Bulletin April 28,2019

JMJ
+ 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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 stjpiiyouthgroup@gmail.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 helensheamurphy@verizon.net. 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: vocations@diospringfield.org 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 (nafaller@aol.com), 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 andrewseamans@hotmail.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

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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
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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

       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.

Bulletin: April 21, 2019

JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK APRIL 21, 2019 +

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21[Resurrection of the Lord]:
8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners – Ceremonies at the empty tomb
and Easter procession will take place before Mass
10:30 am – For the Benefactors of our Parish
MONDAY, APRIL 22 [Monday within the Octave of Easter]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Sophie Fritz – int. Family
TUESDAY APRIL 23[St. Camillus & St. Peregrine Novena/
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter]:
5:30 pm – Conversion of John Finnegan, Jr. – int. Claire Hughes
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 [St. Jude Novena/Wednesday within the Octave of Easter]:
5:30 pm + John Bush – int. George Bush
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 [Thursday within the Octave of Easter]:
5:30 pm + Agnes Golembeski – int. Donald Parda
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 [Friday within the Octave of Easter]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Yves & Anne-Marie Jacques – int. Henry Gaida
SATURDAY, APRIL 27[Saturday within the Octave of Easter]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for William Luckham – int. Family
10:00 am – Mass for the Profession in the O.C.D. Secular Order
4:00 pm + Kathryn Putala – int. Christine Keenan
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
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

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +
Wesołego Alleluja

Dear Parishioners,

May the blessings of Easter and the joy of Eternal Life be yours! Because of the Resurrection we have the certainty of Paradise! May this trust in Jesus always be ours! Wesołego Alleluja i smacznego jajka!

Una muy bendecida Pascua a todos!
Fr. Seán O’Mannion

 

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THE HOLY SATURDAY MASSOF THE NIGHT WATCH – 8:00 p.m. will begin with the blessing of the new fire and the Paschal Candle, the “Remembrance Readings” from the Old and New Testaments, the Blessing of Water, and the Renewal of Baptismal promises. The evening will end with the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the ringing of the Gloria Bells sounding the praise of the Resurrection. The Mass will be bilingual.

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EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – The “Resurrection Mass of Dawn” will take place at 8:00 a.m. beginning with the Service at the Empty Tomb followed by the Eucharistic Procession of the Risen Lord around the church. The first Mass of Easter will follow.

THE 10:30 a.m. MASS OF EASTER DAY will celebrate the Resurrection with the solemn reading of the Gospel of St. John and the enshrinement of the statue of the Resurrected Christ.

See the source imageFOR THE GLORY OF GOD, a donations for our Easter Flowers have been made in memory of Raymond & Louise Kervian; Lawrence & Helel Pelletier; Lorraine Coyle; and David W. Phillips from Joyce & Tina Phillips; in memory of Leslie & Gertrude Phillips from Tina Phillips; and in memory of Sr. Mary Rosalie; Charles & Cecilia Gloski; Mattie Stepanke; and Sandra Miner from  Joyce Phillips. Bóg wam wielki zapłać!
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.”
AFTER WEEKS OF LENTEN FASTING, great preparations are made for the Easter feast. Tables are artistically set with traditional Easter foods ready for the priests blessing (The Święconka). If the parish is large and the priest cannot come to the house, beautiful baskets are filled with a representative sampling of the Easter meal, and brought to the Church or a home singled out as a central gathering place for the priest to bless everyone’s food.
The Easter menu for the Święconka is set by tradition – hams, sausages, colored eggs, breads, pastries, and most important, butter carved in the image of the Paschal Lamb, a symbol of Christ.
The colored eggs are works of art in themselves and families compete with each other to produce the most beautiful designs. The eggs are decorated in three ways: 1. MALOWANKI: eggs painted in a solid color; 2. PISANKI: eggs of many colors with traditional and elaborate geometric designs completely covering the egg; 3. SKROBANKI: eggs of solid colors on which outlines of birds, flowers or animals are scratched in delicate lines by a sharp instrument.

EASTER DAY BEGINS with the celebration of the Resurrection Mass at sunrise. A solemn procession walks to the altar with the tomb of Jesus. The statue of the dead Christ is replaced by a statue of the Risen Christ. The Gospel of the discovery of the empty tomb is chanted and then the Eucharist is carried in the Monstrance in a festive procession around the Church led by the statue of the Risen Christ and a crucifix draped with a red stole (to symbolize the victorious passion of Christ). The bells ring again and young men often fire guns and fire crackers as a reminder of the tomb crashing open at the Resurrection.
After Mass the worshippers return to take part in the Święconka meal which was blessed the day before. But before the serious business of eating the great feast, there are two customs that tradition dictates be observed. Everyone takes a little of the horseradish in vinegar as the very first mouthful of the Easter feast in commemoration of Christ’s bitter cup of gall.
Cierpiał Jezus w Wielki Piątek, Jedzmy chrząn na te pamiątkę
Ocet w gąbce Panu dali, Bądź o Chryste zawsze z NAMI!
Roughly, this bit of Polish Folk poetry says:
Jesus suffered on Great Friday! Let us take horseradish, to recall
His bitter cup of gall. O Christ with us stay!
After the horseradish comes the tradition of sharing a blessed egg. The boiled eggs are shared with everyone at the table, much as the Opłatek was at Christmas. Blessings and good wishes are exchanged in this way before the meal actually begins.
Jajko symbol wielkanocy, Pan zmartwychwstał z własney mocy-
Na nic straż, pieczęć i skała. Niech go wielbi ziemia cała!
Again, roughly this bit of Polish Folk poetry says:
This egg is a symbol of the great night
When the Lord rose from the dead in His own might –
The guard, the crypt, the rock are as nothing.
Let all the earth come to Him. All praising!

PARENTS OF CATECHISM CLASS STUDENTS please note that there will be no classes on Easter Sunday, April 21st. Because Religious Education is so important to the salvation of the souls of our children we only have three days off from catechism each year: Christmas and New Year’s weekends and Easter Sunday. We never cancel classes. Eternal life is too important for days off!

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

See the source imageEASTER MONDAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY in Poland. It is called Smigus-Dyngus and it is a day dedicated to fun and games often ending with a good drenching with buckets of water. On Monday it is the boys who douse the girls while the girls are allowed to avenge themselves on Tuesday. This downpour is to remind us of the first Easter Monday, when according to an old Polish story, Herod and Pilate’s henchmen tried to stop the Apostles from talking and preaching about Christ’s resurrection by throwing buckets of water on them whenever they spoke in public. Today the dousing with buckets is often, but not always, replaced by a more genteel sprinkling, sometimes with water, but more often with perfume!
Mówimy dziś przy Dyngusie, O zmartwychstałym Jesusie,
Bo gdy o nim rozmawiali, Wodą ludzi rozpędzali!
Roughly translated this bit of Polish Folk Poetry says:
The day after Easter we preach, How Jesus saved us each
By rising from the dead.
But in this Jewish schism, we are blessed with a rowdy Baptism!

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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.

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!

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.

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 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, APRIL21:8:00 + Stephen & Phyllis Sanicki – int. Irene Klepadlo
MONDAY, APRIL22: –Health & Blessings for Irene Klepadlo – int. Doroty Kosewicz
TUESDAY, APRIL23:–Health & Blessings for Richard Tedeschi – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
WEDNESDAY, APRIL24:+ Bea Machado – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
THURSDAY, APRIL 25:– Ann & Jack Killay – int. The Shaughnessys
FRIDAY, APRIL 26:– Health & Blessings for Elaine Bartos – int. Dorothy Kosewicz
SATURDAY, APRIL 27: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Wanda Kozloski
– int. Dorothy Kosewicz
SATURDAY, APRIL 27: 4:00 + Soul of Jeffrey Keller – int. Cindy & Chris Opalenik

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!

The Octave of Easter
and the Sunday of Divine Mercy

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The celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection continues in the Church for eight days, called the Octave of Easter. Each day of the Octave is ranked as a Solemnity in the Church’s liturgical calendar, the highest ranking of liturgical feasts. At Masses during the Octave of Easter, as on Sundays, the Gloria, is recited or sung. And at the end of each Mass of the Octave, the double Alleluia is sung at the dismissal.
The idea of an Octave of a great feast has its roots in the Old Testament. There are many Jewish feasts that lasted for eight days, for example, the feast of Passover and the feast of Tabernacles. In the Catholic Church, we celebrate eight days of Christmas as well as eight days of Easter.
The Gospel readings at Masses during the Octave of Easter include passages from the Gospels that relate various appearances of the Risen Jesus. Reflecting on these Gospel texts is a wonderful way to prolong the celebration of Easter. Each day during the Octave, we proclaim in the Gospel Acclamation: This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
The Octave of Easter ends on the Second Sunday of Easter, the Sunday of Divine Mercy. In the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass in which he canonized the humble religious Sister Faustina Kowalska, Blessed John Paul II declared that from then on throughout the Church the Second Sunday of Easter would also be called the Sunday of Divine Mercy. This is entirely appropriate since, as Blessed John Paul II reminded us, “Divine Mercy is “the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity… .”
Blessed John Paul II frequently reminded us that “mercy is an indispensable dimension of love.” He would refer to mercy as “love’s second name.” God’s love was revealed and actualized as mercy. We see this in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And this is what we are called to live and actualize today in our lives and in the life of the Church. Our Lord told Saint Faustina three ways we are called to exercise mercy toward our neighbors: by deed, by word, and by prayer. To love as Jesus loved includes practicing mercy towards others. Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
At Mass on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, we will hear the Gospel account of Our Lord’s appearance to the apostles on the night of the first Easter Sunday. When He appeared to them, the Risen Jesus showed them his hands and his side. He showed them his glorious wounds. These wounds reveal the divine mercy. And then Our Lord imparted to his apostles his own power to forgive sins and entrusted to them and their successors the ministry of reconciliation when he said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. In the sacrament of Reconciliation, we have a blessed opportunity to experience the divine mercy in a powerful way through the forgiveness of our sins. In this sacrament, we encounter our merciful Savior through the ministry of his priests.
Through Saint Faustina, our Lord promised an abundance of graces to the faithful who devoutly observe the Sunday of Divine Mercy. There will be special celebrations of the Sunday of Divine Mercy in many of our parishes. There are various devotional practices revealed through Saint Faustina that can help us in our spiritual lives: the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the image of Divine Mercy, and the simple prayer: Jesus, I trust in You. These devotions are not ends in themselves — they help us to put mercy into action in our lives, to live the Beatitude: Blessed are the merciful. Showing mercy to our neighbors is a requirement of Divine Mercy devotion. As Our Lord said to Saint Faustina: I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it.
At Mass on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, we will pray Psalm 118 (the responsorial psalm that day). This is one of a series of psalms that the Jewish people call the Hallel. They were songs of praise used on feasts that recalled God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt. Psalm 118 is one of thanksgiving to God for his steadfast love and mercy in rescuing his people from their enemies. In psalm 118, we read:
Let the house of Israel say,
‘His mercy endures forever.’
Let the house of Aaron say,
‘His mercy endures forever.’
Let those who fear the Lord say,
‘His mercy endures forever.’
Jesus himself would have prayed this psalm at the Last Supper. When we pray it, we remember Christ’s passion and death and we thank God for raising Jesus from the dead. It reminds us to trust in the Lord and his merciful love. It truly endures forever.
In the Divine Mercy image, we see two rays of light shining from the heart of Jesus, one red, the other white. The red represents Christ’s blood and the mystery of the Eucharist. The white represents the water of Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. From the Sacred Heart of Jesus, God’s merciful love shines forth and illumines the world.
As we celebrate the Sunday of Divine Mercy, let us “give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). And may the Lord help us to spread his mercy and to bear witness to it among all our brothers and sisters!
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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.

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

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.”
Please save that date! Confessions will be available from 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. The celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY DEANERY CHOIR REHEARSAL The Deanery Choir will hold a one-time rehearsal in preparation for the April 28 Franklin County Deanery Divine Mercy Celebration on Wednesday, April 24th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, Greenfield.We will work on music of the Easter Season and will prepare for the musical prelude to this service, which begins at 1:45 p.m. on the 28th. Music, pencils, highlighters, and cough drops will be provided. All voices are truly welcome and please bring a singing friend! For further information, please contact Kathleen Galluzzo at 413-498-2158.

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.”

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Mary Mleczko, donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by: Buddy & Kathy McCord, and Francis P. Meyer. Bóg zapłać!

ORGANIST/CANTOR WANTED – HOLY NAME PARISH Holy 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.

WALK IN 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.
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:What stones are being moved away so you can be a minister of the Gospel? Who would you invite to consider being a sister, brother, priest, or deacon? Spread the good news:“Jesus is risen!” (John 20: 1-9) If you think God is calling you,please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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.

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 PMGet your tickets today! Call us at 859.980.7900 to reserve your tickets!

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Saturday Morning at 9:30. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.
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 andrewseamans@hotmail.com or 978-413-3155.

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 (nafaller@aol.com), so we can get the word out.

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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George W. Reed 1915 Organ
For Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish

The digital organ at Our Lady of Czestochowa, installed in 1990, has reached the end of its usable life—the various failures of computer chips, etc., would require more than the instrument is actually worth to fix. A sub-committee of the St. Cecilia Choir Society was set up in 2015 to investigate various possibilities of replacement, including at new digitals, repurposed pipe-organs, and new instruments. The results were that anything of any quality were far out of our price range. In the past few weeks, the committee had been made aware of a unique and historic organ which has become available, which would add great beauty to our church and to our worship.
This historic organ was built by George W. Reed Organ Company, of West Boylston, Mass., in 1910-15. The George Reed Co. built 67 organs, of which only 11 are currently extant. This is a fine example of a mechanical action organ, and is in extremely fine condition, having been fully rebuilt and serviced in 1999, and was moved to our church last week.
In addition to moving the organ, this project also included a number of much needed improvements to the choir loft, and to our electrical system. Work on this project began on Saturday, April 13th. The organ was fully rebuilt (a technical term for a large-scale overhaul in which worn parts are replaced, etc.) in 1999, and worn parts will also be replaced when it is moved to our church; another rebuild will not likely be needed for another 50 to 60 years—so with care and routine maintenance (tuning, regulating, etc.) this beautiful instrument will beautify our worship until around the year 2070!
We are exceedingly grateful for a very generous gift which has made all of this possible, but we are also asking for your help toward this project, as the total cost of the project will be around $20,000. But most of all, we ask for your prayers, this whole project has come about providentially, and prayer is the most important gift that we need.
I, and the choirs of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish thank you for your help and encouragement in this project.
Sincerely yours is Christ.
Henry R. Gaida
Director of Music & Organist
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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Edward Kalapojski 4/21/1932
Ethel Podlenski 4/21/1966
Walter J. Lapinski 4/21/1974
Stephen J. Gulo, Sr. 4/21/1994
Helena A. Herzig 4/21/2001
Henry E. Mleczko 4/21/2012
Sophie Roniejko 4/22/1953
Stanley Drinzek 4/23/1966
Mary. G. Gulo 4/23/1973
Frank Gozeski 4/23/1975
Frances M. Lapinski 4/23/2004
Lucien P. Desbien 4/23/2014
Elizabeth A. Hanley 4/23/2015
John Tranowski 4/24/1927
Joseph Plodzien 4/24/1971
Barbara L. Cutler 4/24/1995
John J. Gibowicz 4/24/2018
Paul Zukowski 4/25/1945
Stephania Skwarzek 4/25/1984
Thomas P. Sliva 4/25/1987
Mary P. Hoynoski 4/25/1988
Walter P. Kenney 4/25/1994
Agnes A. Golembeski 4/25/2008
Stanislaus Dudzinski 4/26/1933
Francisjki Bergiel 4/26/1954
Paul Jablonski 4/26/1955
Henry F. Dlugon 4/26/1977
Stanley J. Wasileski 4/26/1988
John Sliwa 4/27/1955
Antoinette Pelis 4/27/1989
Veronica J. Kulesa 4/27/1996
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

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                      Wednesday

     Vocations            Deacon Nolan                Fr. O’Connor                   Fr. Campoli

                     Thursday                       Friday                            Saturday
                   Fr. Lisowski              Deacon Bucci                       Fr. Lunney

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

Bulletin: April 14, 2019

 

 

+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2018 +

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 [Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord]:
8:00 am + Blanche Siwizki – int. Family
10:30 am + Kathryn Putala – int. Christine Keenan
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
MONDAY, APRIL 15 [St. Mary’s Extravagance]:
8:00 am– Health & Blessings for Jeffrey Morse – int. Henry Gaida
TUESDAY, APRIL 16 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena /Love’s Last Appeal]:
5:30 pm+ Charles Gloski
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17[St. Jude Novena / The Thirty Pieces of Silver]:
5:30 pm + Mary Kopinto – int. Fritz FAmily
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 18 [The Last Supper]:
7:00 pm– Living and deceased Priests of Our Lady of Częstochowa Church
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19[The Passion and Death of our Lord]:
8:00 am – The church will be open from 8:00 a.m. for private prayer
3:00 pm – Stations of the Cross and veneration of the Relic of the Cross
7:00 pm – Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified and Holy Communion
(The church will remain open until 9:00 p.m.)
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 20 [Waiting at the Tomb]:
8:00 am– Tenebræ (The church will be open all day for private prayer.)
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. – The blessing of Easter food – Święconka
will take place in the church undercroft.
8:00pm- For our Parish and Parishioners
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21[Resurrection of the Lord]:
8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners – Ceremonies at the empty tomb
and Easter procession will take place before Mass
10:30 am – For the Benefactors of our Parish

See the source imageSUNDAY, APRIL 14th IS PALM SUNDAY and commemorates Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. For this reason the Church blesses palms to remind us of the multitude which accompanied Him carrying branches and strewing them in His way, while they chanted: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!” The ceremonies for Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion Gospel of Luke will take place on Saturday, April 8th at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9th at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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PALM SUNDAY IS CELEBRATED AS FLOWER SUNDAY in Polish parishes. In Polish churches it is the custom to bless pussy willow and Forsythia blossoms (which were forced into bloom during Lent rather than palms which often were impossible to obtain). A beautiful Polish custom involves the creation of great staffs of flowers, ribbons, pussy willows and greens to use as palms in the Blessing and Procession proclaiming Jesus Christ the King and Messiah. These “palms” are often eight to ten feet high and create an imposing and solemn picture.

 

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THE LAST LENTEN CHANTING OF GORZKIE ŻALE will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th. Bilingual books are available so that everyone can follow this beautiful service following the loving sacrifice of Jesus in His final days.

WHAT DO YOU DO with the palm branch received last year? Any religious object, once blessed, should be disposed of properly. This means the palm branch or other object should be buried in the earth or burned in a “clean” fire . . . not a trash fire. If you have children, this is a good way of teaching them the importance of respecting religious objects. The new palm branch you will receive this week should be placed on your crucifix at home or over a religious icon or picture.

PLEASE, PLEASE, VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP set up the altars for Holy Week on Sunday, April 14th after Gorzkie Żale, and on Monday, April 15th immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

PARENTS OF CATECHISM CLASS STUDENTS please note that there will be no classes on Easter Sunday, April 16th. Because Religious Education is so important to the salvation of the souls of our children we only have three days off from catechism each year: Christmas and New Year’s weekends and Easter Sunday. We never cancel classes. Eternal life is too important for days off!

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Holy Week Schedule

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THE MASS OF ST. MARY’S EXTRAVAGANCE on Monday, April 15th, at 8:00 a.m. will commemorate the anointing of Jesus by Mary, the sister of Lazarus, as a prelude to the anointing for the burial of Jesus. Following an old Polish tradition, the congregation will be anointed with aromatic oil, blessed at this Mass, in remembrance of “St. Mary’s Extravagant Act of Love.”

THE MASS OF LOVE’S LAST APPEAL on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. is a remembrance of the last appeal of Jesus to Judas and of the betrayal of Judas.

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THE MASS OF THE 30 PIECES OF SILVER on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. will recall the price of betrayal and of the final days of Jesus.
See the source imageHOLY THURSDAY – THE “MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER” at 7:00 p.m. will commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus at the Last Supper. The bells and organ will play for the last time at the Gloria of the Mass and the Eucharist will be transferred in solemn procession to the “Altar of the Holy Prison” recalling the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus. The Altar of Sacrifice will then be stripped and the tabernacle emptied to underline the grief of the Church. The church will remain open until 9:00 p.m. for private adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in the Holy Prison Altar. The Mass will be bilingual in English and Spanish. Confessions will be heard one half before the Mass.

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GOOD FRIDAY – The church will be open all day from 8:00 a.m. for private adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in the Holy Prison Altar.

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THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday, following the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion.

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THE GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE OF THE LORD’S PASSION, 7:00 p.m. will commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross. The Passion Gospel of St. John will be read followed by the unveiling and veneration of the Cross. The Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified will follow with Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist will then be transferred to the “Altar of the Garden Tomb” where it will remain until Easter morning. The church will remain open until 9:00 p.m. for private prayer before the Altar of the Garden Tomb. The service will be bilingual.

HOLY SATURDAY- The church will be open all day from 8:00 a.m. for private adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of the Garden Tomb.

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THE OFFICE OF TENEBRAE will be chanted at 8:00 a.m. This service, unique to Holy Week, is the combined services of the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer. The service gets its name, which is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”, from the custom of extinguishing candles during the chanting of each of the Psalms, reflecting the darkness of the world at the death of Christ. Interspersed between the Psalms are readings from Scriptures and the Church Fathers.

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THE TRADITIONAL BLESSING OF EASTER FOOD called the Święconka will take place in the church undercroft on Holy Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to bring their Easter baskets with their Easter dinner for the beautiful ceremony of the blessing. Also please bring the children with their candy baskets, chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. There is a special blessing for them too!

CONFESSIONS will be heard from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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THE HOLY SATURDAY MASS OF THE NIGHT WATCH – 8:00p.m. will begin with the blessing of the new fire and the Paschal Candle, the “Remembrance Readings” from the Old and New Testaments, the Blessing of Water, and the Renewal of Baptismal promises. The evening will end with the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the ringing of the Gloria Bells sounding the praise of the Resurrection. The Mass will be bilingual.

 

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EASTER SUNDAY – The “Resurrection Mass of Dawn” will take place at 8:00 a.m. beginning with the Service at the Empty Tomb followed by the Eucharistic Procession of the Risen Lord around the church. The first Mass of Easter will follow.

THE 10:30 a.m. MASS OF EASTER DAY will celebrate the Resurrection with the solemn reading of the Gospel of St. John and the enshrinement of the statue of the Resurrected Christ.

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.
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!

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home ofJoanne Dowdyfor 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 Michael Weldon a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Dorothy Weldon. 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.

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!

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Saturday Morning at 9:30. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.

“The Supper Your Son Gave Us”
Bevil Bramwell, OMI

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The phrase above appears in the Prayer after Communion on Holy Thursday night, when the priest petitions God on behalf of the community. And then he states, ever so simply, that “we receive new life” in this “supper.” He asks, too, that we may “find full contentment in the meal we hope to share” in the Kingdom. These are all, to say the least, quite pregnant phrases that need some thinking through.
Embedded in the words is the foundation in the past, when the Incarnate Son of God was among us as a human being and ate a meal with his friends the day before the horrors of what the poet George Herbert (1593-1633) called the Agony.
The words also encompass the present time because Jesus, risen and glorified, is with us again for “supper” on this Holy Thursday sharing an unimaginable new life with us. This meal is founded in love: “Love is that liquor sweet and most divine,/ which my God feels as blood and I as wine.” (Herbert) The meal has its meaning only because it is the unbloody presence of what happened the next day. Jesus gave his life for us – the definitive moment in human history.
But also present is the future because of who Jesus is and what he has done here in our history and for all remaining time as a member of the human race. We will further join this meal eternally in some mystical way in the Kingdom of God. This “supper” thus encompasses past, present, and future, and what transcends time.
For those who have faith, it is the framework of existence, the wellspring of new life right here and now. It is also the source of the meaning of real life, authentic life, life without end – in fact a life for and with others. Now Jesus lived his life for others by speaking the truth, serving others, healing others, forgiving their sins, pouring out his life for humanity. The risen and glorified Jesus has poured out his Spirit on the Church so that all of the many dimensions of this life for others can constantly be present in a visible, concrete form – in all countries and in all ages.
We need this concrete, visible presence because we are creatures who operate through our senses. Part of this presence for others appears in the New Testament, which witnesses to Jesus. But anticipations of this coming presence recur throughout the Old Testament.
His presence also lies in the priesthood, which offers his sacrifice, and a complementary part of his priesthood lies in the priesthood of the baptized – often misunderstood and overemphasized in some quarters. The baptized “through all those works which are those of the Christian man . . . offer spiritual sacrifices and proclaim the power of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. Therefore all the disciples of Christ, persevering in prayer and praising God, should present themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Everywhere on earth they must bear witness to Christ and give an answer to those who seek an account of that hope of eternal life which is in them.” (Vatican II)
Furthermore, part of Jesus’ presence for others operates through the teaching office of the Church, through his grace in the sacraments besides the Eucharist (the Supper), and the ordained priesthood. Finally there is the presence for others in the lives of men and women religious. This complex mediation of Jesus’ presence for others is needed because of the fact that he is God and so fills his varied creation with a surplus of meaning through this differentiated presence that we call the Church.
So the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper recalls us to the spiritual core of the Church and its completion in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We, time-bound creatures, can only deal with things in a sequential way, so the liturgy takes us through this majestic pleroma of grace that Jesus is manifesting through the created realities of words and actions in this meal and on the Cross – which transform literally everything.
He sacrificed himself for others. And now, at the Holy Thursday “supper,” we see Christ the priest offering himself as the victim, doing in a mediated form what he would do once and for all on the following day. The sacrifice was made and the ordained priest commemorating that sacrifice is simply “acting in the person of Christ, [and] he makes present the Eucharistic sacrifice, and offers it to God in the name of all the people.” (Vatican II) The faithful, “in virtue of their royal priesthood, join in the offering of the Eucharist” in their particular mode.
This bottomless stream of grace and truth opens up in our midst and remains for all time, bubbling up in the heart of the rich and differentiated community that we know as the Church.

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.

See the source imageIN POLISH HOMES, the evening meal of Holy Thursday, has a festive atmosphere in remembrance of the Last Supper and in particular of Our Lord’s great gift of Himself in the Holy Eucharist.
Pike is a traditional part of the meal because the bones, interestingly enough, seem to make up the instruments used in crucifying Jesus. The bones are delicately arranged after the meal and, curiously, there appears a ladder, a cross, a lance and a set of nails.
An old Polish legend states that the Apostles caught a Pike on Thursday which was eaten at the Last Supper.
The Mass in Polish churches for Holy Thursday is particularly beautiful with ancient ceremonies and solemn processions. The first half of the Mass is festive in commemoration of the great gift of Holy Communion but the second half is more somber in remembrance of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.
Every possible bell in the church is rung while the Gloria is sung. At the end of this prayer they are all silenced and the Polish people use a picturesque phrase to describe this action by saying “the bells have flown to Rome not to return until the Easter Vigil.”
A beautiful altar of reservation is set up, often representing the Last Supper, the Eucharist, or Jesus in prison. The faithful worship all night before this shrine in silent adoration of the Eucharistic Lord.

ON GOOD FRIDAY it is the custom in many Polish homes to cover all mirrors with black cloth as a sign of mourning for the suffering and death of Jesus. Parents wake the children on this day by gently whispering “The Wounds of God” as they tap them lightly with a little switch in memory of the scourging of Our Savior.
Strict fasting is observed all day as well as holy silence. If any conversation is carried on, it is only about serious or spiritual matters. No music is heard and the radio and TV is never played on this day to impress everyone with the solemnity of the day.
It is the custom to visit the various churches in town on Good Friday in order to view the sepulcher of Jesus and to pray at these holy shrines built only for this one day of the year. These sepulchers are set at a garden-like altar. Here in the midst of artistically arranged flowers is an image of the stricken Jesus in a tomb guarded day and night by priests, faithful worshippers and representatives of veterans groups. The Eucharist is displayed in a veiled monstrance on this altar and the people often approach it walking on their knees down the center of the church.

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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.”
AFTER WEEKS OF LENTEN FASTING, great preparations are made for the Easter feast. Tables are artistically set with traditional Easter foods ready for the priests blessing (The Święconka). If the parish is large and the priest cannot come to the house, beautiful baskets are filled with a representative sampling of the Easter meal, and brought to the Church or a home singled out as a central gathering place for the priest to bless everyone’s food.
The Easter menu for the Święconka is set by tradition – hams, sausages, colored eggs, breads, pastries, and most important, butter carved in the image of the Paschal Lamb, a symbol of Christ.
The colored eggs are works of art in themselves and families compete with each other to produce the most beautiful designs. The eggs are decorated in three ways: 1. MALOWANKI: eggs painted in a solid color; 2. PISANKI: eggs of many colors with traditional and elaborate geometric designs completely covering the egg; 3. SKROBANKI: eggs of solid colors on which outlines of birds, flowers or animals are scratched in delicate lines by a sharp instrument.

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, APRIL14:8:00 + Carol Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
SUNDAY, APRIL 14: 10:30 + Sophie Ostroski – int. Fritz Family
MONDAY, APRIL15: + Anne Rosa – int. Laurie, Tim, & T.J.
TUESDAY, APRIL16: + Chet Galvis – int. Connie
WEDNESDAY, APRIL17:+ Dorothy Norwash – int. Bigelow Family
THURSDAY, APRIL 18: + Wanda Kuzmeskus – int. Fritz Family

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

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

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 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.”

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 andrewseamans@hotmail.com or 978-413-3155.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Are you willing to surrender your life to God? You are promised eternal life. (Luke 22: 14-23: d1-49) 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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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Louis Kozlowski 4/14/1973
Mary C. Baron 4/14/1996
Walter A. Gaines 4/14/1998
Stefania Milewski 4/15/1923
Katirina Sokolewski 4/15/1951
Richard C. Patterson 4/15/1997
Marjorie L. Payne 4/15/2014
Jean A. Clarke 4/16/2001
Jessie Potyrala 4/16/2003
Maurice R. Emond 4/16/2013
Joseph S. Bocon 4/17/1974
Thomas Hughes 4/17/2014
Margaret Walchowski 4/18/1977
Anna Kazanowski 4/19/1959
Joseph Skrypek 4/19/1974
Frank J. Bakula, Jr. 4/19/1992
Mark E. Urban 4/19/1993
Mary A. Kopinto 4/19/2016
Mary J. Kelleher 4/20/2000
Edward Kalapojski 4/21/1932
Ethel Podlenski 4/21/1966
Walter J. Lapinski 4/21/1974
Stephen J. Gulo, Sr. 4/21/1994
Helena A. Herzig 4/21/2001
Henry E. Mleczko 4/21/2012

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

Our Retired Priests/Vocations    Bishop Rozanski                 Fr. Bermudez

Wednesday              Thursday                     Friday                             Saturday
Deacon Bete     Our Seminarians    Clergy in Purgatory           Clergy who are sick

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 (nafaller@aol.com), so we can get the word out.

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

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

Bulletin April 7, 2019

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of April 7, 2019+

Sunday, April 7[Fifth Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am­­– Health & Blessings for Shawn DeRaps & Sons – int. Holy Rosary Society

 10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Fr. Donald Noiseux – int. Henry Gaida

2:00 pmGorzkie Żale

Monday, April 8 :

   8:00 am+ Sr. Albina Noga – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Tuesday, April 9 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Helen Adamski – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Wednesday, April 10[St. Jude Novena]:

   5:30 pm – Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

Thursday, April 11 [St. Stanislaus]:

   5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Debbie DeLaBruere

Friday, April 12 :     (The Seven Dolors of Our Lady)

   5:30 pm + Souls in Purgatory – int. Melissa Wright

Stations of the Cross Immediately Follow Mass

Saturday, April 13[St. Martin I]:

   8:00 am + Capt. Thomas Mullane, USMC – int. Jim Hannigan

   4:00 pm – Grace & Blessings for the Most Reverend Nazarene Soosai – int. Betty Fritz

   6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners

Sunday, April 14 [Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion]:

   8:00 am + Blanche Siwizki – int. Family

 10:30 am + Kathryn Putala – int. Christine Keenan

2:00 pmGorzkie 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, April 7thand 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 WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, April 10th.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.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet in the undercroft on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft.  All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend all Parish Council meetings, to take part in all discussions and to vote on all issues.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11th IS THE FEAST of St. Stanislaw the bishop and martyr of Krakow.  St. Stanislaw gave his life defending virtue and truth in spite of the overwhelming power of the king.  He resisted with great courage even unto death.  St. Stanislaw is one of the great patrons of Poland and is buried in the nave of the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, April 5th, and 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, April 6thbefore 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.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13th is the feast of Pope St. Martin I, a pope in the early Church who was martyred by Constans II.  He has the honor of being the last pope to be martyred in the early Christian period.  He was known for his orthodoxy and charity.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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 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.

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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OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Joan Richottefor 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.

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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” and help make these delicious delicacies for our Bazaars,please speak with Walter Hoszkiewicz!

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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!

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

 

Pope Benedict on Psalm 22

The Cry of Jesus from the Cross

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Vatican City, 8 February 2012 (VIS)) The prayer of Jesus at the moment of His death, as narrated by St. Mark and St. Matthew was the theme of Benedict XVI’s catechesis during his general audience, held on February 8, 2012 in the Paul VI Hall.

“In the structure of the narrative”, the Pope said, “Jesus’ cry rises at the end of three hours of darkness, which had descended upon the earth from midday to three o’clock in the afternoon. Those three hours of darkness were, in their turn, the continuation of an earlier period which also lasted three hours and began with the crucifixion. … In biblical tradition darkness has an ambivalent meaning: it is a sign of the presence and action of evil, but also of the mysterious presence and action of God Who is capable of vanquishing all darkness. … In the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion darkness envelops the earth, the darkness of death in which the Son of God immerses Himself, in order to bring life with His act of love.”Insulted by various categories of people, surrounded by a darkness covering everything, at the very moment in which He is facing death Jesus’ cry shows that, along with His burden of suffering and death apparently accompanied by abandonment and the absence of God, He is entirely certain of the closeness of the Father, Who approves this supreme act of love and of total giving of Self, although we do not hear His voice from on high as we did in earlier moments”.

Yet, the Holy Father asked, “what is the meaning of Jesus’ prayer? The cry addressed to the Father: ‘my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” He explained that “the words Jesus addresses to the Father are the beginning of Psalm 22, in which the Psalmist expresses the tension between, on the one hand, being left alone and, on the other, the certain knowledge of God’s presence amongst His people. … The Psalmist speaks of a ‘cry’ to express all the suffering of his prayer before the apparently absent God. At moments of anguish prayer becomes a cry.

“This also happens in our own relationship with the Lord”, the Pope added. “In the face of difficult and painful situations, when it seems that God does not hear, we must not be afraid to entrust Him with the burden we are carrying in our hearts, we must not be afraid to cry out to Him in our suffering”.

“Jesus prays at the moment of ultimate rejection by man, at the moment of abandonment. However, He is aware that God the Father is present even at the instant in which He is experiencing the human drama of death. Yet nonetheless, a question arises in our hearts: how is it possible that such a powerful God does not intervene to save His Son from this terrible trial?”

The Holy Father explained that “it is important to understand that the prayer of Jesus is not the cry of a person who meets death with desperation, nor that of a person who knows he has been abandoned. At that moment Jesus appropriates Psalm 22, the Psalm of the suffering people of Israel, at that moment He takes upon Himself not only the suffering of His people, but also that of all men and women oppressed by evil. … And He takes all this to the heart of God in the certainty that His cry will be heard in the resurrection. … His is a suffering in communion with us and for us, it derives from love and carries within itself redemption and the victory of love.

“The people at the foot of Jesus’ cross were unable to understand, they thought His cry was a supplication to Elijah. … We likewise find ourselves, ever and anew, facing the ‘today’ of suffering, the silence of God – many times we say as much in our prayers – but we also find ourselves facing the ‘today’ of the Resurrection, of the response of God Who took our sufferings upon Himself, to carry them with us and give us the certain hope that they will be overcome”.

“In our prayers”, the Holy Father concluded, “let us bring God our daily crosses, in the certainty that He is present and listens to us. The cry of Jesus reminds us that in prayer we must cross the barrier of ‘self’ and our own problems, and open ourselves to the needs and sufferings of others. May the prayer of the dying Jesus on the cross teach us to pray with love for so many brothers and sisters who feel the burden of daily life, who are experiencing moments of difficulty, who suffer and hear no words of comfort, that they may feel the love of God Who never abandons us.

Psalm 22

1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

2O my God, I cry by day, but thou dost not answer; and by night, but find no rest.

3Yet thou art holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

4In thee our fathers trusted; they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

5To thee they cried, and were saved; in thee they trusted, and were not disappointed

6But I am a worm, and no man; scorned by men, and despised by the people.

7All who see me mock at me, they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;

8“He committed his cause to the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”9Yet thou art he who took me from the womb; thou didst keep me safe upon my mother’s breasts.

10Upon thee was I cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me thou hast been my God.

11Be not far from me, for trouble is near and there is none to help.

12Many bulls encompass me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

13they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast;

15my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

16Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet –

17I can count all my bones — they stare and gloat over me;

18they divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.

19But thou, O LORD, be not far off! O thou my help, hasten to my aid!

20Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!

21Save me from the mouth of the lion, my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen!

22I will tell of thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee:

23You who fear the LORD, praise him! all you sons of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!

24For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

25From thee comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live for ever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

28For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

29Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and he who cannot keep himself alive.

30Posterity shall serve him; men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,

31and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, that he has wrought it.

 

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.

Thomas Aquinas College Open House April 7 New to the region, Thomas Aquinas College will hold an Open House at its campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 7. The event will begin with Mass at 1:30 p.m., after which the Admissions department will offer a tour of the grounds to prospective students, parents, teachers, pastors, youth directors, and anyone else who may be interested. Following the tour President Michael F. McLean will speak briefly about the College and its plans in New England, and there will be a panel discussion featuring alumni, parents, and Dr. Stephen Shivone, an incoming member of the New England faculty. Light food and refreshments will be served immediately afterward, around 4:15 p.m. Please see thomasaquinas.edu/OpenHouseNE for further details and to RSVP. Questions? Contact Admissions Director Jon Daly at jpdaly@thomasaquinas.edu or 805-421-8304.

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, April7:8:00 + John & Florence Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Sunday, April 7: 10:30 + Robert & Fairy Williams – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Monday, April8: + Mary Lu Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Tuesday, April9: + Blessings for Mary LaCroix – int. Mary K.

Wednesday, April10:+ Norma Went – int. Bigelow Family

Thursday, April 11: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Friday, April 12: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault

Saturday, April 13: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Vince Kobera – int. Mom

Saturday, April 13: 4:00 + Clara Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

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!

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

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.

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

 

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.

 

Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

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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

 

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.”

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: God continues to open a way for us.  How is God doing something new in your life?  Perhaps God is inviting you to be a priest or religious. (Isaiah 43: 16-21)If you think God is calling you,please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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.

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.

 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 formation of holy Catholic men and boys. Whether called to the vocation of the priesthood, the religious life, or that of holy fatherhood, our fathers and sons will take a prayerful pilgrimage together to fulfill Christ’s desire for them 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 Catholic apostolate for priests, men, and young men looking for a life of adventure coupled with virtue. Boys need formation from their fathers, as well as an environment to cultivate and live out their God-given authentic masculinity. In His creative design, God desired for men to stand as the spiritual heads of their families. TSG has created a platform for men to both practice and teach 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 male guardians, grandfathers, older brothers, uncles, or another male role model) and sons work toward achievements and milestones of manhood while using the outdoors as their backdrop—and Christ’s Holy Catholic Church as their guide.

            All TSG boys are Catholics in good standing with full fidelity to the Magisterium, the Holy Father, and the local bishop. Boys ages 6-18 can join a troop. Boys ages 6-10 are in the junior section of the local Troop. Young men ages 11-18 are in the senior section of the local Troop. For more information, contact Troop Captain, Andrew Seamans, at andrewseamans@hotmail.com or 978-413-3155.

CHURCH CHOIRSThe St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience.  We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30.  For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Saturday Morning at 9:30. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738. 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

 

 

Adalbert Bus 4/7/1926

Gerald W. Kropelnicki 4/7/2005

Charles A. Waseleski, Jr. 4/7/2016

Grace Sokoloski 4/8/1976

Isadore P. Kopinto 4/8/1979

Alvera C. Rys 4/8/1979

Edward S. Skrypek 4/8/1996

Peter Skydzielewski 4/9/1932

Wanda L. Majewski 4/9/1986

Veronica Putala 4/9/1997

Bruce T. Mackie 4/9/2003

Mary Koscinski 4/10/1958

Alfred Mirecki 4/10/2004

Skepania Mlowski 4/11/1923

Joseph Zigmond 4/11/1952

Mary Kurtyka 4/11/1975

Felix Naida 4/11/1995

Victoria Traceski 4/11/2007

Chester J. Schab 4/11/2011

Timothy A. Avery 4/11/2016

Joseph J. Zukowski 4/12/1963

Chester M. Pietraszek 4/12/1976

Regina I. Kostecki 4/12/1979

Brian Billiel 4/12/1993

Victoria E. Kulis 4/12/2007

Stanislaus Kurtyka 4/13/1946

Antonina Bocon 4/13/1949

Louis Kozlowski 4/14/1973

Mary C. Baron 4/14/1996

Walter A. Gaines 4/14/1998

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 Thursday Friday Saturday
Pope Francis Fr. Reardon Deacon Culliton Deacon Patten Fr. Roux Deacon Rabbitt Fr. O’Mannion

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 (nafaller@aol.com), so we can get the word out.

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

Bulletin March 31, 2019


JMJ
+ PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2019 +

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 [Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare)]:
8:00 am + Thomas Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Debbie DeLaBruere – int. SKM
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale
MONDAY, APRIL 1 [Bl. Zofia Czeska-Maciejowska]:
8:00 am + Cecile LaRochelle – int. Jacques Family
TUESDAY, APRIL 2 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St Francis of Paola]:
5:30 pm + Joseph Cecala – int. Betty Fritz
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3[St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Pelc Family
THURSDAY, APRIL 4 [St. Isidore (Bishop)]:
5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Fr. Charles DiMascola – int. Henry Gaida
FIRST FRIDAY, APRIL 5 [St. Vincent Ferrer]: (THE PRECIOUS BLOOD)
5:30 pm + Helen Adamski – int. Joseph Kosewicz
Stations of the Cross will be prayed immediately follow Mass
FIRST SATURDAY, APRIL 6 :
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Fr. Seán – int. TJD
4:00 pm + Mildred Osciak – int. Pete, Delores, & Julie Wegrczn
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, APRIL 7[Fifth Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am¬¬– Health & Blessings for Shawn DeRaps & Sons – int. Holy Rosary Society
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Fr. Donald Noiseux – int. Henry Gaida
2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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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!

GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 31stand 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 WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, April 3rd.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, APRIL 4th is the Feast of St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. His great scholarship and preaching has earned him the title “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.” He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 5th is the Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer, a noted orator and preacher. He was known as the “Angel of Judgment.” He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, April 5th,and 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, April 6thbefore 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.

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!
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home ofMary LaCroixfor 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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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.

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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” and help make these delicious delicacies for our Bazaars,please speak with Walter Hoszkiewicz!

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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!
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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 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.

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.

Suffering With Mary in Lent
Jeannie Ewing

The White Martyrdom of Mary     See the source image

During Lent, we often focus on the Passion of Christ, and rightly so. But do we realize that absolutely everything He experienced was concurrently suffered in the heart of His Mother? Jesus suffered a literal death that day, but Our Lady underwent a white martyrdom — a martyrdom of the heart.
It is widely accepted by most Mariologists that the Blessed Virgin did not experience the pangs of childbirth, nor did she struggle with any sort of pain in her death. But she was not spared from the most horrific heartaches and crosses. The Cross of her Son was her cross, too. Grief pierced her heart the instant Simeon prophesied about Jesus being a contradiction in the world Who would cause the rise and fall of many who would oppose Him.
From that moment onward, Our Lady was given her own passion, which was not lifted from her heart until she was assumed into heaven body and soul. At the foot of the Cross, when Jesus said, “Behold your son,” she knew her suffering was being transferred from experiencing the affliction of her Divine Son to bearing the grief of mortal man who was riddled with sin.
The Three Types of Afflictions We Experience
Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, a gifted spiritual writer of the nineteenth century, shared in hisclassic, Meditations on Mary, a beautiful reflection about what we can learn from the Blessed Virgin’s ongoing suffering. He claims there are three types of afflictions we also experience and how God works on our souls to come to perfect peace in each situation:
1. Sorrow is entirely dismissed.
In this case, Fr. Bossuet explained that “the passion is entirely appeased, and we are consoled” (p. 89). It is as if our grief is somehow taken away altogether, which is an incredible grace. Some of us may understand this, while others have not experienced this at all. It is a rare supernatural grace, for which we should be grateful, should it happen upon us.
God allows our souls in this case to experience perfect peace, because He has removed all sorrow. Perhaps the Blessed Mother received this consolation herself, but it is more likely that her own passion existed because she chose it out of love for God.
2. The soul is troubled by evil but bears it patiently.
Fr. Bossuet wrote that the soul in this condition is still aware of the sorrow and grief but has come to a place of resignation. Here is where we may wrestle with our crosses, perhaps out of fear or disdain for suffering. According to Fr. Bossuet, it’s important for us to remain at peace and not give in to the agitation we may feel.
The Blessed Mother’s peace was never disturbed, regardless of her afflictions and troubles – even when she told Jesus after searching for Him for three days that “your father and I have been searching for you with great anxiety.” Her anxiety was not the worry we feel. It was more a concern at not knowing where Jesus was; still, she was not interiorly disturbed.
3. We are aware of the suffering but not troubled by it.
The third level of affliction is when we are both aware of our suffering but are not at all troubled by it. At this point, it seems that God has granted specific graces of “illumination” so that He “gives us great strength,” though we still “suffer its violence, but our peace of soul is not lost” (p. 89).
Imagine, during your own Lenten journey, that the Blessed Mother walks with you as you follow Jesus on Calvary. Your heart, like hers, may be pierced with a thousand pains and agonies, but you beg her intercession to permeate your soul with still more graces that will leave you calm and without tumult as you experience this suffering for love of God.

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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.

THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE APRIL 7 New to the region, Thomas Aquinas College will hold an Open House at its campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 7. The event will begin with Mass at 1:30 p.m., after which the Admissions department will offer a tour of the grounds to prospective students, parents, teachers, pastors, youth directors, and anyone else who may be interested. Following the tour President Michael F. McLean will speak briefly about the College and its plans in New England, and there will be a panel discussion featuring alumni, parents, and Dr. Stephen Shivone, an incoming member of the New England faculty. Light food and refreshments will be served immediately afterward, around 4:15 p.m. Please see thomasaquinas.edu/OpenHouseNE for further details and to RSVP. Questions? Contact Admissions Director Jon Daly at jpdaly@thomasaquinas.edu or 805-421-8304.

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 31:8:00 – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Charles DiMascola
– int. Nancy Faller
SUNDAY, MARCH 31: 10:30 – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Seán O’Mannion
– int. Nancy Faller
MONDAY, APRIL1: + Joseph Cecela – int. Nancy Faller
TUESDAY, APRIL2: + George B. & Ursula E. Faller – int. Nancy Faller
WEDNESDAY, APRIL3:+ Joseph Zafran – int. Nancy Faller

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

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

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

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.”

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL:A Pilgrimage to Greece, Patmos and Ephesus: Oct. 11-21, 2019. Join us on a spiritual journey to many towns of the New Testament where St. Paul first spread the Good News. Also visit Patmos where St. John wrote Revelations and Mary’s House in Ephesus. Included is a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles. Fr. Timothy Campoli and Msgr. Ronald Yargeau are our Spiritual Directors. Daily Mass will take place. The cost is $4199 but if you register before January 31, 2019 you will receive a $200 Early Bird Discount. A bus to Logan will be arranged if there is interest. For a flyer and more information, please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-824-8733 or helensheamurphy@verizon.net. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.

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.

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

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:God welcomes us home with extravagant love. Let the call to holiness draw you home into a deeper relationship with God. (Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32) If you think God is calling you,please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Michelle C. Markowski & Adam C. Markowski, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Chris Markowski. Bóg zapłać!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Kathryn Putala, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Mrs. Jennie Cwieka. Bóg zapłać!

CHURCH CHOIRS: The St. Cecilia Choir and Choristers, which sings at the Sunday 10:30 Mass and other special services, is always seeking additional singers of any experience. We rehearse every Sunday in the choir loft following the 10:30 Mass, from 11:30 – 12:30. For information, please see Henry Gaida or e-mail hgaida@gmail.com. The Saint Gregory Choir is accepting new members with any level of experience, adults and youths. One need only have a desire to sing in the Mass. We sing sacred chant and 16th century sacred polyphony. We meet to rehearse in the choir loft every Saturday Morning at 9:30. We sing at the 8:00 Sunday morning Mass.For more information, call Robert Heath at 772-8738.

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 (nafaller@aol.com), so we can get the word out.

“THE CHURCH STANDS AND FALLS WITH THE LITURGY. When the adoration of the divine Trinity declines, when the faith no longer appears in its fullness in the Liturgy of the Church, when man’s words, his thoughts, his intentions are suffocating him, then faith will have lost the place where it is expressed and where it dwells. For that reason, the true celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is the center of any renewal of the Church whatever.” (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI)
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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Mary Skworzec 3/31/1946
Joseph Oginski 3/31/1947
Angela Jez 4/1/1932
Anthony Kulosiewic 4/1/1938
Rose Sceposki 4/1/1969
Peter F.Holewa 4/1/1981
Lorraine R. Cislo – 4/1/2000
William D. Petravage 4/1/2001
Joseph Traciewski 4/2/1943
Edward Najda 4/2/1962
Amelia T. Pogoda 4/2/1995
Antoninia Scweckla 4/3/1953
Stanislaw Miciek 4/3/1958
Franciska Brzostowski 4/3/1965
Louis S. Pogoda, Sr. 4/3/2013
Joseph Butor 4/4/1926
Constance Padlewski 4/4/1941
Wladyslaw Skowron 4/4/1956
Mary Guszan 4/4/1963
Alexander Garanin 4/4/1967
Genevieve Pierszalowski 4/4/1994
Blanche E. Thomas 4/4/1999
Rozalia Dobosz 4/5/1958
John P. Dzeima 4/5/1974
Julia Cislo 4/5/1975
Valda M. Bakula 4/5/1987
Helen M. Stewart 4/5/1991
Bernard Ciesunski 4/5/1993
Rose A. Wasileski 4/5/1994
Paul V. Fontes 4/5/2010
Adalbert Sobolewski 4/6/1931
John Kliszka 4/6/1939
Stanislaus Zamojski 4/6/1957
Bolick B. Sokoloski 4/6/1979
Adalbert Bus 4/7/1926
Gerald W. Kropelnicki 4/7/2005
Charles A. Waseleski, Jr. 4/7/2016

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. Roux             Bishop McDonnell               Fr. Roach

      Wednesday                     Thursday               Friday                        Saturday
Fr. Aksamit /Fr. Goni        Fr. DiMascola        Deacon Ratté               Fr. Campoli
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies