+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2017 +
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
+ CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE +
CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM
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 ______________
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 email@example.com if you would like more information or have any questions. Thank you for all the wonderful effort that keeps this program running so beautifully!
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!
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Zimmerman: 603-352-2748 / email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint Gregory Choir: 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 email@example.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
Fr. Bombadier Deacon Leary Fr. Roux Fr. Aksamit
THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Deacon Leary Deacon Patten Fr. Campoli