Church Bulletin October 30, 2016

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 30, 2016 +

 Sunday, October 30 [Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Kristie, Geoff & Hudson Iacuessa

 10:30 am + Paula Lenart – int. Roux Family

   2:00 pmRosary at Cemetery

Monday, October 31:         

   8:00 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family

 *5:30 pm + Lissette Rojas – int. Marie Mew

Tuesday, November 1 [All Saints’ Day]*Holy Day of Obligation*

 *8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for the Fritz Family – int. Family

 *5:30 pm – Special intention – int. Cyndi and Jim Newcombe

Wednesday, November. 2 [St. Jude Novena/ All Souls’ Day]:

  5:30 pm + All Souls Novena I

Thursday, November 3 [St. Martin de Porres]:

   5:30 pm + All Souls Novena II

First Friday, November 4 [St. Charles Borromeo]:

  5:30 pm + All Souls Novena III

Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass

First Saturday, November 5 [Feast of the Holy Relics]:

The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass

   8:00 am + All Souls Novena IV

   4:00 pm + All Souls Novena V

    6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners

Sunday, November 6 [Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + All Souls Novena VI

 10:30 am + All Souls Novena VII

Cremains and Respect for the Human Body

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh “to the birds of the sky and beasts of the field.” He conveys his profound disdain for David by speaking this way, deprecating even his corpse. This offends our sensibility that dead bodies should not be desecrated, but should instead be respectfully buried. Proper disposition and care of another’s body also manifests our Christian faith in the resurrection of that body on the Last Day. Over time, this has evolved into a deeper understanding about the handling of corpses, including regulations surrounding cremation.

     For Catholics, cremation is considered an acceptable form of handling the human body after death, although as noted in the Order of Christian Funerals, cremation “does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body.… The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in its rites.”

     Moreover, cremation can lead to problematic practices, which Cardinal Raymond Burke references in a Pastoral letter to the faithful in the Diocese of La Crosse in the year 2000:

     “With the growing practice of cremation, there has also developed a certain lack of care for the cremated remains of the dead. Funeral directors who have been asked to store the cremated remains report that those remains often are left unclaimed by family or friends. Those charged with the arrangements for the funeral rites of the deceased should see that the cremated remains are interred or entombed at the earliest possible time.…. It is not permitted to scatter cremated remains over a favorite place, and it is not permitted to keep cremated remains in one’s home or place other than a cemetery.…. The cremated remains of one deceased person may not be mixed with the cremated remains of another person. It is not permitted to divide the cremated remains and inter or entomb them in more than one place.”

     These clearly articulated concerns remind us of our obligation to respect the remains of the dead, even in their ashen state. By becoming lax in our approach to handling cremains, we can easily betray the respect that is owed.

     A story comes to mind involving a friend of mine who works as a pilot. He was asked to take up a passenger in a small plane for the “final repose of ashes” into the ocean. As they were taking off, he told the passenger, “Just be sure that you don’t ever open that urn! It needs to be thrown overboard when I open the hatch window and give you the signal.” The passenger, however, was determined to do it his way, and when the pilot opened the window, he popped off the top of the urn and tried to scatter the ashes at sea. Instead, the ashes were seized by the violent air currents and scattered throughout the internals of the airplane, among all the instrumentation and dials, and in the hair and clothing of both the pilot and the passenger.

     Another reason to bury cremains in the earth or inter them in a mausoleum, rather than scattering them abroad, is to establish a particular place to be able to visit and pray for the soul of that person, in the physical presence of their mortal remains. The burial site serves as a point of reference and connection to the embodiment of that individual, rather than reducing them to a kind of vague and wispy nothingness.

     Keeping Grandma’s ashes on the fireplace mantle or up in the attic alongside the antique paintings is another problematic practice that can easily end up downplaying or denying her human dignity, tempting us to treat her mortal remains as just another item to be moved around among our various trinkets.

     It can be helpful to encourage the family, and all who are involved with cremains, to think about ashes in a manner similar to how we’d think about a full body. Would we keep a casket and corpse at home for a few weeks? If not, then we shouldn’t do the same with someone’s ashes. Regrettably, many people are not thinking about cremains as the revered remnants of a fellow human being, but more as something to be disposed of whenever it’s convenient for our schedule and budget. We don’t approach full-body caskets that way because we recognize more clearly the duty to bury our beloved dead. The sacred memory of our departed family and friends, in sum, calls us to carefully attend to their remains with authentic and objective gestures of respect.

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and did post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Mass., and serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. See www.ncbcenter.org

GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running a little low on some essentials.  Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule:  items such as stew, soup, baked beans, ravioli, pasta sauce, vegetables, fruit, crackers, and peanut butter.  All donated goods must be such as requiring no refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time.  Please help those who cannot help themselves!  Bóg Wam Wielki Zapłac!

THE DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE of indulgences in the Church is closely linked to the effects of the Sacrament of Penance.  An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions or Christ and the saints.  An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.  Indulgences may be applied to the living (yourself) or the dead. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1471, p. 370.

 FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY:  A partial indulgence, applicable to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even for a few minutes.  The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November.  Take advantage of this special opportunity during the month of November to earn indulgences for the souls in Purgatory.

  1. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or – for those entitled to use it – a semipublic oratory.

     The above indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints.

     In visiting the church or oratory, it is required according to Norm 6 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that “one Our Father and the Creed be recited.”

  1. An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.
  2. Deserving of special mention are the following works for anyone of which the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory any day of the year (or the indulgence may be gained once a day for oneself).
  3. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour.
  4. Devout reading of the sacred Scriptures for at least one half hour.
  5. Making the Way of the Cross.
  6. The praying of the Rosary in a church or in public.

The conditions prescribed by the Church for gaining a plenary indulgence are:  the pious act, (i.e., visiting the cemetery) or prayer, (i.e., the Rosary, etc.), Confession and Communion within eight days before or after the intention of gaining the plenary indulgence; and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, e.g., Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. – Enchiridion of Indulgences Norms and Grants – Pope Paul VI, 1969

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OUR ANNUAL ALL SOULS DAY CEMETERY ROSARY will take place on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.  We will process praying the Rosary encircling our loved ones at the cemetery with the protection and love of Our Lady of the Rosary.  All are welcome to attend to pray for our departed friends and relatives.  In the event of rain the Rosary will be offered in church.

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 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st is the Feast of All Saints.  This Feast has a special place in the hearts of Polish people.  It is a day of hope and faith in the promise of what we will one day become if we persevere in love.  The Masses for All Saints Day will take place Monday, October 31st at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 1st at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd is the Feast of All Souls.  The nine day novena for all of the souls in Purgatory enrolled on our altar will begin on Wednesday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m.  The Polish traditional All Souls Day procession of prayers for the departed will follow the Mass.

 THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, November 2nd at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the Saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd is the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, the humble Dominican Brother known as the “Wonder Worker of Peru”.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th is the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, guardian of the Church, reformer, educator and social activist.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.  His relic will be venerated after Mass.

 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.

 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Confessions will be heard starting at 7:30 a.m.  Mass will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be prayed prior to the Mass.  Following the Mass will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto, and Benediction.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th is the Feast of the Holy Relics.  This unusual Feast is generally celebrated in those churches which have notable relics.  Part of the custom for this day includes erecting a shrine to enthrone many of the relics contained in that church.  The Feast actually commemorates the Saints whose relics are preserved in that church.  Because our parish has such a large number of relics we do celebrate the Feast of the Holy Relics in our church. 

     “Even when the soul is gone, power and virtue remain in the bodies of the Saints because of the righteous souls which have dwelt in them.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem d. 386)

     “We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the Creator, but we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are.”  – Saint Jerome (d. 420)

     “Christ gives us the relics of Saints as health-giving springs through which flow blessings and healing.  This should not be doubted.  For if at God’s word water gushed from hard rock in the wilderness — yes, and from an ass’s jawbone when Samson was thirsty — why should it seem incredible that healing medicine should distill from the relics of Saints?” – St. John Damascene (d. 700)

     The bodies of holy martyrs and others now living with Christ, bodies which were His members and temples of the Holy Spirit, which one day are to be raised up by Him and made glorious in everlasting life, are to be venerated by the faithful; God gives men many benefits through them.” – Council of Trent (1545-1563)

     “The Saints have been traditionally honoured in the Church, and their authentic relics and images held in veneration.  For the feasts of the Saints proclaim the wonderful works of Christ in His servants and display to the faithful fitting examples for their imitation. (Lit. III) – Vatican II

 

THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA will be offered before the 8:00 a.m. Mass Saturday, November 5th.  Please come and beg God for an end to this terrifying evil which is destroying our nation!

 HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – Bring the Bible to life joining us on a Holy Land Pilgrimage led by Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC, from March 19 to April 1, 2017.  Daily Mass.  We will visit Mount Sinai, Haifa, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Cost: $2980/person dbl. occ.  For more information, contact Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, Carrollton, Ohio at contact@opusangelorum.org or call 1-330-969-9900.

 Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 3rd starting at 9:00 a.m.   Our usual arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Religious goods, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured.  Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping.  Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

 Sunday, October 30: 8:00 + Sandra Miner – int. Joyce

                                    10:30 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Monday, October 31: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Tuesday, November 1: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Wednesday, November 2: + Henry Noga – int. Joseph & Irene Klepadlo

Thursday, November 3: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Friday, November 4: – For the Benefactors of our Parish

Saturday, November 5: 8:00 + Jean Elizabeth Newcombe – int. Nancy Faller

                                          4:00 + Gladys Brostowski – int. Joseph & Irene Klepadlo

 PLEASE NOTE:  The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help.  It also helps the people where the Masses are offered.  Bóg wam zapłać!

 AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Join us for a study and discussion on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the rectory parlor.  For more information contact Yves Jacques at 665-5052.

 FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Albina Pluta a donation was made to our Parish Renovation Fund from James and Jean Koldis.  Bóg zapłać!

 SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITES – All who are interested are invited to join us for our monthly meetings which are held on the fourth Saturday of the month following the 8:00 Mass in the undercroft of the church. Our charism of deep prayer and meditation is aided through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the prayers and teachings of our holy Carmelite saints. If you would like to attend, please contact Lee Chichester at 413-347-2749 or Susan Johnson at 315-408-5338.

 Volunteer Cleaners – Adoration Chapel – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Adoration Chapel.  Four teams help clean once a month and we need two more volunteers for the second Monday of the month and two more for the fourth Monday.  It only requires about 30 minutes of your valuable time.  The normal time for cleaning is from 7:00 a.m. to about 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. on Mondays. Please prayerfully consider helping us by volunteering for this important ministry.  For more information, and to sign up, please call Pat Earley at 773-3396.  Thank you!

Pilgrimage to Italy – A pilgrimage to Italy will leave from Boston on October 15, 2017 returning October 26.  Flights from other cities can be arranged. Spiritual Directors are Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Fr.  Timothy Campoli who will offer daily Mass. We will begin in Rome for three nights, take many tours in Rome, and attend an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.  Then we will travel to Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Sorrento, San Giovanni Rotundo, Monte Sant Angelo, Cascia, Assisi, Siena and Orvieto.  These holy places are associated with many saints including St. Benedict, St. Philomena, St. Pio, St. Michael, St. Rita, St. Catherine, St. Clare, and St. Francis.  We will travel along the famous Amalfi coast, through the vineyards and visit historic towns and sites including the remains of Pompeii.  The cost is $4,499 which includes airfare, wonderful hotels for 10 nights, two meals a day, admission fees and tour guides.  A bus to Boston may be rented if there is enough interest. Please spread the word and contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net with questions and to receive a flyer.

 Monastic Experience Weekend – St. Mary’s Monastery, a contemplative monastery of Benedictine monks in Petersham, Mass., is offering a Monastic Experience Weekend for young Catholic men aged 18-40 from November 4-6, 2016.  Men will participate in the monks’ daily balance of prayer, work and study, and will have the opportunity to speak with those who have been called to this vocation.  For more information, contact Fr. Gregory at 978-724-3350 or monks@stmarysmonastery.org.

 Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – Catholic Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico over the Feast Day.  December 8–13, 2016, $2,194 per person including air from Hartford, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Holy Mass every day. For a flyer or more information, please call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

 Dove of Peace Christmas Bazaar – Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 9:00 AM – 2:00PM – Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls – Something Fun for Everyone!  Attic Treasures, Multi-Raffle, Straw Draw, Children’s Gift Shop, Craft Table, Pies, Baked Goods, Gift Baskets galore and much, much more! Save room for our famous lunch at the Christmas Cookie Café! See you there!

 Sts. peter and paul annual craft fair sponsored by the Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish center, Main Street, Three Rivers, Mass.  Free parking and free admission.  One of the area’s longest running Craft Fairs.  Beautiful craft items are available by talented local artists.  Refreshments and lunch are available.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Theodore J. Jesz 10/31/1963

John E. Prochowicz 10/31/1978

Henry A. Rys 10/31/1990

Walter E. Nadolny 11/1/1977

Mary Sciora 11/1/1983

John Sokolowski 11/2/1939

Rose Pliska 11/2/1973

Michael Cislo 11/3/1931

Gladys F. Brostowski 11/3/2007

Noah Robert Martin 11/3/2015

Francis Cholewa 11/4/1940

Joseph Niedzwiecki 11/5/1933

Francisjka Kierstyn 11/5/1955

Walter C. Kosewicz 11/5/1991

Helen M. Gaines 11/5/2015

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Children’s Hour of Adoration – The guided children’s hour of adoration is held on the first Thursday of every month at the Adoration Chapel in Greenfield at 4:00 p.m. Join us on November 3rd.

 St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 13 from 9:00 am – noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street.  The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, home-made candies and bake goods, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney for sale, a children’s gifting table, themed gift baskets, a Straw Draw and Tea Cup Auction.  A big raffle featuring $100 in Lottery tickets plus a $25 gift certificate to Buckland Pizza, 50/50 and a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub in Shelburne Falls will round out the offerings. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call (413) 625-6405.

 Holy Hour for the Sick and DyingA Holy Hour is being observed each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. Included are the singing of hymns, recitation of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and the Dying.  The hour concludes with Benediction.  If you know of someone who is ailing and in need of special graces and prayer, please be encouraged to come and spend an hour for his/her intention.

 Catholics Come Home – Learn more about our Catholic Church.  Whether you are Catholic, on a journey into the Catholic Church or returning to the Catholic Church, you will find resources that will help you understand more clearly the Catholic Church and her teachings at www.catholicscomehome.org.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Terry Dempsey for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

 PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments!  Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

 Our parish has a Prayer Line under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is available for anyone.  To utilize the Prayer Line simply call 413-259-7571 or e-mail nan6539@gmail.com to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.

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 Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA  01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

 CHURCH CHOIRSThe St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience.  We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30.  For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Friday evening right after Mass or devotions. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.  For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738. 

 PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County.  Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar.  The intentions for this week are:

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Deacon DeCarlo Fr. Reardon Deacon Nolan Fr. Campoli Fr. Reardon Bishop McDonnell Fr. DiMascola

Church Bulletin for the week of October 23, 2016

 

Parish Schedule for the Week of October 23, 2016 +

Sunday, Oct. 23 [Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]: Solemn Novena to St. Jude IV

  8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Kristie, Geoff and Hudson Iacuessa

10:30 am + Bob Lambert – int. Scott and Elizabeth

Monday, October 24 [St. Anthony Mary Claret]:   Solemn Novena to St. Jude V

    8:00 am – Blessings for Benjamin Charles Rose-Fish – int. Roux Family

Tuesday, October 25:        Solemn Novena to St. Jude VI

    5:30 pm – Blessings for Timothy James DeRaps – int. Roux Family

Wednesday, October 26 [St. Jude Novena]:   Solemn Novena to St. Jude VII

    5:30 pm – Blessings for William Thomas Roux – int. Roux Family

Thursday, October 27:   Solemn Novena to St. Jude VIII

    5:30 pm – Blessings for Ashley Rose Levasseur – int. Roux Family

Friday, October 28 [Sts. Simon and Jude]Solemn Novena to St. Jude Closing

    5:30 pm + Thaddeus Pelc – int. Pelc Family

Saturday, October 29:

   8:00 am – Intentions for Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:00 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

   6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners

Sunday, October 30 [Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Kristie, Geoff & Hudson Iacuessa

 10:30 am + Paula Lenart – int. Roux Family

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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The Conclusion of the St. Jude Solemn Nine Day Novena will be highlighted on Friday, October 28th, the Feast of St. Jude, and will include the veneration of the relic of St. Jude.

 The following prayer is said with the Priest at the Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful:

 St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolation and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (All pause here in silence to make their request to St. Jude) and that I may bless God with the elect throughout Eternity.  Amen!

     St. Jude, Apostle, Martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24th is the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba and founder of a religious congregation.  He fostered social reforms and the use of mass media to spread the Gospel.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.   The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.

 Monastic Experience Weekend – St. Mary’s Monastery, a contemplative monastery of Benedictine monks in Petersham, Mass., is offering a Monastic Experience Weekend for young Catholic men aged 18-40 from November 4-6, 2016.  Men will participate in the monks’ daily balance of prayer, work and study, and will have the opportunity to speak with those who have been called to this vocation.  For more information, contact Fr. Gregory at 978-724-3350 or monks@stmarysmonastery.org.

OUR ANNUAL ALL SOULS’ DAY CEMETERY ROSARY will take place on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.  We will process praying the Rosary encircling our loved ones at the cemetery with the protection and love of Our Lady of the Rosary.  All are welcome to attend to pray for our departed friends and relatives.  In the event of rain the Rosary will be offered in church.

 Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 3rd starting at 9:00 a.m.   Our usual arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Religious goods, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured.  Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping.  Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

 Volunteer Cleaners – Adoration Chapel – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Adoration Chapel.  Four teams help clean once a month and we need two more volunteers for the second Monday of the month and two more for the fourth Monday.  It only requires about 30 minutes of your valuable time.  The normal time for cleaning is from 7:00 a.m. to about 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. on Mondays. Please prayerfully consider helping us by volunteering for this important ministry.  For more information, and to sign up, please call Pat Earley at 773-3396.  Thank you!

 Pilgrimage to Italy – A pilgrimage to Italy will leave from Boston on October 15, 2017 returning October 26.  Flights from other cities can be arranged. Spiritual Directors are Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Fr.  Timothy Campoli who will offer daily Mass. We will begin in Rome for three nights, take many tours in Rome, and attend an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.  Then we will travel to Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Sorrento, San Giovanni Rotundo, Monte Sant Angelo, Cascia, Assisi, Siena and Orvieto.  These holy places are associated with many saints including St. Benedict, St. Philomena, St. Pio, St. Michael, St. Rita, St. Catherine, St. Clare, and St. Francis.  We will travel along the famous Amalfi coast, through the vineyards and visit historic towns and sites including the remains of Pompeii.  The cost is $4,499 which includes airfare, wonderful hotels for 10 nights, two meals a day, admission fees and tour guides.  A bus to Boston may be rented if there is enough interest. Please spread the word and contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net with questions and to receive a flyer.

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Mary Undoer of Knots: Old Devotion, Revived Popularity

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin uncoils the knots and snarls preventing peace of mind in our lives Lori Hadacek Chaplin

   Though only one person, the Virgin Mary has many titles honoring her: Seat of Wisdom, Mystical Rose, Morning Star, Queen of Angels — to name some mentioned in the Litany of Loreto, one name given to Mary that may not sound so familiar is Mary Undoer of Knots.

     The reference to the Virgin Mary as the “Undoer” or “Untier of Knots” is not new; it heralds back to St. Irenaeus, the Bishop of Lyons who is thought to have died in the year 202. Pondering St. Paul’s parallel between Adam and Christ in his book “Adversus Haereses,” or “Against Heresies,” the bishop compared Eve and the Virgin Mary, saying:

     “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it.…For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith.”

 

The painting

     St. Irenaeus’ meditation on Mary untying the knots of sin remained mostly dormant until the 1700s when the devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots was fueled by an oil painting of the Virgin Mary (recently alleged to be painted by a German artist named Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner) which was given to the church of St. Peter in Perlach, located in Augsburg, Germany, near Munich — and is still housed there today.

     The Baroque-style painting depicts the Virgin richly clad in a crimson gown and draped with a blue mantle; she is loosening knots in a white ribbon with the collaboration of two angels — and with spiritual guidance from the Holy Spirit who hovers above her head in the form of a dove. The knots of the ribbon, symbolic of the divisions created in our lives, are repeated in the knotted serpent’s body. The Virgin stands calmly crushing the head of the serpent, the diabolical creator of knots.

Revived devotion

     That we know of, nothing was written to measure the popularity of the devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots (Maria Knotenlöserin) in Germany during the 1700s and later. The devotion appears to have not been well known.

     Recent revival of Mary Undoer of Knots began in Brazil in 1999 when husband and wife Denis and Dr. Suzel Frem Bourgerie brought the devotion to the region. A year earlier, Dr. Bourgerie published a booklet titled “Mary Undoer of Knots Novena,” which did much to propagate the devotion. The booklet, containing the devotion’s history, explanation of the artwork and a novena with nihil obstat and imprimatur, has been printed in 19 languages and also in Braille. More than 1.1 million copies have been distributed, according to the website maryundoerofknots.com where the booklets are sold.

     The husband and wife were so touched after meditating before the Mary Undoer of Knots painting in Germany that they later got permission from the Archdiocese of Campinas to build a small church in Brazil called Mary Gate of Heaven — where a copy of Mary Undoer of Knots is enthroned. The devotion caught on quickly. The Bourgeries then founded the National Sanctuary of Mary Undoer of Knots. In 2006, the shrine was inaugurated; both churches are on the same street, one in front of another, in Campinas, Brazil.

 Mary untying our knots

     The beauty of Mary Undoer of Knots is that if we ask her — allow her — she will uncoil the knots that prevent peace in our lives.

     In Dr. Bourgerie’s booklet she writes, “Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down, betray the heart’s joy and even the will to continue living.” She goes on to say: “The Virgin Mary does not want this to continue anymore in your life. She comes to you today for you to give her all these snarls because she will undo them one by one.”

                                                                  What are the knots?

     At first glance, “Mary Undoer of Knots” seems a strange title for the Virgin Mary. We usually think of Mary associated with a place: Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Knock, to name some.

     With this particular devotion, Mary is associated with an act — the act of undoing knots. Those knots signify anything that keeps us from happiness — “knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence; the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy in the home,” says Bourgerie.

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Mary, Undoer of Knots Prayer

                                                               Mother of fair love, I look to you.

Take into your hands the ribbon of my life,

and see the snarl of knots that keeps me bound

to sin, anxiety, and hopelessness.

I beg you, Mother, by your powerful intercession

and long fingers of love and grace,

undo the knots in my heart and in my life.

Free me to love as Christ loves.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

 Sunday, October 23: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

                            10:30 – Grace & Blessings for Father Max – int. Nancy Faller

Monday, Oct. 24: – Grace & Blessings for Rev. Bro. Anil Minj, MOP – int. Nancy Faller

Tuesday, October 25: + Brian Bergkamp – int. Nancy Faller

Wednesday, October 26: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Thursday, October 27: 8:00 + Bonnie Demers – int. Nancy Faller

Friday, October 28: + George B. & Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller

Saturday, October 29: 8:00 + Margaret Matthews – int. Nancy Faller

 4:00 – Grace & Blessings for Michael William Ahearn – int. Geraldine and Dick Ahearn

 PLEASE NOTE:  The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help.  It also helps the people where the Masses are offered.  Bóg wam zapłać!

 Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats – A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is an opportunity for any woman, man, couple, grandparent or sibling who struggles with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion.  Participants re-connect with the child/children who have been aborted on a spiritual level and give them honor and dignity through many special exercises as well as in a memorial service.  The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held in Stockbridge, MA on Oct. 28-30, 2016. If you or a friend are hurting from an abortion experience don’t delay, take the first step toward healing. For more information or to register for a weekend call 413-452-0661.  You may also call Suzanne @ 203-417-0504.  All calls are confidential.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

 Catherine Maziejko 10/23/1928

Stephen Kuczek 10/23/1963

Mary Gray 10/23/1997

Thecla Sziciek 10/24/1938

Kazimierz Niedzwiecki 10/24/1959

Agnes Morawski 10/24/1999

John Sak 10/25/1924

Anastazia Nadolni 10/26/1959

Anna M. Oguiska 10/27/1954

Joseph A. Zak 10/27/1977

Stella Drinzek 10/27/1993

Michalina Noga 10/28/1959

Peter Nowak 10/28/1971

John S. Krejmas 10/28/2003

                                                             Stella R. Burniske 10/29/1996


                                   Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Marjorie Naida for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

 Sts. peter and paul annual craft fair sponsored by the Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish center, Main Street, Three Rivers, Mass.  Free parking and free admission.  One of the area’s longest running Craft Fairs.  Beautiful craft items are available by talented local artists.  Refreshments and lunch are available.

 St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 13 from 9:00 am – noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street.  The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, home-made candies and bake goods, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney for sale, a children’s gifting table, themed gift baskets, a Straw Draw and Tea Cup Auction.  A big raffle featuring $100 in Lottery tickets plus a $25 gift certificate to Buckland Pizza, 50/50 and a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub in Shelburne Falls will round out the offerings. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call (413) 625-6405.

 Dove of Peace Christmas Bazaar – Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 9:00 AM – 2:00PM – Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls – Something Fun for Everyone!  Attic Treasures, Multi-Raffle, Straw Draw, Children’s Gift Shop, Craft Table, Pies, Baked Goods, Gift Baskets galore and much, much more! Save room for our famous lunch at the Christmas Cookie Café! See you there!

 Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA  01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County.  Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar.  The intentions for this week are:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Cullen Fr. Roux Fr. Lisowski Clergy who are sick Fr. Bombardier Deacon Leary Msgr. Yargeau

 THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

Celebrate the original meaning of Halloween at our All Saints’ Day Party.

It’s a Celebration!

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 When:                          Friday, October 28, 2016

Time:                           Bring your children to 5:30 p.m. Mass dressed as a Saint or Bible figure.  Our church will be filled with Saints!  Celebration will be immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Where:                         Our Lady of Częstochowa Church undercroft

Costumes:                   Only Saints or Bible figures are invited.

                                    (Thanks for your cooperation.)

Please Bring: Juice and one or more bags of candy.  (The amount of candy you bring should depend on the number of children you bring.) Please Sign up on the sign-up sheet in the vestibule.For more information or to volunteer, call Joanne Dowdy at 498-0241.

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 16, 2016 +

 Sunday, October 16 [Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

8:00 am + Andrew & Eleanor Wiernasz – int. Susan and Elizabeth

10:30 am + Maurice Emond – int. Emond Family

Renewal of the Consecration of our Parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Monday, October 17 [St. Ignatius of Antioch]:

  8:00 am – Charles Waseleski – int. Mary Yezierski, Alan & Louise Yezierski,

Diane & Mike Yezierski and Sue and Marvin Shedd

Tuesday, October 18 [St. Luke]:

   5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for William J. Ahearn – int Betty Fritz

Wed., Oct. 19 [St. Jude Novena / Sts. John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues & Companions /

          Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko]:

   5:30 pm – Blessings for Christina Thérèse Cottrill – int. Roux Family

Thursday, October 20 [St. Paul of the Cross / Bl. James of Strepar]:

Solemn Novena to St. Jude I

   5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Kristie, Geoff & Hudson Iacuessa

Friday, October 21:           Solemn Novena to St. Jude II

5:30 pm + Charles Waseleski – int. mom, Mildred Waseleski

Saturday, October 22 [Pope St. John Paul II]Solemn Novena to St. Jude III

  8:00 am – Intentions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

  4:00 pm – Blessings for Bryn Meredith Ann Kruzlic – int. Roux Family

  6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners

Sunday, Oct. 23 [Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]: Solemn Novena to St. Jude IV

  8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Kristie, Geoff and Hudson Iacuessa

10:30 am + Bob Lambert – int. Scott and Elizabeth 

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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Consecration of our Parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sunday, October 16th

This Sunday, October 16th (which would be the feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque) we will renew the Consecration of our parish to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  A prayer and act of consecration will be offered at all the Lord’s Day Masses that weekend, and the special Rite of Consecration will take place at the 10:30 Mass.

     Why consecrate our parish, our families, and ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?  Because Jesus has requested it through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque so that we may be one with Him, and protected by Him. 

     What does it mean to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart?  To be consecrated means to be set apart for a special purpose or relationship.  To be consecrated to the Sacred Heart means to be united, in the most intimate and personal way, to the power of the awesome love of Jesus Christ, to be totally immersed in the strength of His love, to be totally embraced by His compassionate and merciful love, to be protected and strengthened by His power-filled love.

     St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Sister of the Visitation in Paray-le-Monial, France, is known to us as the Messenger of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, since it was to her that Our Lord appeared with a most urgent message for all mankind: that His Heart, which has loved us so much and yet received so much coldness in return, be loved above all things.

     In consecrating our parish, our families, and ourselves to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are holding up the shield of His Heart, which says to Satan and his minions:  “Stop!  The Sacred Heart is with us!”

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th is the Anniversary of the election of Pope Blessed John Paul II.  Please remember him in prayer at the Masses on this day.

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POPE JOHN PAUL II DAY – Poland has declared October 16th as a national holiday – Pope John Paul II Day.  This is a day that commemorates the first Polish Pope in history.  John Paul II made a lasting imprint on the history of the Church, and in fact the history of the world and certainly deserves the title “Pope John Paul the Great”.

 MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius was a great Bishop who wanted to imitate Christ in all things even in his martyr’s death.  He desired “to become Christ’s pure bread.”  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

OCTOBER 16th IS THE ANNIVERSARY of the election of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope in history.  It is interesting to note that Pope John Paul II was elected on the feast of St. Jadwiga, the Polish Queen (1174-1243).  Queen Jadwiga and her husband built a number of monasteries and churches and both lived a holy life.  At the death of Henry, St. Jadwiga was at the Convent at Trzebnica.  At the news of her husband’s death the nuns all shed tears but St. Jadwiga comforted the Sisters by saying, “Would you oppose the Will of God?  Our lives are His.  Our will is whatever He is pleased to ordain, whether our own death or that of our friends.”   From that time on she took the habit and lived as a simple nun using her great wealth for the relief of the poor and suffering.  St. Jadwiga’s example of love, faith, and hope was honored by God with the gift of prophecy and miracles.  The tomb of Jadwiga, at the Convent in Trzebnica, Poland is the site of many miracles to this day.

 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18th is the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist whose writings in Scripture speak of God’s mercy, universal salvation, love of the poor and prayer.  He is the Patron Saint of artists and the legendary painter of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th is the Feast of the North American martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf and Companions.  These men were missionaries to the Huron and Iroquois of North America.  St. Isaac Jogues was martyred in Auriesville, New York.  The blood of these martyrs has nurtured the Faith in this new land.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th is the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, a renowned preacher and the founder of the Passionists, who combine the apostolate of retreats and missions with penitential monasticism.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 OCTOBER 20th IS THE FEAST of Blessed James of Strepar who was a member of the noble Polish family in Galica.  He joined the Franciscan Order and was soon placed in charge of the Monastery in Lwów.  He was a great missionary and was responsible for bringing large numbers of non-Catholics back to the Church.  He was appointed as Archbishop of Galich in 1392 where he built large numbers of churches, religious communities, hospitals and schools.  In spite of the fact that he was a Senator of the kingdom as well as Archbishop he always wore only the modest habit of his Order and went about unescorted and on foot.  Bl. James was called the “Protector of the Kingdom” in his lifetime and the miracles at his tomb show that he is still mindful of his people.

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ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES with the names of those you wish to remember in the All Souls Day Novena of Masses should be returned before November 1st.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

 Sunday, Oct. 16: 8:00 – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller

 10:30 + Chet Galvis (6th Anniversary) – int. Connie

Monday, October 17: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Tuesday, October 18: + Florence Sojka – int. Doug & Mary Lynne Brown

Wednesday, October 19: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Thursday, October 20: 8:00 + George & Adelia Greene – int. Kathryn Putala & Family

Friday, Oct. 21: – Grace & Blessings for Bishop Ronald W. Garner – int. Nancy Faller

Saturday, October 22: 8:00 – For the Benefactors of our Parish

4:00 – Health & Blessings for Charlotte Choleva – int. Carol & Joyce

 PLEASE NOTE:  The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help.  It also helps the people where the Masses are offered.  Bóg wam zapłać!

 THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 19th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.

 THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, October 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  All members are asked to attend.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd is the Feast of Pope St. John Paul II.  He was the first Pope from Poland.  John Paul lived a life of prayer and study.  His life was focused in the Eucharist and even as Pope he would spend hours before the Blessed Sacrament.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, October 22nd, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  What is a Carmelite?  Some of the most famous saints of the Church were Carmelites.  They include St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Sister Lucia of Fatima, one of the three shepherds to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared.  The name “Carmelite” derives from Mount Carmel. The full name of the order is “The Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  The order was founded in Palestine about 1154 and claims continuity with the hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, from ancient times even as far back as to the prophet Elijah of the Old Testament.  All interested are welcome to attend.

NOTE THIS DATE AND TIME CHANGE! We have moved the CCD All Saints’ Day Party to Friday, October 28th, 6:15-8:30 pm.  Join us for the 5:30 Mass, at which the children will process together in their costumes. Immediately after we will have our big group photo and then the party will continue in the church undercroft with “Guess the Saint”, our game carnival, and a pizza party!  Come join the fun! All costumes should be of a saint or Bible character.  We ask each family to bring a juice or soda contribution and a bag of candy per each child. Please watch the vestibule for a sign-up sheet.  For more information or to lend a hand, call Joanne Dowdy at 498-0241

 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd is the Feast of St. John of Capistrano, a noted reformer who preached devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and unity within the Church.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 MONDAY, OCTOBER 24th is the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba and founder of a religious congregation.  He fostered social reforms and the use of mass media to spread the Gospel.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 THE WEEKLY NOVENA praying for an end to the violence of abortion in our nation and in reparation for the lack of love which makes us treat life so cheaply will take place on Saturday, October 22nd before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome.

 The Solemn Novena celebrating the Feast of St. Jude on Friday, October 28th will begin on Thursday, October 20th.  The Novena prayers will be offered every day at all the Masses until October 28th.  On the 28th the relic of St. Jude will be venerated at the Mass to celebrate his Feast Day.

 OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS DAY BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, December 3rd starting at 9:00 a.m.  Arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured. Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping.  Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

 OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Betty Larabee for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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St. John de Brébeuf

(1593-1649)

 

     On October 19 Catholics in the United States and Canada observe the feast of the North American Jesuit Martyrs: eight priests and two laymen killed by the Indians in the mid-17th century.

     In many ways the most remarkable of these men was the priest Father Jean de Brébeuf, who pioneered the mission to the Hurons then residing in Ontario south of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.

     Brébeuf was a native of Condé-sur-Vire in Normandy, France. He entered the Jesuits in 1617. His request to be admitted as a simple lay brother was denied; but then he took ill, and it seemed for a while that he might not make it to priestly ordination. He recovered, however, and was ordained in 1622. In 1625 he and a few other priests set sail for Quebec, pledged to work among the Indians in Canada. His sickness disappearing along the line, this very tall man would become noted among the Indians for his physical and spiritual strength and vigor. The Hurons would nickname him “Echon,” “the man who drags the loads.”

     After a year working among the Algonquins, Father John set out in 1626 for Huron country, traveling by canoe down the Ottawa River. Left alone among these pagan Indians, he quickly developed real expertise in their language. This impressed the Hurons, as did his physical prowess, but except for baptizing a few dying infants, he made no converts. When in 1629 the English captured Quebec, he and the other French missionaries were obliged to return to France.

     Political winds having changed by 1630, he went back to Canada and began anew in Huronia. It was a bitterly hard life. The climate was demanding and the Hurons were long inhospitable and often threatening. In fact, when Father John prepared a list of instructions for future missionaries to Huronia, he told them that they must expect to give until it hurts, and beyond.

     He had to wait until 1636 before he had his first adult convert. This was a Seneca Indian from New York State who had been condemned to death. A year later, however, he received a healthy adult Huron into the Faith, and “Peter” proved to be a model Christian. Even so, the Hurons remained antagonistic to Christ. Indeed, in 1637 John and the four other Jesuits by then working with him, sent a letter to their superior in Quebec stating that they expected to be killed any minute. Actually, the threat passed. By that time, Brébeuf knew his people so well that he could put them in their place with a calm smile.

     The Hurons began to yield only when their pride was broken. They were finally humbled by the Iroquois invaders, who at mid-century declared total war on their nation. Raiding parties of Iroquois from New York State killed off or scattered the Huron nation forever. One whole Huron village, St. Michel, migrated to near Victor, N.Y., as a captive community. All but one of the Canadian Jesuit martyrs were killed by these Iroquois invaders. In the face of war, many Hurons asked Brébeuf for baptism. The enemy came upon him and his newly arrived associate Father Gabriel Lalemant, at St. Joseph village on March 16, 1649. Them they reserved for the most fierce torture-deaths. They flayed them, roasted their flesh, “baptized” them with boiling water. The veteran missionary spoke out to the bystanding Christians, urging them not to falter in their faith. Despite the exquisite torments, this giant of a man never winced, infuriating and amazing his persecutors by his fortitude. Finally they split his skull, tore out his heart, and drank its blood, thinking to imbibe his courage.

     Providence made good use of the Missionaries’ sacrifice. By taking Christian Hurons back to western New York, they gave Christianity a bridge-head on U.S. soil. From 1656 on, for the next fifty years, Jesuit missionaries were able to preach the Good News among the Iroquois themselves. The exiled Hurons welcomed them, and many who had refused baptism in Huronia now asked for it. One of the missionaries’ chief aides was a grand old Christian Huron whom St. Jean de Brébeuf had baptized, Francis Tehoronhiongo. A natural leader and one well instructed in the Faith, he served as catechist. He eventually moved to Montreal, where he died in 1690. His granddaughter, Marie-Therese Gannensagouas, became a nun and achieved a reputation for great holiness.

     What a thrilling story!

–Father Robert F. McNamara

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – Bring the Bible to life joining us on a Holy Land Pilgrimage led by Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC, from March 19 to April 1, 2017.  Daily Mass.  We will visit Mount Sinai, Haifa, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Cost: $2980/person dbl. occ.  For more information, contact Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, Carrollton, Ohio at contact@opusangelorum.org or call 1-330-969-9900.

 Healing Mass – Please join us at St. Patrick’s in Northfield on Saturday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m. for a Healing Mass with an Anointing of the Sick.  This is a great opportunity for anyone suffering from physical, emotional or spiritual ailments.  If you have any questions email the office at StPatricksRCC@gmail.com or call (413) 498-2728 and we will reply as soon as possible.  Our address is 80 North Street, Northfield.

Twenty-second Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration

 October 16th is the Twenty-second Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  Someone has been in adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  God Bless all of those who have helped in any way to make this possible.  Volunteers are needed for Perpetual Adoration.  If you are able to give one hour of your time to spend with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.  “Could you not watch one hour with Me?”

(Matthew 26:40)

“The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship.  Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of love.  Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world.  May our adoration never cease…”

Pope Blessed John Paul II

 AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Join us for a study and discussion on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the rectory parlor.  For more information contact Yves Jacques at 665-5052.

 Our parish has a Prayer Line under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is available for anyone.  To utilize the Prayer Line simply call 413-259-7571 or e-mail nan6539@gmail.com to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.

 Pilgrimage to Italy – A pilgrimage to Italy will leave from Boston on October 15, 2017 returning October 26.  Flights from other cities can be arranged. Spiritual Directors are Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Fr.  Timothy Campoli who will offer daily Mass. We will begin in Rome for three nights, take many tours in Rome, and attend an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.  Then we will travel to Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Sorrento, San Giovanni Rotundo, Monte Sant Angelo, Cascia, Assisi, Siena and Orvieto.  These holy places are associated with many saints including St. Benedict, St. Philomena, St. Pio, St. Michael, St. Rita, St. Catherine, St. Clare, and St. Francis.  We will travel along the famous Amalfi coast, through the vineyards and visit historic towns and sites including the remains of Pompeii.  The cost is $4,499 which includes airfare, wonderful hotels for 10 nights, two meals a day, admission fees and tour guides.  A bus to Boston may be rented if there is enough interest. Please spread the word and contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net with questions and to receive a flyer.

Monastic Experience Weekend – St. Mary’s Monastery, a contemplative monastery of Benedictine monks in Petersham, Mass., is offering a Monastic Experience Weekend for young Catholic men aged 18-40 from November 4-6, 2016.  Men will participate in the monks’ daily balance of prayer, work and study, and will have the opportunity to speak with those who have been called to this vocation.  For more information, contact Fr. Gregory at 978-724-3350 or monks@stmarysmonastery.org.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – Catholic Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico over the Feast Day.  December 8–13, 2016, $2,194 per person including air from Hartford, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Holy Mass every day. For a flyer or more information, please call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

 St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 13 from 9:00 am – noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street.  The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, home-made candies and bake goods, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney for sale, a children’s gifting table, themed gift baskets, a Straw Draw and Tea Cup Auction.  A big raffle featuring $100 in Lottery tickets plus a $25 gift certificate to Buckland Pizza, 50/50 and a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub in Shelburne Falls will round out the offerings. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call (413) 625-6405.

 Sts. Peter and Paul annual craft fair sponsored by the Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish center, Main Street, Three Rivers, Mass.  Free parking and free admission.  One of the area’s longest running Craft Fairs.  Beautiful craft items are available by talented local artists.  Refreshments and lunch are available.

 Annual Scholarship Fashion Show – The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts is sponsoring its annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Castle of Knights Banquet House, 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress of Enfield.  Tickets are $32 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Proceeds support scholarship awards for college students of Polish Heritage.  Deadline for tickets is October 21, 2016.  For information and tickets, please call Kathy at (413) 658-5218.

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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Mary A. Bialy 10/16/1992

Dorothy O. Burns 10/16/1993

Chester S. Galvis 10/16/2010

Helen F. Parker 10/16/2012

Kasper Schab 10/17/1967

Edward Kovalsick 10/17/1983

Mary S. Pervere 10/17/1996

Barbara Kenedy 10/17/1996

Della A. Barrett 10/17/2002

Joseph Piepiora 10/18/1922

Adalbert Kurtyka 10/18/1933

Joseph J. Kurkulonis, Jr. 10/18/1992

Edward N. Sojka, Sr. 10/18/2003

Rose K. Janek 10/19/1991

Joseph Kamin 10/20/1932

Julia Kazanowski 10/20/1991

Wanda Olchowski 10/20/2014

Wojcieck Wajda 10/21/1927

Mary Kozik 10/21/1937

Julia Duncan 10/21/1966

Harold Walton 20/21/1972

Louis F. DeMeo 10/21/1982

Vera Clancy 10/21/1993

William Sazama 10/21/1998

Romancy Podlenski 10/22/1924

Alista E. Gradowski 10/22/2005

 Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA  01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

 CHURCH CHOIRSThe St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience.  We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30.  For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Friday evening right after Mass or devotions. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.  For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738. 

 PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County.  Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar.  The intentions for this week are:

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Our Deacon Candidates Deacon Ratté Clergy in Purgatory Fr. Roux Fr. Aksamit Deacon Culliton Fr. O’Mannion

THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 2, 2016 +

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 2, 2016 +

Sunday, October 2 [Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Andrew & Eleanor Wiernasz – int. Susan and Elizabeth

 10:30 am – Living and departed members of the Holy Rosary Society

   2:00 pmRecitation of the Holy Rosary

Monday, October 3:

  8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for the LaCroix Family – int. Fritz Family

Tuesday, October 4 [St. Francis of Assisi]:

  5:30 pm + Andrew and Ellie Newcombe – int. Jim and Cyndi

Wed., Oct. 5 [St. Jude Novena /St. Faustina Kowalska / Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos]:

  5:30 pm + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

Thursday, October 6 [St. Bruno / Bl. Marie Rose Durocher]:

   5:30 pm + Frank Foley – int. Joseph Kosewicz

First Friday, October 7 [Our Lady of the Rosary]:

   5:30 pm + Poor Souls in Purgatory – int. Jim & Cyndi

Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass

Saturday, October 8:

   8:00 am + Bob Lambert – int. Scott and Elizabeth

   4:00 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

   6:00 pm (Spanish) – Special intention – int. Mary LaCroix

Sunday, October 9 [Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:    

    8:00 am – Birthday Blessings for Greg T. Gawlick – int. Theresa Nyiri Nadler

  10:30 am + Mary Ann Dean – int. John & Rosemary Lukaskiewicz

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 2nd.  Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft.  The recitation of the Holy Rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at 2:00 p.m.  All are invited to join us in the Rosary.

LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, October 2nd in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his family and wealth to follow a life of poverty and love.  He founded the Friars Minor, the Poor Clares and the Third Order.  He was a poet and a mystic.  He lived with the Stigmata of Christ and is known as the Patron of Italy.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5th is the Feast of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist priest, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000.  Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Blessed Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands.  Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not stop him.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5th is also the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy.  Throughout her life, she reported a number of visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary, later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My SoulShe will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 5th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th IS THE FIRST FRIDAY of the month in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany to the Sacred Heart.  Confessions will take place before the Mass starting at 5:00 p.m.

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CELEBRATE THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF HALLOWEEN at our All Saints’ Day party on Saturday, October 29th.  Bring your children to 4:00 p.m. Mass dressed as a Saint or Bible figure.  Our church will be filled with Saints!  Celebration will be immediately following the 4:00 p.m. Mass in the undercroft.  Save that date!  Plan your costumes now!  Only Saints or Bible figures are invited.  (Thanks for your cooperation.)  Please plan to bring juice or soda and one or more bags of candy (depending on the number of children you bring).  Please sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.  For more information or to volunteer, call Joanne Dowdy at 498-0241.

 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6th is the Feast of St. Bruno.  St. Bruno was a monk who sought “to seek God assiduously, to find God promptly and to possess God fully.”  He founded the Carthusians whose motto is “while the world changes, the Cross stands firm.”  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.  (Say a prayer for the soul of Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi who helped out so often in our parish!)

 OCTOBER 6th IS ALSO the Feast of Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher.  Born in St. Antoine, Quebec, she began the first Canadian parish sodality for young women and also founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for Christian education.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which was established by St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the saving of Europe from the invading Turks.  This feast recalls the Rosary, an ancient Christian devotion with meditations upon the Mysteries of Christ presented to Mary as a garland of roses.  The Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their Tootsie Roll drive at all the Masses next weekend.  Please be generous and help the Knights with their many charities.

 AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Join us for a study and discussion on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the rectory parlor.  For more information contact Yves Jacques at 665-5052.

 YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass.  If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour!  Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.”

Our Lady of the Rosary

Feast Day – October 7

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     The Muslims captured the Holy Land in 637 AD and in 711 AD invaded Spain. From those days on, Islam sought to gain political and religious control of Europe, East and West, through its policy of “Holy War”. European Christianity resisted this religious war, first by the medieval crusades and later by its campaigns against the Muslim Turks; but it was only in the 19th century that Islamic political power in Europe seemed at last contained. If we want to understand the mood of this 1200-year battle of the Cross against the Crescent, it’s helpful to consider a more recent parallel, the defense of Christian nations against international communism.

     The popes naturally became leaders in this long struggle. Pope St. Pius V played a special role in one of the most notable battles waged against the Turks, the great sea battle fought off Lepanto in Greece on October 7, 1571. The pope had been largely responsible for assembling the international fleet of 200 ships that sailed forth with his blessing under the generalship of the imperial prince, Don John of Austria.

     As the time for battle in the Adriatic Sea drew near, the pope ordered public prayers in Rome for the success of the Christian fleet. Particularly did he urge the Rosary confraternities in Rome to pray the rosary of Mary for victory over the Islamic forces. To their prayers he added his own.

     On the actual day of the battle, Pius was engaged in a business meeting in Rome, hundreds of miles away from Lepanto, with a number of cardinals. Suddenly he broke off the conversation, opened a window and looked up into the sky. Then he turned back jubilantly to his companions. “A truce to business!” he exclaimed. “Our great task at present is to thank God for the victory that He has just given the Christian army.” God had revealed to him the defeat of the Muslims at the moment it happened. It was a crucial victory, in that it broke the Turkish dominance of the Mediterranean, thus protecting European Christianity from Muslim enslavement. As poet Gilbert K. Chesterton put it in his stirring poem “Lepanto”: “Don John of Austria has set his people free!”

     A year later, to commemorate the Christian triumph, St. Pius established the feast of Our Lady of Victory, to be celebrated annually on the date of Lepanto, October 7. His successor changed the name of the feast to “Holy Rosary”.

     Later on all October was dedicated to Mary, “Help of Christians”, and to recitation of the powerful devotion of Our Lady’s rosary.

     It was long believed that St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican friars, had originated the rosary in the 13th century. This is no longer held. What the Dominicans did (and St. Pius V was also a Dominican) was to consolidate a devotion that had been forming for several centuries. Earlier, this devotion consisted of 150 Our Fathers – the number paralleling the 150 psalms recited in choir. The strings of beads (like those used by Muslims, Buddhists, and other peoples) were merely counters to keep track of the number of prayers recited. (Since the early rosaries were to count Our Fathers – in Latin, Pater Noster – the beads were originally called Paternosters, and rosary manufacturers, Paternosterers.) By the year 1500, however, the Hail Mary (Ave Maria) had largely replaced the Our Fathers. Meanwhile a special mystery of Christ’s life had been associated with each of the 15 decades.

     Thus the rosary evolved into a rich devotion that combined vocal prayer to God and Mary with meditation on the great events of the Redemption. It has been a prayer most pleasing to Our Lady, especially when her intercession is invoked to defend Christianity against error.

     The beauty of the rosary is that it can be prayed with equal devotion by the most scholarly and the most unlettered Catholic. With good reason has Mary, in her apparitions at Lourdes and Fatima, urged all of us to use faithfully this magnificent method of prayer.

–Father Robert F. McNamara

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in thanksgiving for prayers answered a donation was made to Our Lady of Częstochowa Church from RWS.  Bóg zapłać!

 THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October 8th before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.

ATTENTION ALL OUR CHRISTMAS ELVES!  It is not too early to plan your crafts and gifts for our annual St. Nicholas Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, December 3rd this year.  Plan now!

 ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES with the names of those you wish to remember in the All Souls Day Novena of Masses should be returned before November 1st.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

 Sunday, October 2: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson

 10:30 + Bernard Johnson – int. wife, Nina Johnson

Monday, October 3: + Leon Piecuch – int. niece, Carol

Tuesday, October 4: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Wednesday, October 5: + Debbie Koslakowski – int. Nina Johnson

Thursday, October 6: 8:00 + Florence Sojka (9th Anniversary) – int. Nina Johnson

Friday, October 7: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Saturday, October 8: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

 4:00 – Health & Blessings for George Bush on his 90th Birthday – int. Jim & Jean Koldis

 PLEASE NOTE:  The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help.  It also helps the people where the Masses are offered.  Bóg wam zapłać!

 GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running a little low on some essentials.  Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule:  stew, tuna, soup, ravioli, spaghetti sauce, cereal, baked beans, peanut butter, and jam.  All donated goods must be such as requiring no refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time.  Please help those who cannot help themselves!  Bóg Wam Wielki Zapłac!

 PLEASE NOTE: Our next (and last for this year) COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22.  Since we can’t get enough of Turkey Day, it would be fun to make this a Thanksgiving theme meal!   Everyone in the parish is invited to participate.  Our commitment consists of providing casseroles, salads, breads, beverages and desserts and a small group willing to help serve the meal.  There is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule for your convenience.   If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please contact Cathy Becklo at acbecklo@comcast.net or 863-2267.

 The Teresians are always looking for new members to join our mercy ministry.  There is NO commitment required.  You will be alerted to opportunities by email and you can jump in as you are able.  Won’t you consider helping us to serve our community?

 Children’s Hour of Adoration – The guided children’s hour of adoration is held on the first Thursday of every month at the Adoration Chapel in Greenfield at 4:00 p.m. Join us on October 6th.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Eugene J. Klepacki 10/2/2002

Joseph Dlugosz 10/3/1945

Henrietta Zalynski 10/4/1969

Lorraine Donnelly 10/4/2004

Helen A. Czernich 10/4/2006

Stella F. Pelis 10/4/2009

Stephen John Krejmas 10/4/1944

Sukcha Reynolds 10/5/1998

Henry Bocon 10/5/2005

Stanley A. Garanin 10/6/1998

Helen M. Kruczek 10/6/2009

Anna Zywna 10/7/1966

Stanley J. Wojtasiewicz 10/7/1978

Catherine A. Byk 10/7/1982

Anna Noga 10/7/1991

Elizabeth M. Pagano 10/7/2006

Henry Milonas 10/7/2012

John Skrypek 10/8/1992

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 A Special Invitation for you to consider: become a Lector.  Lectors bring life to the written Word of God. Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are known as Ministers of the Word or Lectors.  Answering the call to become a lector enters one into a deeper relationship with God as He is revealed in sacred scripture.  For many years we have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve our Parish as Lectors. There is a need to increase the number of Lectors for our Masses. Please pray about this and email jp44@comcast.net

 Annual Scholarship Fashion Show – The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts is sponsoring its annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Castle of Knights Banquet House, 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress of Enfield.  Tickets are $32 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Proceeds support scholarship awards for college students of Polish Heritage.  Deadline for tickets is October 21, 2016.  For information and tickets, please call Kathy at (413) 658-5218.

 Come and See! – St. Scholastica Priory invites you to a Monastic Experience Weekend on October 7-9, 2016.  Single women aged 18-40 years are invited to experience life in a house of contemplative Benedictine nuns.  Pray, eat and work with them.  Listen to conferences on monastic life and prayer.  Learn discernment tools.  Hear the nun’s stories of their own journey into the monastery.  For more information, contact Sr. Mary Frances at smfwynn@aol.com, 271 North Main Street, Petersham, MA  01366 or call 978-724-3213.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Mary Kobera for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and lov

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments!  Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

 Our parish has a Prayer Line under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is available for anyone.  To utilize the Prayer Line simply call 413-259-7571 or e-mail nan6539@gmail.com to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.

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 Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA  01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

 CHURCH CHOIRSThe St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience.  We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30.  For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Friday evening right after Mass or devotions. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.  For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738. 

 PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County.  Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar.  The intentions for this week are:

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Campoli Fr. DiMascola Clergy in Purgatory Bishop Rozanski Pope Francis Deacon Rabbitt Our Seminarians