When Pope Francis leads a mass in Philadelphia a week from Sunday, 350,000 participants will be holding programs made in New Haven by the Knights of Columbus.
The color presses at the Knights of Columbus world headquarters in New Haven have been humming along for days and they won’t rest until Friday.
The Catholic Men’s Organization was busy printing thousands of programs on Wednesday for the Papal Mass on Sept. 27.
“The people that work here all take pride. It’s a challenge for them to produce this job for him,” Richard Maloney, who is printing plant manager, said.
A picture of Pope Francis is positioned right near the presses, watching over this very important operation.
“We’ve always worked very closely with the Church. So we’re doing this printing for Philadelphia,” Andrew Walther with the Knights of Columbus said. “We’ve also done some printing for Washington DC. We’re helping out in various ways in New York. We have volunteers at a number of events.”
The 24-page program for the Papal Mass contains prayers, readings and music for the service. It includes portions in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
“We’ve never printed a quantity this large before,” Maloney said. “We’ve done big printings, but it’s been over the course of five to six months.”
The knights are donating the service, which is valued at more than $100,000.
But still, they said there’s a lot of pressure on the printing plant with this project because it’s for the Pope and it’s has to be perfect.
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