Bulletin: September 29, 2019

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 29, 2019 +

Sunday, September 29[Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Fr. Joseph Szczepaniak (5th Pastor of our Parish)

 10:30 am – In Thanksgiving on the 110th Anniversary of the Founding of our Parish (1909)

   4:30 pm – Vespers (XVI Sunday after Pentecost)

Monday, September 30[St. Jerome]:

   8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Fr. Martin Moran – int. Nancy Falelr

Tuesday, October 1 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus]:

   5:30 pm + Sandy Lieffers – int. Family

Wednesday, October 2[St. Jude Novena/Holy Guardian Angels]:

   5:30 pm + Milewski & Skrzypek Families – int. Beverly

Thursday, October 3 :

   5:30 pm + Lorraine Donnelly – int. Lillian Sroka

First Friday, October 4[St. Francis of Assisi]:

Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass

   5:30 pm + Holy Souls in Purgatory  + Tridentine Latin Mass+

First Saturday, October 5[Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos/St. Faustina Kowalska]:

The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass

   8:00 am + Eugene & Lucille Wilt – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:00 pm + Lawrence & Helen Pelletier – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips

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

Sunday, October 6[Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am­­+ Jason & Katherine Gottesman – int. Nancy Faller

 10:30 am – Living & Deceased Members of the Holy Rosary Society

   4:30 pm – Vespers (XVII Sunday after Pentecost)

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th is the Feast of St. Jerome who lived in Bethlehem and in fact had a cell next to the place where Jesus was born.  He wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible and translated and gathered the Bible together in the form we now know.  His love for the Word of God prompted him to say “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  St. Jerome will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1st is the Feast of the Little Flower – St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the young Carmelite nun who urged all to follow the “Little Way” of perfection to Jesus by dedicating all actions, all time, all thoughts, all words – by dedicating and directing everything, no matter how insignificant, to Jesus Christ.  St. Thérèse promised that she would “spend her heaven doing good on earth.”  She is an unfailing Patroness to those in need.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.  Her relic will be venerated after the Mass.

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WEDNESDAY, October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels who are assigned to each of us as our special protectors, counselors, and patrons.  The simple prayer below illustrates the intimate relationship of our Guardian Angel to us:

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom His love commits me here,

Ever this day be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.

 

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 2ndat the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the help of the saint of impossible cases.

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HOLY HOURS OF REPARATION are held twice weekly in our parish, on Thursday & Friday at 4:30 p.m., concluding with the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Please come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Please Note, however, that the will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his family and wealth to follow a life of poverty and love.  He founded the Friars Minor, the Poor Clares and the Third Order.  He was a poet and a mystic.  He lived with the Stigmata of Christ and is known as the Patron of Italy.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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FIRST FRIDAY VIGIL OF REPARATION:  This Friday, October 4th, we will have the First Friday All-Night Vigil of Reparation. The Vigil will begin after Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and continue all night until the First Saturday Mass and Devotions at 8:00 a.m.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The Holy Rosary will be recited before the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  The Litany of Loreto, and Benediction take place at 8:00, followed by Mass.  Confessions will be available at 7:30 a.m.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th is the Feast of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist priest, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000.  Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Blessed Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands.  Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not stop him.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th is also the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy.  Throughout her life, she reported a number of visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary, later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My SoulShe will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October5thbefore 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.

 SUNG VESPERS in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

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

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THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will gather as a body for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 6th.  Following the Mass they will have a meeting with a Pot Luck dinner in the church undercroft.

COFFEE HOURFor those of you are waiting for your children during C.C.D. classes – and for anyone else who can join us for that matter – there will be a weekly Coffee Hour at the Rectory following 8:00 Mass (from 9:00 – 10:00).  Please come by for a cup of coffee, some home-made baked goods, and friendly company.  Please use the side door of the Rectory.

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

Seeking a Director for Alternatives Pregnancy CenteR: Alternatives Pregnancy Center is a Christian organization in Greenfield, Mass., which has been providing services to pregnant women for over 30 years, helping them make the choice of life for their babies.  If women have had an abortion, counselors help with the emotional aftermath.  Alternatives is seeking candidates for the part time position (20 hours/week) of Director.  The candidate should be strongly pro-life and be able to organize an office, have effective communication skills used to interact with clients and staff, manage a budget, meet with other agencies to advertise the services of Alternatives, hire and train new staff, and work effectively with the Board of Directors.  If you are interested please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or helensheamurphy@verizon.net for more information.

A HEARTY THANK YOU to the Gem of Franklin County for the amazing effort of time, talent and treasure that you put into the Community Meals Program.  Our last meal on September 5 fed well over 75 people who get in line more than once, so you can imagine how much food was consumed.  The Director was there and she said that we are the best presentation they have seen.  Our next meal will be in 2020 – stay tuned for further announcements.  Blessings to all of you—and you know who you are!

ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the dedication of our church building which was built in 1929.  It is also the 110th Anniversary of the founding of our parish in 1909.  Please try to come to church this day and pray for our parish that the work once started may continue and prosper; that our children may grow strong in faith, love, and in a spirit of forgiveness, generosity and loyalty and through our efforts we too may grow in faith and someday rejoice forever in heaven.

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ROSARY COAST TO COAST:  Please join the Franklin County Deanery Catholics in the 2019 Eucharistic Rosary Procession on Sunday, October 13th, the 102nd Anniversary of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun, at 2:00 pm, Our Lady of Częstochowa Church, 84 K St. Turners Falls Ma. 01376. This event starts at 2:00 pm with Confession, 2:30 pm Fr. Donald Noiseux will speak on Our Lady of Fatima, 3:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet, 3:15 pm Eucharistic Rosary Procession to banks of Connecticut River. 3:45 pm-4:00 pm Eucharistic Adoration at Ct. River Bank, 4:00 pm public praying of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments!  Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:With whom do you identify—the rich man or Lazarus?  Choose to notice others and to reach out to those in need.  Support those who serve the poor.  (Luke 16: 19-31)  If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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 CITY OF GOD – REFLECTING ON ST. AUGUSTINE’S OPUS MAGNUM  with Fr. Robert L. T. Miskell, M.A., M.Div., Associate Director, Newman Catholic Center at UMass Amherst (472 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA).  In this series, we will read and reflect upon the greatest work of one of the Church’s most eminent teachers, St. Augustine of Hippo.  This monumental book offers us a foundational study of the Christian understanding of God’s plan as it unfolds in time: salvation history.  Our sessions will begin with a lecture by Fr. Miskell, followed by a short break, and then a group discussion.  We will meet in the Quigley Room.  Please feel free to bring refreshments.  For this series, we will be using the Penguin Books paperback edition of The City of God, translated by Henry Bettenson, with an introduction by G. R. Evans.  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Beginning Monday, September 16th; Concluding Monday, February 24th.

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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.

Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, CSsR

(1819-1867)

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     Particularly in the 19th Century there was a great need of missionary priests in America to minister to the vast crowds of Catholics who had sought better lives in the “land of the free.” Among these Catholics were millions of German-speaking Europeans. Their economic reasons for emigrating were understandable, but they did not fully recognize the dangers involved to their faith and culture on this side of the Atlantic.

     Several orders of missionary priests did understand these perils. The German Redemptorist Fathers in particular saw the urgent need of sending missionary priests to German-speaking Catholics who had resettled throughout the United States. Their story is one of epic importance in missionary annals. We of the Rochester Diocese can bear witness, for example, to Redemptorist efforts to preserve Catholicism in western New York State. We are especially proud that in 1836 Father John Nepomucene Neumann, a priest from Austria-Hungary, assisted German-speaking immigrants in Rochester and then went on to become a Redemptorist, the bishop of Philadelphia, and a canonized saint.

     On April 8, 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified yet another member of the American Redemptorist pioneers, Father Francis Xavier Seelos.

     Here is the story of Blessed Francis Xavier.

     Cloth merchant Mang Seelos and his wife, Frances Schwartzenbach, were citizens of Fuessen, Bavaria. They had 12 children in all. Francis Xavier was born on January 11, 1819. Mang and Frances were a devout couple, and three of their children had religious vocations. Mang himself, on retiring, became the sacristan of his parish church in Fuessen, St. Mary’s.

     Francis Xavier was already convinced of his own call to the priesthood by the end of his primary education. He was therefore enrolled in 1834 at the Gymnasium (prep school) of St. Stephen’s Institute in Augsburg. Completing the course with honors in 1839, he moved on to the University of Munich, where he took two years of philosophy and began his course of theology.

     By then he had brought his career into better focus. Impressed by his patron saint’s apostolic career, he aspired to become a missionary. Personal contact with the German Redemptorists and acquaintance with reports of their labors among German immigrants to the United States in the German Catholic Press, now prompted him to seek admission into the ranks of the “Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer”.

     The Redemptorists welcomed this zealous young candidate in 1842, and in 1843 sent him to the U.S.A. to join the American Province. His Atlantic crossing took over a month, but he finally arrived at New York on April 20, 1843. At Baltimore he entered the Redemptorists, made his novitiate of one year, took his religious vows, finished his theological studies, and on December 22, 1844, was ordained a priest in the Redemptorist Church of St. James by Samuel Eccleston, the archbishop of Baltimore.

     In addition to conducting a novitiate and a seminary, these pioneer Redemptorist missionaries made a practice of establishing parishes in cities. Several of their priests were assigned to reside there in community; some were to serve as parish priests; others were to seek out and organize immigrants scattered across rural areas; still others to give parish missions throughout the country. Father Francis’s assignments were typically varied.

     His second appointment (also the longest) was to St. Philomena Church in Pittsburgh. Fortunately for him, the rector there was the future St. John Neumann, who became his spiritual director. All Pittsburgh found the young priest an outstanding man. The laity were ready to canonize him. His superiors named him master of novices, and then rector. Even the bishop, Michael J. O’Connor, given permission to resign and enter the Jesuits, recommended him to Rome as his successor. When he heard of Bishop O’Connor’s choice, Seelos wrote at once to Pope Pius IX protesting his own inadequacy and assuring Pius that his appointment to the See of Pittsburgh would be a “calamity”. Another man was appointed to Pittsburgh, to the great relief of the 40-year-old Redemptorist.

     From 1854 to 1857 Father Francis was back in Baltimore as rector of St. Alphonsus Church. After that he was named to the important office of rector and prefect of studies at the Redemptorist seminary in Cumberland, Maryland. During his stay in Maryland, the American Civil War broke out. The Redemptorists had no doubt chosen Cumberland as the site of their seminary because it was located in the quiet countryside. During the Civil War, however, it was close to the epicenter of the Maryland-Pennsylvania military campaign.

In 1863 the seminarians at Cumberland themselves became subject to military draft by virtue of federal laws conscripting all able-bodied males. Father Seelos went to Washington to seek exemption of these students, as men called to a higher duty. He argued the case with President Abraham Lincoln himself. The President proved most receptive to his reasoning, and promised that he would do all he could to obtain a dispensation. Washington did allow the Redemptorist students to remain men of peace.

     Francis Xavier Seelos apparently agreed with St. Francis de Sales that honey will attract more flies than vinegar. Ever smiling, he was the gentlest of confessors and spiritual guides. However, one of his Redemptorist brethren thought that he was too gentle with the seminarians and should be more severe. In 1863, therefore, his superiors gave Fr. Seelos a new assignment: head of the Redemptorist band of missionaries.

     Seelos the missionary must have rejoiced in that change of task. For the next three years he was another St. Paul, giving retreats and preaching parish missions across the United States from the Atlantic to the Mississippi and even into Missouri.

     In 1866 he was posted, by contrast, to the Deep South, to New Orleans. There the Redemptorist Fathers had three parishes, one for the English-speaking, one for the German-speaking, and one for the French-speaking. Seelos’s ability to speak all three languages fitted him particularly well for his missionary tasks.

     The priest from Bavaria brought to Louisiana all his ripened spiritual gifts. There, as elsewhere, he was at once recognized as a holy man. It was in New Orleans not long after that his characteristic compassion for the needy was given the acid test.

     He had been in Louisiana only a short time when a severe epidemic of yellow fever broke out. Exhausted by their care for the sick and dying, several of the Redemptorists, including Fr. Francis, were themselves stricken by the ruthless “yellow jack”. After three weeks of intense suffering, Seelos died on Friday, October 4, 1867, aged 48.

     The day of his death was significant. He had always prayed to die as Christ died, on a Friday. Those who attended his wake also noted something else of significance: even in the coffin the characteristic smile still played upon his lips.

     In the printed announcement of Fr. Seelos’s death to his fellow Redemptorists, Father Helmpraecht, the Order’s provincial superior, had this to say of their Bavarian colleague: “He was considered a saint during his life and is even more so now than before his death. … He did wonderful work during life, and during his last illness, bore the sharpest pains with all patience. He was conspicuous for his love of poverty and mortification, for his love of his neighbor and his zeal for souls.”

     Devotion to Fr. Francis Xavier mounted after his decease, and many favors were attributed to his intercession. The American Redemptorists took the first steps toward his beatification in 1903. The end of the beatification process came almost a century later, when Pope John Paul II announced that the Venerable Francis Xavier Seelos would be declared “blessed” during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.

     Pope Paul VI, in canonizing St. John N. Neumann in 1977, and Pope John Paul II, in beatifying Fr. Seelos in 2000, paid a deserved tribute to the heroic efforts of the German Redemptorist Fathers to preserve the faith of German-speaking Catholic immigrants in the U.S.A.

–Father Robert F. McNamara

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7th

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     On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion.  Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe.

     The feast always occurs one week after the similar Byzantine celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, which most Eastern Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics celebrate on October 1 in memory of a 10th-century military victory which protected Constantinople against invasion after a reported Marian apparition.

     Pope Leo XIII was particularly devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary, producing 11 encyclicals on the subject of this feast and its importance in the course of his long pontificate.

     In the first of them, 1883’s “Supremi Apostolatus Officio,” he echoed the words of the oldest known Marian prayer (known in the Latin tradition as the “Sub Tuum Praesidium”), when he wrote, “It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary.”

     “This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven,” Pope Leo continued, “has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy … or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies.”  Foremost among such “attacks” was the battle of Lepanto, a perilous and decisive moment in European and world history.

     Troops of the Turkish Ottoman Empire had invaded and occupied the Byzantine Empire by 1453, bringing a large portion of the increasingly divided Christian world under a version of Islamic law.  For the next hundred years, the Turks expanded their empire westward on land, and asserted their naval power in the Mediterranean. In 1565 they attacked Malta, envisioning an eventual invasion of Rome.  Though repelled at Malta, the Turks captured Cyprus in the fall of 1570.

     The next year, three Catholic powers on the continent – Genoa, Spain, and the Papal States – formed an alliance called the Holy League, to defend their Christian civilization against Turkish invasion.  Its fleets sailed to confront the Turks near the west coast of Greece on October 7, 1571.

     Crew members on more than 200 ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle – as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Turkish forces.

     Some accounts say that Pope Pius V was granted a miraculous vision of the Holy League’s stunning victory.  Without a doubt, the Pope understood the significance of the day’s events, when he was eventually informed that all but 13 of the nearly 300 Turkish ships had been captured or sunk.  He was moved to institute the feast now celebrated universally as Our Lady of the Rosary.

     “Turkish victory at Lepanto would have been a catastrophe of the first magnitude for Christendom,” wrote military historian John F. Guilmartin, Jr., “and Europe would have followed a historical trajectory strikingly different from that which obtained.”

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Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered this year on Sunday, May 31st, to grades 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation.  Please be sure to register for classes.  This is an important step for all Catholics.  There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes!  The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed.  Note:  Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

 

CONFERENCE ON THE EUCHARIST A conference on “The Eucharist: The Source and Summit of Our Faith” sponsored by the Worcester Catholic Women’s Conference, will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Mass.  Speakers are Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., Michelle Schmidt, Tim Francis and Rosalind Moss now Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.  To buy tickets or for more information, visit http://www.worcestercatholicwomensconference.com or call Corinn Dahm at 508-277-3969.

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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, September 29:8:00

Sunday, September 29: 10:30 + Helen Herzig – int. Wanda Kozloski

Monday, September 30: + Suzanne Novak – int. Edith Bourbeau

Tuesday, October 1: – Birthday Blessings for Joe Brian Silva – int. Babcia

Wednesday, October 2: + Ed Vilga – int. Mary Kobera

Thursday, October 3:+ Leon Piecuch – int. Niece, Carol

Friday, October 4: +

Saturday, October 5: 8:00

Saturday, October 5: 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!

THE POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUE of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Castle of Nights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Avenue in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage.  Tickets are $35 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Deadline for tickets is October 11, 2019.  For information and tickets, please call Eileen at (413) 243-2228

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them

Walcutz Niedbala 9/29/1949 Anna Zukowski 9/30/1945

Tekla Bocon 9/30/1968

Helen F. Parker 9/30/2012

Joseph Simanski, Sr. 10/1/1991

Eugene J. Klepacki 10/2/2002

Joseph Dlugosz 10/3/1945

Johnny M. Botch 10/3/2016

Henrietta Zalynski 10/4/1969

Lorraine Donnelly 10/4/2004

Helen A. Czernich 10/4/2006

Stella F. Pelis 10/4/2009

Stephen John Krejmas 10/4/1944

Sukcha Reynolds 10/5/1998

Henry Bocon 10/5/2005

Stanley A. Garanin 10/6/1998

Helen M. Kruczek 10/6/2009

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

CATECHISM CLASSES BEGINSeptember 15th. Parents please remember that it is your responsibility to fulfill the vows you took when you had your children baptized by being sure that your children attend Catechism Classes faithfully and that they truly learn and practice their faith. ALL CLASSES MEET ON SUNDAY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE BE ON TIME!  CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE NOTE THE PLACES FOR EACH CLASS LISTED BELOW:

 

Grade Pre-K (*9:15-10:00)……       Rectory

  Grade K…………………………………    St. Kateri Room (new section- third room)

  Grade 1…………………………………..   St. Anne’s Room (new section – second room)

Grade 2 (First Communion)………    St.NicholasRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 3……………………………………    St. Joseph’s Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 4……………………………………    St.AnthonyRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 5………………………………….    Infant of Prague Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 6…………………………………..   Ven. Pope Pius XII Room – (new section – room 4)

  Grade 7…………………………………..   Sacred Heart Room (by piano)

Grade 8…………………………………       Ste. AnneX (93 K Street – grey house)

  Grade 9 ………………………………..     Our Lady of Grace Room (by kitchen)

Grade 10 & 11……………………      St. Peter’s Room – (new section – room 1)

Adults………………………………………    Rectory parlor

 

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. 

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
Our Retired Clergy Deacon DeCarlo Fr. DiMascola Fr. Campoli Bishop McDonnell Fr. Roach Fr. O’Mannion

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

Bulletin: September 15, 2019

Parish Schedule for the Week September 15, 2019 +

Sunday, September 15[Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – CCD Teachers, Aides, & Students – int. Parish

 10:30 am + Jason Ball – int. Keith & Linda Ball, and Danielle & Seth Crevison

   4:30 pm – Vespers (Extraordinary Form: XIV Sunday after Pentecost)

Monday, September 16[Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian]:

   8:00 am + Fr. Stanisław Zdebel (2nd Pastor of our Parish)

Tuesday, September 17[St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Robert Bellarmine/

5:30 pm – For the Benefactors of our Parish                           St. Zygmunt Szczesny Falinski]:

Wednesday, September 18 [St. Jude Novena/Ember Day]:

   5:30 pm + Lou Bush – int. George Bush

Thursday, September 19 [St. Januarius]:

5:30 pm + Fr. Andrze Lekarczyk (3rd Pastor of our Parish)

Friday, September 20 [Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon & Paul Chong Ha-sang and
                                                                                    Companions/Ember Day]:

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at this Mass.  The church will be open all day.

   8:00 am – For our Parish and our Parishioners  ** Opening of Forty Hours **

   5:30 pm – For the Benefactors of our Parish

Saturday, September 21 [St. Matthew/Ember Day]:

   8:00 am+ Msgr. Alfons A. Skoniecki (4th Pastor of our Parish)

Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – The church will be open all day.

   4:00 pm + Deceased Parishioners of our Parish

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

Sunday, September22[Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – Children and Youth of our Parish

 10:30 am– Members of our Parish Council and Parish Societies

Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Exposition all day.

 3:00 pm – Solemn Closing with Benediction and Eucharistic Procession

All Societies are asked to gather in the undercroft by 2:30 for the procession.

 

BANNS II: Clyde Earle & Jennifer Glover

 

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions

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     Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will begin on Friday, September 20thwith Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  The church will then remain open all day for private prayer and worship.  Confessions will be heard at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction and Mass at 5:30 p.m.

     The Forty Hours of Devotions will continue on Saturday morning (September 21st) with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the church will again remain open all day for private prayer and worship.  Confessions will be heard at 3:00 p.m. followed by Benediction at 4:00 p.m. and followed by our usual Saturday Mass.

     On Sunday (September 22nd) the most Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  The church will again remain open for private prayer and worship until 3:00 p.m. at which time the solemn closing will take place with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.  The public is cordially invited to take part in all of these services.

     Our Guest Preacher for the 5:30 Mass on Friday and the Solemn Closing on Sunday afternoon is Fr. Greg Markey, chaplain of Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield.

     Please note that Pope John Paul II had requested that these Eucharistic Devotions be encouraged all over the world.  This is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with Jesus!  Come and share your joys and sorrows and your everyday concerns with Jesus!

ALL SOCIETIES, SODALITIES, ALTAR-BOYS & GIRLS’ CLUB are reminded to gather for the Forty Hours Devotion Procession on Sunday, September 22ndno later than 2:15 p.m. in the church undercroft with their banners and society emblems. The Daughters of Mary are reminded to have their baskets of flower petals and all Altar-Boys are asked to participate.

ALL CATECHISM CHILDREN are requested to be present at the Solemn Closing of our Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions on Sunday, September 22ndat 3:00 p.m.

CATECHISM CLASSES BEGINSeptember 15th. Parents please remember that it is your responsibility to fulfill the vows you took when you had your children baptized by being sure that your children attend Catechism Classes faithfully and that they truly learn and practice their faith. ALL CLASSES MEET ON SUNDAY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE BE ON TIME!  CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE NOTE THE PLACES FOR EACH CLASS LISTED BELOW:

Grade Pre-K(*9:15-10:00)……        Rectory

  Grade K…………………………………    St. Kateri Room (new section- third room)

  Grade 1…………………………………..   St. Anne’s Room (new section – second room)

Grade 2 (First Communion)………    St.NicholasRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 3……………………………………    St. Joseph’s Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 4……………………………………    St.AnthonyRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 5………………………………….    Infant of Prague Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 6…………………………………..   Ven. Pope Pius XII Room – (new section – room 4)

  Grade 7…………………………………..   Sacred Heart Room (by piano)

Grade 8…………………………………       Ste. AnneX (93 K Street – grey house)

  Grade 9 ………………………………..     Our Lady of Grace Room (by kitchen)

Grade 10 & 11……………………      St. Peter’s Room – (new section – room 1)

Adults………………………………………    Rectory parlor

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 15that 9:00 a.m.  Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

 

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th is the Feast of two martyred Saints, Pope St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian.  Both were early Roman martyrs who stressed the Mercy of God in their preaching.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th is the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, the brilliant scholar, preacher and apologist of the counter-Reformation.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 a.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, September 18th.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of this saint who is the patron of hopeless and impossible cases.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will hold their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, September 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  All members are asked to attend.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th is the Feast of the early Christian Bishop and martyr St. Januarius, most famous today for the recurring miracle of the liquefaction of his blood on this day each year.  He will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

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HOLY HOURS OF REPARATION are held twice weekly in our parish, on Thursday & Friday at 4:30 p.m., concluding with the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Please come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Please Note, however, that the will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th is the Feast of St. Andrew Kim Taegŏn and St. Paul Chŏng Hasang and their companions.  At the 5:30 p.m. Mass we will honor these two saints and 103 clergy, laymen, young and old, who were martyred between the years 1839 and 1867.

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st is the Feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel in Aramaic to show Jesus as the new Moses.  Tradition holds he preached in Judea and later in Ethiopia where he was martyred.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 21stbefore 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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SUNG VESPERS in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

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

Seeking a Director for Alternatives Pregnancy Center: Alternatives Pregnancy Center is a Christian organization which has been providing services to pregnant women for over 30 years, helping them make the choice of life for their babies.  If women have had an abortion, counselors help with the emotional aftermath.  Alternatives is seeking candidates for the part time position of Director.  The candidate should be strongly pro-life and be able to organize an office, have effective communication skills used to interact with clients and staff, manage a budget, meet with other agencies to advertise the services of Alternatives, hire and train new staff, and work effectively with the Board of Directors.  If you are interested please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or helensheamurphy@verizon.net for more information.

Pope St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian

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     Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by his rival, the first anti-pope Novatian. He convened a synod of bishops to confirm him as the rightful successor of Peter.

      The great controversy that arose as a result of the Decian persecution was whether or not the Church could pardon and receive back into the Church those who had apostacized in the face of martyrdom.

      Against both the bishops who argued that the Church could not welcome back apostates, and those who argued that they should be welcomed back but did not demand a heavy penance of the penitent, Cornelius decreed that they must be welcomed back and insisted that they perform an adequate penance.

     In 253 Cornelius was exiled by the emperor Gallus and died of the hardships he endured in exile. He is venerated as a martyr.

     Saint Cyprian of Carthage is second in importance only to the great Saint Augustine as a figure and Father of the African church. He was a close friend of Pope Cornelius, and supported him both against the anti-pope Novatian and in his views concerning the re-admittance of apostates into the Church.

     Saint Cyprian was born to wealthy pagans around the year 190, and was educated in the classics and in rhetoric. He converted at the age of 56, was ordained a priest a year later, and made bishop two years after that.

     His writings are of great importance, especially his treatise on The Unity of the Catholic Church, in which he argues that unity is grounded in the authority of the bishop, and among the bishops, in the primacy of the See of Rome.

     In, “The Unity of the Catholic Church,” St. Cyprian writes, “You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother…. God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body…. If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.”

     During the Decian persecutions Cyprian considered it wiser to go into hiding and guide his flock covertly rather than seek the glorious crown of martyrdom, a decision that his enemies attacked him for.

     On September 14, 258, however, he was martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Valerian.

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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

A HEARTY THANK YOU to the Gem of Franklin County for the amazing effort of time, talent and treasure that you put into the Community Meals Program.  Our last meal on September 5 fed well over 75 people who get in line more than once, so you can imagine how much food was consumed.  The Director was there and she said that we are the best presentation they have seen.  Our next meal will be in 2020 – stay tuned for further announcements.  Blessings to all of you—and you know who you are!  

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:We are called to proclaim God’s abundant love for all people.  How can you be an instrument of that love?  Our world needs you! (Luke 15:1-32) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.organd/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

BE NOT AFRAID – WALK FOR LIFE: Saturday, September 28th, 2019.  Registration 10:00 a.m., walk begins at 10:30 a.m. at the School Street Park in Agawam Mass. $25 per person, or register as a team ($50 per team) and raise funds. Proceeds benefit Clearway Clinic and St. John Pro-Life Ministries.  Stjohnagawam.churchgiving.com

THE CITY OF GOD – REFLECTING ON ST. AUGUSTINE’S OPUS MAGNUM  with Fr. Robert L. T. Miskell, M.A., M.Div., Associate Director, Newman Catholic Center at UMass Amherst (472 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA).  In this series, we will read and reflect upon the greatest work of one of the Church’s most eminent teachers, St. Augustine of Hippo.  This monumental book offers us a foundational study of the Christian understanding of God’s plan as it unfolds in time: salvation history.  Our sessions will begin with a lecture by Fr. Miskell, followed by a short break, and then a group discussion.  We will meet in the Quigley Room.  Please feel free to bring refreshments.  For this series, we will be using the Penguin Books paperback edition of The City of God, translated by Henry Bettenson, with an introduction by G. R. Evans.  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Beginning Monday, September 16th; Concluding Monday, February 24th.

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, Sept.15:8:00 + Stanley & Helena Garanin – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Sunday, Sept.15: 10:30 + Salvatore & Mary LaDolce – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Monday, September 16:– Health & Blessings for Francis Kurtyka

Tuesday, September 17:+ Annette Sopollec – int. James & Jean Koldis

Wednesday, September 18:– Health & Blessings for Joan Richotte – int. Beverly

Thursday, September 19:+ Christ Gatautis – int. Dana

Friday, September 20:

Saturday, September 21: 8:00 + Christ Gatautis – int. Dana

Saturday, September21: 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!

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.

POLISH NIGHT Saturday, September 21st, Greenfield Moose Lodge.  Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Eddie Forman Orchestra at 7 p.m.  Tickets $25; Dancing Only $10. 413-773-9030.  Purchase tickets at the Lodge (20 School St.) after 3 p.m. daily or noon on weekends.  Pierogi, Gołąpki, Kielbasa, Kapusta, Sides and More!

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.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Stanislawa Kurkulonis 9/15/1947

Joseph Prohowicz 9/15/1967

Genevieve Wojtasiewicz 9/15/1990

Jadwiga Puchala 9/17/1952

Anthony C. Kallins 9/17/1965

Walter Naperkowski 9/17/1982

John Noga 9/18/1946

Joseph Rustallis 9/18/1949

Thomas Hoynoski 9/18/1965

Joseph J. Sadoski 9/18/1992

Joanne Wojoln 9/19/1944

Helen N. Moschen 9/19/1998

Frances Paglecki 9/20/1935

Ralph Fronckus 9/20/1974

Frank C. Haygood 9/20/1977

Joseph F. Naida 9/20/2011

John Putala 9/21/1925

Ernest Croteau 9/21/1981

Jessie R. Dudek 9/21/1992

Eugenius Gumula 9/22/1957

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

 Pro-Life Ballot InitiativeAbortion destroys the smallest and most helpless members of the human family. We, as Catholics (Christians), are called by God to protect His precious gift of life.Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to pay for abortions in Massachusetts? Fortunately, there is something each of us can do to stop this.  On the weekend of Sept. 14th& 15th, volunteers from the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions (website: http://www.stoptaxpayerabortion.org) will be collecting signatures on a petition to amend the state constitution so that taxpayer subsidized abortions are no longer a constitutional entitlement in Massachusetts. Please stop and sign this petition to help save the lives of unborn babies.  If you want to get involved and do more to help the prolife movement, please contact Melinda Baker at donmelbaker@comcast.net, or Helen Speckels at  hspex@hotmail.com.. Learn more at http://www.StopTaxpayerAbortion.org. Thank you.

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.

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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 LEAGUE of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Castle of Nights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Avenue in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage.  Tickets are $35 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Deadline for tickets is October 11, 2019.  For information and tickets, please call Eileen at (413) 243-2228

Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered this year to grades 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation.  Please be sure to register for classes.  This is an important step for all Catholics.  There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes!  The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed.  Note:  Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

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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!

 

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. 

 

 

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AS WE APPROACH our annual celebration of Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions(September 20, 21, & 22) it is good to meditate on the great love of God in giving us Himself in Holy Communion, in living among us in the Tabernacle of every Roman Catholic Church, of being with us spiritually AND physically in the Most Holy Eucharist!  The more we ponder the great love of God the more we marvel at the utter humility of Our Savior!  He humbled Himself to be a prisoner of love in our Tabernacles so that He could dwell with us in our hearts!  How good God is!

     During the Forty Hours Devotions, on our altars with its gleaming gold leaf, golden candlesticks, gorgeous flowers, and jeweled monstrance.. the simplest “Thing” there is, the thin white Host!  But how else could He remain among us, and be united to us, except by some such miracle as THIS!  He lived, died, and rose again, but He wanted to remain with each of us in a most intimate and loving way.  So vased in the slender monstrance is the Fairest Flower of All… Jesus Christ Our Loving Lord and God!

     If from the carpenter shop of Nazareth there had been preserved but one thing that Jesus made, how we would treasure that relic!  But we rejoice that we have not in our Roman Catholic churches a mere relic, but the Reality!  We have Jesus Christ Himself!Not only Spiritually, but Physically!  Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe, Whom the Heavens could not contain, in His love for us comes down on our altars at the Holy Mass, to dwell in the Tabernacles of our Roman Catholic Church and be with us in our hearts at Holy Communion.  How much must He love us!

 

SAVE THE DATE:

ROSARY COAST TO COAST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th,

at OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

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PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery.  Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar.  The intentions for this week are:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Reardon Fr. Aksamit/

Fr. Goni

Msgr. Yargeau Deacon Bete Bishop Rozanski Fr. Roux Fr. Bermudez

 

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

Bulletin: September 8,2019

 

 

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of September 8, 2019+

Sunday, September 8[Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am­­+ Patricia Collins – int. Brendan Collins

 10:30 am– Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family

* 5:00 pm – Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday, September 9 [St. Peter Claver]:

   8:00 am+ Fr. Francis Chalupka (First Pastor of our Parish)

Tuesday, September 10 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm– The Benefactors of our Parish

Wednesday, September 11[St. Jude Novena]:

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

Thursday, September 12 [The Most Holy Name of Mary]:

   5:30 pm– Arabel Augusta – int. Parents

Friday, September 13[St. John Chrysostom]:

   5:30 pm+ Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Saturday, September 14[Exaltation of the Holy Cross]:

   8:00 am– Sr. Celeste Marie & the Poor Sisters of St. Clare – int. Pelc Family

   4:00 pm– Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families – int. Family

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

Sunday, September 15[Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am– CCD Teachers, Aides, & Students – int. Parish

 10:30 am+ Jason Ball – int. Keith & Linda Ball, and Danielle & Seth Crevison

BANNS I: Clyde Earle & Jennifer Glover

 

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

Feast of the Birth of Mary

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     The Feast of the Birth of Mary the Mother of God, will be celebrated on Sunday, September 8th.  Twenty-six years ago (1991) an Altar Boy suggested that we should have a spiritual party to celebrate the Feast of the Birthday of Mary.  The Feast of the Birth of Mary celebrates the child Mary, the chosen one of Adam’s race, destined to become the Mother of Jesus Christ Who became her child to redeem and save the world.  This Feast of the Church unites in spirit with the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Law and with all who during long centuries of expectation watched and prayed for the coming of the Messiah.  The Birth of Mary, the Immaculate one, marks the advent of this work of redemption by Jesus Christ.  And so the celebration is more than just a shallow birthday party, but a acknowledgment of the fact of Mary’s unique role in the history of salvation and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, “.. for behold from henceforth all generations shall called me blessed.”  (Luke 1:48)  The program of celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Litany of Loreto.  Various volunteers will lead the Rosary all through the day until 5:00 p.m. at which time we close Our Lady’s special celebration with Benediction.  All are cordially invited to come any time throughout the day to Mary’s Birthday party of Rosaries.

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A PETITION BASKET with note paper will be set up by the side altar of the Blessed Mother so that special intentions may be written up during the day on September 8th, the Birthday of Mary.  At the end of the day the basket with the intentions will be placed on the Altar.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th is the Feast of St. Peter Claver who dedicated his ministry to the care of black slaves.  He was called the “slave of the slaves forever.”  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, September 11th.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of this saint who is the patron of hopeless and impossible cases.

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THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft.  All are reminded that all parishioners are welcome to attend and vote on all issues.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  God the Father is glorified by the exalted role in salvation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Thus, her name is a name of honor, a holy name, a maternal name, and a name responsive to the needs of the Church.

     The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary was given in gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the victory of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski for his conquest of the Turks in the battle for Europe in Vienna.  The Moslems were marching through Europe and if they had conquered Vienna all of Europe today would have been under their heel.  King Sobieski wrote the Pope, paraphrasing Caesar said, “I came, I saw, God conquered.”  On returning to Poland he gave his sword in gratitude to the Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Częstochowa.  That scene is pictured on the arch over the altar in our church.

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HOLY HOURS OF REPARATION are held twice weekly in our parish, on Thursday & Friday at 4:30 p.m., concluding with the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Please come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Please Note, however, that the will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th is the Feast of St. John Chrysostom, one of the four great Doctors of the Eastern Church.  He defended the poor, sought to reform the clergy to disciplined orthodoxy and was persecuted for his Faith.  He is called the Patron of Preachers and will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrating the double anniversary of the discovery of the Lord’s Cross by St. Helena in 320 and the dedication of the Basilica on the site of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary in 335.

SUNG VESPERS in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 7thbefore the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.

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

CATECHISM CLASSES BEGINSeptember 15th. Parents please remember that it is your responsibility to fulfill the vows you took when you had your children baptized by being sure that your children attend Catechism Classes faithfully and that they truly learn and practice their faith. ALL CLASSES MEET ON SUNDAY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE BE ON TIME!  CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:00 A.M.  PLEASE NOTE THE PLACES FOR EACH CLASS LISTED BELOW:

 

Grade Pre-K(*9:15-10:00)……        Rectory

  Grade K…………………………………    St. Kateri Room (new section- third room)

  Grade 1…………………………………..   St. Anne’s Room (new section – second room)

Grade 2 (First Communion)………    St.NicholasRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 3……………………………………    St. Joseph’s Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Center

Grade 4……………………………………    St.AnthonyRoom – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 5………………………………….    Infant of Prague Room – St. Thérèse Catechism Ctr.

  Grade 6…………………………………..   Ven. Pope Pius XII Room – (new section – room 4)

  Grade 7…………………………………..   Sacred Heart Room (by piano)

Grade 8…………………………………       Ste. AnneX (93 K Street – grey house)

  Grade 9 ………………………………..     Our Lady of Grace Room (by kitchen)

Grade 10 & 11……………………      St. Peter’s Room – (new section – room 1)

Adults………………………………………    Rectory parlor

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 15that 9:00 a.m.  Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

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

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:You have one precious life to give.  How do you choose to offer it to God?  Are you willing to accept the challenges of discipleship? (Luke 14:25-33) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.organd/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

BE NOT AFRAID – WALK FOR LIFE: Saturday, September 28th, 2019.  Registration 10:00 a.m., walk begins at 10:30 a.m. at the School Street Park in Agawam Mass. $25 per person, or register as a team ($50 per team) and raise funds. Proceeds benefit Clearway Clinic and St. John Pro-Life Ministries.  Stjohnagawam.churchgiving.com

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

 A brief history of how this feast came to be celebrated in the Church.

 

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    The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross originated in the Church in Jerusalem. From the middle of the fourth century it was celebrated on 13 September, the anniversary of the dedication of the basilica erected on Golgotha under Constantine. According to the account written by a fourth-century pilgrim named Egeria, a relic of our Lord’s Cross had been found on that date a few years earlier. The “exaltation” or “raising up” of the Cross took place on the second day of the octave of the dedication; on that day, according to a liturgical book of the time, the venerable Cross is solemnly shown to all the Christian people. At the present time the most characteristic rite of this feast in the Byzantine liturgy is the priest raising the Cross above all the people’s heads, blessing them and turning to the four points of the compass, while the choir intones the Kyrie Eleison a hundred times at each point. Afterwards the faithful come forward to venerate the Cross and to receive one of the flowers decorating the place where the Cross has lain. In the Eastern Churches this feast is so important that it is considered an Autumn Easter.

     In Rome, from the beginning of the sixth century, 3 May was commemorated in the Vatican Basilica as a parallel feast, the Finding of the Holy Cross. In the middle of the seventh century the Vatican Basilica adopted the Jerusalem custom of venerating a fragment of the relic of the Cross (called the lignum crucis) on 14 September. Pope Sergius (687-701) transferred the custom to the Lateran Basilica, giving it extra solemnity, such that by the eighth century the feast had spread all over the Christian West.

     In the Roman liturgy the preface of the Mass reminds us that since the tree of Paradise was the place of mankind’s fall, God has wanted the Cross to be the new tree that would save us: “ut unde mors oriebatur, inde vita resurgeret, so that where death arose, life might again spring forth.”[1]  The readings emphasize the lifting up of Christ on the wood of the Cross as an anticipation of his being raised into glory, and as the “magnet” that would draw all creatures: and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.[2]  The Cross is the place of Jesus’ triumph, and from it, he wants us to help spread his reign. “Christ our Lord was crucified; from the height of the Cross he redeemed the world, thereby restoring peace between God and men. Jesus reminds all of us, ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself’ (Jn 12:32). If you put me at the center of all earthly activities, he is saying, by fulfilling the duty of each moment in what appears important and what appears unimportant, I will draw everything to myself. My kingdom among you will be a reality!”[3]

     Saint Josemaria always wore a reliquary round his neck in the form of a cross containing a lignum crucis, a fragment of the True Cross. It was a manifestation of his devotion to the Holy Cross in the loving fulfilment of everyday duties. There are hundreds of ways, also small ones, to express this devotion in daily life, such as making the sign of the cross when saying grace before and after meals: “That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.

[1] Roman Missal, Preface of the Holy Cross.

[2] Jn 12:32.

[3] Christ is Passing By, no. 183.

[4] Pope Francis, Encyclical Laudato Si’, 24 May 2015, no. 227.

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THE CITY OF GOD – REFLECTING ON ST. AUGUSTINE’S OPUS MAGNUM  with Fr. Robert L. T. Miskell, M.A., M.Div., Associate Director, Newman Catholic Center at UMass Amherst (472 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA).  In this series, we will read and reflect upon the greatest work of one of the Church’s most eminent teachers, St. Augustine of Hippo.  This monumental book offers us a foundational study of the Christian understanding of God’s plan as it unfolds in time: salvation history.  Our sessions will begin with a lecture by Fr. Miskell, followed by a short break, and then a group discussion.  We will meet in the Quigley Room.  Please feel free to bring refreshments.  For this series, we will be using the Penguin Books paperback edition of The City of God, translated by Henry Bettenson, with an introduction by G. R. Evans.  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Beginning Monday, September 16th; Concluding Monday, February 24th.

 

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT: for ages 19-35 on September 13-14, at Dumaine Retreat Center in Jacksonville, VT.  For more information: wgavin@vermontcatholic.org

 

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St. John Chrysostom

FEAST DAY, SEPTEMBER 13

 “If the Lord should give you power to raise the dead, He would give much less than He does when he bestows suffering. By miracles you would make yourself debtor to Him, while by suffering He may become debtor to you. And even if sufferings had no other reward than being able to bear something for that God who loves you, is not this a great reward and a sufficient remuneration? Whoever loves, understands what I say.”

-St. John Chrysostom

 

Born in Antioch, c. 347, Saint John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed) was perhaps the greatest preacher in the history of the Church, thus the name given him, and the most prominent Greek father of the Church.

He grew up in Antioch, received an excellent classical Greek education, and upon meeting the holy bishop Meletus, he decided to devote his time to the study of religious works and the Sacred Scriptures. He received Baptism after three years of study and set out for the desert to live the ascetic life of a hermit.

His extreme mortifications left him in fragile health, and he thus returned to Antioch after two years of recovery, and devoted himself to studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 386 and served in the Cathedral of Antioch for 12 years, winning widespread fame for his sublime preaching.

In 398 he was forcefully appointed Patriarch of Constantinople, and fast became very popular with his flock through his example of preaching and courage in front of the imperial power, whose corruption and decadence he never shirked from criticizing in public.

This attitude naturally made an enemy of the empress, Eudoxia as well as Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria, who had him condemned on false charges in 403. He was exiled to Armenia where he continued to be a great presence in the Church of the East through his many letters. He was exiled from Armenia to an isolated place along the Black Sea. He died during the journey in 407 in Pontus, his ill health unable to endure its rigors.

In 438 the Emperor Theodosius II of Constantinople had John’s body returned to Constantinople, and did penance for the sins of his mother Eudoxia.

Chrysostom’s many writings, especially homilies and commentaries on the Gospels, are still extant and have exerted great influence over the centuries.

 

“When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration.” – St. John Chrysostom                                                    http://www.catholicnewsagency.coTHE 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, September 8:8:00 + Fran Grucan – int. Dana

Sunday, September 8: 10:30 – Health & Blessings for Alexandra Restelli – int. SKM

Monday, September9:+ Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Tuesday, September 10:+ Joseph A. Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo

Wednesday, September 11:+ Chet Galvis – int. Connie

Thursday, September 12:– Health & Blessings for Jonathan Restelli – int. SKM

Friday, September 13:– Health & Blessings for Mary Pat Restelli – int. SKM

Saturday, September 14: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen

Saturday, September14: 4:00 – Health & Blessings for Caitlin Smith – int. SKM

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

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.

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!

POLISH NIGHT Saturday, September 21st, Greenfield Moose Lodge.  Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Eddie Forman Orchestra at 7 p.m.  Tickets $25; Dancing Only $10. 413-773-9030.  Purchase tickets at the Lodge (20 School St.) after 3 p.m. daily or noon on weekends.  Pierogi, Gołąpki, Kielbasa, Kapusta, Sides and More!

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 LEAGUE of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Castle of Nights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Avenue in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage.  Tickets are $35 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Deadline for tickets is October 11, 2019.  For information and tickets, please call Eileen at (413) 243-2228

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Herman J. Levasseur 9/8/1990

Eunice V. Polo 9/8/2002

Nell Fallon 9/8/2009

Katherine Bugai 9/9/1986

Helen C. Nicewicz 9/9/1994

Theodore Marziarz 9/9/2006

Mary V. Oleksiewicz 9/10/1973

Julia S. Mesic 9/10/1984

Edward F. Traceski 9/10/2002

Anna Schab 9/11/1950

Timothy P. Richotte 9/11/1994

Henry Krol 9/11/2001

Casimier Klepacki 9/12/1925

Mary Skrzypek 9/12/1958

Henry Iwanowicz 9/12/1972

Walter E. Cygan 9/12/1977

Feliks Podlinski 9/13/1924

Franciszek Kurtyka 9/13/1960

Stanislawa Kurkulonis 9/15/1947

Joseph Prohowicz 9/15/1967

Genevieve Wojtasiewicz 9/15/1990

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

Pro-Life Ballot Initiative- Abortion destroys the smallest and most helpless members of the human family. We, as Catholics (Christians), are called by God to protect His precious gift of life.Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to pay for abortions in Massachusetts? Fortunately, there is something each of us can do to stop this.  On the weekend of Sept. 14th& 15th, volunteers from the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions (website: http://www.stoptaxpayerabortion.org) will be collecting signatures on a petition to amend the state constitution so that taxpayer subsidized abortions are no longer a constitutional entitlement in Massachusetts. Please stop and sign this petition to help save the lives of unborn babies.  If you want to get involved and do more to help the prolife movement, please contact Melinda Baker at donmelbaker@comcast.net, or Helen Speckels at  hspex@hotmail.com.. Learn more at http://www.StopTaxpayerAbortion.org. Thank you.

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.”

Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered this year to grades 10 and 11 and to all adults who have not yet made their Confirmation.  Please be sure to register for classes.  This is an important step for all Catholics.  There can be nothing that can take priority to these classes!  The Diocese has set certain guidelines and these must be followed.  Note:  Adults to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please call the rectory this week!

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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!

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. 

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

DID YOU KNOW???Pierogi, or Polish dumplings, are one of the most recognizable Polish dishes outside of Poland.

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
Vocations Deacon Patten Clergy who are sick Deacon Bucci Fr. Lisowski Deacon Ratté Fr. Lunney

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

WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES

now and we need to order books.  Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes (Pre-K through Confirmation) with this form and drop it in the collection basket next week, even if your children have attended before.  All students must be registered before attending the first class.

+ Confraternity of Christian Doctrine +

Catechism Class Registration Form

 

Parents’ Name: ________________________                                                                      

Street:  ________________________  Town: _________________  Zip: __________

E-mail: ________________________  Telephone: ________________________

                                                                       

Confirmation
First Confession
First Communion
Baptism

 

Please print                             Sacraments Received:  Yes or No                                         

Name(s) Date of Birth Grade Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N
             
             

Bulletin: September 1, 2019

Parish Schedule for the Week of September 1, 2019 +

Sunday, September 1[Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am­­– Grace & Blessings for Rachel Pelc – int. Pelc Family

 10:30 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

   4:30 pm –Vespers (Extraordinary Form—XII Sunday after Pentecost)

Monday, September 2 :

   8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

Tuesday, September 3 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Gregory the Great]:

   5:30 pm – For our Parish and Parishioners

Wednesday, September 4[St. Jude Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Agnes Golombeski – int. Donald Parda

Thursday, September 5 [St. Teresa of Calcutta]:

   5:30 pm + Joseph V. Kosewicz – int. Family

First Friday, September 6 :

Recitation of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow Mass

   5:30 pm – For our Parish and Parishioners

First Saturday, September 7 :

The Holy Rosary will be recited before Mass, Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Loreto and Benediction following Mass

   8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

   4:00 pm + David W. Phillips – int. Joyce & Tina Phillips

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

Sunday, September 8[Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am­­+ Patricia Collins – int. Brendan Collins

 10:30 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

* 5:00 pm – Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd is Labor Day.  Special prayers will be offered at the 8:00 a.m. Mass to thank God for the gift of labor and to petition our Heavenly Father for dignified work for those who have none.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd is the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great who is noted for his Liturgical reform in the Church and in Church music.  He sent missionaries to England and wrote on many moral and theological subjects.  He is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.  He called himself “The Servant of the Servants of God”, a title which all of the Popes have continued to use to this day.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be offered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, September4th.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of this saint who is the patron of hopeless and impossible cases.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th is the Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  She was the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity and worked tirelessly for the poor in Calcutta and eventually throughout the world establishing orphanages, AIDS hospices, hospitals, and homes for the aged and the dying.  Her charity and life of prayer made her an outstanding witness to Christ and human dignity in our day and age.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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HOLY HOURS OF REPARATION are held twice weekly in our parish, on Thursday & Friday at 4:30 p.m., concluding with the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Please come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Please Note, however, that the will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

SUNG VESPERS in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

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THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, September 7thbefore the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.

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

Feast of the Birth of Mary

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     The Feast of the Birth of Mary the Mother of God, will be celebrated on Sunday, September 8th.  Twenty-eight years ago (1991) an Altar Boy suggested that we should have a spiritual party to celebrate the Feast of the Birthday of Mary.  The Feast of the Birth of Mary celebrates the child Mary, the chosen one of Adam’s race, destined to become the Mother of Jesus Christ Who became her child to redeem and save the world.  This Feast of the Church unites in spirit with the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Law and with all who during long centuries of expectation watched and prayed for the coming of the Messiah.  The Birth of Mary, the Immaculate one, marks the advent of this work of redemption by Jesus Christ.  And so the celebration is more than just a shallow birthday party, but a acknowledgment of the fact of Mary’s unique role in the history of salvation and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, “.. for behold from henceforth all generations shall called me blessed.”  (Luke 1:48)  The program of celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 8th with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Litany of Loreto.  Various volunteers will lead the Rosary all through the day until 5:00 p.m. at which time we close Our Lady’s special celebration with Benediction.  All are cordially invited to come any time throughout the day to Mary’s Birthday party of Rosaries.

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A PETITION BASKET with note paper will be set up by the side altar of the Blessed Mother so that special intentions may be written up during the day on September 8th, the Birthday of Mary.  At the end of the day the basket with the intentions will be placed on the Altar.

 

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ALL NIGHT VIGIL:  This Friday, September 6th, we will have the First Friday All-Night Vigil of Reparation. The Vigil will begin after the 5:30 p.m. Mass, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and continue all night until 7:00 a.m.  The Mass for First Saturday will take place as usual at 8:00 a.m., followed by our usual First Saturday Devotions.

CATECHISM CLASS TEACHERS will meet on Wednesday, September 4thin the rectory following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  This is an important meeting and all teachers are requested to be present.

CATECHISM CLASSES will begin on Sunday, September 15that 9:00 a.m.  Parents are reminded of their obligation to provide a religious education for their children so that they might have a future – an eternal future!

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IT’S NOT TOO EARLY to start planning for our Blessed Mother’s Birthday (Sunday, September 8th).  As always we will have an all-day Open House/Party which will involve Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a continuous chain of rosaries.  It is what our Blessed Mother wants.  Plan on it!

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

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, September1:8:00 + Nancy Margola – int. James & Jean Koldis

Sunday, September1: 10:30 + Josephine Rudinski – int. Kobera Family

Mon., Sept.2:– Birthday Blessings for 14 year old Noah Kobera – int. Kobera Family

Tuesday, September3:+ Joey Szelewicki – int. Jadzia

Wednesday, September4:+ Fran Gruean – int. Dana

Thursday, September5:+ Louis M. Kozloski – int. Wanda

Friday, September6:+ Louis A. Kozloski – int. Mother

Saturday,September7: 8:00 + Blanche & Alexander Garanin

                                                                                    – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Saturday, Sept.7: 4:00 + Mary & Louis Kozloski – int. Wanda Kozloski &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!

 COMMUNITY MEALS:  Our final COMMUNITY MEAL will take place on WEDNESDAY, September 4th, at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield.  All parishioners are welcome to participate!!  There is a signup sheet in the front vestibule with aluminum pans for your convenience. Please contact Cathy Becklo (acbecklo@comcast.net) with any questions. And abundant blessings to all the ever faithful contributors and participants of this important corporal work of mercy!!  God Bless.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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     The Church celebrates on September 5th the feast of Mother Teresa, a universal symbol of God’s merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten.

     Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, the youngest of three children. She attended a youth group called Sodality, run by a Jesuit priest at her parish, and her involvement opened her to the call of service as a missionary nun.

     She joined the Sisters of Loreto at age 17 and was sent to Calcutta where she taught at a high school. She contracted Tuberculosis and was sent to rest in Darjeeling. It was on the train to Darjeeling that she received her calling – what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and work and live among the poor.  At this point she did not know that she was to found an order of nuns, or even exactly where she was to serve. “I knew where I belonged, but I did not know how to get there,” she said once, recalling the moment on the train.

     Confirmation of the calling came when the Vatican granted her permission to leave the Sisters of Loreto and fulfill her calling under the Archbishop of Calcutta. She started working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. She was joined a year later by some of her former students and together they took in men, women, and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets and cared for them.

  In 1950 the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of the Diocese of Calcutta and in 1952 the government granted them a house from which to continue their service among Calcutta’s forgotten.

     The congregation very quickly grew from a single house for the dying and unwanted to nearly 500 around the world.  Mother Teresa set up homes for AIDS sufferers, for prostitutes, for battered women, and orphanages for poor children.

     She often said that the poorest of the poor were those who had no one to care for them and no one who knew them. And she often remarked with sadness and desolation of millions of souls in the developed world whose spiritual poverty and loneliness was such an immense cause of suffering.

     She was a fierce defender of the unborn saying: “If you hear of some woman who does not want to keep her child and wants to have an abortion, try to persuade her to bring him to me. I will love that child, seeing in him the sign of God’s love.”

     Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997 and was beatified only six years later, on October 19, 2003.

     Mother Teresa once said, “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.” She also said, “Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.”

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OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Humility is needed for those who choose to serve.  Are you able to recognize your gifts and offer them in humble service?  (Luke 14:1, 7-14) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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!

THE CITY OF GOD – REFLECTING ON ST. AUGUSTINE’S OPUS MAGNUM  with Fr. Robert L. T. Miskell, M.A., M.Div., Associate Director, Newman Catholic Center at UMass Amherst (472 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA).  In this series, we will read and reflect upon the greatest work of one of the Church’s most eminent teachers, St. Augustine of Hippo.  This monumental book offers us a foundational study of the Christian understanding of God’s plan as it unfolds in time: salvation history.  Our sessions will begin with a lecture by Fr. Miskell, followed by a short break, and then a group discussion.  We will meet in the Quigley Room.  Please feel free to bring refreshments.  For this series, we will be using the Penguin Books paperback edition of The City of God, translated by Henry Bettenson, with an introduction by G. R. Evans.  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Beginning Monday, September 16th; Concluding Monday, February 24th.

 

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

BE NOT AFRAID – WALK FOR LIFE: Saturday, September 28th, 2019.  Registration 10:00 a.m., walk begins at 10:30 a.m. at the School Street Park in Agawam Mass. $25 per person, or register as a team ($50 per team) and raise funds. Proceeds benefit Clearway Clinic and St. John Pro-Life Ministries.  Stjohnagawam.churchgiving.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.”

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT: for ages 19-35 on September 13-14, at Dumaine Retreat Center in Jacksonville, VT.  For more information: wgavin@vermontcatholic.org

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.

DID YOU KNOW??? Napoleon Bonaparte met the Polish elite and his future mistress, Countess Maria Waleska, in the ballroom of Warsaw’s Zamek Królewski (Royal Castle) in 1806.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

John Cislo 9/1/1926

Mary Marszalek 9/1/1970

Mary A. Margola 9/1/1997

Walter C. Kuzontkoski 9/1/2007

Magdalena Jurgielewicz 9/2/1924

Philip J. Kostecki 9/2/2008

Alexander Aptacy 9/3/1924

Josephine Samorajski 9/3/1968

John S. Woznakewicz 9/3/1975

Florence C. Sojka 9/3/2007

Stella A. Konsevich 9/3/2009

Casimier Maciekowski 9/4/1927

John Bocon 9/4/1957

Peter Olchowski 9/5/1942

Joseph Kosewicz 9/5/1983

Blanche Sopatka 9/5/1983

Bronislawa Piskor 9/6/1972

Jan A. Garanin 9/6/1996

Blanche E. Loveland 9/6/2001

Jadwiga Mirecki 9/7/1977

Carrie K. Krysiak 9/7/1978

Herman J. Levasseur 9/8/1990

Eunice V. Polo 9/8/2002

Nell Fallon 9/8/2009 

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

Catholic Youth Mini-Fest  Sat., Sept. 7th 10am – 3pm at Holy Family Parish, So. Deerfield.  DON’T DO FAITH ALONE.  LET’S WALK TOGETHER – IN CHRIST. Join Catholic teens from around New England for a day of fellowship, praise and worship, games, Adoration, music, confession, food, and more.  This event is open to all high school teens.  The cost is $5 at the door (includes lunch).  Feel free to stay after and play a game of ultimate frisbee as we wait for the Vigil Mass at 4pm.  To register, please visit us at http://www.facebook.com/madeforchristministries and get your free ticket, or e-mail us at madeforchrist1@gmail.com.Yout

POLISH NIGHT Saturday, September 21st, Greenfield Moose Lodge.  Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Eddie Forman Orchestra at 7 p.m.  Tickets $25; Dancing Only $10. 413-773-9030.  Purchase tickets at the Lodge (20 School St.) after 3 p.m. daily or noon on weekends.  Pierogi, Gołąpki, Kielbasa, Kapusta, Sides and More!

THE POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUE of Massachusetts will hold its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Castle of Nights Banquet Hall, 1599 Memorial Avenue in Chicopee.  Fashions will be provided by The Little Black Dress in Enfield, and all proceeds will be awarded to college students of Polish heritage.  Tickets are $35 and include a choice of three lunch entrees.  Deadline for tickets is October 11, 2019.  For information and tickets, please call Eileen at (413) 243-2228

Pro-Life Ballot Initiative  Abortion destroys the smallest and most helpless members of the human family. We, as Catholics (Christians), are called by God to protect His precious gift of life.  Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to pay for abortions in Massachusetts? Fortunately, there is something each of us can do to stop this.  On the weekend of Sept. 14th& 15th, volunteers from the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions (website: http://www.stoptaxpayerabortion.org) will be collecting signatures on a petition to amend the state constitution so that taxpayer subsidized abortions are no longer a constitutional entitlement in Massachusetts. Please stop and sign this petition to help save the lives of unborn babies.  If you want to get involved and do more to help the prolife movement, please contact Melinda Baker at donmelbaker@comcast.net, or Helen Speckels at  hspex@hotmail.com.. Learn more at http://www.StopTaxpayerAbortion.org. Thank you.              

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. 

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.

 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. DiMascola Fr. Campoli Bishop McDonnell Fr. Roach Fr. O’Mannion Deacon Rabbitt Our Deacon Candidates

 

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

WE ARE PLANNING OUR CATECHISM CLASSES

now and we need to order books.  Would all parents kindly register their children for the classes (Pre-K through Confirmation) with this form and drop it in the collection basket next week, even if your children have attended before.  All students must be registered before attending the first class.

+ Confraternity of Christian Doctrine +

Catechism Class Registration Form

 

Parents’ Name: ________________________                                                                      

Street:  ________________________  Town: _________________  Zip: __________

E-mail: ________________________  Telephone: ________________________

                                                                       

Confirmation
First Confession
First Communion
Baptism

 

 

 

Please print                             Sacraments Received:  Yes or No                                         

 

Name(s) Date of Birth Grade Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N