The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville will unveil its new John Paul II Eucharistic Center on the grounds of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament with a dedication service planned for Sunday.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis, will officiate the mass to dedicate the building which celebrates the importance of the Eucharist for Christians and is named in honor of the late Pope John Paul II.  The center will open to the public next spring.

EWTN Global Catholic Network — Mother Angelica, 90, who lives at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville — will broadcast the noon mass worldwide. The mass will be held in the chapel at the shrine, adjoining the monastery, and will be followed by a procession to the Eucharistic Center.

Burke was archbishop of St. Louis from 2003-2008 and currently serves in Rome as the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church after the pope.

For more information about the new center and to view a video of the facility, visit the shrine’s website at http://olamshrine.com/jpii-eucharistic-center.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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