+ Parish Schedule for the Week of January 27, 2019 +
Sunday, January 27 [Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Children Baptized into Our Parish Family in 2018 – int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am + Debrah Rogers – int. Roux Family
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. 3rd Sunday after Epiphany)
Monday, January 28 [St. Thomas Aquinas]:
8:00 am + David Sroka – int. Lillian Sroka
Tuesday, January 29 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Sr. Mary Joseph, MICM – int. Filipi Family
Wednesday, January 30 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Mallory Baptista – int. Roux Family
Thursday, January 31 [St. John Bosco]:
5:30 pm – Confirmandi of our Lady of Częstochowa Parish in 2018 – int. Nancy Faller
First Friday, February 1 :
5:30 pm + Debra Rogers – int. Roux Family
First Saturday, February 2 [Presentation of the Lord]:
8:00 am – Children who made their First Holy Communion at Our Parish in 2018
– int. Nancy Faller
4:00 pm – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Sean O’Mannion – int. Nancy Faller
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, February 3 [Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Bishop F.X. Roque on his 90th Birthday & 65th Anniversary of Ordinary
– int. Nancy Faller
10:30 am + Nicholas Baptista – int. Roux Family
4:00 pm – Vespers (E.F. 4th Sunday after Epiphany)
+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, burns in memory of Michael Weldon
at the request of Dorothy Weldon. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Mu dać, Panie, a
światłość wiekuista niechaj Mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen. Niech odpoczywa
w pokoju wiecznym. Amen.
MONDAY, JANUARY 28th is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas known as the “Evangelical Doctor.” He was known for his writing and poetry and is the patron of Catholic schools and of philosophers. There is a stained glass window of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Blessed Mother side of the church. He is pictured wearing the black and white Dominican habit and holding a book as a sign of his patronage of philosophers. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered as usual on Wednesday, January 30th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st is the Feast of St. John Bosco whose life was dedicated to educating youth. He was a pioneer in vocational training and a staunch defender of the Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord known commonly as Candlemas Day. The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Christ, but also the Presentation of our Lord in the temple. Candles are blessed on this day, a symbolic representation of the words of holy Simeon concerning Christ: “A light of revelation to the Gentiles.” They also symbolize the purity of Christ and His Sacrifice for our salvation. Candles will be blessed before the weekend Masses. These candles will be used throughout the year to adorn the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to light the way in the administering of the holy Sacraments. People are encouraged to take the blessed candles home as a blessing and a symbolic reminder of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world
FEBRUARY 2nd IS THE FIRST SATURDAY of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Confessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 2nd 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.
FEBRUARY 2nd IS KNOWN AS CANDLEMAS DAY (Święto Panny Marji Gromnicznej) in Poland and candles are blessed on this day for use in the church and in the home. The services often end with a procession around the church in which everyone carries lighted tapers.
Some old timers believed it to be a bad omen if the candle went out when there was no wind during the procession or on the way home. The lighted candle is brought home and the house blessed by making a sign of the cross with the candle in each room. The farmers would even bless all their farm buildings, in this manner, calling on Our Lady to protect them from lightning. When the candle was finally extinguished, some of the smoke is inhaled as a prayer for protection against sore throat.
The candles are kept for the entire year to remind one that they must always live in preparation for the next life — because this life is as easily extinguished as a candle.
The candle is lighted on solemn occasions. For example, the candle is lit when a priest brings communion to the sick or elderly; when a family member celebrates a birthday, feast day, marriage, baptism, anniversary, etc. It is also put in the hand of the dying as a prayer for Our Lady’s protection in the difficulties of the last hours. During storms, it is often lighted and put on the window sill. In the mountains of Poland it was often lit in the mid-winter when the wolves threatened lonely farm cottages. There are many sayings and proverbs associated with Candlemas Day:
Gdy na Gromniczna mróz, Szykuj chłopie wóz,
A jak lanie, To sanie.
If frost comes on Candlemas Day, Prepare the wagon,
If rain, get the sleigh.
Gdy słonce świeci na Gromnice, To przydą wieksze mrózy, śniezce.
If the sun shines bright on Candlemas Day,
More frost and snow will come this way.
Na Gromnice niedzwiedz bude swoją poprawia albo też rozrzuca.
The bear mends or tears down its lair on Candlemas Day.
(In other words the bear knows the coming weather on this day.) Candlemas Day in Poland is a day to watch the weather just as Groundhog Day is here in the United States.
What is Candlemas Day?
Father William P. Saunders
Candlemas Day is another name for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Forty days after His birth, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple for the rites of purification and dedication as prescribed by the Torah. According to the Book of Leviticus (12:1-4), when a woman bore a male child, she was considered “unclean” for seven days. On the eighth day, the boy was circumcised. The mother continued to stay at home for 33 days for her blood to be purified. After the 40 days, the mother and the father came to the temple for the rite of purification, which included the offering of a sacrifice — a lamb for a holocaust (burnt offering) and a pigeon or turtledove for a sin offering, or for a poor couple who could not afford a lamb, two pigeons or two turtledoves. Note Joseph and Mary made the offering of the poor (Lk 2:24).
Also, Joseph and Mary were obliged by the Torah to “redeem” their first born son: “The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites, both of man and beast, for it belongs to me’” (Ex 13:1). The price for such a redemption was five shekels, which the parents paid to the priest. This “redemption” was a kind of payment for the Passover sacrifice, by which the Jews had been freed from slavery.
However, St. Luke in the Gospel does not mention this redemption, but rather the presentation of Our Lord: “When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem, so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord’” (Lk 2:22-23). So the focus is on Jesus’ consecration to God. The verb “to present” (paristanai) also means to “offer,” which evokes Jesus being presented as the priest who will offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice to free us from the slavery of sin, seal the new and eternal covenant with His blood, and open the gates to the true promised land of heaven.
Simeon, a just and pious man, who awaited the Messiah and looked for the consolation of Israel, was inspired to come to the temple. He held baby Jesus in his arms and blessed God, saying, “Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace; you have fulfilled your word. For my eyes have witnessed your saving deed, displayed for all the peoples to see: A revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel” (Lk 2:29-32). Simeon, thereby, announced that the Messiah has come not just for the Jew but the gentile; not just the righteous, but the sinner.
He then blessed the Holy Family, and said in turn to Mary: “This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed— and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword — so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare” (Lk 2:34-35).
So the Presentation is a proclamation of Christ — Messiah and Priest, Lord and Savior. He is the light who came into this world to dispel sin and darkness. For this reason, traditionally at least since the seventh century, candles have been blessed at Mass this day that will be used throughout the year, hence coining the term “Candlemas.”
As we consider the feast of the Presentation, we remember that our parents presented us at church for our baptism. We were dedicated to God, and given the name, “Christian.” We, too, received a lit candle from the paschal candle, at which the priest said, “You have been enlightened by Christ. Walk always as a child of the light and keep the flame of faith alive in your heart. When the Lord comes, may you go out to meet Him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Therefore, as a light, each of us must bear witness to Our Lord. We must be the beacon that guides others to Christ. Also, we must realize that we, too, will be “a sign that will be opposed,” especially on issues of the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family.
Two other interesting tidbits highlight this day: First, in many Eastern European countries, the feast of the Presentation officially closes the celebration of Christmas. For this reason, Pope St. John Paul II began the custom of keeping the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s square until Feb. 2.
Second, Candlemas Day also was important in the lives of farmers. An old English song went as follows:
“If Candlemas be fair and bright, / Come, Winter, have another flight. / If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, / Go, Winter, and come not again.”
So if the bright sun “overshadows” the brightness of Candlemas Day, there will be more winter. However, if the light of Candlemas Day radiates through the gloom and darkness of the day, the end of winter is near. In America, Protestants decided we should replace Catholic Candlemas Day with Groundhog Day.
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL: A Pilgrimage to Greece, Patmos and Ephesus: Oct. 11-21, 2019. Join us on a spiritual journey to many towns of the New Testament where St. Paul first spread the Good News. Also visit Patmos where St. John wrote Revelations and Mary’s House in Ephesus. Included is a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles. Fr. Timothy Campoli and Msgr. Ronald Yargeau are our Spiritual Directors. Daily Mass will take place. The cost is $4199 but if you register before January 31, 2019 you will receive a $200 Early Bird Discount. A bus to Logan will be arranged if there is interest. For a flyer and more information, please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-824-8733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.
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YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass. If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour! Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.” Please use the side door.
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.
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.
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Virginia Avery for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
PLEASE MARK YOUR 2019 CALENDARS!!! We are doing 3 COMMUNITY MEALS in 2019 and ALL will be on WEDNESDAYS: February 6th, May 29th and September 4th. As each date approaches, there will be a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience. Everyone is welcome to participate! Please contact Cathy Becklo at 413-863-2267 or at email@example.com if you would like more information or have any questions. And may God BLESS the generous hearts at the Gem of Franklin County who continue to make this program run so beautifully with time, talent and treasure.
The Teresians are still looking for a few good men, women, or families willing to join us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Out latest project is collecting “toiletries” from hotels. These will be offered at the OLC community meals. There is a marked container in the vestibule. Do NOT buy them. If you want to buy something, consider groceries for distribution from the rectory. Nancy Faller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments! Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.
THE 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, January 27: 8:00 – Godchild Magali Ovalles
– int. Yves & Anne Marie Jacques
Sunday, January 27: 10:30 + Wojciech Piecuch – int. Family
Monday, January 28: – Health & Blessings for Emily Garmalo – int. Family
Tuesday, January 29: – Godchild Kevin Ovalles – int. Yves & Anne Marie Jacques
Wednesday, January 30: – Godchild Leon Ovalles – int. Yves & Anne Marie Jacques
Thursday, January 31: – Godchild Milady Ovalles – int. Yves & Anne Marie Jacques
Friday, February 1: – Health & Blessings for Emily Garmalo – int. Family
Saturday, February 2: 8:00 – Grace & Blessings for Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS
– int. Nancy Faller
Saturday, January 26: 4:00 + Sophie Ciesla – int. Family
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!
Saint Michael Catholic School- Enrolling now for 2018-2019 School Year! This Christmas, we want you to give The Gift of Catholic Education We invite your family to experience Saint Michael Catholic School. Students in grades K-12 are invited to enroll for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. Tuition is $2,000 for one student, and $2,500 for a family of 2 or more. We are Vermont’s FIRST Catholic School, located in the heart of Brattleboro since 1874. We are proudly continuing an over 140 year tradition of prayer, study and community service. Every year, there are families who make a last minute decision to enroll at Saint Michael School. We offer open enrollment so if you are still discerning if a private, Catholic school education is for you, we encourage you to call! For information, please visit www.saintmichaelschoolvt.org or call to speak with the Director of Admissions, Lindsay O’Neil, at (802)254-6320.
VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Kazimiera Jurgielewicz 1/27/1961
Joseph Jakibowski 1/28/1933
Joseph Byk, Sr. 1/28/1975
Anna Zak 1/28/1977
Anthony J. Sojka 1/28/1986
David W. Phillips 1/28/2013
Anna Skowron 1/29/1937
Catherine Plaza 1/29/1938
Jan Choleva 1/29/1956
Jan Sojka 1/29/1958
John Osowski 1/29/1959
Mary Olchowski 1/29/1962
Stanislaw Poltorak 1/29/1965
Pauline Krawczyk 1/29/2004
Blanche Y. Krejmas 1/29/2007
Stanislaw Kurtyka 1/30/1963
Walter J. Krol 1/30/1994
John M. Nicewicz 1/31/1988
Ruth S. Flavin 1/31/1992
Gertrude S. Waryas 1/31/2016
Francis Kruiec 2/1/1929
Antonina Podosek 2/1/1949
Mitchell J. Darash 2/1/1998
Michael C. Kostek 2/1/2004
Alfred Wojlasiewicz 2/2/1927
Walter Krol 2/2/1967
Lawrence Karp 2/3/1949
Sophia Wraga 2/3/1977
Stella Lapan 2/3/1983
Alice C. Dobosz 2/3/2001
Edward J. Piepiora 2/3/2001
Marjorie A. Adams 2/3/2011
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
CATHOLICS COME HOME – God, our Father, created a big and loving family in His Church. Learn more about our Catholic Faith: a Church filled with beauty, miracles, heroes, history, love and peace. Provided is a wide array of helpful and thought-provoking resources that will help you more clearly understand the Catholic Church and its teachings. Visit http://www.catholicscomehome.org.
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: “Love never fails.” Trust the love of God and follow your heart. (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:4-13) If you think God is calling you, please email: email@example.com and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com
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
Deacon Patten Deacon DeCarlo Retired Clergy Clergy who are Sick
Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. DiMascola Fr. Reardon Fr. Campoli
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.