+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH, 2018 +
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 [Fifth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Alex Artesani – int. Becklo Family
10:30 am + Linda A. Hicks (4th Anniv.) – int. Mom, & Daughter, Jenn
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Fourth Sunday after Easter)
MONDAY, APRIL 30 [Pope St. Pius V]:
8:00 am – In Thanksgiving for Prayers Answered – int. B.F.
TUESDAY, MAY 1 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Joseph the Worker]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessing for Betty Fritz – int. Family
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 [St. Jude Novena/St. Athanasius]:
5:30 pm – Patrick Filipi – int. Elias Filipi
THURSDAY, MAY 3 [Ss. Philip and James/Our Lady of the Crown of Poland/Bl. Stanislaus Kazimierczyk]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Philippe Roux – int. Betty Fritz
FIRST FRIDAY, MAY 4 [St. Florian/Bl. Michael Giedroyc]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm – Lucas Baab – int. Elias Filipi
FIRST SATURDAY, MAY 5 :
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Helena Stallkowski – int. Rick & Joy Pelc
4:00 pm – Justin Roux – int. Elias Filipi
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MAY 6 :
8:00 am¬¬ – Health & Blessings for Amber Ahearn – int. Geraldine & Richard Ahearn
10:30 am – Living & Deceased Members of the Holy Rosary Society
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. First Sunday after Easter)
MONDAY, APRIL 30th is the Feast of Pope St. Pius V who was known for his devotion to the Holy Mass and the Rosary. He instituted reforms in the Church stressing discipline and prayer. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 1st is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker focusing on the dignity of labor through the humility of St. Joseph. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd is the Feast of St. Athanasius the Bishop of Alexandria and a great champion of orthodox teaching in the Church. He suffered greatly for his defense of the truth. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
THE ST. JUDE NOVENA is offered every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass and all are welcome to come and ask for the help of this saint who is the patron of hopeless cases.
THURSDAY, MAY 3rd is the Feast of St. Philip and St. James the Apostles. St. Philip after preaching the gospel was crucified and St. James was beaten to death in Jerusalem for his Faith. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 4th is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5th is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The devotions will begin with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary and Benediction. Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.
THE WEEKLY PRO-LIFE NOVENA is offered every Saturday before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. All are invited to come and beg God for an end to the terrifying evil which is destroying our nation.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 6th. Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a pot luck dinner in the church undercroft. At 2:00 p.m. they will gather again in the church for May devotions with the Rosary and Benediction.
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LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in joining the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, May 7th in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft. The Holy Rosary Society meets four times a year and is involved in charitable and spiritual activities throughout the year. There are also many spiritual benefits to membership.
MAY DEVOTIONS in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. Benediction and the Holy Rosary will be included.
THE MAY CROWNING of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 6th.
ALL CHILDREN OF OUR PARISH MAKING their First Communion will make their confession on Saturday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m. This will be followed by a rehearsal and a party. The children will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 13th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Pray for our children who for the first time will receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament into their hearts to be their Lord and Savior now and forever their friend and companion through life and eternity. The children who be making their First Communion next Sunday are: Natalia Blanchard, Veronica Cottrill, Austin Drowski, Bryce Drowski, Joshua Filipi, Lorelai Galway, Mary Gilbert, Liam Hart, Florian Jaracz, Michael Korpiewski, John Ramirez Martin, Vivienne Soucy and Ella Tidlund.
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 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!
MOTHER’S DAY CARDS for our annual Mother’s Day Novena of Masses which will begin on Saturday, May 14th are presently available in the front vestibule. The Novena will continue for nine days of Masses for all Mothers living and departed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Pray for the
Children of our Parish who are Making their
First Holy Communion!
Hanna Marguerite Marie Blanchard
Grady James Deery
Samuel Thomas Eichorn
Emma Margaret Mary Germain
Nolan Michael Kalinowski
Eden Rose LaPlume
Jaiden Christopher Lapointe
Kimberly Angie Ramirez Martin
Dominic Anthony Martino
Angela Theresa Otrando
Grace Thérèse Rose-Fish
Anthony Patrick Seamans
Marius Joseph Sonntag
Lucja Jamie Webb Yagodzinski
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Barbara Kucenski 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.
MAY 3rd IS THE FEAST of Our Lady, Queen of the Crown of Poland. The Virgin Mary, always dear to the Polish people is honored especially in the month of May which is dedicated to her. There are special ceremonies, processions, coronations, and prayers for this month. Her altars and shrines, both indoors and outdoors are beautifully decorated and tended. It is a Polish family custom to set up a shrine to Mary in the home or garden and of keeping fresh flowers and candles around it as a sign of petition and in gratitude for Our Lady’s prayers.
In 1655 Poland was attacked and nearly crushed by Swedish, Turkish, German and Cossack armies. The only stronghold was the great monastery of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Jasna Gora. After the miraculous defense of Czestochowa and the expulsion of the enemy, King John II Casimir made a solemn vow to the Virgin Mary proclaiming her as the QUEEN OF THE POLISH CROWN: “Great Mother of God made Man, most Holy Virgin, I, King John Casimir, lie prostrate at your feet. I take you as my patron and the Queen of my nations and my Kingdom, commending my troops and people of all estates to your special care and protection.”
It is interesting to note that from the date of this vow every Polish king made a holy pilgrimage to Częstochowa to pray before the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Jasna Gora immediately after their coronation – all, that is, except for the unfortunate last king of Poland who seemed to ignore the custom, and who eventually lost his crown when Poland lost her freedom.
MAY 3rd IS THE DAY OF THE GREAT Polish Constitution called simply the Constitution of May 3rd (1791). It was the first democratic constitution in Europe which won the admiration of the world with its spirit of freedom, reform and brotherhood. Unfortunately democracy was seen as a threat to the royalty who surrounded Poland and soon they banded together to crush this noble effort. Austria, Germany and Russia formed an “Unholy Alliance” in order to eliminate Poland and democracy from the map of Europe. Poland might have survived a war of one or maybe even two fronts but three armies proved too much for even the best of troops and Poland ceased to exist officially for almost 100 years on June 25, 1795.
MAY 4th IS THE FEAST of Bd. Michael Giedroyc who died in 1485. He was a holy monk who lived in the monastery of Our Lady of Metro at Kraków. He lived a life of heroic simplicity and mortification. His life was one of continual prayer and sacrifice. He lived in a cell so small that he could scarcely lie down, leaving only to go to church.
His austerities were hard but he never relaxed them in illness or in his old age. He was consoled by Jesus who spoke to him from a crucifix and he also had the gifts of miracles and prophecy.
MAY 4th IS THE FEAST of St. Florian, the early Christian martyr and the patron of the city of Krakow. St. Florian was an officer of the Roman army who suffered death for his faith in 304. He was cruelly tortured, being twice scourged, skinned alive and then drowned.
In 1138 Pope Lucius III gave the relics of St. Florian to King Casimir for the city of Krakow (then the capital of Poland). Many miracles of healings are attributed to his intercession and St. Florian is invoked as a powerful protector of those in danger from fire or water. In addition to being the patron of Krakow, St. Florian is also the patron of firemen everywhere.
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)
MOTHER’S DAY ROSES FOR LIFE – On Mothers’ Day weekend, May 14th and 15th, roses will be available at the doors of the church to benefit the Pro-Life cause in Franklin County. Donations will be $3.00 per rose / $30 per dozen. All proceeds to benefit pro-life events throughout the year.
MOTHER’S DAY CARDS for our annual Mother’s Day Novena of Masses which will begin on Saturday, May 14th are presently available in the front vestibule. The Novena will continue for nine days of Masses for all Mothers living and departed.
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.
THE NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH! There will be a sign up sheet and pans available in the front vestibule by the beginning of May. Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to another successful dinner without a snowstorm getting in the way! God bless all the hearts and hands that make this a great program!
Pope St. Pius V
St. Pius V was Pope from 1566 to 1572. He lived in an age like ours – one following a reforming ecumenical council; and like Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, he had the duty of making the council work, no matter what.
Antonio Ghislieri was the son of a poor farmer of northern Italy. As a boy this future shepherd of souls tended his father’s sheep. When he was only fourteen he entered the Dominican order. Here he soon proved his intellectual brilliance and his administrative skill. The Council of Trent, the great council that replied to the Protestant Reformation by establishing the Catholic Counter Reformation, ran from 1545 to 1563. Father Ghislieri had meantime been made a bishop, and in 1557 he was called to Rome and created a cardinal. One of his duties was to lead the battle against theological error as the head of the Holy Office.
Cardinal Ghislieri was elected pope in 1566. From the outset, he announced his intention to enforce the reformist decrees of the “Tridentine” Council. He brought to this the approach of a man noted for his personal holiness and austerity of life.
Recent popes had often entertained lavishly at the Vatican. Pius V ruled that the pope should eat frugally and alone – a regulation observed up to recently. (It is said that as pope he continued to wear the white cassock of his Dominican order, thus establishing the modern custom of popes dressing in white.) He clamped down on bishops who had not been residing in their sees; he drove unworthy persons out of papal officialdom; he saw to the reform of religious orders; he followed through on the council’s legislation for priestly training by establishing seminaries. As ruler of the papal states he put down crime, and, at his own expense, he imported food in times of famine. Some Romans accused him of trying to “make everybody a monk.” But despite his strictness, he was revered for his admitted holiness. Witnesses in 1570 said that by then he had already changed the whole atmosphere of the city of Rome for the better.
Two of Pius V’s greatest accomplishments were liturgical and catechetical. Liturgically, he authorized the publication of the Roman Missal that, with certain later modifications, was to serve the Latin Church up until Vatican II; and the breviary, the prayer book used by priests. Catechetically, he saw to the circulation of the “Catechism for Pastors,” the brilliant “Catechism of the Council of Trent” that served preachers so well for the next 300 years.
Perhaps because of his unworldly monastic background, St. Pius was not so comfortable in matters of world politics. He excommunicated Queen Elizabeth (1570), but his action, based on incomplete knowledge of what was going on in England, backfired and caused much grief to British Catholics. He was more fortunate in the support he gave to the Holy League, a coalition of Western Christians that took a stand against the Muslim Turks, then on the verge of conquering all of Europe. He gave his blessing to the vast Christian fleet that met the enemy in the Gulf of Lepanto, Greece, on October 7, 1571.
When this naval engagement, one of the greatest and most crucial in naval history, was about to take place, Pius encouraged everybody, especially in Rome, to pray the rosary intensely for a Christian victory.
At the moment that the engagement was taking place off Greece, the pope in Rome was having a business meeting with some of his cardinals. Suddenly he arose and looked out the window into the sky. After a few minutes he returned to the table. “This is not a moment in which to talk business,” he said. “Let us give thanks to God for the victory He has granted to the arms of the Christians.” He had had a vision of the Muslim defeat the very time it occurred.
In gratitude to Mary for this great victory, the pope instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory (later renamed the feast of the Most Holy Rosary). He also inserted the title “Help of Christians” in the litany of the Blessed Virgin. Pius V had already encouraged the rosary devotion generally in a decree of 1569. From his day, therefore, this wonderful devotion assumed its present form and popularity.
The Liturgy is of primary importance in the Church. Ranking next to it is the meditative praying of the rosary, which has so often won the ear and the intercession of Our Lady.
Have you prayed your rosary today?
–Father Robert F. McNamara
Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven.
~Pope St. Pius V
Vestment Collection of
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish
After our Solemn Masses for the Paschal Triduum and Easter, many people remarked on the beautiful vestments that were worn by the priests and sacred ministers, and asked if I could write an overview for the bulletin not only the provenance of some of these vestments, but also what they symbolize, and their uses in the sacred liturgy. This will be done in several installments over the coming weeks, and will (hopefully) be followed by a series on the rôle of music in the Sacred Liturgy. Last week’s article was “The Vestments and What they Symbolize”, this week we continue with Part II, which deals with the provenance of some of the more notable vestments which are in the possession of the Parish. – Henry Gaida, Director of Music and Liturgy
Part II: The Vestments Collection of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Before going into detail about each vestment, we will give a brief overview of the colors of vestments and their use:
White is symbolic of Joy and of Purity: White vestments are used: 1) during Christmas-tide; 2) during Easter-tide; 3) Feasts and Votive Masses of our Lord and the Blessed Trinity; 4) Feasts and Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary; 5) Feasts of Saints who are not Martyrs; 6) Funerals of Baptized Infants; 7) optionally for Funerals in general. White may also be replaced by Gold and Silver. Where the Spanish Indult is permitted, Blue may be used for Feasts and Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Green is symbolic of Life: Green vestments are worn: during Ordinary Time (after Christmas and after Pentecost).
Red is symbolic of Fire and of Blood: Red vestments are worn: 1) on Pentecost Sunday and Votive Masses of the Holy Spirit; 2) Feasts of Martyrs; 3) Palm Sunday; 4) Good Friday (at the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.
Violet (or Purple) is symbolic of Penance: Violet vestments are worn: 1) during Advent; 2) during Lent; 3) during certain Votive Masses (e.g. Mass to beg for Peace, etc.); 4) optionally for Funerals. In the Traditional Rite, Violet is also worn during the three weeks of Pre-Lent (Septuagesima-tide). Some priests mistakenly use Blue vestments during Advent, using what they think is called “Sarum Blue”—this is mistaken on two accounts: first, because Blue is not permitted during Advent in the Roman Rite; second, because the ‘blue’ used during Advent is the Mediaeval use of Salisbury (Sarum) was in fact a pale shade of violet. A laudable practice that is arising, however, is the differentiation between violet and purple in practice: violet, being more towards the blue end of the spectrum, being used for Advent; and purple, being more towards the red end, being used for Lent.
Rose (or Pink), the color of the dawn, is used on the two “rejoicing” Sundays during the two penitential seasons: Gaudete Sunday in Advent (Advent III) and Laetare Sunday in Lent (Lent IV). These Sundays mark a slight lessening of the penitential character of these seasons: in Advent, as December 17th approaches and we begin to shift our focus from the second coming to the first with the Great ‘O’ Antiphons; in Lent, as we prepare to enter more fully in the Paschal Mystery as we begin Passiontide on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Black is the symbol of mourning, and is used on All Souls’ Day, at Funeral Masses, and at all Masses of the Dead. Traditionally (before the reforms of Pius XII in 1955), Black was also the color for the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday. The custom here is to use Black vestments for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
WHITE, RED, VIOLET, GREEN: The sets in White, Red, Violet, and Green: consisting of a chasuble, a dalmatic, tunicle, cope, humeral veil (except Greed & Red), stoles for celebrant, deacon, & archpriest, maniples, chalice veils, burses, are of silk with embroidered decoration in gold metal thread. Made, most likely, in Rome—they are never the less of Roman design—they were made for Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston. These vestments were given as a gift to the parish by Pope John XXIII Nation Seminary for Delayed Vocations in Weston, Massachusetts, where they were in storage. The White set was used on Holy Thursday, which includes two white tunicles from a set which is no longer complete; the Red set was used on Good Friday.
GOLD: The Gold vestments in our collection: consisting of a chasuble, a dalmatic, a tunicle, a cope, humeral veil, preaching stole, celebrant’s stole, deacon’s stole, three maniples, chalice veil, and burse, are made of a gold-silk damask woven with metallic-gold thread, ornamented with galloon made of metallic-gold thread, with metal fringe, lined with silk. Made in France, they were commissioned in 1951 for the 25th Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Joseph Szczepaniak, who served as Pastor at Our Lady of Czestochowa from 1948-1970. These exquisite vestments are rather precious—they were kept in pristine condition by Fr. Szczepaniak’s housekeeper, Jospehine N., who gave them to the parish in the 1990s. This gold set was used on Holy Saturday at the Solemn Vigil and Easter Sunday.
BLACK: The Black vestments are actually taken from several incomplete sets. The black chasuble (fiddle-back/Roman) was made in St.-Gall, Switzerland, most likely in the 1920s: the vestment (complete with stole & maniple) is of black silk velvet with floral embroidery in white and grey, in an Art Nouveau style. The tunicle and dalmatic, in the French style, are of black silk with panels of black-silk damask, woven with metallic-silver thread, with borders of silver galloon; there is a matching deacon’s stole, and two maniples. An antique black cope of similar design is currently away being repaired. The black cope worn at Stations of the Cross is a new vestment in the gothic style, purchased by Fr. DiMascola in 2016; the material is a black-on-black damask of similar design to the dalmatic and tunicle.
Next week: Part III: The roles of the Celebrant, Sacred Ministers, and Servers at the Solemn Mass
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).
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Anna Mirecki, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation fund from the Employees of the Long Creek Youth Development Center. Bóg wam zapłać!
VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
THE KNIGHTS & LADIES OF ST. PETER CLAVER will hold their First Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at the Bishop Marshall Center at St. Michael’s Cathedral. If anyone would like to rent a table, please call Lady Joy Danita Allen at 413-204-1553. The deadline for table rentals is October 1st—Don’t wait ‘til the last minute!
HOLY TRINITY ROSARY SOCIETY Spring Tag, Rummage, Book, Plant, and Bake Sale: Friday, May 4th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Saturday, May 5th, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Homemade Chili or Chop Suey Luncheon available 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Bag Sale at 12:00 Noon – Saturday only! At Fr. Casey Hall, 133 Main Street, Greenfield, Mass. Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Rosary Society.
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS Please come to a Holy Hour for Vocations on the second Sunday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin County Adoration Chapel in Greenfield. Join us to pray for good priests and to thank Him for the good priests we now have. Call 773-8890 with any questions.
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. Membership in the choir is open to all adults of the parish, and Choristerships are open to all Boys and Girls of the parish and community ages 7 – 13. The choir sings a variety of repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant to music by the great masters, such as Palestrina, Mozart, and Schubert, to music by modern composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Kwasniewski, and Stephen Cleobury. 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 email@example.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 the Saturday 8:00 AM 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.
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: Our second Scripture reading reminds us that we are to love, not in word and speech only, but in truth and action. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We are intimately connected to him and the branches are fed with the Eucharist. We need priests to make sure that this food is always available. If you have the continuing inclination that God is calling you to be a priest or religious, email Fr. Matt or Fr. Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com.
HOLY HOUR AND MINI RETREAT – Join us before the Blessed Sacrament for the Holy Hour and Mini Retreat of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart. The Holy Hour is every Thursday and the Mini Retreat is the last Thursday of every month in our church following the 5:30 p.m. Mass from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. with our Pastor, Fr. Séan O’Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor – USA.
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:
TUESDAY, MAY 1: + George & Dorothy Piecuch – int. Niece, Carol
THURSDAY, MAY 3: + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Irene & Family
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!
CHARITABLE GIVING STRATEGY FOR RETIREES WITH IRA ACCOUNTS AFTER 2018 TAX REFORM: Most retirees will not be able to reduce their income taxes when making donations to their parish or other charities because of the increase in the standard deduction amount under the recent tax reform legislation. For those with IRA accounts, if donations are made directly from the IRA provider to the charitable organization or parish, the donation is effectively tax deductible since the donation is not considered taxable income to the IRA account holder. This strategy might also reduce income taxes on Social Security benefits for some tax payers. Contact your IRA provider for more information on how to do this. If you use an accountant, be sure to let your accountant know if you have taken advantage of this strategy.
DID YOU KNOW??? Adam Mickiewicz is the author of the Polish national epic poem, Pan Tadeusz (Master Thaddeus) in 1834, which ironically begins with the verse “Lithuania, my fatherland!”
“Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people’s, if we are alaways criticizing trivial actions—which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives”
~ St. Teresa of Avila
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Joseph Brzozowy 4/29/1925
Chester Kopinto 4/29/2007
Linda Hicks 4/29/2014
Frank Janek 4/30/1959
John Kuczek 4/30/1966
Mildred F. Potosek 4/30/1988
Chester W. Skowron 4/30/1989
Walter E. Kulesa 4/30/2003
Anne O. Niedbala 4/30/2011
Anna Sikora 5/1/1922
Barbara Kuzawuski 5/1/1924
Michael Mirecki 5/1/1981
Elaine A. Krejmas 5/1/1986
Edward J. Dranzek 5/1/1998
Theodore A. Pluta 5/1/1998
Adeline S. Cislo 5/1/2013
Mary A. Kruczek 5/2/1997
Marguerite A. Zayac 5/2/2004
Raymond Denkewicz 5/2/2017
Francius Putala 5/3/1947
Konstacji Korda 5/3/1955
Konstanty Traczewski 5/3/1955
Dorothy LaMountain 5/3/1993
Boleslaus Grygo 5/4/1934
Josephine Kopec 5/4/1975
Adeline B. Schab 5/4/1991
John J. Yez 5/4/2010
Veronica E. Krol 5/4/2014
Stanislaw Piszkor 5/5/1958
Frank Rudinski 5/5/1963
Mary E. Tucek 5/5/1990
Rosemarie E. Black 5/5/2010
George Kabaniec 5/6/1927
Wojtreck Podosek 5/6/1946
Joseph Pogoda 5/6/1963
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
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 who are sick Bishop McDonnell Clergy in Purgatory
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Campoli Fr. O’Connor Bishop Rozanski Deacon Rabbitt
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies