+ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
Feast Day – September 30th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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