JPII Catholic High honors canonizations of two popes

Nancy Archuleta is interim president of Pope John Paul II Catholic High School. (CONTRIBUTED)
Nancy Archuleta is interim president of Pope John Paul II Catholic High School. (CONTRIBUTED)

HUNTSVILLE – Students and staff at Pope John Paul II (JPII) Catholic High School celebrated the historic canonization of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with a Mass of Thanksgiving.

School president Nancy Archuleta invited the community on May 1 to join in prayer and thanks for the newly declared saints. Rev. Joseph Lubrano led the procession with JPII Principal Vince Aquila.

“I am delighted that the school’s patron, Pope John Paul, was canonized as a saint by his Holiness Pope Francis on April 27,” Archuleta said. “The dual canonization of the two popes is Pope Francis’ way of unifying the liberals and conservatives within the church by recognizing … two men who are respectively lionized by either side.”

Archuleta noted the men’s diversity, with “the warm progressiveness of grandfatherly John XXIII to the compassionate conservatism of John Paul II. It’s such a privilege for our school to honor our patron saint with the canonizations.”

Aquila reiterated the words of John Paul II: “Be not afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”

Canonization is defined as the process that the church uses to officially recognize a person as a saint.

Originally, people were recognized as saints without any formal process and often by popular acclaim. Today, however, a person is declared a saint only after a thorough investigation, followed by a decree by the Catholic Church.

Pope John Paul II Catholic High School is a college preparatory school for grades 9-12 in Huntsville at 7301 Old Madison Pike. The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama sponsors the school, which was founded in 1996 as Catholic High School.

For more information, visit jp2falcons.org.

Bob Jones High School

CMSgt. Ellis Clark awarded title of Drill Master

Events

Huntsville Botanical Garden and UAH partner for Shakespeare in the Garden

Madison

Chess league honors Epling as ‘Coach of the Year’

Harvest

Luna Koi to bring its vibe to ‘Sounds of Summer’

Bob Jones High School

Seeing students as rewards, Word selected Midtown’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Huntsville

Pre-K Center selects Parameswaran as top teacher

Discovery Middle School

Robotics team, Say Watt!?!, takes FIRST LEGO awards in California

Harvest

TARCOG lands $1.5-million grant from EPA for cleanup

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mental Skills Coach Assists Team To National Championship Game- Roger Kitchen Builds Character

Bob Jones High School

Journey welcomes Ben Smith as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Madison

Chandrakasem, Koswoski excel in DAR essay contests

Harvest

American Legion, VFW to retire flags on Flag Day

Madison

Stundtner proves skills as Midtown’s ‘Staff Member of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Guo, Mysore, Saha dominate awards at regional, state science fairs

Harvest

Madison Hospital names Brandon Jones ‘Employee of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

MCS to present ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ sessions

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 12, 2024

Events

Annual Juneteenth Festival returns to Big Spring Park Saturday

Bob Jones High School

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

Harvest

Low-key races (on foot and couch) pivotal for Rotary’s ‘Parrots 0.5K’

Bob Jones High School

Mill Creek names Deberry as outstanding staff employee

Bob Jones High School

Madison Public Library readies for Summer Reading experience

James Clemens High School

Moore honored as ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at James Clemens

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to honor D-Day’s 80th anniversary

x