+ 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 pm – Rosary 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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).
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour.
- Devout reading of the sacred Scriptures for at least one half hour.
- Making the Way of the Cross.
- 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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 Dying – A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.
website: ChroniclesofCzestochowa.wordpress.com Like us on Facebook
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 CHOIRS: The 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 email@example.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:
|Deacon DeCarlo||Fr. Reardon||Deacon Nolan||Fr. Campoli||Fr. Reardon||Bishop McDonnell||Fr. DiMascola|