The yellow and white flags of the Polish National Catholic Church signal open prayers to Polish Catholics at St. Florian R.C. Church in Hamtramck.
More flags are hoisted as people slowly file in and out of the sanctuary.
St. Florian is the church that Pope John Paul II came to in his 1987 visit to Hamtramck, Michigan.
Many Catholics around the world are praying for their pope right now.
At this place, those of us who are of Polish ancestry are also praying for our Polish son, Karol Wojetyla in his last hours.