Origin and the Need for the Renewal Project.
Our grateful thank you to the Jim and Loretta Hofer Family for the Divine Mercy image that has been blessing and watching over the souls of our historic Saint Francis Cemetery for many years. Sadly, due to time and weather, the image has deteriorated and will be replaced with a new full-color replica of the original Divine Mercy image as revealed by Jesus to St. Faustina, in a vision that occurred in her cell in the convent of Plock, in central Poland, on February 22, 1931. Likewise, the nearby Rachael Mourning monument, erected in 1993, is showing signs of wear and is in need of cleaning and refurbishment. Both of the updated/restored monuments will be erected on a new decorative concrete base slab.
The Project is Under Way.
An area in the cemetery is being prepared for placement of the image and the Rachel Mourning monument as a site of veneration and pilgrimage for the faithful. An attractive, new dyed concrete slab has been installed. The Rachel Mourning statue has been removed, cleaned and restored. It is in storage waiting for the new base.
A new Divine Mercy image will be mounted in an attractive metal frame. The new image, including the frame, will be 52" Wide x 154" high. The image itself will measure 48" x 96". At just over 12' in height, the new image will attract attention to the new monument area from across the cemetery.
How to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation.
If you would like to make a Tax-deductible gift for the cost and completion of this project, please make checks payable to St. Francis Church. Please designate the “Divine Mercy/Rachel Mourning monument.” or “DM/ RM monument project in the memo field.” Please mail or bring your donation to the rectory office or put in the collection basket. Make checks separate from your regular church donation. Any amount large or small will be greatly appreciated. Thank You!
In addition to your direct personal donations, the Knights of Columbus Council 760 will host a Benefit Breakfast on Sunday, June 25 to raise funds for the Divine Mercy/Rachel Mourning Project and drainage/road improvements in the south part of the cemetery.
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