Bulletin March 24, 2019


JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2019 +

SUNDAY, MARCH 24[Third Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Henry Gaida
10:30 am – Billy Dixon – int. Joseph Almeida
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
MONDAY, MARCH 25 [ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY]:
8:00 am + Christina Harley – int. Roy & Anita Steele
TUESDAY, MARCH 26 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Kathryn Putala – int. Elaine Bartus
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27[St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Alice Mulligan – int. Friends
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 [St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar]:
5:30 pm– Special Intention — TJD
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 : (THE FIVE WOUNDS)
5:30pm – Health & Blessings for Fr. Michael Kokoszka – int. Henry Gaida
Stations of the Cross immediately follow Mass
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 :
8:00 am – Conversion of Hearts – int. TJD
4:00 pm + Louise Hoynoski – int. Robert & Cynthia Hoynoski
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 [Fourth Sunday of Lent (Lætare)]:
8:00 am + Thomas Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Debbie DeLaBruere – int. SKM
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI+

Lenten Reflections to Follow Gorzkie Żale on Sundays

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OFFER IT UP! That’s what we’re inviting you to do for Lent this year. Each Sunday we invite you to participate in the chanting of the Bitter Sorrows, the Polish devotion of Gorzkie Żale. These devotions invite us to love Jesus as He suffers for us—and to offer our love together with Mary in reparation for our sins.

How does that work? That’s exactly what we hope to examine together with a series of short meditations offered in the church immediately following Gorzkie Żale. We will learn about reparation, how it is a beautiful and powerful tool in the Divine Tool Kit that we have as Catholics. And if it is a little hard to get yourself to Gorzkie Żale, we hope you’ll “offer it up” and come! Expect a blessing!

GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 24thand on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m. This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary. Bilingual books are provided.

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MONDAY, MARCH 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrating the Word made flesh. This miracle of love when God became man will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. One of the astronauts walking on the moon remarked that his thoughts were, “What a great miracle than man walked on the moon.” He said immediately he was struck by the thought, “No, a greater miracle was when God as a man walked upon the earth.” When the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, and she accepted, that is the greatest miracle, the miracle of God’s love for us.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March27th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 29thand on all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion. The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, March30thbefore 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.

 

See the source imageMARCH 28this the Feast of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, who is called the “Shepherd of Souls,” was born in Korczyna, Poland, on January 17, 1842. As a bishop and with his people he faced the ravages and onslaughts of the military forces of World War It St. Joseph founded the Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1894. The Russians entered Przemysl in March, 1915, burning more than a hundred churches and taking priests prisoner. St. Joseph led his clergy, nuns and people in aided the wounded and oppressed. He opened hospitals, clinics, and way stations, exposing himself to the enemy and to epidemics raging in the city. St. Joseph and his diocese survived the war and the invasions and began the great task of rebuilding. His memory is revered as a particularly saving grace in a dreadful crisis. St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar died in Przemysl on March 28, 1924. Pope John Paul II, speaking of St. Joseph said: “Here is the man who did the will of the Father!” – John Paul II’s Book of Saints, Our Sunday Visitor.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Terry Dempseyfor 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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FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, a donation has been made to our Parish by Agnes K. Temesvari. Bóg zapłać!

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.

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.

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.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th. A reminder will be out as we get closer. Blessings to all participants!! You are very much appreciated!
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Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik

See the source imageAll our little Easter Bunnies are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to work on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

Raffle Tickets for our annual Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar are available. There are five big prizes namely: First Prize – $100 cash; Second Prize – $50 cash; and Third Prize through Sixth Prize – $25 cash. The drawing will take place at our bazaar on Saturday, April 13th. Your donations of $5.00 for a book of 6 tickets or $1.00 per ticket will greatly help our parish. Please support this cause.

Would you like a homemade babka or kielbasa for Easter? We will be taking orders this weekend in the church vestibule. They will be available at our Easter Bazaar but must be ordered in advance. Be sure to place your order this weekend as there will be a limited supply!

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.
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STASH BASH at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 – 1:00 in the parish hall in the basement of the church. For sale will be an assortment of items (to make a wide variety of different crafts) such as fabric, quilting supplies, yarn, ribbon, beads, buttons, thread, scrapbooking, etc. Several vendors will have these items reasonably priced to help sell their stock of “stash”! Lunch will be available. Free parking in the church lot or the Elks Lodge lot off L Street. For information on vendor space, please contact Chris at 413-367-3052. To donate your surplus supplies, please contact Sandy at 413-773-9217, or Mary at 413-648-3244.

The Man Who Shared the Cross
Randall B. Smith

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When we say the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, we move immediately from “Jesus Carries the Cross” to the Crucifixion. When we do the Stations of the Cross, however, there are several intermediate stages, one of which is “Simon of Cyrene Bears Jesus’ Cross.” We find the story about Simon and the cross in all three Synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — but it is absent from John’s Gospel. Why?
I suggest we can discern in this difference one of the reasons why different Gospels sometimes provide different narratives about Jesus. In this instance, they offer two crucial perspectives, neither of which contradicts the other, and both of which teach an important lesson.
Consider John’s account. John emphasizes that it is through Christ’s sacrifice alone that we are saved. It is through His Crucifixion and Resurrection that our sins are forgiven and we have access to eternal life. All of this is in accord with what we read in Isaiah 53:5: “for he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” The focus here is on what the God-man did for us: his unmerited gift of himself to humankind.
When we are in times of trial, we can unite ourselves to Christ. Even in the face of mortal peril, we can say, “You, God,know my turmoil and pain. You have shared it. You have taken it on and borne it so as to raise it beyond itself. I learn from you that these dark times are the seeds of my redemption. I can have faith in that hard truth because you did not avoid walking the path you ask me to walk. You embraced human suffering wholly.” And thus the author of Sirach can say to us with his whole being:

My son, when you come to serve the LORD,
stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast, incline your ear and receive the word of understanding, undisturbed in time of adversity.

Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not; thus will you be wise in all your ways.
Accept whatever befalls you, when sorrowful, be steadfast, and in crushing misfortune be patient;
For in fire gold and silver are tested, and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and God will help you; trust in him, and he will direct your way;
keep his fear and grow old therein. (Sir 2:1-7)

We, like Christ, must bear the cross. But must we bear it alone? When we unite ourselves to Christ and resolve to bear a difficult and dangerous cross in a “time of adversity” and of “crushing misfortune,” must we bear that cross alone?
This is the importance of the story of Simon of Cyrene: even Jesus had help bearing His cross. “Bearing your cross” need not be understood as an admonition to Stoic individualism. While it is true that no one can bear your sufferings but you, the Gospel message is that you need not – indeed should not – bear them alone. In times of trial, we trust in the love and fidelity of God and of others: those doctors, lawyers, counselors, and friends who can become, as we are all called to become, instruments of God’s love and God’s healing grace.
Catholics who accept their Church’s sacramental understanding of Creation do not put God and human agents into an “either-or” formula. We look to God for our ultimate help for we know we can do nothing without His grace. And we can also look to others – friends, neighbors, counselors, specialists – to help guide us and comfort us along the way. They can help us bear the cross during those times when it simply becomes too heavy, and we fear we can’t make it even one step further.
And then we do. Somehow. With someone supporting us, someone bearing our burden, and with God bearing us both in His loving arms.
This Lenten season, let us take up our cross and bear it. What we will find, after a time, is that we are not carrying that cross; rather it is carrying us, helping to purify us of our idols and illusions, giving us greater wisdom, and making us more truly like Christ. But let us also look for others whose burdens we can share and with whom we can share ours. This, in the final analysis, is the meaning of “Church” – of what it means to be different members in the Spirit of the one Body of Christ, crucified and risen.
So let us unite ourselves to Christ during this blessed season in order to strip away and purge ourselves of all our unclean idols – devotion to wealth, power, pleasure, vanity, and riotousness – and give ourselves more fully to the One who gave Himself in love for us by giving ourselves in love to others.

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ALL OUR LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13thstarting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to start working on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

Incense
By Scott Hahn, excerpt from
Signs of Life – 40 Catholic Customs and their Biblical Roots

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Catholicism is sometimes called the religion of ‘bells and smells.” Our tradition engages the whole person. God created us as a unity of body and soul, and we return ourselves entirely to Him in worship. We worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24); and in our “spiritual worship” we “present our bodies” too “as a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1). Thus the Church’s worship engages all that we are, including our bodily and spiritual senses. In the liturgy, we contemplate the Gospel, but that’s not all. We hear it, see it, feel it, taste it, and smell it as well. We ring bells to herald the Lord’s appearance. We burn fragrant incense before His altar.
I remember the first time I attended a Catholic liturgical event, a vespers service at a Byzantine seminary. My Calvinist background had not prepared me for the experience – the incense and icons, the prostrations and bows, the chant and the bells. All my senses were engaged. Afterward a seminarian asked me, “What do you think?” All I could say was “Now I know why God gave me a body: to worship the Lord with His people in liturgy.”
Our worship is not merely good and true. It is beautiful. We make it beautiful because it is for God. A generation or two ago, incense was used much more commonly in the Mass. I am not the first convert to confess that he was enchanted by his initial experience of incense. It was a pleasant experience, an aesthetic experience. There is good reason why non-Catholics came to associate us with bells and smells. They make a powerful impression.
So powerful, in fact, that some people worried whether incense was a distraction from true worship. They worried that it might reduce liturgy to a merely aesthetic experience, a religion of externals rather than true interior life. God had warned the Israelites against such pomp; and through the prophet Isaiah, He even went so far as to tell them: “Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to Me” (Isaiah 13:1).
Yet God was not abolishing external forms of worship. He wanted His people to cease neglecting their interior dispositions. In fact, through the prophet Malachi, He foretold a day when “from the rising of the sun to its setting. . . in every place incense is offered to My name, and a pure offering” (Mal. 1:11).
Indeed, incense was an important part of biblical religion – and it remains so – because God Himself took care to make it so. The offering of incense was an essential duty of the priests of the Old Covenant, and the ancient law took special care to prescribe its fragrances, vessels, and rites (see, for example, Exodus, chapter 30). Of the high priest Aaron, God said: “I chose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense” (1 Sam. 2:28).
And so the priests did, from the time of Moses to the time of Jesus, and beyond. Jesus’ kinsman Zechariah was performing his priestly duty, burning incense in the Temple, when the angel Gabriel appeared to him.
Incense became the most emblematic form of worship. Grains of incense, once dropped into a thurible with hot coals, rise heavenward as fragrant smoke. It’s meant to be an outward sign of the inner mystery that is true prayer. “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,” said the Psalmist (Ps. 141:2). The metaphor still worked for St. Paul (see Phil. 4:18). A Jewish theologian of the first century, Philo of Alexandria, saw the freedom of the censor’s smoke rising heavenward as a symbol of mankind’s spiritual and rational qualities, fashioned after the divine image. When incense was offered with animal sacrifice, he said, it symbolized the entirety of human nature, body and soul, given to God.
So closely was incense associated with worship that, for the prophets, the very image of infidelity was to burn incense to idols. “I will utter my judgments against them, for all their wickedness in forsaking me; they have burned incense to other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands” (Jer. 1:16).
In the time of Jesus, incense was burned not only in the Temple, but also in the “communion” meal, the chaburah… How much more should we take care to incorporate this aromatic sign in the Mass – the meal of our New Covenant fellowship.
The earliest Christian documents – the Didache, St. Justin, St. Irenaeus – applied the prophecy of Malachi 1:11 to the Eucharist. The Holy Mass, they said, was the pure offering, the always-and-everywhere offering of incense to the God of Israel. St. Paul said it well: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved. . . a fragrance from life to life” (2 Cor. 2:14-16).

“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.”
– St. Gregory the Great
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, MARCH 24:8:00 + Louis & Mary Kozlowski – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family
SUNDAY, MARCH 24: 10:30 + Stanley & Helen Garanin – int. Wanda & Family
MONDAY, MARCH 25: + Rose Gloski – int. Niece, Carol
TUESDAY, MARCH 26: + Sophie Piecuch – int. Niece, Carol
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27:+ Sal & Mary LaDolce – int. Wanda & Family
THURSDAY, MARCH 28: + Ignatius Cardinal Kung – int. Betty Fritz
FRIDAY, MARCH 29: + Gertrude Phillips – int. Granddaughter, Tina
SATURDAY, MARCH 30: 8:00 + Ignatius Cardinal Kung – int. Betty Fritz
SATURDAY, MARCH 23: 4:00 – For a special intention – int. Betty Fritz

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!

PIEROGI is probably the only Polish dish that has its own patron saint. “Święty Jacek z pierogami!”, (St. Hyacinth and his pierogi!) is an old expression of surprise, roughly equivalent to the American “good grief” or “holy smokes!” The origin of his expression is unknown. Saint Hyacinth, (born in 1183 in Kamień Śląski, died on 15 August 1258 and buried in the Church of the Dominican Fathers is Kraków), was a preacher and missionary who is also venerated outside of Poland. Legend has it that in times of famine, St. Hyacinth helped the poor by feeding them pierogi, a dish invented and prepared by himself. According to another tale, one day, when passing through the streets of Kraków, the saint simply gave some pierogi, then considered as a delicacy, to the city’s poor.
To join the “St. Hyacinth Pierogi Makers” – Please speak with Walter Hoszkiewicz!

WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPSOF 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 helensheamurphy@verizon.net. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.

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We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always
do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free e-mail program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness. . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
To sign up, visit http://www.BestLentEver.com

2019 GMEF ANNUAL GALA:“Dancing Dream – ABBA Tribute Band” On Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm at the TFHS Theater, “DancingDream – ABBA Tribute Band” brings the brilliance of the pop sensation ABBA to the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala. Expect to hear hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Fernando,” “Mamma Mia” and many more at this high-energy concert filled with lush harmonies, elaborate costumes and iconic choreography.
Advance Tickets are available at these locations: Hillside Pizza in Bernardston; Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts in Erving; World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield; Scotty’s Convenience Store &Greenfield Savings Bank in Turners Falls; by calling Sandy at 863-7296 or at the GMEF website – http://www.thegmef.org. Advance tickets are $25– At the Door $30
The GMEF would like to recognize some very special people who help make our Gala possible!
Corporate Underwriters – Freedom Credit Union, Greenfield Savings Bank
Corporate Sponsors – Construction Monitoring Services, Inc., Franklin First Credit Union,People’s Bank, The Management Solutions, The Montague Elks Lodge 2521

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: FILM & REFLECTION Please join us for an afternoon of film and reflection on Sunday, March 31st, at 3:00 pm at Pope Francis Preparatory School, 99 Wendover Rd., Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available for advanced purchase by calling 413-732-3175.

VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A LOCAL CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP? The St. John Paul II Youth Group serves the high school youth of the local Catholic community—all are welcome. Our monthly gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with other activities throughout the month. To learn more about what God is doing in the life of the teens and for a more complete schedule, email stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”

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.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Moses heard God’s call from a burning bush. What is your passion, your burning bush? Take time to know what God is sending you to do and be. (Exodus: 3:18, 13-15)If you think God is calling you,please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running a little low on some essentials. Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule: stew, soup, ravioli, crackers, baked beans, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and jam. All donated goods must be such as requiring no refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time. Please help those who cannot help themselves! Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

THE POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUEof Massachusetts is accepting applications for scholarships for college students of Polish heritage. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students completing their sophomore year of college; the Josephine Karwoski Scholarship is awarded to a female graduate student or a returning student. Application information and forms may be obtained at http://www.polishjuniorleaguema.org. Deadline for application materials is May 1, 2019.

DID YOU KNOW???In 1912, Casimir Funk, a Polish-born American biochemist, collected all published literature on the issue of vitamin deficiency. He was the first to isolated niacin, later called Vitamin B3. He also coined the term vital amine to describe the class of chemicals he and other researchers were studying, and the word was later simplified to vitamin by 1920.

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

Zofia M. Bescek 3/24/2004
Francis Gesiny 3/24/1932
Jean E. Simanski 3/24/1973
Joseph W. Zak 3/24/1977
Chester. T, Plodzien 3/24/1992
David A. Moylan 3/24/1998
Walter J. Gochinski 3/24/1999
Andrew J. Seremeth 3/25/1985
Patricia J. Smith 3/25/1988
Rose Gloski 3/25/2018
Andrew Koyzel 3/26/1931
Walerja Traczewska 3/28/1932
Anthony Szott 3/28/1962
Elizabeth Warszawski 3//28/1976
Bronislawa (Blanche) Garanin 3/28/1989
Walter C. Traceski 3/28/1990
Dorothy A. Piecuch 3/28/1992
Dorothy Sazama 3/28/2017
Anthony Makowski 3/29/1935
Alfons Olchowski 3/29/1942
Alexander Gembicki 3/29/1944
Anna Lazarz 3/29/1969
Genevieve Grader 3/29/1992
Claire M. Zak 3/29/2018
Ignacy Glinka 3/30/1924
Joseph Brzozowy 3/30/1930
Francis D. Poliatis 3/30/1997
Stacia N. Gaines 3/30/1998
Adam P. Sokolowski 3/30/2012
Mary Skworzec 3/31/1946
Joseph Oginski 3/31/1947

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

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

             Wednesday               Thursday                Friday                           Saturday
         Deacon Rabbitt              Vocations         Deacon Ratté                Our Seminarians
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

“Behold, your cross has come to you; embrace it for the love of Him who sends it to you.”
– St. Francis de Sales

Bulletin March 17, 2019

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK MARCH 17, 2019 +

SUNDAY, MARCH 17[Second Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am + Bishop Christopher J. Weldon – int. Parish
10:30 am+ Sulik & Czuber Families – int. S.M.T.
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
MONDAY, MARCH 18 [St. Cyril of Jerusalem]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Henry Gaida
TUESDAY MARCH 19[St. Camillus & St. Peregrine Novena/ST. JOSEPH]:
5:30 pm + Neil Donnelly – int. Lillian Sroka
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 [St. Jude Novena/St. Jozef Bilszewski]:
5:30 pm + Edward Siwizki – int. Family
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 :
5:30 pm + Msgr. Alphonse Alexander Skoniecki – int. Friend
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 : (THE LANCE AND THE NAILS)
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Joseph DeVito – int. Fritz Family
SATURDAY, MARCH 23[St. Turibius of Mogrovejo]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno and All Living and Deceased members of the St. Joseph Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order
4:00 pm + Wlater Gochinski – int. Wife, Son, Daughter, Grandsons & Greatgrandchildren
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 24[Third Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Henry Gaida
10:30 am – Billy Dixon – int. Joseph Almeida
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

Lenten Reflections to Follow Gorzkie Żale on Sundays

OFFER IT UP! That’s what we’re inviting you to do for Lent this year. Each Sunday we invite you to participate in the chanting of the Bitter Sorrows, the Polish devotion of Gorzkie Żale. These devotions invite us to love Jesus as He suffers for us—and to offer our love together with Mary in reparation for our sins.

How does that work? That’s exactly what we hope to examine together with a series of short meditations offered in the church immediately following Gorzkie Żale. We will learn about reparation, how it is a beautiful and powerful tool in the Divine Tool Kit that we have as Catholics. And if it is a little hard to get yourself to Gorzkie Żale, we hope you’ll “offer it up” and come! Expect a blessing!

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GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 17thand on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m. This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary. Bilingual books are provided.

 

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MONDAY, MARCH 18 is the Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem who worked to establish true belief and right discipline within the Church. He suffered exile and persecution for his orthodoxy. This Bishop and Doctor of the Church will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19this the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and protector of the Holy Family. Following an old Polish custom the Lenten fasting is interrupted for the day when little sweets known as St. Joseph’s cookies are blessed after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and distributed to the children. All parents, godparents, uncles and aunts are invited to come and bring their children with them.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March20th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 22ndand on all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion. The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23rd is the Feast of St. Turibius de Mogrovejo who became the Archbishop of Lima, Peru and established the first seminary in the new world. He worked to alleviate poverty among the native population. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, March9thbefore 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th. A reminder will be out as we get closer. Blessings to all participants!! You are very much appreciated!

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ALL OUR LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13thstarting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to start working on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Kathryn “Kay” Putala, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by John & JoAnn Kaczenski. Bóg zapłać!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, a donation has been made by Margaret Morin. Bóg zapłać!

DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A LOCAL CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP? The St. John Paul II Youth Group serves the high school youth of the local Catholic community—all are welcome. Our monthly gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with other activities throughout the month. To learn more about what God is doing in the life of the teens and for a more complete schedule, email stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”

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.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: God brings us through difficult experiences and always leads us to life. Depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you on the path of life. (Luke 4:1-13). If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running a little low on some essentials. Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule: stew, soup, ravioli, crackers, baked beans, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and jam. All donated goods must be such as requiring no refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time. Please help those who cannot help themselves! Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

STASH BASH at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 – 1:00 in the parish hall in the basement of the church. For sale will be an assortment of items (to make a wide variety of different crafts) such as fabric, quilting supplies, yarn, ribbon, beads, buttons, thread, scrapbooking, etc. Several vendors will have these items reasonably priced to help sell their stock of “stash”! Lunch will be available. Free parking in the church lot or the Elks Lodge lot off L Street. For information on vendor space, please contact Chris at 413-367-3052. To donate your surplus supplies, please contact Sandy at 413-773-9217, or Mary at 413-648-3244.

Questions and Answers about Lent

 

See the source imageQ. Why can’t you eat meat on Fridays during Lent? Q. During Lent we do not eat meat on Fridays. Isn’t fish considered meat? Q. Why do you give up stuff for Lent?
The practice of abstinence (doing without certain things) goes back to the Old Testament and the Jewish dietary laws which were carried over into parts of the early Christian church until the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15). The theological reasoning is that it is a method of atoning for sin since chastising the body brings it under control of the spirit. Abstinence is first mentioned in a Church document in a decree of the Council of Toledo in the year A.D. 447 where the custom was to abstain primarily from meat on all Fridays and on days of penance. Canon 1251 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law prescribes “abstinence from meat, or from some other food as decided upon by the Episcopal Conference (conference of bishops) on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.” The National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States made abstinence from meat mandatory on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent and recommended that it be observed on all Fridays of the year but has allowed individual Catholics to substitute another penance on Fridays if they could not abstain from meat.
For purposes of abstinence, fish is not considered to be meat because it comes from a cold-blooded animal rather than a warm-blooded one. Secondarily, early Christian art and literature used fish as a symbol of the Eucharist because the Greek word for fish, ichthus, is an acrostic (the first letters form the word) for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
The 40 days of Lent (Sundays are excluded from the count since we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on this day) signify the change which we wish to make in our life. Throughout Holy Scripture, the number 40 signifies a time of change. During this time abstinence from something, whether it be sweets, coffee or TV is an offering to God and a method of prayer. Every time we are tempted by whatever we have decided to abstain from, we are to remind ourselves that we have given this up for God so that He can bring us closer to Him.
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Lent, A Time of Unselfish Sacrifice
Love makes sacrifice a pleasure

Once again we are in the season of Lent. Lent carries different meaning for different people. To us Catholics it should be a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, who laid down His life on the cross for us. There is no greater love than that ultimate sacrifice of Christ.
To some of us fasting, abstinence, the way of the cross and prayer are what Lent is all about. To others it is a time of abstinence from the pleasures of our senses. This may be true to some extent but these acts are in a way are for our own selfish purposes and nothing more.
Christ did not die on the cross for his selfish needs. No one in his right mind will allow himself to be crucified for his selfish reasons. As the followers of Christ, we are asked to emulate that ultimate sacrifice of Christ, the crucifixion.
We need not literally lay down our lives for others but we can sacrifice some precious possessions of ours – our time, energy and wealth for the betterment of fellow mankind. At the same we can give up something which we all possess in abundance – pride, selfishness, ego, anger and greed which impede our endeavors to serve others.
Do we see Jesus in people whom we meet daily – our spouse, our children, our parents, our boss and fellow colleagues in the office, the poor and hungry, the sick and the dying, the handicapped, the sinner, the orphans, our priests and clergy and even our enemies?
Are we willing to forgive and offer our hand of friendship to our enemies and those who sin against us? Are we sensitive to the needs of others around us, or do we close our eyes and ears to their cries of plea? Are we willing to go down to the level of the downtrodden to help them? Are we willing to patiently listen to those in distress? Are we willing and brave enough to speak out against injustice wherever it occurs?
These are some issues we must ponder during this season of Lent. We must consider them in the light of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, the crucifixion.
The real meaning of Lent is sacrifice, not for our well-being but that of others. Fasting, abstinence and prayer are just a means to achieve that goal.
We are asked to become holy and like Mother Teresa, our holiness in God, must be for the benefit of others.
By Dr. Chris Anthony, Butterworth, Malaysia, Op/Ed, Catholic Online
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THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:8:00 – Health & Blessings for Mr. Payne – int. Bev & Brian
SUNDAY, MARCH 17: 10:30 + Charles Bourbeau – int. Jadzia
MONDAY, MARCH 18: + Kay Putala – int. Holy Rosary Society
TUESDAY, MARCH 19: + George Piecuch – int. Family
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:+ Dorothy Piecuch – int. Family
THURSDAY, MARCH 21: + Jean Firth – int. Family
FRIDAY, MARCH 22: + Alexander & Blanche Garanin – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family
SATURDAY, MARCH 23: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault
SATURDAY, MARCH 23: 4:00 + Aniela Zalynska – int. Carol

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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PIEROGI is probably the only Polish dish that has its own patron saint. “Święty Jacek z pierogami!”, (St. Hyacinth and his pierogi!) is an old expression of surprise, roughly equivalent to the American “good grief” or “holy smokes!” The origin of his expression is unknown. Saint Hyacinth, (born in 1183 in Kamień Śląski, died on 15 August 1258 and buried in the Church of the Dominican Fathers is Kraków), was a preacher and missionary who is also venerated outside of Poland. Legend has it that in times of famine, St. Hyacinth helped the poor by feeding them pierogi, a dish invented and prepared by himself. According to another tale, one day, when passing through the streets of Kraków, the saint simply gave some pierogi, then considered as a delicacy, to the city’s poor.
To join the “St. Hyacinth Pierogi Makers” – Please speak with Walter Hoszkiewicz!

WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPSOF 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 helensheamurphy@verizon.net. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.
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Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik

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All our little Easter Bunnies are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to work on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

Raffle Tickets for our annual Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar are available. There are five big prizes namely: First Prize – $100 cash; Second Prize – $50 cash; and Third Prize through Sixth Prize – $25 cash. The drawing will take place at our bazaar on Saturday, April 8th. Your donations of $5.00 for a book of 6 tickets or $1.00 per ticket will greatly help our parish. Please support this cause.

Would you like a homemade babka or kielbasa for Easter? We will be taking orders this weekend in the church vestibule. They will be available at our Easter Bazaar but must be ordered in advance. Be sure to place your order this weekend as there will be a limited supply!

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.
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THE POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUEof Massachusetts is accepting applications for scholarships for college students of Polish heritage. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students completing their sophomore year of college; the Josephine Karwoski Scholarship is awarded to a female graduate student or a returning student. Application information and forms may be obtained at http://www.polishjuniorleaguema.org. Deadline for application materials is May 1, 2019.

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We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always
do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free e-mail program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness. . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
To sign up, visit http://www.BestLentEver.com

2019 GMEF ANNUAL GALA:“Dancing Dream – ABBA Tribute Band” On Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm at the TFHS Theater, “DancingDream – ABBA Tribute Band” brings the brilliance of the pop sensation ABBA to the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala. Expect to hear hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Fernando,” “Mamma Mia” and many more at this high-energy concert filled with lush harmonies, elaborate costumes and iconic choreography.
Advance Tickets are available at these locations: Hillside Pizza in Bernardston; Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts in Erving; World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield; Scotty’s Convenience Store &Greenfield Savings Bank in Turners Falls; by calling Sandy at 863-7296 or at the GMEF website – http://www.thegmef.org. Advance tickets are $25– At the Door $30
The GMEF would like to recognize some very special people who help make our Gala possible!
Corporate Underwriters – Freedom Credit Union, Greenfield Savings Bank
Corporate Sponsors – Construction Monitoring Services, Inc., Franklin First Credit Union,People’s Bank, The Management Solutions, The Montague Elks Lodge 2521

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: FILM & REFLECTION Please join us for an afternoon of film and reflection on Sunday, March 31st, at 3:00 pm at Pope Francis Preparatory School, 99 Wendover Rd., Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available for advanced purchase by calling 413-732-3175.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

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

Creslaus Sokolowski 3/17/1938
John Kowalczyk 3/17/1964
Stanley P. Duda 3/17/1993
Adalbert Zywna 3/18/1925
John L Strysko 3/18/1977
Helen M. Verrier 3/18/1987
Brunoslaus Jarnus 3/19/1933
Ludwika Niedzwiecki 3/19/1960
Stanley Aksamit 3/19/1968
Thomas LaPan 3/19/1970
Boleslaus Nadolny 3/20/1927
Stefania Kuninski 3/20/1960
Joseph Zitta 3/20/1966
John Krejmas 3/20/1967
Edward A. Siwizki 3/20/1992
Michael V. Strysko 3/20/1994
John Klowan 3/20/1999
Charles L. Bourbeau 3/20/2012
John W. Potosek 3/21/1996
Alfred B. Kelley 3/21/2000
Janina Kobyra 3/21/2008
Bernard S. Waryas 3/21/2015
Joseph Sojka 3/22/1944
Stanislawa Sacharczenski 3/22/1954
Anne E. Urban 3/22/2000
George Urban 3/22/2002
Marion T. Krejmas 3/22/2004
Mary Przybyla 3/23/1926
John Pelis 3/23/1973
Josephine Kurtyka 3/23/1983
Eugene J. Gulo 3/23/1983
Zofia M. Bescek 3/24/2004
Francis Gesiny 3/24/1932
Jean E. Simanski 3/24/1973
Joseph W. Zak 3/24/1977
Chester. T, Plodzien 3/24/1992
David A. Moylan 3/24/1998
Walter J. Gochinski 3/24/1999

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of 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 Culliton                  Fr. Aksamit                 Fr. Lunney                   Deacon DeCarlo

                                       Thursday                       Friday                           Saturday
                                       Fr. Goni                   Deacon Nolan                   Fr. O’Connor

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

“Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

Bulletin March 10,2019

 

 

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PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK MARCH 10, 2019 +

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 [First Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Nancy Faller – int. Hanna Rynda
10:30 am + Bernie Kobera – int. Family
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
MONDAY, MARCH 11 :
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Barbara McCabe – int. Pelc Family
TUESDAY, MARCH 12[St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/Bl. Angels Salawa]:
5:30 pm + Victor Bellenoit – int. Pelc Family
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 [St. Jude Novena/Ember Day]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Bernadette DeVito – int. Fritz Family
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 :
5:30 pm + Lauren Tela – int. Family
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 [Ember Day/St. Clement Dvorak]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
SATURDAY, MARCH 16 [Ember Day]:
8:00 am – Nancy Faller – int. Rose-Fish Family
4:00 pm + Lucinda, Nicholas, Martin, Demetira, & Peter Seago, 2nd Anniversary
– int. Nancy Faller
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 17[Second Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am + Bishop Christopher J. Weldon – int. Parish
10:30 am+ Sulik & Czuber Families – int. S.M.T.
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

A Review of Lenten Regulations 
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.
2. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years of age.
4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.
5. Although the faithful enjoy freedom in conscience to excuse themselves for a just cause from these mitigated laws of fast and abstinence, the obligation to do penance is a serious one and no Catholic should lightly excuse themselves from this obligation in the Lenten season.

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GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 10thand on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m. This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary. Bilingual books are provided.

Lenten Reflections to Follow Gorzkie Żale on Sundays

See the source imageMARCH 12th IS THE FEAST OF BD. ANGELA SALAWA who was born in Siepraw, Poland, on September 9, 1881. She was raised in a devout family. As a young woman she moved to Krakow to become a domestic where she began to care for other young domestic workers in the city by teaching them the faith and providing them with spiritual and moral guidance. When World War I tore Poland apart, Angela cared for wounded Polish soldiers and gave comfort to all who were afflicted by the military campaigns. Her intense devotion to the Holy Spirit enabled her to bring heroic stamina and zeal to all of her good works. She wrote to Jesus in her diary: “I want You to be adored as much as You were destroyed.” Bd. Angela died in Krakow on March 12, 1922, mourned by all those touched by her ardor. -JOHN PAUL II’S BOOK OF SAINTS, Our Sunday Visitor.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March13th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

MARCH 15th IS THE FEAST of St. Clement Dvorak who is sometimes called the Apostle of Warsaw. He built many churches and monasteries and did heroic work among the people preaching to great numbers and receiving many converts. Often persecuted by the foreign governments who occupied Poland at this time, St. Clement was eventually imprisoned and then forced to leave Warsaw. St. Clement continued his work constantly harassed by the secret police and finally dying a holy death in 1819.

OFFER IT UP! That’s what we’re inviting you to do for Lent this year. Each Sunday we invite you to participate in the chanting of the Bitter Sorrows, the Polish devotion of Gorzkie Żale. These devotions invite us to love Jesus as He suffers for us—and to offer our love together with Mary in reparation for our sins.

How does that work? That’s exactly what we hope to examine together with a series of short meditations offered in the church immediately following Gorzkie Żale. We will learn about reparation, how it is a beautiful and powerful tool in the Divine Tool Kit that we have as Catholics. And if it is a little hard to get yourself to Gorzkie Żale, we hope you’ll “offer it up” and come! Expect a blessing!

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 15thand on all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion. The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, March9thbefore 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.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR HEALING AND RECONCILIATION: As part of a diocesan-wide effort to address the abuse crisis through prayer and action, on the first Monday of Lent, March 11, Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has asked that all Catholic churches remain open throughout the day for a “Day of Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation.” Special prayer cards will be available for those who are willing to take a few minutes to visit a church and offer their own private prayer. Please consider taking a few minutes out of your day on March 11 to participate.

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

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in Memory of Clare Zak, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Francis Zak. Bóg zapłać!
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in Memory of Helen Adamski, donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by: Irene E. Klepadlo, Dorothy & Joseph Kosewicz, &Beverly Milewski. Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in Memory of Kathryn Putala, donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by: Ashley & Shirley Webb, Marjorie Naida, William & Carol Kostecki, &Irene E. Klepadlo. Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

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.

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.

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.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th. A reminder will be out as we get closer. Blessings to all participants!! You are very much appreciated!

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ALL OUR LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13thstarting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to start working on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

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ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, is lit for Carol & Larry Roux at the
request of OLC Confirmation Class 2018.
PLEASE NOTE that donations for the Sanctuary Lamp will no longer be taken.
Thank you for your understanding.

Celibacy is the Answer, Not the Problem
Fr. Carter Griffin

Many Catholics, even the most faithful, seem to have given up on priestly celibacy. In our post-sexual revolutionary age, many view celibacy as an unhealthy repression of sexual drives, fostering the epidemic of clergy abuse today. According to this line of thinking, if we want to get rid of clerical abuse, we must get rid of celibacy.
It is a solution that, in the words of one literary critic, is “neat, plausible, and wrong.”
Celibacy is not the problem. Clerical sexual abuse is no more caused by celibacy than adultery is caused by marriage. Both are violations of sacred promises, promises for which the Lord guarantees his help to live faithfully. To put it differently, allowing priests to marry would not prevent sexual transgressions. Marriage is regrettably no stranger to scandal or sexual abuse.
The problem is not celibacy but celibacy lived badly. It is caused by priests not living chastely. The proper response is not eliminating celibacy but demanding that priests, like married people, live up to their vocation.
In fact, celibacy itself is a precious and irreplaceable gift to the Church. It is usually defined negatively as “not getting married.” But it is a positive choice, a powerful way of loving with a singleness of purpose and a unique openness of heart. It enables a priest to live his spiritual fatherhood with particular force and efficacy.
The spiritual benefits of priestly celibacy have for centuries enriched the Church and even the wider culture. Were celibacy to be abolished in this moment of exasperation, we would not only fail to solve the problem of sexual abuse but also deprive future generations of innumerable graces of spiritual fatherhood that come to us through priestly celibacy.
How, then, to explain the current storm of scandals? The story is not a pretty one, but there is good news in the end.
First of all, for decades there was astonishingly little scrutiny for men entering priestly formation. A demonstration of academic aptitude and a pastor’s recommendation were usually enough. No thorough investigations into moral character and spiritual maturity, no references, no psychological examination.
The Church repeatedly insisted that men with persistent homosexual inclinations should not be admitted to the seminary (the latest official document that addressed it, incidentally, was approved by Pope Francis in 2016). Nevertheless, such men were admitted in great numbers.
Most priests with same-sex attractions, of course, are not guilty of sexual abuse and live faithfully. Still, the great majority of priest abuse cases involve the homosexual abuse of boys and young men. However controversial, the wisdom of the Church’s resolve has become crystal clear in hindsight. Disregarding it has had shattering consequences in the lives of thousands of young men over several decades.
Second, seminarians for years received woefully inadequate formation for chaste celibacy. According to the testimony of priests formed in those years of turmoil, primarily the 1970s and 1980s, the interior life and ascetical practices needed to sustain healthy chastity were not widely inculcated. Many men were even ordained under the false impression, reinforced by their seminary faculty, that the requirement for celibacy would soon be lifted.
In some seminaries, depraved cultures of sexual license among seminarians and even faculty corrupted vulnerable young men or drove away in disgust those who were seeking virtue. To make matters still worse, in many seminaries theological dissent and liturgical experimentation was rampant, leading to a hypocritical double standard that men carried with them into the priesthood.
Intellectual infidelity invariably breeds moral infidelity. If I can bend the teaching of the Church to my own opinions, preferences, and whims, why should that arrogance be limited to dogmatic propositions and liturgical norms? Why not moral precepts too? The dissent that festered for decades in theological faculties has taken a devastating toll on the Church, not only in doctrinal and liturgical confusion but also, I would argue, in sexual abuse.
Finally, once ordained, some priests who grew up in this climate of lax duplicity were, unsurprisingly, unfaithful. And their superiors seldom censured them for it in any meaningful way. Some were repeatedly transferred to new assignments; almost none were dismissed from the priesthood. Many bishops lost their nerve and their self-confidence. The sheer extent of clerical corruption was a painful embarrassment to bishops and, as a result, there arose a culture of deep secrecy that is now coming to light.
That, thank God, is not the end of the story. Many priests and bishops, against all odds, remained faithful through those bleak decades, and today we honor their heroic witness. Then came the 1992 landmark document Pastores Dabo Vobis in which St. John Paul II proposed a bracing portrait of priesthood and of seminary formation.
In the ensuing years, it was implemented unevenly throughout the world, but the upward trend in the quality of formation was unmistakable. Standards of admission in most dioceses have risen and the quality of formation in most seminaries has improved dramatically. Though many of our people do not realize it, the reform of the clergy began well over two decades ago.
There is still work to be done. Since priestly celibacy is a privileged way of living spiritual fatherhood, we must continue to improve our selection and formation of future priests in light of that paternity. They should have a confident masculine identity and a normal, healthy desire for marriage and fatherhood, the mature capacity to forego these great goods in order to focus on supernatural fatherhood, and possess, or show aptitude for, the human qualities and virtues of the best natural fathers.
Once ordained, priests should be held to the highest standards of chastity. Violations should be addressed consistently, promptly, and fairly, with the seriousness that befits a severe breach of trust against one’s spiritual family. Chastity – serene, deep, and joyful – at the service of priestly fatherhood is without a doubt the path to genuine reform in the priesthood.
Medieval doctors, with the best of intentions, often treated diseases by draining the blood of their patients, unwittingly depriving them of the very nutrients that they needed to get well. Those looking to cure the disease of sexual abuse in the Church by draining her of the grace of celibacy would do little to cure the disease, and yet deprive the Body of Christ of spiritual nutrients needed to return to health.
If we wish to address the problem of clergy sexual abuse, we should begin by expecting the same fidelity from our priests that we expect from everyone else, and call them to embrace, through the gift of celibacy, the blessings of priestly fatherhood that we need today more than ever.
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DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A LOCAL CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP? The St. John Paul II Youth Group serves the high school youth of the local Catholic community—all are welcome. Our monthly gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with other activities throughout the month. To learn more about what God is doing in the life of the teens and for a more complete schedule, email stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”

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.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: God brings us through difficult experiences and always leads us to life. Depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you on the path of life. (Luke 4:1-13). If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: FILM & REFLECTION Please join us for an afternoon of film and reflection on Sunday, March 31st, at 3:00 pm at Pope Francis Preparatory School, 99 Wendover Rd., Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available for advanced purchase by calling 413-732-3175.

THE EMBER DAYS
From the Catholic Encyclopedia

Ember days (corruption from Lat. Quatuor Tempora, four times) are the days at the beginning of the seasons ordered by the Church as days of fast and abstinence. They were definitely arranged and prescribed for the entire Church by Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) for the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 13 December (S. Lucia), after Ash Wednesday, after Whitsunday, and after 14 September (Exaltation of the Cross). The purpose of their introduction, besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy. The immediate occasion was the practice of the heathens of Rome. The Romans were originally given to agriculture, and their native gods belonged to the same class. At the beginning of the time for seeding and harvesting religious ceremonies were performed to implore the help of their deities: in June for a bountiful harvest, in September for a rich vintage, and in December for the seeding; hence their feriae sementivae, feriae messis, and feri vindimiales. The Church, when converting heathen nations, has always tried to sanctify any practices which could be utilized for a good purpose. At first the Church in Rome had fasts in June, September, and December; the exact days were not fixed but were announced by the priests. The “Liber Pontificalis” ascribes to Pope Callistus (217-222) a law ordering the fast, but probably it is older. Leo the Great (440-461) considers it an Apostolic institution. When the fourth season was added cannot be ascertained, but Gelasius (492-496) speaks of all four. This pope also permitted the conferring of priesthood and deaconship on the Saturdays of ember week–these were formerly given only at Easter. Before Gelasius the ember days were known only in Rome, but after his time their observance spread. They were brought into England by St. Augustine; into Gaul and Germany by the Carlovingians. Spain adopted them with the Roman Liturgy in the eleventh century. They were introduced by St. Charles Borromeo into Milan.

WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING THE EMBER DAYS?
We are celebrating the Ember Days this year in response to requests by several bishops, including Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI, and Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, PA, for their use as a time of reparation for the sins of the clergy, and to ask for God’s protection for the Church.
The Ember Days were traditionally days of fasting and abstinence, though this is no longer required. The former regulations, which may be utilized for purposes of private devotion, are as follows: On Ember Wednesday and Ember Saturday: Only one full meal was permitted, and two smaller meals not equal to the main meal could be taken; meat was only permitted at the main meal. On Ember Friday: Only one full meal was permitted, and two smaller meals could be taken; being Friday, meat was not permitted at any meal.
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, MARCH 10:8:00 + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera
SUNDAY, MARCH 10: 10:30 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
MONDAY, MARCH 11: – Health & Blessings for Vince Kobera – int. Mom
TUESDAY, MARCH 12: + Bernie Plaza – int. Family
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13:+ Edward Szela – int. Carol
THURSDAY, MARCH 14: + Ella Manchester – int. SKM
FRIDAY, MARCH 15: + John Manchester – int. SKM
SATURDAY, MARCH 16: 8:00 + Mellows Manchester – int. SKM
SATURDAY, MARCH 16: 4:00 + Edna Ochner – int. SKM

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!
WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPSOF 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 helensheamurphy@verizon.net. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.

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

Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik

 

All our little Easter Bunnies are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to work on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

Raffle Tickets for our annual Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar are available. There are five big prizes namely: First Prize – $100 cash; Second Prize – $50 cash; and Third Prize through Sixth Prize – $25 cash. The drawing will take place at our bazaar on Saturday, April 8th. Your donations of $5.00 for a book of 6 tickets or $1.00 per ticket will greatly help our parish. Please support this cause.

See the source imageWould you like a homemade babka or kielbasa for Easter? We will be taking orders this weekend in the church vestibule. They will be available at our Easter Bazaar but must be ordered in advance. Be sure to place your order this weekend as there will be a limited supply!

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

MICHAEL JAMES METTE AND FAMILY IN CONCERTAll are welcome to join us for a concert with national performer Michael James Mette, Friday, March 15th, at St. Michael School in Brattleboro, VT, from 7-8:30PM. Michael Mette travels all over the country with his family spreading the Gospel through music and personal witness. The evening will be inspiring and we hope you will bring the whole family. There is no cost, though a good-will offering will be taken to defray the cost. Please register on the Diocesan website: http://www.vermontcatholic.org/ event/michael-mette-concert-event

STASH BASH at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 – 1:00 in the parish hall in the basement of the church. For sale will be an assortment of items (to make a wide variety of different crafts) such as fabric, quilting supplies, yarn, ribbon, beads, buttons, thread, scrapbooking, etc. Several vendors will have these items reasonably priced to help sell their stock of “stash”! Lunch will be available. Free parking in the church lot or the Elks Lodge lot off L Street. For information on vendor space, please contact Chris at 413-367-3052. To donate your surplus supplies, please contact Sandy at 413-773-9217, or Mary at 413-648-3244.

GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are running a little low on some essentials. Please help us to help the poor by leaving some of the following in the church vestibule: stew, soup, ravioli, crackers, baked beans, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and jam. All donated goods must be such as requiring no refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time. Please help those who cannot help themselves! Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

THE POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUEof Massachusetts is accepting applications for scholarships for college students of Polish heritage. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students completing their sophomore year of college; the Josephine Karwoski Scholarship is awarded to a female graduate student or a returning student. Application information and forms may be obtained at http://www.polishjuniorleaguema.org. Deadline for application materials is May 1, 2019.

Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always
do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free e-mail program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness. . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
To sign up, visit http://www.BestLentEver.com

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

Stanley Rozycki, Sr. 3/10/1998
Stanislaus J. Sojka 3/10/2003
Bernard J. Kobera 3/10/2014
Wlodysha Orerzynski 3/11/1936
Frances Szymanski 3/11/1980
Theodore (Jocko) Kortz 3/11/1997
Harvey M. Kellyhouse 3/11/2010
Eunice L. Wysk 3/11/2018
Peter Bienkunski 3/12/1943
Michael Strysko 3/12/1959
Paul P. Novak 3/12/1974
Aldea M. Dubreuil 3/12/2005
Frank W. Zak 3/12/2012
Patricia E. Yurkunas 3/13/2015
Helen Kawecki 3/13/1926
Edward Szymanski 3/13/1945
Esther O’Hara 1982
Anthony Monkiewicz 3/13/1946
Michael C. Schab 3/13/2009
Peter Dylewski 3/14/1969
Mary Bocon 3/14/1986
Victoria C. Kowalski 3/14/1998
Genevieve P. Pogoda 3/14/2006
Mary Zmuda 3/15/1931
Martin Jarmak 3/15/1934
Caroline Kjolzior 3/15/1940
Katarzina Nicewicz Szczepanska 3/15/1961
Anthony Kopinto 3/15/1971
Janina Krauz 3/15/1973
Felix A. Verrier 3/15/1989
Henry Molongoski 3/15/2000
Edward J. Molongoski 3/15/2004
Michael Gutowski 3/16/1968
Frederick L. Hmieleski 3/16/2002
Creslaus Sokolowski 3/17/1938
John Kowalczyk 3/17/1964
Stanley P. Duda 3/17/1993

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of 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     Bishop McDonnell         Deacon Bete                Pope Francis

                      Thursday                    Friday                       Saturday
          Clergy who are sick        Deacon Bucci               Fr. DiMascola
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2019+

SUNDAY, MARCH 3[Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am¬¬– Grace & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Living & Deceased Members of the St. Kazimierz Society
MONDAY, MARCH 4 [St. Kazimierz]:
8:00 am+ Marjorie Pelc – int. Pelc Family
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm + Kathryn M Putala – int. Betty Fritz
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6[St. Jude Novena]:
8:00 am + Souls in Purgatory – Melissa Wright
5:30 pm – Teresians – int. Rose-Fish & Rynda Families
7:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish & Parishioners
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 [Ss. Perpetua & Felicity]:
5:30 pm – Sponsors of NET Ireland/Ben Rose-Fish – int. Ben Rose-Fish
FRIDAY, MARCH 8[St. John of God/Bl. Vincent Kadlubek]: (THE CROWN OF THORNS)
5:30 pm + OLC Parishioners – int. Ben Rose-Fish
Stations of the Cross Immediately Follow Mass
SATURDAY, MARCH 9[St. Frances of Rome]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Alison & Paul Edwards – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm – Francis A. Krejmas – int. Fritz Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 [First Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Nancy Faller – int. Hanna Rynda
10:30 am + Bernie Kobera – int. Family
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale

A Review of Lenten Regulations 
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.
2. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years of age.
4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.
5. Although the faithful enjoy freedom in conscience to excuse themselves for a just cause from these mitigated laws of fast and abstinence, the obligation to do penance is a serious one and no Catholic should lightly excuse themselves from this obligation in the Lenten season.

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MARCH 6th IS ASH WEDNESDAY and the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The blessing and imposition of ashes will take place at the Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A Spanish Mass will take place at 7:00 p.m.
See the source imageON ASH WEDNESDAY it is the custom for Polish people to cut willow, forsythia and pussy-willow branches and to put them in water to force them to blossom and bud for Palm Sunday. These branches are taken to church on Palm Sunday and are blessed for the procession. They are often called “Polish Palms” because real palms were often hard to get in Poland and seldom available.

 

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 8thand on all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion. The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

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GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 10thand on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m. This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary. Bilingual books are provided.

 

THE SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, is lit for Jeffrey & Jennifer Steiner
at the request of Mom & Dad.
PLEASE NOTE that donations for the Sanctuary Lamp will no longer be taken.
Thank you for your understanding.
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THE ST. KAZIMIERZ SOCIETY will have its Patron Saints Day Mass on Sunday, March 3rdat the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All members will meet in the front vestibule to process into church as a group.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, March 3rdfor an important meeting in the undercroft. Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft. The installation of officers will take place.

LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, March 3rdin the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft.
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MARCH 4th IS THE FEAST of St. Casimir (Kazimierz) of Poland often called the “Peace-Maker”. As a boy, St. Casimir had the famous historian John Długosz as a tutor from whom St. Casimir developed his great love of literature.
Devout from his childhood, St. Casimir practiced penance regularly. He had an athlete’s distaste of anything approaching softness or self-indulgence. His bed was often the ground and he often spent the night in prayer and meditation on the holy passion of Our Lord.
In spite of his royal birth and position as a prince and second son of the king of Poland, St. Casimir lived and dressed simply. He was generous to the poor, giving all he had and using his royal influence to help those in need.
St. Casimir had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and frequently recited the long Latin hymn “Omnie Die Dic Mariae” which today is frequently called the Hymn of St. Casimir. St. Casimir twice refused the royal throne, preferring to live a simple and Spartan existence of prayer and study.
St. Casimir died a brave and holy death at the age of 23 in 1484. Miracles were immediately reported at his tomb and at his canonization, in 1521, he was declared one of the major patrons of Poland and of youth.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March6th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7this the Feast of the early Christian martyrs, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Both were young mothers with babies. They were arrested under the anti-Christian edict of the year 202 with a number of other fellow Christians. They were tortured and put to death for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8th is the Feast of St. John of God who was a mercenary soldier whose life was less than reputable until his conversion at about the age of 40. At that time he dedicated himself to spreading God’s word with books and pamphlets and eventually established a house to harbor the sick and thus lay the foundations of a new order now called the Brother Hospitallers of St. John of God. The shrine at his tomb is still surrounded by miracles. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

MARCH 8th IS THE FEAST of Blessed Vincent Kadłubek who was born in Tarnow in 1150. Bd. Vincent was an outstanding scholar who studied in Italy and France before he finally became the Bishop of Krakow. He took an active part in the politics of Poland to facilitate the common people. He built many monasteries in order to strengthen the Church in Poland.
In 1218 Bd. Vincent retired to the monastery of Jedrzejow where he became a simple Cistercian monk. It is at this point in his life that he wrote the famous CHRONICLE OF THE KINGS AND PRINCES OF POLAND, which marks him as the first historian of Poland. Bd. Vincent died in 1223, leaving a great reputation for holiness.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass this Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9th is the Feast of St. Frances of Rome, a noble woman, wife and mother. She founded a community to serve the poorest of the poor. There is a stained glass window of St. Frances of Rome in our church. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, March9thbefore 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.

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

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.

PLEASE NOTE that donations for the Sanctuary Lamp will no longer be taken. Thank you for your understanding.

Why Catholics Pray and Fast
Marshall Connolly

Prayer and Fasting is a powerful tool for the repulse of sin.

It’s early in the morning in California where I live and work. I have the power to go online and order an item from a store on the east coast. Assuming I am willing to pay, I can have that item in my hands by tomorrow evening. We live in an extraordinary time. If I decide I want to cheat on my wife, I can log onto websites and find someone who is willing to do the same to her husband and we can meet within hours. Thanks to modern technology and the mass erosion of morals, I can now sin at the speed of light.
We are proud of our modern society. Everything is quick and speedy. Compared to our ancestors, we’re playing life on “easy mode.” Of course, the danger of such living is extreme. Sins like gluttony are quick, cheap and easy. The penalties are non-existent, or so delayed that we hardly associate poor choices with the consequence. Think of how many millions of people go bankrupt with credit card debt because they could not control their impulse to buy more stuff.
We live in a brave new world, about that there is no doubt. We’re pretty far from ancient Israel in virtually every meaningful way. So it’s ironic to imagine that the best advice for our spiritual health comes from this time. But let’s have a look and see if it applies today.
The Gospel of Mark shares with us a little story about a boy who was possessed by a demon. The boy’s father brought him to Jesus and asked IF Jesus could help. Jesus noted the father’s lack of faith, but helped anyway. Jesus promptly cast out the demon and the boy arose, fully healed.
When the disciples asked how Jesus was able to cast out the demon when no other could, Jesus explained, “Some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:17-29)
The point is, prayer and fasting are the super-weapons of spiritual discipline. It’s the “power-up” that people need to reach a higher level of spiritual practice.
Our world is awash with temptation, but Jesus knew temptation too. Likewise, He understands your struggles today. Jesus has already pointed the way forward for you, as have many other biblical wise men, women and prophets. When you face a challenge, prayer and fasting are what you need to focus your mind and energy on the right choice.
As Catholics, we pray and fast, especially during Lent, because we need to pause and hit the reset button of our spiritual life. In ancient and medieval times, faith was practiced almost continually. Some ancient people attended Mass daily, prayed the Angelus three times per day, and were constantly aware that God belonged at the center of their lives. Many medieval chroniclers actually described these people as simple, yet happy.
Today, we may frown on the life of the medieval peasant, or the humble monk, but there’s no way to avoid the reality that they lived fulfilling lives free of the temptations and anxieties that plague us today. They faced fewer spiritual dangers, and they knew their place in God’s kingdom, both now and for the hereafter.
We however, spend a lot less time in prayer and contemplation. We spend more time in front of the television than we do in church. Fewer people pray before meals in the home and it is rare to see someone pray in public before a meal. Those that do, manage it quickly and quietly, as if they are embarrassed. What does that say about us as Catholics?
As long as we skip prayer and fasting, we will be deprived of the primary weapon God gave us to combat the worst demons in our lives.
Is it any wonder then why we live in a world that eschews prayer and fasting?! Could it be because the demons are multiplying?
Prayer and fasting may be technically optional in the modern practice of Catholicism, but it isn’t optional at all. In fact, the modern world with its distractions, and our honed ability to sin at the speed of light, makes prayer and fasting even more necessary than ever before.
If you want to improve your life, you will need to undertake the discipline of regular prayer and fasting. Only then will you have the power to cast out the demons that threaten your life. — http://www.catholic.org
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DAY OF PRAYER FOR HEALING AND RECONCILIATION: As part of a diocesan-wide effort to address the abuse crisis through prayer and action, on the first Monday of Lent, March 11, Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has asked that all Catholic churches remain open throughout the day for a “Day of Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation.” Special prayer cards will be available for those who are willing to take a few minutes to visit a church and offer their own private prayer. Please consider taking a few minutes out of your day on March 11 to participate.

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.
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.

DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A LOCAL CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP? The St. John Paul II Youth Group serves the high school youth of the local Catholic community—all are welcome. Our monthly gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with other activities throughout the month. To learn more about what God is doing in the life of the teens and for a more complete schedule, email stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.com or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”

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 THIRD ORDER OF MOUNT CARMEL will meet on Saturday, February 23rd, 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.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th. A reminder will be out as we get closer. Blessings to all participants!! You are very much appreciated!

MICHAEL JAMES METTE AND FAMILY IN CONCERTAll are welcome to join us for a concert with national performer Michael James Mette, Friday, March 15th, at St. Michael School in Brattleboro, VT, from 7-8:30PM. Michael Mette travels all over the country with his family spreading the Gospel through music and personal witness. The evening will be inspiring and we hope you will bring the whole family. There is no cost, though a good-will offering will be taken to defray the cost. Please register on the Diocesan website: http://www.vermontcatholic.org/ event/michael-mette-concert-event

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, MARCH3:8:00 + Helen Bigelow – int. Bigelow Family
SUNDAY, MARCH3: 10:30 – Health & Blessings for Fr. Charles DiMascola
– int. Shaughnessys
MONDAY, MARCH4:– Stanislawa & Aleksander Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo
TUESDAY, MARCH5:– Health & Blessings for Fr. Donald Noiseux – int. Shaughnessys
WEDNESDAY, MARCH6:8:00 +All our deceased friends – int. Shaughnessys
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6:5:30 – Conversion of Family Members – int. Shaughnessys
THURSDAY, MARCH7:– Present and Future Members of the Killay Family
– int. Shaughnessys
FRIDAY, MARCH8: – Present & Future Members of the Shaughnessy Family
– int. Shaughnessys
SATURDAY, MARCH9: 8:00 + Lucinda Seago – int. Holy Rosary Society
SATURDAY, MARCH 9: 4:00 – Health & Blessings for Vince Kobera – int. Mom

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!

WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPSOF 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 helensheamurphy@verizon.net. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: FILM & REFLECTION Please join us for an afternoon of film and reflection on Sunday, March 31st, at 3:00 pm at Pope Francis Preparatory School, 99 Wendover Rd., Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available for advanced purchase by calling 413-732-3175.

Pączki for Tłusty Wtorek

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Tuesday, March 5th, is the last day before Lent and it is the Polish tradition to have one last bit of sweets before the fasting of Lent. For this reason this day is called Tłusty Wtorek (Fat Tuesday). The tradition of this day involved the sampling of Pączki, a Polish doughnut filled with fruit and topped with hot chocolate sauce and cream. To have our last bit of sweets before Lent, Pączki and coffee will be served after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the church undercroft. All are invited.

ALL OUR LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES are reminded to get ready for our annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik which will be held on Saturday, April 13thstarting at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to start working on those beautiful arts and crafts and tasty culinary delights for which our parish is so famous.

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT a table at our Spring Gaik and Easter Bazaar may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

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We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always
do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free e-mail program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness. . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
To sign up, visit http://www.BestLentEver.com

“Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

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

Mieczyslaw Dogzek 3/3/1927
Edward F. Bialecki 3/3/1986
Jennie V. Baranowski 3/3/1996
Stephanie M. Kaminski 3/3/1997
Harold J. McCormick, Jr. 3/3/1997
Josephine M. Ciesunski 3/3/1998
Julia Siwizki 3/4/1987
Chester C. Ostrowski 3/4/1996
Stella A. Siano 3/4/2010
Jennie Moltenbrey 3/4/2011
Demetria Seago 3/4/2017
Lucinda Seago 3/4/2017
Martin Seago 3/4/2017
Nicholas Seago 3/4/2017
Peter Seago 3/4/2017
Kartarzyna Brzozowy 3/5/1958
Adalbert Bukowski 3/5/1961
John J. Juskiewicz 3/5/1995
Fr. Peter Pagano 3/5/2015
James L. Senn 3/5/2015
Stanislaw Lazarz 3/6/1963
John Putala 3/6/1971
Christopher Kobierowski 3/6/2001
Stachia I. Plaza 3/6/2015
Anna C. Legere 3/7/2013
Henry A. Kostanski 3/7/3014
Andrew Putala 3/8/1922
Blanche Putala 3/8/1969
James J. Burns, IV 3/8/1987
Mary Zajac 3/9/1940
Rev. Peter Samorajski 3/9/1973
Leon A. Piecuch 3/9/2016
Cecile M. Sojka 3/9/2016
Stanley Rozycki, Sr. 3/10/1998
Stanislaus J. Sojka 3/10/2003
Bernard J. Kobera 3/10/2014

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of 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. Reardon           Fr. O’Mannion       Deacon Patten      Our Retired Priests

                    Thursday                              Friday                            Saturday
            Bishop Rozanski          Our Deacon Candidates          Msgr. Yargeau

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