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+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 24, 2017 +

Sunday, September 24 [Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health and Blessings for Geraldine Ahearn – int. Fritz Family
10:30 am – Health and Blessings for Catherine Grace Mazzer – int. Pelc Family
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Exposition all day.
   3:00 pm – Solemn Closing with Benediction and Eucharistic Procession
All Societies are asked to gather in the undercroft by 2:30 for the procession.
Monday, September 25 [Bl. Władysław of Gielniow]:   
   8:00 am – Intentions of Lindsay Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
Tuesday, September 26 [Sts. Cosmas and Damian]:   
   5:30 pm + Walter & Sophie Sojka – int. sons, Robert, Richard and James
Wednesday, September 27 [St. Jude Novena / St. Vincent de Paul]:   
   5:30 pm + Jennifer Steiner – int. Mom and Dad
Thursday, September 28 [St. Wenceslaus / St. Lawrence Ruiz / St. John of Dukla]:   
   5:30 pm + Carol Lapointe – int. Jaiden & Kendyl Lapointe
Friday, September 29 [Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels]:  
   5:30 pm + Cecelia Gloski – int. Family
Saturday, September 30 [St. Jerome]:
  8:00 am – Intentions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa –int. Ron & Monica Scherman
  4:00 pm + Marie Rose Targhetta and daughter, Victoria – int. Al & Judy Targhetta
  6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, October 1 [Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
  8:00 am + Bishop Leo O’Neil – int. Patricia Jamrog and children Jessica and Kris
10:30 am – Living and departed members of the Holy Rosary Society

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

THE CLOSING CEREMONIES for the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will take place on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE may be gained each day of the Forty Hours’ Devotion by making a good confession and receiving Holy Communion and saying before the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Gloria five times each and one additional Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.
    A Partial Indulgence may be gained on each visit to the Blessed Sacrament exposed by those who recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Gloria five times and one Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th is the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, two physicians who were martyred for their Faith in the year 300 in Syria.  They were known as the “Silverless” because of their free care for the sick.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul.  He was an instrument of renewed devotions and discipline among the clergy.  He was also a defender of the poor and the abandoned especially children.  He was the founder of two religious congregations and is known as the patron of the Works of Charity.  He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.   Our guest speaker will be Nick Monroe who will speak about his work in East Africa. The topic is Faith and Life under attack in Africa by the agents of secularism.  The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.  All gentlemen are invited to attend.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th is the Feast of two martyred saints, St. Wenceslaus and St. Lawrence Ruiz.  St. Wenceslaus is the patron of Czechoslovakia who sought to bring the Catholic Faith to his people and was murdered by his pagan brother.

 

 

 

san-lorenzo-ruiz St. Lawrence Ruiz and 15 of his companions were martyred as Missionaries in Nagasaki, Japan.  He is the first canonized Filipino and will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 

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SEPTEMBER 28th IS THE FEAST of Saint John of Dukla who entered the Franciscans at a very early age.  His humility and kindness towards everyone caused him to be greatly admired.
    In 1453, St. John Capistran came to Poland and established Franciscan monasteries of an even stricter observance.  Blessed John joined this group of Friars and became a model of obedience in the faithful observance of all the rules of the Order.  It grieved him deeply to see even the smallest violation of the laws of the Order.  He practiced heroic penances and kept vigils in prayer through many hours of the night as a true and strong athlete of Christ.
    He was greatly devoted to the Mother of God and encouraged prayers to her.  He worked hard at directing souls and he had a special gift settling arguments and reconciling people.  Blessed John worked among the Orthodox to bring them back to unity with the Church.
    In his old age he went blind but did not ease his activities until his holy death in 1484.  His tomb in the Franciscan Church in Lwów has been glorified by many miracles.  At the request of several Polish kings and of the Polish people Pope Clement XII named Blessed John of Dukla among the principal patrons of the Polish and Lithuanian people.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th is the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  These biblical messengers signify God’s transcendence and loving care:  Michael (meaning “Who is like God?”), Gabriel (“God’s Strength”) and Raphael (“God’s Remedy”); Michael:  patron of security forces and of the sick; Gabriel:  of telecommunications and the postal service; Raphael: of travelers and the blind.

ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, we celebrate the 88th Anniversary of the dedication of our church building which was built in 1929.  It is also the 108th Anniversary of the founding of our parish in 1909.  Please try to come to church this day and pray for our parish that the work once started may continue and prosper; that our children may grow strong in faith, love, and in a spirit of forgiveness, generosity and loyalty and through our efforts we too may grow in faith and someday rejoice forever in heaven.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th is the Feast of St. Jerome who lived in Bethlehem and in fact had a cell next to the place where Jesus was born.  He wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible and translated and gathered the Bible together in the form we now know.  His love for the Word of God prompted him to say “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  St. Jerome will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
Marian Consecration • October 13, 2017
 
    This October 13th we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the last Fatima Apparition.   Additionally, 2017 commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Militia of the Immaculata by Maximillian Maria Kolbe.
     As Father announced last Sunday, members of OLC will have a new opportunity to make a Marian Consecration through the ideal of St. Maximilian and his Militia of the Immaculata.  You may make a first time Consecration OR renew your Consecration.  There is only a nine day preparation which will hopefully encourage more parishioners to participate.  We will begin on October 4th.
 

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 30th 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.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 1st.  Following the Mass they will have a pot luck dinner followed by their meeting in the church undercroft.

LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, October 1st in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft.

OCTOBER ROSARY DEVOTIONS will take place on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m.

AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity.  Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory).  Classes begin September 17th.  Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information contact Joseph Milano.

COFFEE HOUR – For those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes – and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00).  Please come by for a cup of coffee, some home-made baked goods, and friendly company. Please use the side door of the Rectory.
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you September attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:
 
Sunday, September 24: 8:00 + Robert Hoynoski – int. Nina Johnson
                                 10:30 + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
Monday, Sept. 25: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
Tuesday, September 26: + Linda Lenois (1st Anniv.) – int. James & Jean Koldis
Wednesday, September 27: + Buddy Roberts – int. Nina Johnson
Thursday, September 28: + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald K. Parda
Friday, September 29: + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
Saturday, September 30: 8:00 + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald K. Parda
                                    4:00 + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
 
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 TERESIANS are always looking for new members to join our mercy ministry.  There is NO commitment required.  You will be alerted to opportunities by email and you can jump in as you are able.  Won’t you consider helping us to serve our community?
 
GIRL ENERGY, GIRL FAITH – Join us for the blessings!  Daughters of Mary:  Processions and Marian events for girls age 4-14 / St. Margaret Mary Girls Club: Monthly meeting after Mass on First Fridays Oct. – June ages 7-14.  Flyers with more information are in the vestibule.  Contact: Joanne Dowdy 498-0241 jdowdy@nmhschool.org

ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR MARRIED COUPLES – Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski cordially invites all married couples to celebrate their significant wedding anniversaries in 2016/2017 with a special Mass on Sunday, October 15th, at 4:00 p.m., at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield, MA.  Many couples celebrating 25th and 50th anniversaries attend every year, but any couple, wishing to remember their anniversary with this special liturgy, are also most welcome. Please notify the parish office of your name and address before Monday, September 26th to receive a personal invitation from Bishop Rozanski.

ADORERS NEEDED FOR PERPETUAL ADORATION – We are in need of adorers for Adoration for the following hours:  Tuesdays at 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., and Thursdays at 3:00 a.m.  If you can help with one of these hours please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.
URGENT!  VOLUNTEER CLEANERS NEEDED FOR ADORATION CHAPEL – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Franklin County Adoration Chapel in Greenfield.  Four teams help clean once a month and we desperately need at least three more volunteers.  It only requires about 30 minutes of your valuable time.  The normal time for cleaning is from 7:00 a.m. to about 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. on Mondays. Please prayerfully consider helping us by volunteering for this important ministry.  For more information, and to sign up, please call Pat Earley at 773-3396.  Thank you!

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.

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FASHION SHOW – The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Castle of the Knights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage.  Tickets are $32 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Deadline for tickets is October 13, 2017.  For information and tickets, please call Kathy at 413-658-5218.

COME AND SEE! – St. Scholastica Priory invites you to a Monastic Experience Weekend on October 6-8, 2017.  Single women aged 18-40 years are invited to experience life in a house of contemplative Benedictine nuns.  Pray, eat and work with them.  Listen to conferences on monastic life and prayer.  Learn discernment tools.  Hear the nun’s stories of their own journey into the monastery.  For more information, contact Sr. Mary Frances at smfwynn@aol.com, 271 North Main Street, Petersham, MA  01366 or call 978-724-3213.

ANNUAL SCOUT AWARDS MASS – Mark your calendar to join us for our Annual Catholic Scouting Awards Mass with Bishop Rozanski on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel. This special celebration highlights the accomplishments of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and their leaders, who will receive various Catholic Religious Recognitions and Emblems for their participation in the Religious Recognition Program.  These Religious Recognition Programs support and compliment the on-going catechetical efforts of our parishes and schools. Participation in these programs allows young people another opportunity to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Msgr. Mike Shershanovich from St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield and Fr. Brian McGrath from St. Mary’s, Lee from Jan. 23-31, 2018.  For more information, call Msgr. Mike at 413-445-5789.

TWO PILGRIMAGES TO WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES – The World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26, 2018.  Two great pilgrimages (8 or 12 day) are planned which include daily Mass and visits to numerous shrines (Knock, St. Peter, Nat’l. Shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Valentine, Venerable Matt Talbot, Tomb of Venerable John Sullivan, depending on which pilgrimage you choose) and many places of interest.  For more information contact Grand View Tours at (610-361-7979), visit http://www.catholicsindublin.com, or contact Fr. Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish in So. Deerfield (665-3254).

CATHOLIC CRUISE TROPICAL CARIBBEAN – Come and sail away on a 7 night tropical Caribbean cruise with Fr. John Harper, Dec. 31-Jan. 7, 2018 on Holland America’s Eurodam out of Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades)), Florida Ports of Call:  Key West, Florida, Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos, Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic, Half Moon Bay, Bahamas (Cruiseline Private Island).  Prices begin at $3,168 for two passengers which includes all port fees and taxes.  Daily Mass offered.  Deposits of only $350 per person will reserve your cabin.  Space is limited.  For further information or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com or 860-399-1785.

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

ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA  01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

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.

St. Jerome
Feast Day – September 30th

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    Before he was known as Saint Jerome, he was named Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus. He was born around 342 AD, in Stridon, Dalmatia.  Today, the town, which ceased to exist in Jerome’s time, would likely be in Croatia or Slovenia.
    The young Jerome was educated by Aelius Donatus, who was a famous Roman grammarian. From him, the young Jerome learned Latin and Greek. Little else is known of his childhood other than his parents were probably well-to-do and Christian. Despite their efforts to raise Jerome properly, the young man behaved as he chose.
    Around the age of 12 or so, Jerome traveled to Rome to study grammar, philosophy and rhetoric. It is likely that due to his training in rhetoric, he may have considered a career in law. By his own admission, he quickly forgot his morals. While he was not studying, Jerome pursued pleasure.  To alleviate the feelings of guilt he often felt afterwards, Jerome would visit the crypts in Rome and imagine himself in hell. He did so every Sunday, even though he was not a Christian. Jerome succeeded in frightening himself, but not in changing his ways.
    Fortunately, Jerome had as a companion, Bonosus, who was a Christian influence. His influence is part of what persuaded Jerome to become a Christian and change his ways for the better.  In or around the year 366, Jerome decided to become a Christian and was baptized by Pope Liberius.
    Now interested in theological matters, Jerome set aside secular matters to pursue matters of the faith. He traveled with Bonosus to Trier where there were schools for him to gain ecclesiastical training.
    In 370, he traveled close to home, ending up in a monastery at Aquileia. The monastery was overseen by Bishop St. Valerian, who had attracted some of the greatest minds in Christendom. While in Aquileia, Jerome met Rufinus and the two men became friends. Rufinus was a monk who became renowned for his translations of Greek works into Latin. Jerome himself was developing his skills as a translator, a skill he developed during his time in the Roman catacombs, translating the inscriptions on the tombs.
    Jerome traveled to the east, bound for Antioch by way of Athens.  In 374, Jerome finally reached Antioch, after making several lengthy stops along the way. While in that city, Jerome began writing his first work, “Concerning the Seven Beatings.”
    During that same year, disease made Jerome ill while taking the lives of some of his companions.  During his illness, Jerome had visions which made him even more religious.
    Jerome went into the desert to live for four years, living as a hermit southwest of Antioch. He was frequently ill during this time.
    After he emerged from his hermitage, Jerome was quickly embroiled in conflicts within the Church at Antioch. This was not something Jerome wanted to be associated with. Jerome made clear that he did not want to become a priest, preferring instead to be a monk or a hermit. But Church officials in Antioch as well as Pope Damasus wanted him to be ordained. Jerome relented on the condition he would not be expected to serve in any ministry and would still be allowed to pursue his monastic life. He was subsequently ordained.
    Making the most of his freedom as a priest, Jerome traveled to Constantinople where he studied under St. Gregory of Nazianzus, who was renowned as a great theologian.
    After St. Gregory left Constantinople in 382, Jerome traveled to Rome for a council of the Church and met Pope Damasus. Following the council, Pope Damasus kept Jerome in Rome and made him his secretary.  While serving as secretary to the pope, Jerome also promoted the ideal of aestheticism to everyone around him.
    Pope Damasus died in 384, and this exposed Jerome to criticism and controversy. Jerome was a sarcastic man of great wit. He became unpopular because of his attitude and made a number of enemies. While Pope Damasus was alive, he could shield Jerome from criticism, but now Jerome faced the vengeance of the enemies he made. Both prominent pagans who resented his promotion of the faith and fellow Christians who lacked his wit attacked him with vicious rumors.
    Jerome was a hard worker and he wrote extensively defending the virginity of Mary, which some clerics dared to question. He also engaged in several debates against various other heresies including a lengthy battle with his old friend Rufinus. Jerome was easily upset, and even the venerable St. Augustine exchanged words with him. Eventually, Jerome and Augustine repaired their relationship and were able to correspond as friends and colleagues.
    Of all the things that made Jerome famous, nothing was so legendary as his translation of the Bible. Jerome began work while he was still in Rome under Pope Damasus. He spent his entire life translating the scriptures from Hebrew and Old Latin.
    Rome was sacked by Alarc the Barbarian in 410. These events distressed Jerome greatly. Violence eventually found its way to Bethlehem disrupting Jerome’s work in his final years.
    Jerome died on September 30, 420. His death was peaceful and he was laid to rest under the Church of the Nativity. His remains were later transferred to Rome.
    Saint Jerome is the patron saint of archaeologists, Biblical scholars, librarians, students and translators.  His feast day is September 30.                    – http://www.catholic.org

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

John Janek 9/24/1939
Andrew H. Kazanowski 9/24/1978
Alexander J. Mileski 9/24/1979
Nellie Rastallis 9/24/1997
Michael W. Schab 9/25/1974
George A. Dejnak 9/25/1984
Stanislaus Golec 9/26/1938
Caleb M. James 9/26/2005
Rosalie Kalinowski 9/27/1959
Matthew Podlenski 9/27/1972
Andrew M. Ptak 9/27/1999
Adele A. Elgosin 9/27/2014
Anthony Sojka 9/28/1964
Chester W. Malinowski 9/28/1999
Jennifer Steiner 9/28/1999
Carol A. Lapointe 9/28/2009
Walcutz Niedbala 9/29/1949
Anna Zukowski 9/30/1945
Tekla Bocon 9/30/1968
Helen F. Parker 9/30/2012

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments!  Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

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

Fr. Aksamit      Fr. Lisowski         Fr. Bombardier           Clergy in Purgatory

THURSDAY         FRIDAY      SATURDAY

Fr. Roux      Deacon Leary   Msgr. Yargeau

 

 

 

+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 +

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 [Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Joan Coughlin – int. Family
10:30 am + Jason Ball – int. Keith, Linda & Danielle Ball
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 [St. Stanislaus Kostka]:
8:00 am + Louis and Carmela Tedeschi – int. Richard Tedeschi
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 [St. Januarius]:
5:30 pm – Health and Blessings for Justin Roux – int. Pelc Family
WED., SEPT. 20 [St. Jude Novena/Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, & Paul Chŏng Ha-sang & Comps.]:
5:30 pm + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Valerie and Emilee Felton
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 [St. Matthew, Apostle]:
5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: Opening of Forty Hours Devotions
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at this Mass. The church will be open all day.
8:00 am – For the living and departed members of the Fritz and Klepacki Families – int. Family
Benediction will take place before Mass.
5:30 pm – Intns. of Sr. Maria Faustina Scherman, MSSR – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 [St. Pius of Pietrelcina / Bl. Bernardina Maria Jablonska]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph
Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – The church will be open all day.
4:00 pm + Bernie Kobera – int. Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 [Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health and Blessings for Geraldine Ahearn – int. Fritz Family
10:30 am – Health and Blessings for Catherine Grace Mazzer – int. Pelc Family
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Exposition all day.
3:00 pm – Solemn Closing with Benediction and Eucharistic Procession
ALL SOCIETIES ARE ASKED TO GATHER IN THE UNDERCROFT BY 2:30 FOR THE PROCESSION.
Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will begin on Friday, September 22nd with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The church will then remain open all day for private prayer and worship. Confessions will be heard at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction and Mass at 5:30 p.m.
The Forty Hours of Devotions will continue on Saturday morning (September 23rd) with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the church will again remain open all day for private prayer and worship. Confessions will be heard at 3:00 p.m. followed by Benediction at 4:00 p.m. and followed by our usual Saturday Mass.
On Sunday (September 24th) the most Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The church will again remain open for private prayer and worship until 3:00 p.m. at which time the solemn closing will take place with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The public is cordially invited to take part in all of these services.
Please note that Pope John Paul II had requested that these Eucharistic Devotions be encouraged all over the world. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with Jesus! Come and share your joys and sorrows and your everyday concerns with Jesus!

ALL SOCIETIES, SODALITIES, ALTAR-BOYS & GIRLS’ CLUB are reminded to gather for the Forty Hours Devotion Procession on Sunday, September 24th no later than 2:15 p.m. in the church undercroft with their banners and society emblems. The Daughters of Mary are reminded to have their baskets of flower petals and all Altar-Boys are asked to participate.

ALL CATECHISM CHILDREN are requested to be present at the Solemn Closing of our Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.
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Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

THE CLOSING CEREMONIES for the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will take place on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE may be gained each day of the Forty Hours’ Devotion by making a good confession and receiving Holy Communion and saying before the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Gloria five times each and one additional Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.
A Partial Indulgence may be gained on each visit to the Blessed Sacrament exposed by those who recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Gloria five times and one Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.
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AS WE APPROACH our annual celebration of Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions (September 22, 23, & 24) it is good to meditate on the great love of God in giving us Himself in Holy Communion, in living among us in the Tabernacle of every Roman Catholic Church, of being with us spiritually AND physically in the Most Holy Eucharist! The more we ponder the great love of God the more we marvel at the utter humility of Our Savior! He humbled Himself to be a prisoner of love in our Tabernacles so that He could dwell with us in our hearts! How good God is!
During the Forty Hours Devotions, on our altars with its gleaming gold leaf, golden candlesticks, gorgeous flowers, and jeweled monstrance, the simplest “Thing” there is, the thin white Host! But how else could He remain among us, and be united to us, except by some such miracle as THIS! He lived, died, and rose again, but He wanted to remain with each of us in a most intimate and loving way. So vased in the slender monstrance is the Fairest Flower of All… Jesus Christ Our Loving Lord and God!
If from the carpenter shop of Nazareth there had been preserved but one thing that Jesus made, how we would treasure that relic! But we rejoice that we have not in our Roman Catholic churches a mere relic, but the Reality! We have Jesus Christ Himself! Not only Spiritually, but Physically! Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe, Whom the Heavens could not contain, in His love for us comes down on our altars at the Holy Mass, to dwell in the Tabernacles of our Roman Catholic Church and be with us in our hearts at Holy Communion. How much must He love us!

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CATECHISM CLASSES BEGIN September 17th. Parents please remember that it is your responsibility to fulfill the vows you took when you had your children baptized by being sure that your children attend Catechism Classes faithfully and that they truly learn and practice their faith. ALL CLASSES MEET ON SUNDAY AT 9:00 A.M. PLEASE BE ON TIME! CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:00 A.M. PLEASE NOTE THE PLACES FOR EACH CLASS LISTED BELOW:

Grade Pre-K (*9:15-10:00)…… Rectory front porch
Grade K………………………………… St. Anne’s Room (new section – second room)
Grade 1………………………………….. St. Kateri Room (new section- third room)
Grade 2 (First Communion)……… St. Nicholas Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center
Grade 3…………………………………… St. Joseph’s Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center
Grade 4…………………………………… St. Anthony Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.
Grade 5…………………………………. Infant of Prague Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.
Grade 6………………………………….. Ven. Pope Pius XII Room – (new section – room 4)
Grade 7………………………………….. Sacred Heart Room (by piano)
Grade 8………………………………… Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house)
Grade 9 ……………………………….. Our Lady of Grace Room (by kitchen)
Grade 10 & 11 (Confirmation)…… St. Peter’s Room – (new section – room 1)
Adults……………………………………… Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house)

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SEPTEMBER 18th IS THE FEAST of St. Stanislaw Kostka who the Church declares “was made perfect in a short while and fulfilled many times by the Angelic innocence of his life.” St. Stanislaw was the second son of John and Margaret Kostka, senator of Poland. St. Stanislaw wanted to join the Jesuit order but because of the strong and violent objections of his family he fled Poland at the age of seventeen and walked to Rome to enter the order so that his powerful family could do no harm to the Jesuits in Poland. St. Stanislaus led a life of pure faith, obedience and love as a novice in the order. A year later he fell ill. On being taken to his bed he made a sign of the cross over it, saying that he would never more rise from it. Shortly thereafter he looked up from his bed and whispered that he saw the Blessed Virgin accompanied with many angels and quietly died. St. Stanislaus is one of the national patrons of Poland as well as the patron of youth the world over.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th is the Feast of the early Christian Bishop and martyr St. Januarius, most famous today for the recurring miracle of the liquefaction of his blood on this day each year. He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20th is the Feast of St. Andrew Kim Taegŏn and St. Paul Chŏng Hasang and their companions. At the 5:30 p.m. Mass we will honor these two saints and 103 clergy, laymen, young and old, who were martyred between the years 1839 and 1867.
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, SEPTEMBER 17: 8:00 + Annette Sopollec – int. James & Jean Koldis
10:30 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: + George B. and Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: + Phil Tetreault – int. Nancy Faller
WED., SEPT. 20: – Grace and Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: + Margaret Wilt Dornsife – int. Monica Scherman
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: 8:00 + Martha Wilt McDaniel – int. Monica Scherman
4:00 + Bernard Johnson – int. Nina Johnson

PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st is the Feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel in Aramaic to show Jesus as the new Moses. Tradition holds he preached in Judea and later in Ethiopia where he was martyred. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, September 20th, at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft. All members are asked to attend.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd is the Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. St. Pio became famous as the priest with the living wounds of Jesus in his hands, feet and side and for the many miracles of healing, prophecy and bilocation that filled his life. He was a living Christ who used the confessional as a means of bringing others to Jesus. His love for the Holy Mass is typified by the statement “We could sooner live without the sun than without the Mass.” His life, focused on Jesus and Mary, led thousands upon thousands of souls to love God. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

COFFEE HOUR – For those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes – and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00). Please come by for a cup of coffee, some home made baked goods, and friendly company. Please use the side door of the Rectory.
AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory). Classes begin September 17th. Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Joseph Milano.

THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, September 23rd 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 whom 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.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 23rd 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.

BLESSED BERNARDINA JABLONSKA was born in Pizuny, Poland, on August 5, 1878, and was raised in a devoutly religious family. Gifted spiritually and a contemplative, Maria resided in a hermitage for a time, and was called to a hidden apostolate of prayer and penance.
As she began to see the suffering around her, she followed the religions trail blazed by St. Albert Chmielowski in Poland. Drawn to his holiness, Maria Bernardina entered the Albertine Sisters, recently founded by the saint. She brought a spiritual insight and a profound awareness of human suffering to the convent. Her holiness and her abilities led to her election as superior, a role that she fulfilled with energy and prudence.
Her motto was simple: “To give, eternally to give.” In the spirit of commitment and dedication, Maria Bernardina founded hospices for the sick and poor. She imbued her sisters with understanding that each human being shares in the suffering of everyone around them, and she pioneered charitable works to alleviate the needs of others. Blessed Maria Bernardina died in Krakow, Poland, on September 23, 1940.
Pope John Paul II beatified Maria Bernardina on June 6, 1997, at Zakopane, Poland, declaring: “The Church places this devout religious before us today as an example. Her motto of life was the words: ‘To give, eternally to give.’ With her gaze fixed on Christ she followed Him faithfully, imitating His love.”
-from JOHN PAUL II’S BOOK OF SAINTS, Published by Our Sunday Visitor, 1999
GIRL ENERGY, GIRL FAITH – Join us for the blessings! Daughters of Mary: Processions and Marian events for girls age 4-14 / St. Margaret Mary Girls Club: Monthly meeting after Mass on First Fridays Oct. – June ages 7-14. Flyers with more information are in the vestibule. Contact: Joanne Dowdy 498-0241 jdowdy@nmhschool.org

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.

ADORERS NEEDED FOR PERPETUAL ADORATION – We are in need of adorers for the Franklin County Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Greenfield for the following hours: Tuesdays at 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., Thursdays at 3:00 a.m., and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. If you can help with one of these hours please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.

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

CATHOLIC CRUISE TROPICAL CARIBBEAN – Come and sail away on a 7 night tropical Caribbean cruise with Fr. John Harper, Dec. 31-Jan. 7, 2018 on Holland America’s Eurodam out of Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades)), Florida Ports of Call: Key West, Florida, Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos, Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic, Half Moon Bay, Bahamas (Cruiseline Private Island). Prices begin at $3,168 for two passengers which includes all port fees and taxes. Daily Mass offered. Deposits of only $350 per person will reserve your cabin. Space is limited. For further info., or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com or 860-399-1785.

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.

St. Joseph of Cupertino
(1603 – 1663) (Feast – September 18th)

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When Joseph Desa was born in southern Italy in 1603, his parents did not rejoice. The father, a carpenter deep in debt, died early. His mother found young Joseph an unpleasant burden. Perhaps it was for want of parental affection that her son developed a preoccupied manner. His young companions called him “Boccaperta,” “the gaper.” He also had a strong temper at first. Still, he was a reverent child.
Joseph proved a difficult person to place. Apprenticed to a shoemaker, he showed no talent for cobbling. Therefore, at seventeen, he himself asked to join the Conventual Franciscans. They turned him down. The Capuchin Franciscans did accept him as a lay-brother candidate, but he broke so many dishes that they soon told him he’d better leave.
Finally, Signora Desa talked her brother, himself a Conventual Franciscan, into hiring her boy as a servant. They accepted him on this basis.
From then on, however, young Joe’s life began to change. He really applied himself to becoming a better person – gentler, calmer, more prayerful. It even came to the point that the Conventuals had him enter the order and study for the priesthood. The reason for his superiors’ changed views was that Joseph had displayed marvelous gifts of mystical prayer.
Chief of these was the gift of ecstasy. In his prayer he was often so swept up into union with God that he lost all sense of time and space. His ecstasies were frequently connected with the still rarer gift of “levitation”: being lifted up into the air when in ecstatic prayer.
For example, when Joseph was stationed at the monastery at Grottella, it would take little to send him into rapture: the sight of a religious statue or the mention of anything that reminded him of God. Once, when he was living at their monastery at Orsini, his fellow Franciscans in chapel saw him fly up seven or eight feet into the air, kiss a statue tenderly and float off to his own cell. Sometimes when he started flying he would even pick up a fellow friar and lift him up beside him in the air, much to the consternation of the liftee. Only the command of his superior could bring Friar Joseph down for a soft landing. When he came to, of course, he had no knowledge of what had been going on.
What were the Franciscans going to do with this unique friar?
The solution they arrived at was to keep him out of sight, so that he wouldn’t continue to disturb public order. For thirty-five years, therefore, he was forbidden to attend the community Mass and prayers, obliged to say his own Mass and prayers in a private chapel. From 1653 to 1657, church authorities even took him away from his fellow Conventuals and sent him, now to one, now to another remote monastery of the Capuchin Franciscans. When devoted followers located one of his “prisons,” the authorities spirited him off to another.
In 1657 he was finally allowed to return to the Conventual monastery of Osimo. There he died in 1663. Meanwhile, separation from almost everybody had caused him no great grief. It merely meant that his only companion was God. And that was what God wanted.
You might say, therefore, that St. Joseph worried his fellow Franciscans because he was a square peg and wouldn’t fit in the usual round hole. What they overlooked is there is no need for every peg to be round.
The square pegs that God sometimes makes are also beautiful in His eyes. So should they be in ours. –Father Robert F. McNamara
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OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Shirley Webb for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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

Jadwiga Puchala 9/17/1952
Anthony C. Kallins 9/17/1965
Walter Naperkowski 9/17/1982
John Noga 9/18/1946
Joseph Rustallis 9/18/1949
Thomas Hoynoski 9/18/1965
Joseph J. Sadoski 9/18/1992
Joanne Wojoln 9/19/1944
Helen N. Moschen 9/19/1998
Frances Paglecki 9/20/1935
Ralph Fronckus 9/20/1974
Frank C. Haygood 9/20/1977
Joseph F. Naida 9/20/2011
John Putala 9/21/1925
Ernest Croteau 9/21/1981
Jessie R. Dudek 9/21/1992
Eugenius Gumula 9/22/1957
Stanley Kestyn 9/23/1983
Stephen F. Pogoda 9/23/2011

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments! Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

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

ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA 01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

DID YOU KNOW. . . On September 12, 1989, the first freely elected, noncommunist government in a Warsaw Pact state took office, led by Poland’s Nobel Peace Prize-winner Lech Wałęsa, who was instrumental in organizing the Solidarity movement of the 1980s.

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.

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

         SUNDAY                        MONDAY                 TUESDAY          WEDNESDAY       

Our Deacon Candidates        Deacon Bete            Deacon Nolan      Deacon Bucci

THURSDAY                      FRIDAY                      SATURDAY

Fr. Pawlus                 Deacon DeCarlo             Fr. Bermudez

+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 +

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
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4:
8:00 am – Health and Blessings for Isaac James Filipi – int. Pelc Family
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 [St. Teresa of Calcutta]:
5:30 pm + Joseph Kosewicz – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 [Bl. Melchior Grodziecki & Comps.]:
5:30 pm – Intentions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa –int. Ron & Monica Scherman
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 [The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
8:00 am – Living & departed members of the Fritz and Klepacki Families – int. Family
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a continuous Rosary for the
Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary ending with Benediction at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 pm + Patricia Collins – int. Doug & Mary Lynne Brown
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 [St. Peter Claver]:
8:00 am + Katherine Bugia – int. Family
4:00 pm + David W. Phillips – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 [Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + John & Josephine Muszynski – int. Judy & Al Targhetta
10:30 am + Walter Kuzontkoski – int. Jane Kuzontkoski, Richard Bak, Diane &
Michael Arnold, Peter & Amanda Kuzontkoski

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

Our Blessed Mother’s Birthday
Below is the schedule for the volunteers who will lead the continuous chain of Rosaries as our Parish gift to Our Blessed Mother on September 8th, the Feast of her Birthday. Please come and take part any time you can to honor Our Lady! The Rosary is the gift Mary has asked for!

MYSTERY TIME VOLUNTEER/LEADER
Joyful 7:30 Mary Kobera
8:00 Mass – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Luminous 9:00 Holy Rosary Society
Sorrowful 9:30 Third Order Carmelites
Glorious 10:00 Mary LaCroix
Joyful 10:30 St. Gregory Choir – Jennifer Heath
Luminous 11:00 Teresians – Nancy Faller
Sorrowful 11:30 Pro-Life – Susan Malley
Glorious 12:00 Knights of Columbus
Joyful 12:30 St. Stanislaus – St. Kazimierz – Donald Parda
Luminous 1:00 Mark Garmalo
Sorrowful 1:30 Nina Johnson
Glorious 2:00 Gentlemen of St. Joseph – Jim Newcombe
Joyful 2:30 St. Anne’s Society – Jadzia Bourbeau
Luminous 3:00 Prayer Line of O.L.C. – Pat Jamrog
Sorrowful 3:30 St. Cecilia Choir – Henry Gaida
Glorious 4:00 Monica Scherman
Joyful 4:30 Altar Boys
Luminous 5:00 St. Mary Margaret Girls’ Club
5:30 Benediction and Mass
Please note that Our Lady’s “Birthday Party” will begin with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 8:00 a.m. Mass and end with Benediction and Mass at 5:30 p.m. Give your Heavenly Mother the gift she will truly love … the Mass and the Holy Rosary!

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass. Thank you!
                                                        Feast of the Birth of Mary

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The Feast of the Birth of Mary the Mother of God, will be celebrated on Friday, September 8th. Twenty-six years ago (1991) an Altar Boy suggested that we should have a spiritual party to celebrate the Feast of the Birthday of Mary. The Feast of the Birth of Mary celebrates the child Mary, the chosen one of Adam’s race, destined to become the Mother of Jesus Christ Who became her child to redeem and save the world. This Feast of the Church unites in spirit with the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Law and with all who during long centuries of expectation watched and prayed for the coming of the Messiah. The Birth of Mary, the Immaculate one, marks the advent of this work of redemption by Jesus Christ. And so the celebration is more than just a shallow birthday party, but a acknowledgment of the fact of Mary’s unique role in the history of salvation and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, “.. for behold from henceforth all generations shall called me blessed.” (Luke 1:48) The program of celebration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Litany of Loreto. 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, they may bring them in at any time.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th is Labor Day. Special prayers will be offered at the 8:00 a.m. Mass to thank God for the gift of labor and to petition our Heavenly Father for dignified work for those who have none.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th is the Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta. She was the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity and worked tirelessly for the poor in Calcutta and eventually throughout the world establishing orphanages, AIDS hospices, hospitals, and homes for the aged and the dying. Her charity and life of prayer made her an outstanding witness to Christ and human dignity in our day and age. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed as usual on Wednesday, September 6th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is a continuing Novena and may be begun at any time. All are encouraged and welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of the hopeless and cases in despair.

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SEPTEMBER 7th IS THE FEAST of Saint Melchior Grodziecki  of who was born in Cieszyn in 1588. He was an outstanding scholar and his studies led him to a greater faith commitment. He joined the Jesuits and traveled widely over Eastern Europe preaching the true Faith. He was noted as an outstanding speaker and attracted great crowds because of his holiness and wisdom. He suffered martyrdom and torture for his Faith at the hands of the armies of George Rakoczy.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th is the Feast of St. Peter Claver who dedicated his ministry to the care of black slaves. He was called the “slave of the slaves forever.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund: In memory of Phyllis Kuzontkoski from Juan Pablo Fernandez / In memory of Rose Molongoski from the Ralph Joy Family, Peter & Karen Kurzberg, Robert F. & Judith R. Lawler, and Dennis & Susan Stetson. Bóg wam zapłać!

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments! Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.
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

(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 in the rectory following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory). Classes begin September 17th. Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Joseph Milano.
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The Catholic Church celebrates today the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne.
The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers from the first centuries of the Church.
These accounts, although not considered authoritative in the same manner as the Bible, outline some of the Church’s traditional beliefs about the birth of Mary.
The “Protoevangelium of James,” which was probably put into its final written form in the early second century, describes Mary’s father Joachim as a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Joachim was deeply grieved, along with his wife Anne, by their childlessness. “He called to mind Abraham,” the early Christian writing says, “that in the last day God gave him a son Isaac.”
Joachim and Anne began to devote themselves extensively and rigorously to prayer and fasting, initially wondering whether their inability to conceive a child might signify God’s displeasure with them.
As it turned out, however, the couple were to be blessed even more abundantly than Abraham and Sarah, as an angel revealed to Anne when he appeared to her and prophesied that all generations would honor their future child: “The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.”
After Mary’s birth, according to the Protoevangelium of James, Anne “made a sanctuary” in the infant girl’s room, and “allowed nothing common or unclean” on account of the special holiness of the child. The same writing records that when she was one year old, her father “made a great feast, and invited the priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and all the people of Israel.”
“And Joachim brought the child to the priests,” the account continues, “and they blessed her, saying: ‘O God of our fathers, bless this child, and give her an everlasting name to be named in all generations’ . . . And he brought her to the chief priests, and they blessed her, saying: ‘O God most high, look upon this child, and bless her with the utmost blessing, which shall be forever.’”
The protoevangelium goes on to describe how Mary’s parents, along with the temple priests, subsequently decided that she would be offered to God as a consecrated Virgin for the rest of her life, and enter a chaste marriage with the carpenter Joseph.
Saint Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley,” he said.
The fourth-century bishop, whose theology profoundly shaped the Western Church’s understanding of sin and human nature, affirmed that “through her birth, the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” – http://www.catholicnewsagency.com
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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!

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.

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.

VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
EWTN FAMILY CELEBRATION IN WORCESTER, MA! EWTN Global Catholic Network invites you to our Family Celebration at the DCU Convention Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10 for an inspiring weekend for your entire family! The theme will be “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fatima”. Be renewed in your faith with inspirational talks by your favorite EWTN hosts, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J, Marcus Grodi, Susan Conroy, Fr. Maurice Emelu and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester, MA, will serve as the celebrant and homilist at Sunday’s Holy Mass. Admission is free, no tickets required! Log onto ewtn.com/familycelebration for more information.

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.

DEE REILLY CONCERT TO BENEFIT SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH – Irish Country singer Dee Reilly will give a concert Sunday, Sept. 24, to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. The performance will be held at the Sons of Erin, 22 William Street in Westfield, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available in advance at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational offices, 577 Carew St., Springfield during business hours and at the Sons of Erin. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase and there will be a cash bar. For more info., contact Sr. Eleanor Harrington (413) 536-0853 or EHarrington@ssjspringfield.com

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Msgr. Mike Shershanovich from St. Joseph’s, Pittsfield and Fr. Brian McGrath from St. Mary’s, Lee from Jan. 23-31, 2018. For more information, call Msgr. Mike at 413-445-5789.
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, SEPTEMBER 3: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson
10:30 – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Mr. Benjamin Jay Dunkelberger
on his ordination to the transitional diaconate – int. Nancy Faller
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: + Richard Partridge – int. the Shaughnessys
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: + Bernard Johnson – int. wife, Nina Johnson
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Clarence Olszewski on the
60th anniversary of his ordination – int. Nancy Faller
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: + Gladys Nosek – int. Nina Johnson
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8: – Grace and Blessings for Rev. Mr. Timothy James Sahd on his ordination to the transitional diaconate – int. Nancy Faller
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: 8:00 + Kyle O’Connor (8th Anniversary) – int. Nina Johnson
4:00 + 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!

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.

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

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

Alexander Aptacy 9/3/1924
Josephine Samorajski 9/3/1968
John S. Woznakewicz 9/3/1975
Florence C. Sojka 9/3/2007
Stella A. Konsevich 9/3/2009
Casimier Maciekowski 9/4/1927
John Bocon 9/4/1957
Peter Olchowski 9/5/1942
Joseph Kosewicz 9/5/1983
Blanche Sopatka 9/5/1983
Bronislawa Piskor 9/6/1972
Jan A. Garanin 9/6/1996
Blanche E. Loveland 9/6/2001
Jadwiga Mirecki 9/7/1977
Carrie K. Krysiak 9/7/1978
Herman J. Levasseur 9/8/1990
Eunice V. Polo 9/8/2002
Nell Fallon 9/8/2009
Katherine Bugai 9/9/1986
Helen C. Nicewicz 9/9/1994
Theodore Marziarz 9/9/2006

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.

ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA 01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

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.

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. DiMascola     Bishop McDonnell        Fr. O’Mannion             Bishop Rozanski                                                  THURSDAY                           FRIDAY                        SATURDAY

                     Clergy who are sick                Deacon Rabbitt            Our Seminarians