+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 29, 2017 +
Sunday, January 29 [Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Ian Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka and Families
10:30 am + Camille Romano-Garcia – int. Betty Fritz
Monday, January 30:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Larry & Carol Roux – int. Mary Kobera
Tuesday, January 31 [St. John Bosco]:
5:30 pm – Blessings for the Dowdy Family – int. Fritz Family
Wednesday, February 1 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Edward Milewski (7th Anniversary) – int. Wife
Thursday, February 2 [The Presentation of the Lord / Bl. Agnes and Companions]:
5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Arlene Petruccielio
First Friday, February 3 [St. Blaise / St. Ansgar]:
5:30 pm + Ann & Joseph Krejmas, Sr. – int. Marlene & John Kostka
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
First Saturday, February 4:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Intentions of Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm – For a special intention for Daniel Fontaine – int. H.R.G.
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, February 5 [Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Robert F. Jamrog (3rd Anniversary) – int. Patricia and Children
10:30 am + Mary Yezierski – int. Frank & Mildred Osciak
+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31st is the Feast of St. John Bosco whose life was dedicated to educating youth. He was a pioneer in vocational training and a staunch defender of the Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, February 1st at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord known commonly as Candlemas Day. The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Christ, but also the Presentation of our Lord in the temple. Candles are blessed on this day, a symbolic representation of the words of holy Simeon concerning Christ: “A light of revelation to the Gentiles.” They also symbolize the purity of Christ and His Sacrifice for our salvation. Candles will be blessed before the weekend Masses. These candles will be used throughout the year to adorn the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to light the way in the administering of the holy Sacraments. People are encouraged to take the blessed candles home as a blessing and a symbolic reminder of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and martyr of Armenia. In his charity he healed a dying child of a throat ailment. As a memorial to this saint and this miracle throats will be blessed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is also the Feast of St. Ansgar, missionary to Denmark and Sweden and Bishop of Hamburg, was a great preacher and administrator and known as the “Apostle of the North.” He is the patron of Denmark, Germany and Iceland.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 4th IS THE FIRST SATURDAY of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.
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FEBRUARY 2nd IS KNOWN AS CANDLEMAS DAY (Święto Panny Marji Gromnicznej) in Poland and candles are blessed on this day for use in the church and in the home. The services often end with a procession around the church in which everyone carries lighted tapers.
Some old timers believed it to be a bad omen if the candle went out when there was no wind during the procession or on the way home. The lighted candle is brought home and the house blessed by making a sign of the cross with the candle in each room. The farmers would even bless all their farm buildings, in this manner, calling on Our Lady to protect them from lightning. When the candle was finally extinguished, some of the smoke is inhaled as a prayer for protection against sore throat.
The candles are kept for the entire year to remind one that they must always live in preparation for the next life — because this life is as easily extinguished as a candle.
The candle is lighted on solemn occasions. For example, the candle is lit when a priest brings communion to the sick or elderly; when a family member celebrates a birthday, feast day, marriage, baptism, anniversary, etc. It is also put in the hand of the dying as a prayer for Our Lady’s protection in the difficulties of the last hours. During storms, it is often lighted and put on the window sill. In the mountains of Poland it was often lit in the mid-winter when the wolves threatened lonely farm cottages. There are many sayings and proverbs associated with Candlemas Day:
Gdy na Gromniczna mróz, Szykuj chłopie wóz,
A jak lanie, To sanie.
If frost comes on Candlemas Day, Prepare the wagon,
If rain, get the sleigh.
Gdy słonce świeci na Gromnice, To przydą wieksze mrózy, śniezce.
If the sun shines bright on Candlemas Day,
More frost and snow will come this way.
Na Gromnice niedzwiedz bude swoją poprawia albo też rozrzuca.
The bear mends or tears down its lair on Candlemas Day.
(In other words the bear knows the coming weather on this day.) Candlemas Day in Poland is a day to watch the weather just as Groundhog Day is here in the United States.
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund: In memory of Stanley Bak from Roseanne & Jim LaBarge, Basil & Carol Maurice, Walter & Carolyn Naylor, and Judy Piper / In memory of Paul Deskavich from Elizabeth McCarthy and Fred & Susan Pazmino / In memory of Ralph Fronckus from the Montague Center Firefighters Association. Bóg wam Zapłać!
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 4th 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.
Jesus the Fulfillment of Simeon’s and Israel’s Hop
by Fr. Tommy Lane
It had been a long, very long time for Simeon as he waited for Jesus. Then Simeon, a righteous and devout man, had the singular privilege of taking the baby Jesus in his arms (Luke 2:28). He held the baby Jesus close to his heart. As he held the baby Jesus close to his heart, he held the answer to his hopes and the hopes of Israel, the consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25). He held in his arms, as he said, the glory of Israel and the light of the Gentiles (Luke 2:32). The glory of God was seen in the form of a cloud a number of times in the Old Testament, on Mount Sinai (Ex 24:16), in the Tabernacle in the desert (Num 9:16-18), and when the temple in Jerusalem was consecrated (1Kings 8:10-11). But now Jesus is the glory of Israel, the revelation to Israel. Before now, Judaism had a partial glimpse of God by means of a glory cloud, now everyone can see the glory or revelation of God in the baby Jesus. Simeon also says Jesus is the light. Up to now the big light in the temple was the giant menorah or lampstand, but now Jesus is the light and not just lighting up the temple but to give light also to the Gentiles, to enlighten and brighten the whole world. Simeon’s very long wait has come to an end with Jesus the fulfillment of Judaism, the glory of Israel and the light of the world, in his arms.
Simeon and many other devout Jews had very good reason to hope that God would do something for Israel. In the prophets we see critique after critique of the Jewish priests. The prophets said the Jewish priests had forgotten God’s law and had abandoned God. Even the office of the high priest did not escape corruption. Around the 170’s BC the direct line of succession of high priests going back to Aaron was broken forever. Despite this mess, the first reading from Malachi (3:1-4) gives hope for a renewal in the priesthood and that renewal is promised to take place when the Lord, the messenger of the covenant, comes to the temple. Malachi says the Lord will refine the Levite priests, refining them like gold and silver, until they will offer a sacrifice pleasing to God (Mal 3:3-4). Malachi sees in prophecy the priesthood of the New Covenant, the high priesthood of Jesus referenced in our second reading (Heb 2:17). But how will Jesus refine the priesthood of the Old Covenant so that the priesthood of the New Covenant can offer a sacrifice pleasing to God? Jesus offers the one perfect sacrifice that suffices for all time, the priestly sacrifice of himself on the cross, to take the place of all the Jewish sacrifices in the temple. When Jesus consecrated the apostles during the Last Supper and said to them, “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19), Jesus shared his priesthood with the apostles and their successors and their assistants the priests. Now when they celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Jesus, we are spiritually present and benefit from the one priestly sacrifice of Jesus that suffices and atones for all time before God.
Another visit of Jesus to the temple sheds more light on this when Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers. The moneychangers facilitated the collection of the tax for the morning and evening sacrifice a of lamb every day in the temple and when Jesus overturned their tables, this could be seen indicating that there is something much better coming than the daily atoning sacrifice of a lamb. Jesus did offer something much better, the table of the Eucharist. The table of the Eucharist replaced the table of the moneychangers. Malachi’s prophecy of the Lord entering his temple and refining and purifying the Jewish priesthood was fulfilled by Jesus in ways unimaginable beforehand, the priests of the New Covenant, sharing in the one priesthood of Jesus, offering the sacrifice of the Eucharist. In Mal 1:11, which unfortunately never made it into our lectionary but has made it into the text of Eucharistic Prayer III, Malachi promised that from the rising of the sun to its setting, i.e. from east to west all over the world, a pure offering would be offered to God. That pure offering is the Eucharist offered by priests of the New Covenant all over the world celebrating the one perfect priestly sacrifice of Christ. Simeon and devout Jews looked to the consolation of Israel, and now in Jesus in the arms of Simeon that consolation has arrived, and Jesus the glory of Israel and light to the Gentiles will fulfill their expectations in ways never imagined.
Simeon took Jesus in his arms, close to his heart. Jesus was the fulfillment of all Simeon’s expectations. Jesus is the fulfillment of all our longings and hopes also. We can take Jesus not only in our arms close to our heart, but into our hearts as we contemplate his words to us and receive him around the table of the Eucharist in the pure sacrifice offered from the rising of the sun to its setting.
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.
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, January 29: 8:00 + Ralph Fronckus – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
10:30 – Health & Blessings for Arlene Becklo – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
Monday, Jan. 30: – Health & Blessings for Shawn DeRaps and Sons – int. Susan Malley
Tuesday, January 31: + Gertrude Waryas (1st Anniversary) – int. James & Jean Koldis
Wednesday, February 1: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
Thursday, February 2: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family
Friday, February 3: + Joel Arsenault – int. Susan Malley
Saturday, February 4: 8:00 + Charles & Sarah Brambilla – int. Susan Malley
4:00 + Norman & Doris Doyle – int. Susan Malley
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
PLEASE DON’T FORGET OUR GROCERIES for the Poor Project! Many people who are having a hard time come to the Rectory for help. Please help us to help them. It is a sad and heartbreaking thing to turn someone away when we run out of groceries! Any non-perishable items that you can spare will be greatly appreciated -canned soups and stews, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, baked beans, canned fruits and vegetables, crackers, juices, etc. Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA 01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010
Perpetual Adoration of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist has been available in Franklin County for 20 years because of the generosity of so many who respond to JESUS’ call – “Could you not watch one hour with Me.” What about you? The Holy Eucharist is the mystery of our faith. Jesus said that faith can move mountains. One person coming before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament represents all of humanity. If you can take an hour of Adoration or to be included on the list of substitutes, please contact Maureen Filiault at 863-4777. Spend an hour with Jesus and change the world!
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 contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net with questions and to receive a flyer.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 1-330-969-9900.
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.
Anna Skowron 1/29/1937
Catherine Plaza 1/29/1938
Jan Choleva 1/29/1956
Jan Sojka 1/29/1958
John Osowski 1/29/1959
Mary Olchowski 1/29/1962
Stanislaw Poltorak 1/29/1965
Pauline Krawczyk 1/29/2004
Blanche Y. Krejmas 1/29/2007
Stanislaw Kurtyka 1/30/1963
Walter J. Krol 1/30/1994
John M. Nicewicz 1/31/1988
Ruth S. Flavin 1/31/1992
Gertrude S. Waryas 1/31/2016
Francis Kruiec 2/1/1929
Antonina Podosek 2/1/1949
Mitchell J. Darash 2/1/1998
Michael C. Kostek 2/1/2004
Alfred Wojlasiewicz 2/2/1927
Walter Krol 2/2/1967
Lawrence Karp 2/3/1949
Sophia Wraga 2/3/1977
Stella Lapan 2/3/1983
Alice C. Dobosz 2/3/2001
Edward J. Piepiora 2/3/2001
Marjorie A. Adams 2/3/2011
Ceslaus Gukowski 2/4/1927
Sophie Cislo 2/4/1939
Antoinette Komikiewicz 2/4/1973
Albert A. Walichowski 2/4/1984
Bernard C. Noga 2/4/1994
Josephine M. Sckwozec 2/4/2006
Robert F. Jamrog 2/4/2014
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail email@example.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Friday evening right after Mass or devotions. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass. For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.
PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY
Father Bombadier Deacon Culliton Deacon Rabbitt Our Seminarians
THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Father Campoli Deacon Ratte Father Cullen