+ 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 acbecklo@comcast.net 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 (nafaller@aol.com)

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Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world. ~ Blessed Pope Pius IX

Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple

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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.
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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
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PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:

              Sunday                            Monday                         Tuesday

         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


JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 21, 2018 +

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 [Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Mark & Mary LaCroix – int. OLC CCD Program
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Ben Rose-Fish – int. Henry Gaida
MONDAY, JANUARY 22 [Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Joseph Milano – int. OLC CCD Program
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Marianne Cope/
St. Vincent/Martyrs of Podlasia]:
5:30 pm – Parda Family – int. Donald Parda
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 [St. Jude Novena/St. Francis de Sales]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Joanne Dowdy – int. OLC CCD Program
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 [Conversion of St. Paul]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Connie Krejmas – int. OLC CCD Program
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 [Ss. Timothy and Titus]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Al & Cathy Becklo – int. OLC CCD Program
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 [St. Angela Merici]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno & All living & deceased members of the St. Joseph Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order
4:00 pm + David W. Phillips (5th Anniversary) – int. Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
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

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Monay, January 22nd is the Anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision to commit genocide on future generations. Everyday over 3,500 babies are killed by abortion in the U. S. alone. That is over 1.2 million babies murdered every year and over 56 million since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. During the time it takes you to read this bulletin five babies, unique and innocent will fall victim to the abortion slaughter in this country. Think of it, among the millions, a scientist who had a cure for AIDS and cancer, a politician who would have solved our economic problems, a saint who would have shown us the way to world peace, an artist who would have moved hundreds to ecstasy. Think of the loss to humanity. We are destroying humanity. In great societies they are not murdered, they commit suicide. This is what we doing. May God have mercy on us. Monday, January 22nd is a Day of Penance and Prayers to ask God’s mercy for the terrible sin and slaughter of abortion.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd is the Feast of St. Vincent, a deacon in the fourth century church of Spain. He died courageously proclaiming his Faith. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales who was noted for his practical approach to spirituality, his great charity and piety. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul whose blindness to Jesus was cured as he became the greatest of the Apostles proclaiming the Gospel to all the nations. 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 24th 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.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, January 24th 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.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th is the Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus who were companions of St. Paul the Apostle and Bishops of the churches at Ephesus and Crete. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 27th is the Feast of St. Angela Merici who founded the Ursuline Nuns, the first teaching order for young girls. She sought to re-evangelize family life through the education of future wives and mothers. It was her belief that “disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.” She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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 6:16 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Seán O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Kathy Eichorn 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 THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, January 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.

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 acbecklo@comcast.net 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 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, JANUARY 21: 8:00 – OLC Altar Boys – int. Nancy Faller
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21: 10:30 – OLC Children Baptized into Parish in 2017
– int. Nancy Faller
MONDAY, JANUARY 22: – OLC Confirmands in 2017 – int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23: – OLC Priests who have served – int. Nancy Faller
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24: – Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25: – Virginia & Jean Gayewski Silkosky – int. Nancy Faller

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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DID YOU KNOW? Roman Catholicism is so popular in Poland that there is a television channel dedicated to the pope.

President Donald Trump Named Operation Rescue’s 2017 Pro-Life Person of the Year

January 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The pro-life group Operation Rescue has named President Donald Trump as their 2017 “pro-life person of the year.”
The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.
“Operation Rescue is grateful to Pres. Trump for having the courage to keep promises made during the campaign that provide greater protections for the pre-born and deny Federal funds from those who commit abortions,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “He has proven to be the most pro-life president we have had in modern history and has backed up his pro-life rhetoric with action like no other before him.”
According to Operation Rescue, after one year Trump has already accomplished more for the pro-life agenda than any other president.
They offer the following examples of Trump’s pro-life actions:
• Trump appointed conservative, pro-life Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S, Supreme Court.
• He has effectively denied public money to those who commit and promote abortions around the world.
• The Trump Administration Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal baby parts trafficking scheme.
• He has actively supported pro-life legislation, such as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is currently held up in the U.S. Senate.
• He supports legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S., and removed an Obama-era mandate that forced states to continue funding Planned Parenthood.
• He has worked to fill his administration with pro-life people and put them in places where they can do the most good.
• Trump’s administration has taken active steps within the Health and Human Services and other agencies to establish pro-life policies that protect the pre-born.
• He has provided protections for those of religious and moral convictions from paying for abortifacient drugs through Obamacare, and continues to work to repeal and replace it.
“We are proud of President Trump and his bold willingness to advance the cause of life. There are more battles ahead, but under the Trump administration, we can now finally see progress within our government toward restoring the sanctity of life and the protections of personhood to the pre-born,” said Newman. “This makes President Trump a deserving recipient of the 2017 Pro-Life Person of the Year Malachi Award.”

“A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” – Pope St. John Paul II

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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.

SCRIPTURE ALONE
George Sim Johnston

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Scripture, our Evangelical friends tell us, is the inerrant Word of God. Quite right, the Catholic replies; but how do you know this to be true?
It’s not an easy question for Protestants, because, having jettisoned tradition and the Church, they have no objective authority for the claims they make for Scripture. There is no list of canonical books anywhere in the Bible, nor does any book (with the exception of St. John’s Apocalypse) claim to be inspired. So, how does a “Bible Christian” know the Bible is the Word of God?
If he wants to avoid a train of thought that will lead him into the Catholic Church, he has just one way of responding: With circular arguments pointing to himself (or Luther or the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries or some other party not mentioned in the Bible) as an infallible authority telling him that it is so. Such arguments would have perplexed a first or second century Christian, most of whom never saw a Bible.
Christ founded a teaching Church. So far as we know, he himself never wrote a word (except on sand). Nor did he commission the Apostles to write anything. In due course, some Apostles (and non-Apostles) composed the twenty-seven books which comprise the New Testament. Most of these documents are addressed to specific problems that arose in the early Church, and none claim to present the whole of Christian revelation. It’s doubtful that St. Paul even suspected that his short letter to Philemon begging pardon for a renegade slave would someday be read as Holy Scripture.
Who, then, decided that it was Scripture? The Catholic Church. And it took several centuries to do so. It was not until the Council of Carthage (397) and a subsequent decree by Pope Innocent I that Christendom had a fixed New Testament canon. Prior to that date, scores of spurious gospels and “apostolic” writings were floating around the Mediterranean basin: the Gospel of Thomas, the “Shepherd” of Hermas, St. Paul’s Letter to the Laodiceans, and so forth. Moreover, some texts later judged to be inspired, such as the Letter to the Hebrews, were controverted. It was the Catholic Magisterium, guided by the Holy Spirit, which separated the wheat from the chaff.
But, according to Protestants’ the Catholic Church was corrupt and idolatrous by the fourth century and so had lost whatever authority it originally had. On what basis, then, do they accept the canon of the New Testament? Luther and Calvin were both fuzzy on the subject. Luther dropped seven books from the Old Testament, the so-called Apocrypha in the Protestant Bible; his pretext for doing so was that orthodox Jews had done it at the synod of Jamnia around 90 A.D.; but that synod was explicitly anti-Christian, and so its decisions about Scripture make an odd benchmark for Christians.
The Protestant teaching that the Bible is the sole spiritual authority—“sola scriptura”—is nowhere to be found in the Bible. St. Paul wrote to Timothy that Scripture is “useful” (which is an understatement), but neither he nor anyone else in the early Church taught “sola scriptura.” And, in fact, nobody believed it until the Reformation. Newman called the idea that God would let fifteen hundred years pass before revealing that the Bible was the sole teaching authority for Christians an “intolerable paradox.”
Newman also wrote: “It is antecedently unreasonable to suppose that a book so complex, so unsystematic, in parts so obscure, the outcome of so many minds, times, and places, should be given from above without the safeguard of some authority; as if it could possibly, from the nature of the case, interpret itself….” And, indeed, once they had set aside the teaching authority of the Church, the Reformers began to argue about key Scriptural passages. Luther and Zwingli, for example, disagreed vehemently about what Christ meant by the words, “This is my Body.”
St. Augustine, usually Luther’s guide and mentor, ought to have the last word about “sola scriptura”: “But for the authority of the Catholic Church, I would not believe the Gospel.” – http://www.ewtn.com

 

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

Stanislaus Bienkunski 1/21/1926
Peter Okula 1/21/1963
Roman Denkiewicz 1/21/1970
Sophie S. Olchowski 1/21/1991
Charles J. Sokoloski 1/21/2006
Genevieve Zukowski 1/22/1929
Mary Plona 1/22/1941
Edward Molongoski 1/22/1944
Mary Krol 1/22/1963
Rev. Joseph Szczepaniak 1/22/1971
Frank Dzeima 1/22/1976
Gladys M. Dejnak 1/22/1991
Genowefa Zebert 1/22/2001
Alice Osowski 1/22/2006
Erleen M. Chabot 1/22/2006
Lawrence S. Filiault 1/22/2011
Alice M. Fugere 1/22/2011
Patricia E. Sobieski 1/22/2011
Stephen J. Nicewicz 1/23/1986
Stanley Bialecki 1/23/1994
Blanche Piepiora 1/23/2007
Stanislaus Duda 1/24/1941
Chester E. Makofsky 1/24/1988
Mary E. Waseleski 1/25/2008
Kazimiera Jurgielewicz 1/27/1961
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

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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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 (nafaller@aol.com)

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).

FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS – For nationwide Mass times and locations: call 1-858-207-6277 or Internet http://www.Masstimes.org.
CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, 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 – 1:00. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com.
The Saint Gregory Choir: So you didn’t take Latin in school? Most of us didn’t either! So you don’t read music? Many of us are still learning the basics! So you’re busy? So are we! Who are we? We call ourselves the St. Gregory Choir; we’re folk like you who like to sing to God’s greater glory. The music we sing is sophisticated, but we aren’t, and we need you. Don’t let flimsy excuses keep you from singing some of civilization’s greatest music–the Church’s vast treasury of chants, hymns, and polyphony (a fancy name for four part pieces). We rehearse for seventy-five minutes after Friday Mass and twenty minutes before the Sunday first Mass. Come give it a try. No auditions, no experience necessary, and no solos the first twelve months. We promise! We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass. For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of Franklin County. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:

          Sunday             Monday            Tuesday               Wednesday 
    Fr. DiMascola    Fr. O’Connor        Fr. Roux      Our Deacon Candidates

                                  Thursday                   Friday                   Saturday

                         Bishop Rozanski         Deacon DeCarlo        Deacon Patten

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.

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!

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


JMJ
PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2018 +

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 [Second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Roberta Allen – int. OLC CCD Program
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Wid Perry – int. OLC CCD Program
MONDAY, JANUARY 15 :
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. OLC CCD Program
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/Bl. Michael Kozoł]:
5:30 pm + Blanche Siwizki – int. Family
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 [St. Jude Novena / St. Anthony the Abbot]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Larry Roux – int. OLC CCD Program
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 [Bl. Regina Protmann]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Jill Rose-Fish – int. OLC CCD Program
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 :
5:30 pm – Health and Blessings for Joey Sonntag – int. OLC CCD Program
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 [St. Fabian/St. Sebastian]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Monica Scherman – int. OLC CCD Program
4:00 pm + Lauren Tela – int. Joyce Phillips & Carol Gloski
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 [Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Mark & Mary LaCroix – int. OLC CCD Program
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Ben Rose-Fish – int. Henry Gaida

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17th is the Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot who was called the Father of Monasticism. He lived the life of a hermit and was noted for his vigorous, heroic prayer life and discipline. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will continue as usual on Wednesday, January 17th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome and encouraged to come pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week on Wednesday, January 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. All members are asked to attend.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 20th is the Feast of two early Christian Martyr/Saints: Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian. St. Fabian was an early Pope and was called “an incomparable man” by St. Cyprian. He died for his Faith in the year 250 A.D. St. Sebastian, patron saint of athletes, died speaking out in defense of the Faith. Both saints will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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 6:16 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Seán O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Mary Kobera 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.

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 acbecklo@comcast.net 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!

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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 15: + Lauren Tela – int. Parish CCD Teachers Fraternity
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16: + Frank Waryas – int. James & Jean Koldis
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17: + Lauren Tela – int. Cori & Ali Urban
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18: + Julia Koldis – int. James & Jean Koldis
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19: + Health & Blessings for Dorothy Kosewicz – int. Kathryn Putala
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20: 8:00 – Fr. Joseph Barrow – int. Nancy Faller
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20: 4:00 + Nellie Kosewicz – int. Sisters

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!

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.

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 (nafaller@aol.com)

Padre Pio on Listening to Your Guardian Angel
Don’t forget this invisible, ever-present companion, who is always ready to console us.
Oleada Jovin

Padre Pio had encounters with angels throughout his life and got to know them very well. He also received interior locutions; he had to discern from whom they came and how he ought to react to them.
In a letter he wrote on July 15, 1913, to Annita, he gives her (and us) invaluable advice regarding how to act in relation to our guardian angel, locutions, and prayer.

Dear daughter of Jesus,

May your heart always be a temple of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus increase the fire of His love in your soul and may He always smile upon you, as He does on all the souls that he loves. May Mary Most Holy smile upon you during all the events of your life, and abundantly make up for the absence of your earthly mother.
May your good guardian angel always watch over you, and be your guide on the rough path of life. May he always keep you in the grace of Jesus and hold you up with his hands so that you may not hurt your foot on a stone. May he protect you under his wings from all the deceits of the world, the devil and the flesh.
Have great devotion, Annita, to this beneficent angel. How consoling it is to know that we have a spirit who, from the womb to the tomb, never leaves us even for an instant, not even when we dare to sin. And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us like a friend, a brother.
But it is very consoling to know that this angel prays unceasingly for us, and offers God all of our good actions, our thoughts, and our desires, if they are pure.
Oh! For goodness’ sake, don’t forget this invisible companion, ever present, ever disposed to listen to us and even more ready to console us. Oh, wonderful intimacy! Oh, blessed companionship! If only we could understand it! Keep him always before your mind’s eye. Remember this angel’s presence often, thank him, pray to him, always keep up a good relationship. Open yourself up to him and confide your suffering to him. Be always afraid of offending the purity of his gaze. Know this, and keep it well present in your mind. He is easily offended, very sensitive. Turn to him in moments of supreme anguish and you will experience his beneficent help.
Never say that you are alone in the battle against your enemies; never say that you have no one to whom you can open your heart and confide. It would be a grave injustice to this heavenly messenger.
Regarding interior locutions, don’t worry; stay calm. What you must avoid is your heart becoming attached to these locutions. Don’t give them too much importance; show that you are indifferent. You should neither scorn nor love or desire such things. Always respond to these voices thus: “Jesus, if it is you who are talking to me, let me see the facts and effects of your words, that is to say, holy virtue in me.”
Humble yourself before the Lord and trust in Him; spend your energy, with the help of divine grace, in the practice of the virtues, and then let grace work in you as God desires. The virtues are what sanctify the soul and not supernatural phenomena.
And don’t confuse yourself trying to understand which locutions come from God. If God is their author, one of the principle signs is that as soon as you hear those voices, they fill your soul with fear and confusion, but then, they leave you in a divine peace. On the contrary, when the author of the interior locutions is the enemy, they begin with a false security, followed by agitation and indescribable malaise.
I have absolutely no doubt that God is the author of the locutions, but we must be very cautious because often the enemy mixes in a great deal of his own work with them. But this should not scare you: this is a test to which even the greatest saints and most enlightened souls were subjected, and yet they were acceptable in the eyes of the Lord. You must simply be careful not to believe in these locutions too easily, above all dealing with those that are related to how you must act and what you must do. You should receive them and submit them to the judgment of your director and resign yourself to accept his decision.
Therefore, it is best to receive the locutions with great caution and humble and constant indifference. Act in this way and everything will increase your merit before the Lord. Don’t worry about your soul; Jesus loves you very much. Try to correspond to this love by progressing more and more in holiness before God and men.
Pray out loud as well; the time has not yet come to abandon these prayers. Support the difficulties you experience when doing this with patience and humility. Also be ready to suffer distractions and dryness, and you must not, under any circumstances, abandon prayer and meditation. It is the Lord who wants to treat you this way for your spiritual advantage.
Forgive me if I end here. Only God knows how difficult it has been for me to write this letter. I am very sick. Pray much that the Lord may desire to free me from this body soon.
I bless you, together with the excellent Francesca. May you live and die in the arms of Jesus. —  P. Pio
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FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Joseph Klepadlo a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fundy by Anne Noga. Bóg zapłać!

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.

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).

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MESEUM, 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? In 1922, Gabriel Narutowicz became Poland’s first democratically elected president.

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.
CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, 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 – 1:00. 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.

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

Leskidia Szehla 1/14/1929
Josephine Gozeski 1/14/1985
Ethel M. Siciak 1/14/1997
Wenceslaus Guzan 1/15/1934
Anna Zurko 1/15/1949
Michael W. Monkiewicz 1/15/1986
Diane F. Letourneau 1/15/1988
John Kurtyka 1/16/1951
Blanche E. Siwizki 1/16/2009
Bronislawa Banach 1/17/1928
Stanisława Okula 1/17/1930
John Sobolewski 1/17/1992
Donald J. Menard 1/19/2015
Walter H. Waraksa 1/20/1992
Dean E. Matherson 1/20/2014
Stanislaus Bienkunski 1/21/1926
Peter Okula 1/21/1963
Roman Denkiewicz 1/21/1970
Sophie S. Olchowski 1/21/1991
Charles J. Sokoloski 1/21/2006

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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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!

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 Bete     Fr. O’Mannion    Fr. Bombardier    Clergy in Purgatory

         Thursday                Friday               Saturday
 Our Seminarians     Deacon Nolan       Fr. Aksamit

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

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 7, 2018 +

Sunday, January 7 [Epiphany of the Lord]:
8:00 am – In thanksgiving to the Holy Family
10:30 am + Joseph Klepadlo & Joanne Klepadlo Murphey – int. Marguerite, Marian, & Nan
Monday, January 8 [Baptism of the Lord]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Jeffrey Morse – int. Henry Gaida
Tuesday, January 9 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Health and Blessings for Nancy Faller – int. OLC CCD Program
Wednesday, January 10 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Joanne Klepadlo Murphey – int. Michael Kozloski
Thursday, January 11 :
5:30 pm + Edward Milewski (8th Anniversary) – int. Wife
Friday, January 12 :
5:30 pm + Raymond P. Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
Saturday, January 13 [St. Hilary]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Dr. William P. Mahrt – int. Henry Gaida
4:00 pm – Health & Blessings for Carol Gloski – int. OLC CCD Program
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, January 14 [Second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Roberta Allen – int. OLC CCD Program
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Wid Perry – int. OLC CCD Program

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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THE FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS, on January 7th, is celebrated by the Polish people in a special way. In church, chalk and incense are blessed and distributed to the faithful. The incense is meant to remind us of the gifts the Three Kings gave to Jesus and the chalk is to be used in a special ceremony in each home.
On returning to their homes with the blessed chalk and incense the families light the incense and the fragrant smoke is allowed to fill and sanctify the house, reminding everyone of the gifts of the Three Kings again and also of the spiritual gifts dispensed by the Church. The blessed chalk is used to inscribe +K+M+B+ and the date over the inside of each door of the house. The letters are the initials of the Three Kings: + Kaspar + Melchior + Balthasar +. They are written over each entrance into the house, not only to commemorate the feast of the Magi but also to remind the inhabitants that they must treat all who come to their door as kings — as kings searching for Jesus (for are not all people searching for God?). Hospitality and kindness must be shown to all just as one would show respect and kindness to the Three Kings searching for Jesus!
The Polish proverb “Gość w dom, Bóg w dom” (A guest in the house is God in the house) reminds us that hospitality is a national trait of the Polish people. The custom of writing the initials of the Magi over the entrance of a house is a vivid reminder of this beautiful and most Christian Polish characteristic. Chalk and incense will be blessed at all the weekend Masses.

See the source imageJANUARY 8th COMMEMORATES the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. In some parts of Poland an unusual custom is celebrated. An ice hole is cut in a pond or river near the church and an altar is made out of the chunks of ice. The ice crystal altar is decorated with evergreens and ribbons. A procession from the church to the ice altar is held with banners and icons carried reverently and hymns and incense rising up to heaven. A short prayer service is held and then the water in the ice hold is blessed as a reminder of the Baptism of Jesus.
In some villages, as soon as the water is blessed, the young men plunge into the ice water. Each submerging his head three times and then jumping out of the water is covered with a heavy fur coat. This curious ritual has the double meaning of commemorating the Baptism of Jesus as well as a prayer-act for the man’s good health.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 8th is the last day of Christmas. Visit the crèche after Mass and ask the Christ Child for His blessings and love.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Monday morning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass to dismantle the Christmas trees and the crèche. Free poinsettias will be available!!

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13th is the Feast of St. Hilary who was a convert from paganism, became a Bishop and a great leader in church orthodoxy. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, January 10th. This is a continuing Novena and may be begun at any time. All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA will be offered before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, January 13th. Please come and beg God for an end to this terrifying evil which is destroying our nation!

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 6:16 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Seán O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Carol Kobera Silva 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.

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.

Light, Glory and Stars

Both the Old and the New Testaments are full of images that speak symbolically of the real presence of God. One image that looms especially large is the image of light. The “pillar of fire” that accompanied the Hebrews during the initial phases of the exodus journey, and the “burning bush” episode with Moses are two great examples from the Old Testament. In the New Testament, John’s gospel is exceptional in its recognition of this ‘light’ imagery as standing for God’s presence, He whose “light shines in the darkness” (John 1).
The nation of Israel had destroyed its relationship with Yahweh by falling away from the truth that there is One God, and that He commands His people to live their lives His way. Their “darkness” – the sins of apostasy, idolatry and lack of a true spirituality – eventually caused them to be led away into exile to Babylonia in 587 B.C. After seventy years during which they could ponder the real reason for their misfortunes, the prophet we refer to as “Third Isaiah” announced that their relationship with Yahweh was being restored: His light once more was being restored to the Israelites (Is 60:1-6). Once again they are called to be His servants, focused on God and not on the worldly allurements or distractions.
The light theme continues into the gospel today (Matt 2:1-12), where we see a “star” shining in Bethlehem over the “true light that shines in the darkness,” the child Jesus. Here we find the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy from Third Isaiah that all nations would be drawn to this light. They will come to do homage and worship and praise the Lord, the One who will shepherd His people.

Know Your Catechism! On this celebration we call “Epiphany,” we celebrate the adoration of Jesus by those Magi drawn to the “light of the world” and guided to Him by the “light of a star” (CCC #528). The long-awaited Messiah of the world has come. In the Holy Spirit, Christ fulfills the Old Testament symbols of light and glory (CCC #697). Are you focused on God first, or on worldly allurements – i.e., does light or darkness govern your life?
Nations Shall Walk by Your Light

All through their history the Israelites were ever conscious of their covenant relationship with God and of the promises God had made to Abraham, Moses and David. They were vividly aware that these promises had been fulfilled only in part — due to Israel’s infidelities. Isaiah today consoles them with the assurance that God is faithful, even when they are not. He describes in poetic language the future fulfillment of God’s promises. Not only will they be reunited in the land of promise, but all the nations of the earth will see the glorious works of God. Then will be fulfilled the promise to Abraham that all nations will be blessed in his offspring and will come bringing gifts and praise for the wonderful work of God. St. Luke sees all these things coming beginning in the in the birth of Jesus. The Gentile Magi came bearing gifts and worshipping God. By baptism we share in the life of the Child of Bethlehem and so our lives should reflect the light that enables people to see the wonderful works of God.

God our Father, You led the wise men by the light of a star to worship Your infant Son, guide us by His teachings to a life reflecting to friends and strangers something of your promise fulfilled.
-Father Robert F. McNamara

The Greatest of All Prayers

The Holy Mass is the greatest of all prayers. Its tremendous value will only be understood when we get to Heaven. The Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney) tell us: “Put together all the good works of the whole world of mankind, including those of the saints, the martyrs and of Our Lady herself. Compare them with a single Mass and they are as nothing.
Let the Holy Mass be the center of your Catholic life. Take time out for an extra Holy Mass occasionally.

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).
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MESEUM, 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.

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, January 7: 8:00 + Marian Wilt Gallione – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
Monday, January 8: + Chester Galvis – int. Connie
Wednesday, January 10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary

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!

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 acbecklo@comcast.net 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 (nafaller@aol.com)

ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA 01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010

DID YOU KNOW? Located in Wrocław, the “Piwnica Swidnicka” is the oldest restaurant in Europe, open since 1275.

 
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.

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                           Msgr. Yargeau
Monday                          Deacon Culliton
Tuesday                         Deacon Leary
Wednesday                   Deacon Bucci 
Thursday                       Pope Francis
Friday                             Deacon Ratté

Saturday                        Fr. Roach

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

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!

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

Carl Tela 1/7/1969
Mieczyslaw Brzozowy 1/7/1969
Zigmund J. Kawecki 1/7/1980
Adam C. Markowski 1/7/1994
Mary Zak 1/7/1997
Helen Sak 1/7/2013
Eleonore Podlenski 1/8/1930
Mary Molongoski 1/8/1967
Anthony J. Malinowski 1/8/1976
Antoinette J. Godlesky 1/8/2003
Robert M. MacDonald 1/8/2014
Harold Banash 1/9/1934
Martin Pliszka 1/9/1945
Mary Kawecki 1/9/1958
John Apola 1/9/1976
Raymond A. Usinski 1/9/1989
Anna Misjek 1/10/1951
Julia Sokoloski 1/10/1953
Gloria A. Dulong 1/10/1998
Stanley P.Milewski, Sr. 1/10/2002
Maria Sahngshim Park Chung 1/10/2006
Anthony F. Muszynski, Sr. 1/10/2012
Aloysius Walichowski 1/11/1933
Jacob Sojka 1/11/1935
Valerie A. Usinski 1/11/1993
Mildred M. Traceski 1/11/2003
Edward F. Milewski 1/11/2010
Peter Napiorkowski 1/12/1934
Joseph Mlecko 1/12/1947
John Byk 1/12/1967
Stanley Krol 1/12/1996
Mary Muszynski 1/13/1953
Ludwik Pagoda 1/13/1965
Anna Putala 1/13/1974
George J. Smith, Sr. 1/13/1991
Leskidia Szehla 1/14/1929
Josephine Gozeski 1/14/1985
Ethel M. Siciak 1/14/1997

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, 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 – 1:00. 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.