Father Sinnott, pastor of St. Bartholomew's church, had his audience
with Pope Pius XI on May 24 he received permission from the Pope to give
to his parishioners the apostolic or papal blessing on his return home.
This special blessing of the Pope, Father Sinott will give Sunday
morning after the eight-thirty mass. for those who receive it will be
the same as if they were kneeling before the Pope and receiving it
personally from him.
Also after the same Mass will be blessed! a magnificent
mother-of-pearl crucifix which Father Sinnott bought in Jerusalem as a
remembrance of his pilgrimage to the Holy City and which he is
presenting to the church of St. Bartholomew as a gift. The crucifix
stands five feet in height and is all hand carved of mother-of-pearl
depicting the baptism of Christ, His agony in the garden, His
resurrection, the instruments of the passion, the four evangelists and
small statues of Sts. Peter and Paul together with the DeVinci grouping
of the last supper. it is a real work of art and was made by pearl
carvers in Bethlehem.
As it is also the anniversary of Father Sinnott's ordination to the
priesthood, which took place July 15, 1917 in Rome, the junior choir
under the direction of Miss Kate Griffin with Leland Benedict at the
organ, will sing appropriate hymns.
To all attending either the sis-thirty or eight-thirty Mass souvenir
cards of Jerusalem having on them flowers from the Holy Land and the
following inscription: "Remembrance of the pilgrimage of Father Sinnott
to the Holy Land, April 1934" will be given.
The crucifix can be seen at either mass or during the day. it will be
placed on a pedestal in the sanctuary. Non-Catholics as well as
Catholics are invited to see it.