+ 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 monks@stmarysmonastery.org.

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
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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

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 22, 2017 +

Sunday, October 22 [Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
Solemn Novena to St. Jude III
   8:00 am + Victoria Ferioli – int. cousin, Pat Jamrog
 10:30 am + Mr. & Mrs. Frank Niedbala – int. Carole Conway
Monday, October 23 [St. John of Capistrano]:  Solemn Novena to St. Jude IV
 8:00 am – For the intentions of Alison & Paul Edwards – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
Tuesday, October 24 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena /
St. Anthony Mary Claret]:  Solemn Novena to St. Jude V
  5:30 pm + David Doty – int. Mark Garmalo
Wednesday, October 25:    Solemn Novena to St. Jude VI
  5:30 pm + Bernie Kobera – int. Family
Thursday, October 26:   Solemn Novena to St. Jude VII
  5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
Friday, October 27:    Solemn Novena to St. Jude VIII
  5:30 pm + Patricia Collins – int. Doug & Mary Lynne Brown
Saturday, October 28 [Sts. Simon and Jude]:  Solemn Novena to St. Jude Closing
  8:00 am + Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph
Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order
  4:00 pm + Thaddeus Pelc – int. Pelc Family
  6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
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

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami +

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The Conclusion of the St. Jude Solemn Nine Day Novena
will be highlighted on Saturday, October 28th, the Feast of St. Jude,
and will include the veneration of the relic of St. Jude.
 
The following prayer is said with the Priest at the Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful:
 
    St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolation and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (All pause here in silence to make their request to St. Jude) and that I may bless God with the elect throughout Eternity.  Amen!
    St. Jude, Apostle, Martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us!
 
    St. Jude the oft forgotten            We’ve sung our prayer of pleading
    Thou shalt remembered be.            To thee St. Jude the blest.
    We hail thee now in glory,            For hearts in sorrow bleeding,   
    And have recourse to thee.            That sorely are distressed;       
    For help, for the despairing,            With thine our prayers are blending
    When hopeless seems the task,        And hope our hearts doth fill
    And from the heart of Jesus            On thee St. Jude depending,
    Thru thee we favors ask.            Resigned to Heaven’s will!

 


 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23rd is the Feast of St. John of Capistrano, a noted reformer who preached devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and unity within the Church.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th is the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba and founder of a religious congregation.  He fostered social reforms and the use of mass media to spread the Gospel.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.   The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Marjorie Naida for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of love.
THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, October 28th, 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.

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.

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 WEEKLY NOVENA praying for an end to the violence of abortion in our nation and in reparation for the lack of love which makes us treat life so cheaply will take place on Saturday, October 28th before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome.

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.

YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass.  If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour!  Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.”  Please use the side door.

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
Powerful Book Enlightens On Evil
    It’s surprising, how relatively undiscovered Father Christopher Ngozi Onuoha is. In a chock-filled and powerful book that can benefit just about anyone, he has compiled a vast array of insights into spiritual warfare and healing.  It may not be the most refined or swiftly read of books, but it more than makes up for that with the sheer number of interesting facts he presents. It’s one of those books that you pick up, open randomly, and start reading — usually finding an interesting, relevant passage.
For example, the role of negativity.  This is a plague of our times and, states Father Onuoha, it is a magnet for dark asomatous forces.
    “They can easily pick up, and are attracted by, negative emotions around us,” says the priest, who is originally from Nigeria — educated in medical technology — and now a priest in Omaha.
    “These negative vibrations include, among others: unforgiveness, anger, fear, doubts, unbelief, impatience, lying, all forms of impurity and immorality, bad thoughts, idleness, daydreaming, and fantasies — as well as New Age and occult curiosity. These human actions emote negative signals that demons can pick up.
    “Demons hang around persons involved in these activities that generate negative emotions or energy. This is very much like emotional vibrations that people can pick up when others are tense or angry.
    “In short, any human actions that violate God’s Commandments and the official teachings of the Church make such persons beehives of evil spirit activity. Negative energy draws evil spirits just like flies are drawn by foul or rotten smell around carcasses.”
    It isn’t just the occult that (literally) raises hell.  Restudy the seven cardinal sins.  They are all entrance ways.   Often, it gets back to the big three: lust, greed, and blasphemy.
    Think of it: lust can be not just sexual but also for food, drink, and other such things. Greed is not just about money but also wanting, wanting, and wanting more — more attention, more power. Blasphemy is not just using God’s Name in vain but also using the occult or doubting His Power.
    “Any level of demonic influence if left unchecked can create serious problems of health and well-being,” writes Father Onuoha in Healing You and Your Family Tree. “Demons do not like us bringing things, especially negative events in our lives, into the light or sharing our hearts with God. They behave like bats that hide in the darkness; as soon as light comes in, they flee.
    “Demons also behave like flies. They like to attach to wounded areas of our being, especially spiritual, emotional, and psychological wounds; there, they form nests or strongholds. Even though demons mask and disguise themselves, people with spiritual sight can detect and discern their activities behind the masks. The Holy Spirit’s gift of Knowledge equips us to unmask demonic deceptions and lies.”
    Again, greed is not just material. It can be spiritual — religious.
    “We can be attached to spiritual goods just as we can be attached to material goods,” says the priest. “For religious persons and those aspiring to high spiritual standards, greed is a potential threat. Greed will tend to keep the letter of the vow, but not to the spirit of the vow. This will ultimately bring the greedy person to a dead end. Greed of this kind can lead to attachment to religious practices and devotions without any interior conviction. There is no authentic relationship with God. Jesus says of these people that their worship and honor is only lip service, their hearts are not with God (Mark 7:6).”
    Thus must we be cautious not only about obvious sin, but also looking at the dark side of things and people, being legalistic more than we are loving, focusing on the negative in a person or circumstance, instead of seeing the potential Grace and goodness and potential to learn.
    Truly, each moment lived right is a gift.                                                  http://spiritdaily.org
Father’s book is available at: http://www.familyprayerministry.com

OUR NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on Wednesday, December 6th.  A huge Bóg Wam Zapłac is extended to all who contributed at the last Community 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

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!
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you October attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:
 
Sunday, October 22: 8:00 + Claude Johnson (6th Anniversary) – int. Nina Johnson
                   10:30 – Blessings for Sister Maria Faustina Scherman – int. Nina Johnson
Wed., Oct. 25: – Health and Blessings for Jane Shaughnessy – int. Henry and Maeve
Friday, October 27: + 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
URGENT!  VOLUNTEER CLEANERS NEEDED FOR ADORATION CHAPEL – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Adoration Chapel.  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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Romancy Podlenski 10/22/1924
Alista E. Gradowski 10/22/2005
Catherine Maziejko 10/23/1928
Stephen Kuczek 10/23/1963
Mary Gray 10/23/1997
Thecla Sziciek 10/24/1938
Kazimierz Niedzwiecki 10/24/1959
Agnes Morawski 10/24/1999
John Sak 10/25/1924
Anastazia Nadolni 10/26/1959
Anna M. Oguiska 10/27/1954
Joseph A. Zak 10/27/1977
Stella Drinzek 10/27/1993
Michalina Noga 10/28/1959
Peter Nowak 10/28/1971
John S. Krejmas 10/28/2003

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.

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KAZIMIERZ (CASIMIR PULASKI) is a Polish-born nobleman and soldier who was recruited by Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette to fight with the colonists in the American Revolutionary War.  He is sometimes called the “Father of the American cavalry.”  He was killed on October 9, 1779, during the Battle of Savannah in Georgia.

 

PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON set out Fourteen Points in January 1918 as the basis for a peace settlement at the end of World War I. The Thirteenth Point laid down the requirement for an independent Poland, with secure access to the sea.

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                           Our Seminarians

MONDAY                          Fr. Bermudez

TUESDAY                          Fr. Bombardier

WEDNESDAY                   Deacon Leary     

THURSDAY                       Fr,. Piotr Pawlus

FRIDAY                             Msgr. Yargea

SATURDAY                       Fr. Roux

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 15, 2017 +

Sunday, October 15 [Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
   8:00 am + Johanna Mary O’Brien – int. cousin, Patricia Anne Jamrog
 10:30 am + Anita Jacques – int. Diane & Anthony Muszynski
Monday, October 16 [St. Hedwig / St. Margaret Mary Alacoque]:
   8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Eunice Hannigan on her 100th Birthday – int.
        son, James
Tues., Oct. 17 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena /St. Ignatius of Antioch]:
  5:30 pm + Josephine Bialecki – int. daughter, Betty DeNofrio
Wednesday, October 18 [St. Jude Novena / St. Luke the Evangelist]:
   5:30 pm – Grace and Blessings for William J. Ahearn – int. Fritz Family
Thursday, Oct. 19 [Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues / Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko]:
   5:30 pm + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo and Family
Friday, October 20 [St. Paul of the Cross / Bl. James of Strepar]:
Solemn Novena to St. Jude I
   5:30 pm – Intentions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
Saturday, October 21:
c Bolewski and Shannon Patricia Hart
   4:00 pm + Stacia and Louis DeMeo – int. daughters, Mary, Sue and Lisa
   6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, October 22 [Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time]Solemn Novena to St. Jude II
   8:00 am – Intentions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
   1:00 pm – Wedding – Drew Ale:
Solemn Novena to St. Jude III
   8:00 am + Victoria Ferioli – int. cousin, Pat Jamrog
 10:30 am + Mr. & Mrs. Frank Niedbala – int. Carole Conway
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th is the Anniversary of the election of Pope Blessed John Paul II.  Please remember him in prayer at the Masses on this day.

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POPE JOHN PAUL II DAY – Poland has declared October 16th as a national holiday – Pope John Paul II Day.  This is a day that commemorates the first Polish Pope in history.  John Paul II made a lasting imprint on the history of the Church, and in fact the history of the world and certainly deserves the title “Pope John Paul the Great”.

OCTOBER 16th IS THE ANNIVERSARY of the election of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope in history.  It is interesting to note that Pope John Paul II was elected on the feast of St. Jadwiga, the Polish Queen (1174-1243).  Queen Jadwiga and her husband built a number of monasteries and churches and both lived a holy life.  At the death of Henry, St. Jadwiga was at the Convent at Trzebnica.  At the news of her husband’s death the nuns all shed tears but St. Jadwiga comforted the Sisters by saying, “Would you oppose the Will of God?  Our lives are His.  Our will is whatever He is pleased to ordain, whether our own death or that of our friends.”   From that time on she took the habit and lived as a simple nun using her great wealth for the relief of the poor and suffering.  St. Jadwiga’s example of love, faith, and hope was honored by God with the gift of prophecy and miracles.  The tomb of Jadwiga, at the Convent in Trzebnica, is the site of many miracles to this.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th is the Feast of two great women saints, St. Hedwig (better known in Polish as Jadwiga) and St. Margaret Mary.  St. Margaret Mary was favored with a number of visions of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Her writings spurred by the apparitions helped free the Church from the spirit of Jansenism and helped focus Christianity on the great love of God.  Queen Jadwiga and her husband built a number of monasteries and churches and both lived a holy life.  At the death of Henry, St. Jadwiga was at the Convent of Trzebnica.  At the news of her husband’s death the nuns all shed tears but St. Jadwiga comforted the Sisters by saying, “Would you oppose the Will of God?  Our lives are His.  Our will is whatever He is pleased to ordain, whether our own death or that of our friends.”  From that time on she took the habit and lived as a simple nun using her great wealth for the relief of the poor and suffering.  St. Jadwiga’s example of love, faith, and hope was honored by God with the gift of prophecy and miracles.  The tomb of Jadwiga, at the convent in Trzebnica, Poland is the site of many miracles to this day.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Rose Molongoski a donation was made to our Parish Renovation Fund from James and Jean Koldis.  Bóg zapłać!

Banns III – Drew Alec Bolewski and Shannon Patricia Hart
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius was a great Bishop who wanted to imitate Christ in all things even in his martyr’s death.  He desired “to become Christ’s pure bread.”  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th is the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist whose writings in Scripture speak of God’s mercy, universal salvation, love of the poor and prayer.  He is the Patron Saint of artists and the legendary painter of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th is the Feast of the North American martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf and Companions.  These men were missionaries to the Huron and Iroquois of North America.  St. Isaac Jogues was martyred in Auriesville, New York.  The blood of these martyrs has nurtured the Faith in this new land.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th is the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, a renowned preacher and the founder of the Passionists, who combine the apostolate of retreats and missions with penitential monasticism.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 20th IS THE FEAST of Blessed James of Strepar who was a member of the noble Polish family in Galica.  He joined the Franciscan Order and was soon placed in charge of the Monastery in Lwów.  He was a great missionary and was responsible for bringing large numbers of non-Catholics back to the Church.  He was appointed as Archbishop of Galich in 1392 where he built large numbers of churches, religious communities, hospitals and schools.  In spite of the fact that he was a Senator of the kingdom as well as Archbishop he always wore only the modest habit of his Order and went about unescorted and on foot.  Bl. James was called the “Protector of the Kingdom” in his lifetime and the miracles at his tomb show that he is still mindful of his people.

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
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 18th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  All members are asked to attend.

THE SOLEMN NOVENA celebrating the Feast of St. Jude on Saturday, October 28th will begin on Friday, October 20th.  The Novena prayers will be offered every day at all the Masses until October 28th.  On the 28th the relic of St. Jude will be venerated at the Mass to celebrate his Feast Day.

ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES with the names of those you wish to remember in the All Souls Day Novena of Masses should be returned before November 1st.

OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS DAY BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, December 2nd starting at 9:00 a.m.  Arts and crafts, Polish food sale, 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.

URGENT!  VOLUNTEER CLEANERS NEEDED FOR ADORATION CHAPEL – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Adoration Chapel.  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!

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.
Twenty-third Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration
 
October 16th is the Twenty-third Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  Someone has been in adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  God Bless all of those who have helped in any way to make this possible.  Volunteers are needed for Perpetual Adoration.  If you are able to give one hour of your time to spend with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.  “Could you not watch one hour with Me?”
(Matthew 26:40)
“The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship.  Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of love.  Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world.  May our adoration never cease…”
Pope Blessed John Paul II

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.

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO BE A TERESIAN?  Help us attend to the spiritual and corporal needs of our families and friends.  You are not making a commitment for anything other than being available.  If you can help you do, if you can’t, you don’t.  AND you can always pray.  There are NO commitments.  You receive an email when there is a need but you only respond if you are able.  Please email Joy Pelc (rjpelc@comcast.net) or Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com), if you are interested.  AND, don’t forget to let us know if there is someone in need.  AND, we are still collecting unopened travel size “toiletries” from hotels.  Do NOT buy them.  The container is in vestibule.  Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for us.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA praying for an end to the violence of abortion in our nation and in reparation for the lack of love which makes us treat life so cheaply will take place on Saturday, October 21st before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome.

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

The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white host.”
-Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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    Suppose you were told that Jesus wanted to meet with you personally for an hour at your parish.  Who would say “no” to such an invitation?
    Me, for one.  When Eucharistic adoration was inaugurated at our church several years ago, I politely declined to be an adorer, as I didn’t feel the devotion suited me.  I had come into the Catholic Church late in life and with a lot to learn in a short time, including the finer points of Eucharistic theology.  While I believed in the Real Presence, it was mainly an intellectual assent.  Its profound implications had yet to settle in my soul.
    As an evangelical Protestant, I had been quick to quote John 3:7 — “You must be born again” — yet skipped right over the astounding things Jesus said to his disciples only three chapters later about eating His Body and drinking His Blood.  But Jesus made the blind see, and that included spiritual blindness, as I was about to learn.
    Mainly to get some very persistent women off my back, I finally consented to put in my hour every Thursday in the chapel that had been set aside for Eucharistic devotion.  At first it was just another hour in the day for me, with wandering thoughts and frequent checks of my watch.  But as the weeks went by, I gradually began to use my Holy Hour more productively.  I prayed.  I read the Bible.  I meditated.  And, in time, I began to adore.

The heart of the Faith
    The list of notable Catholics devoted to Eucharistic adoration is a long one.  Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen saw it as essentially an act of obedience:
    “The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony.  Not for activity did he plead but for an Hour of companionship.”
    Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist with his disciples in the upper room.  I had often thought of the privilege enjoyed by those who were there that night.  Then, while I was praying in the chapel one Thursday, it struck me: There is no difference.  The Jesus who was in the upper room is the same Jesus who is in the chapel with me.  The Church makes no distinction.  He is fully present — Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity — in the monstrance. Yes, He is in His Eucharistic disguise, but He is one and the same Jesus nevertheless.
    As Pope Pius XII put it, “A Holy Hour of adoration testifies to the fact that the Jesus who died on the cross, is present in the Eucharist and reigns in heaven, are identical.”
    This understanding constitutes the very heart of the Catholic Faith, the distinctive dogma that sets us apart.  It should be the treasure of every Catholic.  Sadly, it is not.  According to opinion surveys, which can vary widely, Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is on the decline, with an average of only around half or fewer holding it to be true.
    Much has been written about “cafeteria Catholics” who go down the Church line and pick and choose what to believe and what to pass up.  But not believing in the Real Presence isn’t the spiritual equivalent of choosing the apple pie over the cherry.  The late Jesuit Father John Hardon, writing on the centrality of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, stated: “If we believe this, we are Catholic.  If we do not, we are not, no matter what people may think we are.”

A deepened prayer life
    If we lack physical strength or stamina, we can join a gym and begin working out.  For those Catholics whose faith is weak in this area, I would recommend spending some time with Jesus in Eucharistic adoration, even if you are among the doubters.  Look upon it as a spiritual gym.  I discovered that you can be theologically challenged and still reap great spiritual benefits from simply being in His presence one hour a week.  Jesus meets us where we are.  If we persist, He will deepen our understanding.
    Two virtues that are especially needed by those beginning Eucharistic adoration are humility and patience.  Set aside all pride and preconceived notions.  You are in the presence of the living Lord; conduct yourself accordingly.
    The blessings I have received from Eucharistic adoration are many and varied.  Some I can define, and others remain more elusive, such as the growing sense that I am changing for the better in some important respects.  I began to perceive this change only after I became involved in adoration.
    Pope Benedict XV called Eucharistic adoration “the queen of all devotions,” a view shared by numerous popes and saints.  However, the practice largely fell into disuse following Vatican II.  No one is more closely identified with its revival than Pope St. John Paul II.  Here is just a sampling of his observations on the subject:
    — “Jesus himself is calling you to spend one special, specific hour with Him each week.”
    — “The love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment, is expressed in, and the fruit of, Eucharistic worship.”
    — “Priestly, religious and missionary vocations will stem from your Holy Hour.”
    The personal spiritual blessings that proceed from Eucharistic adoration are rich and abundant.
    Do you wish to deepen your prayer life?  The same Jesus who taught His disciples how to pray is there to help you as well, and what better place to contemplate Jesus — the highest form of prayer — than in His presence?

A changed person
    The same holds true for Scripture reading.  Jesus is the living word, and a finer tutor could not be imagined, as the two men who walked the Road to Emmaus with Him testified.
    Praying the Rosary, meditating or simply resting in the quiet of His presence, Eucharistic adoration enhances them all.  Jesus also is there to hear your petitions, but we should guard against making it all about ourselves.  Keep the focus on Him and you can’t go wrong.
    Father Hardon saw this practice as the centerpiece of devotion, saying that we “should build the whole edifice of our spiritual life around adoration.”
    Of course, one does not need to be engaged in sacramental adoration to have access to Jesus.  He is always available to those who come to Him in faith.  But the Church teaches that the manifestation of Jesus in the Eucharist is “unique” and “in the fullest sense,” and therefore worthy of special devotion (CCC, No. 1374).
    Just as His disciples were transformed by being in Jesus’ presence, it’s impossible to spend an hour with Him in Eucharistic adoration and leave the same person we were when we walked in.
    So consider giving it a try. If your parish has adoration, sign up to take a time slot.  If the devotion is not in place, look into what can be done to obtain it.  You have absolutely nothing to lose and a treasure trove of spiritual riches to gain.
    I will give Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, a daily recipient of the Eucharist, the final word:
    “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.”

F. Douglas Kneibert writes from Missouri.  www.osv.com

ANNUAL SCOUT AWARDS MASS – Mark your calendar to join us for our Annual Catholic Scouting Awards Mass with Bishop Rozanski on Sunday, Nov. 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.
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 15: 8:00 + Rose Gloski – int. niece, Carol
                             10:30 + Chet Galvis (7th Anniv.) – int. Connie
Monday, October 16 + Sophie Ostroski – int. Godchild
Tuesday, October 17: – Health & Blessings for Rose Gloski – int. niece,  Carol
Wed., October 18: + Florence Sojka – int.  Doug & Mary Lynne Brown
Thursday, October 19: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
Friday, October 20: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Nina Johnson
Saturday, October 21: 8:00 + Bernard Johnson – int. Nina Johnson
                                 4:00 + Florence Sojka – 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!

DOVE OF PEACE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Featured will be craft table, multi-raffle, gift baskets, bake sale, Christmas booth, attic treasures, Santa’s workshop, lottery frame raffle, straw draw and more.  Lunch will be available at the Christmas Cookie Café.

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.

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

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

Anthony Kalinowski 10/15/1936
Paul Milewski 10/15/1969
Theodore Molongoski 10/15/1981
Myrna M. Strange 10/15/1991
Mary A. Bialy 10/16/1992
Dorothy O. Burns 10/16/1993
Chester S. Galvis 10/16/2010
Helen F. Parker 10/16/2012
Kasper Schab 10/17/1967
Edward Kovalsick 10/17/1983
Mary S. Pervere 10/17/1996
Barbara Kenedy 10/17/1996
Della A. Barrett 10/17/2002
Joseph Piepiora 10/18/1922
Adalbert Kurtyka 10/18/1933
Joseph J. Kurkulonis, Jr. 10/18/1992
Edward N. Sojka, Sr. 10/18/2003
Rose K. Janek 10/19/1991
Joseph Kamin 10/20/1932
Julia Kazanowski 10/20/1991
Wanda Olchowski 10/20/2014
Wojcieck Wajda 10/21/1927
Mary Kozik 10/21/1937
Julia Duncan 10/21/1966
Harold Walton 20/21/1972
Louis F. DeMeo 10/21/1982
Vera Clancy 10/21/1993
William Sazama 10/21/1998

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.

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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

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. Lisowski

Monday           Deacon Bete
Tuesday        Deacon Nolan
Wednesday   Deacon Bucci
Thursday          Fr. Aksamit
Friday            Pope Francis
Saturday             Fr. Cullen

 

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 8, 2017 +

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 [Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Helen Scarborough – int. friend, Patricia Ann Jamrog
10:30 am + Lorraine Donnelly (13th Anniversary) – int. Lillian Sroka
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 [St. Denis and Companions / St. John Leonardi]:
8:00 am + James DeNofrio – int. wife, Betty DeNofrio
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 [Bl. Angela Truszkowska]:
5:30 pm + Deceased members of the Ptak Family – int. Joyce & Cheryl
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 [St. Jude Novena / Pope St. John XXIII]:
5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12:
5:30 pm + Sophie Piecuch (6th Anniversary) – int. Family
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 [Bl. Honorat Kozminski]:
5:30 pm + Walter & Sophie Sojka – int. sons, Robert, Richard and James
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 [Pope St. Callistus I]:
8:00 am – Intentions of Lindsay & Michael Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm + Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Waryas – int. Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 [Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Johanna Mary O’Brien – int. cousin, Patricia Anne Jamrog
10:30 am + Anita Jacques – int. Diane & Anthony Muszynski

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

BANNS II – Drew Alec Bolewski and Shannon Patricia Hart
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their Tootsie Roll drive at all the Masses this weekend. Please be generous and help the Knights with their many charities.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th is the Feast of St. Denis and his companion martyrs and St. John Leonardi. St. Denis was the first Bishop of Paris and the Patron Saint of Paris and France. St. John Leonardi founded the Congregation of Clerics of the Mother of God at Lucca. He is associated with the first society of priests dedicated to the foreign missions, which later became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. The Christmas Bazaar and a number of other upcoming events will be discussed. All parishioners are welcome to attend and vote on all issues.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th is the Feast of Pope St. Callistus I who was an early Christian Pope and gave his life for the Faith. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October 14th 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.

ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES with the names of those you wish to remember in the All Souls Day Novena of Masses should be returned before November 1st.

OUR INCREASED WEEKLY GIVING PROGRAM is underway. Please respond by using the response envelope enclosed with the letter you received from Father. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. If you increased your weekly offering but did not use the special envelope, please do so next weekend so we can acknowledge your response properly.

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 FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you October attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8: 8:00 + Martha McDaniel – int. Betty Fritz
10:30 – Health & Blessings for Joan Richotte – int. Beverly
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9: + Edward Milewski – int. Wife
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10: + Martha McDaniel – int. Betty Fritz
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12: – Health and Blessings for Nancy Selover – int. Parish
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13: – Living and departed members of the Fritz and Klepacki Families
int. Family
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Tim & Ann Marie Redgate and Family – int. the Shaughnessy Family
4:00 + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

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!

OCTOBER 10th MARKS THE DEATH of Blessed Mother Mary Angela, the foundress of the Felician Sisters. Before founding her order of nuns Mother Angela was known as Sophia Camilla Truszkowska. Although from a well-to-do family, she lived a simple life of work, study and prayer.
Throughout her life Mother Angela dedicated all her activities to Our Lady of Czestochowa. No project was ever taken without first asking Our Lady to bless it and guide it to a Divine fulfillment. Her advice to her nuns was always to work and pray. Her admonition to the Felician Sisters was, “you have not entered the convent to be served, but to serve.” Mother Angela balanced this life of service with prayer and contemplation, a concept of a balanced and ordered life directed in all things to God as the very cause, the very heart and the very center of their existence!

OCTOBER 11th COMMEMORATES the death of Count Casimir Pulaski in 1779 of wounds suffered at the Battle of Savannah. Pulaski came to America at the request of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in order to organize an American cavalry. It was his bold cavalry attacks that saved Washington’s army from destruction at Brandywine and Warren’s Tavern. He also lifted the siege of Charleston, South Carolina. Several months before his death he wrote to Congress that he “could not submit to stoop before the sovereigns of Europe, so I came here to hazard all for the freedom of America.” Pulaski is called “The Father of the American Cavalry.”
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

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ATTENTION ALL OUR CHRISTMAS ELVES! It is not too early to plan your crafts and gifts for our annual St. Nicholas Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, December 2nd this year. Plan now!

OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS DAY BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, December 2nd starting at 9:00 a.m. Arts and crafts, Polish food sale, 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.

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.

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 860-399-1785 or Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.

URGENT! VOLUNTEER CLEANERS NEEDED FOR ADORATION CHAPEL – Please help us with the weekly cleaning of the Adoration Chapel. 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!
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Mary LaCroix for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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.

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?

A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR YOU TO CONSIDER: BECOME A LECTOR. 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. Answering the call to become a lector enters one into a deeper relationship with God as He is revealed in sacred scripture. For many years we have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve our Parish as Lectors. There is a need to increase the number of Lectors for our Masses. Please pray about this and email jp44@comcast.net

THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

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.

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

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As on the other occasions, the seers, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, first saw a bright light, and then they saw Our Lady over the holm oak.
Lucia: What does Your Grace wish of me?
Our Lady: I wish to tell you that I want a chapel built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.
Lucia: I have many things to ask you: if you would cure some sick persons, and if you would convert some sinners…
Our Lady: Some yes, others no. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins. Becoming sadder, she added, “Let them offend Our Lord no more for He is already much offended.” Then, opening her hands, Our Lady shone the light issuing from them onto the sun, and as she rose, her own radiance continued to be cast onto the sun. At that moment, Lucia cried, “Look at the sun!”
Once Our Lady had disappeared in the expanse of the firmament, three scenes followed in succession, symbolizing first the joyful mysteries of the rosary, then the sorrowful mysteries, and, finally, the glorious mysteries. Lucia alone saw the three scenes; Francisco and Jacinta saw only the first.
The first scene: Saint Joseph appeared beside the sun with the Child Jesus and Our Lady of the Rosary. It was the Holy Family. The Virgin was dressed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph was also dressed in white, and the Child Jesus in light red. Saint Joseph blessed the crowd, making the Sign of the Cross three times. The Child Jesus did the same.
The second scene: A vision of Our Lady of Sorrows, without the sword in her breast, and of Our Lord overwhelmed with sorrow on the way to Calvary. Our Lord made the Sign of the Cross to bless the people.
Lucia could only see the upper part of Our Lord’s body.
The third scene: Finally, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, crowned queen of heaven and earth, appeared in a glorious vision holding the Child Jesus near her heart. While these scenes took place, the great throng of 70,000 spectators witnessed the miracle of the sun. It had rained all during the apparition. At the end of the conversation between Our Lady and Lucia – when the Blessed Virgin rose and Lucia shouted, “Look at the sun!” – the clouds parted, revealing the sun as an immense silver disk shining with an intensity never before seen – though not blinding. This lasted only an instant. Then the immense disk began to “dance.” The sun spun rapidly like a gigantic circle of fire. Then it stopped momentarily, only to begin spinning vertiginously again. Its rim became scarlet; whirling, it scattered red flames across the sky. Their light was reflected on the ground, on the trees, on the bushes, and on the faces and clothing of the people, which took on brilliant hues and changing colors. After performing this bizarre pattern three times, the globe of fire seemed to tremble, shake, and then plunge in a zigzag toward the terrified crowd. All this lasted about ten minutes. Finally, the sun zigzagged back to its original place and once again became still and brilliant, shining with its normal brightness. The cycle of the apparitions had ended. Many people noticed that their clothes, soaking wet from the rain, had suddenly dried. The miracle of the sun was also seen by numerous witnesses up to twenty-five miles away from the place of the apparition.
http://www.americaneedsfatima.org
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YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass. If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour! Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.”

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.
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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
John Skrypek 10/8/1992
Jeannette L. Darash 10/9/2000
Anna Skrowron 10/10/1933
Andrew P. Zak, Sr. 10/11/1965
Rev. Mr. Albert Routhier 10/11/2006
Patricia J. Merrigan 10/11/2011
S. Henry Milonas 10/11/2012
Caroline Brzozowy 10/12/1925
Jakub Mucha 10/12/1962
Nellie Albright 10/12/1994
Raymond J. Burek 10/12/1997
Mary J. Kazanowski 10/12/1999
Sophie J. Piecuch 10/12/2011
Rosalie Piepiora 10/13/1934
Wojtieck Piecuch 10/13/1946
John Nowak 10/14/1927
Agatha Szura 10/14/1928
Michael Bukowski 10/14/1958
Adela Wiacek 10/14/1965
Stanley J. Cyhowski 10/14/2015

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.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Rose Molongoski a donation was made to our Parish Renovation Fund from Mary Hoynoski. Bóg zapłać!

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.

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

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

Vocations      Deacon Rabbitt        Deacon Tudryn          Deacon Culliton

THURSDAY         FRIDAY                  SATURDAY

Fr. Roach        Deacon Ratte’        Clergy in Purgatory

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2017 +

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
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 [The Holy Guardian Angels]:
8:00 am – Sister Mary Cecilia on her 70th Anniversary – int. Fr. Seán O’Mannion
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3:
5:30 pm + Parda Family – int. Donald K. Parda
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 [St. Jude Novena / St. Francis of Assisi]:
5:30 pm + Mary Garmalo – int. Mark Garmalo
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 [Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos / St. Faustina Kowalska]:
5:30 pm – Intentions of Sister Maria Faustina Scherman, MSSR – int.
Ron and Monica Scherman
FIRST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 [St. Bruno / Bl. Marie Rose Durocher]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm + Frank Fahey – int. Joseph Kosewicz
FIRST SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 [Our Lady of the Rosary]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Special intention for Elias Filipi and Family
4:00 pm + Lawrence & Helen Pelletier – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 [Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Helen Scarborough – int. friend, Patricia Ann Jamrog
10:30 am + Lorraine Donnelly (13th Anniversary) – int. Lillian Sroka
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 meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft. The recitation of the Holy Rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to join us in the Rosary.

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.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels who are assigned to each of us as our special protectors, counselors, and patrons. The simple prayer below illustrates the intimate relationship of our Guardian Angel to us:
Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his family and wealth to follow a life of poverty and love. He founded the Friars Minor, the Poor Clares and the Third Order. He was a poet and a mystic. He lived with the Stigmata of Christ and is known as the Patron of Italy. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 4th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th is the Feast of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist priest, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000. Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Blessed Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands. Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not stop him. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th is also the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. Throughout her life, she reported a number of visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary, later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

BANNS I – Drew Bolewski and Shannon Hart
Marian Consecration • October 13, 2017

REMINDER: For those who signed up to participate in the Marian Consecration remember to pick up the consecration booklet in the vestibule. This nine day preparation begins on October 4th. You may make a first time Consecration OR renew your Consecration.
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.

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

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th is the Feast of St. Bruno. St. Bruno was a monk who sought “to seek God assiduously, to find God promptly and to possess God fully.” He founded the Carthusians whose motto is “while the world changes, the Cross stands firm.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. (Say a prayer for the soul of Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi who helped out so often in our parish!)

 

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OCTOBER 6th IS ALSO the Feast of Bl. Marie Rose-Durocher . Born in St. Antoine, Quebec, she began the first Canadian parish sodality for young women and also founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for Christian education. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th IS THE FIRST FRIDAY of the month in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany to the Sacred Heart. Confessions will take place before the Mass starting at 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto, and Benediction. Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their Tootsie Roll drive at all the Masses next weekend. Please be generous and help the Knights with their many charities.
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 1: 8:00 + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald K. Parda
10:30 + Parda Family – int. Donald K. Parda
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2: + Leon Piecuch – int. niece, Carol
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3: + Mary R. Di Mascola – int. Son
WED., OCTOBER 4: + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald K. Parda
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5: + Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6: + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald K. Parda
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7: 8:00 + Frank Aldrich – int. Robert Pietraszek
4:00 + Adelia & George Greene – int. Kathryn Putala & Family

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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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which was established by St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the saving of Europe from the invading Turks. This feast recalls the Rosary, an ancient Christian devotion with meditations upon the Mysteries of Christ presented to Mary as a garland of roses. The Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary will be celebrated at 8:00 a.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). Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more info., contact Joseph Milano.

ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES with the names of those you wish to remember in the All Souls Day Novena of Masses should be returned before November 1st.

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ATTENTION ALL OUR CHRISTMAS ELVES! It is not too early to plan your crafts and gifts for our annual St. Nicholas Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, December 2nd this year. Plan now!

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FREE UPCOMING POLISH CULTURE PROGRAM – Susan Urban, M.Ed., a Polish art and culture specialist, will present a program on Polish Paper Cutouts and Famous Polish Artists, on Thursday, October 5th at the Chicopee Public Library Community Room. Artists’ Reception – 5:00-6:30 p.m., Polish Artists Lecture – 6:30-7:15 p.m., and Polish Paper Cutouts (Wycinanki) Lecture and Demonstration 7:15-8:00 p.m. A paper cutting and painting exhibition will be on display from October 1-29, 2017 during regular library hours.

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.

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.

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

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Joseph Simanski, Sr. 10/1/1991
Eugene J. Klepacki 10/2/2002
Joseph Dlugosz 10/3/1945
Johnny M. Botch 10/3/2016
Henrietta Zalynski 10/4/1969
Lorraine Donnelly 10/4/2004
Helen A. Czernich 10/4/2006
Stella F. Pelis 10/4/2009
Stephen John Krejmas 10/4/1944
Sukcha Reynolds 10/5/1998
Henry Bocon 10/5/2005
Stanley A. Garanin 10/6/1998
Helen M. Kruczek 10/6/2009
Anna Zywna 10/7/1966
Stanley J. Wojtasiewicz 10/7/1978
Catherine A. Byk 10/7/1982
Anna Noga 10/7/1991
Elizabeth M. Pagano 10/7/2006
S. Henry Milonas 10/7/2012

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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 860-399-1785 or Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.

FALL FESTIVAL – CRAFTERS AND VENDORS WANTED – Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., Springfield is planning a Fall Festival being held on Sunday, October 22nd from 9am – 2pm, in the gym. Crafters and vendors of all kinds are wanted. Space is limited and will be rented on a first-come basis. Please call Jean at 788-7929 or Marie at 783-0341 for more information or to register.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Monica Scherman 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.
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.

PRAY FOR PRIESTS, DEACONS, AND VOCATIONS – The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Prayer Group at Blessed Sacrament is looking for new members. We pray for our personal intentions, and especially for priests, deacons, and for vocations. Our meeting time has changed to the first and third Mondays of the month at 1:30 pm. We meet in the Sacristy at Blessed Sacrament. We also hold a Holy Hour for Vocations and Clergy on the second Sunday of the month at 7 pm in the Adoration chapel. It is so important that we pray strongly for clergy living and deceased and for vocations, especially in these difficult times. Parishioners from all parishes are encouraged to join us! For more info., call Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net.

HOLY HOUR FOR THE SICK AND DYING – A Holy Hour is being observed each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. Included are the singing of hymns, recitation of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and the Dying. The hour concludes with Benediction. If you know of someone who is ailing and in need of special graces and prayer, please be encouraged to come and spend an hour for his/her intention.

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.

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

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The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.
“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
“Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers.” – — Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most
The Rosary and the Liturgical Year

mello_s_rosary_by_winter_kidThe Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called “Mary’s Psalter.” There still are Catholics who consider the 150 Hail Marys a substitute for the 150 psalms for those persons who neither have the time, the education, nor the opportunity to pray the Hours of the Divine Office. Thus “Mary’s Psalter” is a shortened, simplified “breviary” — alongside the common Hour-prayer of the Church. — The Church’s Year of Grace, Dr. Pius Parsch
The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death, resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise: “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she”142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only “a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,”(Ingravescentibus malis) but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity, and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ. — Mariology, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M. – http://www.catholicculture.org

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 October 5th.

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., and Thursdays at 3:00 a.m. If you can help with one of these hours please call Maureen Filiault at 863-4777.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October 7th 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.
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.

WORLD WAR I: BEYOND THE FRONT LINES – World War I, fought from 1914-1918, was the modern world’s first international conflict. Approximately 11 million soldiers were killed, and the war’s toll including civilian casualties exceeded 20 million. By Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, more than 116,000 Americans died as a result of the war. Of these, more than 1,600 were Knights of Columbus. Both the first and last American military officers to die during the war were K of C members. The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn. commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ participation in the war with an exhibition, World War I: Beyond the Front Lines (Apr. 6, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2018). The exhibition provides an historical retrospective of the war and includes interactives, images and artifacts from the Knights of Columbus Museum collection, Supreme Council archives and borrowed materials from private lenders and organizations. A series of WWI-related lectures and presentations will be offered throughout the course of the exhibition. For more information, visit http://www.kofcmuseum.org.

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

Clergy who are sick            Fr. Campoli         Deacon Patten            Fr. DiMascola

     THURSDAY                            FRIDAY                             SATURDAY

Bishop McDonnell             Bishop Rozanski                    Fr. O’Mannion