+ 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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com.

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.

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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 (nafaller@aol.com)

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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 acbecklo@comcast.net. 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 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 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: vocations@diospringfield.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
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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
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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

      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

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2018 +

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 [Fourth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am + Alonzo Capellan – int. Orvenis de la Cruz
10:30 am + Parishioners of Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish – int. Seamans Family
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Third Sunday after Easter)
MONDAY, APRIL 23 [St. George/St. Adalbert]:
8:00 am + Rose Gloski – int. Niece, Carol
TUESDAY, APRIL 24 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/
St. Fidelis of Singmaringen]:
5:30 pm + Agnes Golembeski & Family – int. Donald K. Parda
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 [St. Jude Novena/ST. MARK]:
5:30 pm + Carolyn Kendrow – int. Nancy Krejmas
THURSDAY, APRIL 26 :
5:30 pm + Lawrence Fontes – int. Sister, Joan Richotte
FRIDAY, APRIL 27:
5:30 pm + Doris Tramontano – int. Becklo Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 :
8:00 am – Nancy Faller – int. Elias Filipi
4:00 pm + Walter Kurtyka – int. Brother, Francis
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
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)

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

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MONDAY, APRIL 23rd is the Feast of St. George, an early Christian martyr who was decapitated in Palestine. Legend portrays him as a knight slaying a dragon symbolic of a battle against the forces of evil; a battle which we all must face armored with the Word of God and the lance of His True Church. St. George is the Patron Saint of England, Constantinople and the Boy Scouts. He will be remembered in the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

 

See the source imageAPRIL 23rd IS THE FEAST of St. Adalbert (Sw. Wojciech) the patron bishop of Poland (956-997). At the invitation of King Boleslaw, St. Adalbert set out on a missionary expedition to convert the pagan Prussians in northern Poland. He and his companions were martyred by the Prussians and legend has it they charged a ransom for the body of the saint – its weight in gold! Boleslaw offered the gold but in spite of the amount the scales did not move — more gold! — still they did not move!! Finally an old peasant woman gave her only gold coin and the scales moved instantly and dramatically to complete the ransom payment!
The body of St. Adalbert is enshrined in the Cathedral of Gniezno. St. Adalbert will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24th is the Feast of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen. He was known as “the poor man’s lawyer” before becoming a Capuchin priest. He preached throughout Switzerland and died a martyr’s death in 1622. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th is the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. He is known as the cousin of St. Barnabas and is associated with St. Paul and St. Peter. His gospel unfolded and reveals the mystery of a crucified Messiah. St. Mark was the first Bishop of Alexandria and died a martyr’s death. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. St. Mark is symbolized by a gold winged lion and nimbus on a red field, because he writes of John the Baptist whose voice was like the voice of a lion roaring in the wilderness.

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.

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

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.
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 stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Betty Fritz 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 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)

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.

Ten Reasons for Priestly Celibacy
Stephen Beale

To our sex-obsessed culture, priestly celibacy seems a hard teaching of the Church, a heavy burden that must be borne with ascetic grit and iron resolve. But that’s not how the popes of the twentieth century saw it. In their words, celibacy is the “choicest ornament of our priesthood” (Pius X), “one of the purest glories of the Catholic priesthood” (Pius XI), and a discipline that makes the whole life of the priest “resound with the splendor of holy chastity” (John XXIII). Such lofty words were inspired by the rich and profound theological reasons for a celibate priesthood—reasons worth bearing in mind as the old debate over it has flared up into the news. Here are ten of them:
1. Priests as Christ figures. Above all else, the Catholic priest is an alter Christus—“another Christ.” This is clearest in the sacrifice of the Mass, when the priest acts in the person of the Christ in offering the Eucharist. Celibacy configures priests more completely to Christ, who lived a perfectly chaste life. Thus they not only “participate in His priestly office” but also share “His very condition of living,” Pope Paul VI writes in the encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus.
2. Marriage to the Church. In Scripture, the Church is often depicted as the Bridegroom of Christ. In celibacy, the priest, as an alter Christus, witnesses through his life to the marriage of Christ to His Church. “In virginity or celibacy, the human being is awaiting, also in a bodily way, the … marriage of Christ with the Church, giving himself or herself completely to the Church in the hope that Christ may give Himself to the Church in the full truth of eternal life. The celibate person thus anticipates in his or her flesh the new world of the future resurrection,” John Paul II writes in his apostolic constitution Familiaris Consortio.
3. Spiritual fatherhood. Through celibacy, priests give themselves over wholly to the service God and His Church. Just as a father is uniquely dedicated to his children, so also the priest should be dedicated to his parishioners. As one Jesuit priest at Georgetown University recently put it in the Washington Post: “I do not have my own biological children, but I have over 6,000 here on Georgetown’s main campus! I have many sons and daughters who call me ‘Father.’” John Paul II describes this as a “singular sharing in God’s fatherhood’”(Pastores Dabo Vobis).
4. Celibacy as sacrifice. In renouncing married life, the priest also links himself with Christ’s own sacrifice on the Cross. “In a similar way, by a daily dying to himself and by giving up the legitimate love of a family of his own for the love of Christ and of His kingdom, the priest will find the glory of an exceedingly rich and fruitful life in Christ, because like Him and in Him, he loves and dedicates himself to all the children of God,” Paul VI writes. This ultimately is the purpose of human sexuality—to be a “a genuine sign of and precious service to the love of communion and gift of self to others,” writes Blessed Pope John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis.
5. Celibacy as angelic purity. Celibacy is not only a sacrificial act. It is also a mark of purity. Just as Christ offered Himself as a pure and spotless victim, so should the priest. Moreover “a purity of heart and a sanctity of life” befit the “solemnity and holiness” of the office, Pope Pius XI writes in the encyclical Ad Catholici Sacerdotii. Some have described this otherworldly purity as angelic: “The priest must be so pure that, if he were to be lifted up and placed in the heavens themselves, he might take a place in the midst of the Angels,” St. John Chrysostom said.
6. Loneliness as a link to Christ. Even the loneliness a priest may experience may unite him more closely with Christ, according to Paul VI: “At times loneliness will weigh heavily on the priest, but he will not for that reason regret having generously chosen it. Christ, too, in the most tragic hours of His life was alone—abandoned by the very ones whom He had chosen as witnesses to, and companions of, His life, and whom He had loved ‘to the end’—but He stated, ‘I am not alone, for the Father is with me.’”
7. Time for prayer. As much time as those in married time spend in prayer, priests should devote even more, Church Fathers taught, according to Ukrainian Catholic theologian Roman Cholij. One basis for this view is 1 Corinthians 7:5, where St. Paul is giving advice to those who are married: “Do not deprive each other, except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, to be free for prayer, but then return to one another, so that Satan may not tempt you through your lack of self-control.” It follows that priests, who do not have another person to “return” to, should have more time for prayer.
8. Perfection of the Israelite priesthood. Catholics look back to the Old Testament priests as forerunners. They understand that the priesthood did not end with Christ—it was reborn and renewed through Him. In the Old Testament, Levite priests were allowed to marry, but celibacy was required while they were serving in the sanctuary. For the Church Fathers, the Catholic priesthood was the “perfection” of the Levitical priesthood, according to Cholij. “Hence … if the Levites practiced temporary continence when in the sanctuary, so much more should Christian priests, always ready to serve, practice continence,” Cholij writes.
9. Detachment from the world. Celibacy is but one example of a broader detachment from all things of this world—something necessary in order for the priest “to follow the Divine Master more easily and readily,” according to Pope Pius XII in his apostolic exhortation Menti Nostrae. “Sanctity alone makes us what our divine vocation demands, men crucified to the world and to whom the world has been crucified, men walking in newness of life who … seek only heavenly things and strive by every means to lead others to them,” Pius X writes in his apostolic exhortation, Haerent Animo.
10. A living sign of heaven. In heaven, men will neither marry nor will women be given in marriage—instead, they will be like the angels, as Christ says in Matthew 22:30. In a special way, celibacy makes priests living witnesses to this future reality. As Paul VI put it, priestly celibacy “proclaims the presence on earth of the final stages of salvation with the arrival of a new world, and in a way it anticipates the fulfillment of the kingdom as it sets forth its supreme values which will one day shine forth in all the children of God.” 

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. – Henry Gaida, Director of Music and Liturgy

Part I: The Vestments and What they Symbolize

The Maniple is a small band of fabric worn over the left arm of the priests and sacred ministers at the Mass: The Celebrant (and Concelebrants), Deacon, and Subdeacon. Originally a towel worn over the left fore-arm, this vestment symbolizes service at the table of the Lord, hence the restriction of this vestment to those who minister at the altar, and its restriction to the celebration of Mass. In the Traditional Mass, the maniple is not worn for the Asperges ceremony (sprinkling of the people with Holy Water), and is removed by the Celebrant when he preaches.

The Stole is worn only by Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and each wear their stoles differently during Mass as a symbol of rank and authority: The Deacon, over the left shoulder and crossed on the right side; the Priest, around the neck and crossed in the front; the Bishop, around the neck and hanging straight down.

The Chasuble is a vestment now only worn by priests, and which is only used at Mass. The Chasuble is a circular piece of cloth with a hole for the priest’s head in the middle. Descended from the official dress of the Roman senate (which replaced the toga), it has been used by clerics in the Roman Church since its earliest times; in Christian use, it symbolizes the love of Christ which covers all things. Over the centuries, the Chasuble has been cut down in size (both in the Latin Church and in the Oriental Churches) for the convenience of the priest. In its most primitive manifestation, it is a conical vestment, which is very ample—it is this style of vestment which was worn by St. Thomas a Becket, whose chasuble can be seen on display at Canterbury Cathedral. During the late Middle Ages it began to be cut at the sides, a custom which continued through the Renaissance and into the Baroque Age, which gave us the so-called “Fiddle-back” or Roman chasuble which most people associate with the Mass prior to Vatican II. It must be noted that all forms of the chasuble: Conical, Gothic, and Roman, are legitimate.

The Dalmatic is a sleeved tunic that is worn by the Deacon at Mass and at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (at Exposition the priest wears a cope, q.v.). The Dalmatic is descended from the tunics originating in Dalmatia (a narrow strip of land along the Adriatic Sea in what in now Croatia—and yes, the eponymous dogs also descend from this land) which became popular in Rome in the first centuries; eventually this vestment replaced the Chasuble for the Deacon—interestingly, until 1962 the Chasuble was still worn, folded, by the Deacon during penitential seasons (Advent & Lent), in which the Church in her liturgy returns to older customs. Thus, the Dalmatic came to symbolize Joy, as is noted in the traditional prayer at the ordination of a Deacon for the vesting with the Dalmatic, which says: “Put on the garment of joy”. (As a side note: this is why the Gloria is not sung during Advent or Lent—it was originally only sung on Christmas Day, and is a late addition; and why Alleluia is not sung in Lent, but a Tract sung instead—the Alleluia was originally only sung on Easter: Penitential seasons revert to older customs.)

The Tunicle is a sleeved tunic worn by the Subdeacon at Mass & Exposition, similar to that worn by the Deacon, and descended from it. Though it is sometimes smaller and less ornate than the Deacon’s Dalmatic, most commonly both vestments are identical. Also, like the Deacon, the Subdeacon also wore the folded chasuble during the penitential seasons prior to 1962. The use of the Tunicle is also, by custom, extended to the principal servers (or acolytes) who act as Cross-bearer, Thurifer, etc., on more festive (i.e. solemn) occasions, such as Christmas, Easter, and so on.

The Cope is an ornate cape that is worn by any cleric at a function outside of Mass, such as Blessings, the celebration of the Divine Office, etc., and at the Traditional Mass, during the Aspergrs before Sunday High Mass. Priests or Deacons wear the cope with the stole: Priests either straight or crossed in front, the Deacon with his stole crossed at the side. The Cope may also be worn by cantors at solemn functions, such as Vespers, though without the stole. The Cope is what is called a “Choir Vestment”, in that it is worn only when one is officiating “in Choir”, not at the altar, and is normally worn over “Choir Dress”, that is Cassock and Surplice.
The Humeral Veil is a long piece of cloth which is used by the Priest or Deacon when giving the Blessing with the Monstrance or Ciborium at Benediction and when transferring the Blessed Sacrament from the Tabernacle to the place of repose. It is also used by the Subdeacon during the Traditional Mass when he holds the paten from the Offertory to the Fraction (breaking of the bread, before the Agnus Dei) at Solemn Mass—it is interesting to note that in the Rites in use before 1969 the Host was not consecrated on the paten (plate), but on the corporal (the small, square cloth which the priest spreads on the altar during the offertory, and upon which the host(s) and chalice are placed), the name of which comes directly from the Latin corpus, body.

Under all of these vestments are worn the Cassock, the symbol of the state of any cleric, major or minor, and those who legitimately substitute for them; the Amice, a rectangular piece of cloth which is tied with strings around the collar of the Cassock, it is the vestigial remains of a hood (and may still be worn in such a manner, if large enough, as is done by monks and friars over the hood of their habit), and is referred to as the “helmet of salvation” in the traditional vesting prayer which accompanies it; when worn as a hood, the Amice may have an ornamental band of cloth, called the Apparel, which is visible on the outside. Over the Amice is worn the Alb, a long, white garment which comes from the baptismal garments worn by the neophytes after their baptism—it symbolizes purity. (The Surplice, part of the Choir Dress worn by clergy and servers, is descended from the Alb, though its sleeves are much more ample and flowing.) The Alb and Cassock are gathered together by the Cincture or Girdle: this is a piece of rope (which may be white or of the color of the day), which is fastened around the waist of the wearer, and serves to gather the Alb and to hold the Stole of the Priest or Deacon in place: while serving an eminently practical function, it also symbolizes chastity.

Pontificals: I will not go into great detail about the vestments of a Bishop, suffice to say that, in addition to the Mitre, one might occasionally see a Bishop wearing full Pontificals at solemn functions, principally when he celebrates according to the Traditional Mass. Most notably, the Bishop also wears the Dalmatic and Tunicle under his Chasuble, which is symbolic of his holding the fullness of Holy Orders—for practical reasons the Pontifical Dalmatic and Tunicle are made of an unadorned light-weight silk. This bishop also wears Buskins (special stockings) and Pontifical Slippers (special shoes of the color of the day), and of course, the Mitre. The bishop also wears his episcopal Ring, his Pectoral Cross, and carries the Corzier.

Next week: Part II: The Vestment Collection of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish

VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
2018 GMEF ANNUAL GALA What better way to celebrate spring than to experience the music of John Denver with the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and each other. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm tribute artist Jim Curry will make a rare New England appearance at the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala performing “The Music of John Denver”. Chris Nole, Denver’s piano player for the last five years of his career, will join Curry for the concert. Jim Curry, combined with his talented band and dramatic images of nature, bring an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses. Advance tickets are $20 – At the Door $25. Tickets are available at these outlets: Bernardston @ Hillside Pizza; Erving @ Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts; Greenfield @ World Eye Bookshop; Turners Falls @ Greenfield Savings Bank & Scotty’s Convenience Store; TFHS by calling Sandy at 863-7296 and the GMEF website – http://www.thegmef.org. Our collaborative effort with Underwriters, Corporate Sponsors, Advertisers, and Tier-givers have resulted not only in our Annual Fundraising Gala bringing quality entertainment to our communities but also making available more than $115,850 of student enrichment grants. For more information about our Annual Gala, Tickets, and Student Enrichment Grants go to our website – http://www.thegmef.org

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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.

FINANCE COUNCIL NOTES: Total natural gas and heating oil expenses from 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $12,361 // Total fuel collections 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $5,542.

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 acbecklo@comcast.net. 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!

DID YOU KNOW??? The first Olympic medal in winter sports won by a Polish national was a bronze won by skier Franciszek Gąsienica Groń in 1956.
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).

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 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 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: This is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The world needs leaders with courage and integrity. The Church needs good leaders as well, leaders that will unselfishly care for the needs of God’s people and minister to them. If you have the continuing inclination that God is calling you to be a priest or religious, email Fr. Matt or Fr. Michael: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com.

DID YOU KNOW??? Built in the 13th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the world’s oldest salt mines.
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:

SUNDAY, APRIL 22: 8: 00 – Health & Blessings for Greg, Ellen, Ben, & Thomas James
– int. the Shaughnesseys
SUNDAY, APRIL 22: 10:30 – OLC Children who made First Communion in 2017
– int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, APRIL 24: + Bea Muchado – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: – Jack & Anna Killary – int. the Shaughnesseys
SATURDAY, APRIL 28: 8:00 – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. 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.

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 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.

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

Sophie Roniejko 4/22/1953
Stanley Drinzek 4/23/1966
Mary. G. Gulo 4/23/1973
Frank Gozeski 4/23/1975
Frances M. Lapinski 4/23/2004
Lucien P. Desbien 4/23/2014
Elizabeth A. Hanley 4/23/2015
John Tranowski 4/24/1927
Joseph Plodzien 4/24/1971
Barbara L. Cutler 4/24/1995
Paul Zukowski 4/25/1945
Stephania Skwarzek 4/25/1984
Thomas P. Sliva 4/25/1987
Mary P. Hoynoski 4/25/1988
Walter P. Kenney 4/25/1994
Agnes A. Golembeski 4/25/2008
Stanislaus Dudzinski 4/26/1933
Francisjki Bergiel 4/26/1954
Paul Jablonski 4/26/1955
Henry F. Dlugon 4/26/1977
Stanley J. Wasileski 4/26/1988
John Sliwa 4/27/1955
Antoinette Pelis 4/27/1989
Veronica J. Kulesa 4/27/1996
Waclaw Bialecki 4/28/1953
John A. Cuky 4/28/1977
Helen G. Kaczenski-Butynski 4/28/1997
Theodore W. Jablonski, Sr. 4/28/2016
Joseph Brzozowy 4/29/1925
Chester Kopinto 4/29/2007
Linda Hicks 4/29/2014

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

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

            Sunday                      Monday                       Tuesday

        Fr. Aksamit             Fr. O’Mannion               Fr. Campoli

       Wednesday                Thursday             Friday                       Saturday
      Deacon Nolan               Fr. Roux       Deacon DeCarlo           Msgr. Yargeau

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

“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.”
~ Jesus to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

JMJ
PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2018 +

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 [Third Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am + Louise Hoynsoski – int. Amelia & Anthony Sirum
10:30 am – Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Second Sunday after Easter)
MONDAY, APRIL 16 :
8:00 am + Charles Gloski – int. Family
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Alison Scherman Edwards
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Deceased Members of the Gulo & Lamoureaux Families – int. Joyce & Cheryl
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 :
5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz Family
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 [Bl. John Prandota]:
5:30 pm + André LaPalme – int. Daughter, Brenda
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 [St. Anselm]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Sophie Fritz – int. Family
4:00 pm + Carolyn Kendrow – int. Nancy Krejmas
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 [Fourth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am + Alonzo Capellan – int. Orvenis de la Cruz
10:30 am + Parishioners of Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish – int. Seamans Family
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Third Sunday after Easter)

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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!

THE ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of impossible cases.

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.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21st is the Feast of St. Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was twice exiled for defending the rights of the Church. He was known as a great theologian and philosopher. He is given the title “Father of Scholasticism.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.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 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 stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com.

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.

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.
2018 GMEF ANNUAL GALA What better way to celebrate spring than to experience the music of John Denver with the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and each other. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm tribute artist Jim Curry will make a rare New England appearance at the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala performing “The Music of John Denver”. Chris Nole, Denver’s piano player for the last five years of his career, will join Curry for the concert. Jim Curry, combined with his talented band and dramatic images of nature, bring an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses. Advance tickets are $20 – At the Door $25. Tickets are available at these outlets: Bernardston @ Hillside Pizza; Erving @ Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts; Greenfield @ World Eye Bookshop; Turners Falls @ Greenfield Savings Bank & Scotty’s Convenience Store; TFHS by calling Sandy at 863-7296 and the GMEF website – http://www.thegmef.org. Our collaborative effort with Underwriters, Corporate Sponsors, Advertisers, and Tier-givers have resulted not only in our Annual Fundraising Gala bringing quality entertainment to our communities but also making available more than $115,850 of student enrichment grants. For more information about our Annual Gala, Tickets, and Student Enrichment Grants go to our website – http://www.thegmef.org

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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 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)

FINANCE COUNCIL NOTES: Total natural gas and heating oil expenses from 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $12,361 // Total fuel collections 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $5,542.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Bette Bourrett, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Walter & Frances McMurray. Bóg zapłać!

Messianic Prophecy

Messianic Prophecy: What Is It?

Messianic prophecy is the collection of over 100 predictions (a conservative estimate) in the Old Testament about the future Messiah of the Jewish people. These predictions were written by multiple authors, in numerous books, over approximately 1,000 years. Messianic Prophecy is so dramatic today, because with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament (both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked on the earth) you can be assured that these prophecies were not “conspired” after-the-fact.

Messianic Prophecy: Fulfillment by Jesus Christ
Messianic prophecy was fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Although many Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah, many did, and they became the Jewish sect later known as the Christians. Christianity, based in dramatic part on the fulfillment of historical prophecy, spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire of the First Century. Examine the prophecies yourself, and calculate the probability of one man fulfilling just a handful of the most specific ones, and you’ll be amazed.

“Jesus said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’” Luke 24:44 (NIV)

The Old Testament verses are the prophecy; the New Testament verses proclaim the fulfillment. Check them all out for yourself!
• Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
• A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
• Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33 Hebrews 7:14)
• Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
• Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
• Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
• Herod’s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
• Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
• Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
• Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
• Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
• Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16)
• Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
• Would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
• Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
• Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; 1 Peter 2:7)
• Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
1. rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5, 48)
2. betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
3. sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15)
4. silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
5. being mocked (Psalm 22:7-8; Matthew 27:31)
6. beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
7. spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
8. piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
9. being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
10. praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
11. piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
12. given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
13. no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
14. buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
15. casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
• Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
• Ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
• Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)
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PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments! Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

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).
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 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.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: What could convince someone to turn to God? The story that God became human? The story that Jesus cured the sick? The story that Jesus forgave sin? The story that Jesus rose from the dead? Or, perhaps, the story of the witness of your own life! If you have the continuing inclination that God is calling you to be a priest or religious, email Fr. Matt or Fr. Michael: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com.

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!

PLEASE NOTE that our Parish Bulletin is printed two weeks in advance. Any announcements for the bulletin should be sent at least two weeks prior to the desired date of publication. Thank you!

VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
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, APRIL 15: 8: 00 – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family
SUNDAY, APRIL 15: 10:30 + Poor Souls in Purgatory – int. Fritz Family
MONDAY, APRIL 16: + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
TUESDAY, APRIL 17: + Janina Kobera – int. Jadwiga
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family
THURSDAY, APRIL 19: + Gaetana Eichorn – int. Kathy Eichorn
FRIDAY, APRIL 20: + Herman Eichorn – int. Kathy Eichorn
SATURDAY, APRIL 21: 8:00 – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 21: 10:30 + Steven & Phyllis Sonicki – int. Irene Noga

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.

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.

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
~ St. Gerard Majella
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.

DID YOU KNOW??? Mikołaj Rej is the so-called Father of Polish Literature, being the first author to write exclusively in the Polish language.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL! WEDNESDAY, MAY 30th! STAY TUNED!
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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Stefania Milewski 4/15/1923
Katirina Sokolewski 4/15/1951
Richard C. Patterson 4/15/1997
Marjorie L. Payne 4/15/2014
Jean A. Clarke 4/16/2001
Jessie Potyrala 4/16/2003
Maurice R. Emond 4/16/2013
Joseph S. Bocon 4/17/1974
Thomas Hughes 4/17/2014
Margaret Walchowski 4/18/1977
Anna Kazanowski 4/19/1959
Joseph Skrypek 4/19/1974
Frank J. Bakula, Jr. 4/19/1992
Mark E. Urban 4/19/1993
Mary A. Kopinto 4/19/2016
Mary J. Kelleher 4/20/2000
Edward Kalapojski 4/21/1932
Ethel Podlenski 4/21/1966
Walter J. Lapinski 4/21/1974
Stephen J. Gulo, Sr. 4/21/1994
Helena A. Herzig 4/21/2001
Henry E. Mleczko 4/21/2012
Sophie Roniejko 4/22/1953

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

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

                   Sunday                        Monday                        Tuesday

     Clergy in Purgatory        Bishop Rozanski               Deacon Leary

               Wednesday                Thursday                       Friday                       Saturday
             Deacon Bucci            Fr. O’Connor             Deacon Patten              Fr. DiMascola

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

 

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2018 +

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, APRIL 8 :
8:00 am¬¬ – Living & Deceased Members of the Pelc & Bellenoit Families
10:30 am – Guedez Family – int. Elizabeth Guedez
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. First Sunday after Easter)
MONDAY, APRIL 9 [ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD]:
8:00 am + Sister Albina Noga – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
TUESDAY, APRIL 10 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Patricia Collins – int. Brenda Collins
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 [St. Jude Novena/St. Stanislaus]:
5:30 pm + John Bush – int. George Bush
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 :
5:30 pm + Carolyn Kendrow – int. Nancy Krejmas
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 [St. Martin I]:
5:30 pm + Victor Waryasz – int. Helen & Regina
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 :
8:00 am + Patrick Dominic Morawski, 3rd Anniversary – int. Friend
4:00 pm + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nietsche
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 [Third Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am + Louise Hoynsoski – int. Amelia & Anthony Sirum
10:30 am – Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Second Sunday after Easter)

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH, is Divine Mercy Sunday. The roots of this devotion go back to a young Polish nun, Sr. Faustina, who, in the early part of the last century became “God’s Secretary” of Divine Mercy. This young peasant woman, who had barely three years of formal education, kept a diary of her mystical encounters with the Lord – a diary that could be mistaken for the work of the greatest theologians! St. Faustina’s whole life proclaimed the Mercy of God – a mercy which the Lord is dying to share with us. St. Faustina has left for us certain ways in which we can receive and experience the power of God’s love and mercy. Our Lord requested that the Sunday after Easter be designated as Mercy Sunday as a time to focus on His Divine Mercy and Love and to petition and give thanks for that Mercy and Love.

 

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MONDAY, APRIL 9th is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrating the Word made flesh. This miracle of love when God became man will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. One of the astronauts walking on the moon remarked that his thoughts were, “What a great miracle than man walked on the moon.” He said immediately he was struck by the thought, “No, a greater miracle was when God as a man walked upon the earth.” When the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, and she accepted, that is the greatest miracle, the miracle of God’s love for us.

THE ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of impossible cases.

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 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.

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!

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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 stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com.

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.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Walter & Sophie Sojka, a donation was made for Easter Flowers from Bob Sojka. Bóg wam zapłać!

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.

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 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)

FINANCE COUNCIL NOTES: Total natural gas and heating oil expenses from 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $12,361 // Total fuel collections 7/1/2017 through 2/28/2018: $5,542.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL! WEDNESDAY, MAY 30th! STAY TUNED!

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 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.

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).

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!

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

DID YOU KNOW??? Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.

 

Nine things you need to know about Divine Mercy Sunday
Jimmy Akin

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Divine Mercy Sunday is a recent addition to the Church’s calendar, and it has links to both private revelation and the Bible. Millions of people look forward to and are profoundly moved by this day. What is it, and why is it so important to them? Here are nine things you need to know.
1. What is Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. It is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska, which recommended a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy. It also has links to the Bible and the readings of this day.
2. When was it made part of the Church’s calendar? In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared: “It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”. In the various readings, the liturgy seems to indicate the path of mercy which, while re-establishing the relationship of each person with God, also creates new relations of fraternal solidarity among human beings [Homily, April 30, 2000].
3. If this is based on private revelation, why is it on the Church’s calendar? In his theological commentary in The Message of Fatima, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote: We might add that private revelations often spring from popular piety and leave their stamp on it, giving it a new impulse and opening the way for new forms of it. Nor does this exclude that they will have an effect even on the liturgy, as we see for instance in the feasts of Corpus Christi and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From one point of view, the relationship between Revelation and private revelations appears in the relationship between the liturgy and popular piety: The liturgy is the criterion; it is the living form of the Church as a whole, fed directly by the Gospel. Popular piety is a sign that the faith is spreading its roots into the heart of a people in such a way that it reaches into daily life. Popular religiosity is the first and fundamental mode of “inculturation” of the faith. While it must always take its lead and direction from the liturgy, it in turn enriches the faith by involving the heart.
4. What does the Church do to encourage the celebration of devotion to the Divine Mercy on this day? Among other things, it offers a plenary indulgence: To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff [John Paul II] himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence, as will be explained below, so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters. . . . a plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).
5. What is the Divine Mercy image? The Divine Mercy image is a depiction of Jesus based on a vision that St. Faustina had in 1931. There have been a number of paintings made of this image. The original, though not the most popular one today, is shown above. A basic explanation of the image is: Jesus is shown in most versions as raising his right hand in blessing, and pointing with his left hand on his chest from which flow forth two rays: one red and one white (translucent). The depictions often contains the message “Jesus, I trust in You!” (Polish: Jezu ufam Tobie). The rays streaming out have symbolic meaning: red for the blood of Jesus (which is the Life of Souls), and pale for the water (which justify souls) (from Diary – 299). The whole image is symbolic of charity, forgiveness and love of God, referred to as the “Fountain of Mercy”. According to the diary of St Faustina, the image is based on her 1931 vision of Jesus.
6. What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy? The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a set of prayers used as part of the Divine Mercy devotion. They are usually said using a standard set of Rosary beads, often at 3 p.m. (the time of Jesus’ death), but with a different set of prayers than those used in the Marian Rosary.
7. How is the Divine Mercy devotion linked to the Scripture readings for the Second Sunday of Easter? The Divine Mercy image depicts Jesus at the moment he appears to the disciples in the Upper Room, after the Resurrection, when he empowers them to forgive or retain sins. This moment is recorded in John 20:19-31, which is the Gospel reading for this Sunday in all three yearly Sunday liturgical cycles (A, B, and C). This reading is placed on this day because it includes the appearance of Jesus to the Apostle Thomas (in which Jesus invites him to touch his wounds). This event occurred on the eighth day after the Resurrection (John 20:26), and so it is used on the liturgy eight days after Easter. (It also, however, includes the appearance of Jesus to the disciples on Easter evening, a week earlier, in which he empowered them to forgive or retain sins.)
8. How did Jesus empower the apostles to forgive or retain sins? That part of the text reads: [21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain
the sins of any, they are retained.” He thus gave them a special empowerment with the Holy Spirit to forgive or retain sins.
9. How does this relate to the sacrament of confession? It relates directly to it. Jesus empowered the apostles (and their successors in ministry) with the Holy Spirit to either forgive or retain (not forgive) sins. Because they are empowered with God’s Spirit to do this, their administration of forgiveness is efficacious–it really removes sin rather than just being a symbol of forgiveness a person is already thought to have obtained. Because they are instructed to forgive or retain, they must discern which they are to do. This means that they need to know about the sin and whether we are truly repentant of it. As a result, we must tell them about the sin and our sorrow for it. Hence: confession. And the Church Fathers understood Christ’s ministers as having this power.

2018 GMEF ANNUAL GALA What better way to celebrate spring than to experience the music of John Denver with the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and each other. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm tribute artist Jim Curry will make a rare New England appearance at the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala performing “The Music of John Denver”. Chris Nole, Denver’s piano player for the last five years of his career, will join Curry for the concert. Jim Curry, combined with his talented band and dramatic images of nature, bring an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses. Advance tickets are $20 – At the Door $25. Tickets are available at these outlets: Bernardston @ Hillside Pizza; Erving @ Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts; Greenfield @ World Eye Bookshop; Turners Falls @ Greenfield Savings Bank & Scotty’s Convenience Store; TFHS by calling Sandy at 863-7296 and the GMEF website – http://www.thegmef.org. Our collaborative effort with Underwriters, Corporate Sponsors, Advertisers, and Tier-givers have resulted not only in our Annual Fundraising Gala bringing quality entertainment to our communities but also making available more than $115,850 of student enrichment grants. For more information about our Annual Gala, Tickets, and Student Enrichment Grants go to our website – http://www.thegmef.org

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: Easter! Resurrection and new life; a new life shared from an earthen tomb. This has been the meaning of life for Christian people for two thousand years. There is nothing more secure, nothing more lasting. Come and share the thrill of proclaiming this truth through your life as a priest or religious. Email Fr. Matt or Fr. Michael: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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.
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!

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, APRIL 8: 8: 00 + Deceased Members of the Shaughnessy & Ferry Families
– int. the Shaughnessys
SUNDAY, APRIL 8: 10:30 + Danny Battiani – int. the Shaughnessys
MONDAY, APRIL 9: – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families
– int. Family
TUESDAY, APRIL 10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11: – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family
THURSDAY, APRIL 12: + Poor Souls in Purgatory – int. Fritz Family
FRIDAY, APRIL 13: – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families
– int. Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: 8:00 + Poor Souls in Purgatory – int. Fritz Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: 10:30 – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. 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.

Please Join Us for Sunday Vespers
VESPERS (EVENING PRAYER) will be chanted every Sunday at 4:00 p.m., according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, unless otherwise announced.
Vespers is the evening hour of the Divine Office, 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE that our Parish Bulletin is printed two weeks in advance. Any announcements for the bulletin should be sent at least two weeks prior to the desired date of publication. Thank you!

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

Adalbert Bus 4/7/1926
Gerald W. Kropelnicki 4/7/2005
Charles A. Waseleski, Jr. 4/7/2016
Grace Sokoloski 4/8/1976
Isadore P. Kopinto 4/8/1979
Alvera C. Rys 4/8/1979
Edward S. Skrypek 4/8/1996
Peter Skydzielewski 4/9/1932
Wanda L. Majewski 4/9/1986
Veronica Putala 4/9/1997
Bruce T. Mackie 4/9/2003
Mary Koscinski 4/10/1958
Alfred Mirecki 4/10/2004
Skepania Mlowski 4/11/1923
Joseph Zigmond 4/11/1952
Mary Kurtyka 4/11/1975
Felix Naida 4/11/1995
Victoria Traceski 4/11/2007
Chester J. Schab 4/11/2011
Timothy A. Avery 4/11/2016
Joseph J. Zukowski 4/12/1963
Chester M. Pietraszek 4/12/1976
Regina I. Kostecki 4/12/1979
Brian Billiel 4/12/1993
Victoria E. Kulis 4/12/2007
Stanislaus Kurtyka 4/13/1946
Antonina Bocon 4/13/1949
Louis Kozlowski 4/14/1973
Mary C. Baron 4/14/1996
Walter A. Gaines 4/14/1998
Stefania Milewski 4/15/1923
Katirina Sokolewski 4/15/1951
Richard C. Patterson 4/15/1997
Marjorie L. Payne 4/15/2014

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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DID YOU KNOW??? Poles consider the Battle of Monte Cassino, a Benedictine monastery in Italy, their most important military action during World War II. After repeated Allied failures to take the monastery, Second Polish Corps commanded by General Władysław Anders succeeded, although with heavy losses. The battle was increasingly commemorated after 1989, with streets in Poland being named after it.

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

            Vocations                    Deacon Rabbitt               Deacon Culliton

                Wednesday                   Thursday                 Friday                     Saturday
              Deacon Ratté             Fr. Bombardier        Deacon Bete                Fr. Lunney

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