+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30, 2017 +

SUNDAY, JULY 30 [Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Demetria Seago – int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am – For the Benefactors of our Parish
MONDAY, JULY 31 [St. Ignatius of Loyola]:
8:00 am + Antonietta Maffessoni – int. Prof. Richard Tedeschi
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 [St. Alphonsus Liguori / Martyrdom of the Sisters of Nowagrodek]:
5:30 pm + Ann & Joseph Krejmas – int. Marlene Kostecki Kostka
WED., AUGUST 2 [St. Jude Novena / St. Eusebius of Vercelli / St. Peter Julian Eymard /
Bl. Augustus Czartoryski]:
5:30 pm + Dora Bush – int. George Bush
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3:
5:30 pm – Grace and Blessings for Mallory Baptista – int. Larry & Carol Roux
FIRST FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 [St. John Vianney]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm + Bernie Kobera – int. Family
FIRST SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 [The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, BVM]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am + Peter Seago – int. Nancy Faller
4:00 pm + John and Mary Bush Zukowski – int. George Bush
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 [The Transfiguration of the Lord]:
8:00 am – Baby Sofie Kostecki – int. Marlene Kostecki Kostka
10:30 am + Lorita Liuzzi – int. Prof. Richard Tedeschi

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

The Great Pardon of Portiuncula

Portiuncula (in Italian Porziuncola) means Little Portion and is the name given to a small Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels, which was restored by St. Francis and stands in the plain below Assisi. St. Francis and his first friars built some huts near the old stone chapel and there established the headquarters of their order.
A Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit their parish church on the 2nd of August, when the indulgence of St. Francis, the “Portiuncula,” occurs. Many extraordinary favors were granted to him in this little church. The Blessed Virgin Mary surrounded by a great host of angels appeared in a vision and designated this place to St. Francis as the cradle of all the Franciscans. Here, likewise, she implored Jesus for St. Francis the great indulgence by which the Portiuncula became famous throughout Christendom.
The Pope has granted the indulgence of the Portiuncula to the entire world if the faithful on August 2nd visit their parish church and pray one Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the Holy Father. To complete the indulgence one must be free from sin, make a sacramental confession within seven days and receive Holy Communion.
What is an indulgence? The new Enchiridion of Indulgences, issued in 1968, has the following definition: “An indulgence is the remission, before God, of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned. This remission the faithful, with the proper dispositions and under certain determined conditions, acquire through the intervention of the Church which, as minister of the Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the Saints. An indulgence is partial or plenary, according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due for sin.”

Indulgences
The Bible and the Church teach that sin has two components – the guilt of the sin, and the temporal punishment for the sin. The best example of this in Scripture is in 2 Samuel 12:13-14 when Nathan told David that God had forgiven his sin of killing Uriah and stealing his wife Bathsheeba, but that his punishment would be the death of his son. Adam and Eve were also forgiven for their sin, but they had to endure the temporal punishment of toiling in the sun and the pain of childbirth.
Of the two components, guilt is the most important component, because if the guilt isn’t forgiven (going to confession is the best way), then the punishment could be permanent (in hell), not temporal (in purgatory). This guilt and punishment concept is also true in the secular world – If you wreck someone’s car, the owner can forgive you, but you still owe the debt of fixing his car.
The most famous Biblical example of someone getting an indulgence is when Jesus, from the cross in Luke 23:43, gave the good thief complete remission for his sins, promising him that he would be in paradise that day. This power of binding and loosing sins and punishment was given to the Church by Jesus, in Matthew 18:18, when He said “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” “Whatever” means anything, including punishment for sins. http://www.catholicbible101.com

MONDAY, JULY 31st is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. His missionary spirit, his discipline, his love and loyalty for the Church made him a great Saint. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st is the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, a lawyer who became a priest, founded the Redemptorist Order and opposed the heresy of Jansenism by stressing Christ’s love and the help of Mary. He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

THE WARSAW UPRISING OF 1944 started on August 1, 1944, and during the next 63 days upward of a quarter million men, women, and children died in a hopeless battle for freedom which ended on October 3, 1944.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2nd is the Feast of St. Eusebius of Vercelli, the founder of a religious order and an individual who worked tirelessly for traditional and orthodox practices and doctrines. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPANISH DAY – The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy is seeking volunteers for its annual Encuentro Latino (Spanish Day) on August 5, 2017. While Spanish fluency is helpful, it is not necessary. Please join us in serving over 6000 pilgrims in Shrine Crowd Control, Gift Shop baggers, traffic parking, ushering, medical hospitality, adoration, and a host of other opportunities. Please visit http://www.thedivinemercy.org/volunteers or call the volunteer office at 413-298-1114.
AUGUST 2nd is also the Feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, devoted to the worship and apostolate of the Eucharist as the center of the life of the Church and society. He also founded the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, a contemplative women’s community; influenced the founding of the Eucharistic fraternity for the laity, the Association of Priest Adorers, and international Eucharistic congresses. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, August 2nd 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.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th is the Feast of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests. St. John dedicated his life to the Sacrament of Confession, preaching and teaching and was responsible for the conversion of thousands. Universally known as the “Cure of Ars,” St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification.
Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested imperturbable patience. He was a wonderworker loved by the crowds, and he retained a childlike simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the Heart of Christ.
He heard confessions of people from all over the world for sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is reported that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. and his relic will be venerated at the end of this Mass.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th is the First Friday of the Month on honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard at 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th 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.

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.
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Odpust Family Parish Picnic

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Our Annual Odpust Family Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 20th from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at beautiful Camp Apex on the Mohawk Trail. Camp Apex is complete with playing fields, pavilions, a lodge (in case of rain) and a swimming pool with a lifeguard on duty. Your ticket will include dancing, hot dogs and hamburgers and all the trimmings. Tickets are $10.00 per adult and $3.00 per child (children 4 years and under are free). Raffle items are needed. Please give them to Shirley Webb or Nancy Faller (you may drop them off at Nancy’s home before or after any Mass), or bring them to the picnic. Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help with our Odpust Family Picnic. See Shirley Webb today and offer your help – everything from setting up, cooking, cleaning up, etc. Watch for the sign-up sheet in the vestibule.
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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 http://www.scribd.com/document/346336831. For more info. contact: Mark Zuchowski: 603-499-8775 / markzuchowski@hotmail.com or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / sue7mar@gmail.com.
Marian Celebration in Honor of the Mother of God
The Franklin County Deanery is hosting their twenty-third Marian Celebration in honor of the Mother of God on Sunday, August 13th at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. The Celebrant will be Fr. Jonathan Reardon and the Preacher will be Fr. John Roach. Confessions, with a number of visiting priests, will be heard from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. A service with Eucharistic Procession, Benediction and Rosary will begin at 2:00 p.m. The service will include the crowning of Mary. All are invited to attend. There is ample parking behind the church. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 773-3311.
Deanery Choir Rehearsal: All are welcome! The Deanery Choir will hold rehearsal on Wednesday, August 9th at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. We will be preparing the beautiful music for this celebration at the rehearsal, which will last about two hours. Music, pencils, and highlighters will be provided. Please join us, we welcome all voices and look forward to singing with you. For further information please contact Kathleen Galluzzo at 413-498-2158.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major and focuses on the divine maternity of Mary defined by the Council of Ephesus in 431. This Feast will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. Because of an ancient legend, this feast is also called Our Lady of the Snows. According to popular tradition in Rome, during the reign of Pope Liberius in the fourth century, the Blessed Virgin appeared to a patrician named John, declaring that she wished a church to be dedicated to her honor on a spot which she indicated by a miraculous fall of snow in summer which outlined the plan of the church. John founded and endowed the church in 352, during the reign of the same Pope Liberius (352-366). Hence, it came to be called the Liberian Basilica.
Pope Sixtus III enlarged and consecrated it under the title of the Virgin Mary about the year 435. The principle facade was added in 1741 by Benedict XIV. It bears the title of St. Mary Major, or the Greater, because it is in dignity, if not in antiquity, the first church in Rome among those dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. From the fact that the holy crib of Bethlehem is preserved in this church, it also bears the title of Sancta Maria ad Praesepe (at the Crib.) St. Mary Major is one of the three patriarchal churches in which the Pope officiates on certain occasions, and in which there is an altar, reserved only for him, St. Peter’s and St. John Lateran being the others.

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.
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, JULY 30: 8:00 – Health and Blessings for Jeffrey Morse – int. Henry Gaida
10:30 – Health and Blessings for Dr. William Mahrt – int. Henry Gaida
MONDAY, JULY 31: – Health and Blessings for Kathy Eichorn – int. Carol
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2: – Health and Blessings for Mary LaCroix – int. Carol & Joyce

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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IN 1943, POLAND WAS IN THE GRIPS of the Nazi occupation. Slowly, Hitler’s henchmen were proceeding in their plans to eradicate the Polish race – a plan that would see over six million Polish Catholics dead. On the Northeastern frontiers of Poland, in Nowogrodek, a small convent of twelve sisters of The Most Holy Family of Nazareth offered their lives as a sacrifice for the freedom of their country. The Sisters prayed “O Lord, if it is necessary to have a sacrifice of life, accept it from us who are free from the duty of family and bring about the freedom of those who have a family.” The sacrifice was offered and accepted. Shortly thereafter, the Sisters were arrested and imprisoned. On August 1, 1943, they were led into the country and to a previously prepared pit. There they were brutally shot and buried in their blood stained habits as they fell into the pit. The courage of the nuns impressed even the mad Gestapo executioners. The sacrifice was not without effect, however. In Nowogrodek all who have been arrested were released. The people, full of deep respect and gratitude for their rescuers, arranged for them a triumphant funeral and buried them in the cemetery near the church. Soon the martyred Sisters were being asked for intercession in different causes and many came to pray at their graves. Numerous graces received through the intercession of these holy nuns is an indication that their sacrifice was pleasing to God and that they are favored by His graces.

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FOURTH ANNUAL HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS – On Friday, August 4, 2017 Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Boulevard in Springfield, will host the Fourth Annual Holy Hour for Vocations from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The evening will feature time for personal prayer as well as Scripture readings with a reflection by newly ordained Fr. Barrent Pease. Please join us as we pray for an increase in vocations. 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Mielonia Marszalek 7/30/1945
Joseph Kosciuski 7/30/1954
Blanche J. Schab 8/1/2004
Mary Zukowski 8/2/1970
Lena M. Wissmann 8/2/2002
Edward Kabaniec 8/3/1939
Joseph Kurtyka 8/3/1949
Chester Zukowski 8/3/1970
John Niedzwiecki 8/3/1997
Josie Dora Bush 8/3/2005
Mary Ostrowski 8/4/1933
John F. Maziarz 8/4/1973
Paul Czarnecki 8/4/1973
Stella R. Sliwa 8/4/1980
William H. Gaines 8/4/2005
Frances E. Kurtyka 8/4/2010
Jan Zukowski 8/5/1961
Loretta E. Kirk 8/5/1993

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

THE SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, the first shrine to St. Thérèse in the world, will celebrate their 24th Annual Feast Day on August 20th (rain or shine) with a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Schedule for the day: 10:00 Prayers at Holy Stairs, 11:00 Stations of the Cross, 12:00 Lunch and concert, 1:00 Procession, 1:30 Outdoor Living Rosary, 3:00 Mass with Fr. Albert Marcello and Blessing with St. Thérèse’s relic. Continuous showing of St. Thérèse’s Life, food and refreshments, canopy covered benches, gift shop, bus parking. For more info., call 401-568-0575 or 401-568-8280 or Shiirl@Finelli.us. St. Thérèse’s is at the intersection of Routes 102 and 7 in Nasonville, Rhode Island. Visit http://www.SaintTheresaShrine.com.

START PLANNING for our Blessed Mother’s Birthday (Friday, September 8th). As always we will have an all-day Open House/Party which will involve Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a continuous chain of rosaries.

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 August 3rd.

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 

Fr. Reardon                Pope Francis                   Deacon Patten                 Fr. Campoli

     THURSDAY                              FRIDAY                         SATURDAY

Bishop McDonnell                  Fr. DiMascola                  Fr. O’Mannion

 

Ordination to the Holy Priesthood of
The Reverend James Morris Smith
of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

 

Father James Smith, center, celebrated a solemn Mass in extraordinary form at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Turners Falls, Sunday, June 18. Father Ryan Sliwa, the parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Westfield, was the deacon of the Mass. Transitional Deacon Michael Kokoszka, on right, was the subdeacon of the liturgy. (IObserve photos/courtesy of Patrick Miller)

Please Click on the Link to read the full story published on IObserve.org

http://iobserve.org/2017/06/24/newly-ordained-priest-from-franklin-county-shares-conversion-story/hnolukeb

       Father Luke Maria of Jesus DeMasi
You weren’t able to attend Father Luke’s Mass on Monday, May 8th? Click on the link below to read an article about this very special Parish occasion, published on the Diocesan website, IObserve.
http://iobserve.org/2017/05/09/turners-falls-parish-celebrates-ordination-of-former-parishioner/
More on Father Luke:
https://www.homeofthemother.org/about-us/brothers/testimonies/1951-br-luke
 
Also watch on youtube:
https://youtu.be/eNb_62-vHw0

 

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             Father Luke Maria of Jesus DeMasi
You weren’t able to attend Father Luke’s Mass on Monday, May 8th? Click on the link below to read an article about this very special Parish occasion, published on the Diocesan website, IObserve.
http://iobserve.org/2017/05/09/turners-falls-parish-celebrates-ordination-of-former-parishioner/
More on Father Luke:
https://www.homeofthemother.org/about-us/brothers/testimonies/1951-br-luke
 
Also watch on youtube:
https://youtu.be/eNb_62-vHw0

Father James Smith, center, celebrated a solemn Mass in extraordinary form at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Turners Falls, Sunday, June 18. Father Ryan Sliwa, the parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Westfield, was the deacon of the Mass. Transitional Deacon Michael Kokoszka, on right, was the subdeacon of the liturgy. (IObserve photos/courtesy of Patrick Miller)
Please Click on the Link to read the full story published on IObserve.org
http://iobserve.org/2017/06/24/newly-ordained-priest-from-franklin-county-shares-conversion-story/

 

Perpetual profession of vows of Sister Maria Faustina of Our Mother of Mercy

Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa

June 23, 2017

Sister Faustina

The final profession of vows is a solemn and grace-filled moment for the Sister, the Community, and the whole Church. It represents the moment when the Church affirms,  ratifies, and makes permanent the response the Sister made to Christ’s loving call many years before. She professes the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the rule of life of her community, committing to strive for perfect charity in her way of life. By perpetual profession, the Sister enters into a spiritual marriage that is unbreakable.

 

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+ Parish Schedule for the Week of July 23, 2017 +

Sunday, July 23 [Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Paul, Emelia and Edward Dranzek – int. Bob & Virginia Avery
10:30 am – Special intention for Diane – int. Al Dray
Monday, July 24 [St. Sharbel Makhlūf / St. Kunigunda / St. Christina the Astonishing]:   
   8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Vivian Seago – int. Nancy Faller
Tuesday, July 25 [St. James the Apostle]:   
   5:30 pm + Jeffrey Steiner – int. Mom and Dad
Wednesday, July 26 [St. Jude Novena / Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the
Blessed Virgin Mary]:   
   5:30 pm + Ann and Joseph Krejmas – int. Marlene Kostecki Kostka
Thursday, July 27:   
   5:30 pm + Lucinda Seago – int. Nancy Faller
Friday, July 28:  
   5:30 pm + Nicholas Seago – int. Nancy Faller
Saturday, July 29 [St. Martha]:
  8:00 am + Martin Seago – int. Nancy Faller
  4:00 pm + Sr. Mary Rosalie – int. Joyce Phillips
  6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, July 30 [Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
  8:00 am + Demetria Seago – int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am – For the Benefactors of our Parish

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

TRIDUUM TO ST. ANNE – Starting with the Monday Mass on July 24th we will have three days of prayer offered to Good St. Anne.  On Wednesday, July 26th, the Feast Day of St. Anne, we will have a special devotion to St. Anne at the 5:30 p.m. Mass which will include the veneration of her relic.  Try to make this Triduum to Good St. Anne at each of the Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

JULY 24th IS DEDICATED to the holy memory of Saint Kunigunda called Saint Kinga.  She was the niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  At 16, Saint Kinga was married to King Boleslaw the Chaste.  Both Saint Kinga and Boleslaw took a holy vow of perpetual chastity before the Bishop of Krakow and both lived pious and simple lives that were more monastic than royal.  Under their imperial robes they wore penitential hair shirts and they personally gave much time and money to the care of the needy and the sick.  At the death of King Boleslaw, Kinga entered the Convent of Poor Clares.  Her life was marked by great miracles and supernatural manifestations.  Saint Kinga died in 1292.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

MONDAY, JULY 24th is also the Feast of St. Sharbel Makhlūf.  Sharbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858.  Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit.  Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Sharbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the life he lived.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 25th is the Feast of St. James the Apostle. He is called “St. James the Greater” because he followed Jesus before the other Apostle of the same name. He was also the first of the twelve to be martyred. He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th is the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, leading lives of great faith, hope, prayer and charity. Sts. Joachim and Anne were found worthy to be the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. St. Anne is greatly venerated in Poland.  A curious folk proverb for this day promises that from this feast the evenings and mornings will be cool:  “Od Sw. Hanki, zimne wieczory i ranki!”  Sts. Joachim and Anne will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. and the relic of St. Anne will be venerated at the end of Mass.

THE SAINT JUDE NOVENA will take place on Wednesday, July 26th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are welcome to take part in these devotions to the saint of the impossible.

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 power and love.

Odpust Family Parish Picnic

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Our Annual Odpust Family Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 20th from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at beautiful Camp Apex on the Mohawk Trail.  Camp Apex is complete with playing fields, pavilions, a lodge (in case of rain) and a swimming pool with a lifeguard on duty.  Your ticket will include dancing, hot dogs and hamburgers and all the trimmings.  Tickets are $10.00 per adult and $3.00 per child (children 4 years and under are free).  Raffle items are needed.  Please give them to Shirley Webb or Nancy Faller (you may drop them off at Nancy’s home before or after any Mass), or bring them to the picnic.  Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help with our Odpust Family Picnic.  See Shirley Webb today and offer your help – everything from setting up, cooking, cleaning up, etc.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.  The Gentlemen of St. Joseph are a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.  All men are welcome.

SATURDAY, JULY 29th is the Feast of St. Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus.  St. Martha is considered the model of hospitality.  She was a faithful disciple of Jesus and has been designated the patroness of housewives, waiters and waitresses.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

AN INVITATION TO SERVE OLC AS A LECTOR – There is a need to increase the number of Lectors at Mass on the following days/times:  Monday 8:00 a.m.; Tuesday 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Lectors bring life to the written Word of God.  Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are known as Ministers of the Word or Lectors.  If you are interested, please email jp44@comcast.net
 
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY to start planning for our Blessed Mother’s Birthday (Friday, September 8th).  As always we will have an all-day Open House/Party which will involve Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a continuous chain of rosaries.  It is what our Blessed Mother wants.  Plan on it!

Servant of God Dorothy Day
A Woman of Conscience, a Saint for Our Time

 

Dorothy Day was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 8, 1897, the third child of John and Grace (Satterlee) Day.  Her nominally religious family moved to the San Franciso Bay area and then to Chicago where she was baptized in the Episcopal Church.  She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana and became interested in radical social causes as a way to help workers and the poor.  In 1916, she left the university and moved to New York City where she worked as a journalist on socialist newspapers, participated in protest movements, and developed friendships with many famous artists and writers.  During this time, she also experienced failed love affairs, a marriage, a suicide attempt, and an abortion.

Dorothy had grown to admire the Catholic Church as the “Church of the poor” and her faith began to take form with the birth of her daughter Tamar in 1926.  Her decision to have her daughter baptized and embrace the Catholic faith led to the end of her common law marriage and the loss of many of her radical friends.  Dorothy struggled to find her role as a Catholic.  While covering the 1932 Hunger March in Washington, D.C. for some Catholic magazines, she prayed at the national Shrine of the Immaculate Conception that some way would open up for her to serve the poor and the unemployed.  The following day, back in New York, she met Peter Maurin, a French immigrant and former Christian Brother, who had a vision for a society constructed of Gospel values.  Together they founded the Catholic Worker newspaper which spawned a movement of houses of hospitality and farming communes that has been replicated throughout the United States and other countries.

At the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day lived a life faithful to the injunctions of the Gospel.  Often the newspaper quoted G.K. Chesterton’s famous observation that Christianity hadn’t really failed — it had never really been tried.  Day’s life was spent trying.  She was shot at while working for integration, prayed and fasted for peace at the Second Vatican Council, received communion from Pope Paul VI at the 1967 International Congress of the Laity, and addressed the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia.  Her pilgrimage ended at Maryhouse in New York City on November 29, 1980, where she died among the poor.     www.dorothydayguild.org

Dorothy Day Quotes:

DorothyDayThe greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us.”

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.  A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions.  Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.  No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.  There is too much work to do.”

“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”

“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.”

“You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you.  You will know.  You will know when it’s right.”

MARIAN CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF THE MOTHER OF GOD – The Franklin County Deanery is hosting their twenty-third Marian Celebration in honor of the Mother of God on Sunday, August 13th at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  The Celebrant will be Fr. Jonathan Reardon and the Preacher will be Fr. John Roach.  Confessions, with a number of visiting priests, will be heard from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.  A service with Eucharistic Procession, Benediction and Rosary will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The service will include the crowning of Mary.  There is ample parking behind the church.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call 773-3311.

62ND ANNUAL SCOUTING RETREAT – The Diocese of Springfield is offering its Annual Scout Retreat September 22-24, 2017 at Camp Holy Cross in Goshen. The retreat offers many benefits to scouts and their leaders. As the scouts enjoy nature all around them, they enrich their faith with a variety of activities building fond memories while fostering new friendships. For more information, contact Pam Kosnicki, Catholic Scouting Chairperson, at (413) 283-3242. Visit http://diospringfield.org/catholic-scouting/ and follow #WMSCOUTRETREAT.
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 http://www.scribd.com/document/346336831. For more information contact:  Mark Zuchowski: 603-499-8775 / markzuchowski@hotmail.com  or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / sue7mar@gmail.com.

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.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE (NCYC) – NCYC is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for over 20,000 Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. It consists of engaging keynotes and workshops, music, an interactive exhibit area, and so much more. It will be held on November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. The Office of Youth Ministry is currently making plans for a delegation from our diocese to attend. The estimated cost to attend (including airfare) is approximately $1,000. A promotional video can be found at http://diospringfield.org/youth-ministry-events/. For more information on participating, please contact Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or g.czerwinski@diospringfield.org.

MOST HOLY REDEEMER DINNER AND DANCE – Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley will be holding a Polka Mass/Chicken Dinner/Polka Dance on Sunday, July 30th at the Young Men’s Club Pavilion, 138 East St., Hadley with music by Eddie Forman Orchestra.  Polka Mass 10:30 a.m.; Chicken dinner from 12:30-2:00 p.m.  Dance from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  For tickets call 413-584-1326, 413-210-7856 or 413-584-2043.
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, July 23: 8:00 + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz
                       10:30 + Charles Bourbeau – int. wife, Edith
Monday, July 24: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
Tuesday, July 25: + Jane Sopolec – int. Jadz
Wednesday, July 26: – Grace and Blessings for Sophie Fritz – int. Family
Thursday, July 27: + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz
Friday, July 28 – Special intention for Michael William Ahearn – int. Ciocia
Sat., July 29: 8:00 + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz
                       4:00 + Patricia Cook – int. Helen and Regina
 
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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPANISH DAY – The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy is seeking volunteers for its annual Encuentro Latino (Spanish Day) on August 5, 2017. While Spanish fluency is helpful, it is not necessary. Please join us in serving over 6000 pilgrims in Shrine Crowd Control, Gift Shop baggers, traffic parking, ushering, medical hospitality, adoration, and a host of other opportunities. Please visit http://www.thedivinemercy.org/volunteers or call the volunteer office at 413-298-1114.

FOURTH ANNUAL HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS – On Friday, August 4, 2017 Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Boulevard in Springfield, will host the Fourth Annual Holy Hour for Vocations from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  The evening will feature time for personal prayer as well as Scripture readings with a reflection by newly ordained Fr. Barrent Pease.  Please join us as we pray for an increase in vocations. 

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.

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.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Frank Ptak 7/23/1987
Francis J. Fritz 7/23/2010
Helen A. Lane 7/23/2011
Andrew Sojka 7/24/1968
Nellie Plodzien 7/24/1978
Mary Dobosz 7/24/1989
Gladys J. Koscinski 7/24/1995
Rose A. Ogonis 7/24/2003
Anthony Mocek 7/25/1925
Josepha Oginski 7/25/1927
Wladyslaw Andrzejenski 7/25/1954
David John Krejmas 7/25/1975
Veronica Kurtyka 7/26/1948
Rev. Alphonse A. Skoniecki 7/26/1975
Anthony Golembiewski 7/27/1956
Joseph J. Albright 7/27/1989
Amelia S. Patterson 7/27/2004
Evelyn Niedzwiecki 7/27/2006
Andrew Gusan 7/29/1966
Joseph C. Koscinski 7/29/1985

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.

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

DID YOU KNOW…  Poland is part of the ‘Vodka belt countries’ and has a history of producing high quality vodka for more than 500 years.  They are made from specially selected variety of Stobrawa potatoes, rye or the grass Hierochloe odorata.  BOLS from the Netherlands has also been produced in Poland since 1994.

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. I The ntentions for this week are :

SUNDAY                      MONDAY                 TUESDAY                 WEDNESDAY 

Msgr Yargeau        Deacon Leary        Bishop Rozanski         Deacon Culliton  

THURSDAY                         FRIDAY                      SATURDAY

Fr Lisowski                    Fr Bombardier                    Fr Roux  

 


JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 16, 2017 +

SUNDAY, JULY 16 [Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Neil, Leona and John Avery – int. Bob & Virginia Avery
10:30 am + Stanley Bak – int. Family of Stanley Bak
MONDAY, JULY 17 [St. Czeslaw, St. Jadwiga of Poland, St. Andrew Swierad]:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Scott Seago – int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, JULY 18 [St. Camillus de Lellis]:
5:30 pm + Frank Ptak (30th Anniversary) – int. Joyce and Cheryl
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm – Health and Blessings for Richard Ahearn – int. Betty Fritz
THURSDAY, JULY 20 [St. Apollinaris]:
5:30 pm + Joseph Michael Kostecki – int. Marlene Kostecki Kostka
FRIDAY, JULY 21 [St. Lawrence of Brindisi]:
5:30 pm + Andrew J. Sojka – int. John and Ted Sojka Families
SATURDAY, JULY 22 [St. Mary Magdalene]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph
Chapter of the Discalced Carmlites Secular Order
4:00 pm + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Wanda, Sue and Mike Kozloski
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, JULY 23 [Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Paul, Emelia and Edward Dranzek – int. Bob & Virginia Avery
10:30 am – Special intention for Diane – int. Al Dray

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

TUESDAY, JULY 18th is the Feast of St. Camillus de Lellis who devoted his life to the sick and the dying, and after his death this work was continued by the Order he had founded. St. Camillus was endowed by God with the spirit of prophecy and other supernatural gifts. He died on July 14, 1614 and will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, July 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. All members are asked to attend.

THURSDAY, JULY 20th is the Feast of St. Apollinarius. Early accounts report that he was ordained bishop by St. Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his power to heal in the name of Christ, he was frequently exiled, tortured, and imprisoned for the faith, and finally, martyred. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 21st is the Feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi. St. Lawrence was a learned author and diplomat known for his orthodoxy, discipline and charity. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 22nd is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene who was healed of possession by Jesus, became a disciple of Jesus and was present at His Crucifixion and was the first to witness His Resurrection. Hence she is given the title “The Apostle of the Apostle.” She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, July 22nd 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 THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, July 22nd, 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 who 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 attend.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR FLOWERS and potted plants at the cemetery and please remove any dried up flowers to keep our cemetery neat and attractive.
OUR ANNUAL ODPUST FAMILY PARISH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, August 20th from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at beautiful Camp Apex on the Mohawk Trail. Camp Apex is complete with playing fields, pavilions, a lodge (in case of rain) and a swimming pool with a lifeguard on duty. Your ticket will include dancing, hot dogs and hamburgers and all the trimmings. Mark your calendars!

COMMUNITY MEALS! We have two remaining community meals in 2017: Wed., September 13th and Wed., December 6th. At our last community meal, we fed over 75 very hungry folks, so there is a great need in the area for this Corporal Work of Mercy. Anyone can participate! Our responsibility is to provide the meal, beverages and dessert and also have a small group to come and help serve. The meal takes place at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. If anyone would like to help or has questions, please contact Cathy Becklo at 863-2267 or acbecklo@comcast.net. A HUGE thank you is extended to the wonderful people in our parish who so faithfully contribute with their time, talent and treasure to keep this program running so beautifully!!!

THE ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed as usual on Wednesday, July 19th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This Novena is a continuing Novena that is prayed every Wednesday and may be begun at any time. All are welcome and encouraged to come and ask the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of hopeless and impossible cases.

AN INVITATION TO SERVE OLC AS A LECTOR – There is a need to increase the number of Lectors at Mass on the following days/times: Monday 8:00 a.m.; Tuesday 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Lectors bring life to the written Word of God. Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are known as Ministers of the Word or Lectors. If you are interested, please email jp44@comcast.net

PERPETUAL ADORATION AT BLESSED SACRAMENT Church in Greenfield has been successfully running since October of 1994. There has been someone in prayer before our Lord in the Eucharist 24 hours a day, seven days a week since that time. What an incredible grace for our community! We are always looking for hour volunteers, someone willing to give just one hour a week to Jesus, and substitutes who would fill in for regular hours when needed. We will need substitutes more than ever during the summer months as adorers take their vacations. If you can help in any way, please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.

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Fr. Stanley Rother, First U.S. Born Martyr,
to be Beatified in September

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23, 2017.
The beatification announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on March 13. Fr. Rother was a priest of the archdiocese. The beatification Mass will take place at 10 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center.
In December 2016, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Rother’s martyrdom, making him the first recognized martyr to have been born in the United States.
Fr. Rother was from the unassuming town of Okarche, Okla., where the parish, school and farm were the pillars of community life. He went to the same school his whole life and lived with his family until he left for seminary.
Surrounded by good priests and a vibrant parish life, Stanley felt God calling him to the priesthood from a young age. But despite a strong calling, Stanley would struggle in the seminary, failing several classes and even out of one seminary before graduating from Mount St. Mary’s seminary in Maryland.
Hearing of Stanley’s struggles, Sister Clarissa Tenbrick, his fifth grade teacher, wrote him to offer encouragement, reminding him that the patron of all priests, St. John Vianney, also struggled in seminary.
“Both of them were simple men who knew they had a call to the priesthood and then had somebody empower them so that they could complete their studies and be priests,” Maria Scaperlanda, author of The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run, a biography of the martyr, told CNA in an interview last year.
“And they brought a goodness, simplicity and generous heart with them in (everything) they did.”
When Stanley was still in seminary, St. John XXIII asked the Churches of North America to send assistance and establish missions in Central America. Soon after, the dioceses of Oklahoma City and Tulsa established a mission in Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala, a poor rural community of mostly indigenous people.
A few years after he was ordained, Fr. Stanley accepted an invitation to join the mission team, where he would spend the next 13 years of his life.
When he arrived to the mission, the Tz’utujil Mayan Indians in the village had no native equivalent for Stanley, so they took to calling him Padre Francisco, after his baptismal name of Francis.
The work ethic Fr. Stanley learned on his family’s farm would serve him well in this new place. As a mission priest, he was called on not just to say Mass, but to fix the broken truck or work the fields. He built a farmers’ co-op, a school, a hospital, and the first Catholic radio station, which was used for catechesis to the even more remote villages.
“What I think is tremendous is how God doesn’t waste any details,” Scaperlanda said. “That same love for the land and the small town where everybody helps each other, all those things that he learned in Okarche is exactly what he needed when he arrived in Santiago.”


The beloved Padre Francisco was also known for his kindness, selflessness, joy and attentive presence among his parishioners. Dozens of pictures show giggling children running after Padre Francisco and grabbing his hands, Scaperlanda said.
“It was Father Stanley’s natural disposition to share the labor with them, to break bread with them, and celebrate life with them, that made the community in Guatemala say of Father Stanley, ‘he was our priest,’” she said. Over the years, the violence of the Guatemalan civil war inched closer to the once-peaceful village. Disappearances, killings and danger soon became a part of daily life, but Fr. Stanley remained steadfast and supportive of his people.
In 1980-1981, the violence escalated to an almost unbearable point. Fr. Stanley was constantly seeing friends and parishioners abducted or killed. In a letter to Oklahoma Catholics during what would be his last Christmas, the priest relayed to the people back home the dangers his mission parish faced daily.
“The reality is that we are in danger. But we don’t know when or what form the government will use to further repress the Church…. Given the situation, I am not ready to leave here just yet… But if it is my destiny that I should give my life here, then so be it…. I don’t want to desert these people, and that is what will be said, even after all these years. There is still a lot of good that can be done under the circumstances.”
He ended the letter with what would become his signature quote:
“The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger. Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom.”
In January 1981, in immediate danger and his name on a death list, Fr. Stanley did return to Oklahoma for a few months. But as Easter approached, he wanted to spend Holy Week with his people in Guatemala.
“Father Stanley could not abandon his people,” Scaperlanda said. “He made a point of returning to his Guatemala parish in time to celebrate Holy Week with his parishioners that year – and ultimately was killed for living out his Catholic faith.”
The morning of July 28, 1981, three Ladinos, the non-indigenous men who had been fighting the native people and rural poor of Guatemala since the 1960s, broke into Fr. Rother’s rectory. They wished to disappear him, but he refused. Not wanting to endanger the others at the parish mission, he struggled but did not call for help. Fifteen minutes and two gunshots later, Father Stanley was dead and the men fled the mission grounds.
Scaperlanda, who has worked on Fr. Stanley’s cause for canonization, said the priest is a great witness and example: “He fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, visited the sick, comforted the afflicted, bore wrongs patiently, buried the dead – all of it.”
His life is also a great example of ordinary people being called to do extraordinary things for God, she said.
“(W)hat impacted me the most about Father Stanley’s life was how ordinary it was!” she said.
“I love how simply Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley states it: ‘We need the witness of holy men and women who remind us that we are all called to holiness – and that holy men and women come from ordinary places like Okarche, Oklahoma,’” she said.
“Although the details are different, I believe the call is the same – and the challenge is also the same. Like Father Stanley, each of us is called to say ‘yes’ to God with our whole heart. We are all asked to see the other standing before us as a child of God, to treat them with respect and a generous heart,” she added.
“We are called to holiness – whether we live in Okarche, Oklahoma, or New York City or Guatemala City.” – http://www.catholicnewsagency.com
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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.
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you July attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, JULY 16: 8:00 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
10:30 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
MONDAY, JULY 17: – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Fr. James Smith – int. Betty Fritz
TUES., JULY 18:-Grace and Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustina MSSR–int. Holy Rosary Soc
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19: + Mary Kurczap – int. Carol
THURSDAY, JULY 20: + Patricia Cook – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
FRIDAY, JULY 21: – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Fr. James Smith – int. Betty Fritz
SAT., JULY 22: 8:00 – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Fr. James Smith – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 – Grace and Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustina MSSR – int. Betty Fritz

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!

JULY 17th IS THE FEAST of Saint Czeslaw who was of the house of The Counts of Odrowotz. He was also the brother of St. Hyacinth. He led a simple and penitential life devoted to the help of the poor and social outcasts. With his brother, he became a Dominican Friar and a strong and vigorous preacher. In 1240, while Saint Czeslaw was the Prior of the Dominican monastery in Wroclaw, the Tartars attacked the city. The savage Tartars greatly outnumbered the Polish soldiers and the city prepared for the sack and holocaust that was sure to follow a Tartar victory. Saint Czeslaw insisted on complete faith in God and never ceased with tears to implore the Divine Protection for Wroclaw. The Poles charged into the Barbarians with the prayers of the saint ringing in their ears and miraculously the Barbarians fell back crushed. Thus, the Tartars who had destroyed so many armies and caused so much ruin and desolation, were trampled to the ground by the prayer of one humble monk. Saint Czeslaw died in 1242 after a life of powerful faith and charity.

JULY 18th IS THE DATE DEDICATED to St. Simon of Lipnicza. Inspired after hearing a mission preached by St. John Capistran in Krakow in 1453, Blessed Simon became a Franciscan Friar and priest. He became a great preacher turning many hearts to God. He stressed a devotion and respect for the Holy Name of Jesus. At the end of every sermon he asked the congregation to reverently pronounce the name of Jesus three times aloud. His life was one of devotion, faith and charity. When the plague broke out in Krakow his concern for the suffering drove him to the most terrible of the sick waiting on them day and night until he himself became a victim and died in the midst of the poor he loved on July 18, 1482. Great miracles are reported at his tomb.
JULY 17th IS ALSO THE FEAST of St. Jadwiga (Hedwig). In 1384, ten-year-old Jadwiga was crowned the queen of Poland. She married Grand Duke Ladislas Jagiello of Lithuania, forming a political alliance that served both countries well. A pagan, Jagiello agreed to have himself and the entire population of Lithuania baptized if he married Hedwig. The kingdom soon became one of the truly devout Christian regions in Europe, remaining firm in the faith into the modern age. Having offered her title, her talents, and her entire life to service of Christ, Jadwiga obtained permission from Pope Boniface IX to establish a faculty of theology at Krakow University and instituted programs for the sick and poor of many nations, putting her devotion to Christ into charitable actions. Jadwiga and her firstborn child, a daughter, died in childbirth in Krakow on July 17, 1399. She was beatified in 1896 by Pope Leo XIII, and was honored for her commitment to the duties of her throne and the demands of her station as a royal. Pope John Paul II canonized Jadwiga on June 8, 1997, on the Blonia Estplanade in Krakow, in the presence of more than one and a half million of her devout countrymen and women.

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 http://www.scribd.com/document/346336831. For more info., contact: Mark Zuchowski: 603-499-8775 / markzuchowski@hotmail.com or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / sue7mar@gmail.com.

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.
DID YOU KNOW… Poland contributed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan; maintains troops in the Balkans, mainly in the NATO Kosovo Force; and is contributing a full battalion to the NATO Response Force, with soldiers on call for rapid deployment.

THE “TERESIANS” – Won’t you join us? There are no commitments. You will receive an email when there is a need but you only respond when you can. Please email Joy Pelc (rjpelc@comcast.net) or Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com), if you are interested. AND, don’t forget to let us know if there is someone in need. Thank you for considering us. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for us.

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 http://www.catholicsindublin.com, or contact Fr. Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish in So. Deerfield (665-3254).

LOAVES AND FISHES BENEFIT – A fundraising walk/road race will take place on July 22nd to benefit Loaves and Fishes of Northfield. This family-friendly 3.5 mile walk or run will begin at the Northfield Town Hall on Saturday, July 22nd. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M, followed by a walk at 8:30 and a road race at 9:00. All proceeds will be given directly to Loaves and Fishes. For more information, please contact Sarah Kaczenski at skaczenski@gmail.com.

CHURCH OF DIVINE ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC – The annual picnic of Divine Mercy Parish in Three Rivers will be held on the parish grounds on Sunday, July 23rd from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. with the Eddie Forman Orchestra. There will be Polish and American food, chicken barbecue (contact Fred Orszulak – 413-283-5620 for tickets), arts and crafts, bake sale, prize booths and raffle for cash prizes totaling $2,500. Free admission and parking – rain or shine. Polka Mass – 11:00 a.m.

MOST HOLY REDEEMER DINNER AND DANCE – Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley will be holding a Polka Mass/Chicken Dinner/Polka Dance on Sunday, July 30th at the Young Men’s Club Pavilion, 138 East St., Hadley with music by Eddie Forman Orchestra. Polka Mass 10:30 a.m.; Chicken dinner from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Dance from 2:00-6:00 p.m. For tickets call 413-584-1326, 413-210-7856 or 413-584-2043.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Franciskor Mieczowski 7/16/1974
Stella Andrzejewski 7/16/1982
Carole A. Talbot 7/16/2003
Katarzyna Ciezynski 7/17/1959
Joseph S. Wasileski 7/17/1977
Charles A. Waseleski, Sr. 7/17/1998
Stanley F. Potyrala 7/17/2004
Joseph Legere 7/18/1979
Louis A. Kozloski 7/18/2006
Denise A. Reipold 7/18/2015
Thomas E. Stafford 7/18/2015
Roland Pelletier 7/19/1935
Carl F. Gulo 7/19/1974
Lynn E. Kobera 7/19/1988
Julia Parzych 7/20/1936
Mary Apola 7/20/1956
Rose Kazaczka 7/20/1970
Sophie N. Piecuch 7/20/1986
Edward Dlugosz 7/20/2011
Stacia DeMeo 7/20/2016
Mary Yezierski 7/20/2016
Joseph Cislo 7/21/1943
Adeline Geraghty 7/21/1954
Joseph Krol 7/21/1959
Wladislaw Brzozowy 7/21/1964
Mary Sojka 7/21/1993
Maria Kruk 7/21/1997
James S. Ryan 7/21/1998
Olga K. Klowan 7/21/1999
Blanche M. Range 7/22/1981
Jeffrey F. Steiner 7/22/2009
Blanche Koblinski 7/22/2014
Chester F. Tela 7/22/2015
Philip A. Tetreault, Jr. 7/22/2015

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.

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.

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

     Fr. Bermudez            Deacon Ratte’         Deacon DeCarlo              Clergy who are sick

      THURSDAY                             FRIDAY                        SATURDAY

Clergy in Purgatory                  Deacon Bucci                  Fr. Aksamit