+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2017 +
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 [Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Robert & Catherine Scherman – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + May Marie Collins – int. Roger Giffin
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 [Bl. Dorothy of Matowów]:
8:00 am + David Sroka (1st Anniversary) – int. Lillian
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
*5:30 pm + Robert Hoynoski – int. Robert Pietraszek
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 [St. Jude Novena / All Saints’ Day]:
*Holy Day of Obligation*
*8:00 am – Living and departed members of the Fritz and Klepacki Families – int. Fam.
*5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 [All Souls’ Day]:
5:30 pm + All Souls Novena I
FIRST FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 [St. Martin de Porres]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm + All Souls Novena II
FIRST SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 [St. Charles Borromeo]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am + All Souls Novena III
4:00 pm + All Souls Novena IV
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 [Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + All Souls Novena V
10:30 am + All Souls Novena VI
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st is the Feast of All Saints. This Feast has a special place in the hearts of Polish people. It is a day of hope and faith in the promise of what we will one day become if we persevere in love. The Masses for All Saints Day will take place Tuesday, October 31st at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 1st at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd is the Feast of All Souls. The nine day novena for all of the souls in Purgatory enrolled on our altar will begin on Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. The Polish traditional All Souls Day procession of prayers for the departed will follow the Mass.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd is the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, the humble Dominican Brother known as the “Wonder Worker of Peru”. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th is the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, guardian of the Church, reformer, educator and social activist. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. His relic will be venerated after Mass.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will be heard starting at 7:30 a.m. Mass will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be prayed prior to the Mass. Following the Mass will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto, and Benediction.
THE DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE of indulgences in the Church is closely linked to the effects of the Sacrament of Penance. An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions or Christ and the saints. An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. Indulgences may be applied to the living (yourself) or the dead. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1471, p. 370.
FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY: A partial indulgence, applicable to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even for a few minutes. The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November. Take advantage of this special opportunity during the month of November to earn indulgences for the souls in Purgatory.
1. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or – for those entitled to use it – a semipublic oratory.
The above indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints.
In visiting the church or oratory, it is required according to Norm 6 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that “one Our Father and the Creed be recited.”
2. An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.
3. Deserving of special mention are the following works for anyone of which the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory any day of the year (or the indulgence may be gained once a day for oneself).
A. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour.
B. Devout reading of the sacred Scriptures for at least one half hour.
C. Making the Way of the Cross.
D. The praying of the Rosary in a church or in public.
The conditions prescribed by the Church for gaining a plenary indulgence are: the pious act, (i.e., visiting the cemetery) or prayer, (i.e., the Rosary, etc.), Confession and Communion within eight days before or after the intention of gaining the plenary indulgence; and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, e.g., Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. – Enchiridion of Indulgences Norms and Grants – Pope Paul VI, 1969
OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS DAY BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, December 2nd starting at 9:00 a.m. Our usual arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Religious goods, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured. Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping. Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.
DOVE OF PEACE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 2:00PM – Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls – Something Fun for Everyone! Attic Treasures, Multi-Raffle, Lottery Frame Raffle, Straw Draw, Craft Table, Baked Goods, Christmas Booth, Santa’s Workshop, Gift Baskets galore and much, much more! Save room for our famous lunch at the Christmas Cookie Café!
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR IN SHELBURNE FALLS – St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 12 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street. The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, homemade candies and baked goods, an Attic Treasures table, themed gift baskets, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney and Tea Cup Auction. A big raffle featuring a $150 Cash Prize, a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub and a $75 gift certificate to the Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar (both located in Shelburne Falls) will round out the offerings. A delicious choice of lunch items will be available on Saturday. Get your Christmas shopping done early! For more information, call (413) 625-6405.
OUR INCREASED WEEKLY GIVING PROGRAM is very important to our financial stability. It is also important to show our gratitude to God for our many gifts by responding to the needs of our parish. If you have not returned your response envelope, please do so at the first opportunity.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CHRISTMAS TRIP – St. Mary’s Church in Lee presents a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Trip, November 28-30. Highlights include: Miracle of Christmas Show at Sight and Sound Theatre, Mass at Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa, American Music Theatre Christmas Show, Christmas Chalk w/artist – art work will be given away to a guest, two breakfasts, two dinners (one being in an Amish home), Kitchen Kettle Village, Farmers Market and guided tour of Amish Farmlands. Cost is $439 pp, double occupancy. For more info., please contact St. Mary’s office at 413-243-0275 or Nancy Wilcox at 413-298-4603.
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, OCTOBER 29: 8:00 + Diana Farrell – int. Shaughnessy Family
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30: + Sandra Miner – int. Joyce
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: 8:00 + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
4:00 + Henry Noga – int. Joseph & Irene Klepadlo
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!
OUR NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6th. A huge Bóg Wam Zapłac is extended to all who contributed to another successful meal with their time, talent and treasure! If you give some of your own food to [feed] those who are hungry and to satisfy [the needs of] those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun. Isaiah 58:10
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREATS – A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is an opportunity for any woman, man, couple, grandparent or sibling who struggles with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. This unique retreat allows the soul to speak its sorrow and is designed specifically to help retreatants experience the gentleness, mercy, compassion, and the unconditional love of Jesus as they walk through the journey to forgiveness. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held in Stockbridge, MA on the weekend of Nov. 3-5th. If you or a friend are hurting from an abortion experience don’t delay, take the first step toward healing. For more information or to register for a weekend call 413-452-0661. You may also call Suzanne @ 203-417-0504. All calls are confidential.
MONASTIC EXPERIENCE WEEKEND – St. Mary’s Monastery, a contemplative monastery of Benedictine monks in Petersham, Mass., is offering a Monastic Experience Weekend for young Catholic men aged 18-40 from November 3-5, 2017. Men will participate in the monks’ daily balance of prayer, work and study, and will have the opportunity to speak with those who have been called to this vocation. For more info.: 978-724-3350 or email@example.com.
CHILDREN’S HOUR OF ADORATION – The guided children’s hour of adoration is held on the first Thursday of every month at the Adoration Chapel in Greenfield at 4:00 p.m. Join us on November 2nd.
NOVEMBER 2nd IS ALL SOULS DAY – Dzien Zaduszny. The night before All Souls Day is solemnly observed by the Polish people. It is the beginning of the many customs and prayers for departed family and friends.
Old legends say that at exactly midnight a great light fills the Church and all the departed souls of the parish gather to pray before the altar. Then each soul is said to return to the home in which they dwelt while alive. The evening meal of All Souls Day is almost a religious ritual. The family gathers to pray before the holy icons of Our Lady and The Saints which are beautifully decorated with embroidered cloth and fresh flowers. Prayers and hymns are offered for each departed ancestor and friend. The head of the house then opens the front door or window as if to invite the departed spirits to take part in the feast. An ancient song is chanted welcoming the souls.
“Holy sainted ancestors, we beg you come, fly to us
To eat and drink, wher’er God grant
Whatever I can offer you
Welcome to whatever this house can afford
Sainted ancestors, we beg you—Come, fly to us!”
The family gathers around the table set with extra places for the departed souls. The meal is opulent but solemn and quiet with the conversation hinging mainly on reminiscences of departed family and friends. When the feast is over, the head of the family once more opens the door and dismisses the invisible guests. Another song accompanies this leave taking.
“Sainted ancestors you came here to eat Now tell us
To eat – you have eaten What do you need?
To drink – you have drunk Or better, go back to Heaven
Homage and honor to you! Be gone! Be gone! Be gone!
The family then proceeds to the parish church for Mass and special services for the departed souls in Purgatory. At one point in the Mass a solemn procession is formed with everyone holding candles. The procession stops at the four corners of the church where special prayers are offered for the dead. If the church is near the cemetery the procession continues there where everyone prays at the graves of their family and decorates the graves with candles and flowers. The signs of hundreds of people slowly walking with their candles through a Polish cemetery at twilight is an awe inspiring sight.
At first glance the custom on remembering the dead with a family dinner may seem unusual but yet it reveals a most positive Christian attitude about death. The dead still live. They live hopefully with Christ in Heaven or Purgatory. And if they do indeed have eternal life, they continue to care and love those left behind. Thus, even in this simple dinner, the doctrine of the Communion of Saints is vividly expressed!
Purgatory a Brief Explanation
by Steve Ray
Dear Protestant Friend:
I will try to answer your questions on Purgatory in a very brief manner. It is not a complicated matter though many Protestants have tried to make is so over the last few centuries. Actually Purgatory is something that was believed by the early Church and the Apostles. One needs only study the early writings to find that Protestant theology opposed to Purgatory is of very recent origins. Purgatory simply means “purging” and refers to the final purging of sin and self-love before we are face to face with God (see my story The Last Nightmare).
Purgatory in General:
You asked about the number of days in Purgatory. First, I thought I would add this simple paragraph from the Catechism which gives an excellent definition of Purgatory: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030).
It then follows: “The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned….The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire (quoting St. Gregory the Great and Matthew 12:31): “As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come” (CCC 1031).
Hebrews 12:14 gives a clear biblical basis as to why final sanctification is necessary. It says, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (NIV). Now, is this the “holiness” we receive by “faith alone”? If so, why is the writer of Hebrews telling these believers that they must attain to a degree of holiness in order to see the Lord? Forgiveness of sins is one thing; becoming actually holy is quite another.
About Days In Purgatory:
There are not any “days” in purgatory, and never have been, even though many Protestants claim Catholics teach this. The “days” referred to are days spent on earth doing some penance that was formerly prescribed, like say, wearing sackcloth, etc.; the indulgence granted was formerly expressed in days, like an “indulgence of 300 days”. The Catholic Encyclopedia states: “Neither the nature nor the duration of purgatory is specified in Catholic doctrine; however, the existence of purgatory is a dogma of the Faith” (Rev. Peter Stravinskas, Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic Dictionary).
One thing that needs to be understood is that the Church has no jurisdiction over souls in purgatory, only over those on earth. And, the Church has been given no further revelation on the details of Purgatory. It is something alluded to in Scripture, so we know it exists, but as to what it actually is, we have not been told. Some theologians have tried to describe it as a “place” and “period of time” but in reality we do not know any details. So the church does not say that Purgatory involves the same kind of time as we experience here on earth (knowing there are different kinds of “time” such as earthly time, eternity, etc.), or even time at all. Cardinal Ratzinger, a very trustworthy theologian, says that Purgatory may involve “existential” rather than “temporal” duration. It may be someone “experiences”, but experiences in a moment, rather than something that endures over time.”
Purgatory is simply the final stages of sanctification. An Evangelical friend recently admitted that he felt a person had to be actually become righteous (not just “declared” righteous) in order to stand before God and his holiness. I asked him if he was righteous enough right now–so that if I swerved and our car hit a tree he would be ready to look God in the eye. He said “No”. He then commented that it made him think Purgatory might be a real possibility. He’s right.
Purgatory is the final stage of sanctification. Evangelical Protestants believe in sanctification though it is usually very nebulous and uncertain exactly what that means. What makes one think that death somehow makes them instantly holy, sanctified, even though they may have approached death full of self-love, evil thoughts, greed, and fear? Purgatory is the final stage of sanctification, the sanctification without which no one will see God (Heb 12:14). “And nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev 21:27).
St. Paul tells us, “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Rom 6:22). Sanctification follows the forgiveness of sins. The result of this sanctification (becoming holy) is eternal life. The writer of Hebrews tells us how this sanctification comes about: “For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (Heb 12:10). If the process of sanctification is incomplete on the earth, if we still are full of self-love and disordered desires, God in His mercy continues the process after death to prepare us for his glorious presence. (Again, my story The Last Nightmare).
I will close this brief explanation by using the illustration that helped me understand Purgatory as I came into the Church. In my younger days, I once hitchhiked around Europe for a week, leaving my wife and family in our chalet in Switzerland. To save money and time, I slept on trains, didn’t take showers, etc. When I returned a week later, unshaved, grizzly, and dirty, my wife refused to let me in the chalet. Now wait a minute: I was her husband, I was part of the family, I belonged in that house! Yet, I was not clean or “holy” enough to enter. It is the same for heaven.
So my wife made me undress and take a sponge bath on the porch before I could step in the door. I was part of the family but I had to have a final cleaning up before I was allowed into the full joy of the home. Jesus told His disciples that “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean” (Jn 13:10). Purgatory is simply the final stage of sanctification.
Purgatory is the Front Porch of Heaven!
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Stella R. Burniske 10/29/1996
David S. Sroka 10/30/2016
Theodore J. Jesz 10/31/1963
John E. Prochowicz 10/31/1978
Henry A. Rys 10/31/1990
Walter E. Nadolny 11/1/1977
Mary Sciora 11/1/1983
John Sokolowski 11/2/1939
Rose Pliska 11/2/1973
Michael Cislo 11/3/1931
Gladys F. Brostowski 11/3/2007
Noah Robert Martin 11/3/2015
Francis Cholewa 11/4/1940
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Theresa Dempsey for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
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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: Fr. Reardon
MONDAY: Deacon DeCarlo
TUESDAY: Clergy in Purgatory
WEDNESDAY: Deacon Nolan
THURSDAY: Fr. Campoli
FRIDAY: Fr. Reardon
SATURDAY: Fr. DiMascola