+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2018 +
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 [Second Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am + Health & Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am – Br. Jordan Zajac, OP, on his Solemn Profession – int. Nancy Faller
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
5:30 pm – Vespers
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 :
8:00 am + George B. & Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Donald Mack Guimord – int. Nancy Faller
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Euinice Hannigan – int. Nancy Faller
THURSDAY, MARCH 1:
5:30 pm + Walter Kurtyka – int. Bob & Virginia Avery
FIRST FRIDAY, MARCH 2 : (THE LANCE AND THE NAILS)
5:30 pm + Gregory Sojka – int. John and Ted Sojka and Families
Stations of the Cross immediately follow Mass
FIRST SATURDAY, MARCH 3 [St. Katharine Drexel]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am + Anna T. Weschler – int. Nancy Faller
4:00 pm – Grace & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 [Third Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am¬¬ + In Memory of the Seagos: Lucinda, Nicholas, Martin, Demetria, & Peter
(1st Anniv.) – int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am – Living and Deceased Members of the St. Kazimierz Society
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
5:30 pm – Vespers
+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, February 25th and on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m. This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary. Bilingual books are provided.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Stations of the Cross. Confessions will be heard at 5:00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 2nd and on all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion. The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction. Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 28th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.
THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, February 28th 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.
PLEASE NOTE CONFESSIONS are heard everyday of the week including Sunday one half hour before Mass and on Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m.
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From Bishop Rozanski…
Dear parishioners of Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish,
I and some staff from the diocese will be on a pastoral visitation to your parish on Thursday, March 22nd. These visitations are an opportunity to better know the parishes in the Diocese and to support the ministries that the church provides for and with you. I hope I will have the opportunity to greet many of you personally with the various activities scheduled for the day. Please come and say hello, if you are able, at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
In case we do not have the opportunity to personally visit that day I invite your thoughts on the following questions which I will explore with the parish staff during my visit.
1. Which ministries or services at Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish have you found especially helpful in supporting you, your family, neighbors and community?
2. How might Our Lady of Częstochowa best continue or strengthen its ministry for its parishioners and the community?
3. What areas might the church leadership explore to be an even fuller witness of God’s love and healing among you?
After prayerful consideration, if you have thoughts on these questions I would appreciate receiving them by email to Sr. Paula Robillard, my assistant, her e-mail address is Paulassj@diospringfield.org. God bless you and thank you for your role in the pastoral visitation of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
+Bishop Mitchell Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts
THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA will be offered before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, February 24th. Please come and beg God for an end to the terrifying evil of abortion which is destroying our nation!
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.
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in Memory of Carolyn Kendrow, and donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Jurgen. Bóg zapłać!
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Claire Hughes for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd is the Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel who died in 1955. She was a Philadelphia heiress who gave up her fortune to found an order of nuns whose main mission was to the Native Americans and African Americans. She established 49 foundations including Xavier University in New Orleans. The Indians would call her “The Woman Who Prayed Much.” She was noted for her piety, charity and spirit of self- sacrifice. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, March 4th for an important meeting in the undercroft. Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft. Circles 3 and 4 are in charge of set-up. The installation of officers will take place.
LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, March 4th in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft.
THE ST. KAZIMIERZ SOCIETY will have its Patron Saints Day Mass on Sunday, March 4th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All members will meet in the front vestibule to process into church as a group.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We have 2 COMMUNITY MEALS remaining in 2018 and ALL will be on WEDNESDAYS: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
ALL OUR LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, March 24th starting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to start working on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.
ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.
Bazaar and Spring Gaik
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Polish Food Sale
Items from Poland, Religious Goods
Gifts for Baptism, First Communion,
Confirmation, and Wedding, Religious Goods
Bake Sale, Easter and spring crafts
Chinese Raffle, White Elephant Table
Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Raffle Tickets for our annual Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar are available. There are five big prizes namely: First Prize – $100 cash; Second Prize – $50 cash; and Third Prize – $25 cash; Fourth Prize – $25 cash. The drawing will take place at our bazaar on Saturday, April 16th. Your donations of $5.00 for a book of 6 tickets or $1.00 per ticket will greatly help our parish. Please support this cause.
Would you like a homemade babka or kielbasa for Easter? We will be taking orders this weekend in the church vestibule. They will be available at our Easter Bazaar but must be ordered in advance. Be sure to place your order this weekend as there will be a limited supply!
Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always
do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
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THE ST JOHN PAUL II YOUTH GROUP will be attending the Steubenville East Youth Conference, July 13-15, in Lowell, MA. The conference is open to current 8th graders through graduating seniors. Each year around 30 youth from the area participate in this chance to grow in their faith. For more information, contact Ed or Suzi Cottrill at 413-772-6062 or email@example.com.
A FAITH- FILLED CONCERT EXPERIENCE! The Array of Hope concert is a wide-ranging live concert experience that features multiple musical acts, motivational speakers and thought-provoking films. Array of Hope is a journey of faith, hope and love, that entertains the audience, touching and transforming hearts through powerful witnessing to God’s love for us. The Diocese of Burlington invites the WHOLE FAMILY for this vocation night with Father Jon Schnobrich and Bishop Coyne. Focused on ages 7th – 12th grade. March 3rd, 2018: Concert 1-4pm – Mass 4pm – evening end 7pm. COST: suggested contribution of $10/person or $20/family, includes dinner. LOCATION: St. Michael School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. To register, please contact Kerry by February 17, 2018 at St. Michael Parish at 802-257-5101 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Questions and Answers about Lent
Q. Why can’t you eat meat on Fridays during Lent? Q. During Lent we do not eat meat on Fridays. Isn’t fish considered meat? Q. Why do you give up stuff for Lent?
The practice of abstinence (doing without certain things) goes back to the Old Testament and the Jewish dietary laws which were carried over into parts of the early Christian church until the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15). The theological reasoning is that it is a method of atoning for sin since chastising the body brings it under control of the spirit. Abstinence is first mentioned in a Church document in a decree of the Council of Toledo in the year A.D. 447 where the custom was to abstain primarily from meat on all Fridays and on days of penance. Canon 1251 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law prescribes “abstinence from meat, or from some other food as decided upon by the Episcopal Conference (conference of bishops) on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.” The National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States made abstinence from meat mandatory on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent and recommended that it be observed on all Fridays of the year but has allowed individual Catholics to substitute another penance on Fridays if they could not abstain from meat.
For purposes of abstinence, fish is not considered to be meat because it comes from a cold-blooded animal rather than a warm-blooded one. Secondarily, early Christian art and literature used fish as a symbol of the Eucharist because the Greek word for fish, ichthus, is an acrostic (the first letters form the word) for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
The 40 days of Lent (Sundays are excluded from the count since we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on this day) signify the change which we wish to make in our life. Throughout Holy Scripture, the number 40 signifies a time of change. During this time abstinence from something, whether it be sweets, coffee or TV is an offering to God and a method of prayer. Every time we are tempted by whatever we have decided to abstain from, we are to remind ourselves that we have given this up for God so that He can bring us closer to Him.
Why Was Jesus Tempted by the Devil?
By: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. —Matthew 4:1
Consider that Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Why the devil? Most of our temptations come from within us—anger, lust, gluttony, selfishness, gossip, and many others. Why did Jesus’ temptations not simply come from within himself?
Note that Scripture repeatedly teaches that Jesus is without sin, including original sin. This teaching begins with the prophecy in Isaiah 53:9: “He had done no violence, / and there was no deceit in his mouth.” The New Testament states this multiple times, beginning with the good thief who witnessed his death: “This man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:41). The same appears many times in various epistles as well:
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus is a high priest “who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning. (Hebrews 4:15)
For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners. (Hebrews 7:26)
He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. (1 Peter 2:22, citing Isaiah 53:9)
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (1 John 3:5)
In the face of this biblical truth, we need to reflect more deeply on who Jesus Christ is. A modern tendency has been to treat him as simply just one more human being, though perhaps a bit better than we. In his novel (and the movie based upon it) The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzakis portrayed Jesus as having temptations to lust that arise from within himself as he hangs on the cross. This idea is condemned by all Christians, who understand and believe the consistent teaching of Scripture about Jesus being sinless.
Because Jesus is the new Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), without any sin, he does not have concupiscence, the disordered desires that each of us who are born with original sin experience as temptations from within ourselves. Of course, the interior temptations that come from within ourselves make us more vulnerable to the temptations of the world and the devil. Jesus has no such interior temptation from a fallen, disordered human nature. Rather, his temptations could only come from outside of himself. In the desert, the devil tempted him; later, Peter would tempt him to cease speaking about his upcoming suffering and death, and Jesus would rebuke Peter as “Satan” for doing so (Matthew 16:23). After the multiplication of the loaves, the crowd would tempt him to become a king so that he could give them more bread (John 6:14-15). Yet Jesus does not give in to any of these temptations.
Who do you say Jesus is? St. Peter answered the question this way: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew16:16). Yet Jesus often described himself as the “Son of Man.” Clearly, Scripture teaches that he is fully God and fully human. And because of his humanity, he understands what we go through. He himself experienced temptation.
Scripture says that Jesus is tempted like us in every way except sin (Hebrew 4:15). How do I understand that? Because he is without sin yet experienced temptations like me, do I turn to him for help? Is Jesus someone to whom I can turn for strength and power in overcoming temptation? Do I know, deep within me, that Jesus understands my own struggles? How often do I turn to him?
A CHANGE IN OUR CHANGE FOR BABIES LENTEN PROGRAM For several years we have made saving our coins and dollars for Alternatives Pregnancy Center part of our Lenten almsgiving here at Our Lady of Czestochowa. This year we will be making a change! Change for Babies will move from Lent to Easter! Bottles will be available on on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 15. They will be collected on May 6 & 13, the Sundays before and after the Feast of the Ascension. We look forward to participating in the Change for Babies program as our Easter giving this year!
MAXIMILIAN ~ SAINT OF AUSCHWITZ This moving, live production performed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be on Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of the Cross Church in Holyoke. Experience firsthand the story of this heroic priest, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv., who courageously fought the forces of evil, and offered his life for a family man in the concentration camp of Auschwitz during World War II. The program is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 90 minutes, and is suitable for ages 10 and up. Admission will be $12 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under. For additional information and tickets, contact Our Lady of the Cross Parish Office at 413-532-5661. Watch the gripping trailer and learn more at http://www.StMaxDrama.com
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, FEBRUARY 25: 8: 00 – Health and Blessings for Sr. Pamela, Aspirant, MSSR
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25: 10:30 + Walter Kurtyka – int. Kathryn Putala
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26: + Jeanne Szela – int. Kathy Eichorn
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27: + Edward Szela – int. Kathy Eichorn
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28: – Health & Blessings for Frank Prasol – int. Neighbors
THURSDAY, MARCH 1: + Walter Kurtyka – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
FRIDAY, MARCH 2: + Martha Wilt McDaniel – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
SATURDAY, MARCH 3: 8:00 + Lucinda Seago – int. Holy Rosary Society
SATURDAY, MARCH 3: 4:00 + John R. Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
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!
SHROUD ENCOUNTER: Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield
Sunday, March 18th, 7pm: Could an ancient Jewish linen cloth be the actual burial shroud of Jesus? Could the Shroud of Turin be a document of the crucifixion? Is that even possible? Or is it nothing more than a medieval hoax? Nearly every scientific regimen has been employed to unravel the mystery and yet it remains unsolved. Explore this profound enigma with Russ Breault, one of the world’s leading experts. Don’t miss the Shroud Encounter!
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 (email@example.com)
HOLY HOUR FOR THE SICK AND DYING – A Holy Hour is being observed each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield. Included are the singing of hymns, recitation of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and the Dying. The hour concludes with Benediction. If you know of someone who is ailing and in need of special graces and prayer, please be encouraged to come and spend an hour for his/her intention. All are welcome.
CALLING ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOL ALUMNI AND FRIENDS! The Inaugural Catholic Schools Tuition Gala is coming soon! On Saturday, March 10th join friends for a great night of live entertainment, great food provided by The Student Prince, Adolfo’s, Huke Lau, Frigo’s and Nadim’s, Live Auction, Silent Action and a few surprises too! Chris Pisano of Western Mass News will be our MC for the evening. Tickets are $50 per person and available by calling 413.452.0699 or http://diospringfield.org/catholicschoolsgala/ Proceeds to benefit families to defray the cost of Catholic education.
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).
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.
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 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the undercroft every Saturday morning right after Mass or devotions. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass. For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.
STASH BASH Saturday, April 14, 2018. Our Lady of Peace Women’s Group is sponsoring their annual “Stash Bash”. Anyone with excess craft or sewing supplies who would like to rent a table and participate are welcome to join us! We are also accepting donated materials to assist you with your Spring Cleaning! For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Beverly at 413-863-7783 or Chris at 413-367-3052. All are welcome!
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Kazimierz Noga 2/25/1970
Irene M. Skowron 2/25/2010
Caroline Slowik 2/26/1936
Antonina Prochowicz 2/26/1939
Pauline Winskye 2/26/1975
Joseph Krysiak 2/27/1929
Anna Dlugosz 2/27/1936
Victoria Pietraszek 2/27/1947
Thomas M. Plodzien 2/27/1980
Antoni Jedorzejewski 2/28/1972
Jessie Kovalsick 2/28/2002
Joseph Kaminski 3/1/1966
Lawrence Kelleher 3/1/2002
Josephine M. Krol 3/1/2008
Joseph Skwarzec 3/2/1971
Josephine M Skrypek 3/2/1976
Francese M. Powers 3/2/2013
Mieczyslaw Dogzek 3/3/1927
Edward F. Bialecki 3/3/1986
Jennie V. Baranowski 3/3/1996
Stephanie M. Kaminski 3/3/1997
Harold J. McCormick, Jr. 3/3/1997
Josephine M. Ciesunski 3/3/1998
Julia Siwizki 3/4/1987
Chester C. Ostrowski 3/4/1996
Stella A. Siano 3/4/2010
Jennie Moltenbrey 3/4/2011
Demetria Seago 3/4/2017
Lucinda Seago 3/4/2017
Martin Seago 3/4/2017
Nicholas Seago 3/4/2017
Peter Seago 3/4/2017
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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??? The first surviving cookbook of Polish recipes dates from 1682 with dishes influenced by Lithuanian, Tartar-Turkish, and German cuisine.
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
Clergy in Purgatory Fr. DiMascola Bishop McDonnell
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Lunney Our Seminarians Fr. Campoli Fr. Lisowski