+ 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 (nafaller@aol.com)

 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 contact@opusangelorum.org 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 nan6539@gmail.com 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 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

Father Bombadier            Deacon Culliton              Deacon Rabbitt       Our Seminarians

   THURSDAY                             FRIDAY                                     SATURDAY

Father Campoli                     Deacon Ratte                                Father Cullen

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 22, 2017 +

 Sunday, January 22 [Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

  8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Children

10:30 am + Mary Yezierski – int. Frank & Mildred Osciak

Monday, January 23 [St.Vincent / St. Marianne Cope /

Martyrs of Podlasia: Bl. Vincent Lewoniuk and twelve companions]:

  8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Eunice Hannigan – int. son, James

Tuesday, January 24 [St. Francis de Sales]:

   5:30 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

Wednesday, January 25 [St. Jude Novena /The Conversion of St. Paul]:

   5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltese

Thursday, January 26 [Sts. Timothy and Titus]:

   5:30 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

Friday, January 27 [St. Angela Merici]:    

   5:30 pm + Joseph & Helena Kostecki – int. Marlene & John Kostka

Saturday, January 28 [St. Thomas Aquinas]

   8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and all living and deceased members of the

St. Joseph Chapter of Discalced Carmelites Secular Order

   4:00 pm + David W. Phillips (4th Anniversary) – int. Tina Phillips

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

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

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

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Sunday, January 22nd is the Anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision to commit genocide on future generations.  Everyday over 3,500 babies are killed by abortion in the U. S. alone.  That is over 1.2 million babies murdered every year and over 56 million since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.  During the time it takes you to read this bulletin five babies, unique and innocent will fall victim to the abortion slaughter in this country.  Think of it, among the millions, a scientist who had a cure for AIDS and cancer, a politician who would have solved our economic problems, a saint who would have shown us the way to world peace, an artist who would have moved hundreds to ecstasy.  Think of the loss to humanity.  We are destroying humanity.  In great societies they are not murdered, they commit suicide.  This is what we doing.  May God have mercy on us.  Monday, January 23rd, is a Day of Penance and Prayers to ask God’s mercy for the terrible sin and slaughter of abortion.

 MONDAY, JANUARY 23rd is the Feast of St. Vincent, a deacon in the fourth century church of Spain.  He died courageously proclaiming his Faith.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales who was noted for his practical approach to spirituality, his great charity and piety.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul whose blindness to Jesus was cured as he became the greatest of the Apostles proclaiming the Gospel to all the nations.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, January 25th 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.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.  Ryan Hart will speak on his experiences at the Missionaries in Jamaica.  The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th is the Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus who were companions of St. Paul the Apostle and Bishops of the churches at Ephesus and Crete.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27th is the Feast of St. Angela Merici who founded the Ursuline Nuns, the first teaching order for young girls.  She sought to re-evangelize family life through the education of future wives and mothers.  It was her belief that “disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, January 28th following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  What is a Carmelite?  Some of the most famous saints of the Church were Carmelites.  They include St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Sister Lucia of Fatima, one of the three shepherds to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared. The name “Carmelite” derives from Mount Carmel. The full name of the order is “The Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  The order was founded in Palestine about 1154 and claims continuity with the hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, from ancient times even as far back as to the prophet Elijah of the Old Testament.  All interested are welcome to atten

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund:  In memory of Paul Deskavich from Kathryn Putala, Robert & Nancy Turner, and Leon & Helen Woznakewicz / In memory of Ralph V. Fronckus, Sr. from Walter Kurtyka, Peter & Melanie Zschau and Dr. Joseph & Anna Viadero / In memory of David S. Sroka from Henry Gaida.  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.  Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.

 

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 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 22: 8:00 + Chris Gatautis – int. Friend

 10:30 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie

Monday, January 23: + Chris Gatautis – int. Friend

Tuesday, January 24: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Wednesday, January 25: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Thursday, January 26: + Fleurette Witalisz – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Friday, January 27: + Stanley Bak – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Saturday, January 28: 8:00 + Paul Deskavich – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

4:00 + Carrie Wheeler – int. Nina Johnson

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!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas known as the “Evangelical Doctor.”  He was known for his writing and poetry and is the patron of Catholic schools and of philosophers.  There is a stained glass window of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Blessed Mother side of the church.  He is pictured wearing the black and white Dominican habit and holding a book as a sign of his patronage of philosophers.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, January 28th 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.

 March for Life – Catholics for Life, along with the Franklin County Deanery, are sponsoring a chartered bus to attend the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC on the 44th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  The bus will depart from Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield on Thursday evening, January 26th.  We will spend Friday, January 27th in Washington, leaving at 4:00 p.m.  We will arrive back in Greenfield early Saturday morning.  All students may attend at no charge; sponsorship will be available.  For additional information, please contact Deacon John Leary at (413) 219-2734 or email him at deaconjohnleary@gmail.co

FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS.  For nationwide Mass Times and locations:  call 1-800-Mass-Times (1-800-627-7846) or Internet www.Masstimes.org

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 (nafaller@aol.com)

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.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUs museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit until January 29th.  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/parking. More at kofcmuseum.org or 203-865-0400.

 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.

 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! 

Concentration Camps:

A Blueprint for Abortion Clinics

     Contrary to pro-abortion rhetoric; there are definite parallels between Nazi concentration camps and today’s American abortion clinics.  Striking similarities are found not only between the victims, but also between the perpetrators.  One particularly evil man who started his reign of terror in the German concentration camps was Josef Mengele.  Known as the “Angel of Death” for his brutal medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners, he was responsible for torturing and killing thousands of inmates between 1943 and 1945.  Many of his victims were infants and children.  After World War II, he went into hiding.  He eventually popped up in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Apparently, he had not gotten his blood lust satisfied at the concentration camps.  In Argentina, he earned his living as an abortionist, and children were not his only victims.  In 1958, a young woman died on his operating table.

     Language manipulation, common in Nazi-controlled Germany, is an integral part of today’s abortion industry.  In Nazi Germany, Jews were known as “useless eaters” and Auschwitz as a “relocation center.”  Likewise, to lessen the humanity of the fetus, abortion clinic workers refer to abortion as “pregnancy termination” and the head of the fetus as “number one.”  Nazis referred to genocide as “removing the Jewish element” in the same impersonal way that abortionists call aborting a fetus “removing the products of conception.”  In concentration camps, Nazis de-humanized Jews by assigning them numbers in place of their names.  Abortion clinics sometimes use this technique, as well.  Lime 5, Mark Crutcher’s expose of the American abortion industry, told of a young woman who went to a Tennessee abortion clinic.  While there, she was told to answer to “Lime 5” instead of her name.  Using code names like this allowed the staff to dehumanize abortion clients and their unborn children.

      Those who supported genocide and those who support abortion justify their positions by characterizing those being killed as subhuman.  In a Los Angeles Times article, Nazi Physician Fritz Klein stated his justification for killing Jews: “When you find a gangrenous appendix, you must remove it.”  In Abortion in a Changing World, Alan Guttmacher, former President of Planned Parenthood, compared taking a fetus’ life by abortion to operating on an appendix or removing a gangrenous bowel.  Nazis and abortionists both have made flimsy excuses for their brutality.  In Ordinary Men, author Christopher Browning cites several excuses prevalent among the Nazis.  “I thought that without me the Jews weren’t going to escape their fate anyway,” said one worker.  Another shot children, rationalizing that they could not live without their mothers, who had already been executed.  One worker made light of the Nazis’ exterminations by claiming that they “shot only the poorest of the poor.”  These executioners convinced themselves that they served a worthwhile cause or hastened an unavoidable destiny.  Similarly, abortion advocates rationalize killing babies by arguing that death is better than whatever fate might await a child who would be born to a poor, young, or unmarried mother.

      Magda Denes, pro-abortion author of In Necessity and Sorrow, interviewed numerous abortion clinic workers.  They tried to convince themselves that they had no responsibility in women’s abortion decisions and made statements such as, “I do not decide for these women; I just do my job,” and “I give them what they want.”  This is similar to Nazi war criminals who later defended their actions by claiming that they only followed orders.  In another parallel, the “abortion pill” RU-486 is made by Roussel Uclaf, whose parent company, Hoechst AG, formerly I.G.Farben, created Zyklon B to exterminate an estimated 1.3 million Jews in the Auschwitz gas chambers, just as abortionists are now using RU-486 to kill fetuses.  Gassing Jews rather than shooting them distanced the Nazis from their victims in the same way that the abortion pill distances the abortionists from their victims.  Each kills people without their killers having to witness the deaths.  Clearly, the Nazi Holocaust and the contemporary American abortion industry have far more in common than abortion advocates care to admit.

[Reprinted from Life Dynamics, Inc. Spring 1998]

Pro-Life Leader Cardinal Timothy Dolan Will Pray

at President Donald Trump’s Inauguration

     Prominent U.S. Catholic leader Timothy Dolan will be one of six clergy to speak or read Scripture during Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th.

     Dolan, a Cardinal from New York and a strong pro-life advocate, received an invitation to participate, along with well-known Protestant leader the Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White, according to the Washington Post.

     Notably, Hier is the first rabbi to be invited to speak at a presidential inauguration since Ronald Reagan’s second term 32 years ago; and White is the second female clergy member ever to receive an invitation, according to the report.

     Dolan said he was “honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration,” and he is looking “forward to asking Almighty God to inspire and guide our new President and to continue to bless our great Nation.”

     In the months prior to the election, Dolan emphasized the importance of right to life issues for Catholics.  In October during Respect Life Month, he told Catholics that defending the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person should be their first priority.

     Trump faced some criticism from Dolan and several of the other clergy invitees prior to the election. Dolan, Rodriguez and Graham took issue with Trump’s statements on immigration, women and other issues.  However, these prominent religious leaders also emphasized to Christians that the issues of abortion and assisted suicide should take top priority.

     In the months leading up to the election, Graham traveled across the United States to urge Christians to get out and vote, and to keep pro-life principles at the front of their minds when they considered the candidates.

     “Beware, because the next president isn’t going to nominate one [U.S. Supreme Court justice].  It could be three, four, possibly five.  And that would change the courts of our nation for the next 50 years or longer,” Graham said.

     Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also addressed the issues of abortion and immigration in October.

     “Donald Trump speaks of building a wall but Hillary Clinton has already built one.  The Democratic candidate’s abortion stance … serves as a greater wall than any rhetorical, hypothetical or physical wall,” he wrote in an email to supporters.

     Some have questioned the sincerity of Trump’s pro-life beliefs, given that he once identified as “pro-choice” on abortion.  However, the president-elect’s choices of strong pro-life leaders, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence, for his administration have helped to reassure many voters that he will work to protect babies and moms from abortion.

     His inauguration committee’s selection of prominent pro-life religious leaders appears to be another small but not insignificant sign that pro-life values are important to the in-coming leaders of America.

Micaiah Bilger, Jan. 2, 2017 | 11:11AM  Washington, DC, http://www.lifenews.com

Attention, Single Catholic Men 18-30 – The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a community of consecrated brothers dedicated to fostering reverent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord, invite you to discern your vocation at their House of Formation, located at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Learn more: knights.org.

DID YOU KNOW… Located in Wrocław, Poland is the oldest restaurant in Europe, “Piwnica Swidnicka”, operating since 1275.

…. Poland is among the world’s biggest producers of hard coal.  Its reserves of hard coal are estimated at 45.4 billion tons, enough to meet the country’s demand for almost 500 years, twice as long as the world’s average.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Genevieve Zukowski 1/22/1929

Mary Plona 1/22/1941

Edward Molongoski 1/22/1944

Mary Krol 1/22/1963

Rev. Joseph Szczepaniak 1/22/1971

Frank Dzeima 1/22/1976

Gladys M. Dejnak 1/22/1991

Genowefa Zebert 1/22/2001

Alice Osowski 1/22/2006

Erleen M. Chabot 1/22/2006

Lawrence S. Filiault 1/22/2011

Alice M. Fugere 1/22/2011

Patricia E. Sobieski 1/22/2011

Stephen J. Nicewicz 1/23/1986

Stanley Bialecki 1/23/1994

Blanche Piepiora 1/23/2007

Stanislaus Duda 1/24/1941

Chester E. Makofsky 1/24/1988

Mary E. Waseleski 1/25/2008

Kazimiera Jurgielewicz 1/27/1961

Joseph Jakibowski 1/28/1933

Joseph Byk, Sr. 1/28/1975

Anna Zak 1/28/1977

Anthony J. Sojka 1/28/1986

David W. Phillips 1/28/2013

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

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.

 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. 

Prayers which may be said at the Offertory

before Holy Communion: 

When the Priest offers the Host

I place upon the paten my heart, the hearts of all those near and dear to me, especially the hearts of my relatives; the hearts of all those for whom I have promised to pray; the hearts of all those who have injured me; the hearts of all those whom I have injured; the hearts of all the agonizing.  Jesus, when Thou changest the Host into Thy body, change our hearts into hearts pleasing to Thee.

When the Priest offers the Chalice

I place within the chalice the souls of all the faithful departed, especially my relatives and all those for whom I should pray; the souls for those for whom I may have forgotten to pray; the souls most devoted to the Precious Blood, the Sacred Heart, and the Blessed Virgin; the souls of the most abandoned.  Jesus, when Thou changest the wine into Thy Precious Blood, bring these poor souls from their place of suffering into eternal happiness.  Mother of Sorrows! Mother of Christ! You had influence with thy Divine Son when on earth, Thou hast the same influence now in Heaven, pray for me, obtain  from thy Divine Son my request, if it be His Holy will.

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

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

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

        SUNDAY                             MONDAY                           TUESDAY                       WEDNESDAY

Clergy who are sick               Deacon Leary            Our Deacon Candidates         Deacon DeCarlo 

                  THURSDAY                          FRIDAY                                   SATURDAY  

                  Fr. Reardon                       Fr. Lisowski                               Fr. O’Mannion 

Parish Schedule for the Week of January 15, 2017

 

Sunday, January 15 [Second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:    

    8:00 am + Blanche Siwizki – int. Family

  10:30 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltese

Monday, January 16 [Bl. Michael Kozal]:

 8:00 am + Albina Pluta – int. Kenneth & Mary Jane Reil

Tuesday, January 17 [St. Anthony]:

   5:30 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

Wednesday, January 18 [St. Jude Novena/ Bl. Regina Protmann]:

   5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane and Ken Maltese

Thursday, January 19:

   5:30 pm + Joseph & Helena Kostecki – int. Marlene & John Kostka

Friday, January 20 [Pope St. Fabian / St. Sebastian]:

  5:30 pm – Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa –int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Saturday, January 21 [St. Agnes]:

  8:00 am + Bonnie M. Demers – int. Betty Fritz

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

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

Sunday, January 22 [Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

  8:00 am + John Kopinto – int. Children

10:30 am + Mary Yezierski – int. Frank & Mildred Osciak

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17th is the Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot who was called the Father of Monasticism.  He lived the life of a hermit and was noted for his vigorous, heroic prayer life and discipline.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will continue as usual on Wednesday, January 18th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome and encouraged to come pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week on Wednesday, January 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft.  All members are asked to attend.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th is the Feast of two early Christian Martyr/Saints:  Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian.  St. Fabian was an early Pope and was called “an incomparable man” by St. Cyprian.  He died for his Faith in the year 250 A.D.  St. Sebastian, patron saint of athletes, died speaking out in defense of the Faith.  Both saints will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st is the Feast of St. Agnes, a twelve year old girl who courageously died for the love of her Savior at the beginning of the fourth century.  This child martyr will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA will be offered before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, January 21st.  Please come and beg God for an end to this terrifying evil which is destroying our nation!

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 – spaghetti sauce, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, cereal, baked beans, canned vegetables, crackers, juices, etc.  Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.

March for Life – Catholics for Life, along with the Franklin County Deanery, are sponsoring a chartered bus to attend the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC on the 44th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  The bus will depart from Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield on Thursday evening, January 26th.  We will spend Friday, January 27th in Washington, leaving at 4:00 p.m.  We will arrive back in Greenfield early Saturday morning.  All students may attend at no charge; sponsorship will be available.  For more info., contact Deacon John Leary at (413) 219-2734 or deaconjohnleary@gmail.com.

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 (nafaller@aol.com)

 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.

 THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUs museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit until January 29th.  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.  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.

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

Our Lady of Refuge

January 16

     The worst evil that can befall us is unquestionably SIN, which makes us an object of abhorrence in the sight of God.

     God’s infinite mercy has not only prepared for us a potent remedy against sin in the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior, but it has also given us poor sinners a secure refuge in the assistance of Mary, Our Lady refuge of sinners. In the Old Law there were cities of refuge to which the guilty could flee for safety; in the New Law, Mary’s mantle is for us that citadel of refuge for sinful souls. How can the Divine Wrath strike us, if we are covered by the mantle of Mary, the chosen daughter and the honored Mother of God?

     Our Lady refuge of sinners is thus not merely a pledge of our safety, but by her unrivaled sanctity, she is as earnest of pardon for all sinners who have recourse to her intercession. She not only disarms the just anger of God roused by our sins, but also obtains for her true clients sincere and heartfelt conversion. All we need do is turn toward her with Faith, to obtain Divine Clemency and the means to rise from the mire of sin.

     To be cleansed from sin and to be admitted again into the friendship of God is a grace beyond compare; but to be kept free from fresh falls is even more important, as our salvation depends entirely upon final perseverance. Mary, by her intercession, helps us detest past sins and faults; and keeps us from renewed relapses.

     Through God’s permission we are tempted in all sorts of ways; but Mary’s watchful assistance helps us put Satan to flight while she suggests to us, through our Angel Guardian, all manner of good thoughts and holy aspirations.

     More than ever at the hour of death, Mary shelters her devoted children, driving the Tempter far from us, and encouraging us to fight valiantly to the last gasp.

     “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us SINNERS, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

www.roman-catholic-saints.com

Paintings of Our Lady of Refuge are, with few exceptions, quite similar in design and execution. The heads of the Infant Jesus and his Mother Mary lean together with no background between them. Both figures wear a crown. Mary’s eyes are turned toward the observer, while the gaze of the child seems to turn left of the viewer. The painting above is from the hands of the artist, Joseph de Paez, 1750, Mexico. – www.catholictradition.org

Anthony Baldinucci, S.J., was born in Florence, the son of the art historian and biographer Filippo Baldinucci. He attended the Jesuit school of Florence and was drawn to the priesthood. Initially he considered following his older brother into the Dominican Order, but he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus on April 21, 1681, and was ordained as a priest on October 28, 1695.  He had wanted to become a missionary in Asia, but his poor health kept him from that path. Instead, he worked in central Italy, specifically in the cities of Frascati and Viterbo. He would continue to work in this area for the rest of his life.  For four months of every year he would conduct missions. Between 1697 and 1717 he visited 30 dioceses and gave an average of 22 missions per year. The missions were generally centered on meditations from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.  He had a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary, and made sure that a copy of the miraculous picture of her as the Refuge of Sinners (Refugium Peccatorum ) from the Church of the Gesu (Frascati) was carried with him in his travels and he worked diligently to spread Marian devotions in his travels.  After suffering from a myocardial infarction in the course of one of his preaching tours, brought on by fatigue, Baldinucci died 7 November 1717(1717-11-07) (aged 52) in the village of Pofi, in the ancient region of Lazio, then part of the Papal States.

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! 

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 15: 8:00 + Marian Gallione – int. Betty Fritz

  10:30 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Monday, January 16: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

Tuesday, January 17: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Wednesday, January 18: + Julia Koldis – int. James & Jean Koldis

Thursday, January 19: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Friday, January 20: – Health & Blessings for Joe Gloski – int. Family

Saturday, January 21: 8:00 + Marian Gallione – int. Betty Fritz

4:00 + Nellie Kosewicz – int. Sisters

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!

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Did you know … Wieliczka Salt Mine of “Kopalnia soli Wieliczka” built in the 13th century is one of the world’s oldest salt mines and was still in operation until 2007.  It is also referred to as “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” due to is three chapels and an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by the miners and place on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites in 1978.

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

 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

Attention, Single Catholic Men 18-30 – The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a community of consecrated brothers dedicated to fostering reverent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord, invite you to discern your vocation at their House of Formation, located at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Learn more: knights.org.

FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS.  For nationwide Mass Times and locations:  call 1-800-Mass-Times (1-800-627-7846) or Internet www.Masstimes.org.

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The Tremendous Value of Holy Mass

     At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation. God forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished. Every Mass will go with you to Judgment and will plead for pardon for you. By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less according to your fervor.

     By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord. Through the Holy Sacrifice, Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligence and omissions. By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Holy Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after death.

     Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your purgatory by every Mass. During the Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.

     Through Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs. When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honor of any particular Saint or Angel, thanking God for the favors bestowed on him, etc., you afford that Saint or Angel a new degree of honor, joy and happiness, and draw his special love and protection on yourself. Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it in honor of the Saint of the day.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Wenceslaus Guzan 1/15/1934

Anna Zurko 1/15/1949

Michael W. Monkiewicz 1/15/1986

Diane F. Letourneau 1/15/1988

John Kurtyka 1/16/1951

Blanche E. Siwizki 1/16/2009

Bronislawa Banach 1/17/1928

Stanisława Okula 1/17/1930

John Sobolewski 1/17/1992

Donald J. Menard 1/19/2015

Walter H. Waraksa 1/20/1992

Dean E. Matherson 1/20/2014

Stanislaus Bienkunski 1/21/1926

Peter Okula 1/21/1963

Roman Denkiewicz 1/21/1970

Sophie S. Olchowski 1/21/1991

Charles J. Sokoloski 1/21/2006

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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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ON MY WAY HOME ONE DAY, I stopped to watch a Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home.  As I sat down behind the bench on the first base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was.  “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile.

     “Really,” I said.  “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.”

     “Discouraged?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face.  “Why should we be discouraged?  We haven’t been up to bat yet.”

Under the Bridge by Father Ed

 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

Father Roach        Deacon Nolan            Father Aksamit           Deacon Ratte’

      THURSDAY                          FRIDAY                                 SATURDAY

Bishop McDonnell                Father Roux                            Father Naranjo

 

 

Church Bulletin

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 8, 2017 +

 Sunday, January 8 [The Epiphany of the Lord]:

   8:00 am + Mary Yezierski – int. Theresa James

 10:30 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltese

Monday, January 9 [The Baptism of the Lord]:

  8:00 am + Stacia DeMeo – int. Betty Fritz

Tuesday, January 10:

  5:30 pm + Lorraine Donnelly – int. Sroka Family

Wednesday, January 11 [St. Jude Novena]:

  5:30 pm + Helen Muszynski – int. Teresa & Jerry Bielski

Thursday, January 12:

5:30 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Parish Council

Friday, January 13 [St. Hilary]:

   5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltese

Saturday, January 14:

   8:00 am + Eugene & Lucille Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:00 pm + Leon Piecuch – int. Alice Wojtkowski

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

Sunday, January 15 [Second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:    

    8:00 am + Blanche Siwizki – int. Family

  10:30 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltes

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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THE FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS, on January 8th, is celebrated by the Polish people in a special way.  In church, chalk and incense are blessed and distributed to the faithful.  The incense is meant to remind us of the gifts the Three Kings gave to Jesus and the chalk is to be used in a special ceremony in each home.

            On returning to their homes with the blessed chalk and incense the families light the incense and the fragrant smoke is allowed to fill and sanctify the house, reminding everyone of the gifts of the Three Kings again and also of the spiritual gifts dispensed by the Church.  The blessed chalk is used to inscribe +K+M+B+ and the date over the inside of each door of the house.  The letters are the initials of the Three Kings: + Kaspar + Melchior + Balthasar +.  They are written over each entrance into the house, not only to commemorate the feast of the Magi but also to remind the inhabitants that they must treat all who come to their door as kings — as kings searching for Jesus (for are not all people searching for God?).  Hospitality and kindness must be shown to all just as one would show respect and kindness to the Three Kings searching for Jesus!

            The Polish proverb “Gość w dom, Bóg w dom” (A guest in the house is God in the house) reminds us that hospitality is a national trait of the Polish people.  The custom of writing the initials of the Magi over the entrance of a house is a vivid reminder of this beautiful and most Christian Polish characteristic.  Chalk and incense will be blessed at all the weekend Masses.

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JANUARY 9th COMMEMORATES the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist.  In some parts of Poland an unusual custom is celebrated.  An ice hole is cut in a pond or river near the church and an altar is made out of the chunks of ice.  The ice crystal altar is decorated with evergreens and ribbons.  A procession from the church to the ice altar is held with banners and icons carried reverently and hymns and incense rising up to heaven.  A short prayer service is held and then the water in the ice hold is blessed as a reminder of the Baptism of Jesus.

     In some villages, as soon as the water is blessed, the young men plunge into the ice water.  Each submerging his head three times and then jumping out of the water is covered with a heavy fur coat.  This curious ritual has the double meaning of commemorating the Baptism of Jesus as well as a prayer-act for the man’s good health.

 MONDAY, JANUARY 9th is the last day of Christmas.  Visit the crèche after Mass and ask the Christ Child for His blessings and love.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Monday morning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass to dismantle the Christmas trees and the crèche.  Free poinsettias will be available!!

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will take place as usual on Wednesday, January 11th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome.

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 8: 8:00 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie

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

Monday, January 9: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Tuesday, January 10: + Timothy A. Bear – int. Nancy Faller

Wednesday, January 11: + David S. Sroka – int. Nancy Faller

Thursday, January 12: + John A. & Mary Ann Tosto – int. Melissa Wright

Friday, January 13: + Cecelia Gloski – int. Grandchildren

Saturday, January 14: 8:00 + Leon Piecuch – int. Eichorn Family  

                                        4:00 + Charles Gloski – int. Grandchildren

 

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!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th is the Feast of St. Hilary who was a convert from paganism, became a Bishop and a great leader in church orthodoxy.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, January 14th 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 ST. KAZIMIERZ SOCIETY will hold their annual meeting and installation of officers on Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m., at St. Kazimierz Hall on Avenue A.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will not meet this month.

 THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will take place in our parish on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Mass and the Sacrament of First Communion will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the 10:30 Mass.  Please mark your calendars.

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, crackers, canned fruits and vegetables, desserts, etc.  Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.

 “We Three Kings” Who were the Magi?

Father Dwight Longenecker

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     The three kings are classic figures in every Nativity set — one king on a camel, one kneeling at the manger and one standing ready to offer his gifts. But who were the Wise Men, and what do we know about them?

     We’re not exactly sure who they were. The evidence from the Gospels is found in the first 12 verses of St. Matthew’s account. All we can glean from that passage is that they are called Magi, or “magicians,” that they came from the East to Jerusalem, and that they had seen a star announcing the birth of the King of the Jews. The Gospel doesn’t say there were three Wise Men. That idea comes from the three gifts they brought.

     To track down who the Wise Men were, we must first look East. The obvious choice is the Parthian Empire. During the time of Jesus, the Parthian Empire was the name of what was formerly the Persian Empire. It was centered on present day Iran and Iraq. In the Parthian Empire there was a caste of astrologer priests based in the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Most scholars think the Magi were Zoroastrian priest-astrologers from Persia.

     However, none of this is recorded in Matthew’s Gospel. Neither is there a mention that the Wise Men were kings — nor are there camels in Matthew’s account. So, where did the idea come from that the Wise Men were camel-riding kings? The idea of three kings and the presence of camels is linked with two Old Testament prophecies. Psalm 72:10-11 reads:

“May the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. May all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.”

     Isaiah 60 is also read in the liturgy on the feast of the Epiphany, and, like Psalm 72, Isaiah highlights the double meaning of the visit of the Wise Men: that the light of Christ has come into the world and is for all people — not only the Jews. The prophecy reads:

“Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you . . . Nations shall walk by your light, kings by the radiance of your dawning Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you — Your sons from afar  . . Then you shall see and be radiant  . . For the riches of the sea shall be poured out before you,

the wealth of nations shall come to you.  Caravans of camels shall cover you, dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense and heralding the praises of the Lord” (vv. 1-6).

     Now we can see where the idea of kings and camels comes from. Matthew says the kings came from the East, and Persia seems the obvious choice, but the passage from Isaiah predicts that the kings come from Ephah, Midian and Sheba. Where are Ephah, Midian and Sheba?

     Midian is the Old Testament name for what was, in Jesus’ time, the Kingdom of the Nabateans. It lies directly east and south of Jerusalem — in present-day Jordan — and Ephah was a city of Midian further south in the Arabian peninsula. The ancient Kingdom of Sheba was centered in what is present-day Yemen, also to the east and south.

     If we are looking to the Scriptures for evidence, the prophecy from Isaiah suggests that the Wise Men came from what is now Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. If so, they probably did come on camels, since Midian especially was known for its abundance of camels.

     Can we use an Old Testament prophecy to determine where the Wise Men came from? Those who believe in the accuracy of biblical prophecy will not have a problem doing so. However, there are other indicators to suggest the Arabian Peninsula rather than Persia. The three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh are overlooked as clues to solve the riddle.

 

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Gifts of the Magi

     Where did the gold come from? As mentioned, Yemen is the present-day location of the ancient civilization of Sheba. The kingdom’s fabulous wealth was based on gold mines in Ethiopia. Archaeologists have recently discovered what they believe to be the mines of the queen of Sheba.

     The story of the queen of Sheba (see 1 Kgs 10), who came in procession with great royal gifts of wealth establishes a prophetic precedent. Just as the queen of Sheba came to bear gifts to the Jewish king Solomon, so it could be that the king of Sheba during Jesus’ time came, like his illustrious ancestor, to bear rich gifts to the king of the Jews.

     Furthermore, the kings of Yemen during the time of Jesus were Jewish. They would have had a keen interest in the goings-on in Herod’s court and the arrival of a new king of the Jews. Finally, Jesus himself mentions this link in Matthew 12:42 when he refers to the queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon and, referring to himself, says, “There is something greater than Solomon here.”

     There are more intriguing clues based on three gifts. The Arabian Peninsula — especially the area of Midian and Sheba — is the only place in the world where the specific plants grow from which are harvested the resin to make both incense and myrrh. These two rich gifts — used for their aroma and for medicinal purposes — were the cash crops of this part of the world.

     The origin of the three gifts would indicate that the Wise Men came from the Arabian Peninsula. And the gifts were not simply rich gifts offered to Christ, but were symbolic gifts from the kingdoms of their origin.

     The gifts had diplomatic significance and suggest that the Magi were indeed either kings or ambassadors from the court of Nabatea and Sheba. Even more intriguing, there was constant traffic along the “incense route,” which came north from the southern tip of Arabia up to what is now Jordan and across Judea to Gaza. If the Magi were from southern Arabia and the Kingdom of Nabatea (present-day Jordan), their trade route ran right past Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Were They Priests?

     But were they astrologer priests? While we know there was a sect of astrologer-magicians in Persia, it is also true that Persian wise men were dispersed across the Parthian Empire, which stretched down into the Arabian Peninsula and beyond. It is also true that the Persian Zoroastrians were not the only astrologers and wise men. The knowledge and wisdom of ancient astrology and prophecy were practiced across the ancient world.

     We do not know for certain who the Wise Men mentioned in the Nativity story were, and theories and explanations will continue. But if we put all the evidence together, it seems that the Wise Men were probably Zoroastrian influenced astrologers in the court of the Kingdoms of Nabatea and Sheba who brought rich gifts of diplomatic significance to the newborn King of the Jews.

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 (nafaller@aol.com)

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

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Eleonore Podlenski 1/8/1930

Mary Molongoski 1/8/1967

Anthony J. Malinowski 1/8/1976

Antoinette J. Godlesky 1/8/2003

Robert M. MacDonald 1/8/2014

Harold Banash 1/9/1934

Martin Pliszka 1/9/1945

Mary Kawecki 1/9/1958

John Apola 1/9/1976

Raymond A. Usinski 1/9/1989

Anna Misjek 1/10/1951

Julia Sokoloski 1/10/1953

Gloria A. Dulong 1/10/1998

Stanley P.Milewski, Sr. 1/10/2002

Maria Sahngshim Park Chung 1/10/2006

Anthony F. Muszynski, Sr. 1/10/2012

Aloysius Walichowski 1/11/1933

Jacob Sojka 1/11/1935

Valerie A. Usinski 1/11/1993

Mildred M. Traceski 1/11/2003

Edward F. Milewski 1/11/2010

Peter Napiorkowski 1/12/1934

Joseph Mlecko 1/12/1947

John Byk 1/12/1967

Stanley Krol 1/12/1996

Mary Muszynski 1/13/1953

Ludwik Pagoda 1/13/1965

Anna Putala 1/13/1974

George J. Smith, Sr. 1/13/1991

Leskidia Szehla 1/14/1929

Josephine Gozeski 1/14/1985

Ethel M. Siciak 1/14/1997

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

DID YOU KNOW…The highest mountain in Australia was named in 1840 by Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzeleck as Mount Kosciuszko because of the mountain’s resemblance to the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow.

 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 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUs museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit until January 29th.  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.

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.

 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! 

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

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

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

A PRIEST parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.  Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times.  If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment.  Forgive us our trespasses.”  When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note, “I’ve circled this block for 10 years.  If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job.  Lead us not into temptation.”

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

   Vocations          Bishop Rozanski                   Deacon Leary              Deacon Rabbitt

     Thursday                  Friday                               Saturday

      Pope Francis          Deacon Bucci                         Deacon Bete

Church Bulletin January 1, 2017

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 1, 2017 +

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

Monday, January 2 [Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen]:         

   8:00 am + Edward Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families

Tuesday, January 3 [The Most Holy Name of Jesus]

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

Wednesday, January 4 [St. Jude Novena/ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton]:

  5:30 pm + Helen Muszynski – int. Teresa & Jerry Bielski

Thursday, January 5 [St. John Neumann / Bl. Maria Marcellina Darowska /

St. Gaudentius (Radzim)]:

   5:30 pm – Grace and Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Family

First Friday, January 6 [St. André Bessette]:

  5:30 pm – Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa –int. Ron & Monica Scherman

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

First Saturday, January 7 [St. Raymond of Peñafort]:

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

Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass

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

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

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

Sunday, January 8 [The Epiphany of the Lord]:

   8:00 am + Mary Yezierski – int. Theresa James

 10:30 am + Mary Kopinto – int. Diane & Ken Maltese

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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!”

MONDAY, JANUARY 2nd is the Feast of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, Doctors of the Church.  St. Basil is the Father of Monasticism in the Eastern Church and St. Gregory was noted as a great Scripture scholar.  Both will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3rd is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  Through the particular efforts of St. Bernardine of Siena, devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus was promoted through the inscription of the monogram of the Holy Name, IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator), and the addition of the name Jesus to the Hail Mary.  We are called to believe in Jesus Christ, pay Him homage and to reform our lives.  This Feast will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4th is the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, an American saint from New York City who after her conversion to the Catholic Faith founded a religious teaching order in Emmitsburg, Maryland and grew in holiness and humility.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will take place on Wednesday, January 4th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome to come and invoke the intercession of St. Jude, the saint of the impossible.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5th is the Feast of St. John Neumann who emigrated from Bohemia to the U.S., became the Archbishop of Philadelphia and was noted as a great educator and promoter of parochial schools.  His devotion to the Eucharist led him to establish Forty Hours Devotions in the United States.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. and his relic will be venerated following this Mass.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th is the Feast of Saint André Bessette known as the wonder-worker of Mount Royale.  Born in Canada, Blessed André lived and worked for a time in Western Massachusetts.  He became a brother of the Holy Cross.  His life work of charity and devotion to St. Joseph made him world famous.  His life was surrounded by miracles still in evidence at the shrine to St. Joseph which he built.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is Friday, January 6th.  The Mass of the Sacred Heart will take place at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th 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, JANUARY 7th is the Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort who labored for the redemption of slaves.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, January 7th 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 winners of the November 50-50 Raffle were: Mary Lynne Brown and Terri Aiken.   Our 2016 goal of new curtains for the undercroft have been purchased and hung. Thank You!!  Our goal for 2017’s raffle is to purchase a gas grill for rectory/ church use, i.e. Pumpkin Fest. Our next 50-50 Raffle will be held the weekend of Jan. 21 & 22, 2017 at all Masses. It is hoped that parishioners will continue to support the 50 – 50 Raffle held every other month.

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 (nafaller@aol.com).

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will take place in our parish on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Mass and the Sacrament of First Communion will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the 10:30 Mass.  Please mark your calendars.

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 – dry milk, canned soups and stews, jam, crackers, pasta, juices, etc.  Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.

This is the story of a marvelous miracle that took place a few days before Christmas of 1956 in Communist-occupied Hungary. The story comes to us through a Fr. Norbert, a parish priest in Budapest, who later fled to the West.

     Gertrude was a rabidly militant Communist who was an elementary teacher in a girls’ school. She made it her mission to try to steal her pupils’ Catholic faith, and missed no opportunity to either mock their belief, or to slyly indoctrinate them in Marxist propaganda.

     One particular pupil, Angela, an intelligent, devout little leader, asked Fr. Norbert to let her receive Holy Communion daily to help her bear up under her teacher’s constant persecution.

     “She will persecute you worse,” Fr. Norbert warned, but the ten year old insisted she needed Jesus more than ever.

     Sure enough, from that day, sensing something different, Gertrude began a veritable psychological torture campaign.

     On December 17, the schoolmistress devised a cruel trick meant to strike a deadly blow against what she termed “ancient superstitions infesting the school”.

     In a sweet voice, she began to question the children, promoting atheistic materialism, arguing that things only exist that can be seen and touched. To illustrate her point, she asked Angela to step out of the room. Then she had the whole classroom call to her, “Angela, come in!” called the girls in unison.

     Angela entered, intrigued, but suspecting a trap.

     “You see, girls,” oiled Gertrude, “because Angela is a living person, someone we can see, hear and touch, when we call her she hears us. But suppose…we were to call the Infant Jesus, in whom some of you seem to believe…do you think He would hear you?”

     There was a loaded silence; then some voices timidly said, “Yes we do.”

     “What about you, Angela”, asked the teacher.

     Now Angela understood. She expected a trap, but not one so terrible. But she answered with ardent faith, “Yes! I believe that He hears me!”

     Now Gertrude laughed loud and long. Then, turning to the class, she shot; “Well! Then call Him!”

     Silence.

     The Communist’s arguments had not been totally ineffective.

     Suddenly, Angela rushed to the front of the class, her eyes glistening. Facing her classmates she shouted, “Listen girls, we are going to call Him! Let’s all call together: come, Infant Jesus!”

     All the girls sprang to their feet and began, “Come, Infant Jesus, come, Infant Jesus…”

     Gertrude was startled. She had not expected this reaction.

     But the young ones continued. There was now an aura of expectant hope around the little leader.

     When anticipation was at a height, the classroom door opened soundlessly, an intense brightness shining there, then entering the classroom and slightly increasing like the light of a great, gentle fire. In the midst of this splendor, there was a globe that shone with an even clearer light.

     As the girls and teacher watched, riveted to the floor, the globe opened disclosing a handsome Infant dressed in a refulgent tunic. His smile was ravishing, as the little girls smiled back, in perfect peace and joy. Then, gently, the globe closed and disappeared through the door.

     The children were still raptly gazing in the direction of the door, when they were jolted back to earth by a sharp scream.

     “He CAME!” screamed the terrified school mistress, “He CAME….!!!” And she fled down the hallway.

     Fr Norbert questioned the little girls one by one. He attested under oath that he did not find the least contradiction in their accounts.

     As for Gertrude, she was interned in an asylum. The tremendous shock of the apparition affected her godless mind, and she never stopped repeating, “He came, He came!” 

Based on an account by Maria Minovskca in Magnificat Magazine, Braga, Portugal

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 1: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

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

Monday, January 2: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Family

Tuesday, Jan. 3: + Joan Sak (1st Anniversary) – int. husband Peter and sons Brian & Jeff

Wednesday, January 4: – For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart – int. Nancy Faller

Thursday, January 5: + Louis M. Kozloski (5th Anniversary) – int. Wanda and Family

Friday, January 6: + Sr. Carmen Carboneau – int. Nina Johnson

Saturday, January 7: 8:00 – Blessings for Otto Felix Leopold Brandow on his entry  into the Roman Catholic Church – int. Nancy Faller 

4:00 – Health & Blessings for Carrie Wheeler – int. Nina Johnson

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!

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

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Edward Baranowski 1/1/1936

Franciszek Zajec 1/1/1956

John Choleva 1/1/1972

Mary Sokolowski 1/1/1975

Josephine E. Milewski 1/1/1987

John A. Ciesunski 1/1/1995

Helen Muszynski 1/1/2016

Sophie Kozik 1/2/1933

Julia Escott 1/2/1984

Robert E. Talbot 1/2/2002

Charles J. Kabaniec 1/3/1986

Anthony J. Krejmas 1/3/1998

Joanna M. Sak 1/3/2016

Frank Sak 1/4/1973

Edward J. Sojka 1/4/1996

Evelyn W. Kalinowski 1/4/2007

Wojtiech Korcz 1/5/1940

Chester Waryas 1/5/1982

Stephen J. Janek 1/5/1992

Andrew Rastallis 1/5/1997

Grace M. Wikowski 1/5/2000

Edward T. Boliski 1/5/2012

Louis M. Kozloski 1/5/2012

Marya A. Bialecki 1/6/1990

June R. Murphy 1/6/2010

Carl Tela 1/7/1969

Mieczyslaw Brzozowy 1/7/1969

Zigmund J. Kawecki 1/7/1980

Adam C. Markowski 1/7/1994

Mary Zak  1/7/1997

Helen Sak 1/7/2013

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

DID YOU KNOW… the name “Poland” originates from the name of the tribe “Polanie” which means “people living in open fields.”

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.

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.

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.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has opened its annual Christmas exhibit until January 29th.  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.

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.

Children’s Hour of Adoration – The guided children’s hour of adoration is held on the first Thursday of every month at the Adoration Chapel in Greenfield at 4:00 p.m. Join us on January 5th.

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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) 774-601

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

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

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr.  Campoli Our Seminarians Msgr. Yargeau Fr. Cullen Fr. DiMascola Clergy in Purgatory Deacon Tudryn

 

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