+ Parish Schedule for the Week of December 25, 2016 +
Saturday, December 24 [Vigil of Christmas]:
The Hay and Manger will be blessed before this Christmas Mass
* 4:00 pm – For our Parish and Parishioners
* 6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
The church will be open for Midnight Christmas Mass at 11:00 p.m.
*12:00 Midnight – For the Benefactors of our Parish
Sunday, December 25 [Nativity of the Lord – Christmas]: **Holy Day of Obligation**
*10:30 am – For our Parish and Parishioners
Monday, December 26 [St. Stephen]:
8:00 am – Birthday Blessings for Maria Theresa N. Gilbert – int. Theresa Nyiri Nadler
Tuesday, December 27 [St. John the Evangelist]:
5:30 pm – Birthday Blessings for Kristen N. Gawlick – int. Theresa Nyiri Nadler
Wednesday, December 28 [St. Jude Novena / The Holy Innocents]:
5:30 pm + Blanche Sojka Golonka – int. John & Ted Sojka & Families
Thursday, December 29 [St. Thomas Becket]:
5:30 pm + John Kopinto – int. Gary & Nancy Dion
Friday, December 30 [The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph]:
5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family
Saturday, December 31 [Pope St. Sylvester I]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and St. Joseph’s Order of Discalced Carmelites
4:00 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, January 1 [Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God]:
8:00 am + Anthony Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka
10:30 am + Anna Gentile – int. Richard Tedeschi
+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24th – The Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Blessing of the Christmas trees, Manger and the Christmas hay to await the coming of the Christ Child. Carols will be chanted in English, Polish and Latin. After the Mass, which will be in English, the congregation following an old Polish tradition is welcome to take a memento of the Blessed hay for the centerpiece on their Christmas Eve dinner table.
THE MIDNIGHT MASS of the Shepherds will begin at exactly 12:00 MIDNIGHT. It will, however, be introduced at 11:30 p.m. December 24th with a concert of carols in English, Polish and Latin. As the bells ring the midnight hour of Christmas morning, December 25th, the time of the birth of the Christ Child, a statue of the Infant Jesus will be blessed and carried in solemn procession around the church and then enshrined in the manger. The Mass will follow in English
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th – The Mass of Christmas Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the solemn proclamation of the birth of Christ and the solemn procession to the manger. Mass will be in English with carols chanted in English, Polish and Latin.
PASTERKA is the name given to the Polish Midnight Mass. Pasterka means Shepherds Mass and it is filled with all the joy and pageantry the Polish people can muster for this holy commemoration of the moment when God became man. The crib is blessed, processions are held, the bells are rung and the choir is at their best. Everything and everyone is directed to the Holy Christ Child – God Who became like us to save us!
POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS are sung until the 2nd of February. The Christmas season, for the Polish people, starts on Christmas Eve. Advent is Advent — a time of preparation and anticipation. Unlike many Western cultures, where Christmas carols and celebrations begin by December 1st, the Polish people spend that time in prayerful waiting. The time after Christmas is the time for celebration.
Unlike the Christmas songs of other countries the Polish carol (called a Kolęda) is not only a prayer but it is also a story — a kind of musical drama telling of the miraculous birth of Jesus. These Kolędy are a musical expression of genius and profound religious conviction. Many Polish carols date from the early 17th century and reflect, not only the folk culture of the day, but the royal and courtly life of the nobility.
The word Kolęda is taken from the Latin word meaning the first day of the month and reflects the ancient custom of pre-Christian feasts in mid-winter. With the coming of Christianity, the theme became the birth of Jesus.
Many of the Kolędy are based on the majestic Polonez, a royal and stately dance from the courts of Polish kings. One such Kolęda, “W Złobie Leży” was based on the Polonez played at the coronation of Wladyslaw IV (1632 – 1648).
Adam Mickiewicz, in writing about the beauty of Polish Christmas carols, said: “I doubt whether there is another country which can boast of such a collection of carols as Poland has. It would not be easy to find any other nation’s poetry with feelings so pure, of such an extreme sweetness and delicacy.”
The Year of Mercy has closed but the Teresians continue performing the spiritual & corporal works of mercy. Please consider being part of our ministry. Remember NO commitment is necessary. Just Join. AND, yes, we will continue collecting “toiletries” throughout the year. Thank you for sharing. Nancy Faller (email@example.com)
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD donations have been made for Christmas Flowers in memory of the following: In memory of Raymond & Louise Kervian, Lawrence & Helen Pelletier, and David W. Phillips from Joyce & Tina / In memory of Sr. Mary Rosalie, Charles and Cecelia Gloski, Mattie Stepanek and Sandy Miner from Joyce. Bóg Zapłac!
THE FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN (December 26th) – For the Polish people, the feast of St. Stephen is celebrated as a continuation of Christmas. It is sometimes called “Drugie Święta” – the Second Holiday.
St. Stephen is called the Protomartyr because he was the first Christian martyr — the first individual to die for his Faith. He was one of the seven deacons that the Apostles ordained (Acts 6) to help them with the work of the early Church. St. Stephen proved to be a gifted preacher and stressed that God was to be found everywhere, that the world and all His creation is sanctified by His loving presence.
St. Stephen also preached strongly to those who failed to recognize the reality of God and who refused to acknowledge Jesus. The Bible tells us that St. Stephen “was a man filled with grace and power, who worked great wonders and signs among the people.” (Acts 6:8). Because of his strong message of truth, St. Stephen was stoned to death by anti-Christian forces. A convinced Christian to the end, St. Stephen prayed “Lord Jesus receive my spirit” as he was cruelly put to death and with his last breath he cried out in a loud voice “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:59-60). His death eloquently speaks of our duty as Catholics to love so completely that we can even forgive and love our enemies and those who would hurt us.
There are a number of Polish customs associated with this feast day. It is a day of fun and games. People jokingly throw grain at each other as a reminder of the manner of death St. Stephen died and as a prayer for protection by the saint and for a good harvest. On this day priests, deacons, nuns and altar boys are often greeted this way after Mass to remind them that they must live a life so completely dedicated to Jesus, so committed to God, that they should be willing and prepared to die as St. Stephen died.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27th is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. He will be celebrated with a special blessing of wine at the end of the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This traditional Polish custom is observed in commemoration of a legend from the life of St. John. The story goes that St. John was presented a goblet of poison wine by individuals who were angry at the Gospel of love he was preaching — a love that makes us the Children of God. This seemed too much for the enemies of John. It was too good for mortal humanity so they decided to eliminate him for teaching what they felt to be a dangerous doctrine. As St. John took the goblet from his enemies, he prayed and blessed the wine, as was his custom. Immediately a black snake was seen coming out of the cup. The poison had left miraculously in the form of a serpent.
In Polish churches this story, of John’s trust in God, is recalled by the blessing of wine after the Masses of this feast. People bring a bottle of wine to be blessed and usually a crystal goblet of wine is also blessed and all present share in its goodness before the long cold walk home. The wine that is taken home is shared by friends and family as a token of God’s love.
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 25: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
Monday, December 26: + Mary Kosewicz – int. Daughters
Tuesday, December 27: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family
Wednesday, December 28: + David Sroka – int. Carol Gloski & Joyce Phillips
Thursday, December 29: + John A. & Mary Ann Tosto – int. Melissa Wright
Friday, December 30: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson
Saturday, December 31: 8:00 – Grace & Blessings for Adam Boyd Brandow on his entry into the Roman Catholic Church – int. Nancy Faller
4:00 + Frank Waryas – int. James & Jean Koldis
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28th is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, celebrating the little children who were martyred by Herod in his desperate and greedy concern for his throne. Special prayers will be offered during the 5:30 p.m. Mass for the holocaust of holy innocents martyred every year in our nation through abortion.
THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, December 28th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft. The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29th is the Feast of St. Thomas Becket who was martyred because he strenuously defended the freedom of religion and the rights of the Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30th is the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Special prayers will be offered at all the weekend Masses for blessing all our parish families
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st is the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Special prayers will be offered in thanksgiving for the past year and in supplication for blessings in the coming year. We seek God’s blessings as did Mary. Because of her Son, we can confidently call God, “Abba!”
THE OPŁATEK for the Polish people is the most important element in the Christmas celebration. It is part of the family rites at the Wigilia supper on Christmas Eve and is used by friends and neighbors at parties and gatherings during the holiday season.
The Opłatek is a small piece of bread-wafer often embossed with religious images of Our Lady and of scenes depicting the birth of Jesus. These designs are usually excellent examples of Polish folk art and are often preserved in Art Museums to show the unusually wide scope of the decorative arts of the Polish peasants.
The word Opłatek is taken from the Latin word “Oblatum” meaning sacred bread. In the past, this holy bread, or Bread of Love as Opłatek is sometimes called, was made with great ceremonies and rites. The choices wheat was chosen and the workers wore liturgical robes and chanted hymns during the process.
The Opłatek 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 children – we all have His Divine power.
The Opłatek, that Bread of Love, so frail and perishable, has for all Poles a mystical meaning which cannot 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.
Christmas Eve in Poland is called Wigilia. The Latin origins of the word Wigilia are the same as those of the English word “vigil,” meaning keeping watch in expectation of something. Of course, what the Christian world awaits on this date is the birth of Jesus, the Christ Child. The Catholic custom is that of attending midnight Mass or “Pasterka,” a name that comes from “pasterze” the Polish word for shepherds who, according to the evangelists, were the first to greet the New Born King.
In Poland in common parlance, Christmas is referred to as “Gwiazdka,” or little star. And it is the appearance of the first star in the eastern sky that Polish children await most eagerly on Christmas Eve. This is because this evocation of the Star of Bethlehem signals that the Wigilia festivities can start.
At the Wigilia Supper the rite of sharing and breaking the Opłatek is both simple and moving. The host and hostess first share and break the Bread of Love – 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 form reserved to the old.
A piece of Opłatek is often saved after Christmas to use in time of sickness. It is administered to the ill as a blessing-prayer for healing. It is a strong affirmation of the love of family and friends.
In some parts of Poland and among some Polish-Americans there is the custom of saving a few squares of the Opłatek and of creating religious ornaments with them. Some of them are made into stars and miniature cradles for the Baby Jesus. Others are made into tiny churches and complicated globes – often with a tiny figure of Jesus holding the cross in the inner circle of the world-globes to signify His rule over the universe.
Usually these ornaments were carefully hung by a thread from the ceiling. With the movements in a room it gently swayed to and fro and old timers often prophesied the coming weather from the direction in which these lacy ornaments moved.
Adam Plug remembered these Opłatek ornaments of his Polish childhood and wrote: “When father glued together a fine star enclosing a tiny cradle, he hung it to the ceiling by a thread. I knew for certain this was the same star which shone down upon Jesus in the manger. I rocked the little cradle on the thread with my childish breath, and really felt I was rocking the real little baby Jesus to sleep, singing Him a kolęnda.
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
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Betty Fritz for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
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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
|In Thanksgiving for our priests||Fr. Bombardier||Deacon DeCarlo||Fr. Lisowski||Deacon Culliton||Fr. O’Mannion||Fr. Reardon|
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.
NEW YEAR’S EVE is celebrated very differently in Poland. It is a more quiet time for reflection on the past year. There are services in Church asking God for forgiveness of the sins of the past years and prayers for blessings on the coming year.
New Year’s Eve is called St. Sylvester’s Day in Poland. (St. Sylvester was a great Pope in the early 300’s.) In the cities there are parties after church services which are called Sylvester parties.
The Sylvester Parties came about because of an old legend. According to the story, Pope St. Sylvester I, imprisoned the dragon Leviathan in 317 A.D. The belief grew that Leviathan would escape in the year 1000 A.D., set fire to the heavens and bring about the end of the world.
Near the year 1000 a monk by the name of Gerbert became pope. He was a scientist of sorts and spent his free time in his cell building strange machinery. The people feared he was a sorcerer. To make matters worse, Gerbert took the name of Sylvester II as Pope. It seemed doubly certain then that as St. Sylvester I had imprisoned Leviathan, Pope Sylvester II would set him free.
As December 31, 999 A.D. came closer, people lived in fear that they would suffer the horrible end of the world. But as midnight came and went with not a sign of the dragon or the end of the world destruction, the release from tension was so great that the people rejoiced with parties ever since. Hence the Sylvester parties of Poland and even our own New Year’s Eve parties.
Meanwhile — what was Pope Sylvester II up to in his cell? Was it sorcerer’s magic as the people feared? Not at all! Pope Sylvester II had been using his time to build a clock, which, perfected with the years, became the one we use today!
Pope St. Sylvester I will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. This Mass will also be an opportunity to thank God for the blessings of the past year and to petition our Heavenly Father for help in the coming year
Triad in Need of Medical Equipment – The Triad program at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is in need of medical equipment for distribution to senior citizens in the Franklin County area. We accept canes, wheelchairs, transport chairs (Scooters, HoveArounds), hospital bed tables, rollators, power lift chairs, Hoyer lifts. We cannot accept accessories for CPAP machines, any treatment medications or anything of that nature. Please contact: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 160 Elm Street in Greenfield or call 774-4726
Our parish has a Prayer Line under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is available for anyone. To utilize the Prayer Line simply call 413-259-7571 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Catherine Dobosz 12/25/1926
Casimier Seredejko 12/25/1945
Julia Sierakowski 12/25/1963
Joseph C. Kaminski 12/25/1982
Anthony Prohowicz 12/26/1935
Stanislaus Najda 12/26/1954
Adam Tuminski 12/26/1974
Stanley C. Semaski 12/26/1976
Eleonare Bakula 12/26/1981
Andrew J. Schab 12/26/1987
Anna E. Walton 12/26/2004
Scott L. Thompson 12/26/2008
Carl Rogaleski 12/27/1969
Edwin J. Putala 12/27/1985
Stephanie C. Zamojski 12/27/2000
Rose N. Simondiski 12/27/2010
Caroline M. Brzozowy 12/27/2011
Bernard J. Fritz 12/27/2013
Michael Putala 12/28/1947
Mary Kosewicz 12/28/1972
Joseph P. Zamojski 12/28/1978
Joseph J. Gozeski 12/28/1988
Jennie C. Rastallis 12/28/1996
Blanche A. Golonka 12/28/2000
Julia Czarnecki 12/29/1954
Ralph L. Kovalsick 12/29/1978
Walter J. Sak 12/29/1992
Arthur A. Paulin 12/29/2003
Helen G. Adzema 12/29/2008
Peter Koscinski 12/30/1922
Victoria Kliszka 12/30/1927
Casimier Kalinowski 12/30/1932
Michael Romejko 12/30/1948
Anna Bocon 12/30/1964
Edwin Marzalek 12/31/1953
Francis Waryas 12/31/1967
Beatrice M. Marziarz 12/31/1990
Mary “Molly” Pervere 12/31/2007
Eusebius C. Kelley 12/31/2013
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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 Angels bring Good News to the Shepherds
by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
The shepherds, imitators of the holy patriarchs, and the most innocent and guileless men in the world, were “keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Lk 2:8) Holy angels, accustomed to conversing with those shepherds of old—with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—brought these country folk the news that the great shepherd had arrived and that the earth was once again to see a shepherd king, the son of David.
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them.” (Lk 2:9) Let us not, like Manoah the father of Samson, ask the angel his name. He may well also respond to us, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” (Judg 13:17-18) Yet do we not hope he is the same angel that appeared to Zachariah and to the Holy Virgin? Be that as it may, without presuming in a place where the Gospel does not speak, let us listen: “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.” (Lk 2:9)
All divine things initially cause fear in our sinful human nature, banished from heaven as we are. But the angel reassured them, saying “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy.” It is in the city of David, he said, this place so long marked out in prophecy that today is born for you “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Lk 2:10-12) By the singular sign of a child laid in a manger, you will recognize the Christ, the Lord. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,” who at the very same time is called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6) “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace.” (Lk 2:13-14)
Here we see a new Lord to whom we belong, a Lord who now receives the supreme and divine name of Christ. This is the God who is the anointed one of God, the one to whom David sang: “God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.” (Ps 45:7) You are God eternally, but you are newly the Christ, God and man at once, and the name of Lord is given to you to express that you are God with the same title as your Father. Henceforward, following the example of the angel, you will be called the Lord in all sovereignty. Command your new people. You do not yet speak, but you command them by your example. And what is that command? To love, or at least to esteem, poverty, and to reject the pomp of the world. To seek simplicity, even perhaps the holy rusticity of these new adorers that the angel brings to you, and who make up the whole of your courtiers, agreeable to Joseph and to Mary, and appearing like them, for they are equally arrayed with the robe of poverty.
Let us once more consider the angel’s words: “you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Lk 2:12) You will know by this sign that it is the Lord. Go to the courts of kings: you will recognize the newborn prince by his gold-embroidered covers and by a splendid cradle that looks something like a throne. Yet to know the Christ who is born for you, a Lord so high that David his father, although himself a king, called him “my Lord,” (Ps 110:1) all you are given as a sign is the manger in which he is lying, and the poor rags in which his frail infancy has been swaddled. That is to say, all you are given is a nature similar to your own and a poverty below your own. Which of us was born in a stable? Which of us, poor as we may be, gives his child a manger for a crib? Jesus is the only one abandoned to such an extent, and this is the mark by which we are to know him.
If he had wished to make a show of his power, with what gold would his head have been crowned? What purple would have covered his shoulders? What stones would have enriched his vestments? But, as Tertullian tells us, “he judged all this false display, all this borrowed glory, unworthy of him and of his own, and so, in refusing it, he disdained it, and in disdaining it, he proscribed it, and in proscribing it, he placed it with the pomp of the world and the devil.” So it was that our fathers the first Christians were wont to speak, while we wretches breathe only ambition and the love of comfort.
From Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Meditations for Advent
(Sophia Institute Press, 2013)
THE ADORATION CHAPEL of the Most Blessed Sacrament, located in Greenfield, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This would not be possible without volunteers willing to spend one hour per week in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to set aside that regular quiet time that is so needed in today’s busy world. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.
Prayer for the Blessing of Families
Priest– Our help is in the + Name of the Lord!
All– Who made Heaven and Earth!
Priest– The Lord be with you!
All– And with your spirit!
Priest– Bow your heads in prayer and ask for God’s blessing upon your families and upon the family we call our parish.
All– Heavenly Father, bless our family and parish with Your grace. Let Your Spirit guide us in word and deed so that our light may shine before all and lead all who know us to give You praise!
Priest– May our homes be filled with the spirit of love, with the obedience of faith, and the strength of hope!
All– Make our lives happy in Your service, and bring us in Your love to Your Eternal Home!
Priest– Father, All-Good, we praise Your Name; and ask this blessing through the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and good St. Joseph.
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.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December 31st 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.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass here at our parish.