NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Pope Francis will address the faithful in Philadelphia next Sunday. The Knights of Columbus are hard at work printing out thousands of programs at the printing plant in downtown New Haven for the event.
This will be the first visit for Pope Francis in the U.S. and Knights of Columbus is making it special, creating a booklet which will serve as a keepsake for those in attendance. There is a lot of work that goes into making mass booklets, from printing, cutting to binding, and it is being done free of charge. The organization is donating the printing services, which add up to more than $100,000. They are also printing prayer cards and books for the Pope’s visit in Washington.
“It is going to take eight days to get this done and those are fairly long days ten to twelve hour days about 80 to 90 hours to get all of this done,” said Knights of Columbus Vice President of Communications Andrew Walther.
Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven over 130 years ago and since then, the organization has been helping the church and the community.
“This is really a natural thing for us to do it for that perspective and we were very honored we were asked to do this,” said Walther.
The mass program includes prayers, songs and readings in five different languages.
“It is going to be a very beautiful mass. A very eloquent mass and I think that all of those pieces are reflected in the book,” said Walther.
Knights of Columbus is helping in a variety of ways including volunteering at papal events.
“With papal masses in the past we’ve always had the ability to help out in one way or another whether it’s financial, whether it’s printing to really welcome the Pope to the United States and let him get to know the American people as they get to know him,” said Walther.
The programs will be completed this Friday and 350,000 mass programs will be packed up and shipped up to Philadelphia.