+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 30, 2018 +

Sunday, September 30 [Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Isaac Filipi – int. Mazzer Family
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Jim & Cyndi Newcombe – int. Henry Gaida
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. 19th Sunday after Pentecost)
Monday, October 1 [St. Therese of the Child Jesus]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Dennis Vu – int. Henry Gaida
Tuesday, October 2 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/Holy Guardian Angels]:
5:30 pm + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
Wednesday, October 3 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
Thursday, October 4 [St. Francis of Assisi]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Wid Perry – int. Henry Gaida
First Friday, October 5 [St. Faustina Kowalska/Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
First Saturday, October 6 [St. Bruno/Bl. Marie Rose Durocher]:
The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass
8:00 am + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
4:00 pm + Lawrence & Helen Pelletier – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, October 7 [Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
10:30 am + Living & Deceased Members of the Holy Rosary Society

* 2:00 pm – Rosary Coast to Coast Rally and Procession *
THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Charles &
Blanche Gibowicz at the request of Robert & Tessie Gibowicz. Wieczny
odpoczynek racz im dać, Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj im świeci na wieki
wieków. Amen. Niech odpoczywa w pokoju. Amen.

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ROSARY COAST TO COAST: Please join us for The National Day of Prayer for Our Nation — a “Mini Pilgrimage” – as we beg Mary for her protection and guidance for our Country and the Church in these difficult times!  This event will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners Falls as we participate in the “Rosary Coast to Coast Rally” which will take place on Sunday, October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.  This event is in union with parishes across the country participating in this National Day of Prayer for our Nation. Our program will include:  a reflection on “Mary: Our Shelter in the Storm” and a Eucharistic Procession of public witness and penance down Avenue A to the banks of the Connecticut River for the recitation of the Rosary and Benediction at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Joy Pelc at rjpelc@comcast.net.  For more information on the countrywide Rosary Coast to Coast, please visit rosarycoasttocoast.com.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 7th. Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft. Circles 1 & 2 will host.

LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, October 7th in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st is the Feast of the Little Flower – St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the young Carmelite nun who urged all to follow the “Little Way” of perfection to Jesus by dedicating all actions, all time, all thoughts, all words – by dedicating and directing everything, no matter how insignificant, to Jesus Christ. St. Thérèse promised that she would “spend her heaven doing good on earth.” She is an unfailing Patroness to those in need. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. Her relic will be venerated after the Mass.

 

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TUESDAY, October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels who are assigned to each of us as our special protectors, counselors, and patrons. The simple prayer below illustrates the intimate relationship of our Guardian Angel to us:
Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 3rd at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his family and wealth to follow a life of poverty and love. He founded the Friars Minor, the Poor Clares and the Third Order. He was a poet and a mystic. He lived with the Stigmata of Christ and is known as the Patron of Italy. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. The Blessings of Pets will take place outside the church at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

jhsholyname-colorlithographjpgFRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th IS THE FIRST FRIDAY of the month in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany to the Sacred Heart. Confessions will take place before the Mass starting at 5:00 p.m.

See the source imageFRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th is the Feast of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist priest, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000. Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Blessed Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands. Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not stop him. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th is also the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. Throughout her life, she reported a number of visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary, later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th is the Feast of St. Bruno. St. Bruno was a monk who sought “to seek God assiduously, to find God promptly and to possess God fully.” He founded the Carthusians whose motto is “while the world changes, the Cross stands firm.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. (Say a prayer for the soul of Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi who helped out so often in our parish!)

See the source imageOCTOBER 6th IS ALSO the Feast of Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher. Born in St. Antoine, Quebec, she began the first Canadian parish sodality for young women and also founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for Christian education. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
See the source imageSATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto, and Benediction. Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October 6th before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass. Thank you!

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Kathi Hoszkiewicz for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory). Classes begin September 17th. Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Joseph Milano.

COFFEE HOUR – For those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes – and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00). Please come by for a cup of coffee, some home-made baked goods, and friendly company. Please use the side door of the Rectory.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.

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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ATTENTION ALL OUR CHRISTMAS ELVES! It is not too early to plan your crafts and gifts for our annual St. Nicholas Bazaar which will be held on Saturday, December 2nd this year. Plan now!

ST. JOSEPH PARISH IN SHELBURNE FALLS will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 11 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street. The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, Stained glass works, home-made candies and bake goods, Attic Treasures, themed gift baskets for sale, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney and Tea Cup Auction. A big raffle featuring a $150 Cash Prize, a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub and a $75 gift certificate to the Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar (both located in Shelburne Falls) will round out the offerings. A delicious choice of lunch items will be available of Saturday. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call (413) 625-6405.

THE MASS BOOK FOR 2019 is now ready for those who like to book their church or mission Masses in advance. To have a Mass said for a loved one is a beautiful prayer for their souls. At Our Lady of Czestochowa, you have an opportunity to have a Mass said at the church or sent to the missions. Both Mass types are published in the bulletin every week. You may send in requests for Masses by mail or by dropping your requests in the collection basket. You may also call in a Mass to the rectory—if no one is in the office you may leave a message. When requesting a Mass, please record the type of Mass you want (church or mission), if you want a specific date or time, write out the name/names clearly, indicate who the Mass is from, and finally the money. We try to honor the dates and times as much as possible—if you have alternative dates or times, please indicate them also. The basic stipend is $10 for a church Mass and $5 for a mission Mass. Please note that with many different people counting the collection monies, sometimes a Mass request gets into the wrong account because it is not clear where the money or request belongs, so, if you drop your Mass request or Mass payment in the collection basket, please make sure it is in an envelope, and the envelope states that it is for Masses. It is not recommended to use an extra church envelope or a Renovation Fund Card for this because it will cause confusion and you might not get your request! Thank you for these considerations.

Footsteps of Thérèse: Brother Marcel Van
Vietnamese Redemptorist followed the ‘Little Way’
and endured much suffering in his short life
Jim Graves

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Catholicism was first introduced to Vietnam by European missionaries in 1533. Despite periods of intense persecution, a significant portion of the population took to the Catholic faith. Today, 7 percent of the country is Catholic, with another 500,000 Vietnamese Catholics relocating to the United States after the Vietnam War.
The Church in Vietnam has produced many heroic figures, most notably martyr St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions, who were canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 1988. Another Vietnamese Catholic gaining in notoriety is Servant of God Brother Marcel Van (1928-59), a mystic who adopted St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s “Little Way” to achieve great holiness in his short life.
Jack Keogan, an Englishman who has translated Van’s writings into English and who shares Van’s story through the website MarcelVanAssociation.com, said after first reading about Van, “I have never encountered a story of such tender love, courage, steadfastness and humor, expressed in often lyrical terms.”
Catholic author Suzie Andres, who writes a “Miss Marcel’s Musings” blog about Van, noted that Van was “human and small as we are, just as forgetful, just as unlikely a saint as each of us. And yet he had such natural communications with Jesus, Mary and Thérèse — his own favorite saint — that he inspires us to try and do the same.”
Early hardships
Van was born in the Catholic village of Ngam Giao in northern Vietnam. He had a devout Catholic mother and was attracted to the Faith and devoted to the Blessed Mother from a young age. He wanted to be a priest and share his faith with nonbelievers.
He experienced many hardships growing up, both at home and in school. His older brother, Liet, for example, was blind, which prompted his father to begin drinking heavily and start gambling. Flooding destroyed the family’s rice farm, leaving them impoverished. His deep spirituality led some at his Catholic school to envy him, leading to physical abuse. Keogan, in fact, related the story told to him by a parish deacon in Coventry, England, who, while reading Van’s autobiography, “was so moved by the cruelty of his teachers that he had to put the book down and go upstairs to reassure himself that his sleeping little boy was sleeping soundly.”
Van entered the minor seminary with the French Dominicans in 1942. The Dominicans introduced Van to “The Story of a Soul” by St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-97). He enjoyed a unique spiritual relationship with St. Thérèse for the rest of his life, becoming her “little brother.” Keogan noted that Van had a “dogged determination” to become a priest, yet “it was left to St. Thérèse to break the news to him that it was God’s will for him that he would not become a priest, but that his vocation was to be the ‘heart of priests.’”
In 1944, at age 16, Van became a brother in a Redemptorist monastery in Hanoi. He wore the habit and took the name Brother Marcel, and served as both tailor and sacristan for the community. It was during this time that he claimed to have mystical conversations with Jesus, and recorded his revelations under the guidance of the novice master, Father Antonio Boucher.
Andres said, “Marcel’s conversations with Jesus were what mesmerized me. I am not a huge follower of private revelations, but there was something about Jesus’ voice that captured my heart and made it quite clear that this was authentic.”
She continued, “Marcel is constantly joking with Jesus, teasing and being teased by him, forgetting what [Jesus] says, not understanding what he is writing down, and answering Jesus’ deepest theological revelations with complaints about his little pains and troubles. And to this, Jesus responds with a combination of laughter, love, tenderness and compassion.”
Van also had conversations with the Blessed Mother and St. Thérèse, from whom he developed his “little way of spirituality.”
Van moved to different communities within the country and made his final profession in 1952. In 1954, the Communists took over North Vietnam, and many Catholics fled to the south. Van received permission to move to the north, however, as he sought to love God in a place where there was little love for him. He was arrested and sent to prison in 1955, and died four years later. He was 31.
Abundance of writings
Despite his young age at death, Van left an abundance of writings behind, much of it written under obedience to his superiors. These include his autobiography, correspondence and miscellaneous writings. While the material originally was written in French, Keogan began translating the writings into English more than a decade ago. He noted, “As soon as I began translating I could not believe the treasure I was unearthing as the words unfolded under my eyes. I wanted to tell anyone who would listen, and probably many who were not so keen on listening, of the story of love, courage, humor and harrowing cruelty which was evolving.”
Andres describes Van’s “conversations” as being like “getting a doctorate in prayer.” She continued, “This is not too surprising since his teacher in how to relate to God was St. Thérèse, and she is actually a Doctor of the Church. Marcel learned her lessons well, and he wants to teach them to us, too.”
Keogan added, “Not only do the conversations take our breath away by their endearing affection, but they are constantly interrupted by Jesus’ insistence that these messages of the love of God are meant for all of us.” – http://www.osv.com
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

Sunday, September 30: 10:30 + Edward Pleasant – int. Edith Bourbeau
Wednesday, October 3: + Leon Piecuch – int. Niece, Carol
Thursday, October 4: – Health & Blessings for Henry Gaida – int. An Appreciative
Parishioner
Saturday, October 6: 4:00 + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Irene and 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!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Daniel Dowd, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by David E. Dowd. Bóg zapłać!

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Sponsored by: SS Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish: Saturday, November 10th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Parish Center, Main Street, Three Rivers, MA. Free Parking and Free Admission! One of the area’s longest running Craft Fairs. Come and see what makes us special! We have beautiful craft items by talented local artists. Refreshments. Join us for Lunch!

177 Project — Evening of Adoration This fall, the 177 Project is partnering with 22 different artists to bring an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and music to every single diocese in the US!  On October 6th, they’ll be at St. Michael Parish in Brattleboro, VT and they want you to join them. Tickets to the evening are completely free and can be found at www.itickets.com/events/402201.

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!

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

The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and know how beautiful He is to those who love Him, they place all their confidence and find all their repose in Him alone. ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori

Annual Scholarship Fashion Show – The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Castle of the Knights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee. Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage. Tickets are $33 and include a choice of three lunch entrees. Deadline for tickets is October 19, 2018. For information and tickets, please call Kathy at 413-243-2228.

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ST. BERNADETTE LEARNED TO SAY the rosary at an early age. It was no accident that she had it in her pocket when the Blessed Mother first appeared to her. It was a part of her life. Sometimes when I reflect on how religion plays little or no part in the lives of our young people, I say to myself, “Why is it so hard for parents to teach their children simple prayers, like the Sign of the Cross? Or a prayer like “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to Keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my should to take.”
When I was a parish priest, in visiting my parishioners I was sometimes saddened to see that there was not even a crucifix on the wall of the home I was visiting. Someone once observed. “If you were accused of being a Christian and living in a country where being a Christian was against the law, would there be enough evidence in your home to bring you to court?” -Rev. Roland Lacasse, s.m.

VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
Turning Towards the Lord:
Mass Ad Orientem

The following Sermon was delivered on the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa, on August 26th, 2015, by Fr. Charles DiMascola, then-Pastor of our Parish.

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When I was in Poland at the monastery of Our Lady of Czestochowa, I noticed that the priests all said Mass facing the tabernacle and the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. I remember, at first thinking, “how old fashioned,” and then as the Mass continued I remember thinking, “how holy.” I was able to focus on Jesus and the Mass, and not on the priest and his personality. I found that I liked it.
When the Mass is celebrated this way it is called “ad orientem, ad Dominum” which means “toward the East, toward the Lord.” The priest offers Mass facing the same direction as the people, because he and the people together are offering worship and sacrifice to God. He is not turning his back on the people to exclude them. Rather, as a Christian community, are all facing ad orientem, ad Dominum (i.e. toward the East and toward the Lord) waiting in joyful expectation for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will someday return to judge the living and the dead.
Of course, I thought that Vatican II had mandated that Mass should be celebrated facing the people. To my surprise, I as I studied the matter I found that that was not the case. In fact as I carefully read the rubrics, or the rules, for celebrating Mass, I noticed that there are several places where it says that the priest will now turn to the people. Why would it say that if the priest was already facing the people? The simple answer is that the priest may say Mass facing the people or facing East with the people.
Then I found out that Pope Benedict and even Pope Francis on a number of occasions celebrate Mass “ad orientem!” I also found out that a number of bishops have regularly scheduled Mass celebrated this way. Well, that was an eye opener.
I found that the symbolism of the Mass celebrated this way is very beautiful. Someone described it as a general leading his soldiers in battle. Or better, the Priest is, as a shepherd, leading his people to God. Because the priest is offering the Mass in Christ’s name and in His Person, in persona Christi, to God the Father he then leads his people in adoration and worship. He is, with the people, facing East, the rising sun, which is symbolic of the ‘New Jerusalem’ and he is leading his flock as the Good Shepherd does. When he needs to address the congregation he turns to face the people and says, for example, “The Lord be with you” or “Pray, brethren”.
I have celebrated Mass “ad orientem” a number of times and I have found that it helps me to be much more focused and prayerful. I am not distracted by people coming in late or moving about in the pews. I have also attended Mass where the priest offers Mass “ad orentem” and I noticed that I was able to be more prayerful and reflective because I wasn’t so focused on the person and personality of the priest.
Celebrating Mass “ad orientem” has a lot of benefits and is one of the many options we have available in the Church. A lot of parishioners have asked that we do this from time to time, so for today, at least, for the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa, we will be celebrating the Mass “ad orientem.”
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 tot eh 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 jackroach1@verizon.net 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!

HOLY TRINITY ROSARY SOCIETY Fall Tag, Rummage, and Bake Sale will take place on Friday, October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 6th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Father Casey Hall at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield, Mass. Luncheon available each day from 10:30-1:00. Bag Sale at 12:00 Noon, Saturday. Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Rosary Society.

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

Anna Zukowski 9/30/1945
Tekla Bocon 9/30/1968
Helen F. Parker 9/30/2012 Joseph Simanski, Sr. 10/1/1991
Eugene J. Klepacki 10/2/2002
Joseph Dlugosz 10/3/1945
Johnny M. Botch 10/3/2016
Henrietta Zalynski 10/4/1969
Lorraine Donnelly 10/4/2004
Helen A. Czernich 10/4/2006
Stella F. Pelis 10/4/2009
Stephen John Krejmas 10/4/1944
Sukcha Reynolds 10/5/1998
Henry Bocon 10/5/2005
Stanley A. Garanin 10/6/1998
Helen M. Kruczek 10/6/2009
Anna Zywna 10/7/1966
Stanley J. Wojtasiewicz 10/7/1978
Catherine A. Byk 10/7/1982
Anna Noga 10/7/1991
Elizabeth M. Pagano 10/7/2006
S. Henry Milonas 10/7/2012

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

DID YOU KNOW??? In October 1978, the Bishop of Kraków, Poland, Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyla, became Pope John Paul II, the 264th head of the Roman Catholic Church on October 16, 1978 at 5:15 p.m. A mountain climbing man of letters, playwright, philosopher, intellectual, and poet, Pope John Paul II is affirmed by many as one of the chief architects of the Second Vatican Council and its document Gaudium es Spes, or Joy and Hope. He was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.
See the source image OCTOBER 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which was established by St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the saving of Europe from the invading Turks. This feast recalls the Rosary, an ancient Christian devotion with meditations upon the Mysteries of Christ presented to Mary as a garland of roses.

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. 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. Roach        Fr. Lunney      Fr. Campoli     Deacon Nolan

                      Thursday                    Friday                     Saturday
Clergy who are sick      Bishop Rozanski         Fr. DiMascola

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

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 23, 2018 +

Sunday, September 23 [Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Monday, September 24 [Bl. Colomba Gabriel]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Geraldine Ahearn – int. Fritz Family
Tuesday, September 25 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/
Bl. Wadyslaw of Gielniow]:
5:30 pm + Jennifer Steiner – int. Mom, Dad, & Family
Wednesday, September 26 [St. Jude Novena/Ss. Cosmas & Damian]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Ryan & Kelsey Murphy – int. Henry Gaida
Thursday, September 27 [St. Vincent de Paul]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Justin Roux – int. Mazzer Family
Friday, September 28 [St. Wenceslaus/St. Lawrence Ruiz & Comps./St. John of Dukla]:
5:30 pm + Carol Lapoint – int. Jaiden & Kendryl Lapoint
Saturday, September 29 [Ss. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Benjamin Rose-Fish – int. Mazzer Family
4:00 pm + Cecilia Gloski – int. Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, September 30 [26th Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Isaac Filipi – int. Mazzer Family
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Jim & Cyndi Newcombe – int. Henry Gaida

4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. 19th Sunday after Pentecost)

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami

THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Alfred & Genevieve Jasnocki at the request of Robert & Tessie Gibowicz. Wieczny odpoczynek racz im dać, Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj im świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech odpoczywa w pokoju. Amen.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass. Thank you!

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ROSARY SOCIETY BAKE SALE: The Rosary Society will sponsor a bake sale on Saturday, September 29th at the 4:00 Mass.

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ROSARY COAST TO COAST: Please join us for The National Day of Prayer for Our Nation — a “Mini Pilgrimage” – as we beg Mary for her protection and guidance for our Country and the Church in these difficult times!  This event will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners Falls as we participate in the “Rosary Coast to Coast Rally” which will take place on Sunday, October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.  This event is in union with parishes across the country participating in this National Day of Prayer for our Nation. Our program will include:  a reflection on “Mary: Our Shelter in the Storm” and a Eucharistic Procession of public witness and penance down Avenue A to the banks of the Connecticut River for the recitation of the Rosary and Benediction at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Joy Pelc at rjpelc@comcast.net.  For more information on the countrywide Rosary Coast to Coast, please visit rosarycoasttocoast.com.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th is the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, two physicians who were martyred for their Faith in the year 300 in Syria. They were known as the “Silverless” because of their free care for the sick. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft. The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus. All gentlemen are invited to attend.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was an instrument of renewed devotions and discipline among the clergy. He was also a defender of the poor and the abandoned especially children. He was the founder of two religious congregations and is known as the patron of the Works of Charity. He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th is the Feast of two martyred saints, St. Wenceslaus and St. Lawrence Ruiz. St. Wenceslaus is the patron of Czechoslovakia who sought to bring the Catholic Faith to his people and was murdered by his pagan brother. St. Lawrence Ruiz and 15 of his companions were martyred as Missionaries in Nagasaki, Japan. He is the first canonized Filipino and will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 

SEPTEMBER 28th IS THE FEAST of Saint John of Dukla who entered the Franciscans at a very early age. His humility and kindness towards everyone caused him to be greatly admired.
In 1453, St. John Capistran came to Poland and established Franciscan monasteries of an even stricter observance. Blessed John joined this group of Friars and became a model of obedience in the faithful observance of all the rules of the Order. It grieved him deeply to see even the smallest violation of the laws of the Order. He practiced heroic penances and kept vigils in prayer through many hours of the night as a true and strong athlete of Christ.
He was greatly devoted to the Mother of God and encouraged prayers to her. He worked hard at directing souls and he had a special gift settling arguments and reconciling people. Blessed John worked among the Orthodox to bring them back to unity with the Church.
In his old age he went blind but did not ease his activities until his holy death in 1484. His tomb in the Franciscan Church in Lwów has been glorified by many miracles. At the request of several Polish kings and of the Polish people Pope Clement XII named Blessed John of Dukla among the principal patrons of the Polish and Lithuanian people.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th is the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These biblical messengers signify God’s transcendence and loving care: Michael (meaning “Who is like God?”), Gabriel (“God’s Strength”) and Raphael (“God’s Remedy”); Michael: patron of security forces and of the sick; Gabriel: of telecommunications and the postal service; Raphael: of travelers and the blind.

ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, we celebrate the 88th Anniversary of the dedication of our church building which was built in 1929. It is also the 108th Anniversary of the founding of our parish in 1909. Please try to come to church this day and pray for our parish that the work once started may continue and prosper; that our children may grow strong in faith, love, and in a spirit of forgiveness, generosity and loyalty and through our efforts we too may grow in faith and someday rejoice forever in heaven.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Kathryn Putala for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory). Classes begin September 17th. Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Joseph Milano.

COFFEE HOUR – For those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes – and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00). Please come by for a cup of coffee, some home-made baked goods, and friendly company. Please use the side door of the Rectory.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 29th before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.

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)

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will have a meeting and pot-luck luncheon on Sunday, October 7, 2018, after the 10:30 Mass. Circles 1 and 2 will host.

177 Project — Evening of Adoration

This fall, the 177 Project is partnering with 22 different artists to bring an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and music to every single diocese in the US!  On October 6th, they’ll be at St. Michael Parish in Brattleboro, VT and they want you to join them. Tickets to the evening are completely free and can be found at www.itickets.com/events/402201. 

ST. JOSEPH PARISH IN SHELBURNE FALLS will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 11 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street. The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, Stained glass works, home-made candies and bake goods, Attic Treasures, themed gift baskets for sale, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney and Tea Cup Auction. A big raffle featuring a $150 Cash Prize, a $75 gift certificate to West End Pub and a $75 gift certificate to the Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar (both located in Shelburne Falls) will round out the offerings. A delicious choice of lunch items will be available of Saturday. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call (413) 625-6405.

THE MASS BOOK FOR 2019 is now ready, for those who like to book their church or mission masses in advance. To have a mass said for a loved one is a beautiful prayer for their souls. At Our Lady of Czestochowa, you have an opportunity to have a mass said at the church or sent to the missions. Both mass types are published in the bulletin every week. You may send in requests for masses by mail or by dropping your requests in the collection basket. You may also call in a mass but often times there might not be anyone at the Rectory to answer the phone. When requesting a mass please record the type of mass you want, Church or Mission, if you want a specific date/time, write out the name/names clearly, indicate who the mass is from, and finally the money. I try to honor the dates and times as much as possible. If you have alternative dates/times, please indicate. The minimum charge is $10 for a Church mass and $5 for a Mission mass. With many different people counting the collection monies, sometimes a mass request gets into the wrong account because it is not clear to them where the money or request belongs. So, if you drop your Mass request, or Mass payment in the collection basket, PLEASE make sure it is in an envelope, and the envelope states that it is for Masses. I would not recommend using an extra church envelope or a Renovation Fund Card for this matter because it will cause confusion and you might not get your request. Thank you for these considerations.

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See the source imageANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Sponsored by: SS Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish: Saturday, November 10th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Parish Center, Main Street, Three Rivers, MA. Free Parking and Free Admission! One of the area’s longest running Craft Fairs. Come and see what makes us special! We have beautiful craft items by talented local artists. Refreshments. Join us for Lunch!

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St. Wenceslaus of Bohemia
Feast Day – September 28th – (Died A.D. 929)

Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, lived in the turbulent age when the Slavic nations of eastern Europe were first becoming aware of the Gospel. His grandfather Borivoy and his grandmother Ludmila had both been converted by St. Methodius, the apostle of the Czechs. The converted duke and duchess then built, north of Prague, the first Christian church in Bohemia. Unfortunately, Borivoy, like several other converted medieval monarchs, tried to force Christianity upon his people. Not only did his effort fail, it engendered a hatred for Christianity among many of his pagan subjects.
Borivoy’s successor on the ducal throne was his son Ratislav. Ratislav was firmly Christian, but his wife Drahomira was an opportunist. They had two sons, Wenceslaus (Vaclav) and Boleslav. Wenceslaus was carefully raised in the faith by is gentle and popular grandmother Ludmila. She engaged a priest to tutor him in Slavonic and Latin. She and the priest both taught him Christian doctrine, Christian virtue, and the practice of charitable works.
Wenceslaus was still young when his father Ratislav died in a battle against the Magyars. His mother Drahomira then assumed the office of regent, and began to set a course of rule detrimental to Christianity. Ludmila, seeing the decline of faith and good order, urged her grandson to take over the government himself. To prevent this coup, two men of the pagan party who thought Vaclav too pious, strangled Ludmila in 921. Her daughter-in-law Drahomira, does not seem to have been party to this political murder. The Czechs in general hailed Ludmila as a martyr, and today she is venerated as a saint.
Wenceslaus followed Ludmila’s counsel, young though he was. He declared at once that he would support the law of God and God’s Church. He would strive to rule with justice and mercy, but punish murder severely. He and his mother were reconciled, and thereafter Drahomira give him loyal support.
Duke Vaclav proved a successful ruler both at home and abroad. But there was still a group of malcontents who thought he relied too much on the guidance of the clergy. Wenceslaus married and his duchess bore him a son. That meant that his brother Boleslav, hitherto his heir apparent, would no longer succeed him in the dukedom. Jealousy prompted the younger brother to join the party opposed to Wenceslaus. Trouble was brewing.
In September 929, Boleslav invited the Duke to his town to celebrate the feast of SS. Cosmas and Damian. On the evening of the holiday, somebody warned Wenceslaus that his life was in danger. The Duke ignored the warning. Next day, when he was bound for morning Mass in the chapel, he encountered his brother and stopped to thank him for his overnight hospitality. Boleslav, in a changed mood, replied, “Yesterday I did my best to serve you fittingly, but this must be my service today.”
Thereupon, he struck the Duke in the face. Then some of his associates ran up and stabbed Vaclav. Mortally wounded, the ruler fell by the chapel door. His last words were, “Brother, may God forgive you!”
The Bohemians, in general, were greatly shocked. They at once hailed their dead ruler as a martyr, and miracles began to be reported among those who prayed at his tomb. Taking fright, Boleslav had the dead monarch’s body enshrined in the church of St. Vitus, Prague. Wenceslaus eventually became the patron saint of the Bohemian people.
We are all familiar with the English Christmas carol, “Good King Wenceslaus.” St. Wenceslaus of Bohemia is the “king” referred to. Not that our saint was as widely invoked in Britain as he was in Bohemia. But when the English hymn writer J.M. Neale wrote the lyrics of the carol a century ago, he chose to relate one of the ruler’s typical acts of charity to the Christmastide “feast of Stephen” (St. Stephen, deacon and martyr, December 26). In a truly Christmas spirit, the carol urges us all to imitate this caring monarch: “Therefore, Christian men, be sure; Wealth or rank possessing; Ye who now will bless the poor; Shall yourselves find blessing.”
–Father Robert F. McNamara

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 tot eh 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 jackroach1@verizon.net 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!

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
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, September 16: 8:00 + Sally Toomey – int. Nancy Faller

PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!

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

Stanley Kestyn 9/23/1983
Stephen F. Pogoda 9/23/2011
John Janek 9/24/1939
Andrew H. Kazanowski 9/24/1978
Alexander J. Mileski 9/24/1979
Nellie Rastallis 9/24/1997
Michael W. Schab 9/25/1974
George A. Dejnak 9/25/1984
Stanislaus Golec 9/26/1938
Caleb M. James 9/26/2005
Rosalie Kalinowski 9/27/1959
Matthew Podlenski 9/27/1972
Andrew M. Ptak 9/27/1999
Adele A. Elgosin 9/27/2014
Anthony Sojka 9/28/1964
Chester W. Malinowski 9/28/1999
Jennifer Steiner 9/28/1999
Carol A. Lapointe 9/28/2009
Walcutz Niedbala 9/29/1949
Anna Zukowski 9/30/1945
Tekla Bocon 9/30/1968
Helen F. Parker 9/30/2012

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. 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. Reardon                Fr. Bermudez                Deacon Leary

         Wednesday                  Thursday                Friday                       Saturday
Our Deacon Candidates     Fr. Aksamit          Deacon Bucci              Pope Francis
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 +
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 [Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time]

8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustina Scherman – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Jason Ball – int. Keith & Linda Ball, and Bill & Danielle Crevison
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Exposition all day.
3:00 pm – Solemn Closing with Benediction and Eucharistic Procession
ALL SOCIETIES ARE ASKED TO GATHER IN THE UNDERCROFT BY 2:30 FOR THE PROCESSION.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 [St. Robert Bellarine]:
8:00 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Gary & Nancy Dion
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. The John Kopinto Family
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 [St. Jude Novena/St. Januarius]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Mark Husey – int. Henry R. Gaida
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 [Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang & Companions]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Joseph Anthony Cote – int. Pelc Family
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 [St. Matthew]:
5:30 pm + Patricia O’Brien – int. Bruce Pollard
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 :8:00 am + Fr. Bruno & All Living & Deceased members of the St. Joseph Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order

2:00 pm – Wedding – Julianne Wysocki & Christopher Broadwater
4:00 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Gary & Nancy Dion
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 [Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
BANNS III: Julianne Wysocki and Christopher Broadwater

THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Joseph Zak at
the request of Francis J. Zak. Wieczny odpoczynek racz mu dać, Panie, a
światłość wiekuista niechaj mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech odpoczywą
w pokoju. Amen.

                                Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

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THE CLOSING CEREMONIES for the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will take
place on Sunday, September 16 th at 3:00 p.m. with the chanting of the Litany of the
Saints, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE may be gained each day of the Forty Hours – Devotion by
making a good confession and receiving Holy Communion and saying before the Blessed
Sacrament solemnly exposed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be five times
each and one additional Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intention of the Holy
Father.
A Partial Indulgence may be gained on each visit to the Blessed Sacrament exposed
by those who recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be five times and one Our
Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intention of the Holy Father.
ALL SOCIETIES, SODALITIES, ALTAR-BOYS & LITTLE FLOWERS are
reminded to gather for the Forty Hours Devotion Procession on Sunday, September 28 th
no later than 2:15 p.m. in the church undercroft with their banners and society emblems.
The Little Flowers are reminded to have their baskets of flower petals and all Altar-Boys
are asked to participate.
ALL CATECHISM CHILDREN are requested to be present at the Solemn Closing of
our Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions on Sunday, September 28 th at 3:00 p.m.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each
Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass.
Thank you!
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Shirley Webb for a week of prayer
and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and
love. 
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 th is the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, the brilliant
scholar, preacher and apologist of the counter-Reformation. He will be remembered in
the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 th is the Feast of the early Christian Bishop and
martyr St. Januarius, most famous today for the recurring miracle of the liquefaction of
his blood on this day each year. He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week,
Wednesday, September 19 th , at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft. All members are asked to
attend.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th is the Feast of St. Andrew Kim Taegŏn and St. Paul
Chŏng Hasang and their companions. At the 5:30 p.m. Mass we will honor these two
saints and 103 clergy, laymen, young and old, who were martyred between the years
1839 and 1867.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st is the Feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist who wrote the
Gospel in Aramaic to show Jesus as the new Moses. Tradition holds he preached in
Judea and later in Ethiopia where he was martyred. He will be remembered in the Mass
at 5:30 p.m.
THE THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, September 22 nd
following the 8:00 a.m. Mass. What is a Carmelite? Some of the most famous saints of
the Church were Carmelites. They include St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St.
Thérèse of Lisieux and Sister Lucia of Fatima, one of the three shepherds to whom Our
Lady of Fatima appeared. The name "Carmelite" derives from Mount Carmel. The full
name of the order is "The Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel." The order was founded
in Palestine about 1154 and claims continuity with the hermits who lived on Mount
Carmel in the Holy Land, from ancient times even as far back as to the prophet Elijah of
the Old Testament. All interested are welcome to attend.
AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of
the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from
9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from
the rectory). Classes begin September 17 th . Books will be available for purchase and
coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more
information contact Joseph Milano.
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COFFEE HOUR – For those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes –
and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour
at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00). Please come by for a cup of
coffee, some home-made baked goods, and friendly company. Please use the side door
of the Rectory.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the
rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will
enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 22 nd before the 8:00
a.m. Mass. All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion
and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.
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)
THE MASS BOOK FOR 2019 is now ready, for those who like to book their church or
mission masses in advance. To have a mass said for a loved one is a beautiful prayer for
their souls. At Our Lady of Czestochowa, you have an opportunity to have a mass said at
the church or sent to the missions. Both mass types are published in the bulletin every
week. You may send in requests for masses by mail or by dropping your requests in the
collection basket. You may also call in a mass but often times there might not be anyone
at the Rectory to answer the phone. When requesting a mass please record the type of
mass you want, Church or Mission, if you want a specific date/time, write out the
name/names clearly, indicate who the mass is from, and finally the money. I try to honor
the dates and times as much as possible. If you have alternative dates/times, please
indicate. The minimum donation is $10 for a Church mass and $5 for a Mission mass.
With many different people counting the collection monies, sometimes a mass request
gets into the wrong account because it is not clear to them where the money or request
belongs. So, if you drop your Mass request, or Mass payment in the collection basket,
PLEASE make sure it is in an envelope, and the envelope states that it is for Masses. I
would not recommend using an extra church envelope or a Renovation Fund Card for this matter because it will cause confusion and you might not get your request. Thank you for these considerations.

Does John 3:16 Teach Eternal Security Through Faith Alone?
By Steve Ray

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I quickly responded, “I                              
would like it very much.”                                
What a silly question to ask
an eight year old. Of course
I would like fifty cents.
Fifty cents was a lot of
money when I was a little
boy. My mother continued,
“Here is a Bible verse I
want you to memorize, and
when you can recite it
perfectly, I will give you the
money.” And that is how I
first learned and memorized
some of the most well-known passages of
the Bible. I memorized all of Psalm 23,
“The Lord is My Shepherd . . . “ I learned
Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto
my feet, and a light unto my path,” which
was a constant reminder of the Bible’s place
of preeminence in my life, the sole rule of
faith and practice.
Of course the most important verse
to be memorized by any Evangelical
Protestant child is John 3:16. It is a verse
that encapsules the Gospel of Christ in one
elegant and pregnant sentence, a sentence
that reaches to the heart of God and explains
the essence of history and salvation in
twenty-five short words. The key action
words stand out with stark clarity: loved,
gave, believe, perish, and have. We can
possess (have) something because of God’s act of love, and a response
by man. The loving act of
God in history, opened an
otherwise locked and bolted
door, providing man with
an escape from damnation
and an offer of eternal life.
No one comes to the
Bible, or any other
information for that matter,
with complete objectivity,
without a tradition and
mindset by which the
information is filtered.
Before finding the Catholic
Church, my wife and I, like
our Evangelical friends, held to the
fundamentalist traditions of belief in Christ
and justification by faith alone. Recently I
was approached by a Fundamentalist who
said that “Abraham believed God and was
made righteous (Gen. 15:6), and since the
word believed is in the past tense, it meant
that Abraham was saved in the instant He
believed God. Abraham supposedly was
saved and had eternal security from that
point in time based upon his one-point-in-
time mental assent. The Fundamentalist
friend then moved to John 3:16 and tied
Abraham’s belief to our belief in Christ.
There is an interesting twist with this
verse that seemed to elude my
Fundamentalist friend. I asked him if he had
ever looked carefully at the tense of the
action words in John 3:16. He hadn’t, and

because his tradition tells him that one-time-
belief is the basis of salvation, he
automatically understood John to mean that
by a momentary mental assent to Christ, one
could be assured of eternal security and a
guaranteed place in heaven. I dissected the
verse to give him the information he lacked,
and which I had lacked all my life before
Catholic Church.
First a note about the action words.
In Greek, the language of the New
Testament there are many tenses for verbs.
We will discuss two: aorist and present. The
Aorist tense describes one point in time. It is
as simple as that. Present is the current,
ongoing present action. It is also as simple
as that. Aorist is represented by a point ( . ).
Present is represented by a continuous line (
—– ). Now, with this simple understanding,
lets look at John 3:16:
John 3:16 “For God so loved (aorist, a past
point in time) the world, that he gave (aorist,
a past point in time) his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth (present, current,
progressive action) in him should not perish
(aorist, a past point in time), but have
(present, current, progressive action)
everlasting life.” (KJV).
Interesting, uh? The present tense
“that whosoever is believing in Him” puts a
different light on the verse. One would
expect the word believe to be aorist, to show
it’s a “once-and-for-all” act, a “one-point-in-
time” event. I used to say, “I believed in
Christ on such and such a date so I know I
am saved.” But now I say, I did believe in
Christ, I am believing in Christ and I am
being saved.” One could ask why Jesus
switched to the present tense in a verse full
of aorists. The present tense implies

continually believing, a process of believing,
and not the past mental assent I once
thought.
Notice that “have everlasting life” is
also in the present tense. It does not say you
will have eternal life in the past or future, but
that you will currently be having eternal life.
One Greek Grammar explains the present
tense this way, says, “The present tense is
basically linear or durative, ongoing in its
kind of action. The durative notion may be
expressed graphically by an unbroken line (
), since the action is simply continuous. This
is known as the progressive present.
Refinements of this general rule will be
encountered; however, the fundamental
distinction will not be negated. He who is
currently, habitually and continuously
believing . . . will be currently and presently
having eternal life. One needs to be careful
with the interpretation of the Bible, for what
what believes and understands has eternal
consequences.
Does the word believe mean a mere
mental assent. The biblical term believe
can’t be reduced to just a mental acceptance.
The word believe in biblical times carried
with it the concept of obedience and
reliance. Kittel says “pisteuo means ‘to trust’
(also ‘to obey’) . . .” Vines says, “. . .
reliance upon, not mere credence . . .” This is
confirmed further by John the Baptist’s
statement in John 3:36 “He that believeth on
the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not (apeitheo) the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
(KJV) The work apeitheo is understood by
all good translators and commentators to
mean obedience. The opposite (antonym) of
believe is disobey. The verse in the RSV

says “He who believes (“is believing”,
present tense) in the Son. . . he who disobeys
(“is disobeying” present tense) the Son . . . “
The NASB translates the verse like
this: “He who believes in the Son has eternal
life; but he who does not obey the Son shall
not see life, but the wrath of God abides on
him”. Kittel, a Protestant reference work,
clearly defines apeitheo to mean “to be
disobedient.” The word belief has the
element of obedience wrapped in its arms
and the opposite of biblical belief is
disobedience. One cannot consider
themselves to be biblical if they teach
salvation by mental assent (which amounts
to cheap grace) without the subsequent and
corollary present and ongoing obedience.
My Fundamentalist friend has never
responded to the explanation of these verses.
I hope someday he will see past the high
walls of his Fundamentalist traditions and
see the great beauty of the Church and her
past. The wall is very difficult to peer over,
but many of us have done it. Many of us
have not merely peered over the great
barrier, we have actually climbed and
struggled, finally scaling the barrier and
finding the glory of the Catholic Church.
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Endnotes:
1. Aorist Tense: The aorist tense is characterized by its emphasis on punctiliar action; that is, the
concept of the verb is considered without regard for past, present, or future time. There is no direct or
clear English equivalent for this tense, though it is generally rendered as a simple past tense in most
translations. The events described by the aorist tense are classified into a number of categories by
grammarians. The most common of these include a view of the action as having begun from a certain
point (“inceptive aorist”), or having ended at a certain point (“cumulative aorist”), or merely existing
at a certain point (“punctiliar aorist”). The categorization of other cases can be found in Greek
reference grammars. The English reader need not concern himself with most of these finer points
concerning the aorist tense, since in most cases they cannot be rendered accurately in English
translation, being fine points of Greek exegesis only. The common practice of rendering an aorist by a
simple English past tense suffices in most cases.

2. Present Tense: According to Dana and Mantey in their A Manual Grammar of the Greek New
Testament “The fundamental significance of the present tense is the idea of progress. It is the linear
tense . . . the progressive force of the present tense should always be considered as primary, especially
with reference to the potential moods, which in the nature of the case do not need any “present
punctiliar” tense . . .” Narrowing it down further they say, “There are three varieties of the present
tense in which its fundamental idea of progress is especially patent. Under The Progressive Present
“This use is manifestly nearest the root idea of the tense. It signifies action in progress , or state of
persistence . . .” In short the present tense expresses ongoing action in the present time.
3. New Testament Greek (James Hewitt, B.A., B.D., M.A., Ph.D.; Hedrickson Publishers; 1986, page
13)
4. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament by Gerhard Kittel, a renowned Protestant theological
dictionary of ten volumes. Eerdmans, 1968
5. An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words by W. E. Vines (TN: Thomas Nelson
Publishers, 1984)
DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for
your generous donations towards my mission trip to Ireland, and for your continued
prayers. I also wanted to let you know that I have arrived safely in Ireland! I know so
many of you are praying for me. I can feel those prayers and I know that the Holy Spirit
is with me. I have met many people from all over the world and had the privilege of
staying with a priest who warmly welcomed me to Ireland and to my group and me
sightseeing! It was a truly amazing experience. I will be on retreat in Galway, Ireland,
for the last two weeks in August as my team and I prepare for our mission, then the
training will begin. Please feel free to “follow” me on my mission, NET Ireland as a
Facebook page and Instagram. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for me
over the years and to help me fundraise for this mission trip. Please keep me in your
prayers. I really do feel you praying for me. I will be praying for all of you and for our
parish. God Bless you! – Ben Rose-Fish
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.
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 1 st or 2 nd , or for both weeks. If you are interested or would like more
information, please reply by e-mail to jackroach1@verizon.net 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 27 th , 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 1 st —Don’t wait ‘til the
last minute!
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
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SAVE THE DATE:
ROSARY COAST TO COAST
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 2018
at OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

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GROW IN YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH while receiving a premier college education.
Northeast Catholic College, in Warner, New Hampshire, is committed to making it
possible for all eligible students to finance their education. The college goes to great
lengths to make our education affordable to families who feel it is out of reach. We have
a rolling admissions policy and still have scholarship money available. Contact us
through our website http://www.northeastcatholic.edu or by phone 603-456-2656.
THANK YOU so much to all of you who took part in making this year’s Parish Odpust
Picnic the great success that it was! These events require a great deal of prayerful
planning, labor, and sacrifice just to become a reality, let alone to be the wonderful time
it turned out to be! May Our Lady of Częstochowa continue to intercede for us all and
guide us as our Mother and Queen!

TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH COUMMUNITY that keep
the Community Meals Program running so beautifully with your time, talent and
treasure: THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!!! We’ve wrapped up
another successful year feeding nearly 90 people a hearty and delicious dinner on
September 5th. We'll be back at it in 2019. Stay tuned. God Bless You!
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ROSARY SOCIETY BAKE SALE: The Rosary Society will sponsor a bake sale on
Saturday, September 29 th at the 4:00 Mass.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will have a meeting and pot-luck luncheon on
Sunday, October 7, 2018, after the 10:30 Mass. Circles 1 and 2 will host.
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Claire M. Zak a donation has been
made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Francis J. Zak. Bóg zapłać!
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Lauren Tela and Joanne Klepadlo
Murphy donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by James & Jean
Koldis.
CATECHISM CLASSES BEGIN September 16 th . Parents please remember that it is
your responsibility to fulfill the vows you took when you had your children baptized by
being sure that your children attend Catechism Classes faithfully and that they truly learn
and practice their faith. ALL CLASSES MEET ON SUNDAY AT 9:00 A.M. PLEASE BE
ON TIME! CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:00 A.M. PLEASE NOTE THE
PLACES FOR EACH CLASS LISTED BELOW:
Grade Pre-K (*9:15-10:00)…… Rectory
Grade K………………………………… St. Anne's Room (new section – second room)
Grade 1………………………………….. St. Kateri Room (new section- third room)
Grade 2 (First Communion)……… St. Nicholas Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center
Grade 3…………………………………… St. Joseph's Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center
Grade 4…………………………………… St. Anthony Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.
Grade 5…………………………………. Infant of Prague Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.
Grade 6………………………………….. Sacred Heart Room (by piano)
Grade 7………………………………….. Ven. Pope Pius XII Room – (new section – room 4)
Grade 8………………………………… Ste. AnneX (93 K Street – grey house)
Grade 9 ……………………………….. Our Lady of Grace Room (by kitchen)
Grade 10………………………… St. Peter’s Room – (new section – room 1)
Adults……………………………………… Ste. AnneX (93 K Street – grey house)

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 16 th 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.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Sponsored by: SS Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality
of Divine Mercy Parish: Saturday, November 10 th , 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Parish
Center, Main Street, Three Rivers, MA. Free Parking and Free Admission! One of the
area’s longest running Craft Fairs. Come and see what makes us special! We have
beautiful craft items by talented local artists. Refreshments. Join us for Lunch!
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, SEPTEMBER 16: 8:00 + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: 10:30 Health & Blessings for Justin Roux – int. Milites Templi
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: + Annette Sopollec – int. James & Jean Koldis
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: – David Bereit on his entry to the Roman Catholic Church
– int. Nancy Faller

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: – James & Teresa Heller on their 50 th Wedding
Anniversary – int. Nancy Faller

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: – Thomas & Barbara Lozen on their 50 th Wedding Anniversary
– int. Nancy Faller

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: 8:00 + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: 4:00 + Jessie Pietraszek – int. Nancy Faller
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered,
but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps
the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir, 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 and children of the parish, aged 7 and over.
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. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following
the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 1:00.
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.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Jadwiga Puchala 9/17/1952
Anthony C. Kallins
9/17/1965
Walter Naperkowski
9/17/1982
John Noga 9/18/1946
Joseph Rustallis 9/18/1949
Thomas Hoynoski 9/18/1965
Joseph J. Sadoski 9/18/1992
Joanne Wojoln 9/19/1944
Helen N. Moschen
9/19/1998
Frances Paglecki 9/20/1935
Ralph Fronckus 9/20/1974
Frank C. Haygood
9/20/1977
Joseph F. Naida 9/20/2011

John Putala 9/21/1925
Ernest Croteau 9/21/1981
Jessie R. Dudek 9/21/1992
Eugenius Gumula 9/22/1957
Stanley Kestyn 9/23/1983
Stephen F. Pogoda
9/23/2011

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

177 PROJECT — EVENING OF ADORATION This fall, the 177 Project is
partnering with 22 different artists to bring an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and
music to every single diocese in the US! On October 6 th , they’ll be at St. Michael Parish
in Brattleboro, VT and they want you to join them. Tickets to the evening are completely
free and can be found at http://www.itickets.com/events/402201.
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT For Married and Single (ages 18-39) Date: September
22 nd & 23 rd Place: Dumaine Retreat Center in Jacksonville, Vermont Spiritual
Director: Fr. Jon Schnobrich, Cost: $65 Begins at 9:30AM, ends at 2PM on Sunday –
all meals provided. Bring sleeping bag, hiking shoes, toiletries and journal. For More
Info: wgavin@vermont.catholic.org or call 802-658-6110 x 1130.
DID YOU KNOW??? Pizza, or zapiekanka, in Poland does not contain tomato sauce. It
is a popular street food served on a baguette with melted cheese, mushrooms, and
ketchup.
PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or
deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. 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           Deacon Rabbitt                  Deacon Culliton 

     Wednesday                  Thursday                        Friday                     Saturday

    Deacon  Ratté           Fr. John O’Connor       Deacon DeCarlo              Fr. Roux

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

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 9, 2018 +

Sunday, September 9 [Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Diane & Ken Maltese
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Monday, September 10 :
8:00 am + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Irene & Family
Tuesday, September 11 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. the John Kopinto Family
Wednesday, September 12 [St. Jude Novena/Most Holy Name of Mary]:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Cynthia & Jack Lyman
Thursday, September 13 [St. John Chrystostom]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Jonathan Ryan – int. Henry R. Gaida
Friday, September 14 [Exaltation of the Holy Cross]: Opening of Forty Hours Devotions
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at this Mass. The church will be open all day.
* 8:00 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Cynthia & Jack Lyman
6:00 pm – Solemn Vespers
Saturday, September 15 [Our Lady of Sorrows]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Jeffrey Morse – int. Henry R. Gaida
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – The church will be open all day.
4:00 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Geraldine Ahearn
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, September 16 [Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Sr. Agnes Loretta Pelc – int. Holy Rosary Society
10:30 am – Grace & Blessings for Sr. Celeste Marie & the Poor Sisters of St. Clare – int. Pelcs
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Exposition all day.
3:00 pm – Solemn Closing with Benediction and Eucharistic Procession

All Societies are asked to gather in the undercroft by 2:30 for the procession.
BANNS II: Julianne Wysocki and Christopher Broadwater

THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Jeffrey &
Jennifer Steiner at the request of Aunt Joyce. Wieczny odpoczynek racz im dać,
Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj im świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech
odpoczywą w pokoju. Amen.

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Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will begin on Friday, September 14th with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The church will then remain open all day for private prayer and worship. Confessions will be heard at 5:00 p.m. followed by Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 6:00 p.m.
The Forty Hours of Devotions will continue on Saturday morning (September 15th) with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the church will again remain open all day for private prayer and worship. Confessions will be heard at 3:00 p.m. followed by Benediction at 4:00 p.m. and followed by our usual Saturday Mass.
On Sunday (September 16th) the most Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The church will again remain open for private prayer and worship until 3:00 p.m. at which time the solemn closing will take place with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The public is cordially invited to take part in all of these services.
Please note that Pope John Paul II had requested that these Eucharistic Devotions be encouraged all over the world. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with Jesus! Come and share your joys and sorrows and your everyday concerns with Jesus!

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ALL SOCIETIES, SODALITIES, ALTAR-BOYS & LITTLE FLOWERS are reminded to gather for the Forty Hours Devotion Procession on Sunday, September 28th no later than 2:15 p.m. in the church undercroft with their banners and society emblems. The Little Flowers are reminded to have their baskets of flower petals and all Altar-Boys are asked to participate.
ALL CATECHISM CHILDREN are requested to be present at the Solemn Closing of

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions on Sunday, September 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

THE CLOSING CEREMONIES for the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will take place on Sunday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m. with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE may be gained each day of the Forty Hours’ Devotion by making a good confession and receiving Holy Communion and saying before the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Gloria five times each and one additional Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.
A Partial Indulgence may be gained on each visit to the Blessed Sacrament exposed by those who recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Gloria five times and one Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria for the intention of the Holy Father.

AS WE APPROACH our annual celebration of Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions (September 26, 27, & 28) it is good to meditate on the great love of God in giving us Himself in Holy Communion, in living among us in the Tabernacle of every Roman Catholic Church, of being with us spiritually AND physically in the Most Holy Eucharist! The more we ponder the great love of God the more we marvel at the utter humility of Our Savior! He humbled Himself to be a prisoner of love in our Tabernacles so that He could dwell with us in our hearts! How good God is!
During the Forty Hours Devotions, on our altars with its gleaming gold leaf, golden candlesticks, gorgeous flowers, and jeweled monstrance.. the simplest “Thing” there is, the thin white Host! But how else could He remain among us, and be united to us, except by some such miracle as THIS! He lived, died, and rose again, but He wanted to remain with each of us in a most intimate and loving way. So vased in the slender monstrance is the Fairest Flower of All… Jesus Christ Our Loving Lord and God!
If from the carpenter shop of Nazareth there had been preserved but one thing that Jesus made, how we would treasure that relic! But we rejoice that we have not in our Roman Catholic churches a mere relic, but the Reality! We have Jesus Christ Himself! Not only Spiritually, but Physically! Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe, Whom the Heavens could not contain, in His love for us comes down on our altars at the Holy Mass, to dwell in the Tabernacles of our Roman Catholic Church and be with us in our hearts at Holy Communion. How much must He love us!
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass. Thank you!

 
See the source imageWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God the Father is glorified by the exalted role in salvation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thus, her name is a name of honor, a holy name, a maternal name, and a name responsive to the needs of the Church.
The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary was given in gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the victory of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski for his conquest of the Turks in the battle for Europe in Vienna. The Moslems were marching through Europe and if they had conquered Vienna all of Europe today would have been under their heel. King Sobieski wrote the Pope, paraphrasing Caesar said, “I came, I saw, God conquered.” On returning to Poland he gave his sword in gratitude to the Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Częstochowa. That scene is pictured on the arch over the altar in our church.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, September 12th. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of impossible cases.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft. All are reminded that all parishioners are welcome to attend and vote on all issues.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th is the Feast of St. John Chrysostom, one of the four great Doctors of the Eastern Church. He defended the poor, sought to reform the clergy to disciplined orthodoxy and was persecuted for his Faith. He is called the Patron of Preachers and will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrating the double anniversary of the discovery of the Lord’s Cross by St. Helena in 320 and the dedication of the Basilica on the site of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary in 335.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows focusing on the prophesied sword of sorrow that would pierce the heart of Mary, and in particular Mary standing by the Cross of her Son. In this day and age with the thousands of reported icons and statues of Mary miraculously shedding human tears we seem to be in an age of Our Lady of Sorrows. Tears of Mary today as in her lifetime are for the sins of humanity which so wound her Son. Our Lady of Sorrows will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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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.

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)

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Mary LaCroix for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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.

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 tot eh 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 jackroach1@verizon.net 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!

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SAVE THE DATE:
ROSARY COAST TO COAST
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7th,
at OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

 

GROW IN YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH while receiving a premier college education. Northeast Catholic College, in Warner, New Hampshire, is committed to making it possible for all eligible students to finance their education. The college goes to great lengths to make our education affordable to families who feel it is out of reach. We have a rolling admissions policy and still have scholarship money available. Contact us through our website http://www.northeastcatholic.edu or by phone 603-456-2656.

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir, 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 and children of the parish, aged 7 and over. 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. 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.

ALWAYS RECEIVE with equal contentment from God’s hand either consolations or sufferings, peace or distress, health or illness. Ask nothing, refuse nothing, but always be ready to do and to suffer anything that comes from His Providence.” ~ St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart.

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Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, Seven Promises,
and Fatima’s Connection
Joseph Pronechen

We easily recognize the Blessed Virgin Mary under some of her most popular titles — the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Fatima, the Immaculate Heart, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Heaven. But we sometime miss another of her major titles — Our Lady of Sorrows.
Yet on Oct. 13, 1917, during her last apparition and the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, she appeared not only as Our Lady of the Rosary and as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but also as Our Lady of Sorrows.
In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. St. Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world, Mary told the three children during her Sept. 13 apparition, preparing them for her next visit.
Her feast of Our Lady of Sorrows falls on Sept. 15. Wisely, it links to the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross the day celebrated before, on Sept. 14. The connection is most obvious.
Devotion Begins – The solid connection between both feasts really begins at the Crucifixion. The Church has celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross from 326, when on Sept. 14 St. Helen discovered Christ’s True Cross on Calvary. The feast became prominent in the west in the 7th century after Heraclius rescued the True Cross from pagans who took it from Jerusalem in 627.
Also in the 4th century Ephrem the Syrian and St. Ambrose celebrated and venerated Mary’s sorrows and compassion. In 1239 the sorrows of Mary standing under the cross became the main devotion of the new order, the Servants of Mary or Servites. In his major book The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Ligouri explains how in that year Our Lady appeared to seven of her servants “with a black garment in her hand, and told them that if they wished to please her, they should often meditate upon her dolors (sorrows).” These seven became the founder of Servants of Mary, the Servites. The Holy See granted them a feast of the Seven Dolors. Centuries later, in 1814, the Holy See placed the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on the Roman calendar.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary

1, The prophecy of Simeon
2. The Flight into Egypt
3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in the Temple
4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary
5. Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross
7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb

Promises of Our Lady
Our Blessed Mother revealed these seven promises to St. Bridget of Sweden in the 14thcentury. Our Lady said she would bestow seven graces to the those souls honoring her daily by saying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on her tears and sorrows:

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
2. “They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries.”
3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death—they will see the face of their mother.”
7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

Promises of Jesus
In The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus also lists the four promises Jesus made for those devoted to his Mother’s sorrows. Alphonsus recounts the revelation made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary “that after the assumption of the Blessed Virgin into heaven, St. John the Evangelist desired to see her again. The favor was granted him; his dear Mother appeared to him, and with her Jesus Christ also appeared; the Saint then heard Mary ask her Son to grant some special grace to all those who are devoted to her dolors. Jesus promised her four principal ones:

First, that those who before death invoke the Divine Mother in the name of her sorrows should obtain true repentance of all their sins.
Second, that He would protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death.
Third, that He would impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in heaven.
Fourth, that He would commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, with the power to dispose of them in whatever manner she might please, and to obtain for them all the graces she might desire.”

Fatima Connection
In her book ‘Calls’ From the Message of Fatima, Sister Lucia brings out this same connection that “Mary, made one with Christ, is the co-redemptrix of the human race.”
Lucia explains how at Calvary “she suffered and agonized with him, receiving into her Immaculate Heart the last sufferings of Christ, his last words, his last agony and the last drops of his Blood, in order to offer them to the Father.”
Lucia adds as her own interpretation of this vision of Our Lady of Sorrows, God wishes “to show us the value of suffering, sacrifice and immolation for the sake of love. In the world of today hardly anyone wants to hear these truths, such is the extent to which people are living in search of pleasure, of empty worldly happiness, and exaggerated comfort. But the more one flees from suffering, the more we find ourselves immersed in a sea of afflictions, disappointments and suffering.”
How to console our Blessed Mother? Again, Fatima answers.
During the July 13 apparition, Our Lady told the children, Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There’s any small sacrifice.
Do the Five First Saturday devotions. On December 10, 1925 Our Lady and Jesus appeared in the convent in Pontevedra, Spain to Lucia who described the visit
Jesus said: Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.
Then the Blessed Virgin Mary said to Lucia: Look, my daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.
Again, comforting her sorrows also means putting into practice what she said in each apparition, including on Oct. 13: I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day.
…..It’s time we comfort Our Lady of Sorrows.

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

Katherine Bugai 9/9/1986
Helen C. Nicewicz 9/9/1994
Theodore Marziarz 9/9/2006
Mary V. Oleksiewicz 9/10/1973
Julia S. Mesic 9/10/1984
Edward F. Traceski 9/10/2002
Anna Schab 9/11/1950
Timothy P. Richotte 9/11/1994
Henry Krol 9/11/2001
Casimier Klepacki 9/12/1925
Mary Skrzypek 9/12/1958
Henry Iwanowicz 9/12/1972
Walter E. Cygan 9/12/1977
Feliks Podlinski 9/13/1924
Franciszek Kurtyka 9/13/1960
Stanislawa Kurkulonis 9/15/1947
Joseph Prohowicz 9/15/1967
Genevieve Wojtasiewicz 9/15/1990

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: A pilgrimage to the holy village of Medjugorje will leave on November 4th and return on November 12th, 2018. We will stay with the visionary Mirjana near Apparition Hill. Our Spiritual Directors will be Fr. Timothy Campoli and Deacon John Leary from Greenfield, Massachusetts. Many spiritual activities will take place, including daily Mass. A day trip to Dubrovnik, an ancient walled-city on the beautiful Adriatic Sea, is included. The cost is $2,399 which includes airfare, tour guide, hotel, and two meals a day. A bus to and from Logan Airport will be arranged if there is interest. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at: http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy or helensheamurphy@verizon.net or 413-773-8890.

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.

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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
(Please print)
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 ______________
e-mail________________________________________ _____
Parents’ Name_______________________________________

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 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, September 9: 8:00 + Carol Chmura – int. Cioci Jadzia
Sunday, September 9: 10:30 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
Monday, September 10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary
Tuesday, September 11: + William “Sandy” MacKinnon – int. The Shaughnesseys
Wednesday, September 12: + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Irene & Family
Thursday, September 13: – Health & Blessings for Gina, Nick, & Benedict Vaughan
– int. The Shaughnesseys
Friday, September 14: + Henry G. Boucher, Jr. – int. Parish
Saturday, September 15: 8:00 + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Garmalo Family
Saturday, September 15: 4:00 + Lauren Tela – int. 8th Grade CCD Teacher

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!

SEPTEMBER 16th MARKS THE INVASION of Poland by the Soviet Union in 1939. Stalin, joining with Hitler, wanted his share of Poland. The Communists too worked at exterminating the Polish race by massacring large numbers of innocent people. Fifteen thousand Polish officers, physicians, professors, judges, lawyers, priests and students were put to death by the Soviets at Katyn. Millions of others were put to death in other camps or died on their way to Siberia. The Russians selected virtually the entire flower of a generation and murdered them in secrecy and in cold blood.

KEEP YOUR SOUL AT PEACE, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movements of the Holy Spirit.” ~ St. Peter Julian Eymard

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. 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. Campoli                    Fr. O’Mannion              Bishop McDonnell              Deacon Patten

                            Thursday                           Friday                                 Saturday
                       Msgr. Yargeau                  Deacon Bete                            Fr. Lisowski

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

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 2, 2018 +

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)
Monday, September 3 [St. Gregory the Great]:
8:00 am + Florence Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families
Tuesday, September 4 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Helen Becker
Wednesday, September 5 [St. Jude Novena/St. Teresa of Calcutta]:
5:30 pm + Joseph Kosewicz – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
Thursday, September 6:
5:30 pm + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Diane & Ken Maltese
First Friday, September 7 [Bl. Melchior Gradziecki & Comps.]:
Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass
5:30 pm – Alan & Cathy Becklo, in Thanksgiving on their Wedding Anniversary
– int. Genevieve Schmidt
Saturday, September 8 [Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
8:00 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm + David W. Phillips – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, September 9 [Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Diane & Ken Maltese
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Wanda & Frank
Ptak at the request of Cheryl & Joyce. Wieczny odpoczynek racz im dać, Panie,
a światłość wiekuista niechaj im świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech
odpoczywą w pokoju. Amen.

Feast of the Birth of Mary

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The Feast of the Birth of Mary the Mother of God, will be celebrated on Saturday, September 8th. Twenty-seven years ago (1991) an Altar Boy suggested that we should have a spiritual party to celebrate the Feast of the Birthday of Mary. The Feast of the Birth of Mary celebrates the child Mary, the chosen one of Adam’s race, destined to become the Mother of Jesus Christ Who became her child to redeem and save the world. This Feast of the Church unites in spirit with the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Law and with all who during long centuries of expectation watched and prayed for the coming of the Messiah. The Birth of Mary, the Immaculate one, marks the advent of this work of redemption by Jesus Christ. And so the celebration is more than just a shallow birthday party, but a acknowledgment of the fact of Mary’s unique role in the history of salvation and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, “.. for behold from henceforth all generations shall called me blessed.” (Luke 1:48) The program of celebration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Litany of Loreto. Various volunteers will lead the Rosary all through the day until 4:00 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, they may bring them in at any time.
Our Blessed Mother’s Birthday
Below is the schedule for the volunteers who will lead the continuous chain of Rosaries as our Parish gift to Our Blessed Mother on September 8th, the Feast of her Birthday. Please come and take part any time you can to honor Our Lady! The Rosary is the gift Mary has asked for!

Mystery Time Volunteer/Leader
Joyful 7:30 Holy Rosary Society – Cathy Eichorn
8:00 Mass – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Luminous 9:00 Third Order Carmelites
Sorrowful 9:30 Knights of Columbus – Mark Garmalo
Glorious 10:00 Gentlemen of St. Joseph – Bob Pietraszek
Joyful 10:30 St. Kazimierz & St. Stanislaus Societies – Donald Parda
Luminous 11:00 Joy & Rick Pelc
Sorrowful 11:30 Jacques Family
Glorious 12:00 Al & Cathy Becklo
Joyful 12:30 Monica Scherman
Luminous 1:00 Becky Baab
Sorrowful 1:30 St. Gregory Choir
Glorious 2:00 Joanne & David Dowdy
Joyful 2:30 Larry & Carol Roux
Luminous 3:00 Altar Boys
Sorrowful 3:30 Girls’ Club
Glorious 4:00 Benediction followed by Mass
Please note that Our Lady’s “Birthday Party” will begin with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 8:00 a.m. Mass and end with Benediction and Mass at 5:30 p.m. Give your Heavenly Mother the gift she will truly love … the Mass and the Holy Rosary!

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Confessions are heard daily one half hour before each Mass. Try to arrive early for confession to allow Father enough time to prepare for Mass. Thank you!

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd is the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great who is noted for his Liturgical reform in the Church and in Church music. He sent missionaries to England and wrote on many moral and theological subjects. He is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. He called himself “The Servant of the Servants of God”, a title which all of the Popes have continued to use to this day. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd is Labor Day. Special prayers will be offered at the 8:00 a.m. Mass to thank God for the gift of labor and to petition our Heavenly Father for dignified work for those who have none.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th is the Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta. She was the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity and worked tirelessly for the poor in Calcutta and eventually throughout the world establishing orphanages, AIDS hospices, hospitals, and homes for the aged and the dying. Her charity and life of prayer made her an outstanding witness to Christ and human dignity in our day and age. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

THE ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed as usual on Wednesday, September 5th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This is a continuing Novena and may be begun at any time. All are encouraged and welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of the hopeless and cases in despair.

SEPTEMBER 7th IS THE FEAST of Saint Melchior Grodziecki who was born in Cieszyn in 1588. He was an outstanding scholar and his studies led him to a greater faith commitment. He joined the Jesuits and traveled widely over Eastern Europe preaching the true Faith. He was noted as an outstanding speaker and attracted great crowds because of his holiness and wisdom. He suffered martyrdom and torture for his Faith at the hands of the armies of George Rakoczy.

 

 

 

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.

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)
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Carol Krol for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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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.

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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.

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 tot eh 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 jackroach1@verizon.net 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!

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 acbecklo@comcast.net. God bless all the folks whose commitment keeps this program running!

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!

 

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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.

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at OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

 

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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
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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.

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CATECHISM CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

(Please print)
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 ______________
e-mail________________________________________ _____
Parents’ Name_______________________________________

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!

Claude, Death Row, and the Miraculous Medal
Ray Sullivan

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There are many miracles that have taken place in the lives of people who are exposed to Mary’s Miraculous Medal.  Stories of conversion, salvation, healings, etc., are very common to those who wear and promote this blessed sacramental.  One of the greatest of these stories is the story of Claude Newman, a black man from Arkansas who was born in 1923.  Let’s take a quick look at the life, and death, of this amazing child of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

His Story
When Claude was eleven, his grandmother married an abusive man named Sid Cook.  They eventually split up, but his cruelty towards Claude’s grandmother was more than young Claude could take.  One day in 1942, he waited in ambush for Mr. Cook, shot him, stole his money, and then tried to hide out at his mother’s house. He was eventually captured. He confessed to the murder, and was sentenced to die in the Mississippi electric chair in 1944, being all of 21 years old.
He shared a death row cell with four other prisoners, and one night, when they were talking, he noticed one of the other men wearing something around his neck. Claude asked him what it was, and the other man, in a fit of rage, took it off of his neck and threw it on the ground.  Claude picked it up, looked at it, and felt an attraction towards it. He had no idea that it was Mary’s Miraculous Medal.  He put it around his own neck, and then went to sleep.

Mary Appears
While in a deep sleep, Claude was soon awaken by a beautiful, glowing lady, who told Claude,
“If you want me to be your mother, and you to be my son, call for a Catholic priest.”
Claude was obviously startled, but soon calmed down. As soon as the lady vanished, Claude yelled out, “A ghost, a ghost!” Then he told the guard that he had to see a priest as soon as possible. The next day, Father Robert O’Leary came to his cell. He began instructing Claude in the Catholic faith, as well as the other four prisoners in his cell.

Claude’s Instructions
Claude was totally illiterate, not being able to read or write anything. He had no previous religious instruction either.  He knew that God existed, but had no clue about the reality of Jesus Christ.  Father O’Leary taught him, and soon the other four prisoners were helping Claude with his studies as well. The nuns from Father’s school were impressed by his story, and they also came by to see him.  They visited the women prisoners there as well, and soon Claude’s experience with Mary was converting people all through the prison.
One day Father O’Leary was going to teach the prisoners about the sacrament of Confession, and Claude told him that that is when we think we are kneeling down before a priest to confess our sins, but we are really kneeling before Jesus! It is his precious blood that flows over us to heal us of our sinfulness! He said that confession is like a telephone, because we talk to God through it, and he talks back to us.

Mary’s Message to Father O’Leary
Father and the nuns sat there in stunned silence, and he finally asked Claude if Mary had been to see him again to tell him this. “Oh yes,” said Claude.  He then told the priest to come with him alone so that he could talk to him privately.  He told the priest that Mary said that she is still waiting for Father to make good on a vow he made to her while lying in a ditch in Holland in 1940. He told the priest exactly what the vow was. Needless to say, Father O’Leary then believed all that Claude said, and eventually made good on his vow, which was to build a church in honor of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. Father eventually built the church in 1947, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The Eucharist
One day, Father was going to teach the prisoners about the Eucharist. Claude asked him if he could first relate what Mary told him about it. When granted permission, Claude said the following:
“The Lady told me that in Communion, I will only see what looks like a piece of bread. But she told me that it is really and truly Her Son, and that He will be with me just as He was with her before He was born in Bethlehem. She told me that I should spend my time like she did during her lifetime with Him– in loving Him, adoring Him, thanking Him, praising Him and asking Him for blessings. I shouldn’t be distracted or bothered by anybody else or anything else, but I should spend those few minutes in my thoughts alone with Him.”

Claude’s Mission
Claude was received into the Catholic Church on January 16, 1944, in St. Mary’s Parish in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This happened only four days before he was to be executed on January 20.  He was not sad about being executed, and even requested a party to be held as a final request. The warden reluctantly granted permission, and all of the prisoners were released to a common area to have cake and ice cream in Claude’s honor.  Father O’Leary and a rich parishioner supplied all of the goodies.  Following the party, they did the Stations of the Cross, had a Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament, and prayed for Claude’s soul. Fifteen minutes before his execution, a guard came running in and announced that the Governor had given Claude a two-week stay of execution.
Now here is where this amazing story really gets interesting.  Claude was sad at this news, because he wanted to be free of prison and to be with the Blessed Virgin Mary. He didn’t know what he had done wrong to be punished like this. Father told Claude that maybe God wanted him to offer up his suffering for the conversion of James Hughes, a former Catholic, now a filthy apostate prisoner, who hated Claude.  He agreed, and secretly offered up his suffering and his prayers for Hughes’ conversion during the two week delay.
Claude was finally executed on February 4, 1944.  He joyfully went to his death, stunning the sheriff, the guards, and the reporters who witnessed him smiling as he was being strapped in the chair. His last words were to Father O’Leary:
“Father, I will remember you. And whenever you have a request, ask me, and I will ask her.”

James Hughes’ Conversion
And what of James Hughes, the white prisoner who hated Claude? He was to be executed on May 19, 1944. Father O’Leary said of him:
“This man was the filthiest, most immoral person I had ever come across. His hatred for God and for everything spiritual defied description.” 
James was going to his death totally unrepentant, a hater of God, man, and goodness.  When the doctor went in to see him before the execution, he pleaded with him to kneel down and to say the “Our Father.” James spit in his face.  When being strapped in, the sheriff told him that if he had any last words, to say them now. James agreed, and started to blaspheme God.
But then, Hughes started to stare at a corner of the room in amazement. The amazement soon turned to horror, and he screamed loud enough to wake the dead.  He then asked the sheriff to get him a Catholic priest as soon as possible. Father O’Leary had been hiding in the room, behind the reporters, because he didn’t want his presence to anger Hughes and cause him to blaspheme God any more than he already was. Father O’Leary then stepped forward, and James asked him to hear his confession. The room was cleared, and he confessed all of his sins with a deep remorse. He told Father that he had been raised a Catholic, but his immoral lifestyle caused him to leave, and to eventually hate, the Catholic Church.
When the sheriff returned, he asked Hughes what changed his mind. He told the sheriff:
“Remember that black man Claude – the one whom I hated so much? Well he’s standing over in that corner. And behind him with one hand on each shoulder is the Blessed Virgin Mary. And Claude said to me, ‘I offered my death in union with Christ on the Cross for your salvation. She has obtained for
you this gift of seeing your place in Hell if you do not repent.’ I have been shown my place in Hell, and that’s why I screamed.”

Lessons Learned – So the lessons learned here are that confession and Holy Communion are real spiritual sacraments, not symbolic rituals, and that they change us to conform to God’s will; offering up our suffering and prayers for those who hate us are part of God’s will; Mary loves the humble, simple, and downtrodden person; the divine mercy of Christ extends to us even until the hour of our death; and wearing the Miraculous Medal will change our lives completely, because doing so invokes Mother Mary to lead us to conversion and to Heaven.
“Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: A pilgrimage to the holy village of Medjugorje will leave on November 4th and return on November 12th, 2018. We will stay with the visionary Mirjana near Apparition Hill. Our Spiritual Directors will be Fr. Timothy Campoli and Deacon John Leary from Greenfield, Massachusetts. Many spiritual activities will take place, including daily Mass. A day trip to Dubrovnik, an ancient walled-city on the beautiful Adriatic Sea, is included. The cost is $2,399 which includes airfare, tour guide, hotel, and two meals a day. A bus to and from Logan Airport will be arranged if there is interest. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at: http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy or helensheamurphy@verizon.net or 413-773-8890.

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.

GROW IN YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH while receiving a premier college education. Northeast Catholic College, in Warner, New Hampshire, is committed to making it possible for all eligible students to finance their education. The college goes to great lengths to make our education affordable to families who feel it is out of reach. We have a rolling admissions policy and still have scholarship money available. Contact us through our website http://www.northeastcatholic.edu or by phone 603-456-2656.

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

Magdalena Jurgielewicz 9/2/1924
Philip J. Kostecki 9/2/2008
Alexander Aptacy 9/3/1924
Josephine Samorajski 9/3/1968
John S. Woznakewicz 9/3/1975
Florence C. Sojka 9/3/2007
Stella A. Konsevich 9/3/2009
Casimier Maciekowski 9/4/1927
John Bocon 9/4/1957
Peter Olchowski 9/5/1942
Joseph Kosewicz 9/5/1983
Blanche Sopatka 9/5/1983
Bronislawa Piskor 9/6/1972
Jan A. Garanin 9/6/1996
Blanche E. Loveland 9/6/2001
Jadwiga Mirecki 9/7/1977
Carrie K. Krysiak 9/7/1978
Herman J. Levasseur 9/8/1990
Eunice V. Polo 9/8/2002
Nell Fallon 9/8/2009
Katherine Bugai 9/9/1986
Helen C. Nicewicz 9/9/1994
Theodore Marziarz 9/9/2006

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.

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:

Saturday, September 8: 8:00 + Jacob Harold Garmalo – int. Garmalo 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!

 
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DID YOU KNOW??? Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a celebrated pianist and composer who became Poland’s first prime minister post World War II, as the country regained its independence from Nazi Germany.
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 Deanery. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:

            Sunday                  Monday                Tuesday                   Wednesday

         Vocations            Fr. DiMascola     Bishop Rozanski           Deacon Nolan

          Thursday                                Friday                                          Saturday
  Our Seminarians                   Deacon Rabbitt                          Clergy in Purgatory

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