Pope John Paul II Passing from Life to
Monday April 4, 2005
The Annunciation of the Lord
Father James E. Goode, OFM, President of the National
Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, on behalf of the NBCAL Board of
Consultants and the many NBCAL affiliates throughout the United States
gives the following statement on the occasion of the passing of Pope
John Paul II at 9:37 PM (Rome Time) on April 2, 2005. Vigil of the
Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday:
The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
mourns the passing of our beloved
and esteemed Pope John Paul II who has led us for
twenty-six years. We offer our prayers to the Lord that our faithful
Pope John Paul II rest in eternal peace.
He lived and died doing what he loved best serving
our Lord Jesus Christ.
In faith we rejoice because our Holy Father Pope John
Paul II is now at
home with God.
When my work below is ended and my race
I will hear my Savior calling at the set
Then I’ll send a message upward, past you
“Angles, get my mansion ready, I am
I am coming home to heaven, with the
angels there to dwell,
I am coming home to glory, where I’ll
never say farewell;
I am coming to that city, never more to
Angels, get my mansion ready, I am coming
(Johnson Oatman, Jr – C. Austin Miles)
Thank you Pope John Paul II for passing our way.
Thank you Pope John Paul II for being our Vicar of
Thank you Pope John Paul II for leading us in faith,
hope and love.
Thank you Pope John Paul II for teaching us to “Be
Not Afraid” no matter what.
Thank you Pope John Paul II for making us proud to be
Black and Catholic
Thank you Pope John Paul II for boldly proclaiming
the sacredness of all life.
Thank you Pope John Paul II for inspiring us to be
Black Catholic Evangelist for Life.
Pope John Paul II
rest in everlasting peace!
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen as he said, alleluia,
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Gaude et leatare, Virgo Maria,
Quia surrexit Dominus vere,
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin
For the Lord has truly risen,