Our Lady of Czestochowa, 84 K St. Turners Falls, MA 01376
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting the site, as well as give you an understanding as to why this site exists.
Recently it has come to our attention of the nationwide and perhaps even worldwide interest in Polish congregations of the Catholic faith. Here in our corner of New England, Our Lady of Czestochowa stands as the center of our faith, nestled in the hills of the Pioneer Valley. Come see what it means to be a Polish Catholic in the 21st century.
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Prayer for Peace to Mary, the Light of Hope
Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths toward the future.
From famine and war, deliver us. From nuclear war, from incalculable self destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. From sins against human life from its very beginning, deliver us. From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit conquer all sin: individual sin and the “sin of the world,” sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of the merciful love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope Amen~
(Pope John Paul II)
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Also, this is a useful resource from Praesidium, the organization that produces “Called to Protect for Youth” training
“To preserve Purity, three things are necessary; the Presence of God, prayer and the Sacraments; and again, the reading of holy books-this nourishes the soul” – St. John Vianney – Catechism on Purity ( Monnin’s Life).
Lust kills love, human and Divine.It is a chief cause of war here, misery hereafter.
By Thine Immaculate Conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy. Three times, followed each time by a Hail Mary.
My Mother, keep me this day from mortal sin. Hail Mary, three times.
From the Jesus, Mary, Joseph Novena Manual
Pope Francis Monthly Prayer Intention
Elderly We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.