our Lady in Traspontina)

Via della Conciliazione 14

Rome, Italy

*This church is near the Vatican.

*The third chapel on the right side of the nave contains a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. A memorial at this chapel recalls that this church provided a new scapular for St John Paul II after the assassination attempt upon his life in 1981.


Santo Spirito in Sassia (Holy Spirit in Sassia)

Via dei Penitenzieri 12

Rome, Italy

*This church is near the Vatican.

*Within the fourth chapel on the left side of the nave is a painting of St John Paul II. Also preserved here is a small relic of him.

Grottoes-John Paul II tomb-b.jpg

In honor of  St. John Paul we will be having a traditional Polish dinner!

SOS POMIDOROWY (Tomato sauce)
MIZERIA (Cucumber Salad)










  • 1/2 lb pork 

  • 1/2 lb beef 

  • 1/2 tsp of salt

  • 1/2 tsp of pepper

  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder

  • 2 small cloves of garlic

  • Oil of sautéing

  • 1/2 of a large onion, chopped

  • 1 tbs of butter/oil

  • 1/2 c of chicken, beef or vegetable broth

  • 1/4 tsp of salt

  • 1/8 tsp of pepper

  • 1/2 tbs of marjoram

  • 2 cloves of garlic


  • 2 lbs boiled potatoes

  • 1 lb raw potatoes

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 of an onion

  • A pinch salt

  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour


  1. To make the filling: sprinkle salt, pepper and onion over pork and beef, add crushed garlic. Sauté in a couple tablespoons of oil until cooked and edges of the meat are golden brown. Set aside to cool.

  2. Saute 1/2 of an onion until golden brown.
    Set aside to cool.

  3. When meat cools off, mince in a food processor or meat grinder. When smooth, add stock, sautéed onion, salt, pepper, garlic and marjoram. Mix well to combine. Taste, add more salt, if needed.

  4. To make dumplings: boil 2 lb of peeled potatoes (or use leftover potatoes). Set aside to cool. When cooled off, mash with a hand masher (or use a potato press) until smooth.

  5. Place the remaining 1 lb of raw potatoes, 1/4 of an onion and 1/4 c of water in a blender and blend until smooth. Place a cheese cloth over a strainer and pour raw potato mixture into it. Let drain for a few minutes. Twist the cloth and squeeze some of the water out, but not all.

  6. Add raw potato mixture to boiled mashed potatoes, add egg, a pinch of salt, and both flours. Mix to form dough. It should be pretty sticky but not fall apart.

  7. Using a 1/4 c measuring cup or an ice cream scoop, scoop potato mixture onto your hand and form a circle. Fill the circle with as much meat as you can fit, and fold the sides of the circle up to close the dumpling (see photos below). When closed, roll in your palms to even out the balls.

  8. Fill a large pot with water, add salt and a splash of oil and bring to boil. Drop dumplings into boiling water in batches. Stir gently and boil on low for about 5 min from the time the water starts bubbling.

  9. Take out and serve immediately garnished with sautéed onion. If serving later, spread them on an oiled surface, so they don't stick.

I thinned my meat mixture with red wine

Step #7 Note:
I found if I wet my hands every time I rolled a dumpling I had no issues with the potato sticking to my hands

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step #8 Boiling time, don't forget to use a timer


The traditional way to eat this recipe would be to add sautéed onions in butter on top of the dumplings.
I paired it with a creamed tomato sauce instead. These recipes were very mild, very filling, and very good. 
I did coat each dumpling well with melted butter after they were cooked so they would not stick together.





  • 1 English cucumber 

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2/3 cup sour cream

  • 1 tbs of fresh dill

  • Fresh juice of a lemon

  • zest of a lemon

  • Pinch of pepper


  1. Wash and peel the cucumber. Slice thin. Add salt and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 min drain any water that may have accumulated.

  2. Add sour cream and dill, lemon and a pinch of pepper to taste. Mix and chill until ready to serve.






  • 1 can (14.5 oz)  of stewed tomatoes

  • 1.5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

  • 3 tbs of tomato paste

  • 1/2 tsp of salt

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 5 each peppercorns and allspice (whole)

  • 3 TBSP of heavy cream

  • 2 TBSP of butter


  1. Blend tomatoes with tomato paste, broth and salt. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add spices and simmer on medium-low for about 15-20 min.

  2. Turn off, add heavy cream and butter. Taste, add salt, if needed.

Take out peppercorns, allspice and bayleaves before serving.



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