+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 28, 2019 +
SUNDAY, APRIL 28[Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)]:
8:00 am + Living & Deceased members of the Pelc & Bellenoit Families
– int. Pelc Family
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Bill & Carol Kostecki – int. Henry Gaida
MONDAY, APRIL 29 [St. Catherine of Siena]:
8:00 am – Thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity – Elizabeth Guedez
TUESDAY, APRIL 30 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Pius V]:
5:30 pm + Patricia O’Brien – int. Bruce Pollard
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1[St. Jude Novena/St. Joseph the Worker]:
5:30 pm + Frank Bush – int. George Bush
THURSDAY, MAY 2 [St. Athanasius]:
5:30 pm + Lissette Rojas – int. Marie Mew
FIRST FRIDAY, MAY 3 [Ss. Philip and James/Our Lady, Queen of the Crown of Poland/Bl. Stanislaw Kazimierczyk]:
5:30 pm + Souls in Purgatory – int. Melissa Wright
FIRST SATURDAY, MAY 4 [St. Florian/Bl. Michael Giedroyc]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Joshua and Skyla – int. TJD
4:00 pm + Kathryn Putala – int. Christine Keenan
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MAY 5[Third Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am¬¬– Grace & Blessings for Sarah Garrepy & Sr. Agnes Loretta – int. Pelc Family
10:30 am + Living & Deceased Members of the Holy Rosary Society
+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA PRAYERS START ON GOOD FRIDAY – From 1931 to 1938 Our Lord revealed the secrets of His great mercy to St. Faustina. He designated the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of the Divine Mercy of God. In preparation of this Feast, He asked that a Novena be started on Good Friday, a Novena which asks for prayers each of the nine days for a different group of souls in order to immerse them in the sea of God’s Mercy! Mass, Confession, Communion are required on Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter. Our Lord promised to the souls who follow these requests a complete remission of sin and punishment! Our Lord thus instructed Sister Faustina: “My daughter, speak to the whole world of My incomprehensible Mercy. I desire that the Feast be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners. The very depths of My Mercy will be opened on that day. I will pour out a sea of graces upon those souls that will approach the font of My Mercy. Those who go to confession and receive Holy Communion on Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, will obtain complete remission of sins and punishment. Let no soul fear to come to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. Tell ailing mankind to draw close to My Merciful Heart and I will fill it with peace. Mankind will not find peace until it turns with confidence to My Mercy.”
DEANERY-WIDE DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY CELEBRATION The Franklin County Deanery will sponsor a Divine Mercy Celebration at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield on Sunday, April 28th. The service will include Benediction, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Novena Prayer. All Catholic churches in Franklin County will be participating in this celebration in which great emphasis is being placed on the Eucharist and devotion to our Lord. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the Celebrant and will preach.
“A Plenary Indulgence is granted to all faithful and to each individual faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin), each and every time they participate attentively and piously in a sacred function or a devotional exercise undertaken in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed and conserved in the tabernacle.”
Confessions will be available from 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. The celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m.
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!
MONDAY, APRIL 29th is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, the great mystic and author known as a peace maker and an advocate of renewal in religious life by discipline, obedience, prayer and charity. She is a Doctor of the Church and the patroness of Italy. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30th is the Feast of Pope St. Pius V who was known for his devotion to the Holy Mass and the Rosary. He instituted reforms in the Church stressing discipline and prayer. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1st is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker focusing on the dignity of labor through the humility of St. Joseph. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 2nd is the Feast of St. Athanasius the Bishop of Alexandria and a great champion of orthodox teaching in the Church. He suffered greatly for his defense of the truth. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 3rd is the Feast of St. Philip and St. James the Apostles. St. Philip after preaching the gospel was crucified and St. James was beaten to death in Jerusalem for his Faith. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 3rd is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 4th is the First Saturday of the Month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The devotions will begin with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary and Benediction. Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass onSunday, May 5th. Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a pot luck dinner in the church undercroft. At 2:00 p.m. they will gather again in the church for May devotions with the Rosary and Benediction.
LADIES OF OUR PARISH interested in joining the Sisterhood of the Holy Rosary Society are invited to our meeting on Sunday, May 7th in the morning following the 10:30 Mass in the church undercroft. The Holy Rosary Society meets four times a year and is involved in charitable and spiritual activities throughout the year. There are also many spiritual benefits to membership.
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home ofMargaret Batesfor a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
THE ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of impossible cases.
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YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass. If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour! Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.” Please use the side door.
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.
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!
VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
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.
St. Faustina Kowalska
and Devotion to Divine Mercy
A sermon by Pope John Paul II
This sermon was given by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his canonization of Sr. Faustina in 30 April 2000 and his proclamation of the First Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Today my joy is truly great in presenting the life and witness of Sr. Faustina Kowalska to the whole Church as a gift of God for our time. By divine Providence, the life of this humble daughter of Poland was completely linked with the history of the 20th century, the century we have just left behind. In fact, it was between the First and Second World Wars that Christ entrusted his message of mercy to her. Those who remember, who were witnesses and participants in the events of those years and the horrible sufferings they caused for millions of people, know well how necessary was the message of mercy.
Jesus told Sr Faustina: “Humanity will not find peace until it turns trustfully to Divine Mercy”. Through the work of the Polish religious, this message has become linked for ever to the 20th century, the last of the second millennium and the bridge to the third. It is not a new message but can be considered a gift of special enlightenment that helps us to relive the Gospel of Easter more intensely, to offer it as a ray of light to the men and women of our time.
What will the years ahead bring us? What will man’s future on earth be like? We are not given to know. However, it is certain that in addition to new progress there will unfortunately be no lack of painful experiences. But the light of divine mercy, which the Lord in a way wished to return to the world through Sr. Faustina’s charism, will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium.
It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”. In the various readings, the liturgy seems to indicate the path of mercy which, while re-establishing the relationship of each person with God, also creates new relations of fraternal solidarity among human beings. Christ has taught us that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. He also showed us the many paths of mercy, which not only forgives sins but reaches out to all human needs. Jesus bent over every kind of human poverty, material and spiritual.
It is not easy to love with a deep love, which lies in the authentic gift of self. This love can only be learned by penetrating the mystery of God’s love. Looking at him, being one with his fatherly heart, we are able to look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters, with an attitude of unselfishness and solidarity, of generosity and forgiveness. All this is mercy!
Sr. Faustina Kowalska wrote in her Diary: “I feel tremendous pain when I see the sufferings of my neighbors. All my neighbors’ sufferings reverberate in my own heart; I carry their anguish in my heart in such a way that it even physically destroys me. I would like all their sorrows to fall upon me, in order to relieve my neighbor”. This is the degree of compassion to which love leads, when it takes the love of God as its measure!
It is this love which must inspire humanity today, if it is to face the crisis of the meaning of life, the challenges of the most diverse needs and, especially, the duty to defend the dignity of every human person. Thus the message of divine mercy is also implicitly a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God’s eyes; Christ gave his life for each one; to everyone the Father gives his Spirit and offers intimacy.
This consoling message is addressed above all to those who, afflicted by a particularly harsh trial or crushed by the weight of the sins they committed, have lost all confidence in life and are tempted to give in to despair. To them the gentle face of Christ is offered; those rays from his heart touch them and shine upon them, warm them, show them the way and fill them with hope. How many souls have been consoled by the prayer “Jesus, I trust in You”, which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina!
And you, Faustina, a gift of God to our time, a gift from the land of Poland to the whole Church, obtain for us an awareness of the depth of divine mercy; help us to have a living experience of it and to bear witness to it among our brothers and sisters. May your message of light and hope spread throughout the world, spurring sinners to conversion, calming rivalries and hatred and opening individuals and nations to the practice of brotherhood. Today, fixing our gaze with you on the face of the risen Christ, let us make our own your prayer of trusting abandonment and say with firm hope: Christ Jesus, I trust in You!
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, APRIL28:8:00 –Health & Blessings for Christopher, Courtney, Andrew, & Chelsey – int. Cindy & Chris Opalenik
SUNDAY, APRIL 28:10:30 – Special Intention – int. Cindy Opalenik
MONDAY, APRIL29: + Aborted Children – int Ron & Monica Scherman
TUESDAY, APRIL30:–Mothers of Aborted Children – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1:– Health & Blessings for Joshua & Skyla – int. TJD
THURSDAY, MAY2:+ George & Dorothy Piecuch – int. Niece, Carol
FRIDAY, MAY 3:+ Michael Austikalnis – int. Dana Desreuisseau
SATURDAY, MAY4: 4:00 + Barbara Sevene – int. TGHS Indians—Class of ‘65
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!
COMING NEXT WEEK: BABY BOTTLES: During the Easter season we will be participating in Alternatives Pregnancy Center’sChange for Babies program. Baby bottles will be available next weekend—Mercy Sunday—for you to take and fill with your loose change (and any other gift of money you’d like to give).Alternatives serves local women dealing with obstacles surrounding their pregnancies and family situations, seeking to protect each mother and each unborn baby. We are motivated by love, the love of God for us and for all life, including the most vulnerable. Thank you for participating.
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 email@example.com or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”
ORGANIST/CANTOR WANTED – HOLY NAME PARISHHoly Name Parish in Springfield is in need of an organist/cantor or organist for our 4:30 PM Saturday Liturgy and to help as substitute for other liturgies. Pay is commensurate with your ability. Very pleasant atmosphere and welcoming congregation. Please contact Tom Veto at 413 250-7812 or Fr. David Aufiero at 733-5823. Thank You.
WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL:A Pilgrimage to Greece, Patmos and Ephesus: Oct. 11-21, 2019. Join us on a spiritual journey to many towns of the New Testament where St. Paul first spread the Good News. Also visit Patmos where St. John wrote Revelations and Mary’s House in Ephesus. Included is a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles. Fr. Timothy Campoli and Msgr. Ronald Yargeau are our Spiritual Directors. Daily Mass will take place. The cost is $4199 but if you register before January 31, 2019 you will receive a $200 Early Bird Discount. A bus to Logan will be arranged if there is interest. For a flyer and more information, please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-824-8733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Are you like Thomas? Do you need to see to believe? Pray for faith and trust. If you think God is calling you, please email: email@example.com and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com
PARISH ORGANIST: ST. PATRICK’S CHRUCH of Northfield, MA, is seeking to hire an organist. Hours would include Saturday Masses at 4 PM as well as every other Sunday Mass at 9 AM. Start date by April 19, 2019. Please contact Reverend Thomas Lisowski at 1-413-522-3070 (cell) if you are interested or have a recommendation.
SAVE THE DATE! Find Your Greatness with Catholic speaker, Jonathan Fanning, is coming to Springfield, MA on Saturday, September 14, 2019! Come join Holy Name Church for a great morning of listening, learning, scripture, and prayer. Find Your Greatness is based on Matthew Kelly’s best-seller The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. Don’t worry, this is not your typical Church event! Reach your full potential, create a personal life plan, and develop a vibrant spiritual life. September 14, 2019, Holy Family Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Get your tickets today! Call us at 859.980.7900 to reserve your tickets!
THE TERESIANS– Please consider becoming a Teresian. As we have said there is NO commitment. We will notify everyone on the ministry list (via email) when someone is sick and in need of prayer or a visit OR dying and in need of prayer or a visit OR died and the funeral details. It will be up to each individual/family to decide how they can minister. No one is expected to respond to each need. If any parishioner knows of someone in need, please email Nancy Faller (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can get the word out.
OLC ORGAN PROJECT: We have raised over $16,000 of the total amount of $20,000 needed. Please consider making a small contribution—and please keep us in your prayers!
TROOPS OF ST. GEORGE, TROOP 1655 OLC:VIRTUS. HONOR. FRATERNITAS.
The Troops of St. George’s motto is Latin for Virtue, Honor and Fraternity.The Troops of Saint George apostolate aims to use the outdoors as ourcanvas and the sacraments as our path to light the way for the formationof holy Catholic men and boys. Whether called to the vocation of thepriesthood, the religious life, or that of holy fatherhood, our fathers andsons will take a prayerful pilgrimage together to fulfill Christ’s desire forthem to grow in virtue and in their Holy Catholic faith as they journey toward heaven.
The Troops of Saint George (TSG) is the premier fraternal Catholicapostolate for priests, men, and young men looking for a life of adventurecoupled with virtue.Boys need formation from their fathers, as well as an environmentto cultivate and live out their God-given authentic masculinity. In Hiscreative design, God desired for men to stand as the spiritual heads oftheir families. TSG has created a platform for men to both practice andteach the faith to their sons.The Troops of Saint George is not a “drop off your kid” organization.Together, fathers (where fathers are not available to join TSG with their sons, we welcome maleguardians, grandfathers, older brothers, uncles, or another male role model) and sons work toward achievements and milestonesof manhood while using the outdoors as their backdrop—and Christ’sHoly Catholic Church as their guide.
All TSG boys are Catholics in good standing with full fidelity to theMagisterium, the Holy Father, and the local bishop. Boys ages 6-18 can join aTroop. Boys ages 6-10 are in the junior section of the local Troop. Young menages 11-18 are in the senior section of the local Troop.For more information, contact Troop Captain, Andrew Seamans, at email@example.com or 978-413-3155.
SPRING TAG, RUMMAGE, PLANT, TOY, JEWELRY, RAFFLE & BAKE SALE, sponsored by Holy Trinity Rosary Society, will take place on Friday, May 17th& Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Father Case Hall of Holy Trinity Church, 133 Pain Street, Greenfield, MA. Lunch will be available both days, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
TAG SALE, sponsored by the Ss. Peter and Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish, Saturday May 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Parish Center on Main Street in Three Rivers. A unique shopping experience! Bake Sale! Free Parking! Free Coffee!
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.
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
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Waclaw Bialecki 4/28/1953
John A. Cuky 4/28/1977
Helen G. Kaczenski-Butynski 4/28/1997
Theodore W. Jablonski, Sr. 4/28/2016
Joseph Brzozowy 4/29/1925
Chester Kopinto 4/29/2007
Linda Hicks 4/29/2014
Frank Janek 4/30/1959
John Kuczek 4/30/1966
Mildred F. Potosek 4/30/1988
Chester W. Skowron 4/30/1989
Walter E. Kulesa 4/30/2003
Anne O. Niedbala 4/30/2011
Anna Sikora 5/1/1922
Barbara Kuzawuski 5/1/1924
Michael Mirecki 5/1/1981
Elaine A. Krejmas 5/1/1986
Edward J. Dranzek 5/1/1998
Theodore A. Pluta 5/1/1998
Adeline S. Cislo 5/1/2013
Mary A. Kruczek 5/2/1997
Marguerite A. Zayac 5/2/2004
Raymond Denkewicz 5/2/2017
Francius Putala 5/3/1947
Konstacji Korda 5/3/1955
Konstanty Traczewski 5/3/1955
Dorothy LaMountain 5/3/1993
Bolesłaus Grygo 5/4/1934
Josephine Kopec 5/4/1975
Adeline B. Schab 5/4/1991
John J. Yez 5/4/2010
Veronica E. Krol 5/4/2014
Stanislaw Piszkor 5/5/1958
Frank Rudinski 5/5/1963
Mary E. Tucek 5/5/1990
Rosemarie E. Black 5/5/2010
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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
Msgr. Yargeau Deacon DeCarlo Deacon Leary
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Lunney Fr. Campoli Fr. Reardon Fr. Aksamit
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.