+ 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.”
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.
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.
Odpust Family Parish Picnic
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.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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