+ Parish Schedule for the Week of August 26, 2018 +
Sunday, August 26 [Our Lady of Częstochowa]:
8:00 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Sophie Fritz
10:30 am – Grace and Blessings for Fr. Michael Daniel Kokoszka – int. Mazzer Family
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Our Lady of Częstochowa)
Monday, August 27 [St. Monica]:
8:00 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Sophie Fritz
Tuesday, August 28 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena /St. Augustine]:
5:30 pm + John Gibowicz – int. Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wrona & Family
Wednesday, August 29 [St. Jude Novena/Passion of St. John the Baptist]:
5:30 pm + Paul, Emelia, & Edward Dranzek – int. Bob & Virginia Avery
Thursday, August 30 [Bl. Bronisława]:
5:30 pm + Jessie Pietraszek – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
Friday, August 31:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Sophie Fritz
First Saturday, September 1:
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 Rachel Pelc – int. Pelc Family
4:00 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Sophie Fritz
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, September 2 [Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Elias & Rachell Filipi & Family – int. Henry Gaida
10:30 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Sophie Fritz
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
A NOTE ABOUT THE MASSES FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th: Because the celebration of the Titular Saint of a church ranks in the First Class (i.e. as a Solemnity), it outranks the Sundays of Ordinary time, which are of the Second Class (i.e. as a Feast—c.f. the “Table of Liturgical Days, According to their Order of Precedence” in the Roman Missal, Third Edition, published in 2010), we will be celebrating the Solemnity of Our Lady of Częstochowa at all of the weekend Masses for Sunday, August 26th, rather than the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Because of this, the readings will not be those of the Sunday, but are proper Readings for the feast, and are published below.
A reading from the book of Proverbs
Those who love me I also love, | and those who seek me find me. | With me are riches and honor, | wealth that endures, and righteousness. | My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, | and my yield than choice silver. | On the way of righteousness I walk, | along the paths of justice, | Granting wealth to those who love me, | and filling their treasuries. | “The LORD begot me, the beginning of his works, | the forerunner of his deeds of long ago; | From of old I was formed, | at the first, before the earth. | When there were no deeps I was brought forth, | when there were no fountains or springs of water.
Now, children, listen to me; | happy are they who keep my ways. | Listen to instruction and grow wise, | do not reject it! | Happy the one who listens to me, | attending daily at my gates, | keeping watch at my doorposts; | For whoever finds me finds life, | and wins favor from the LORD.
The word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God
R/. You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the Lord God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
R/. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R/. You are the highest honor of our race.
May God make this redound to your everlasting honor,
rewarding you with blessings,
because you risked your life when our people were being oppressed,
and you averted our disaster.
R/. You are the highest honor of our race.
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Galatians
Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. As proof that you are sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir, through God.
The word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.
Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God * and pondered it in her heart.
The Lord be with you.
R/. And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
R/. Glory to you, O Lord.
There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Katarzyna
Putala at the request of Kathryn Putala. Wieczny odpoczynek racz mu dać, Panie,
a światłość wiekuista niechaj mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech
odpoczywa w pokoju. Amen.
THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CZĘSTOCHOWA, the patroness of our parish, is Sunday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner on at the 10:30 a.m. Mass with a Eucharistic Procession. All Societies, Altar Boys and Little Flowers are reminded to take part in the Eucharistic Procession and are to gather with their banners and society emblems in the church undercroft by 9:45 a.m. to organize the procession.
MONDAY, AUGUST 27th is the Feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine. After 30 years of prayer she obtained the conversion of her dissolute pagan husband and her eldest son, St. Augustine. She is the patroness of mothers and will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28th is the Feast of St. Augustine who was converted by the prayers of his mother and after Baptism was elected Bishop of Hippo. He is noted for his writings, his great preaching and theology. He is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church and is called the “Doctor of Grace.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th is the Feast of The Passion of Saint John the Baptist. The martyrdom of this great saint will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, August 29th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th IS THE FEAST of Blessed Bronisława who was a cousin of St. Hyacinth. On the death of her cousin she saw Our Lady in a vision receive him into Heaven. Blessed Bronisława was a Norbertine nun in Krakow. She lived a very hard and disciplined life as a hermit in a cell in a cave not far from the convent. She lived a life dedicated to the complete love and worship of God and entered His Eternal Glory in 1259. Her tomb is the site of miracles. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 1st IS THE FIRST SATURDAY of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA takes place every Saturday before the 8:00 a.m. Mass as a spiritual attack on a tragic evil. All are welcome to take part.
TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF THE BIRTHDAY OF MARY on September 8th, we will have a spiritual celebration in our church. The program of celebration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Mass on Friday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Various volunteers will lead the Rosary all through the day until 5:30 p.m. at which time we close Our Lady’s special celebration with Benediction and Mass. All are cordially invited to come any time throughout the day to Mary’s Birthday party of Rosaries. A petition basket with note paper will be set up by the side altar of the Blessed Mother so that special intentions may be written up during the day on September 8th, the Birthday of Mary. At the end of the day the basket with the intentions will be placed on the Altar.
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO BRING GARDEN FLOWERS for the Birthday of Mary, September 8th, they may bring them in at any time.
The Teresians are still looking for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels. These will be offered at the OLC community meals. There is a marked container in the vestibule. Do NOT buy them. If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory. Nancy Faller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Nancy Faller for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
Plan For Our Odpust!*
(*An Odpust is the celebration of the Feast of the patron of the Parish.
The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa is August 26th and we traditionally
celebrate it on the Sunday nearest that date.)
The word “Odpust” referring to the Feast of the Patron of a parish means “an indulgence” because if we participate in the service celebrating the Parish Feast (August 26th) we receive a plenary indulgence. The Enchiridion of Indulgences given by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II states: “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit the parochial church on the titular feast… In visiting the church, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited and Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion be received within seven days before or after the Odpust and an Our Father and Hail Mary be offered for our Holy Father the Pope.”
Our Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa will take place on Sunday, August 26th and will begin with a solemn Mass and Eucharistic procession at 10:30 a.m. All Societies, Altar Boys and Little Flowers are reminded to take part in the Eucharistic Procession and are to gather with their banners and society emblems in the church undercroft by 9:45 a.m. to organize the procession.
Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
The Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the patroness of our parish, is Sunday, August 26th. We will celebrate the feast in a solemn manner at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, August 26th with a Eucharistic Procession.
The holy icon of Our Lady in the monastery on Jasna Gora in Częstochowa is the treasure of Poland and the source of innumerable miracles for the past five centuries. Tradition says the artist was St. Luke who painted the picture, while the Blessed Mother was still alive, on a table top made by St. Joseph and Jesus in their carpentry shop. The painting was transported from Jerusalem to Constantinople by St. Helena and it was considered as a great relic in the imperial city. The icon was part of the royal treasury and passed on from Empress to Empress. As a royal gift it traveled from Constantinople to Russia, to Holicia, to Belzki and finally to Częstochowa where it remains to this day.
The two scars on the painting were made by heretics in 1430. There is a third scar, just noticeable, on the throat of the Madonna made by a Tartars arrow. These wounds the Mother of God desires to remain preserved forever on her sacred icon. No matter what artists did to repair the damage or the fire damaged blackness, they always reappeared. It seems as if Our Lady wants to be identified with the sufferings of the Polish people. The monastery has been the scene of numberless conversions and miracles, and it has always been associated with the history of Poland and the Polish people. It is and always has been most dear to every Pole in the world.
A Prayer of Consecration
of our Families and our Parish
Heavenly Mother Mary, in your Holy Icon of Częstochowa, you present your Son to us. This tells us that you are the Mother of God, and yet, you are our Mother also. In that faith we offer this prayer of hope and ask you to lead us, our parish, and our families, to your Son Jesus Christ.
Queen Mother, we unite our lives to the sufferings and infinite merits of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Through your virginal hands and through your most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, present again, to Our Heavenly Father, for our parish and for our families, the Body and Blood of Jesus, and His Divine pierced Heart, given up for us on Calvary, and in the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This will be for blessings beyond all our hopes.
As you miraculously protected the great monastery of Częstochowa when it was under siege, may this prayer also bring our families and parish ever under the cloak of your Motherly protection. May we thus bring about the conversion of a great many souls and the building up of The Holy Church for the Glory of God.
Holy Mary, Our Lady of Częstochowa, we consecrate our parish and our families to your Immaculate Heart that we might all grow strong in faith, love and in a spirit of forgiveness. O Holy Mother, we beg you to hear us from your throne on the Mountain of Light in Częstochowa!
Merciful Mother of God, and our Mother also, we place all our trust in you. We know that your power and love exceeds all our imagining. We come to you with our Hail Mary’s. We are weak, but we place our weakness into your maternal hands. We wish to praise you with all our brothers and sisters, so that the Father can renew our parish and our families. You see into every heart and so you know our desire to serve you through the Holy Church that Your Son gave us. Mother Mary, in faith and love we beseech you to give this prayer to your only dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
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
FROM AUGUST 15th THROUGH THE AUTUMN SEASON countless harvest festivals are held by Polish people around the world. These celebrations are called Dożynki – after the wreath or crown of wheat and flowers which is the symbol of the harvest. Often the celebrations were held at the manor house of a large estate. They were rich in tradition, foods, music and fun.
On a beautiful sunny fall afternoon, after the crops had been gathered, the villages in their best colorful folk costumes gather in procession playing violins and folk instruments and walk to the church. The groups carry great wreaths of all kinds of grain, flowers and fruit, holy icons, banners, flags, candles and a large loaf of bread freshly made from the newly harvested grain and beautifully wrapped in embroidered napkins. After a solemn Mass in which the harvest wreaths – the Dożynki and bread are blessed, the people process with joyful songs and music to the Manor house where the party begins first with a formal greeting and blessing with the bread and wreath and then dancing and banqueting, singing and good food, games and competitions make for a festive occasion.
CALLING ALL COOKS! Our last COMMUNITY MEAL for this year is Wednesday, September 5th. There will be a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience. Anyone is welcome to participate in this wonderful corporal work of mercy and there is an ever increasing need for it. Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions at 863-2267 or email@example.com. God bless all the folks whose commitment keeps this program running!
A UNIQUE PILGRIMAGE: We would like to have you join our pilgrimage to the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica. We will have the opportunity to share in the Prayer, Life, and Ministry of these wonderful Brothers as they bring the compassionate mercy of Christ to the physically, emotionally, and economically poor of Jamaica. The dates are January 9 – 27. You have the option of going for one week, either the 1st or 2nd, or for both weeks. If you are interested or would like more information, please reply by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fr. Roach at 413-624-5508. Since there is limited space in the Visitor’s Monastery, please respond by August 30th. Thank you!
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!
Adoration at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish!
Starting on August the 2nd, every Thursday and Friday at 4:30 PM will have the Blessed Sacrament Exposed.
What happiness do we not feel in the presence of God, when we find ourselves alone at his feet, before the Blessed Sacrament! … ‘Come, my soul, redouble your ardor! You are here alone to adore your God! His look rests on you alone!’ Ah! if we only had the angels’ eyes! Seeing our Lord Jesus Christ here, on that altar, and looking at us, how we should love him! We should want to stay always at his feet; it would be a foretaste of heaven; everything else would become insipid to us. – Cf. St. John Vianney
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Vincent Jurgielewicz 8/26/1971
Grace T. Wondoloski 8/26/1989
Stanisław Plona 8/28/1952
Mary Konwelski 8/28/1957
Lawrence A. Krejmas, Jr. 8/28/1990
Francis J. Pervere 8/28/2005
Ludwik Daras 8/29/1966
Helen E. Zak 8/29/1992
Jean Waryas 8/30/1934
Valentine Rudnicki 8/30/1943
Joseph Kyczior 8/30/1954
Apolonia Koscinski 8/30/1987
Anna M. Kurkulonis 8/30/2008
Joseph Sobolewski 8/31/1949
John J. Szymanski 8/31/1984
Anna S. Juskiewicz 8/31/1987
Alice J. Maslanka 8/31/2015
John Cislo 9/1/1926
Mary Marszalek 9/1/1970
Mary A. Margola 9/1/1997
Walter C. Kuzontkoski 9/1/2007
Magdalena Jurgielewicz 9/2/1924
Philip J. Kostecki 9/2/2008
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
PLEASE CHECK YOUR FLOWERS and potted plants at the cemetery and please remove any dried up flowers to keep our cemetery neat and attractive.
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THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:
Sunday, August 26: 8:00 + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Garmalo Family
Sunday, August 26: 10:30 + Edward Milewski – int. Wife
Monday, August 27: + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Garmalo Family
Tuesday, August 28: – Paul & Josephine Milewski – int. Family
Wednesday, August 29: + Alfred & Frances Archibald – int. Daughter
Thursday, August 30: + Joseph Koldis – int. James & Jean Koldis
Friday, August 31: + James Archibald – int. Sister
Saturday, September 1: 4:00 + Mary Margola – int. James & Jean Koldis
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!
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WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES
now and we need to order books. Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes (Pre-K through Confirmation) with the form below and drop it into the collection box next weekend. All students must be registered before attending the first class. The year for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion is grade 2. Preparation for the Sacraments includes the student’s attendance in both grades 1 & 2. The year for the Sacrament of Confirmation is grade 11. Preparation for the Sacrament includes the student’s faithful attendance in grades 9-11.
+ CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE +
CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM
Name of student _____________________________________ age _________________
Date of Birth __________________________________________
Please circle YES or NO if the following Sacraments have been received:
Baptism………………. YES NO First Confession……. YES NO
First Communion…. YES NO Confirmation………… YES NO
Street___________________________________ Town________________ Zip_______
Telephone_______________________________ Grade in September ______________
CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet on Wednesday, September 5th in the rectory following 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.
CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!
First Holy Communion Class (Grade 2) meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Please note: The preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion is a very important step in the spiritual life of a child. It is urgent that parents make every positive effort to see to it that their children attend every class AND that they be on time for every class. It is also important that the parents accompany their children to Mass every Sunday and review their weekly lessons.
THE SERVANTS OF GOD… whether provoked by word or work, by keeping themselves tranquil and peaceful, evince a perfect nobleness of soul. – St. Thomas Aquinas.
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. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 1:00. An Open Rehearsal for All Interested New Members will be on Sunday, September 2nd after the 10:30 Mass.
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.
PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deaenr. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Fr. Aksamit Fr. Reardon Deacon Leary Fr. Roach
Thursday Friday Saturday
Pope Francis Deacon Bucci Fr. Lunney
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.