Church Bulletin December 4, 2016

 

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of December 4, 2016 +

 Sunday, December 4 [Second Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am – For the living Bishops, Priests and Deacons of our Diocese

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

Monday, December 5:

  8:00 am + Margaret Piasecki – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Tuesday, December 6 [St. Nicholas]:

  5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard & Geraldine Ahearn

Wednesday, December 7 [St. Jude Novena / St. Ambrose]:

*5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Gary & Nancy Dion

Thursday, December 8 [The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:

*Holy Day of Obligation*

*8:00 am + Helen Muszynski – int. Connie & Joe Krejmas

*5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family

Friday, December 9 [St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin]:

   5:30 pm + Helen Muszynski – int. Wanda Attesi

Saturday, December 10:

   8:00 am – Birthday Blessings for Eric Noble Nadler – int. Theresa Nyiri Nadler

   4:00 pm + Raymond F. Kervian (24th Anniversary) – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips

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

Sunday, December 11 [Third Sunday of Advent]:    

    8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Sr. Agnes Loretta – int. Pelc Family

  10:30 am + John Kopinto – int. Gary & Nancy Dion

 

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

nikolaus

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas.  Polish children do not have a “Santa Claus,” but they do have Święty Mikołaj – St. Nicholas!  St. Nicholas, however, does not simply fill stockings and hand out gifts and goodies!  St. Nicholas dressed as the Holy Bishop that he is, visits the homes of Polish children.  He comes riding on a great white horse or sometimes in a fine coach pulled by six white horses.  At his side is a little angel with two large bags and an old broom.  One bag has fine gifts and the other sticks and stones.  As the Holy Saint enters the cottage everyone rises and politely greets him with “Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus!”  (Praised be Jesus Christ!)  The Saint reverently answers “Na wieki wieków.  Amen!”  (Forever and ever.  Amen!)  Then the children line up.  St. Nicholas then questions the children on their catechism and their behavior.  If the answers are satisfactory a gift from the first bag – but if not – a stone from the second bag and a spanking with the old broom!

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th is the Feast of St. Ambrose, a model Pastor, untiring preacher, and defender of orthodoxy.  He wrote many Liturgical hymns and is listed as one of the four Doctors of the Latin Church.

 

THURSDAY, December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a Holy Day of Obligation, in which we celebrate the purity of Mary as the Mother of God.  The Masses for the Holy Day will be Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8th at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Mary, under the title of Immaculate Conception, is also the patroness of our country and special prayers will be offered at the Masses for our nation.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th is the Feast of St. Juan Diego.  In 1531 our Lady (of Guadalupe) appeared four times to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, near Mexico City.  Known for his holiness, he devoted himself, tradition says, to the pilgrims who came to see the miraculous image of the Virgin imprinted on his cloak.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December 10th 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.

THERE WILL BE NO CATECHISM CLASSES because of the Christmas holiday, on the following dates:  Sunday, December 25th and Sunday, January 1st.  Classes WILL RESUME Sunday, January 8th.  Because the Faith of our children is so important this and Easter Sunday are the only vacations our catechism classes ever have!

 

 

The Following Have Made Special Donations

To Sponsor Our Annual

St. Nicholas Day Christmas Bazaar

 

       Gold Star Patron

            Kostanski Funeral Home

Candy Cane Patrons

            Holy Rosary Society

       Montague B.P.O. Elks #2521

          St. Cecilia Choir

           St. Stanislaw B & M Society

          Bóg Wam Wielki Zapłać

 IN HONOR OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE we will have the special rite of the Blessing of Children in our parish on Saturday, December 10th.  All parents are encouraged to bring their children and infants to the 4:00 p.m. Mass for this special blessing.

 Guess who’s coming!  St. Nicholas, of course!  The CCD annual St. Nicholas Party will be after the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, December 10th.  This party is for all children, preschoolers through 6th grade.  Highlights of this special evening are:  the Infant of Prague Novena with the Blessing of the children and the Offering of Vigil Lights during Mass, Ed Popielarczyk, the Magician, back for another display of his magic skills, supper and carols, plus the arrival of St. Nicholas with gifts for all.  Please sign up in the church vestibule, or call Joanne Dowdy 498-0241.  (All children are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies and a $3.00 fun gift to share.)  This is a special evening for our children.  Be sure to include it in your Advent schedule!

 The Teresians are still looking for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels.  These will be offered at the OLC community meals.  There is a marked container in the vestibule.  Do NOT buy them.  If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory.  Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com)

The Rectory Open House

All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House o

n Sunday, December 11th

from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

 THE OPŁATEK IS NOW AVAILABLE in the front church Vestibule.  The Opłatek is the Polish Bread-of-Love for Christmas Eve.  It symbolizes days of harmony, when what is to be forgiven is forgiven and what is to be forgotten is forgotten.  The sharing of the Opłatek signifies that everyone in the universe is related…we are all God’s holy children…. we all have His Divine power to love!

     The Opłatek, that Bread-of-Love, so frail and perishable, has for all Poles a mystical meaning which can not be explained.  At Christmas time it is even sent to absent members of the family and to close friends separated by distance, to draw them close in a spiritual union with their loved ones.  To receive a piece of Opłatek is a special blessing.  It says that the recipient is loved in a holy way and that the choicest blessings are prayed over them and for them!

     At the Wigilia (Christmas Eve Supper), the rite of sharing and breaking the Opłatek is both simple and moving.  The host and hostess first share the Opłatek with each other and then with all the members of their family and guests.  With the breaking, good wishes, blessings and prayers are exchanged and shared.  It is a time of spiritual gift-giving.  Sometimes the blessings take the form of spontaneous poetry, but this is often an art reserved to the elderly.           

     A piece of the Opłatek is often saved after Christmas to use in time of sickness as a sacramental-prayer.  It is administered to the ill as a blessing-prayer for healing and it is a strong affirmation of the love of family and friends.

     If you have forgotten this beautiful old custom in your family, why not revive it again this year and if you have never practiced this tradition of love, why not try it this year?  Each envelope with the Opłatek has a short explanation of the tradition and a prayer that may be used on Christmas Eve.

 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, December 4: 8:00 + Frank Aldrich – int. Nancy Faller

 10:30 + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

Monday, December 5: + George B. & Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller

Tuesday, December 6: + Agnes Golembeski & Janet – int. Donald Parda  

Wednesday, December 7: + David Sroka – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Thursday, December 8: – Health & Blessings for Patricia Cook – int. Aunts

Friday, December 9: – For the Benefactors of our Parish

Saturday, December 10: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

 4:00 + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

 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 SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass here at our parish.

 FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of David Sroka a donation was made to our Parish Renovation Fund from Kathryn Putala.  Bóg Zapłac!

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 The Singing Priests – The Singing Priests are back and ready to entertain and inspire on Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. at the Bellamy School in Chicopee. They will bring a mix of religious, Christmas and popular tunes to fill the auditorium. The Singing Priests, who have entertained for several years and raised funds for good causes, will honor and remember their leader Father Vernon Decoteau, who passed away in June. The concert will benefit the church organ fund at Fr. Vern’s parish, St. Francis Parish in Belchertown. Ticket are $25 and can be purchased by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Catholic Communications, Attn: Singing Priests, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730. For more information, call 452-0643.

 

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.

 

theimmaculateconceptionbygiovannibattistatiepolo

The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

Excerpted and compiled from, Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit: The Marian Teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Fr. H.M. Manteau-Bonamy, O.P.
“I Am the Immaculate Conception.”

     A few hours before his second and final arrest, on February 17, 1941, Fr. Kolbe had time to put on paper his thoughts about her, who for a quarter of a century, day after day, had never ceased to occupy his priestly and apostolic mind and heart. This text, is therefore, of the highest importance.  He could not have written it during his captivity at Pawiak near Warsaw, nor during his detention in the death camp at Auschwitz, even though he delivered many spiritual sermons on the Immaculata.  In these lines we find the gist of his Marian doctrine —-  based on several sketches of text from a projected book of his, dating back mostly to the years 1939–41.

     This last writing of Saint Maximilian Kolbe constitutes his spiritual testament.  Let us follow the line of his reasoning, taking care to be faithful to his thought:

     Immaculate Conception. These words fell from the lips of the Immaculata herself.  Hence, they must tell us in the most precise and essential manner who she really is.

     Since human words are incapable of expressing Divine realities it follows that these words: “Immaculate,” and “Conception” must be understood in a much more profound, much more beautiful and sublime meaning than usual: a meaning beyond that which human reason at its most penetrating, commonly gives to them . . . However, we can and should reverently inquire into the mystery of the Immaculata and try to express in words provided by our intelligence using its own proper powers.

     Who then are you, O Immaculate Conception?

     Not God, of course, because He has no beginning.  Not an angel, created directly out of nothing.  Not Adam, formed out of the dust of the earth.  Not Eve, molded from Adam’s rib.  Not the Incarnate Word, Who exists before all ages, and of Whom we should use the word “conceived” rather than “conception.”

     Humans do not exist before their conception, so we might call them created “conceptions.”  But you, O Mary, are different from all other children of Eve.  They are conceptions stained by Original Sin; whereas you are the unique, Immaculate Conception.

     Everything which exists, outside of God Himself, since it is from God and depends on Him in every way, bears within itself some semblance to its Creator; there is nothing in any creature which does not betray this resemblance, because every created thing is an effect of the Primal Cause.

     It is true that the words we use to speak of created realities express the Divine perfections only in a halting, limited and analogical manner.  They are only a more or less distant echo—-as are the created realities that they signify —- of the properties of God himself.  Would not “conception” be an exception to this rule?  No, there is never any such exception.  The Father begets the Son; the Son proceeds from the Father and the Son.  These few words sum up the mystery of the life of the Most Blessed trinity and of all the perfections in creatures which are nothing else but echoes, a hymn of praise of this primary and most wondrous of all mysteries.

     We must perforce use our vocabulary, since it is all we have; but we must never forget that our vocabulary is very inadequate.

     Who is the Father?  What is His personal life like?  It consists in begetting, eternally because He begets His Son from the beginning and forever.

     Who is the Son?  He is the Begotten-One, because from the beginning and for all eternity He is begotten by the Father.

     And Who is the Holy Spirit?  The flowering of the love of the Father and the Son.  If the fruit of created is a created conception, then the fruit of Divine love, that prototype of all created love, is necessarily a Divine “conception.”  The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the “uncreated, eternal conception,” the prototype of all the conceptions that multiply life throughout the whole universe.

     The Father begets; the Son is begotten; the Spirit is the “conception” that springs from their love; there we have the intimate life of the Three Persons by which They can be distinguished from one another.  But They are united in the Oneness of Their Nature, of Their Divine existence.  The Spirit is, then, this thrice holy “conception,” this infinitely holy Immaculate Conception . . .

     The creature most completely filled with this love, filled with God Himself, was the Immaculata, who never contacted the slightest stain of sin, who never departed in the least from God’s will.  United to the Holy Spirit as His spouse, she is one with God in an incomparably more perfect way than can be predicated of any other creature.

     What sort of Union is this?  It is above all an interior union, a union of her essence with the “essence” of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit dwells in her; lives in her.  This was true from the first instance of her existence.  It was always true and it will always be true.

     And in what does this life of the Spirit in Mary consist?  He Himself is uncreated Love in her; the Love of the Father and of the Son, the Love by which God loves Himself, the very love of the Most Holy Trinity.  He is a fruitful Love, a “Conception.”  Among creatures made in God’s image, the union brought about by married love is the most intimate of all.  In a much more precise, more interior, more essential manner, the Holy Spirit lives in the soul of the Immaculata, in the depths of her very being.  He makes her fruitful, from the very first instance of her existence, all during her life, and for all eternity.

     This eternal “Immaculate Conception” [which is the Holy Spirit] produces in an immaculate manner Divine life itself in the womb or depths of Mary’s soul, making her the Immaculate Conception, the human Immaculate Conception.  And the virginal womb of Mary’s body is kept sacred for Him; there He conceives in time the human life of the Man-God.

     And so the return to God [which is love], that is to say the equal and contrary reaction, follows a different path from that found in creation.  The path of creation goes from the Father through the Son and by the Holy Spirit; this return trail goes from the Spirit through the Son back to the Father; in other words, by the Spirit the Son becomes incarnate in the womb of the Immaculata; and through this Son love returns to the Father. 

     And she the Immaculata, grafted into the Love of the Blessed Trinity, becomes from the first moment of her existence and forever after the “complement of the Blessed Trinity.”  In the Holy Spirit’s union with Mary we observe more than the love of two beings; in there is all the love of the Blessed Trinity; in the other, all of creation’s love.  So it is that in this union Heaven and earth are joined; all of Heaven with the earth, the totality of eternal love with the totality of created love.  It is truly the summit of love.  At Lourdes, she did not say that she was conceived immaculately, but as St. Bernadette repeated it, “Que soy era immaculata councepiou:”

“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

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.

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. DiMascola Clergy in Purgatory Bishop Rozanski Deacon Leary Deacon Rabbitt Deacon Bucci

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Peter Zajac 12/4/1927

Blanche G. Denkewicz 12/4/1994

Marion Hmieleski 12/4/2009

Walter A. Kowalezyk 12/5/1985

Harlen E. Thomas 12/5/1998

Richard M. Conway 12/5/1999

Mary B. K. Croteau 12/5/2002

Genevieve J. Niedzwiecki 12/5/2004

Helen M. Prondecki 12/5/2011

Helen E. Puchalski 12/5/2013

Ralph Fronkus 12/6/1934

Frances Zamojski 12/6/1956

Florence M. Kortz 12/6/2000

Randall G. Senn 12/6/2003

Edalia “Dolly” Marszalek 12/6/2006

Stanislava Zurko 12/7/1935

Piotr Noga 12/7/1952

Anthony Nowak 12/7/1958

Sophie S. Duda 12/7/1988

Mary H. Zewinski 12/7/1995

Edmund R. Dunican 12/7/2002

Charles J. Gibowicz, Jr. 12/7/2007

Chester J. Osowski 12/8/1988

Gaetana I. Eichorn 12/8/1989

Jennie F. Monkiewicz 12/8/1991

Sigmund Molongoski 12/8/2002

Edwin Nowak 12/9/1925

Apolonia Zorzuski 12/9/1945

Josefa Kuczewski 12/9/1968

Frank J. Puhala 12/10/1965

Nellie Seremeth 12/10/1973

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols – Bishop Rozanski cordial invites the people of Blessed Sacrament Parish to join him and the Cathedral Choir of Boys and Adults for the Sixteenth Annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 10th at 7:30 p.m. in St. Michael’s Cathedral.   This traditional service dates from the 19th century and consists of nine seasonal readings, carols, and choral music in a wide range of styles.   Highlights will include: Thompson’s Alleluia, Handel’s ‘For Unto Us a Child Is Born’, and the Carol of the Bells.  The 50+ voiced Cathedral Choir will be accompanied by strings and the great cathedral organ. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, please contact the Office of Worship at worship@diospringfield.org or (413) 452-0839.  

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.

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

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUs museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit.  The show features crèches from Germany as well as many from the museum’s collection, including a hand-carved cedar nativity scene from Mexico and its popular 120-square-foot Baroque Neapolitan (Italian) diorama.  Open daily.  Free admission and parking.  More at 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.

 K of C Fleeing Famine Exhibition – During the mid-19th century, some two million people emigrated from Ireland, predominantly to North America, during a chaotic, hurried exodus resulting from a potato blight and devastating famine.  Thousands of Irish emigrants died during the 3,000- mile trans-Atlantic trip, huddled into what became known as “coffin ships.”  Fleeing Famine recounts the saga of the ocean crossing for the Irish emigrants and is on view at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven through September 17, 2017.

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

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of November 27, 2016 +

Sunday, November 27 [First Sunday of Advent]:

  8:00 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard & Geraldine Ahearn

10:30 am + Helen Muszynski – int. Elaine Krejmas

Monday, November 28:    

   8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Gary & Nancy Dion

Tuesday, November 29

   5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Harold & Viola Williams

Wednesday, November. 30 [St. Jude Novena/ St. Andrew]:

  5:30 pm + Paul Patterson (8th Anniversary) – int. Wife

Thursday, December 1:

   5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Gary & Nancy Dion

First Friday, December 2 [Bl. Rafael Melchior Chylinska]:

  5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard and Geraldine Ahearn

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

First Saturday, December 3 [St. Francis Xavier]:

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

Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass

   8:00 am + Helen Muszynski – int. Annette Krejmas

   4:00 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family

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

Sunday, December 4 [Second Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am – Health and Blessings for the Bishops, Priests and Deacons of our Diocese

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

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

The First Sunday of Advent

November 27th

     The blessing of the Advent Wreath and the lighting of the first candle will take place at all the weekend Masses; Saturday, November 26th at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 27th at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  The Advent Wreath symbolizes the children of Israel waiting for the Messiah through the centuries as well as our own spiritual preparation to welcome the Christ Child, the Holy Messiah on Christmas morning.  The Advent Wreath is a set of four candles set in a wreath of evergreen.  The evergreen, sometimes richly decorated, symbolizes the beauty of Christian hope in the loving promises of God.  The perfect circle of the wreath represents the eternity of God.  The four candles mark the four Sundays of Advent which immediately precede Christmas.  One of the candles is lit on each Sunday of Advent until by Christmas all the candles are lit!  Three of the candles are violet colored reflecting the penitential spirit of the Advent season.  One candle is rose colored reflecting the joy of the Gospel on the Third Sunday of Advent.  The four candles represent, not only the four weeks of Advent when we wait for the coming of the anniversary of the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, but of the four thousand years that the Jews waited for the coming of Jesus as the Messiah.  It also reminds us that we are now waiting for Jesus to come again. . . at the end of the world!

            The candles of the Advent Wreath are given the following names:

  1. The PROPHECY CANDLE, a reminder of the foretelling of Jesus’ birth by the Old Testament prophets.
  2. The BETHLEHEM CANDLE, recalling the words of the Prophet Micah that the Christ Child would be born in Bethlehem.
  3. The SHEPHERDS’ CANDLE, a reminder of the first people to worship the baby Jesus.  This is the rose colored candle and reflects the anticipated joy of the Gospel for this Sunday.
  4. The ANGELS’ CANDLE lit on the Sunday before Christmas in remembrance of the Angel who spoke to the Virgin Mary at the conception of Jesus and of the Angels who appeared to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem that first Christmas Eve.

Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar 

Saturday, December 3rd – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come for tasty Polish pierogi, delicious baked goods, religious goods, gifts from Poland, marvelous arts and crafts, exciting raffles and fun and games, breakfast and lunch served on the premises and will feature Polish kielbasa grinders.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle who was the brother of Simon Peter.  Tradition holds that he preached the Gospel north of the Black Sea and in Greece.  He was martyred by crucifixion and is the Patron of Russia and Scotland.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Most 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 at 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto, and Benediction.  Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, the great Missionary who preached in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Japan.  He is the patron of foreign missions and will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

IN HONOR OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE we will have the special rite of the Blessing of Children in our parish on Saturday, December 10th.  All parents are encouraged to bring their children and infants to the 4:00 p.m. Mass for this special blessing.

The Teresians are still looking for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels.  These will be offered at the OLC community meals.  There is a marked container in the vestibule.  Do NOT buy them.  If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory.  Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com)

The Rectory Open House

All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House

on Sunday, December 11th

from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

Guess who’s coming!  St. Nicholas, of course!  The CCD annual St. Nicholas Party will be after the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, December 10th.  This party is for all children, preschoolers through 6th grade.  Highlights of this special evening are:  the Infant of Prague Novena with the Blessing of the children and the Offering of Vigil Lights during Mass, Ed Popielarczyk, the Magician, back for another side-splitting display of his magic skills, supper and carols, plus the arrival of St. Nicholas with gifts for all.  Please sign up in the church vestibule, or call Joanne Dowdy 498-0241.  (All children are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies and a $3.00 fun gift to share.) This is a special evening for our children.  Be sure to include it in your Advent schedule!

THERE WILL BE NO CATECHISM CLASSES because of the Christmas holiday, on the following dates:  Sunday, December 25th and Sunday, January 1st.  Classes WILL RESUME Sunday, January 8th.  Because the Faith of our children is so important this and Easter Sunday are the only vacations our catechism classes ever have!

Holy Family Fall Lecture Series with Bishop Rozanski! – Join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church for the conclusion of our Fall Lecture Series. Bishop Rozanski will be with us to close out the Year of Mercy and speak to us about Mercy in Action. Bishop’s presentation will take place in the Pope St. John Paul II Parish Hall, refreshments to follow. Please join us for this wonderful event!

Our final COMMUNITY MEAL for 2016 will be Tuesday, November 22nd at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield.  The JPII Youth Group has volunteered to be our servers for this dinner.  However, if you would like to contribute a food item, there is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule, and all donations are appreciated and never ever wasted!  THANKS and BLESSINGS to all the volunteers who make this program a big success!

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:

Sun., Nov. 27: 8:00 – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Charles Di Mascola – int. Nancy Faller

 10:30 + Robert Emmett Malley – int. Susan Malley

Monday, November 28: + Nellie Kosewicz – int. Sisters

Tuesday, Nov. 29: – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller

Wednesday, November 30: + The Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

Thursday, December 1: – Grace & Blessings for Rev. Todd Edward Thibault on his

 ordination to the priesthood – int. Nancy Faller

Friday, December 2: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Saturday, December 3: 8:00 + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

 4:00 + Agnes Golembeski & Janet – int. Donald Parda

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 will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, November 30th.  This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

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

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund:  In memory of Jozef M. & Władesława Kaczenski and Howard A. & Mercie Watrous from Stanley & Helen Kaczenski / In memory of David Sroka from Joseph & Claire Hughes and Ashley & Shirley Webb.  Bóg wam Zapłac!

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit.  The show features crèches from Germany as well as many from the museum’s collection, including a hand-carved cedar nativity scene from Mexico and its popular 120-square-foot Baroque Neapolitan (Italian) diorama.  Open daily.  Free admission and parking.  More at 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.

 

The Figure of St. Joseph

His Silence Shows “Fullness of Faith”

     In these days of Advent, the liturgy invites us to contemplate in a special way the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, who lived with a unique intensity the time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus.  Today I want to direct our gaze toward the figure of St. Joseph.  In today’s Gospel, St. Luke presents the Virgin Mary as “betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David,” (Luke 1:27).

     Yet, the one who gives the most importance to the adoptive father of Jesus is the Evangelist Matthew, emphasizing that, thanks to him, the Child was legally introduced into the lineage of David, fulfilling the Scriptures, in which the Messiah was prophesized as the “son of David.”

     But the role of Joseph could not be reduced to this legal aspect.  He is the model of a “righteous” man (Matthew 1:19), who in perfect harmony with his spouse welcomes the Son of God made man and watches over his human growth.  Hence, in these days that precede Christmas, it is particularly fitting to establish a kind of spiritual dialogue with St. Joseph so that he helps us live to the fullest this mystery of faith.

     The beloved Pope John Paul II, who was very devoted to St. Joseph, left us an admirable meditation dedicated to him in the apostolic exhortation “Redemptoris Custos” (Custodian of the Redeemer).  Among the many aspects that he emphasized, he dedicates a particular importance to the silence of St. Joseph.  His silence is permeated with the contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to the divine will.

     In other words, the silence of St. Joseph does not demonstrate an empty interior, but rather the fullness of faith that he carries in his heart, and that guides each of his thoughts and actions.  A silence through which Joseph, together with Mary, guard the Word of God, known through sacred Scripture, comparing it continually to the events of the life of Jesus; a silence interwoven with constant prayer, a prayer of blessing of the Lord, of adoration of his holy will and of boundless confidence in his providence.  It is not exaggerated to say that Jesus will learn — on a human level — precisely from “father” Joseph this intense interior life, which is the condition of authentic righteousness, the “interior righteousness,” which one day he will teach to his disciples (cf. Matthew 5:20).

     Let’s allow ourselves to be “infected” by the silence of St. Joseph!  It is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favorable to recollection and listening to the voice of God. In this time of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives./

 VATICAN CITY, DEC. 18, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The above is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave before reciting the midday Angelus on December 18, 2005 from the window of this study together with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The Singing Priests – The Singing Priests are back and ready to entertain and inspire on Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. at the Bellamy School in Chicopee. They will bring a mix of religious, Christmas and popular tunes to fill the auditorium. The Singing Priests, who have entertained for several years and raised funds for good causes, will honor and remember their leader Father Vernon Decoteau, who passed away in June. The concert will benefit the church organ fund at Fr. Vern’s parish, St. Francis Parish in Belchertown. Ticket are $25 and can be purchased by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Catholic Communications, Attn: Singing Priests, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730. For more info., call 452-0643.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Janek Caslonzik 11/27/1943

Edward Warchol 11/27/1962

Marcianna Brzozowy 11/27/1969

Vernon C. Murray 11/27/1985

Helen Rudinski 11/27/1987

Martin E. Yarmac 11/27/2011

Nellie F. Kosewicz 11/27/2014

Peter Orzulak 11/28/1935

Frank G. Pipione, Jr. 11/28/1975

Frank J. Mlecko, Jr. 11/28/1977

Alexander Zywna 11/28/1986

Nellie Dudzinski 11/28/1991

John Skrowron 11/29/1951

Caroline Dlugosz 11/29/1966

Sabina P. Kendrow 11/29/1997

Hermine F. Stafford 11/29/1999

Mary Kuzawa 11/30/1933

Stanley Osowski 11/30/2000

Paul E. Patterson 11/30/2008

John Watroba 12/1/1952

Paul Siciak 12/1/1964

Anna Kopinto 12/1/1980

Walter Molongoski 12/1/1983

Helen R. Iwanowicz 12/1/1984

Edward J. Holewa 12/1/1994

William F. Tetreault 12/1/1995

Joseph Puchoka 12/2/1933

Frank Bakula 12/2/1966

Peter Sokolowski 12/2/1969

Stanley Krusiewski 12/2/1996

Catherine Kozik 12/3/1929

Joseph Bukowski 12/3/1940

Waclaus Piotrowicz 12/3/1949

Aniela Siciak 12/3/1953

Victoria A. Zabko 12/3/2010

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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, canned vegetables and fruits, soup, ravioli, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, baked beans, etc.  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!

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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St. Andrew

Feast Day November 30 Priscilla Marck

     “The feast of Saint Andrew invites us to ponder his response to Christ’s call: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets…” (Mt. 4:19-20). With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.

     Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.”

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.

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 every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:

                                  Sunday              Monday            Tuesday             Wednesday

Clergy who are sick    Fr. Cullen     Fr. Bombadier       Deacon Leary

Thursday             Friday                Saturday

Our Seminarians    Fr. Campoli      Msgr. Yargeau

Church Bulletin November 20,2016

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of November 20, 2016 +

Sunday, November 20 [Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe]:

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

10:30 am – Living and departed members of the St. Cecilia Choir

Monday, November 21 [The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary /Bl. Maria of Jesus the Good Shepherd Sieduska]:

  8:00 am – Special intention

Tuesday, November 22 [St. Cecilia]:

   5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Walter Kurtyka

Wednesday, November 23 [St. Jude Novena / Pope St. Clement I / St. Columban /Bl. Miguel Augustin Pro]:

   5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard & Geraldine Ahearn

Thursday, November 24 [St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions]: Thanksgiving Day

   8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

Friday, November 25 [St. Catherine of Alexandria]:        

5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Family

Saturday, November 26

  8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and St. Joseph’s Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

  4:00 pm + Charles Gloski (Anniversary) – int. Family

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

Sunday, November 27 [First Sunday of Advent]:

  8:00 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard & Geraldine Ahearn

10:30 am + Helen Muszynski – int. Elaine Krejmas

 + KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI+

Christ the King Celebrates the Ultimate Security of the World

by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

 christtheking

 

     The solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, brings the liturgical year to a dramatic conclusion. This Solemnity is of relatively recent origin. In fact, it was not declared a feast until 1925, during the reign of Pope Pius XI.  We might wonder why a Pope would go to the trouble of instituting such a Solemnity in the twentieth century–at a time when kings and monarchies were rapidly collapsing. We could ask: Is the solemnity of Christ the King not anachronistic?

     When placed in its historic context, however, the meaning of this feast becomes powerfully evident.  Consider what was happening in 1925 when Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King.  World War I had ended just a few years earlier–a war that shook Europe to its foundations.  Nothing would ever be the same again. The boundaries of Europe had been redrawn.  Massive political upheavals had occurred. Most of the kings and queens of Europe had disappeared or had been deprived of their power

     But then in 1925, just when almost all the kings were gone, Pope Pius XI decided to inaugurate a feast calling Christ the “King.”

     This gesture to some might seems meaningless, but, in fact, it shows the imaginative genius of Pius XI.  For the Solemnity of Christ the King declares the endurance of God’s power, the permanence of God’s plan over the comings and goings of all human regimes. The feast is then a great statement of faith in God’s unending power and of hope in God’s    irrevocable promises. Christ alone is the security of world.

     Insecurity in the face of transience and change is built into all facets of human life from the most personal to the most political.  This is what Pope Pius XI knew and wanted to address when he instituted the solemnity of Christ the King.

     Because of the deep insecurity of our world and of human life generally, the declaration of Christ’s kingship is full of meaning.  It proclaims that human existence, whether at political and social or at the personal and spiritual levels, is not finally a pathetic tragedy working itself out, but a glorious drama of salvation and love.

Christ the King states that we are not born for thirty or sixty or ninety years, then to fade away into nothingness; we are born for eternity The value we have is not just the value we can make for ourselves in an unreliable world, but the value we are given by a God who never fails.

     When we come to worship, we stand already in the other world of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom that will never pass away.  The liturgy foreshadows the Kingdom of God and already gives us a foretaste of it.  The whole purpose of the church’s ministry is to make us into good citizens of the Kingdom. And the task for which we are sent forth from our worship to be living signs in our ordinary world, as best we can, of the new creation.

As we end the liturgical year, we are invited to consider the truth that though kings and empires, republics and presidents, dictators and tyrannies come and go, the reign of Christ, the Son of God is eternal, everlasting, without end. Though we may often be frightened in heart, insecure in spirit, anxious in mind, God’s sure hand will uphold us at the end of life, at the end of the world.  Through Christ’s royal kingship we are all of royal blood.

Msgr. Mannion is pastor emeritus of

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

in Salt Lake City.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – the feast of a King whose kingdom is not of this world.  Our task is to live as citizens of this heavenly kingdom.  May we, through this Eucharist, gain strength to proclaim in our lives that Christ is truly our King, and that His kingdom is truly our kingdom.  Our response is life lived in the service of justice and peace.

 IN ACCORDANCE with the requirements of the Diocesan Synodal Statues (#209:1), following the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christ the King we will have Exposition, the Litany of the Sacred Heart, the Act of Consecration and Benediction.

 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21st is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple and signifies Mary’s total gift of self which prepared her to become the living temple of God’s Son.  This feast will be celebrated at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd is the Feast of St. Cecilia known as the patroness of music.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd is the Feast of Pope St. Clement I and St. Columban as well as Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro.  St. Clement, Pope of the early Church, was martyred in the year 100 under Trajan.  St. Columban, an Irish Monk and Missionary to northeast France, lived a life of penance and prayer founding numerous Monasteries.  Blessed Miguel Pro was noted for his open and sympathetic nature as well as his firm piety and faith.  Amidst Mexican religious persecution he was executed on November 23, 1927 at the age of 36.  The firing squad executed him and his last words were “Long live Christ the King.”  The above Saints will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar

 Saturday, December 3rd – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come for tasty Polish pierogi, delicious baked goods, religious goods, gifts from Poland, marvelous arts and crafts, exciting raffles and fun and games, breakfast and lunch served on the premises and will feature Polish kielbasa grinders.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24th is the Feast of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions.  St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions (over 117 Vietnamese Christians; clergy, religious and laymen) suffered martyrdom during the 17th through 19th centuries and are noted for their strong faith, courage and piety.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th is the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria.  She was a learned woman of the early fourth century who, according to legend, following her conversion at the age of eighteen, preached the Gospel throughout Alexandria in Egypt.  While imprisoned by the emperor Maximus, she converted both the empress and the leader of the armed forces, and for this she was martyred.  Legend has it that upon her death, after a wheel of torture (known as “Catherine’s wheel) broke; her body was supposedly carried by angels to Mt. Sinai.  Venerated in the East since the ninth century, she is a patron saint of philosophers, preachers, and young unmarried women.

 \THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.  We will have a guest speaker for this meeting.  The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.

 THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, November 23rd.  This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

 THE MASS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY, Thursday, November 24th, will be at 8:00 a.m. rather than at 5:30 p.m.

Our final COMMUNITY MEAL for 2016 will be Tuesday, November 22nd at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield.  The JPII Youth Group has volunteered to be our servers for this dinner.  However, if you would like to contribute a food item, there is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule, and all donations are appreciated and never ever wasted!  THANKS and BLESSINGS to all the volunteers who make this program a big success!

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

 THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, November 26th following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.    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.

 IN HONOR OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE we will have the special rite of the Blessing of Children in our parish on Saturday, December 10th.  All parents are encouraged to bring their children and infants to the 4:00 p.m. Mass for this special blessing.

 THE CATECHISM CLASS CHILDREN’S St. Nicholas Party will take place on Saturday, December 10th beginning with 4:00 p.m. Mass for Grades K – 6.  St. Nicholas will make an appearance. Children are reminded to bring a $3.00 gift to exchange.  A professional magician will also be there to astound and dazzle everyone!  Save this date for a magical day!

The Rectory Open House – All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House on Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

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Deanery-Wide Penance Service for the Closing of the Year of Mercy

A Deanery-wide Penance Service for the Closing of the Year of Mercy will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield on Sunday, November 20th.  The Service will include the unusual Rite of the Closing of the Holy Year Door of Mercy.  Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be the Celebrant and Homilist.  As the Holy Father, Pope Francis is solemnly closing the Holy Door in Rome, so Bishop Rozanski will close our Franklin County Holy Door here. 

    Following the tradition of a Holy Year “A Plenary Indulgence is granted to all faithful who prayerfully enter the Holy Door and with the usual conditions for a Plenary Indulgence (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin).  In addition a Plenary Indulgence may be gained each and every time an individual participate attentively and piously in a sacred function or a devotional exercise undertaken in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed and conserved in the tabernacle.”

    The celebration with confessions will begin at 3:00 p.m.

 Christmas Wreath Sale – A Christmas Wreath Sale will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield on Fri., Nov. 25th and Sat., Nov. 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Wreath with bow – $15 / Decorated wreath – $20.00.  Proceeds to benefit Holy Trinity Church.

 The Singing Priests – The Singing Priests are back and ready to entertain and inspire on Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. at the Bellamy School in Chicopee. They will bring a mix of religious, Christmas and popular tunes to fill the auditorium. The Singing Priests, who have entertained for several years and raised funds for good causes, will honor and remember their leader Father Vernon Decoteau, who passed away in June. The concert will benefit the church organ fund at Fr. Vern’s parish, St. Francis Parish in Belchertown. Ticket are $25 and can be purchased by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Catholic Communications, Attn: Singing Priests, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730. For more info., call 452-0643.

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:  canned meals such as stew, tuna, soup, and ravioli, dry milk, and crackers.  Also needed are tomato sauce, 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!

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, November 20: 8:00 + Thomas Harty, Sr. – int. Dana Desreuisseau

10:30 + Johnny Botch – int. Susan Malley

Monday, November 21: + Tim O’Lari – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Tuesday, November 22: + Frank Aldrich – int. Susan Malley

Wednesday, November 23: + Chet Galvis – int. Connie

Thursday, November 24: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Friday, November 25: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Saturday, November 26: 8:00 + Charles O’Toole – int. Susan Malley

4:00 + Edwin Putala – int. Kathryn Putala & Family

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!

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!

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

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

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

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Let Us Give Thanks

 A special Mass of gratitude will be offered at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.  Prayers of thanksgiving will be offered as will be special prayers of intercession to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawk.  All who attend are invited to bring the bread and wine they will serve at their Thanksgiving dinner for a special Blessing which will take place at the close of the Mass.  The Blessing follows an old Polish tradition of sharing the prayers of the Church in the home with the family at the dinner table.  The Thanksgiving Day Mass on November 24th at 8:00 a.m. will take the place of the usual 5:30 p.m. Mass on Thursday only.

HERE IS OUR “Annual Parish Thanksgiving Day Bread Recipe!”  Parishioners may use this recipe or their own recipe to make bread that will be blessed on Thanksgiving Day and may then be used at their Thanksgiving dinner to continue the blessing of the Church into their homes and with their families.

 Polish Poppy Seed Roll

1/2 pound poppy seeds

3/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup hot milk

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water (100o F)

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

1 egg, separated – white reserve

 

  1. Place poppy seeds into a food processor and process until seeds are ground, about 1 minute.
  2. Mix poppy seeds with 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, lemon juice, and hot milk in a bowl; stir to combine. Cover poppy seed filling and refrigerate while making bread (filling will set up and thicken as it chills).
  3. Mix yeast with water and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Allow to stand until the yeast forms a creamy layer.
  4. Whisk flour with salt in a bowl; use a pastry cutter to cut 1/4 cup butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Pour yeast mixture and egg yolk into flour mixture and stir to make a soft dough.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and slightly springy, about 5 minutes. If dough is too sticky, knead in more flour, about 2 tablespoons at a time.
  7. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a 12×16-inch rectangle.
  8. Spread half the poppy seed filling over each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the 1-inch border back over the filling on all sides and press down.
  9. Pick up the shorter side of a dough rectangle and roll it like a jelly roll; repeat with second rectangle. Pinch ends together or tuck ends under to prevent filling from leaking out.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; place rolls seam sides down on the baking sheet and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  12. Beat egg white in a bowl until frothy; brush the rolls with beaten egg white.

Bake in preheated oven until dark golden brown on top, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cover rolls with a clean kitchen towel until cool to keep crust soft. Cool completely before slicing.

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.

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

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.

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.

Advent Retreat – Parents, create a Christmas memory with your children.  Come to an enjoyable and meaningful Advent retreat at Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, CT held on Dec. 16-18. Contact: Deacon John & Margaret Scarfi 845-621-7000 or starofthesearetreat@gmail.com.

 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. Roux Our Deacon Candidates Deacon Ratté Deacon Culliton Bishop Rozanski Fr. O’Mannion Fr. Lisowski

Church Bulletin November 13, 2016

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of November 13, 2016 +

Sunday, November 13 [Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:     

   8:00 am – Blessings for Anna Kateri Filipi – int. Roux Family

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

Monday, November 14:

8:00 am + Mr. & Mrs. Walter Krynzel – int. Family

Tuesday, November 15 [St. Albert the Great]:

  5:30 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. son, Steve and Val

Wednesday, November 16 [St. Jude Novena/Our Lady of Vilna/

St. Margaret of Scotland/St. Gertrude]:

  5:30 pm + Paul Patterson – int. Wife

Thursday, November 17 [St. Elizabeth of Hungary / Bl. Salome of Galicia]:

  5:30 pm – Blessings for Julia Baab – int. Friend

Friday, November 18 [The Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul /

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne / Bl. Karolina Kozka]:

 5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Richard and Geraldine Ahearn

Saturday, November 19 [St. Raphael Kalinowski]:

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

 4:00 pm + Charles & Cecile Gloski – int. Joyce Phillips

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

Sunday, November 20 [Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe]:

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

10:30 am – Living and departed members of the St. Cecilia Choir

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar

Saturday, December 3rd – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come for tasty Polish pierogi, delicious baked goods,

religious goods, gifts from Poland, marvelous arts and crafts,

exciting raffles and fun and games, breakfast and lunch served

on the premises and will feature Polish kielbasa grinders.

IN HONOR OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE we will have the special rite of the Blessing of Children in our parish on Saturday, December 10th.  All parents are encouraged to bring their children and infants to the 4:00 p.m. Mass for this special blessing.

THE CATECHISM CLASS CHILDREN’S St. Nicholas Party will take place on Saturday, December 10th beginning with 4:00 p.m. Mass for Grades K – 6.  St. Nicholas will make an appearance. Children are reminded to bring a $3.00 gift to exchange.  A professional magician will also be there to astound and dazzle everyone!  Save this date for a magical day!

THE TERESIANS ARE STILL LOOKING for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels.  These will be offered at the OLC community meals.  There is a marked container in the vestibule.  Do NOT buy them.  If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory.  Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com)

OUR FINAL COMMUNITY MEAL FOR 2016 will be Tuesday, November 22nd at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield.  The JPII Youth Group has volunteered to be our servers for this dinner.  However, if you would like to contribute a food item, there is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule, and all donations are appreciated and never ever wasted!  THANKS and BLESSINGS to all the volunteers who make this program a big success!

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NOVEMBER 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Vilna.  This holy icon of Our Lady is located in a chapel in the tower of an ancient main gate of the city.  Those who wish to petition Our Lady kneel in the street in order to see the beautiful icon overhead.  Often hundreds are seen kneeling on the stone pavements and in deep prayer giving witness to the strong faith of the people.

TUESDAY, NOV. 15th is the Feast of St. Albert the Great who was known as a Master of Philosophy, Theology and natural sciences and noted for his scholarship and holiness.  He is the patron saint of scientists and will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th is the Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Gertrude.  St. Margaret was a mother and queen.  She helped root out paganism.  Her love for the poor became legendary.  She is the Patroness of Scotland.  St. Gertrude, called “the Great” was a Benedictine mystic of the great Benedictine abbey of Helfta in Saxony and wrote on the meaning of suffering, the Sacred Heart, the Trinity, and God’s love.  Her most important work was The Herald of Divine Love.  She fostered devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His gracious love.  Both saints will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, November 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  All members are asked to attend.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17th is the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, queen and mother.  As a widow she became a member of the Franciscan Third Order.  She dedicated her life to the needs of the poor and the sick.  She is the Patroness of the Franciscan Third Order.  There is a statue of St. Elizabeth in our Vestibule at the side of the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In the statue St. Elizabeth is shown with her apron full of roses reminding us of the miracle when her husband criticized her when she was on her way with her apron full of bread for the poor.  He became angry seeing the bread and ridiculed her for her charity.  The bread turned to roses and he was converted and repented his lack of charity.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th is the Feast of the Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul and the Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, who founded the first American House of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and opened the first American free school west of the Mississippi.  Known for her courage and desire to serve Native Americans she was called by them “the woman who prays always.”  The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne will be celebrated in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

RAFFLE TICKETS FOR OUR SUPER St. Nicholas Day raffle are available in the church vestibule.  If at all possible, the Parish Council is requesting that each family take at least one book of raffle tickets.  First Prize: $100 Cash; Second Prize: $50 Cash; Third Prize: $25 Cash; Fourth Prize: $25 Cash; Fifth Prize: $25 cash; Sixth Prize: $25 cash.

What Is the Biblical Basis for Purgatory?

Purgatory in the Old and New Testaments

By Scott P. Richert

Evidence of Purgatory in the Old Testament

    The chief Old Testament verse that indicates the necessity of purgation after death (and thus implies a place or state where such purgation takes place—hence the name Purgatory) is 2 Maccabees 12:46:  “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”

    If everyone who dies goes immediately to Heaven or to Hell, then this verse would be nonsense. Those who are in Heaven have no need of prayer, “that they may be loosed from sins”; those who are in Hell are unable to benefit from such prayers, because there is no escape from Hell—damnation is eternal.

    Thus, there must be a third place or state, in which some of the dead are currently in the process of being “loosed from sins.”

Evidence of Purgatory in the New Testament

    Similar passages regarding purgation, and thus pointing to a place or state in which the purgation must take place, can be found in the New Testament.  Saint Peter and Saint Paul both speak of “trials” that are compared with a “cleansing fire.”  In 1 Peter 1:6-7, Saint Peter refers to our necessary trials in this world:  “Wherein you shall greatly rejoice, if now you must be for a little time made sorrowful in divers temptations: That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honour at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

    And in 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Saint Paul extends this image into the life after this one:  “Every man’s work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.”

The Cleansing Fire of Purgatory

    But “he himself shall be saved.” Again, the Church recognized from the beginning that Saint Paul cannot be talking here about those in the fires of Hell, because those are fires of torment, not of purgation—no one whose actions place him in Hell will ever leave it. Rather, this verse is the basis of the Church’s belief that all those who undergo purgation after their earthly life ends (those whom we call the Poor Souls in Purgatory) are assured of entrance into Heaven.

Christ Speaks of Forgiveness in the World to Come

    Christ Himself, in Matthew 12:31-32, speaks of forgiveness in this age (here on earth, as in 1 Peter 1:6-7) and in the world to come (as in 1 Corinthians 3:13-15):  “Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.”

    If all souls go directly either to Heaven or to Hell, then there is no forgiveness in the world to come.  But if that is so, why would Christ mention the possibility of such forgiveness?

Prayers and Liturgies for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

    All of this explains why, from the earliest days of Christianity, Christians offered liturgies and prayers for the dead. The practice makes no sense unless at least some souls undergo purification after this life.

    In the fourth century, St. John Chrysostom, in his Homilies on 1 Corinthians, used the example of Job offering sacrifices for his living sons (Job 1:5) to defend the practice of prayer and sacrifice for the dead. But Chrysostom was arguing not against those who thought that such sacrifices were unnecessary, but against those who thought that they did no good:  “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture Agree

    In this passage, Chrysostom sums up all of the Church Fathers, East and West, who never doubted that prayer and liturgy for the dead were both necessary and useful. Thus Sacred Tradition both draws upon and confirms the lessons of Sacred Scripture—found in both the Old and New Testaments, and indeed (as we have seen) in the words of Christ Himself.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wed., Nov. 16th.  This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

NOVEMBER 17th is the Feast of Blessed Salome who was the daughter of Leszek the Fair, of Poland.  Salome lived more like a nun than a princess.  She became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and did her best to make her court a model of Christian life.  After the death of her husband, she retired to the convent of the Poor Clares.  She died a holy death on November 17, 1268.

NOVEMBER 19th is the Feast of St. Raphael Kalinowski who was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835.  Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labor in Siberia.  In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882.  He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland.  His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director.  He died in Wadowice in 1907.

Deanery-Wide Penance Service for the Closing of the Year of Mercy

A Deanery-wide Penance Service for the Closing of the Year of Mercy will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield on Sunday, November 20th.  The Service will include the unusual Rite of the Closing of the Holy Year Door of Mercy.  Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be the Celebrant and Homilist.  As the Holy Father, Pope Francis is solemnly closing the Holy Door in Rome, so Bishop Rozanski will close our Franklin County Holy Door here. 

    Following the tradition of a Holy Year “A Plenary Indulgence is granted to all faithful who prayerfully enter the Holy Door and with the usual conditions for a Plenary Indulgence (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin).  In addition a Plenary Indulgence may be gained each and every time an individual participate attentively and piously in a sacred function or a devotional exercise undertaken in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed and conserved in the tabernacle.”

     Please save that date!  The celebration with confessions will begin at 3:00 p.m.

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.

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!

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, November 13: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Jan Korzan – int. Friend

 10:30 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson

Monday, November 14: + Helen & Herman Podlenski – int. Jadzia

Tuesday, November 15: + Bernard Johnson – int. wife, Nina Johnson

Wednesday, November 16: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Thursday, November 17: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Friday, November 18: + Debbie Larson – int. Nina Johnson

Saturday, November 19: 8:00 + Bob Lambert – int. Nina Johnson

4:00 + Mike George – int. Carol George and Family

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 SINGING PRIESTS – The Singing Priests are back and ready to entertain and inspire on Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. at the Bellamy School in Chicopee. They will bring a mix of religious, Christmas and popular tunes to fill the auditorium. The Singing Priests, who have entertained for several years and raised funds for good causes, will honor and remember their leader Father Vernon Decoteau, who passed away in June. The concert will benefit the church organ fund at Fr. Vern’s parish, St. Francis Parish in Belchertown. Ticket are $25 and can be purchased by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Catholic Communications, Attn: Singing Priests, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730. For more info., call 452-0643.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” Let us strengthen our marriages in faithfulness by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Dec. 2-4, 2016 and Jan. 20-22, 2017 in Duxbury, MA. For more info., call Stephen & Michelle O’Leary at 800-710-9963 or  www.WWMEMA.org.

HOLY FAMILY PARISH CRAFT FAIR – Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield will hold a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with over 30 vendors.  Free admission / handicap accessible.  For more information, call 665-3254.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Caroline J. Janek 11/13/2000

John “Tim” Golembeski 11/13/2014

Eleonore Podlenski 11/16/1929

Anthony Pluta 11/16/1986

Stanislaus Traceowski 11/17/1944

Wanda Bogusz 11/17/1980

Joseph V. Skrzykpek 11/17/2005

John Jarmak 11/18/1962

Joseph Jablonski 11/18/1967

Raymond K. George 11/18/2013

Sophie Plaza 11/19/1978

Viliam Haurlent 11/19/1999

Vivian M. (Pat) Martin 11/19/2004

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Carol Gloski 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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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
Vocations Deacon DeCarlo Msgr. Yargeau Deacon Bete Clergy in Purgatory Deacon Bucci Fr. Naranjo

Church Bulletin November 6, 2016

                                                                          JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of November 6, 2016

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

8:00 am + All Souls Novena VI

10:30 am + All Souls Novena VII

Monday, November 7: 8:00 am + All Souls Novena VIII

Tuesday, November 8: 5:30 pm + All Souls Novena IX

Wednesday, November 9 [St. Jude Novena /The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica]:

  5:30 pm + Deceased members of the Bourbeau & Ptak Families – int. Joyce & Cheryl

Thursday, November 10 [Pope St. Leo the Great]:

   5:30 pm + Charles Christian (15th Anniversary) – int. Wife and Granddaughter

Friday, November 11 [St. Martin of Tours / Bd. Alicia Kotowska]:

   5:30 pm – Blessings for Tyler Daniel Townsley – int. Roux Family

Saturday, November 12 [St. Josaphat Kuncewicz / Feast of the Five Polish Brothers:

 Sts. Benedict, John, Matthew, Isaac & Christian]: 8:00 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family

   4:00 pm + Bernie Kobera – int. Family

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

Sunday, November 13 [Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:    

    8:00 am – Blessings for Anna Kateri Filipi – int. Roux Family

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

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

NOVEMBER 7th IS THE BIRTHDAY of Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1859-1906) the discoverer of radium and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice!

 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th is the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran, which is the Cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome.  It is known as the Mother Church of Christendom and it serves as a sign of devotion to, and of unity with, the Pope who “presides over the whole assembly in charity.”  The Mass of the Dedication of St. John Lateran will take place at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m.  The Christmas bazaar, Thanksgiving, and the Advent services will be discussed.  All are welcome to attend.  Please note that all parishioners are always invited and encouraged to attend and participate for the good of the parish!

 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th is the Feast of Pope St. Leo the Great, known as a great Pastor, preacher and defender of Roman primacy.  He is also known for having twice saved the city of Rome from Barbarian invasions.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th is the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, a soldier turned Christian who later became a Monk and a Bishop.  Known for his great charity he will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th is the Feast of St. Josaphat, a Polish nobleman and bishop who led the Ukrainian Eastern Rite Church in eastern Poland.  His fidelity to Rome and his desire for union between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Church led to his martyrdom.  His tomb as the patron of Christian unity is located in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 NOVEMBER 12th IS THE FEAST of the five Polish brothers, St. Benedict, St. John, St. Matthew, St. Isaac and St. Christian.  The five established a monastery at Kazimierz near Gniezno.  On November 11th in 1003 they were all murdered by pagan robbers.  They were all immediately venerated as martyrs and their holy relics were solemnly taken to Olomuc.

 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 Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar

Saturday, December 3rd

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 Come for tasty Polish pierogi, delicious baked goods, religious goods, gifts from Poland, marvelous arts and crafts, exciting raffles and fun and games.  Breakfast and lunch will be served on the premises and will feature Polish kielbasa grinders.

THE CATECHISM CLASS CHILDREN’S St. Nicholas Party will take place on Saturday, December 10th beginning with 4:00 p.m. Mass for Grades K – 6.  St. Nicholas will make an appearance. Children are reminded to bring a $3.00 gift to exchange.  A professional magician will also be there to astound and dazzle everyone!  Save this date for a magical day!

 THE ST. JUDE NOVENA will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of impossible cases.

 THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA will be offered before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, November 12th.  Please come and beg God for an end to this terrifying evil which is destroying our nation!

 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.

 GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running low on some essentials.  Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule:  canned fruits and vegetables, rice, stews (or canned meals), peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and cereals.  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!

November – The Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

By Scott P. Richert

      As the weather grows colder and the leaves fall, and Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, it is natural that our thoughts turn to those whom we have loved who are no longer with us.

     How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory —those who have died in grace, yet who failed in this life to make satisfaction for all of their sins.

     In recent years, perhaps no Catholic doctrine has been more misunderstood by Catholics themselves than the doctrine of Purgatory. Consequently, we tend to downplay it, even seem a little embarrassed by it, and it is the Holy Souls who suffer because of our discomfort with the doctrine.

     Purgatory is not, as many people think, one last trial; all of those who make it to Purgatory will one day be in Heaven. Purgatory is where those who have died in grace, but who have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins, go to finish their atonement before entering Heaven. A soul in Purgatory may suffer, but he has the assurance that he will ultimately enter Heaven when his punishment is complete. Catholics believe Purgatory is an expression of God’s love, His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.

     As Christians, we don’t travel through this world alone. Our salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others, and charity requires us to come to their aid. The same is true of the Holy Souls. In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for us, and we should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.

     We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death, but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead. We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls, and especially for those most forsaken.

     We believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray for us after they have been released from Purgatory. If we live Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory someday, and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we are most in need of prayers. It’s a comforting thought, and one that should encourage us, especially in this month of November, to offer our prayers for the Holy Souls.

One of the most commonly recited of Catholic prayers in times past, this prayer has fallen into disuse in the last few decades. Prayer for the dead, however, is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform, to help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

 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.

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, November 6: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Dana Desreuisseau

10:30 + Diane Hepburn – int. Kathryn Putala and Family

Monday, November 7: + Stanley & Victoria Klepadlo – int. Joseph & Irene Klepadlo

Tuesday, November 8: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Wednesday, November 9: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Thursday, November 10: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Friday, November 11: + Alec & Sabina Loceski – int. Joseph & Irene Klepadlo

Saturday, November 12: 8:00 + Marion Kordel – int. Jadwiga

4:00 + Mary Kopinto – int. Carol George & Family

 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!

 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.

 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!

 St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, Nov. 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. For more information, call 625-6405.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Diane D. Putala-Hepburn 11/6/1999

Charles E. Christian, Jr. 11/6/2001

Vincent Ferland 11/6/2005

Josepha A. Zalynski 11/7/1963

Donna Tudryn 11/7/1976

Joanne E. Harris 11/7/1994

John Cislo 11/8/1930

Rev. Stanislaus A. Szczypinski 11/8/1978

Stanley Sojka 11/8/1980

Sophie M. Lund 11/8/1994

Helen D. Fronckus 11/8/2004

Blanche Ptak 11/9/1983

Dean L. Clark 11/9/1994

Steven Siciak 11/9/1995

Francis Aptacy 11/10/1927

Helen Duda 11/10/1933

Stanislawa Milowski 11/10/1968

Emeline Krejmas 11/10/1985

Albert J. Dlugosz 11/10/1986

Anna M. Kostrzewska 11/10/2003

Frank F. Benedetti 11/10/2012

Boleslaus Ostrowski 11/11/1931

Philip Jarmak 11/11/1943

Wladyslawa Gumula 11/11/1967

Laurence E. Fugere 11/11/2003

Edward F. Greene, Jr. 11/11/2006

Robert G. Larabee, Jr. 11/11/2007

Joseph Sliva 11/12/1983

John H. A. Lane, Jr. 11/12/1999 

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.

 Holy Family Parish Craft Fair – Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield will hold a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with over 30 vendors.  Free admission / handicap accessible.  For more information, call 665-3254.

 A CHRISTMAS TAG SALE sponsored by Sts. Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality at Divine Mercy Parish in Three Rivers will be held on Sat., Nov. 26th from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the parish center on Main Street featuring a bake sale and unique holiday shopping experience.  Free parking.

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

FRANCIS REGI, a priest of the Society of Jesus, had a great love of the holy angels, and prayed to them daily. Always, when passing a church, he would bow to the guardian angels appointed to watch over the house of God and the parish.

     He always saluted the guardian angels of those he met or saw on the street.

     One day, on his way to the church down the street, he was suddenly stopped by an unseen power and he could not move another inch forward, no matter how hard he struggled to do so.  At that moment, from an open window above his head, he faintly heard a man’s voice calling, “A priest!  I’m dying, get me a priest!”

     The moment St. Francis committed himself mentally to aiding the dying man, he moved freely up the stairs to where the man lay dying.  He heard his confession and anointed him.  Within the hour the man died an edifying death.  St. Francis always felt this man’s guardian angel had been the means of his receiving the Last Sacraments before he died. – Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

 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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 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.    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
Clergy in Purgatory Pope Francis Deacon Rabbitt Our Seminarians Fr. Aksamit Deacon Tudryn Fr. Roach