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SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 [Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Thomas Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Peter Francis Dowdy – int. Pelc Family
Eucharistic Procession for our Odpust in honor of the
Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
MONDAY, AUGUST 28 [St. Augustine]:
8:00 am + Jose Cappellan – int. Josefina Duran
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 [The Passion of St. John the Baptist]:
5:30 pm + Louis Murphy – int. Family
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 [St. Jude Novena / Bl. Bronisława]:
5:30 pm + Patricia Collins – int. Brendan Collins
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31:
5:30 pm + Peter & Sophie Olchowski – int. Jane Kuzontkosi, Richard Bak,
Diane & Michael Arnold, Peter & Amanda Kuzontkoski
FIRST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Rachel Pelc – int. Pelc Family
FIRST SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Special intention for Elias Filipi and Family – int. Friend
4:00 pm + Walter & Sophie Sojka – int. sons, Robert, Richard and James
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 [Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Florence Sojka – int. John and Ted Sojka Families
10:30 am – Health and Blessings for John Paul Driscoll – int. Pelc Family

 

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Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa

The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the patroness of our parish, is Saturday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 27th with a Eucharistic Procession.
The holy icon of Our Lady in the monastery on Jasna Gora in Częstochowa is the treasure of Poland and the source of innumerable miracles for the past five centuries. Tradition says the artist was St. Luke who painted the picture, while the Blessed Mother was still alive, on a table top made by St. Joseph and Jesus in their carpentry shop. The painting was transported from Jerusalem to Constantinople by St. Helena and it was considered as a great relic in the imperial city. The icon was part of the royal treasury and passed on from Empress to Empress. As a royal gift it traveled from Constantinople to Russia, to Holicia, to Belzki and finally to Częstochowa where it remains to this day.
The two scars on the painting were made by heretics in 1430. There is a third scar, just noticeable, on the throat of the Madonna made by a Tartars arrow. These wounds the Mother of God desires to remain preserved forever on her sacred icon. No matter what artists did to repair the damage or the fire damaged blackness, they always reappeared. It seems as if Our Lady wants to be identified with the sufferings of the Polish people. The monastery has been the scene of numberless conversions and miracles, and it has always been associated with the history of Poland and the Polish people. It is and always has been most dear to every Pole in the world.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 28th is the Feast of St. Augustine who was converted by the prayers of his mother and after Baptism was elected Bishop of Hippo. He is noted for his writings, his great preaching and theology. He is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church and is called the “Doctor of Grace.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29th is the Feast of The Passion of Saint John the Baptist. The martyrdom of this great saint will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th IS THE FEAST of Blessed Bronisława who was a cousin of St. Hyacinth. On the death of her cousin she saw Our Lady in a vision receive him into Heaven. Blessed Bronisława was a Norbertine nun in Krakow. She lived a very hard and disciplined life as a hermit in a cell in a cave not far from the convent. She lived a life dedicated to the complete love and worship of God and entered His Eternal Glory in 1259. Her tomb is the site of miracles. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, August 30th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.
SEPTEMBER 1st MARKS THE 1939 invasion of Poland by the Nazis and the beginning of a reign of terror during which over three million Polish Jews and six million Polish Catholics were methodically and cruelly put to death in an effort by Hitler to exterminate both the Jewish and Polish races. Much of the anti-Polish feelings generated by Hitler in his effort to genocide are continued even today in anti-Polish jokes which were part of Hitler’s propaganda effort against the Polish race.

SEPTEMBER 1st IS THE FIRST FRIDAY of the month in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Confessions will be heard at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Mass of the Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. The Litany to the Sacred Heart will follow the Mass.

SEPTEMBER 2nd IS THE FIRST SATURDAY of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund: In memory of Alexander A. Kaczenski from Stanley & Helen Kaczenski / In memory of Dorothy Niedzwiedz and Arlene Fortin from James & Jean Koldis. Bóg zapłać!

 

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TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF THE BIRTHDAY OF MARY on September 8th, we will have a spiritual celebration in our church. The program of celebration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Mass on Friday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Various volunteers will lead the Rosary all through the day until 5:30 p.m. at which time we close Our Lady’s special celebration with Benediction and Mass. All are cordially invited to come any time throughout the day to Mary’s Birthday party of Rosaries. A petition basket with note paper will be set up by the side altar of the Blessed Mother so that special intentions may be written up during the day on September 8th, the Birthday of Mary. At the end of the day the basket with the intentions will be placed on the Altar.

IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO BRING GARDEN FLOWERS for the Birthday of Mary, September 8th, they may bring them in at any time.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RAFFLE – The Knights Council 737 at Our Lady of Częstochowa are raffling a Gibson Les Paul 1960 reissue Gold top guitar valued at $1500. Tickets are available at $10 each or 5 for $40 with the drawing taking place December 2 during our church’s Christmas Bazaar. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Please see any of the Knights for your chance to win or call Mark Garmalo at 413-824-1469.

CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION
Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes with the form below and return it to Father or bring it to the rectory. All students must be registered before attending the first class. The year for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion is grade 2. Preparation for the Sacraments includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. The year for the Sacrament of Confirmation is grade 11. Preparation for the Sacrament includes the student’s faithful attendance in grades 9, 10 & 11.

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CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

(Please print)
Name of student _____________________________________ age _________________

Date of Birth _________________________________________

Please circle YES or NO if the following Sacraments have been received:

Baptism………………. YES NO First Confession……. YES NO
First Communion…. YES NO Confirmation………… YES NO

Street___________________________________ Town________________ Zip_______
Telephone_______________________________ Grade in September ______________
e-mail______________________________________________
Parents’ Name________________________________________

 

CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet on Wednesday, September 6th in the rectory following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

THE WINNERS OF THE JULY 50-50 RAFFLE were: Theresa Kolodziej, Mark, and Richard Ahearn. Our next 50-50 Raffle will be held the weekend of Sept. 16 & 17, 2017 at all Masses. Just a reminder that the proceeds for this raffle will go to the Scott Seago Family Fund.
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you August attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27: 8:00 + Cecelia Gloski – int. Eichorn Family
10:30 + Vinnie – int. Aunt Edith
MONDAY, AUGUST 28: + Charles Gloski – int. Eichorn Family
TUES., AUGUST 29: + Dorothy Piecuch – int. Eichorn Family
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30: + Joseph Koldis – int. James & Jean Koldis
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31: + George Piecuch – int. Eichorn Family
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1: + Mary Margola (20th Anniversary) – int. James & Jean Koldis
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
4:00 – Health & Blessings for Bill Redgate – int. the Shaughnessys

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!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS (Grade 2) meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Please note: The preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion is a very important step in the spiritual life of a child. The preparation for First Confession and First Communion includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. It is urgent that parents make every positive effort to see to it that their children attend every class AND that they be on time for every class. It is also important that the parents accompany their children to Mass every Sunday and review their weekly lessons.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be administered this year to grades 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation. Please be sure to register for classes. This is an important step for all Catholics. There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes! The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed. Note: Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

COMMUNITY MEALS – We are doing four Community Meals in 2017: Wednesday, September 13 and Wednesday December 6. As you can see, the first one is upon us! 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 is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience for our dinner on June 7th. Please contact Cathy Becklo at 413-863-2267 or at acbecklo@comcast.net if you would like more information or have any questions. Thank you for all the wonderful effort that keeps this program running so beautifully!

SAVE THE DATE TO CELEBRATE WITH ALTERNATIVES!

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We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 27, 2017 as we mark our 30 Year Anniversary in the Pioneer Valley with A Summer Afternoon Open House. Stop by our Greenfield office at 466 Main Street anytime from noon – 4:00 p.m. Come tour our beautiful office, meet our staff and learn more about all we are doing to help women embrace the gift of life. We would love to see you and tell you about our new ultrasound services!

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.

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

HOLY FAMILY K OF C GOLF TOURNAMENT – Looking for a wonderful day of golf followed by a delicious dinner and a raffle with many valuable prizes? Then the second annual Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 15197 Charity Golf Tournament is for you. Tournament date is Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. Register to play and find full details on our website: http://www.15197golf.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/15197 golf.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 2nd 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.

HOLY HOUR AND MINI RETREAT – Join us before the Blessed Sacrament for the Holy Hour and Mini Retreat of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart. The Holy Hour is every Thursday and the Mini Retreat is the last Thursday of every month in our church following the 5:30 p.m. Mass from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Séan O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.

HOLY HOUR FOR THE SICK AND DYING – A Holy Hour is being observed each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. Included are the singing of hymns, recitation of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and the Dying. The hour concludes with Benediction. If you know of someone who is ailing and in need of special graces and prayer, please be encouraged to come and spend an hour for his/her intention.

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.

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.

FALL FESTIVAL – CRAFTERS AND VENDORS WANTED – Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., Springfield is planning a Fall Festival being held on Sunday, October 22nd from 9am – 2pm, in the gym. Crafters and vendors of all kinds are wanted. Space is limited and will be rented on a first-come basis. Please call Jean at 788-7929 or Marie at 783-0341 for more information or to register.

Blessed Dominic Barberi

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Dominic was born to a poor family of Italian farmers in 1792. Orphaned at the tender age of eight, an uncle and aunt raised him in the town of Merlano. Young Dominic was not sent to school, but instead was taught to shepherd sheep. But the child always found time to pray as he tended the sheep, and he also diligently taught himself to read and write.
When Napoleon closed all the religious houses in Italy, Dominic became acquainted with several Passionists living in exile near his town. During this time, Dominic experienced a divine message to join the Passionists and one day go to England.
Dominic had promised God that if he were not drafted, he would become a Passionist. Unfortunately, he soon forgot his promise. Dominic’s uncle and aunt had also planned a marriage for him. But just before the arranged marriage was to take place, he slipped away and instead entered the nearby Passionist monastery at Vetralla. Dominic studied eagerly, for he had a brilliant mind. He was ordained in Rome on March 1, 1821. For the next nineteen years he shared the life and ministries of the Passionists in Italy, but his heart was in England.

Mission in England
In 1833, Dominic became a delegate to the General Chapter. In this capacity, he was able to plant the seed to send missionaries to England. By the time of the 1839 General Chapter, changes in the Congregation were afoot. The new General Superior was the charismatic Father Anthony Testa. By April of 1840, Father Testa decided that Dominic should go to England, though he worried for Dominic’s failing health. He sent him with three companions to Belgium to make a foundation in that country with the hope that from Belgium the mission to England could be realized. Dominic established the first Passionist monastery outside of Italy in 1840, at Ere in Belgium.
Finally, the time came to establish the first Passionist residence in England. Father Dominic and a companion went to England and obtained a house at Aston Hall in Staffordshire. One of his first ministries was the celebration of the 1842 Holy Week services.
Dominic felt blessed to receive the famous Anglican John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. “What a spectacle it was for me to see Newman at my feet! All that I have suffered since I left Italy has been well compensated by this event. I hope the effects of such a conversion may be great.” On the following Sunday, Newman and four companions went to the Catholic Chapel of St. Clement’s at Oxford for Mass. All England soon knew that they were now Roman Catholics.
English vocations were few, but Dominic was deeply consoled by the arrival of Father George Spencer who received the habit on January 5, 1847. Spencer was a convert of some years and already ordained when Dominic came to England in 1841. Now as a fellow Passionist, he proved a great comfort to Dominic and the Passionists.
In August, 1849, Dominic was returning to Aston Hall from London. About five miles from Reading, Dominic got desperately sick. He was taken off the train to be attended by a doctor, but there was not a room for him at the small station of Pangbourne. Father Louis put him back on the train for Reading. He died there from a heart attack at 3:00 p.m., August 27, 1849.
In the tradition of Blessed Dominic (he was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963), Passionists would be aware that ecumenism is an essential part of their heritage. At the time of the Second Vatican Council, Passionists accepted with joy the call to engage in ecumenical ministries. The “renewal” of the Congregation in the spirit of Vatican II would challenge the modern Passionist to this ecumenical mission.
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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 hgaida@gmail.com.
The Saint Gregory Choir: So you didn’t take Latin in school? Most of us didn’t either! So you don’t read music? Many of us are still learning the basics! So you’re busy? So are we! Who are we? We call ourselves the St. Gregory Choir; we’re folk like you who like to sing to God’s greater glory. The music we sing is sophisticated, but we aren’t, and we need you. Don’t let flimsy excuses keep you from singing some of civilization’s greatest music–the Church’s vast treasury of chants, hymns, and polyphony (a fancy name for four part pieces). We rehearse for seventy-five minutes after Friday Mass and twenty minutes before the Sunday first Mass. Come give it a try. No auditions, no experience necessary, and no solos the first twelve months. We promise! We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass. For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.

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

Stanisław Plona 8/28/1952
Mary Konwelski 8/28/1957
Lawrence A. Krejmas, Jr. 8/28/1990
Francis J. Pervere 8/28/2005
Ludwik Daras 8/29/1966
Helen E. Zak 8/29/1992
Jean Waryas 8/30/1934
Valentine Rudnicki 8/30/1943
Joseph Kyczior 8/30/1954
Apolonia Koscinski 8/30/1987
Anna M. Kurkulonis 8/30/2008
Joseph Sobolewski 8/31/1949
John J. Szymanski 8/31/1984
Anna S. Juskiewicz 8/31/1987
Alice J. Maslanka 8/31/2015
John Cislo 9/1/1926
Mary Marszalek 9/1/1970
Mary A. Margola 9/1/1997
Walter C. Kuzontkoski 9/1/2007
Magdalena Jurgielewicz 9/2/1924
Philip J. Kostecki 9/2/2008

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

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

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

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. Bombadier       Deacon Leary      Fr. Roux               Fr. Aksamit

  THURSDAY            FRIDAY            SATURDAY

Deacon Leary     Deacon Patten      Fr. Campoli

 

+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 2017 +

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 [Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica
Scherman
10:30 am + Stanley & Irene Bak – int. Jane Kuzontkoski, Richard Bak, Diane & Michael
Arnold and Peter & Amanda Kuzontkoski
MONDAY, AUGUST 21 [Pope St. Pius X]:
8:00 am + Beverly Currier – int. sister, Margaret Bates
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 [The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
5:30 pm + Gladys Kucenski – int. Dorothy Bourassa
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 [St. Jude Novena / St. Rose of Lima]:
5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 [St. Bartholomew / Bl. Czesław Jóźwiak]:
5:30 pm – Return to the Faith of Clara and Riel LaPlume – int. Gabriel LaPlume
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 [St. Louis / St. Joseph Calasanz]:
5:30 pm + Cecelia Gloski (31st Anniversary) – int. Family
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 [Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph
Chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order
4:00 pm + Louise M. Kervian – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 [Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Thomas Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Peter Francis Dowdy – int. Pelc Family
Eucharistic Procession for our Odpust in honor of the
Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa

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A Prayer of Consecration
of our Families and our Parish

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Heavenly Mother Mary, in your Holy Icon of Częstochowa, you present your Son to us. This tells us that you are the Mother of God, and yet, you are our Mother also. In that faith we offer this prayer of hope and ask you to lead us, our parish, and our families, to your Son Jesus Christ.
Queen Mother, we unite our lives to the sufferings and infinite merits of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Through your virginal hands and through your most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, present again, to Our Heavenly Father, for our parish and for our families, the Body and Blood of Jesus, and His Divine pierced Heart, given up for us on Calvary, and in the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This will be for blessings beyond all our hopes.
As you miraculously protected the great monastery of Częstochowa when it was under siege, may this prayer also bring our families and parish ever under the cloak of your Motherly protection. May we thus bring about the conversion of a great many souls and the building up of The Holy Church for the Glory of God.
Holy Mary, Our Lady of Częstochowa, we consecrate our parish and our families to your Immaculate Heart that we might all grow strong in faith, love and in a spirit of forgiveness. O Holy Mother, we beg you to hear us from your throne on the Mountain of Light in Częstochowa!
Merciful Mother of God, and our Mother also, we place all our trust in you. We know that your power and love exceeds all our imagining. We come to you with our Hail Mary’s. We are weak, but we place our weakness into your maternal hands. We wish to praise you with all our brothers and sisters, so that the Father can renew our parish and our families. You see into every heart and so you know our desire to serve you through the Holy Church that Your Son gave us. Mother Mary, in faith and love we beseech you to give this prayer to your only dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
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MONDAY, AUGUST 21st is the Feast of Pope St. Pius X whose motto “to renew all things in Christ” impelled him to encourage frequent Communion and to encourage children to make their First Communion at an earlier age. He was noted for many reforms within the Church and Liturgy, his piety and charity and in particular his devotion to the Eucharist. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa

The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the patroness of our parish, is Saturday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 27th with a Eucharistic Procession.
The holy icon of Our Lady in the monastery on Jasna Gora in Częstochowa is the treasure of Poland and the source of innumerable miracles for the past five centuries. Tradition says the artist was St. Luke who painted the picture, while the Blessed Mother was still alive, on a table top made by St. Joseph and Jesus in their carpentry shop. The painting was transported from Jerusalem to Constantinople by St. Helena and it was considered as a great relic in the imperial city. The icon was part of the royal treasury and passed on from Empress to Empress. As a royal gift it traveled from Constantinople to Russia, to Holicia, to Belzki and finally to Częstochowa where it remains to this day.
The two scars on the painting were made by heretics in 1430. There is a third scar, just noticeable, on the throat of the Madonna made by a Tartars arrow. These wounds the Mother of God desires to remain preserved forever on her sacred icon. No matter what artists did to repair the damage or the fire damaged blackness, they always reappeared. It seems as if Our Lady wants to be identified with the sufferings of the Polish people. The monastery has been the scene of numberless conversions and miracles, and it has always been associated with the history of Poland and the Polish people. It is and always has been most dear to every Pole in the world.

Plan For Our Odpust!*
(*An Odpust is the celebration of the Feast of the patron of the Parish.
The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa is August 26th and we traditionally
celebrate it on the Sunday nearest that date.)
The word “Odpust” referring to the Feast of the Patron of a parish means “an indulgence” because if we participate in the service celebrating the Parish Feast (August 26th) we receive a plenary indulgence. The Enchiridion of Indulgences given by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II states: “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit the parochial church on the titular feast… In visiting the church, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited and Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion be received within seven days before or after the Odpust and an Our Father and Hail Mary be offered for our Holy Father the Pope.”
Our Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa will take place on Sunday, August 27th and will begin with a solemn Mass and Eucharistic procession at 10:30 a.m. All Societies, Altar Boys and Little Flowers are reminded to take part in the Eucharistic Procession and are to gather with their banners and society emblems in the church undercroft by 9:45 a.m. to organize the procession.

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Annual Odpust Family Parish Picnic – Camp Apex
Sunday, August 20th – 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Directions to Camp Apex: Take Route 2 west up the Mohawk Trail about 1.5 – 2 miles from the Route 91 rotary. You will pass Jed’s Creamy on the right and the Trading Post on the left. On your right watch for the sign “Camp Apex” on Peckville Road. Camp Apex is right around the corner on Peckville Road. (If you pass the Chip and Putt on the Mohawk Trail you have gone too far!)

JOHN PAUL II technically was not the first Polish Pope. St. Pius X was actually Polish. His father Jan Krawiec and his mother Margaret were born in Wielkopolska, Poland. Jan and his wife sought political asylum in Italy when Poland fell into Prussian hands. In Italy, to blend in and for fear of reprisal as a foreigner, Jan translated his name to Giovanni Battista, still the same patron saint he was baptized under. He then adopted the Italian word for tailor, “Sarto”, as his surname. His Polish name Krawiec also means tailor. The feast of St. Pius X, a Polish Pope, is on August 21st.

 

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22nd is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary celebrating the Mother of God as the Queen of Heaven who by her prayers and example leads us to her Son, Jesus Christ. This Feast will be celebrated in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd is the Feast of St. Rose of Lima who lived a life of penance and solitude caring for the homeless, the elderly and the sick. She is the first saint of the new world and is the patroness of South America. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be offered on Wednesday, August 23rd at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome to pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the Patron of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, August 23rd 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.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th is the Feast of St. Bartholomew, identified in the Bible with Nathaniel the Apostle in whom Jesus said “there is no guile.” St. Bartholomew preached the Gospel in Armenia and India where according to tradition he was flayed alive. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th is the Feast of two saints, St. Louis IX, King of France and St. Joseph Calasanz. St. Louis was a model ruler and the father of eleven children. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Frances and worked for the poor and the sick especially for lepers. He died during one of the Crusades. St. Joseph Calasanz founded the Piarist Fathers dedicated to helping poor children. He is the patron of Christian schools for the poor. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20: + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

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!

THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, August 26th, 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.

COMMUNITY MEALS – We are doing four Community Meals in 2017: Wednesday, September 13 and Wednesday December 6. As you can see, the first one is upon us! 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 is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience for our dinner on June 7th. Please contact Cathy Becklo at 413-863-2267 or at acbecklo@comcast.net if you would like more information or have any questions. Thank you for all the wonderful effort that keeps this program running so beautifully!

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WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES
Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes with the form below and return it to Father or bring it to the rectory. All students must be registered before attending the first class. The year for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion is grade 2. Preparation for the Sacraments includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. The year for the Sacrament of Confirmation is grade 11. Preparation for the Sacrament includes the student’s faithful attendance in grades 9, 10 & 11.

+ CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE +
CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

(Please print)
Name of student _____________________________________ age _________________

Date of Birth _________________________________________

Please circle YES or NO if the following Sacraments have been received:

Baptism………………. YES NO First Confession……. YES NO
First Communion…. YES NO Confirmation………… YES NO

Street___________________________________ Town________________ Zip_______
Telephone_______________________________ Grade in September ______________
e-mail ______________________________________________
Parents’ Name________________________________________

 

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet on Wednesday, September 6th after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the rectory. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Nancy Faller for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be administered this year to grades 10-11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation. Please be sure to register for classes. This is an important step for all Catholics. There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes! The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed. Note: Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

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

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.

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH TAG SALE – The “Best Tag Sale in West County” will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 8am – 2pm and August 27 from 9am -12nn at St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Avenue in Shelburne Falls, MA – Rain or Shine! This 14th annual parish fundraising event features the giant tag sale, a bake sale, multi-raffles, teacup auction and food concession, all of which will take place at the church. Contact Nancy at (413) 625-8148 if you have items you’d like to donate, or may need help in transporting. There is plenty of free parking. Remaining items will be offered at an even further reduced rate on that Sunday.

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The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
By Mark Shea

Finally, we come to the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven. This honorific, like many others, is an expression of common piety that emerges from the heart of the common man. It’s also, I was surprised to discover, rooted in Scripture.
For just as there was the office of King in the Old Testament, so there was the office of Queen Mother. As noted biblical scholar Dr. Scott Hahn points out:
David’s first successor, Solomon, reigned with his mother, Bathsheba, at his right hand. Israel’s queen mother, or gebirah (“great lady”), appears, then, through the history of the monarchy, to the very end. When Jerusalem falls to Babylon, we find the invaders taking away the king, Jehoiachin, and also his mother Nehushta, who is given precedence, in the account, over the king’s wives (2 Kgs 24:15; see also Jer 13:18).
Between Bathsheba and Nehushta there were many queen mothers. Some worked for good, some didn’t; but none was a mere figurehead. Gebirah was more than a title; it was an office with real authority. Consider the following scene from early in Solomon’s reign: “So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right” (1 Kgs 2:19).
This short passage packs implicit volumes about Israel’s court protocol and power structure. First, we see that the queen mother was approaching her son in order to speak on behalf of another person. This confirms what we know about queen mothers in other Near Eastern cultures. We see in the epic of Gilgamesh, for example, that the queen mother in Mesopotamia was considered an intercessor, or advocate, for the people.
Next, we notice that Solomon rose from his throne when his mother entered the room. This makes the queen mother unique among the royal subjects. Anyone else would, following protocol, rise in Solomon’s presence; even the king’s wives were required to bow before him (1 Kgs 1:16). Yet Solomon rose to honor Bathsheba. Moreover, he showed further respect by bowing before her and by seating her in the place of greatest honor, at his right hand. Undoubtedly, this describes a court ritual of Solomon’s time; but all ritual expresses real relationships. What do Solomon’s actions tell us about his status in relation to his mother?
First, his power and authority are in no way threatened by her. He bows to her, but he remains the monarch. She sits at his right hand, not vice versa.
Yet clearly he will honor her requests — not out of any legally binding obligation of obedience, but rather out of filial love. By the time of this particular scene, Solomon clearly had a track record of granting his mother’s wishes. When Adonijah first approaches Bathsheba to get her intercession, he says, “Pray ask King Solomon — he will not refuse you.” Though technically Solomon was Bathsheba’s superior, in the orders of both nature and protocol he remained her son.
Hahn’s point in all this is that just as David and Solomon are types of Jesus, the “Son of David,” so Mary’s role in the Kingdom of the Son of David is prefigured by the role of Queen Mother as well. This doesn’t mean that every detail about the lives of Old Testament figures is to be reproduced in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Just because Jesus is not noted for hamstringing horses, leading troops into battle or committing adultery doesn’t mean he is not a Davidic King. Similarly, just because Bathsheba’s plea for Adonijah was rejected doesn’t prevent her office from foreshadowing Mary’s far greater office as a Queen Mother of a far greater King than David.
Some (including me, once upon a time) take the notion of Mary as a Queen as “baptized paganism.” They read Jeremiah 7:18 and tremble that the title “Queen of Heaven” makes Mary into Ashtoreth: The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
But, in fact, applying this verse to Mary is a grossly ahistorical reading of Scripture. For Mary is no more Ashtoreth than an Easter egg hunt is a fertility cult. Rather, Mary is a Queen because, in Christ Jesus we are all kings and queens. That’s why Paul tells the Corinthians:
Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! (1 Corinthians 4:8)
It’s why Paul himself looks forward to a “crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8) and why the blessed in Heaven all have crowns as well (Revelation 4:10). And supremely it’s why the heavenly Woman of Revelation 12:1 — the one who gave birth to a male child who rules the nations with an iron sceptre — has on her head “a crown of twelve stars.”
In short, the Rosary is a Success Story. Mary’s crown is the promise of our crown. What we shall be, Mary already is supremely: a creature exalted and glorified by Jesus Christ to show forth the glory of God in the splendor of His saints. This too is profoundly Davidic, for David (unlike Saul) was never stingy about sharing his kingly glory with others. Through her, we see how incredibly lavish her Son is in sharing the glory of an even greater kingdom with His friends, children and servants.
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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Katherine Bush 8/20/1971
Frank Putala 8/20/1982
Charles A. Kurtyka 8/20/1991
Joanne Mae Flanagan 8/20/2009
Edward A. Osowski 8/21/1945
Janina Kurtyka 8/21/1964
Wahneta A. Zangri 8/21/1993
Josephine Czernich 8/21/2014
Paul P. Dejnak 8/22/2008
Joseph Gurzan 8/23/1941
John J. Duda, Jr. 8/23/1980
Charles P. Zajac 8/23/1994
Sylvia Hmieleski 8/23/2002
Mary Skowron 8/24/1981
Julia Rydell 8/24/1992
Sophie Sokolowski 8/25/1927
Catherine Waryas 8/25/1942
Helen Golowka 8/25/1953
Piotr Dejnak 8/25/1962
Mary Sacharczewski 8/25/1963
Cecelia M. Gloski 8/25/1986
Marion Waraksa 8/25/1992
Rose M. Brzozowy 8/25/1997
Fidelia A. Kurtyka 8/25/2007
Alice Cislo 8/25/2012
Phyllis L. Tucker 8/25/2016
Vincent Jurgielewicz 8/26/1971
Grace T. Wondoloski 8/26/1989

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

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SAVE THE DATE TO CELEBRATE WITH ALTERNATIVES! – We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 27, 2017 as we mark our 30 Year Anniversary in the Pioneer Valley with A Summer Afternoon Open House. Stop by our Greenfield office at 466 Main Street anytime from noon – 4:00 p.m. Come tour our beautiful office, meet our staff and learn more about all we are doing to help women embrace the gift of life. We would love to see you and tell you about our new ultrasound services!

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.

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. Cullen      Deacon Nolan     Deacon DeCarlo    Msgr. Yargeau

       THURSDAY                      FRIDAY                     SATURDAY

Clergy in Purgatory           Deacon Bucci                 Fr. Lisowski

+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2017 +

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 [Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Special intention for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int.
Ron and Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wojciech Lasik – int. Family
MONDAY, AUGUST 14 [St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe]:
8:00 am – All the Godchildren of Gabriel LaPlume and Clara (Bryan) LaPlume –
int. Gabriel LaPlume
*5:30 pm – Special intention for Bernadette DeVito – int. Ciocia
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 [The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
*Holy Day of Obligation*
*8:00 am + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Valerie & Emilee Felton
*5:30 pm + The Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 [St. Jude Novena / St. Stephen of Hungary]:
5:30 pm + David Sroka – int. Reta Sroka
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 [St. Hyacinth / Bl. Edward Bojanowski]:
5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18:
5:30 pm – Grace and Blessings for Joseph Milano – int. Larry & Carol Roux
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 [St. John Eudes]:
8:00 am – Health and Blessings for Richard Ahearn – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm + Walter & Sophie Sojka – int. sons, Robert, Richard and James
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 [Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Stanley & Irene Bak – int. Jane Kuzontkoski, Richard Bak, Diane & Michael Arnold
and Peter & Amanda Kuzontkoski
MONDAY, AUGUST 14th is the Feast of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe who offered his life at the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz in exchange for the father of a family. His slow and tortured death was marked by prayer, love and forgiveness which so unnerved the Nazi madmen that they would not even approach his cell. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary is August 15th. This day celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary being taken body and soul into Heaven by her loving Son. The Masses for the Holy Day will take place on Monday, August 14th at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 15th at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Flowers and herbs will be blessed at these Masses in accord with an old Polish tradition that says when the Apostles came back to the tomb of Mary three days after her death they found it empty except for fragrant herbs and flowers.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16th is the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, the first Christian king of Hungary and renowned for his charity. He is known as the Apostolic King and Apostle of Hungary. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, August 16th. All are welcome and encouraged to pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. All members are asked to attend.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th is the Feast of St. John Eudes who founded a Congregation for training clergy and for assisting morally endangered women especially prostitutes. He promoted devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. St. John Eudes will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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 FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CZĘSTOCHOWA, the patroness of our parish, is Saturday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner on Sunday, August 27th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass with a Eucharistic Procession. All Societies, Altar Boys and Daughters of Mary are reminded to take part in the Eucharistic Procession and are to gather with their banners and society emblems in the church undercroft by 9:45 a.m. to organize the procession.

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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 to “Sounds Unlimited”, your choice of a hot dog or hamburger, salads, dessert and drink. Tickets are $10.00 per adult and $3.00 per child over four years of age. Come enjoy each other’s company and God’s good blessings. 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 the sign-up sheet in the front vestibule on the display counter and offer your help – everything from setting up, cooking, cleaning up, etc.

SAVE THE DATE TO CELEBRATE WITH ALTERNATIVES! – We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 27, 2017 as we mark our 30 Year Anniversary in the Pioneer Valley with A Summer Afternoon Open House. Stop by our Greenfield office at 466 Main Street anytime from noon – 4:00 p.m. Come tour our beautiful office, meet our staff and learn more about all we are doing to help women embrace the gift of life. We would love to see you and tell you about our new ultrasound services!

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.

Marian Celebration

In Honor of the Mother of God

Sunday, August 13, 2017, Blessed Sacrament Church,

Confessions: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Service with Eucharistic Procession,
Benediction, Rosary and Crowning of Mary – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr. Jonathan Reardon; Preacher: Fr. John Roach

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AUGUST 15th IS THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this feast, sometimes called by the Polish people the celebration of Our Lady of the Harvest, bouquets of herbs, flowers and sometimes even vegetables are brought to the church and blessed by the priest after the Gospel. The blessing of herbs and flowers is meant to serve as a reminder of the legend that when the Apostles opened the tomb of Our Lady for St. Thomas (who had been away at the time of the Blessed Virgin’s death) they found only sweet smelling flowers and herbs. This has come to be a symbol of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven, body and soul. The blessed flowers are often pressed and used as bookmarks in Bibles and prayer books. The herbs are dried and used for medicinal purposes or for special meals on Holy Days. Church and home shrines to Mary are beautifully decorated with greens and fresh flowers on this day and her statues are often crowned with flower wreaths and ribbons.

AUGUST 15th IS THE ANNIVERSARY of the “Miracle on the Vistula.” In 1920 the Russians turned all their might against Poland to “carry the flames of the revolution into Western Europe over the dead body of Poland.” Europe and Poland had not yet recovered from World War I and it looked like the Russian dream of world communism and domination was about to come true. By August of 1920 the Soviet offensive reached Warsaw. The whole nation rose in arms and in prayers. Those who could not fight in the battle for Warsaw knelt in the streets asking Our Lady for aid because it was August 15th, her Feast of the Assumption. The Polish Army, under Pilsudski, Haller and Sikorski fought the decisive “Battle of Warsaw” and routed the enemy. The victory became known as the “Miracle on the Vistula.” The Communist armies retreated in disorder, and not only Poland but all Europe was saved from the danger of the Communist revolution.

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AUGUST 14th IS THE FEAST OF ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE who was born on January 8, 1894. He became a Franciscan priest and in spite of tuberculosis worked unceasingly to spread a love for the Blessed Virgin Mary by every means available. Eventually he established the largest printing plant in Europe and sent his newspapers, magazines and books all over the world. His example of holiness attracted over seven hundred men to join his order and to work by his side in a monastery he called the City of the Immaculate or Niepokolanow just outside Warsaw. In 1930, he established a similar city in Nagasaki, Japan. When the Nazis invaded Poland Saint Kolbe was arrested and imprisoned and tortured in the infamous Pawiak prison. Later he was transferred to the death camp of Auschwitz as prisoner number 16670.
After offering his life in place of a man with a wife and children St. Kolbe was placed in a starvation bunker and forced into a slow and painful martyrdom. On August 14, 1941 St. Maximilian Kolbe entered his eternal paradise. His body was incinerated by the Nazis on the following day.

FROM AUGUST 15th THROUGH THE AUTUMN SEASON countless harvest festivals are held by Polish people around the world. These celebrations are called Dożynki- after the wreath or crown of wheat and flowers which is the symbol of the harvest. Often the celebrations were held at the manor house of a large estate. They were rich in tradition, foods, music and fun.
On a beautiful sunny fall afternoon, after the crops had been gathered, the villages in their best colorful folk costumes gather in procession playing violins and folk instruments and walk to the church. The groups carry great wreaths of all kinds of grain, flowers and fruit, holy icons, banners, flags, candles and a large loaf of bread freshly made from the newly harvested grain and beautifully wrapped in embroidered napkins. After a solemn Mass in which the harvest wreaths – the Dożynki and bread are blessed, the people process with joyful songs and music to the Manor house where the party begins first with a formal greeting and blessing with the bread and wreath and then dancing and banqueting, singing and good food, games and competitions make for a festive occasion.

AUGUST 17th IS THE FEAST OF ST. HYACINTH or as he is called in Poland, Święty Jacek. He is venerated as a great missionary and as an “Apostle of Poland.” St. Hyacinth became a Dominican in 1217 and preached to the heathen Prussians as well as to the northeast into Lithuania, east to Kiev, southeast to the Black Sea, south to the Danube, and northwest to Scandinavia. The miracles with which St. Hyacinth is credited are numberless and his missionary activity tireless. He died on the Feast of the Assumption in 1257 after exhorting his monks to value poverty as men that had renounced all earthly things, “For this is a testament, the sealed deed, by which we claim eternal life.”

WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES
now and we need to order books. Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes with the form below and drop it into the collection box next weekend. All students must be registered before attending the first class. The year for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion is grade 2. Preparation for the Sacraments includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. The year for the Sacrament of Confirmation is grade 11. Preparation for the Sacrament includes the student’s faithful attendance in grades 9-11.

 

(Please print)
Name of student _____________________________________ age _________________

Date of Birth __________________________________________

Please circle YES or NO if the following Sacraments have been received:

Baptism………………. YES NO First Confession……. YES NO
First Communion…. YES NO Confirmation………… YES NO

Street___________________________________ Town________________ Zip_______
Telephone_______________________________ Grade in September ______________
e-mail _____________________________________ _________
Parents’ Name ___________________________________________ _______

 

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS (Grade 2) meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Please note: The preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion is a very important step in the spiritual life of a child. It is urgent that parents make every positive effort to see to it that their children attend every class AND that they be on time for every class. It is also important that the parents accompany their children to Mass every Sunday and review their weekly lessons.
CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet after Mass on Wednesday, September 6th in the rectory. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be administered this year to grades 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation. Please be sure to register for classes. This is an important step for all Catholics. There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes! The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed. Note: Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

HOLY HOUR AND MINI RETREAT – Join us before the Blessed Sacrament for the Holy Hour and Mini Retreat of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart. The Holy Hour is every Thursday and the Mini Retreat is the last Thursday of every month in our church following the 5:30 p.m. Mass from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Séan O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.

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

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH TAG SALE – The “Best Tag Sale in West County” will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 8am – 2pm and August 27 from 9am -12nn at St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Avenue in Shelburne Falls, MA – Rain or Shine! This 14th annual parish fundraising event features the giant tag sale, a bake sale, multi-raffles, teacup auction and food concession, all of which will take place at the church. Contact Nancy at (413) 625-8148 if you have items you’d like to donate, or may need help in transporting. There is plenty of free parking. Remaining items will be offered at an even further reduced rate on that Sunday.

COULD YOU NOT WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME? The Adoration Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament, located in Greenfield, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This would not be possible without volunteers willing to spend one hour per week in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to set aside that regular quiet time that is so needed in today’s busy world. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.

FALL FESTIVAL – CRAFTERS AND VENDORS WANTED – Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., Springfield is planning a Fall Festival being held on Sunday, October 22nd from 9am – 2pm, in the gym. Crafters and vendors of all kinds are wanted. Space is limited and will be rented on a first-come basis. Please call Jean at 788-7929 or Marie at 783-0341 for more information or to register.

Fourth  Fatima Apparition – August  19,1917

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On August 13, the day the fourth apparition was to take place, the seers were not at Cova da Iria. They had been abducted by the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourém, who attempted to force from them the secret revealed in the apparition of July 13. The children held fast despite the mayor imprisoning them, and threatening to plunge them in boiling oil.
At Cova da Iria, thunder, followed by lightning, was heard at the usual time. The spectators noticed a small white cloud that hovered over the holm oak for a few minutes. Phenomena of coloration were observed on the faces of the people, the clothing, the trees, and the ground. Our Lady had certainly come, but she had not found the seers.
On August 19, at about four o’clock in the afternoon, Lucia was with Francisco and another cousin at Valinhos, a property belonging to one of her uncles, when the atmospheric changes that preceded the apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria began to occur: a sudden cooling of the temperature and a waning of the sun.
Feeling that something supernatural was approaching and enveloping them, Lucia sent for Jacinta, who arrived in time to see Our Lady appear – heralded as before by a bright light – over a holm oak slightly larger than the one at Cova da Iria.

Lucia: What does Your Grace wish of me?
Our Lady: I want you to continue to go to Cova da Iria on the thirteenth of each month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day. On the last month, I will perform the miracle for all to believe. Then Our Lady’s face became more serious, and even upset.
Our Lady: If they had not taken you to Ourém, the miracle would have been even greater.
Lucia: What does Your Grace want done with the money that the people leave at Cova da Iria?
Our Lady: Have two portable stands made. You and Jacinta with two other girls dressed in white carry one of them, and let Francisco carry the other one with three other boys. The portable stands are for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The money that is left over should be contributed to the chapel that they shall build.
Lucia: I would like to ask you for the healing of some sick persons.
Our Lady: Yes, I will cure some during the year. Becoming sadder, she recommended anew the practice of mortification, saying lastly, ‘Pray, pray much, and sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.’
As usual, she then began to rise toward the east. The seers cut boughs off the tree over which Our Lady had appeared to them and took them home. The boughs gave off a uniquely sweet fragrance. – http://www.americaneedsfatima.org
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HOLY FAMILY K OF C GOLF TOURNAMENT – Looking for a wonderful day of golf followed by a delicious dinner and a raffle with many valuable prizes? Then the second annual Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 15197 Charity Golf Tournament is for you. Tournament date is Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. Register to play and find full details on our website: http://www.15197golf.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/15197 golf.

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.

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:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15: + Theresa Galisa – int. Sisters
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son

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!

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

Apolonia Leskiewicz 8/13/1944
Helen F. Mileski 8/13/1996
Nancy A. Stotz 8/13/2004
Paul J. Gmyrek 8/13/2012
Adam Brzozowy 8/14/1928
Waciej Jakielowicz 8/14/1942
John Gumala 8/14/1943
Joseph J. Potosek 8/14/1978
Joseph G. Fedorowski 8/14/1993
Rose J. Gould 8/14/1996
Julia Mackiewicz 8/15/1934
Adolph Siweki 8/15/1939
Frank Molongowski 8/15/1964
Mary Ann Dean 8/15/2015
John Zokjnski 8/16/1935
Katherine A. Krejmas 8/16/1979
Elizabeth L. Woitkiewicz 8/16/1994
Walter F. Milewski 8/16/2012
Chester Tela 8/17/1980
Louis Rudinski 8/17/1983
Julius W. Kostecki 8/17/1993
Helen P. Mokrzycki 8/17/1994
Stanley A. Krok, Jr. 8/17/2005
Henry V. Rys 8/17/2005
Edwin G. Banash, Sr. 8/18/1976
Nellie Zak 8/18/1982
Chester J. Kulis 8/18/1984
Frank G. Niedbala 8/18/2001
Walerian Krauz 8/19/1992
Brenda L. Clough 8/19/1999

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

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

SUNDAY                  MONDAY                   TUESDAY                     WEDNESDAY

Vocations              Deacon Bete     Our Deacon Candidates             Fr, Roach

THURSDAY                       FRIDAY                      SATURDAY

Fr. Bermudez               Deacon Ratte’                 Fr. Reardon

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2017 +

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
MONDAY, AUGUST 7 [Pope St. Sixtus II and Companions / St. Cajetan]:
8:00 am + Anna LaPalme – int. daughter, Brenda
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 [St. Dominic / Feast of the Holy Helpers]:
5:30 pm + Deceased members of the Gulo Family – int. Cheryl and Joyce
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 [St. Jude Novena / St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross]:
5:30 pm + Mary Ann Trela – int. Family
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 [St. Lawrence / St. Philomena]:
5:30 pm + Stanley Bak – int. Anna Fijal and Barbara Kryger
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 [St. Clare]:
5:30 pm + Peter Seago – int. Tom Ziniti and Doug Wessel
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 [St. Jane Frances de Chantal]:
8:00 am – Sister Maria Faustina Scherman, MSSR – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm + Stanley & Irene Bak – int. Anna Fijal and Barbara Kryger
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 [Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Special intention for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int.
Ron and Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wojciech Lasik – int. Family

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord giving the Apostles a hint of the glory of the Resurrection. Jesus appeared with Moses and the prophet, Elijah. This feast will be remembered in the weekend Masses.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7th is the Feast of Pope St. Sixtus II and his companion martyrs and St. Cajetan. St. Sixtus II who was the Pope and four of his deacons were arrested on August 6, 258 while celebrating the Mass. They were decapitated on the same day. St. Cajetan was the founder of a religious order devoted to reform, prayer and ministry to the poor. The martyrs and saints will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8th is the Feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, whose work was to bring people back to the true teaching and discipline of the Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9th is the Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). She was born of Jewish parents in 1891, was an influential philosopher and a convert to Catholicism. She entered the Discalced Carmelites in 1933, was arrested by the Nazis in 1942 and transported by cattle train to the death camp of Auschwitz where she died in the gas chambers. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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THE FEAST OF ST. PHILOMENA is August 10th. On May 24, 1802, in the catacomb of St. Priscilla on the Via Salaria Nova an inscribed tomb was found, and on the following day it was carefully examined and opened. The tomb was closed with three tiles, on which was the following inscription in red print: LUMENA PAXTE CUM FI together with certain symbols, namely, two anchors, three arrows, a palm and a flower (or torch). The tomb had to be closed in a hurry, and the tiles were put in a wrong order, again either through hurry or by one who could not read, and that the inscription should read: Pax tecum Filumena “Peace be with thee, Philumena,” which is obtained by putting the first of the three tiles at the end. Within the tomb was found the skeleton of a female of from thirteen to fifteen years old, the principal bones entire except the skull, which was much broken. Embedded in cement was a small glass phial or vase, with vestiges of what was taken to be blood. This was one of the so-called “blood-ampullae” which when found in conjunction with the palm symbol were accepted as proof of the grave of a martyr. Accordingly, in accordance with the knowledge of the time and current regulations of the Congregation of Sacred Rites, the remains were taken to be those of a virgin-martyr named Philomena, they were reverently gathered up, and deposited in the custodia generalis of sacred relics.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th is the Feast of St. Clare, a disciple of St. Francis of Assisi and the foundress of the Poor Clares. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10th is the Feast of St. Lawrence who was martyred for his Faith by being burned alive on a gridiron. He was noted for his compassion and charity for the poor and his courage and humor in the face of danger. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th is the Feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, a wife and mother of six children who after the death of her husband under the direction of St. Francis de Sales founded the Visitation nuns and established 85 Monasteries before her death. She was noted for her charity and piety and she will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

AUGUST 6th AND AUGUST 9th are the anniversary of the atomic explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. As these events are recalled everyone is urged to intensify their prayers for world peace among nations and especially that the prospect of a nuclear holocaust never be realized.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, August 9th. This is a continuing Novena and all are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of the Saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. The parish picnic will be discussed. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend all Parish Council meetings, to take part in all discussions and to vote on all issues!

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, August 12th 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.

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. Tickets are $10.00 per adult and $3.00 per child over 4 years of age. Come enjoy each other’s company and God’s good blessings. 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 the sign-up sheet in the front vestibule on the display counter and offer your help – everything from setting up, cooking, cleaning up, etc.

Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa

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The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the patroness of our parish, is Saturday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 27th with a Eucharistic Procession.
The holy icon of Our Lady in the monastery on Jasna Gora in Częstochowa is the treasure of Poland and the source of innumerable miracles for the past five centuries. Tradition says the artist was St. Luke who painted the picture, while the Blessed Mother was still alive, on a table top made by St. Joseph and Jesus in their carpentry shop. The painting was transported from Jerusalem to Constantinople by St. Helena and it was considered as a great relic in the imperial city. The icon was part of the royal treasury and passed on from Empress to Empress. As a royal gift it traveled from Constantinople to Russia, to Holicia, to Belzki and finally to Częstochowa where it remains to this day.
The two scars on the painting were made by heretics in 1430. There is a third scar, just noticeable, on the throat of the Madonna made by a Tartars arrow. These wounds the Mother of God desires to remain preserved forever on her sacred icon. No matter what artists did to repair the damage or the fire damaged blackness, they always reappeared. It seems as if Our Lady wants to be identified with the sufferings of the Polish people. The monastery has been the scene of numberless conversions and miracles, and it has always been associated with the history of Poland and the Polish people. It is and always has been most dear to every Pole in the world.
Plan For Our Odpust!*
(*An Odpust is the celebration of the Feast of the patron of the Parish.
The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa is August 26th and we traditionally
celebrate it on the Sunday nearest that date.)
The word “Odpust” referring to the Feast of the Patron of a parish means “an indulgence” because if we participate in the service celebrating the Parish Feast (August 26th) we receive a plenary indulgence. The Enchiridion of Indulgences given by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II states: “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit the parochial church on the titular feast… In visiting the church, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited and Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion be received within seven days before or after the Odpust and an Our Father and Hail Mary be offered for our Holy Father the Pope.”
Our Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa will take place on Sunday, August 27th and will begin with a solemn Mass and Eucharistic procession at 10:30 a.m. All Societies, Altar Boys and Little Flowers are reminded to take part in the Eucharistic Procession and are to gather with their banners and society emblems in the church undercroft by 9:45 a.m. to organize the procession.
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!!!

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.

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.
WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES
now and we need to order books. Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes with the form below and drop it into the collection box next weekend. All students must be registered before attending the first class. The year for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion is grade 2. Preparation for the Sacraments includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. The year for the Sacrament of Confirmation is grade 11. Preparation for the Sacrament includes the student’s faithful attendance in grades 9-11.

+ CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE +
CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

(Please print)
Name of student _____________________________________ age _________________

Date of Birth __________________________________________

Please circle YES or NO if the following Sacraments have been received:

Baptism………………. YES NO First Confession……. YES NO
First Communion…. YES NO Confirmation………… YES NO

Street___________________________________ Town________________ Zip_______
Telephone_______________________________ Grade in September ______________
e-mail________________________________________ _____
Parents’ Name_______________________________________

CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet on Wednesday, September 6th in the rectory following 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be administered this year to grade 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation. Please be sure to register for classes. This is an important step for all Catholics. There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes! Note: Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory!

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.

DID YOU KNOW… KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., commonly known as KGHM, is a Polish multinational corporation that employs nearly 34,000 people around the world and has been a leader in copper and silver production for more than 50 years. In 1991, the company was established as a state enterprise and since 1997, their shares have been traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Currently, KGHM operates 9 open-pit and underground mines located in Poland, Canada, the USA and Chile and is actively advancing four projects. KGHM produces key global resources including copper, copper sulphate, gold, silver, nickel, nickel sulphate, molybdenum, rhenium, lead, sulphuric acid, selenium and platinum group metals. The company is based in Lower Silesian Voivodeship in Lubin, Poland.

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH TAG SALE – The “Best Tag Sale in West County” will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 8am – 2pm and August 27 from 9am -12nn at St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Avenue in Shelburne Falls, MA – Rain or Shine! This 14th annual parish fundraising event features the giant tag sale, a bake sale, multi-raffles, teacup auction and food concession, all of which will take place at the church. Contact Nancy at (413) 625-8148 if you have items you’d like to donate, or may need help in transporting. There is plenty of free parking. Remaining items will be offered at an even further reduced rate on that Sunday.

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 Transfiguration

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The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover, this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew (xvii, 1-6), St. Mark (ix, 1-8), and St. Luke (ix, 28-36), while St. Peter (II Pet., i, 16-18) and St. John (i, 14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.
About a week after His sojourn in Caesarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. St. Matthew and St. Mark express this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Vulgate renders transfiguratus est. The Synoptics explain the true meaning of the word by adding “his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow,” according to the Vulgate, or “as light,” according to the Greek text.
This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matt., xvi, 21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.

LOCATION OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

Already in Apostolic times the Mount of the Transfiguration had become the “holy mount” (II Pet., i, 18). It seems to have been known by the faithful of the country, and tradition identified it with Mount Thabor. Origen said (A.D. 231-54) “Thabor is the mountain of Galilee on which Christ was transfigured” (Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13). In the next century St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catech., II, 16) and St. Jerome (Ep. xlvi, ad Marcel.; EP. viii, ad Paulin.; Ep. cviii, ad Eust.) likewise declare it categorically. Later St. Proculus, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 447; Orat. viii, in Transfig.), Agathangelus (Hist. of Armenia, II, xvii), and Arnobius the Younger (d. 460; Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13) say the same thing. The testimonies increase from century to century without a single dissentient note, and in 553 the Fifth Council of Constantinople erected a see at Mount Thabor (Notitif Antioch. . . . patriarch.).
Some modern writers claim that the Transfiguration could not have taken place on Mount Thabor, which, according to Josephus, was then surmounted by a city. This is incorrect; the Jewish historian speaks neither of a city nor a village; he simply fortified, as he repeats three times, “the mount called Itabyrion” (“Bell. Jud.”, II, xx, 6; IV, i, 8; Vita , 37). The town of Atabyrion of Polybius, the Thabor or Celeseth Thabor, the “flank of Thabor” of the Bible, is situated at the foot of Mount Thabor. In any case the presence of houses on a wooded height would not have made it impossible to find a place apart.
It is again objected that Our Lord was transfigured on Mount Hermon, since He was at that time in its vicinity. But the Synoptics are all explicit concerning the lapse of time, six days, or about eight days including those of departure and arrival, between the discourse in Caesarea and the Transfiguration, which would infer a somewhat lengthy journey. Moreover the summits of Hermon are covered with snow as late as June, and even the lesser peaks of 4,000 or 5,000 feet are likewise snow-covered in February and March, the period of the Transfiguration. Finally, the ancients judged of the height of mountains by their appearance, and Thabor especially was considered a “high mountain”, if not by David and Jeremias, at least by Origen and St. Jerome and the pilgrims who made the ascent.
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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, AUGUST 6: 8:00 + Edward Milewski – int. Wife
10:30 + Caroline Bukowski and Family – int. Neighbor
MONDAY, AUGUST 7: + Peter Towle – int. Friend
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8: + Anita Stevens – int. Carol
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10: + James Archibald – int. Sister
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11: – Health & Blessings for Henry & Jane Shaughnessy – int. Maeve
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12: 8:00 + Stella Skrzypek – int. Beverly

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!

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

Joanna H. Sak 8/6/1958
Louise A. Riel 8/6/1993
Anna Jablonski 8/7/1924
Katarzynia Duda 8/7/1952
Karolina Waryasz 8/7/1954
Zofia Milewski 8/7/1960
John Szczepkowski 8/8/1958
Stephen F. Koscinski 8/8/1999
John Sliwa 8/9/1943
Katarzyna A. Wojtasiewicz 8/9/1955
John Juskiewicz 8/9/1967
Alfred R. Brunelle 8/9/1998
Albert J. Zewinski 8/9/2000
Felicia E. Kostek 8/9/2005
Ladusik Grader 8/10/1960
Frank Muszynski 8/10/1967
Edward G. Zewinski 8/10/1989
Mary A. Gmyrek 8/10/2003
Mary Krol 8/11/1924
Josephine M. Rudinski 8/11/1965
Mary Osowski 8/11/1973
Ronald P. Scopa 8/11/1993
Stanley H. Potosek 8/11/2005
Anna Ostrowski 8/12/1961
Josephine Stroble 8/12/1975
Sabina Kowal 8/12/1991

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

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

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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 

Bishop Rozanski              Deacon Rabbitt      Clergy who are sick         Deacon Tudryn   

   THURSDAY                            FRIDAY                              SATURDAY        

Our Seminarians              Deacon Culliton                  Bishop Rozanski