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
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.
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.

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)


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.


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.


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!


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.



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)



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
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.
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
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