Bulletin: May 26, 2019

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of May 26, 2019 +

Sunday, May 26 [Sixth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Mark LaCroix – int. Holy Rosary Society
10:30 am – Living & Deceased members of the Hughes Family – int. Claire Hughes
Monday, May 27 [St. Augustine of Canterbury]: *Memorial Day Mass at Cemetery*
9:00 am + Veterans & deceased members of our Parish
Tuesday, May 28 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Michael William Ahearn – int. Fritz Family
Wednesday, May 29 [St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Joy Pelc – int. Pelc Family
Thursday, May 30 [Ascension of the Lord]:
8:00 am + Alicia Keller-Guedez – int. Elizabeth Guedez
5:30 pm – Birthday Blessings for Anna Zak – int. Granddaughter, Debra Adamski, Great- Grandsons, Jonathan & Christopher, Great-great-Grandchildren, Page, Jack, & Kitty
Friday, May 31 [Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for the Marian Sister of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
First Saturday, June 1 [St. Justin, Martyr]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustina Scherman, MSSR
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
4:00 pm – Grace & Blessings for Michael Willian Ahearn – int. Geraldine & Dick Ahearn
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, June 2 [Seventh Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Anniversary Blessings for Ken & Sarah Garrepy – int. Pelc Family
10:30 am – Health & Blessings for Fr. Charles DiMascola – int. Joan Richotte

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THE ANNUAL MASS FOR VETERANS and the departed of the parish will take place at our Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27th. All are invited to honor the veterans and our departed friends and relatives. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather the Mass will be held in the church.

MONDAY, MAY 27th is the Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury, a Roman monk who was sent to England to convert that nation. He established the See of Canterbury and is called the Apostle of England. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE NOVENA TO ST. JUDE is celebrated every Wednesday at the 5:30 p.m. Mass and all are welcome to attend.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30th is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY, MAY 31st is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady focusing on the charity of Mary and the recognition by St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist of Mary as the Mother of God.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1st is the Feast of St. Justin the Martyr. St. Justin was a layman and a philosopher who gives us one of the earliest descriptions of the Mass following Apostolic times. St. Justin is the patron of philosophers and will be remembered at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

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

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Baby Bottle Collection Next Weekend! We will be collecting the baby bottles next weekend (June 1 & 2) from all who have participated in ALTERNATIVES Pregnancy Center’s Change for Babies program this Eastertide. Please bring your bottles to any of the weekend Masses to hand in as you come into the church. Thank you for helping ALTERNATIVES and for sharing the joy of Easter with these little ones and their mothers.

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FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Lawrence Krejmas, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Bev Milewski. Bóg zapłać!

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

THE NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th at 5:30 pm at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield.  All parishioners are welcome to participate!  There is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule.  Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions, (863-2267; acbecklo@comcast.net)

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.”

OLC ORGAN PROJECT: We have raised over $16,600 of the total amount of $20,000 needed. Please consider making a small contribution—and please keep us in your prayers!

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: If we love, we know the presence of God. Take time to be aware of God’s loving presence. Are you open to the Holy Spirit? (John 14:23-29) 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.

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

Ongoing Ascension
Fr. Robert P. Imbelli

There are books that you read with profit and then put aside. If some years later you happen to return to them, they often seem less substantial than you remember. Others, of course, like the proverbial good wine, only grow richer with age. Or perhaps it is the reader who has matured and now measures more closely to the stature of the book.
I recently returned, through the providential suggestion of a friend, to Jean Corbon’s The Wellspring of Worship. Since I inscribe the date and place of my readings on a book’s title page, I see that I had read the book in November 1988. (There’s a more recent edition available from Ignatius Press.) Re-reading it during this year’s Paschal Triduum was nothing less than a revelatory experience. It was as though much of what I had struggled to express, theologically and pastorally, in the ensuing years was already graciously present in Corbon’s splendid volume.
Corbon, a French Dominican, spent much of his life in Lebanon, where he became a priest of the Greek Catholic eparchy and taught liturgy in Beirut. He greatly influenced the presentation of the liturgy in the Second Part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery.” He was also the main author of the Fourth Part of the Catechism: “Christian Prayer,” which he wrote in strife-torn Beirut, working sometimes in the midst of bombardments.
The “Wellspring of Worship” (the French title is Liturgie de Source) is the very life of the Triune God, that fecund life of communion, flowing eternally among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is this supremely interpersonal life that receives sacramental embodiment in the Church’s liturgy, in particular the Eucharist. Here heaven and earth meet, constellated around the ascended Christ who brings humanity into the very heart of the Godhead.
By his Incarnation, Jesus Christ weds divinity to humanity. By his Ascension, he leads humanity home to God. “The Ascension,” Corbon writes, “is the decisive turning point. . .the beginning of a new time: the liturgy of the last times.” This eschatological liturgy is celebrated in its fullness by the ascended Christ “seated at the right hand” of the Father. But it is celebrated on earth in via, yet truly, in that sacrum convivium in quo Christus sumitur: the holy banquet in which Christ is received. An earthly liturgy that is, inseparably, memoria passionis ejus and pignus futurae gloriae: remembrance of Christ’s passion and pledge of future glory.
Here past, present, and future converge and find their ultimate orientation and fulfillment in the ascended Christ. For he himself is the “eschatos”: the “last” Adam, the humanity intended by God and finally realized in Christ: beloved Son.
Commenting upon the great mosaics of the ascended Lord in the apses of ancient basilicas Corbon says: “When the faithful gathered to manifest and become the body of Christ, they saw their Lord as both present and as coming. He is the head and draws his body toward the Father while giving it life through his Spirit.”
If the earthly liturgies we celebrate seem dispirited, it may have less to do with sentimental hymns or prosaic translations (though these are doubtless lamentable), than with a dearth of real awareness and appreciation of what is actually transpiring through Christ in the Spirit.
For the movement of the Ascension is ongoing and will only be complete when the members of the body are fully united with their head. Hence, it is perilous, if not perfidious, to separate in catechesis and theology (much less in our minds and hearts) Pentecost from Ascension. For the Spirit’s work is precisely to configure us to Christ. The Spirit’s energies are directed to furthering the ongoing event of Christification, transfiguring humanity and the cosmos in Christ, in the full Pauline sense of en Christoi. The Wellspring of liturgy has no other end.
“The Ascension,” Corbon insists, “is the ever-new ‘moment’ of Christ’s coming.” Perhaps nowhere is that coming of “the true and faithful witness” more powerfully evoked than in the Book of Revelation. It is the ascended Jesus who comes to speak words of encouragement, exhortation, and judgment to the churches. He is no absentee Lord; he is present as the One who is ever coming.
Pope Francis recently issued an Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, whose theme and urgency derive from chapter five of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Church, Lumen gentium. Both the chapter and the exhortation concern “the universal call to holiness” of all God’s people.
I suggest that what we most desperately need is a recovery of and recommitment to an even more neglected chapter of Lumen gentium: chapter seven on “The eschatological character of the pilgrim church and its union with the heavenly church.” We need to rekindle the Catholic eschatological imagination: to realize anew Jesus Christ’s Ascension as inaugurating the transfiguration of humanity and to envision boldly the cosmic scope and implications of that decisive and ongoing event.
If Jesus Christ lives by virtue of his Resurrection, he reigns by virtue of his Ascension. Thus professing and celebrating Ascension inevitably carries a political charge, however deftly we camouflage that challenge behind flimsy missalettes and spineless hymnals. In the midst of the debased discourse and the mean-spirited actions of our contemporary society and “culture,” Ascension proclaims an integral word of promise and spurs to contemplative commitment and generous action.
The eschatological longing and imagination of the early Christians found poignant expression in the prayer placed at the very end of the Bible, in the Book of Revelation: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” In whatever place we lift up our hearts to the Lord, whether ancient Laodicea or contemporary Los Angeles, we discover, with Corbon, that “the true space of the praying heart is the ongoing event of the Ascension.”
Sursum corda— Upward, hearts!

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.

39th ANNUAL POLISH-AMERICAN DOZYNKI FESTIVAL at Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker Street, Indian Orchard, will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 12 noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 21 from 12 noon to 10 p.m. Free parking and admission.

CHRIST THE KING CHURCH, located at 41 Warsaw Ave. in Ludlow, will hold its 34th Annual Picnic on Sunday, June 23rd from noon until 8:00 p.m. The picnic will feature Homemade Polish Food, an American Kitchen, a Bake Sale (takeout orders available on all food), Games, Music, and More. The picnic is open to the public with free admission and free parking. Bring your chairs and enjoy.

Catholic Night 2019 with the Boston Red Sox! You are invited to join St. Michael Parish (and the St. John Paul II Youth Group) for our 6th annual trip to Catholic Night at Fenway Park!  The game is at 7:10PM on Monday, June 24th against the White Sox.  The cost is $65, which includes one bleacher seat ticket and the roundtrip coach ride to Boston.  The bus will depart from the St. Michael Parking lot at 2:00 p.m.  It is first-come, first served, so if you are interested, sign-up on the sheet in the back of the church as soon as possible or call the rectory at St. Michael Parish at 257-5101, since there are a limited number of tickets available.

SUMMER FEST AT HOLY FAMILY PARISH – 29 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA: Sunday, June 30th, 11:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets:  $10; Children 12 & Under, FREE (price includes 1 hot dog & 1 hamburger, chips, coleslaw, pickles, soda or water). Entertainment:  T.J. & The Peepers. Kid Games. Event Open to the Public.

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

FATHERS DAY CARDS for our annual Novena of Masses for our living and departed fathers are available in the front vestibule. The novena of Masses will begin on Saturday, June 20th and continue through the week. Be sure to return the enrollment envelope before Fathers’ Day by placing them in the offering box in the front vestibule.

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, May 26: 8:00 +
Sunday, May 26: 10:30 +
Mon., May 27: – Health & Blessings for Jim & Evelyn Dunne – int. The Shaughnessys
Tues., May 28: + Joseph & Anna Galvis – int. Family
Wed., May 29: + Carol Demers (1st Anniversary) – int. James & Jean Koldis
Thurs., May 30: –
Friday, May 31: +
Saturday June 1: 8:00 –
Saturday, June 1: 4:00 – Health & Blessings for Robert, Stacey, Mackenzie, & John Schwab – int. The Shaughnessys

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!

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.

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!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ‘ROE ACT’: Do you know that the state is changing laws that will affect you and your children? You are encouraged to attend an important information session on a proposed legislation called the “Roe Act” which would expand abortion right up to and even after birth, while at the same time removing current and important protections and safe guards.  As a parent, grandparent or Massachusetts resident you need to know how troubling this proposed law is especially to minors. Find out why even abortion supporters like Gov. Charlie Baker agree this proposed legislation would go too far! Come get the facts, and decide for yourself. Attend an information night sponsored by the Diocesan Pro-Life Commission. Date & Time: Tuesday, June 4th at 7pm; Location:  (Father Casey Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield). Additional information available including Mass. Catholic Bishops letter online at www.diospringfield.org

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

Mary Zak 5/26/1938
John Hilro 5/26/1942
Anna Stewart 5/26/1973
Frederick Kallins 5/26/1992
Genowefa Chenelewski 5/27/1929
Andrew Grunkowski 5/27/1942
Sebastian Ptak 5/27/19947
Mary C. Ptak 5/27/1990
Jacob Pawlarzek 5/28/1937
Frand Zebert 5/28/1984
Arthur E. Petrin 5/28/1991
Joseph H. Lapinski 5/28/2003
Stephany Putala 5/29/1937
Joseph Zadroga 5/29/1952
Victoria Golec 5/29/1980
Anna B. Okula 5/29/1981
Phyllis J. Hannon 5/30/1996
Joseph P. Zangri 5/30/2018
Paul Cygan 5/31/1952
Myron M. Strysko 5/31/1989
Frank M. Osciak 5/31/2009
Janet Whellehan Sivik 5/31/2015
Josephine Koscinski 6/1/1980
John M. Dunican 6/1/2013
Aniela Mlecko 6/2/1965

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

Fr. Roux                 Clergy in Purgatory               Deacon Leary

      Wednesday              Thursday                      Friday                           Saturday
Deacon Ratté       Our Retired Priests     Clergy who are sick         Bishop McDonnell

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

Bulletin May 19,2019

JMJ
+ Parish Schedule for the Week May 19, 2019 +

Sunday, May 19 [Fifth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Daniel Pelc – int. Pelc Family
10:30 am + Living & Deceased Members of the St. Stanislaus Society
Monday, May 20 [St. Bernardine of Siena]:
8:00 am – Living & Deceased members of the Keller Family – int. Claire Hughes
Tuesday May 21 [St. Camillus & St. Peregrine Novena/
🕆St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions]:
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Donald Noiseux – int. Joan Richotte
Wednesday, May 22 [St. Jude Novena/Saint Rita of Cascia]:
5:30 pm + Martin Fritz – int. Family
Thursday, May 23 :
5:30 pm + Kathryn Putala – int. Christine Keenan
Friday, May 24 :
5:30 pm – For the Church in China – int. Cardinal Kung Foundation
Saturday, May 25 [St. Bede the Venerable/St. Gregory VII/St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi]:
8:00 am + Fr. Bruno, and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph Chapter, of
the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order
4:00 pm + Grace & Blessings for Michael William Ahearn – int. Dick & Geraldine Ahearn
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, May 26 [Sixth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Mark LaCroix – int. Holy Rosary Society
10:30 am – Living & Deceased members of the Hughes Family – int. Claire Hughes

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THE ST. STANISLAUS SOCIETY will celebrate their Patron Saint’s Day at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 19th.

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MONDAY, MAY 20th is the Feast of St. Bernardine of Siena who was a famous reformer and eloquent preacher who traveled throughout Italy encouraging devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He was known for his use of the monogram, IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator). He is the patron saint of advertising and advertisers and is invoked against hoarseness. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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TUESDAY, MAY 21st is the Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and his companion martyrs who were either shot or hanged for their association with the Cristero uprising which opposed the anti-Catholic Mexican government in the 1920s. The Cristero motto: “Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe.” They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd is the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia. St. Rita was born in 1381 in the town of Roccaporena in Umbria. She lived with a brutal husband and had two sons. After the violent murder of her husband, she urged forgiveness in contrast to the customary vendetta of her day. Becoming an Augustinian nun, she spent some forty years in prayer, contemplation, and service to the sick and poor. Toward the end of her life, she received a wound from a thorn from the crown of thorns. She died in 1457. She is the patron saint of desperate situations. She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA, the patron of the hopeless and cases despaired of, will be offered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, May 22nd. All are welcome.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft. The Gentlemen of St. Joseph are a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus. All men are welcome. Supper is served!

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SATURDAY, MAY 25th is the Feast of three saints: St. Bede, Pope St. Gregory VII and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. St. Bede, often called Venerable Bede, was the author of many spiritual works and is known as the Father of English history. He was considered the most learned man of his day and is one of the patrons of England. Pope St. Gregory VII championed reform of the clergy and the liberation of the Church from secular power. He died in exile and his last recorded words were “I have loved justice and hated iniquity…; therefore, I die in exile.” St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was a Carmelite nun and a mystic. She was instrumental in renewing the fervor of the nuns in her Order. Her last years were characterized by great suffering, yet she prayed to suffer all the more for love for Jesus Christ Crucified.
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Debora Porlier for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

Last day for Catechism classes – Sunday, May 19th
Parents are encouraged to continue a program of prayer and Sacraments
with their children. It’s a matter of eternal life or eternal death.

THE TROOPS OF ST. GEORGE—A Catholic scouting group for Boys in our parish—will be selling Chocolate Dipped Oreo cookies this weekend to help raise funds to support their efforts. Please be generous!

See the source imageTROOPS 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 our canvas 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.

OLC ORGAN PROJECT: We have raised over $16,600 of the total amount of $20,000 needed. Please consider making a small contribution—and please keep us in your prayers!

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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!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Mary A. Mleczko, donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by the following: Tom Currie, Blanche Currie, and Irene E. Klepadlo. Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

THE NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th at 5:30 pm at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. All parishioners are welcome to participate! There is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule. Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions, (863-2267; acbecklo@comcast.net)

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Louis Parzych, the following have made donations to our Parish Renovation Fund: Gary & Maureen Parzych, Irene Klepadlo, and Bertie E. & Christine F. Sprague. Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

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DON’T FORGET THE BOTTLE! As you put your change in the baby bottle for Alternatives Pregnancy Center, please pray for the women and their babies and for those who serve them at ALTERNATIVES. We will be collecting the bottles on the weekend of June 2. Thank you for participating!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Edwin Niedbala, a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Irene Klepadlo. Bóg zapłać!

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

39th ANNUAL POLISH-AMERICAN DOZYNKI FESTIVAL at Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker Street, Indian Orchard, will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 12 noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 21 from 12 noon to 10 p.m. Free parking and admission.

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The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness.
With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary and are led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of His love. Through the Rosary, the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer. …
The most important reason for strongly encouraging the practice of the Rosary is that it represents a most effective means of fostering among the faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery that I have proposed in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte as a genuine “training in holiness”: “What is needed is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer.” Inasmuch as contemporary culture — even amid so many indications to the contrary — has witnessed the flowering of a new call for spirituality due also to the influence of other religions, it is more urgent than ever that our Christian communities should become “genuine schools of prayer.”
Jesus invited us to turn to God with insistence and the confidence that we will be heard: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7). The basis for this power of prayer is the goodness of the Father, but also the mediation of Christ Himself (cf. 1Jn 2:1) and the working of the Holy Spirit who “intercedes for us” according to the will of God (cf. Rom 8:26-27). For “we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26), and at times we are not heard “because we ask wrongly” (cf. Jas 4:2-3).
In support of the prayer that Christ and the Spirit cause to rise in our hearts, Mary intervenes with her maternal intercession. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary. If Jesus, the one Mediator, is the Way of our prayer, then Mary, His purest and most transparent reflection, shows us the Way. …
When in the Rosary we plead with Mary, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk 1:35), she intercedes for us before the Father who filled her with grace and before the Son born of her womb, praying with us and for us.
— Based on the Apostolic Letter Rosary of the Virgin Mary, by Pope John Paul II, 2002
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CHRIST THE KING CHURCH, located at 41 Warsaw Ave. in Ludlow, will hold its 34th Annual Picnic on Sunday, June 23rd from noon until 8:00 p.m. The picnic will feature Homemade Polish Food, an American Kitchen, a Bake Sale (takeout orders available on all food), Games, Music, and More. The picnic is open to the public with free admission and free parking. Bring your chairs and enjoy.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: God has chosen to dwell with us. How can you best share your gifts to revel his presence? (Revelations 21:1-5) 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.

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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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, May 19: 8:00 +
Sunday, May 19: 10:30 +
Monday, May 20: + Jack Furtado – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
Tuesday, May 21: + Joseph & Anna Galvis – int. Family
Wednesday, May 22: +
Thurs., May 23: –
Friday, May 24: +
Saturday May 25: 8:00 –
Saturday, May 25: 4:00 +

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!

CATHOLIC NIGHT 2019 WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX! You are invited to join St. Michael Parish (and the St. John Paul II Youth Group) for our 6th annual trip to Catholic Night at Fenway Park! The game is at 7:10PM on Monday, June 24th against the White Sox. The cost is $65, which includes one bleacher seat ticket and the roundtrip coach ride to Boston. The bus will depart from the St. Michael Parking lot at 2:00 p.m. It is first-come, first served, so if you are interested, sign-up on the sheet in the back of the church as soon as possible or call the rectory at St. Michael Parish at 257-5101, since there are a limited number of tickets available.

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.

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.

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!

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

Alexander Rustallis 5/19/1954
Anna Warasz 5/19/1956
Germaine Buckmaster 5/19/1983
Anna M. Podmore 5/19/2007
Antonina Karp 5/20/1940
Francis Brzozowy 5/20/1951
John Dlugosz 5/20/1963
Frank M. Olchowski 5/21/1959
Paul Drazek 5/21/1964
Martin S. Kopek 5/21/1973
Viola J. Dziekonski 5/21/2008
William Russell Van 5/21/2015
Gerald W. Tetreault 5/21/2016
Joseph Brozo 5/22/1977
Mildred Margola 5/22/2010
Francis Szcjepanski 5/23/1949
Mary Ostrowski 5/23/1969
Donald Denkiewicz 5/23/1977
Dominick F. Ostroski 5/23/1992
Carroll V. Mileski 5/24/2012
Mikolaj Seredejko 5/25/1956
Sophie C. Ostroski 5/25/2005
Mary Zak 5/26/1938
John Hilro 5/26/1942
Anna Stewart 5/26/1973
Frederick Kallins 5/26/1992

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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 – 1:00. 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.

PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:
   Sunday              Monday                                Tuesday                                Wednesday                             
Fr. DiMascola  Deacon Patten     Deacon Nolan/ Deacon DeCarlo  Clergy in Purgatory

   Thursday                                Friday                                                         Saturday
Fr. Lunney     Fr. Bermudez/ Fr. Roach/ Deacon Bucci           Deacon Culliton

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

Bulletin May 12, 2019

 

 


JMJ
PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK MAY 12, 2019 +

SUNDAY, MAY 12[Fourth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am– Mothers’ Day Novena II
10:30 am– Mothers’ Day Novena III – First Holy Communion
MONDAY, MAY 13[Our Lady of Fatima]:
8:00 am– Mothers’ Day Novena IV
TUESDAY, MAY 14[St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Matthias]:
5:30 pm– Mothers’ Day Novena V
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 [St. Jude Novena/St. Isidore]:
5:30 pm– Mothers’ Day Novena VI
THURSDAY, MAY 16[St. Andrew Bobola]:
5:30 pm– Mothers’ Day Novena VII
FRIDAY, MAY 17 :
5:30 pm– Mothers’ Day Novena VIII
SATURDAY, MAY 18 [St. John I/Bl. Stanislaus Papczynski]:
8:00 am– Mothers’ Day Novena IX
4:00 pm+ Raymond F. Kervian – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MAY 19[Fifth Sunday of Easter]:
8:00 am– Grace & Blessings for Daniel Pelc – int. Pelc Family
10:30 am+ Living & Deceased Members of the St. Stanislaus Society

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDLSIĘ ZA NAMI +

To Our Children Making Their
First Holy Communion

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Bryan Steven Dominguez 

Melyn Janet Ramirez  Martin

Xavier Charles Filipi

Mariangely Janisse Reventos
Kazimierz Lukasz Jaracz

Lissandra Anna Taylor
Rodwin Geis Ovalle Bartolon

Daniel Lee Webb Yagodzinski

Bernadette Lois Pettit

                                                              Jonathan Misael Zepeda

Be joyful as our Blessed Lord Jesus enters your hearts and souls today! Pledge your love and loyalty as you kneel to Him, and pray for your families and your parish… pray for all the good things we each need! You will know a happiness greater than earthly things can provide! The constant joy and heart’s content that only His loving presence brings!
God bless you all!!

HERE IS A SIMPLE little explanation for all our non-Catholic friends who may wonder what to do at Communion time. Please note that Catholics believe that the host is the actual and living Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and that the one receiving Holy Communion in a Roman Catholic Church believes everything the Catholic Church teaches—and that is why—for a non-Catholic to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church, would seriously compromise their personal faith. So—at Holy Communion—while non Catholics, of course, would not receive Holy Communion, they may, if they wish, come forward for a blessing by approaching the priest, bowing their heads and crossing their hands over their heart.

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ON THE OCCASION OF HIS FIRST COMMUNION Bl. Margaret Bosco told her son, St. John Bosco, “…This has been a great day for you. I know that God has truly taken possession of your heart. Now promise Him that you will do all you can to stay this way to the end of your life. From now on go to Holy Communion often but beware of sacrilegious Communion. Be always obedient; go readily to your catechism class and to sermons but, above all, shun as a plague anyone who uses bad language.” He later said that he remembered these words of his holy mother and tried to follow her advice.
A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE ASKED, “What are the official guidelines for Catholics and non-Catholics receiving Holy Communion?” Below are the guidelines given by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States of America:

For Catholics: Catholics fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ’s command to eat His Body and drink His Blood. In order to be disposed properly to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted for one hour, and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the Sacrament of Confession. A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Confession is encouraged for all.

For Other Christians: We welcome to this celebration of the Holy Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us in Faith as Roman Catholics and we invite you to pray with us. However, it is a consequence of the sad divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Roman Catholics, accepting Holy Scripture, believe that the Eucharist is, in fact, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and signifies a oneness in faith, life and worship. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness and a belief which does not yet exist, and for which we must all pray.

For Those Not Receiving Communion: Those not receiving Sacramental Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another. (This is called a “Spiritual Communion.)

For Non-Christians: We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus. While we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion, we do invite them to be united with us in prayer.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

“Whosoever shall eat this Bread, or drink the Chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat of that Bread, and drink of the Chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

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MONDAY, MAY 13this the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady appeared at Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children in 1917. The message of Fatima includes a call to conversion of heart, prayer – especially the Rosary, and repentance from sin. The great miracle of the sun witnessed by thousands of people was Heaven’s testimony to the truth of these visions. Our Lady of Fatima will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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TUESDAY, MAY 14this the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle who was chosen to replace Judas. He was one of the witnesses of the Resurrection and was martyred for his Faith. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15this the Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer whose wife, Maria de la Cabeza, is also a saint. St. Isidore was known for his hard work, his charity and his intense prayer life. Miracles surrounded him in life and in death. He is the patron saint of farmers and rural communities. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. His relic will be venerated following the Mass. We have a statue of St. Isidore in the back of the church which shows him engrossed in prayer with a plow at his feet.

 

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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MAY 16th IS THE FEAST of the Great Polish Jesuit-Martyr St. Andrew Bobola. St. Andrew was born of an aristocratic Polish family in 1591 and became a Jesuit in 1609. St. Andrew was a great preacher and missionary who spent more than 20 years traveling the countryside bringing whole villages of separated Christians and lax Catholics back to the Faith.
Because of his holy success, St. Andrew was hated by the enemies of the Church who plotted to kill him. In 1657 he was captured by the Cossacks and tortured without mercy. He was beaten, slashed by a sword and his hands cut off. Then he was skinned alive, scorched and mutilated by having his nose, lips and tongue cut off. In spite of the cruel punishment, St. Andrew heroically held to the Catholic Faith. At last his head was cut off and his body cast on a dung heap. When the body of St. Andrew was medically examined almost 100 years later it was found to be inexplicably incorrupt.

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

A ROSE FOR MOM We Love Our Mothers. Thank you for supporting moms and babies helped through the pro-life efforts of Catholics for Life. Your purchase of roses today will bless a mother and make a difference, going directly to our local outreach through Alternatives Pregnancy Center. Thank you, God, for mothers!

Mary is Our Mother
Grace MacKinnon

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Dear Grace, My daughter-in-law, who is not Catholic, said that one of the “problems” she has with the Catholic faith is our reverence for Mary and the fact that we pray to her for intercession. She believes that we put Mary on the same level as Jesus. How can I best explain to her that we do not?

It is sad indeed that there exists so much misunderstanding regarding the love and reverence that Catholics and other Christians have for the Mother of Jesus. More than likely, the problem stems from the fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary is not regarded by some as a personal, spiritual mother. For it is only is recognizing her as our true Spiritual Mother that we will be lead to an authentic response to Mary.
When Catholics say, “Mary is our Mother,” these are not just empty words. They mean rather that we recognize Mary for who she is and also for her role in the plan of God. That Mary was the mother of Jesus the God-Man is almost universally accepted among all Christians and probably many non-Christians as well. Therefore, in this small space, let us focus instead on her role in the life of the Church today. We will then be better able to explain why we love, revere, and honor her and also why we are thus lead to seek her intercession and protection.
Looking first at Scripture, the principal basis for the doctrine of Mary as Spiritual Mother of all humanity is found in the Gospel of John. In this scene, Mary is at Calvary at the foot of the Cross with John, the beloved disciple. John tells us, “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother’” (John 19: 26-27). Throughout the Church’s history, numerous popes, theologians, and writers have confirmed their belief that here John is symbolic of all humanity. In other words, that Jesus from the Cross gave His Mother to every human person for all time.
Our Lord said, “Behold your mother.” He was not suggesting that Mary become our mother, but that Mary is our Mother. And to Mary He gave us as children. But, if this is true, how do we make theological sense of this relationship? Turning again to Scripture, we can best understand it by considering St. Paul’s beautiful doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ (cf. Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 4:15). In this whole Body, St. Paul refers to Christ as the Head and the Church as the Body. Head and Body make up the entire and whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Now, if we say that Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Head of the Body, then it must be that she gave birth to the entire Body since a true body cannot be separated. Thus, it would mean that she gave birth to the members as well. In giving physical birth to Jesus, we can say that Mary made it possible for us to receive spiritual life through Him. We were dead, and through Him we have come back to life. And it was Mary’s “yes” at the Annunciation that made our rebirth possible. To question this is to question the plan of God. For it was He who decided from all eternity that it would be so. And the list of those who have believed it is almost endless.
Once we have established that Mary is our true Spiritual Mother, we must ask what this means for us in our everyday lives? What is a mother, anyway? What does a mother do? Why did God arrange it so that every human person would come into the world through a mother? There must be a reason. Does a mother simply give birth to a child only to abandon him or her? Of course she does not. A mother not only gives birth, but she also is given by God so that she might nurture, feed, teach, guide, and protect her child. God entrusts her with these tasks. In the human family, a mother is not optional. So too, in the spiritual family of the Mystical Body of Christ, Mary, our Mother is not optional.
Any person who studies the history of the early Christian Church will easily discover the solid witness of how lovingly and faithfully these first believers in Christ, and countless others who went after them down through the ages, turned confidently with love and devotion to the Mother of Jesus for protection, guidance, and assistance in their hours of gravest need. Why did they do this? It seems safe to assume they did so because they wished to obey Jesus. And, after all, she had given birth to Him, nurtured, fed, guided, and protected Him. If God allowed Himself to be born of her and chose her as His Mother, can we do anything but accept her as ours? To put our trust and confidence in her will always be pleasing to God because everything she does will always lead us closer to Him.
The Church has never claimed or taught that Mary is on an equal level with God. But, nonetheless, because we are her spiritual children, she looks tenderly on us and after us with a love so profound that we are moved to plead, “Oh Blessed Mother, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

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.
Last day for Catechism classes – Sunday, May 19th
Parents are encouraged to continue a program of prayer and Sacraments
with their children. It’s a matter of eternal life or eternal death.

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!

THE NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th at 5:30 pm at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. All parishioners are welcome to participate! There is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule. Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions, (863-2267; acbecklo@comcast.net)

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.”
OLC ORGAN PROJECT: We have raised over $16,450 of the total amount of $20,000 needed. Please consider making a small contribution—and please keep us in your prayers!

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

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:

SUNDAY, MAY12:8:00 + Louis Parzych – int. Bev Milewski
SUNDAY, MAY 12: 10:30 – Ross Cappetta – int. Jadzia
MONDAY, MAY13: + Mary Mleczko – int. Bev Milewski
TUESDAY, MAY14:+ Deceased members of the Fritz Family – by Family
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15:+ Deceased members of the Klepacki Family – by Family
THURS., MAY16:– Grace & Blessings for Fr. Charles Jan DiMascola– int. Fritz Family
FRIDAY, MAY 17: + Sophie Ostroski – int. Goddaughter
SATURDAY MAY 11: 8:00 – Special intention for Michael William Ahearn and
Robert James Ahearn–int. Great Aunt
SATURDAY, MAY11: 4:00 + Chet Galvis – int. Connie

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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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! DO YOU HAVE YOUR BABY BOTTLE?It’s not too late to pick up a baby bottle in the church vestibule so you can participate in our Easter Change for Babies with ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER. Alternatives gives loving counsel and support to women considering abortion. Please pray for these women as you fill your bottle with your gifts of change. Bottles will be collected on Ascension Sunday, June 2.

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.
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.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Who will shepherd God’s people? Pray that good leaders, filled with joy and the Holy Spirit, will serve our Church. (Acts 13:14, 43-52) 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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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

Stephen Kulch 5/12/1970
Frank J. Wojtkowski 5/12/1994
Julia Muszynski 5/13/1937
Guilitta Petetti 5/13/1991
Casimir F. Sojka 5/13/2003
Thomas J. Dombroski 5/13/2004
Eugene M. Maleski 5/14/1975
Ann Krejmas 5/14/1980
Wiktoria Koscinski 5/14/1961
Anthony Mieczkowski 5/15/1953
Wallace Kajduk 05/15/1965
Gladys P. Clark 5/15/2004
Stanley J. Wisnieski 5/15/2008
Catherine Schab 5/16/2000
Anna Lak 5/16/2005
John J. Duda, III 5/17/1998
Blanche Seremeth 5/17/2001
James Tucker 5/17/2001
Catherine Ptak 5/18/1942
John Pietraszek 5/18/1954
Walter Dobosz 5/18/1997
Alexander Rustallis 5/19/1954
Anna Warasz 5/19/1956
Germaine Buckmaster 5/19/1983
Anna M. Podmore 5/19/2007

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
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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.

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            Our Seminarians            Deacon Bete               Bishop McDonnell

              Thursday                            Friday                                 Saturday
             Pope Francis                    Fr. Lisowski                 Our Deacon Candidates

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

Bulletin: May 5th, 2019

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of May 5, 2019+

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

Monday, May 6 :

   8:00 am+ Victims at the Al Noor Mosque, Christ Church, New Zealand

                                                                                                            – int. Bobby Brzozowy

Tuesday, May 7 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Kathryn Putala

Wednesday, May 8[St. Jude Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Deceased members of the Gulo and Lamoureaux Families – int. Cheryl & Joyce

Thursday, May 9 :

   5:30 pm + Carol Howard – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Friday, May 10[St. Damien de Veuster/Our Lady of Grace]:    

   5:30 pm + Margaret Cadran – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Saturday, May 11[St. Laudislaus of Gielniow]:

   8:00 am – Birthday Blessings for Noah – int. Grammy & Grampa Janikas

   4:00 pmMothers’ Day Novena I

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

Sunday, May 12[Fourth Sunday of Easter]:

   8:00 amMothers’ Day Novena II

 10:30 amMothers’ Day Novena III – First Holy Communion

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

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.

 Image result for Saint Father Damien of MolokaiFRIDAY, MAY 10th is the Feast of St. Damien Joseph of Molokai.  St. Damien was born in Belgium in 1840 and became a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts.  He volunteered to join the missions in Hawaii and in 1873 he volunteered to self-exile among the lepers on the island of Molokai.  The only priest on the island he did everything from building coffins for the dead and houses for the living.  Going from leper to leper he washed and bandaged each one.  His medical skills were matched only by his fervent charity and his view of the lepers as individuals worthy of respect, kindness and courtesy.  As children of God given a unique and devastating cross to bear in the midst of tropical splendor, these islanders received Bd. Damien’s total commitment.  In 1876 he himself was stricken with leprosy.  In 1889 he died of the disease.  Pope John Paul II beatified Bd. Damien in 1995 calling him “A Servant of Humanity” and he was canonized October 11, 2009.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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MAY 10th IS THE FEAST of Our Lady of Grace, the patroness of Warsaw.  A miraculous icon of Our Lady of Grace is venerated in the Jesuit Church in the Old Town of Warsaw.

 

 See the source imageMAY 11th IS THE FEAST of Bd. Ladislaus (Władysław) of Gielniów.  Bd. Ladislaus was born in 1440 and was well educated before becoming a Franciscan monk.  He was a great preacher and missionary.  He always warned his priests and brothers that the example of personal holiness must always come before the preaching of the Gospel.

            Bd. Ladislaus is also responsible for the composition of many favorite Polish hymns.  His prayers are believed to have saved Poland from a great army of invading Turks and Tartars.  Ladislaus called upon the panic-stricken population to pray and to put their trust in God, who alone could deliver them.  Suddenly a flood and freezing blizzard struck the invaders who were easily defeated.

            On Good Friday, in 1505, as he was preaching to an immense congregation, he was miraculously lifted into the air and seemed to be mystically crucified.  When he slowly sank to the ground he was so weak that he had to be carried to the monastery infirmary where he died a month later.

MOTHER’S DAY CARDS for our annual Mother’s Day Novena of Masses which will begin on Saturday, May 12th are presently available in the front vestibule.  The Novena will continue for nine days of Masses for all Mothers living and departed.

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THE MAY CROWNING of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 5th

ALL CHILDREN OF OUR PARISH MAKING their First Communion will make their confession on Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m.  This will be followed by a rehearsal and a party.  The children will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 12th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.   Pray for our children who for the first time will receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament into their hearts to be their Lord and Savior now and forever their friend and companion through life and eternity.

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

THE NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th at 5:30 pm at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield.  All parishioners are welcome to participate!  There is a sign-up sheet in the front vestibule.  Please contact Cathy Becklo with any questions, (863-2267; acbecklo@comcast.net)

OLC ORGAN PROJECT:  We have raised over $16,450 of the total amount of $20,000 needed.  Please consider making a small contribution—and please keep us in your prayers!

 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, May 5:8:00 +Michael Austikalnis – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Sunday, May 5: 10:30 –

Monday, May 6: – Grace and Blessings for Karen Monica Kinkenbinder on her entry to                                                               the Roman Catholic Church – int. Nacy Faller

Tuesday, May7:

Wednesday, May 8:+Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault

Thursday, May9:+

Friday, May 10:+ Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Saturday May 11: 8:00 –

Saturday, May11: 4:00 +

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 are 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.”

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

The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven

By Mark Shea

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Finally, we come to the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven. This honorific, like many others, is an expression of common piety that emerges from the heart of the common man. It’s also, I was surprised to discover, rooted in Scripture.

For just as there was the office of King in the Old Testament, so there was the office of Queen Mother. As noted biblical scholar Dr. Scott Hahn points out:

David’s first successor, Solomon, reigned with his mother, Bathsheba, at his right hand. Israel’s queen mother, or gebirah (“great lady”), appears, then, through the history of the monarchy, to the very end. When Jerusalem falls to Babylon, we find the invaders taking away the king, Jehoiachin, and also his mother Nehushta, who is given precedence, in the account, over the king’s wives (2 Kgs 24:15; see also Jer 13:18).

Between Bathsheba and Nehushta there were many queen mothers. Some worked for good, some didn’t; but none was a mere figurehead. Gebirah was more than a title; it was an office with real authority. Consider the following scene from early in Solomon’s reign: “So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right” (1 Kgs 2:19).

This short passage packs implicit volumes about Israel’s court protocol and power structure. First, we see that the queen mother was approaching her son in order to speak on behalf of another person. This confirms what we know about queen mothers in other Near Eastern cultures. We see in the epic of Gilgamesh, for example, that the queen mother in Mesopotamia was considered an intercessor, or advocate, for the people.

Next, we notice that Solomon rose from his throne when his mother entered the room. This makes the queen mother unique among the royal subjects. Anyone else would, following protocol, rise in Solomon’s presence; even the king’s wives were required to bow before him (1 Kgs 1:16). Yet Solomon rose to honor Bathsheba. Moreover, he showed further respect by bowing before her and by seating her in the place of greatest honor, at his right hand. Undoubtedly, this describes a court ritual of Solomon’s time; but all ritual expresses real relationships. What do Solomon’s actions tell us about his status in relation to his mother?

First, his power and authority are in no way threatened by her. He bows to her, but he remains the monarch. She sits at his right hand, not vice versa.

Yet clearly he will honor her requests — not out of any legally binding obligation of obedience, but rather out of filial love. By the time of this particular scene, Solomon clearly had a track record of granting his mother’s wishes. When Adonijah first approaches Bathsheba to get her intercession, he says, “Pray ask King Solomon — he will not refuse you.” Though technically Solomon was Bathsheba’s superior, in the orders of both nature and protocol he remained her son.

Hahn’s point in all this is that just as David and Solomon are types of Jesus, the “Son of David,” so Mary’s role in the Kingdom of the Son of David is prefigured by the role of Queen Mother as well. This doesn’t mean that every detail about the lives of Old Testament figures is to be reproduced in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Just because Jesus is not noted for hamstringing horses, leading troops into battle or committing adultery doesn’t mean he is not a Davidic King. Similarly, just because Bathsheba’s plea for Adonijah was rejected doesn’t prevent her office from foreshadowing Mary’s far greater office as a Queen Mother of a far greater King than David.

Some (including me, once upon a time) take the notion of Mary as a Queen as “baptized paganism.” They read Jeremiah 7:18 and tremble that the title “Queen of Heaven” makes Mary into Ashtoreth:The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.

But, in fact, applying this verse to Mary is a grossly ahistorical reading of Scripture. For Mary is no more Ashtoreth than an Easter egg hunt is a fertility cult. Rather, Mary is a Queen because, in Christ Jesus we are all kings and queens. That’s why Paul tells the Corinthians:

Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! (1 Corinthians 4:8)

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

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: Jesus asks us, “Do you love me?”  How do you show your love for Jesus in the way you live?  (John 21:1-19) 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, and in memory of Mary Mleczko, donations have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Tom Currie.  Bóg zapłać!

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MAY IS DEDICATED TO MARY The beautiful month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.  It seems natural that the month where the flowers begin to bloom and the world begins to look green, fruitful, and so full of hope, should be chosen to honor the Blessed Mother of God.  It is a month with May processions and children crowning the Virgin Mary.  It is a month when the litany of Loreto is traditionally recited by the family with evening prayers.  On the 3rd of the month we celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Crown of Poland;  the 13th of  May is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima,; on the 24th of  May we celebrate the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians;  and on the 31st of May  we call to mind the feasts of – Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces, Our Lady of the Visitation, and Our Lady of All Nations.  This is only a partial list of the many ways in which the Month of May is dedicated to Our Lady.

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.

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.

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.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Stanislaw Piszkor 5/5/1958

Frank Rudinski 5/5/1963

Mary E. Tucek 5/5/1990

Rosemarie E. Black 5/5/2010

George Kabaniec 5/6/1927

Wojtreck Podosek 5/6/1946

Joseph Pogoda 5/6/1963

Bronislawa Tranowski 5/6/1968

Joan B. Gardner 5/7/1992

Blanche C. Potosek 5/7/2002

Herman J. Letourneau, Jr. 5/7/2003

Brenda V. Fleury 5/7/2008

Edmund Wasileski 5/8/1967

Edna K. Gulo 5/8/1991

Stanislaw Prochowicz 5/9/1956

Joseph J. Meciek 5/9/1970

Stanley J. Tuvek 5/9/1988

Kyoung-Shik Chung 5/9/1983

Francis Abbondanzio 5/9/2018

Ignaz Cyhowski 5/10/1976

Valentine Sojka 5/10/1995

Anna P. Zak 5/10/1996

Michael J. Griswold 5/10/2018

Mary Byk 5/11/1959

Julia C. Stevens 5/11/2008

Stephen Kulch 5/12/1970

Frank J. Wojtkowski 5/12/1994

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 Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. O’Connor/Deacon Rabbitt Msgr. Yargeau Fr. O’Mannion Fr. Goni Bishop Rozanski Vocations Clergy who are sick

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