+ Parish Schedule for the Week of May 28, 2017 +
Sunday, May 28 [Seventh Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Michael William Ahearn – int. Geraldine and Dick
10:30 am + Bridget Kaulbach and Family – int. Filipi Family – Confirmation
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day Mass at Cemetery
9:00 am + Veterans and deceased members of the Parish
Tuesday, May 30:
5:30 pm – For the members of St. Michael’s School – int. Mazzer Family
Wed., May 31 [St. Jude Novena /The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
5:30 pm – Health and Blessings for Kerry Sullivan and Family – int. Filipi Family
Thursday, June 1 [St. Justin]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Elaine Bean – int. Mazzer Family
First Friday, June 2 [Sts. Marcellinus and Peter / Bl. Sadok and 49 Companions]:
5:30 pm – Grace and Blessings for Travis Veltrie – int. Larry & Carol Roux
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
First Saturday, June 3 [St. Charles Lwanga and Companions]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Health and Blessings for Fr. Charles Jan Di Mascola – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm + John Provost – int. Joyce Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, June 4 [Pentecost Sunday]:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Becky Allen – int. Filipi Family
10:30 am – Health and Blessings for Bob & Bethany Thies – int. Mazzer Family
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THE ANNUAL MASS FOR VETERANS and the departed of the parish will take place at our Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29th. All are invited to honor the veterans and our departed friends and relatives. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather the Mass will be held in the church.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31st is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady focusing on the charity of Mary and the recognition by St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist of Mary as the Mother of God.
THE NOVENA TO ST. JUDE is celebrated every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass and all are welcome to attend.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1st is the Feast of St. Justin the Martyr. St. Justin was a layman and a philosopher who gives us one of the earliest descriptions of the Mass following Apostolic times. St. Justin is the patron of philosophers and will be remembered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd IS THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany to the Sacred Heart. Confessions will take place before the Mass.
THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA, praying for an end to the violence of abortion in our nation and in reparation for the lack of love that makes such disrespect for life possible, will be offered on Saturday, June 3rd before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd is the Feast of the Martyrs Marcellinus and Peter, early Christian Priests who were beheaded for their Faith, and who were known for their apostolic zeal, charity and courage to the very last. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH which we celebrate in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. Mass in honor of Our Lady will take place at 8:00 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be prayed prior to the Mass. Following the Mass will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd is the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and twenty-one companions. They are the proto-martyrs of Black Africa and suffered untold tortures for their Faith and chastity. St. Charles is the Patron Saint of African Catholic Youth Action. St. Charles Lwanga and his companions will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
FATHERS DAY CARDS for our annual Novena of Masses for our living and departed fathers are available in the front vestibule. The novena of Masses will begin on Saturday, June 17th and continue through the week. Be sure to return the enrollment envelope before Fathers Day by placing them in the offering box in the front vestibule.
FATHER’S DAY CARNATIONS – On Fathers’ Day weekend, June 17th & 18th, carnations will be available at the doors of the church. Donations will be $2.00 per carnation. All proceeds to go toward defraying church expenses.
GIANT PARISH TAG SALE – It is time to clean out your attics and cellars and prepare for our annual giant tag sale which will take place this year on Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 – 1:00 on the church grounds. Please drop off tag sale items at the rectory garage. If you have large pieces of furniture and need help, call the rectory. PLEASE NO televisions, computers, printers, mattresses, clothing or books. Please call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 if you have any questions.
PLEASE MARK YOUR 2017 CALENDARS!!! We are doing four Community Meals in 2017: Wednesday, June 7; Wednesday, September 13 and Wednesday December 6. As you can see, the first one is coming up quickly! We are responsible for the main meal, breads, beverages and dessert and a small group of volunteers to help serve the meal, which takes place at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. There will be a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience for our dinner on June 6th. Please contact Cathy Becklo at 413-863-2267 or at email@example.com if you would like more information or have any questions. Thank you for all the wonderful effort that keeps this program running so beautifully!
And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda. [Lk. 1:39]
How lyrical that is, the opening sentence of St. Luke’s description of the Visitation. We can feel the rush of warmth and kindness, the sudden urgency of love that sent that girl hurrying over the hills. “Those days” in which she rose on that impulse were the days in which Christ was being formed in her, the impulse was his impulse.
Many women, if they were expecting a child, would refuse to hurry over the hills on a visit of pure kindness. They would say they had a duty to themselves and to their unborn child which came before anything or anyone else.
The Mother of God considered no such thing. Elizabeth was going to have a child, too, and although Mary’s own child was God, she could not forget Elizabeth’s need—almost incredible to us, but characteristic of her.
She greeted her cousin Elizabeth, and at the sound of her voice, John quickened in his mother’s womb and leapt for joy.
I am come, said Christ, that they may have life and may have it more abundantly. [Jn. 10, 10] Even before He was born His presence gave life.
With what piercing shoots of joy does this story of Christ unfold! First the conception of a child in a child’s heart, and then this first salutation, an infant leaping for joy in his mother’s womb, knowing the hidden Christ and leaping into life.
How did Elizabeth herself know what had happened to Our Lady? What made her realize that this little cousin who was so familiar to her was the mother of her God?
She knew it by the child within herself, by the quickening into life which was a leap of joy.
If we practice this contemplation taught and shown to us by Our Lady, we will find that our experience is like hers.
If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go with eager wills, “in haste,” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love.
And the answer we shall get from others to those impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap into joy of the already wakened life within them.
Excerpted from The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Joan Richotte for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of love.
PILGRIMAGE TO PENNSYLVANIA SHRINES AND SITES: Sept. 18-21, 2017, 4 days / 3 nights at $550.00 per person, double occupancy. Also, limited availability at $750.00 per person, single occupancy. Visiting the National Shrines of The Divine Mercy (Stockbridge, Mass.), Our Lady Of Częstochowa (Doylestown), Saint Katharine Drexel (Bensalem) and St. John Neumann (Philadelphia). Other events include – attend the Biblical based show, Jonah, at the Sight and Sound Millennium Theater (Lancaster), tours of Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square), Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, and dinner at City Tavern (Philadelphia). Cost includes: Coach with pickup/drop-off at two locations including the Thomas Charters, LLC’s parking lot at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport, 80 Airport Road, Keene, N.H. 03431, where pilgrim travelers may park their cars for free, and the Ingleside Mall, 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, Ma. 01040, near south side entrance to Sears. There is no overnight parking at the mall and so you must arrange a ride for personnel drop-off on Monday and pickup on Thursday. Also, included are three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners, accommodations with private facilities, tickets for shrines, gardens, theater and museums; taxes and gratuity. Trip Spiritual Director: Fr. Charles Di Mascola – retired Pastor, Our Lady of Częstochowa Church, Turners Falls, Mass. For itinerary and registration forms visit www.scribd.com/document/346336831. For more information contact: Mark Zuchowski: 603-499-8775 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / email@example.com.
Canadian Shrines Pilgrimage – Please join us on our 81st pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines: St. Anne de Beaupré, Our Lady of the Cape and St. Joseph from July 22 to July 26, 5 days, 4 nights / 7 meals / travel by deluxe motor coach / $650 pp/dbl occ. (pick up locations: West Haven, Cromwell, Enfield, CT and Greenfield, MA). Visit website: www.quebecshrinespilgrimage.com. Spiritual Directors: Fr. Frank Rouleau and Fr. Dennis P. Connell / Contact: Roger Papp 860-399-8137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Ordination – With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield requests the honor of your presence at the Ordination of Rev. Mr. Barrent Pease to the Order of Priest by His Excellency The Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Springfield. A light reception will immediately follow the Ordination Mass in the Bishop Marshall Center.
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 June 1st. For more information, call Virginia Christi at 624-3467.
Pilgrimage to Italy – A pilgrimage to Italy will leave from Boston on October 15, 2017 returning October 26. Spiritual Directors are Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Fr. Timothy Campoli who will offer daily Mass. 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.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Msgr. Mike Shershanovich from St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield and Fr. Brian McGrath from St. Mary’s, Lee from Jan. 23-31, 2018. For more information, call Msgr. Mike at 413-445-5789.
Two Pilgrimages to World Meeting of Families – The World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26, 2018. Two great pilgrimages (8 or 12 day) are planned which include daily Mass and visits to numerous shrines (Knock, St. Peter, Nat’l. Shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Valentine, Venerable Matt Talbot, Tomb of Venerable John Sullivan, depending on which pilgrimage you choose) and many places of interest. For more information contact Grand View Tours at (610-361-7979), visit www.catholicsindublin.com, or contact Fr. Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish in So. Deerfield (665-3254).
DID YOU KNOW . . . The Katyn Massacre records the murder of some 22,000 of Poland’s finest soldiers, academics, professionals and business owners who were buried in the Katyn Forest in what is today Russia in the 1940’s by the Soviet Secret Police.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Jacob Pawlarzek 5/28/1937
Frand Zebert 5/28/1984
Arthur E. Petrin 5/28/1991
Joseph H. Lapinski 5/28/2003
Stephany Putala 5/29/1937
Joseph Zadroga 5/29/1952
Victoria Golec 5/29/1980
Anna B. Okula 5/29/1981
Phyllis J. Hannon 5/30/1996
Paul Cygan 5/31/1952
Myron M. Strysko 5/31/1989
Frank M. Osciak 5/31/2009
Janet Whellehan Sivik 5/31/2015
Josephine Koscinski 6/1/1980
John M. Dunican 6/1/2013
Aniela Mlecko 6/2/1965
Rosalie Kabaniec 6/3/1936
Josepha Siwicki 6/3/1947
Sofja Czuj 6/3/1964
George A. Plaza 6/3/1992
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 email@example.com to leave a message with your intention and over 25 intercessors will pray for your intention daily.
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FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Joseph Klepadlo a donation was made to our Parish Renovation Fund from James and Jean Koldis. Bóg zapłać!
CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Our Seminarians Deacon Ratte’ Fr. Naranjo Fr. Lisowski
HURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Bishop McDonnell Fr. Naranjo Fr. DiMascola