+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 28, 2018 +
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 [Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Health & Blessings for Theresa Kolodziej – int. OLC CCD Program
10:30 am + Anna Zak (30th Anniversary) – int. Granddaughter, Debra & Family
MONDAY, JANUARY 29 [Bl. Bolesława Lament]:
8:00 am + Jan Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Sean Driscoll – int. OLC CCD Program
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 [St. Jude Novena / St. John Bosco]:
5:30 pm + Stella Skrzypek – int. Family
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1:
5:30 pm + Megan, Sean, Hilary, Erin, Michael, Crimson, & Nicholas
– int. Godmother, Nancy Faller
FIRST FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 [PRESENTATION OF THE LORD / Bl. Agnes & Companions]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm – Rose-Fish Family – int. Mazzer Family
FIRST SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 [St. Blaise / St. Ansgar]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Filipi Family – int. Mazzer Family
4:00 pm + George B. & Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 [Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am¬¬ + Robert F. Jamrog (4th Anniversary) – int. Patricia & Family
10:30 am – Teachers & Faculty of St. Michael’s School – int. Mazzer Family
+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st is the Feast of St. John Bosco whose life was dedicated to educating youth. He was a pioneer in vocational training and a staunch defender of the Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, January 31st at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord known commonly as Candlemas Day. The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Christ, but also the Presentation of our Lord in the temple. Candles are blessed on this day, a symbolic representation of the words of holy Simeon concerning Christ: “A light of revelation to the Gentiles.” They also symbolize the purity of Christ and His Sacrifice for our salvation. Candles will be blessed before the weekend Masses. These candles will be used throughout the year to adorn the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to light the way in the administering of the holy Sacraments. People are encouraged to take the blessed candles home as a blessing and a symbolic reminder of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and martyr of Armenia. In his charity he healed a dying child of a throat ailment. As a memorial to this saint and this miracle throats will be blessed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is also the Feast of St. Ansgar, missionary to Denmark and Sweden and Bishop of Hamburg, was a great preacher and administrator and known as the “Apostle of the North.” He is the patron of Denmark, Germany and Iceland.
FEBRUARY 3rd IS THE FIRST SATURDAY of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, January 27th 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.
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Lillian Sroka for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET OUR GROCERIES for the Poor Project! Many people who are having a hard time come to the Rectory for help. Please help us to help them. It is a sad and heartbreaking thing to turn someone away when we run out of groceries! Any non-perishable items that you can spare will be greatly appreciated – canned hams, tuna fish, peanut butter, baked beans, dry milk, canned soups and stews, jam, crackers, juices, etc. Please leave them in the front vestibule of the church.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will take place in our parish on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Mass and the Sacrament of First Communion will take place on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the 10:30 Mass. Please mark your calendars.
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.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We are doing 3 COMMUNITY MEALS in 2018 and ALL will be on WEDNESDAYS: February 7th , May 30th, and September 5th. As each date approaches, there will be a sign up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience. Everyone is welcome to participate! Please contact Cathy Becklo at 413-863-2267 or at email@example.com if you would like more information or have any questions. And may God BLESS the generous hearts at the Gem of Franklin County that keeps this program running so beautifully! Every meal is a feast and a blessing!
THE TERESIANS ARE STILL LOOKING for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels. These will be offered at the OLC community meals. There is a marked container in the vestibule. Do NOT buy them. If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory. Nancy Faller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple
The gathering of pilgrims in Bethlehem has ended. After Christ’s birth, Joseph found a more worthy place to house the Holy Family. There, after eight days, he carried out the rite of circumcision by which the male children begin to form part of the people of Israel. And the child officially received the name Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb (Lk 2:21). Forty days later, Mary and Joseph took the Child with them to Jerusalem, when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses…to present him to the Lord as it is written in the law of the Lord…and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons” (Lk 2:22-25).
Neither Jesus nor Mary was obliged to follow these prescriptions. Mary had not contracted any legal impurity for she had conceived and given birth in a virginal way. Nor did the law affecting the redeeming of the first-born apply to Jesus, the true Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. And yet, three times in just a few verses, special mention is made of the fact that everything was done in strict observance of the Law of God.
The Church discovers a deeper meaning in this episode. In first place, the fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi: The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight (Mal 3:1) Besides, Mary understood that Jesus had to be brought to the Temple, not to be redeemed like other first-born children, but to be offered to God as a true sacrifice. As the Letter to the Hebrews says: When Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifices and offerings you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not take pleasure. Then I said: ‘Lo, I have come to do your will, O God,’ as it is written of me in the roll of the book” (Heb 10:5-7). To some extent, Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple can be linked with the Offering of the Sacrifice of Calvary that the Mass makes present in all times and places. In the preparation of this sacrifice, as later in its accomplishment on the summit of Golgotha, a special place was reserved for the Mother of Jesus. From the very first moments of his earthly life, Jesus united Mary to the redeeming sacrifice that he had come to fulfill.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple can be linked with the Offering of the Sacrifice of Calvary that the Mass makes present in all times and places.
This sharing in the mystery of the Redemption was revealed little by little to the Virgin Mary. At the Annunciation the archangel had said nothing about this. But now it would be communicated through the words of Simeon, a just and God-fearing man far advanced in years: It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Lk 2:26).
The encounter between our Lady and Simeon would have taken place in front of the Gate of Nicanor that led into the court of the Jews. That was the place where one of the priests received the women who came to offer the sacrifice for themselves and their children. Mary, accompanied by Joseph, stood in the line. While our Lady waited her turn, something happened that caused the on-lookers to be amazed. An old man approached the line. His face was glowing with joy. When the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you prepared in the presence of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Lk 2:29-32).
The Messiah would fulfill his mission by suffering, and the Mother would be mysteriously associated with her Son’s sorrows.
On hearing these words, Mary and Joseph were overcome with wonder, for Simeon confirmed what the angel had communicated from God. But immediately his other words cast a shadow over their joy: the Messiah would fulfill his mission by suffering, and the Mother would be mysteriously associated with her Son’s sorrows. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:34-35). Anna as well, a woman over 80 years old, joined in Simeon’s announcement: coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem (Lk 2:38).
From St. Luke’s Gospel we know that our Lady presented the Child Jesus only after listening to the prophecy. She offered a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, the offering of the poor, instead of the lamb prescribed by the Law of Moses. Nonetheless, in light of Simeon’s words, she understood that Jesus was the true Lamb of God who would redeem men from their sins. And that she, as Mother, in a way she did not yet fully grasp, would be closely united to her Son’s fate.
– J. A. Loarte, opusdei.us
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Please Join Us for Sunday Vespers
VESPERS (EVENING PRAYER) will be chanted every Sunday at 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced.
Vespers is the evening hour of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), which is recited daily by priests, religious, and laity throughout the world, and constitutes a major and ancient part of the solemn, official, public prayer of the Church. The service is consists Hymns, Psalms, Readings, the Magnificat (Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary), and Prayers, which extend the Sunday liturgy through the evening, and makes a fitting close to the Lord’s Day: The Magnificat Antiphon is always taken from the Gospel of the Day, and the Collect is that from Sunday’s Mass.
While the more complex antiphons are chanted by the cantors, the bulk of the service, consisting of Psalms, are set to simple melodies that anyone can sing, whether you think you have a “good voice” or not. You do NOT need to be a trained musician to take part, just a desire to join the Church in praising Almighty God! (And even if you do not wish to sing, you can still benefit by following the service.) Booklets are provided every week.
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.
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:
MONDAY, JANUARY 29: + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30: – Health and Blessings for Dorothy Weldon
– int. Dorothy Kosewicz
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31: – Health & Blessings for Roberta Giaferrari
– int. Dorothy Kosewicz
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!
TWO PILGRIMAGES TO WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES – The World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26, 2018. Two great pilgrimages (8 or 12 day) are planned which include daily Mass and visits to numerous shrines (Knock, St. Peter, Nat’l. Shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Valentine, Venerable Matt Talbot, Tomb of Venerable John Sullivan, depending on which pilgrimage you choose) and many places of interest. For more information contact Grand View Tours at (610-361-7979), visit http://www.catholicsindublin.com, or contact Fr. Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish in So. Deerfield (665-3254).
PERPETUAL ADORATION of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist has been available in Franklin County for 20 years because of the generosity of so many who respond to JESUS’ call – “Could you not watch one hour with Me.” What about you? The Holy Eucharist is the mystery of our faith. Jesus said that faith can move mountains. One person coming before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament represents all of humanity. If you can take an hour of Adoration or to be included on the list of substitutes, please contact Maureen Filiault at 863-4777. Spend an hour with Jesus and change the world!
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM, at 1 State Street in New Haven, CT, has a new Christmas exhibit, Peace on Earth: Crèches of the World. The show includes more than 70 Nativity scenes from artists across the globe, including a large set from Mexico, hand-carved in cedar, as well as the museum’s popular 120-square-foot Baroque Neapolitan (Italian) diorama. Open 10–5 daily. Free admission & parking. More at 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.
DID YOU KNOW? Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius published the earliest exact maps of the moon.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Joseph Jakibowski 1/28/1933
Joseph Byk, Sr. 1/28/1975
Anna Zak 1/28/1977
Anthony J. Sojka 1/28/1986
David W. Phillips 1/28/2013
Anna Skowron 1/29/1937
Catherine Plaza 1/29/1938
Jan Choleva 1/29/1956
Jan Sojka 1/29/1958
John Osowski 1/29/1959
Mary Olchowski 1/29/1962
Stanislaw Poltorak 1/29/1965
Pauline Krawczyk 1/29/2004
Blanche Y. Krejmas 1/29/2007
Stanislaw Kurtyka 1/30/1963
Walter J. Krol 1/30/1994
John M. Nicewicz 1/31/1988
Ruth S. Flavin 1/31/1992
Gertrude S. Waryas 1/31/2016
Francis Kruiec 2/1/1929
Antonina Podosek 2/1/1949
Mitchell J. Darash 2/1/1998
Michael C. Kostek 2/1/2004
Alfred Wojlasiewicz 2/2/1927
Walter Krol 2/2/1967
Lawrence Karp 2/3/1949
Sophia Wraga 2/3/1977
Stella Lapan 2/3/1983
Alice C. Dobosz 2/3/2001
Edward J. Piepiora 2/3/2001
Marjorie A. Adams 2/3/2011
Ceslaus Gukowski 2/4/1927
Sophie Cislo 2/4/1939
Antoinette Komikiewicz 2/4/1973
Albert A. Walichowski 2/4/1984
Bernard C. Noga 2/4/1994
Josephine M. Sckwozec 2/4/2006
Robert F. Jamrog 2/4/2014
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
CATHOLICS COME HOME – God, our Father, created a big and loving family in His Church. Learn more about our Catholic Faith: a Church filled with beauty, miracles, heroes, history, love and peace. Provided is a wide array of helpful and thought-provoking resources that will help you more clearly understand the Catholic Church and its teachings. Visit http://www.catholicscomehome.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
Fr. Lunney Clergy in Purgatory Bishop McDonnell
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Vocations Our Seminarians Fr. Campoli Fr. Lisowski
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.
To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man. ~ St. Francis deSales