Bulletin: October 27, 2019

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 27, 2019 +

Sunday, October 27[Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]: Solemn Novena to St. Jude VIII

   8:00 am + Thaddeus Pelc – int. Pelc Family

 10:30 am + Joseph A. Zak – int. Granddaughter, Debra

   4:30 pm – Vespers

Monday, October 28[Ss. Simon and Jude]: Solemn Novena to St. Jude IX

   8:00 am + Elizabeth Twohig – int. Jacques Family

Tuesday, October 29 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Sally Livingston – Louise & Dennis Croll

Wednesday, October 30[St. Jude Novena/Bl. Dorothy of Matowow]:

   5:30 pm + David Sroka – int. Lillian Sroka

Thursday, October 31 :

   5:30 pm + Bruce M. Goodnow – int. wife, Gloria

First Friday, November 1[All Saints]:

   8:00 am – For our Parish and our Parishioners

   5:30 pm + Health & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa

                                                                                                – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

First Saturday, November 2[Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed]:

   8:00 am + All Souls Novena I

   4:00 pm + All Souls Novena II

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

Sunday, November 3[Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am­­+ All Souls Novena III

 10:30 am + All Souls Novena IV

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

BANNS I: Leo Zigneno &Hailey Thompson.

THE DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE of indulgences in the Church is closely linked to the effects of the Sacrament of Penance.  An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions or Christ and the saints.  An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.  Indulgences may be applied to the living (yourself) or the dead. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1471, p. 370.

 

FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY:  A partial indulgence, applicable to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even for a few minutes.  The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November.  Take advantage of this special opportunity during the month of November to earn indulgences for the souls in Purgatory.

  1. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or – for those entitled to use it – a semipublic oratory.

            The above indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints.

            In visiting the church or oratory, it is required according to Norm 6 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that “one Our Father and the Creed be recited.”

  1. An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.
  2. Deserving of special mention are the following works for anyone of which the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory any day of the year (or the indulgence may be gained once a day for oneself).
  3. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour.
  4. Devout reading of the sacred Scriptures for at least one half hour.
  5. Making the Way of the Cross.
  6. The praying of the Rosary in a church or in public.

The conditions prescribed by the Church for gaining a plenary indulgence are:  the pious act, (i.e., visiting the cemetery) or prayer, (i.e., the Rosary, etc.), Confession and Communion within eight days before or after the intention of gaining the plenary indulgence; and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, e.g., Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. – Enchiridion of Indulgences Norms and Grants – Pope Paul VI, 1969

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 30that 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, NOVEMBER 1st is the Feast of All Saints.  This Feast has a special place in the hearts of Polish people.  It is a day of hope and faith in the promise of what we will one day become if we persevere in love.  The Masses for All Saints Day will take place Thursday, October 31st at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, November 1st at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1st is the First Friday of the Month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  Confessions will be heard starting at 5:00 p.m.

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ALL-NIGHT VIGILThis Friday, November 1st, we will have the First Friday All-Night Vigil of Reparation. The Vigil will begin at 8:15 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and continue all night until 7:00 a.m.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd is the Feast of All Souls.  The nine day novena for all of the souls in Purgatory enrolled on our altar will begin on Saturday, November 2nd at 8:00 a.m.  The Polish traditional All Souls Day procession of prayers for the departed will follow the Mass.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, November2ndbefore 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 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.

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NOVEMBER 2nd IS ALL SOULS DAY – Dzien Zaduszny.  The night before All Souls Day is solemnly observed by the Polish people.  It is the beginning of the many customs and prayers for departed family and friends.

            Old legends say that at exactly midnight a great light fills the Church and all the departed souls of the parish gather to pray before the altar.  Then each soul is said to return to the home in which they dwelt while alive.  The evening meal of All Souls Day is almost a religious ritual.  The family gathers to pray before the holy icons of Our Lady and The Saints which are beautifully decorated with embroidered cloth and fresh flowers.  Prayers and hymns are offered for each departed ancestor and friend.  The head of the house then opens the front door or window as if to invite the departed spirits to take part in the feast.  An ancient song is chanted welcoming the souls.

            “Holy sainted ancestors, we beg you come, fly to us

            To eat and drink, wher’er God grant

            Whatever I can offer you

            Welcome to whatever this house can afford

            Sainted ancestors, we beg you

            Come, fly to us!”

 

The family gathers around the table set with extra places for the departed souls.  The meal is opulent but solemn and quiet with the conversation hinging mainly on reminiscences of departed family and friends.  When the feast is over, the head of the family once more opens the door and dismisses the invisible guests.  Another song accompanies this leave taking.

            “Sainted ancestors you came here to eat                     Now tell us

            To eat – you have eaten                                                           What do you need?

            To drink – you have drunk                                           Or better, go back to Heaven

            Homage and honor to you!                                         Be gone!  Be gone!  Be gone!

 

The family then proceeds to the parish church for Mass and special services for the departed souls in Purgatory.  At one point in the Mass a solemn procession is formed with everyone holding candles.  The procession stops at the four corners of the church where special prayers are offered for the dead.  If the church is near the cemetery the procession continues there where everyone prays at the graves of their family and decorates the graves with candles and flowers.  The signs of hundreds of people slowly walking with their candles through a Polish cemetery at twilight is an awe inspiring sight.

            At first glance the custom on remembering the dead with a family dinner may seem unusual but yet it reveals a most positive Christian attitude about death.  The dead still live.  They live hopefully with Christ in Heaven or Purgatory.  And if they do indeed have eternal life, they continue to care and love those left behind.  Thus, even in this simple dinner, the doctrine of the Communion of Saints is vividly expressed!

Institution of the Real Presence

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

 

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We reserve our meditation on the Real Presence after reflecting on the Mass and Holy Communion. Yet the Real Presence is logically prior to the Eucharist as Sacrifice and Communion. The reason is obvious. Christ must first be really present on earth in the Eucharist, before we can intelligently speak of His offering Himself in the Mass and coming to us in Communion.

Our focus here, as before, is on the institution of the Real Presence. What do we mean? We mean that what Christ did at the Last Supper, He now is doing every time that Mass is offered. Why? Because on Holy Thursday He ordained the Apostles as priests and thus gave them a share in His own power of transubstantiation. What had been bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Christ. How? By words of consecration.

What is the Real Presence? The most authoritative teaching: on the Real Presence is the solemn definition of the Council of Trent.

The body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist.

What is the Church saying? She is saying that the same identical Jesus who was conceived at Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, crucified on Calvary; who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and ascended into heaven on Ascension Thursday – this same Jesus, the whole Christ (totus Christus) is now on earth in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Why the Real Presence? It is not hard to see why Christ is now on earth, in the fullness of His humanity and divinity. He promised to be with us all days, even to the end of the world. He wanted us to profess our faith in His Incarnation, our hope in His omnipotence as the Incarnate God, and our love for Him, the Creator who became a man, and who now dwells in our midst, no less truly, although invisibly to our bodily eyes, than He lived visibly among His contemporaries in first century Palestine.

How to Respond to the Real Presence. We commonly and correctly speak of Eucharistic Adoration. We should, because in the Eucharist is present the whole Christ, the Incarnate Son of God.

During His visible stay on earth, He received the adoration of those who believed in Him, What did they believe? They believed that one who looked like a man, spoke and acted like a man, was really the living God.

We believe it is the same Jesus Christ now present in the Holy Eucharist. What do we see? Only what looks like bread and tastes like wine. What do we believe? We believe that this is no longer bread and wine, but Jesus Christ, the man who received His humanity from His Mother Mary, but who is the Second Person of the Trinity who existed from all eternity.

Adoration, therefore, is the primary response of our faith to the Real Presence.

But that is only the foundation. On this worship of adoration, we should build the whole edifice of the spiritual life.

  • We should express our love for Him since He is now on earth as the proof of His love for us.
  • We should ask Him for what we need, since He promised to give us everything that we ask for in His name.
  • We should talk with Him, since that is why He is present. He wants us to be present too, by communicating with Him our deepest thoughts and receiving from Him the illuminations and inspirations that only He can confer.

We should not hesitate to ask Him to work miracles, now, as He had performed wonders during His visible stay in Palestine. All that it takes is faith on our part: faith in His Incarnation, faith in His Real Presence, and faith in His power to do what is humanly impossible, because He is the Almighty One.

 

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.

 

WHY PRAY FOR THE DEAD?

Fr. Charles DiMascola

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November is a time for us to think about our departed friends and relatives and to pray for them.  Why?—to help them out of Purgatory.  Now here is something interesting.  Non-Catholics do not believe in Purgatory yet they pray for the dead.  In fact only the Roman Catholic Church teaches us about the existence of Purgatory and yet even non-Catholics will pray for those who have died.  So why do non-Catholics pray for the dead if they don’t believe in Purgatory?!  Think about this!  If the departed are in Heaven, they don’t need our prayers and if they are in Hell…. well all the prayers in the world won’t help them!

            Since everyone is praying for the dead…. lets just see about Purgatory.  Is it in the Bible?  Of course it is!  You see, Purgatory is a name we give to that place and time of purification and perfection that the Bible tells us is needed for Heaven. As the Bible tells us “there shall not enter into it anything defiled (Rev. 21: 27).  OK, so we all have to be perfect for Heaven…. but who is perfect and how can we become perfect. 

     The Bible tells us about certain sins that will not be forgiven, either in this world or the world to come (St. Matt. 12: 32) which means that there obviously is a time and place in the next world where some sins can be forgiven and some not forgiven.

     St. Paul even describes for us the fact of a time and place of purification (l Corinthians 3: 13-15) where our lives will be tested and made perfect and where he ends by saying “only as through fire” will we be made perfect. (1 Corinthians 3: 15).

     Because Roman Catholics are truly Bible believing Christians, we accept the Bible truth that the dead are able to be freed from some of their imperfections in a place and time of purification so as to be made pure and perfect for Heaven.  And since the Bible clearly says that “it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be delivered from their sins” (2 Mac. 12: 46) we Bible Believing Catholics pray for our dear departed friends and relatives!

     Please know that our prayers and Masses are gifts of great power and love for the departed and so please pray for them often.  If we loved them while they were with us, why would we stop now that they have gone ahead of us and need our help?  The bottom line:  We must continue our love for them by our prayers!

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Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 1st starting at 9:00 a.m.   Our usual arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Religious goods, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured.  Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping.  Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

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

 

The 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.

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

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!

CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE Coming March 21, 2020 to the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield! The Catholic LifeConference is preparing a fabulous day for all Catholics of Western Massachusetts,men and women, young and old, alike. Featuring speakers Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn,Hudson Byblow, and Trish Short, plus a full children’s program including theperformance of the famously wacky duo, Popple. Conference cost is $50.00 for adultsand $15 for students and children, with a household maximum of $150. Register atwww.catholiclifeconference.org or pick up a brochure [in the church] to mail in yourcheck. Get ready for a day to fill you up and change you forever!

Special Deanery-Wide Eucharistic Mission & Celebration:In honor of 25 years of Eucharistic Adoration in Greenfield, there will be a special Eucharistic Mission presented by Father Declan Gibson of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist on October 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  The mission will include an hour reflection by Father Gibson, exposition, benediction and confession.  Also, on Sunday the 27th there will be a deanery celebration beginning at 2:30 with Bishop Rozanski as the celebrant. Confessions will begin at 1:30 with a number of visiting priests.   All are encouraged to attend.  For further information call Laurie at 774-2918.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Like Christ, we must never grow despondent or abandon the struggle and opportunity to live and proclaim the faith.  Perhaps God is calling you to spread that Word through a Church vocation.  What a gift it is to share the Word.  If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: www.myvocation.com

AN EXCITING PILGRIMAGEWould you like to join Fr. Roach, Hugh Knox and fellow pilgrims to the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica for a life changing experience? The date is set for January 15-29, 2020. You can go for the first week or the second week or go both weeks. You will have the opportunity to share in the life, prayer and ministry of the Missionaries of the Poor. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday evening, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church Hall, located in Greenfield on Main Street. If you are at all interested in finding out more about this unique pilgrimage, please come to the meeting or call Fr. Roach at 413-624-5508 or Hugh Knox 413-625-2927.All are welcome!!

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 am-Noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on 53 Main Street.  The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, home-made candies and baked goods, an Attic Treasures table, themed gift baskets, Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney and Tea Cup Auction.  A big raffle featuring a $200 Cash Prize, a $100 gift certificate to West End Pub and a $100 gift certificate to the Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar (both located in Shelburne Falls) will round out the offerings. A delicious choice of food items will be available on Saturday. Get Your Christmas shopping done early! For more information call 413-625-6405.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR:  Sponsored by the SS. Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish, will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Parish Center, Main Street, Three Rivers, MA—Free Parking & Free Admission!  We have beautiful craft items by talented local artists. Refreshments—Join us for lunch!  Christmas Blessings Lottery Tree: 1st Prize will be $1,000 worth of lottery tickets! Chances will be available at the fair.

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, October27:8:00 +Joseph Klepadlo – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Sunday, October27: 10:30 + Sophie Ostroski – int. Godchild

Monday, October28: + Patricia Collins – int. Brendan Collins

Tuesday, October 29: + Joanne Murphy – int. Wanda Kozloski

Wednesday, October 30: + Sandra Miner – int. Joyce

Thursday, October31:+ Joanne Klepadlo Murphy – int. Irene Klepadlo

Friday, November1:– Cicocia Bunny Barden – int. Kobera Family

Saturday, November2:8:00 + Florence Pielock – int. Friend

Saturday, November2: 4:00+ Henry Noga – int. Irene Klepadlo

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 St. Francis of Assisi Annual Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, November 2 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, at the St. Francis Social Center, 10 Park Street, Belchertown. Our traditional Basket Auction, holiday crafts & gift bazaar, and the children’s holiday shopping area, complete with Santa’s helpers & gift wrapping will be available. The Bakery will offer homemade goodies and gourmet coffee in take-home holiday mugs. Enjoy lunch in our Café from 11 AM-2 PM where you can choose from a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, pierogi and beverages. Bring the kids and make a day of it! 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

 

Anna M. Oguiska 10/27/1954

Joseph A. Zak 10/27/1977

Stella Drinzek 10/27/1993

Michalina Noga 10/28/1959

Peter Nowak 10/28/1971

John S. Krejmas 10/28/2003

Stella R. Burniske 10/29/1996

David S. Sroka 10/30/2016

Theodore J. Jesz 10/31/1963

John E. Prochowicz 10/31/1978

Henry A. Rys 10/31/1990

Walter E. Nadolny 11/1/1977

Mary Sciora 11/1/1983

John Sokolowski 11/2/1939

Rose Pliska 11/2/1973

Michael Cislo 11/3/1931

Gladys F. Brostowski 11/3/2007

Noah Robert Martin 11/3/2015

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

The Conclusion of the St. Jude Solemn Nine Day Novena

will be highlighted on Monday, October 28th, the Feast of St. Jude,

and will include the veneration of the relic of St. Jude.

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The following prayer is said with the Priest at the Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful:

     St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolation and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (All pause here in silence to make their request to St. Jude) and that I may bless God with the elect throughout Eternity.  Amen!

     St. Jude, Apostle, Martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us!

 

          St. Jude the oft forgotten                             We’ve sung our prayer of pleading

            Thou shalt remembered be.                             To thee St. Jude the blest.

            We hail thee now in glory,                              For hearts in sorrow bleeding,           

            And have recourse to thee.                             That sorely are distressed;                  

            For help, for the despairing,                            With thine our prayers are blending

            When hopeless seems the task,                       And hope our hearts doth fill

            And from the heart of Jesus                           On thee St. Jude depending,

            Thru thee we favors ask.                                 Resigned to Heaven’s will!

 

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. Aksamit Deacon Bete Deacon Nolan Deacon Culliton Fr. Bermudez Deacon O’Connor Clergy in Purgatory

 

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

 

 

Bulletin: October 20, 2019

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week October 20, 2019 +

Sunday, October 20[Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Fr. Peter Bucki (8th Pastor of our Parish)              Solemn Novena to St. Jude I

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

   4:30 pm – Vespers (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

Monday, October 21 : Solemn Novena to St. Jude II

   8:00 am + Jeffrey Tela – Betty Fritz

Tuesday, October 22[St. Camillus & St. Peregrine Novena/St. John Paul II]:

   5:30 pm + Souls in Purgatory – Betty Fritz               Solemn Novena to St. Jude III

Wednesday, October 23 [St. Jude Novena/St. John of Capistrano]:

  5:30 pm + Arthur Lambert – int. Jacques Family                   Solemn Novena to St. Jude IV

Thursday, October 24 [St. Anthony Mary Claret]: Solemn Novena to St. Jude V

5:30 pm + Marian Wilt Galline – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Friday, October 25 : Solemn Novena to St. Jude VI

   5:30 pm + Anne Ayres – int. Jacques Family

Saturday, October 26 : Solemn Novena to St. Jude VII

   8:00 am + Fr. Bruno, and all living and deceased members of the St. Joseph Chapter, of
                                                                        the Discalced Carmelites Secular Order

   4:00 pm + All CCD Teachers, Aides, and Students – int. Parish

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

Sunday, October 27[Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Thaddeus Pelc – int. Pelc Family Solemn Novena to St. Jude VIII

 10:30 am + Joseph A. Zak – int. Granddaughter, Debra

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami +

 

Celebrate the original meaning of Halloween at our

All Saints’ Day Party.

It’s a Celebration!

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When:                          Saturday, October 26, 2016

Time:                           Bring your children to 4:00 p.m. Mass dressed as a Saint or Bible figure.  Our church will be filled with Saints!  Celebration will be immediately following the 4:00 p.m. Mass.

Where:                         Our Lady of CzęstochowaChurch undercroft

Costumes:                   Only Saints or Bible figures are invited.

                                    (Thanks for your cooperation.)

Please Bring: Juice and one or more bags of candy.  (The amount of candy you bring should depend on the number of children you bring.)

Please Sign up on the sign-up sheet in the vestibule.

For more information or to volunteer, call Joanne Dowdy at 498-0241.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd is the Feast of Pope St. John Paul II.  He was the first Pope from Poland.  John Paul lived a life of prayer and study.  His life was focused in the Eucharist and even as Pope he would spend hours before the Blessed Sacrament.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd is the Feast of St. John of Capistrano, a noted reformer who preached devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and unity within the Church.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 23rdat 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.

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, October 23rdat 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft.   The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24th is the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba and founder of a religious congregation.  He fostered social reforms and the use of mass media to spread the Gospel.  He 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.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October26thbefore 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 Debora Porlier for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

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Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 1ststarting at 9:00 a.m.   Our usual arts and crafts, Polish food sale, Religious goods, Chinese auctions, etc., will be featured.  Please save that day for super bargains for your Christmas shopping.  Anyone who would like to rent a table for this popular holiday event may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

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

The 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.

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

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!

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.”

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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.

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:Pray persistently and God will respond.  Ask God to bless the Church with faith-filled ministers. (Luke 18:1-8) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: www.myvocation.com

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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.

CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE Coming March 21, 2020 to the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield! The Catholic Life Conference is preparing a fabulous day for all Catholics of Western Massachusetts,men and women, young and old, alike. Featuring speakers Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn,Hudson Byblow, and Trish Short, plus a full children’s program including the performance of the famously wacky duo, Popple. Conference cost is $50.00 for adults and $15 for students and children, with a household maximum of $150. Register at http://www.catholiclifeconference.org or pick up a brochure [in the church] to mail in your check. Get ready for a day to fill you up and change you forever!

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.

The Real Presence as Communication of Grace

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

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The most powerful source of Christ’s grace comes from

adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Petitions as Part of Eucharistic Adoration

First, we are not trifling with words when we say adoration of the Eucharist includes petition. Why is it important to know this? Because otherwise, we are liable to deprive ourselves and others of many blessings Christ intends to give us and others through our fervent petitions before Him in the Blessed Sacrament. In technical language, adoration is the act of religion by which God is recognized as alone worthy of supreme honor because He is infinitely perfect and has a right to our total obedience as our Creator and total dedication as our destiny.

Thus we find adoration includes every form of prayer, including the petitions by which we ask God for what we need and for what others need. What are we doing when we ask God for something? We are acknowledging our complete dependence on Him for everything that we have received in the past, that we have now and that we hope for in the future. You can see how we adore our Lord when we humbly acknowledge our utter dependence on Him in our petitions.

Now we can ask how adoration in general differs from Eucharist adoration. Is there any difference? Does it make a difference?

Yes. There is a crucial difference. After all, adoring God in general is not the same as believing the three fundamental truths underlying Eucharistic adoration. Yes, every time we ask God for something we are adoring Him. But it is one thing to adore God in general, and it is something quite distinct to first believe that God became man, that Jesus Christ is God become man and that Jesus Christ, the God‑Man, is really present in the Holy Eucharist, and then adore Him.

Five times a day, almost one billion Muslims throughout the world bow in profound adoration to Allah, turning always in the direction of Mecca. Are they adoring God? Yes, because Allah for them is the one infinite Creator of heaven and earth. But no Muslim in his right mind would ever bow or prostrate himself before the Blessed Sacrament. So profound is the difference between general adoration of God (no matter how authentic) and Eucharistic adoration that since the middle of the twentieth century, two million Catholics in the Sudan have been starved to death by the Muslims for adoring Jesus Christ as though he were Allah. But Isa, which is the Arabic for Jesus, is God.

Here in fact is the basic difference between all Christian and non‑Christian religions: Non‑Christians may believe in God, but they vehemently, virulently deny that God became man and became the Son of Mary in the person of Jesus Christ. Moreover, here lies the basic difference between Catholic Christianity and the form of Christianity that separated from the Church in the sixteenth century. As Catholics, we believe Jesus Christ is physically on earth in the Holy Eucharist. The inheritors of the so‑called Reformation do not believe this. In fact, this difference is so deep that several of my fellow Jesuits who came before me died as martyrs for their steadfast devotion to the Holy Eucharist. They were persecuted because the inheritors of the Reformation considered these devout Catholics “idolators” for adoring our Lord in the Eucharist.

In summary, we ask, when we adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, should we beg Him for His grace? Emphatically, yes! When we ask Him for light and strength for ourselves and for others, are we adoring Christ in the Holy Eucharist? Again, emphatically, yes! This prayer of adoring petition presumes faith in Christ’s divinity, and with resounding emphasis, presumes faith in the Real Presence. Thus, our Eucharistic petitions are an important part of Eucharistic adoration.

Eucharistic Petitions as a Source of Grace

Now we need to examine how our Eucharistic petitions are a powerful source of God’s grace. In order for Christ to communicate His grace, He wants us to communicate with Him through petitions. If we reflect on those Gospel scenes when people petitioned Christ, two things stand out with luminous clarity:

  1. The contemporaries of Christ asked Him for many things. Most of His miracles, we may believe, were the answers to these petitions.
  2. Christ repeatedly told His followers (not just His contemporaries, but His followers for all times) to ask for what they needed, and He assured us that whatever we ask for in His name, He will always grant. As we reread the Gospels, there is a close relationship between asking Christ and receiving from Christ. Ask and you shall receive. If we do not ask, we shall not receive. Receive what? What Christ would have given us had we asked Him.

There is another striking feature about these Gospel petitioners as described by the evangelists. The people who asked for favors from Christ made sure they were near Christ. Some of them even shoved and pushed and made a nuisance of themselves to get near their Savior. His presence inspired people to come to Him and ask Him to work some miracle which they believed only He could perform. There was a remarkable nearness of place or space between the petitioner and Christ when the Savior responded favorably to what was asked of Him.

That is why prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is such a potent source of blessings which are communicated by Christ to the one who asks Him and is near to Him. The one who is praying believes Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The one praying comes physically close to Christ in the Eucharist as an intimate expression of faith in Christ’s power to grant requests which we make in our prayers. The one praying believes there is not a more effective way of obtaining favors from God than to ask the God‑man Himself present in the sacrament of His love.

The Apostolate of Eucharistic Prayer

Christ does communicate His graces to those who come to Him in prayerful petition for His aid. But what needs to be stressed is that Eucharistic prayer is a source of grace not only for the one praying, but also for those for whom the Eucharistic adoration‑petition is made.Call it apostolic prayer to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist or call it the Eucharistic Apostolate.

    By whatever name you give it, these petitions for others before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are an essential part of our faith in the Real Presence as communication of grace. I know no one who was more insistent on this than St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers. He asks, “What should the Eucharistic adorers pray for?” He answers:

Eucharistic prayer has an additional merit: it goes straight to the Heart of God like a flaming dart; it makes Jesus work, act, and relive in His Sacrament; it releases His power. The adorer does still more; he prays through Jesus Christ and shares our Lord’s role as Intercessor with the Father and divine Advocate for His redeemed brethren.

But what should they pray for? The rallying cry, “Thy Kingdom Come” (Adveniat Regnum Tuum), expresses for adorers the end and the law of prayer. They should pray that the light of the truth of Jesus Christ may enlighten all men, especially the Infidels, Jews, Heretics and Schismatics, and that they may return to true faith and charity.

They should pray for our Lord’s kingdom of holiness in His faithful, His religious, His priests, that He may live in them by love. They should pray above all for the Sovereign Pontiff, for all the intentions dear to his heart; for their own Bishop, for all that his zeal desires to accomplish, for all the priests of the diocese that God may bless their apostolic labors and inflame them with zeal for His glory and with love for Holy Church (The Real Presence vol. 1, p. 14).

That is why over the centuries, the Church has been so insistent that contemplative communities be established in mission lands. Why? Because the most powerful source of grace from Christ comes through the silent prayers of pleading adoration offered to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

Special Deanery-Wide Eucharistic Mission & Celebration:In honor of 25 years of Eucharistic Adoration in Greenfield, there will be a special Eucharistic Mission presented by Father Declan Gibson of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist on October 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  The mission will include an hour reflection by Father Gibson, exposition, benediction and confession.  Also, on Sunday the 27th there will be a deanery celebration beginning at 2:30 with Bishop Rozanski as the celebrant. Confessions will begin at 1:30 with a number of visiting priests.   All are encouraged to attend.  For further information call Laurie at 774-2918.

DEANERY CHOIR REHEARSALThe Deanery Choir will hold rehearsal on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, in preparation for the Franklin Deanery 25th Anniversary Perpetual Adoration Celebration on Sunday, October 27th.  Rehearsal will last approximately 2 hours.  All music will be provided. We have a very happy, warm, fun group and all are welcome to join!  Please do bring a singing friend with you to join with us for this event.    For more information, please call Kathleen Galluzzo at 498-2158.

The St. Francis of Assisi Annual Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, November 2 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, at the St. Francis Social Center, 10 Park Street, Belchertown. Our traditional Basket Auction, holiday crafts & gift bazaar, and the children’s holiday shopping area, complete with Santa’s helpers & gift wrapping will be available. The Bakery will offer homemade goodies and gourmet coffee in take-home holiday mugs. Enjoy lunch in our Café from 11 AM-2 PM where you can choose from a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, pierogi and beverages. Bring the kids and make a day of it! 

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.

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, October20:8:00 + Christopher Gatautis – int. Dana

Sunday, October20: 10:30 +

Monday, October21: + Louis M. Kozloski – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Tuesday, October 22: + Louis A. Kozloski – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Wednesday, October 23: + Jeanne & Edward Szela – int. Carol

Thursday, Oct.24:+ Blanche & Alexander Garanin – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Friday, October 25:– Health & Blessings for Jane Shaughnessy – int. Henry & Maeve

Saturday, Oct.26:8:00 + Mary & Louis Kozloski – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Saturday, October 26: 4:00– Health & Blessings for Bob Sojka – int. Joyce

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!

AN EXCITING PILGRIMAGEWould you like to join Fr. Roach, Hugh Knox and fellow pilgrims to the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica for a life changing experience? The date is set for January 15-29, 2020. You can go for the first week or the second week or go both weeks. You will have the opportunity to share in the life, prayer and ministry of the Missionaries of the Poor. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday evening, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church Hall, located in Greenfield on Main Street. If you are at all interested in finding out more about this unique pilgrimage, please come to the meeting or call Fr. Roach at 413-624-5508 or Hugh Knox 413-625-2927.All are welcome!!

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.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Joseph Kamin 10/20/1932

Julia Kazanowski 10/20/1991

Wanda Olchowski 10/20/2014

Wojcieck Wajda 10/21/1927

Mary Kozik 10/21/1937

Julia Duncan 10/21/1966

Harold Walton 20/21/1972

Louis F. DeMeo 10/21/1982

Vera Clancy 10/21/1993

William Sazama 10/21/1998

Romancy Podlenski 10/22/1924

Alista E. Gradowski 10/22/2005

Catherine Maziejko 10/23/1928

Stephen Kuczek 10/23/1963

Mary Gray 10/23/1997

Thecla Sziciek 10/24/1938

Kazimierz Niedzwiecki 10/24/1959

Agnes Morawski 10/24/1999

John Sak 10/25/1924

Anastazia Nadolni 10/26/1959

Anna M. Oguiska 10/27/1954

Joseph A. Zak 10/27/1977

Stella Drinzek 10/27/1993

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR:  Sponsored by the SS. Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish, will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Parish Center, Main Street, Three Rivers, MA—Free Parking & Free Admission!  We have beautiful craft items by talented local artists. Refreshments—Join us for lunch!  Christmas Blessings Lottery Tree: 1st Prize will be $1,000 worth of lottery tickets! Chances will be available at the fair.

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

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 Conclusion of the St. Jude Solemn Nine Day Novena

will be highlighted on Monday, October 28th, the Feast of St. Jude,

and will include the veneration of the relic of St. Jude.

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The following prayer is said with the Priest at the Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful:

     St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolation and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (All pause here in silence to make their request to St. Jude) and that I may bless God with the elect throughout Eternity.  Amen!

     St. Jude, Apostle, Martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us!

          St. Jude the oft forgotten                             We’ve sung our prayer of pleading

            Thou shalt remembered be.                             To thee St. Jude the blest.

            We hail thee now in glory,                              For hearts in sorrow bleeding,           

            And have recourse to thee.                             That sorely are distressed;                  

            For help, for the despairing,                            With thine our prayers are blending

            When hopeless seems the task,                       And hope our hearts doth fill

            And from the heart of Jesus                           On thee St. Jude depending,

            Thru thee we favors ask.                                 Resigned to Heaven’s will!

 

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. Aksamit Deacon Bete Deacon Nolan Deacon Culliton Fr. Bermudez Deacon O’Connor Clergy in Purgatory

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

Bulletin: October 13, 2019

 

JMJ

Parish Schedule for the Week October 13, 2019 +

Sunday, October 13[Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – For our Parish & our Parishioners

 10:30 am – For the organizers of the Rosary Coast to Coast

* 2:30 pm – Rosary Coast to Coast—Deanery-wide Eucharistic/Rosary Procession

Monday, October 14[St. Callistus I]:

   8:00 am + Gervais Larochelle – int. Jacques Family

Tuesday, October 15[St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Teresa of Jesus]:

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

Wednesday, October 16 [St. Jude Novena/St. Hedwig/St. Margaret Mary Alacoque]:

   5:30 pm + Joe & Vonnie Bogusz – int. Barbara

Thursday, October 17 [St. Ignatius of Antioch]:

5:30 pm + Cecile Larochelle – int. Jacques Family

Friday, October 18 [St. Luke]:

   5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for William J. Ahearn – int. Fritz Family

Saturday, October 19 [Ss. John de Brebuf, Isaac Jogues, & Companions/Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko]:

   8:00 am + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

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

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

Sunday, October 20[Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Fr. Peter Bucki (8th Pastor of our Parish)

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

   4:30 pm – Vespers (19th Sunday after Pentectost)

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami +

 

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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.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th is the Feast of Pope St. Callistus I who was an early Christian Pope and gave his life for the Faith.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15th is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, a Spanish mystic who with the help of St. John of the Cross reformed the Carmelite Order.  She is noted for her joyful and prayerful approach to God and for her deeply spiritual writings.  She is listed as one of the Doctors of the Church.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th is the Anniversary of the election of Pope Saint John Paul II.  Please remember him in prayer at the Masses on this day.

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POPE JOHN PAUL II DAY – Poland has declared October 16th as a national holiday – Pope John Paul II Day.  This is a day that commemorates the first Polish Pope in history.  John Paul II made a lasting imprint on the history of the Church, and in fact the history of the world and certainly deserves the title “Pope John Paul the Great”.

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OCTOBER 16th IS THE ANNIVERSARY of the election of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope in history.  It is interesting to note that Pope John Paul II was elected on the feast of St. Jadwiga, the Polish Queen (1174-1243).  Queen Jadwiga and her husband built a number of monasteries and churches and both lived a holy life.  At the death of Henry, St. Jadwiga was at the Convent at Trzebnica.  At the news of her husband’s death the nuns all shed tears but St. Jadwiga comforted the Sisters by saying, “Would you oppose the Will of God?  Our lives are His.  Our will is whatever He is pleased to ordain, whether our own death or that of our friends.”   From that time on she took the habit and lived as a simple nun using her great wealth for the relief of the poor and suffering.  St. Jadwiga’s example of love, faith, and hope was honored by God with the gift of prophecy and miracles.  The tomb of Jadwiga, at the Convent in Trzebnica, Poland is the site of many miracles to this day.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th is the Feast of two great women saints, St. Hedwig (better known in Polish as Jadwiga) and St. Margaret Mary.  St. Margaret Mary was favored with a number of visions of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Her writings spurred by the apparitions helped free the Church from the spirit of Jansenism and helped focus Christianity on the great love of God.  Queen Jadwiga and her husband built a number of monasteries and churches and both lived a holy life.  At the death of Henry, St. Jadwiga was at the Convent of Trzebnica.  At the news of her husband’s death the nuns all shed tears but St. Jadwiga comforted the Sisters by saying, “Would you oppose the Will of God?  Our lives are His.  Our will is whatever He is pleased to ordain, whether our own death or that of our friends.”  From that time on she took the habit and lived as a simple nun using her great wealth for the relief of the poor and suffering.  St. Jadwiga’s example of love, faith, and hope was honored by God with the gift of prophecy and miracles.  The tomb of Jadwiga, at the convent in Trzebnica, Poland is the site of many miracles to this day.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 16th at 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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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17th is the Feast of.  St. Ignatius was a great Bishop who wanted to imitate Christ in all things even in his martyr’s death.  He desired “to become Christ’s pure bread.”  He 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.

 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th is the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist whose writings in Scripture speak of God’s mercy, universal salvation, love of the poor and prayer.  He is the Patron Saint of artists and the legendary painter of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th is the Feast of the North American martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf and Companions.  These men were missionaries to the Huron and Iroquois of North America.  St. Isaac Jogues was martyred in Auriesville, New York.  The blood of these martyrs has nurtured the Faith in this new land.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October19thbefore 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 Marjorie Najda 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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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

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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!

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: gratitude leads to praise.  For what are you thankful?  How do you share your gratitude? (Luke 17:11-19) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: www.myvocation.com

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

How a Young Chinese Girl Inspired Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Make a Holy Hour Every Day

by Signs and Wonders

 

 A  couple of months before he died, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was interviewed on national television. One of the questions he was asked was this: “You have inspired millions of people all over the world.  Who inspired you?  Was it a pope?”  He responded that it was not a pope, cardinal, another bishop, or even a priest or nun, but rather an eleven year old Chinese girl.

            He explained that when the communists took over China, they imprisoned a priest in his own rectory near the church.  After being locked up in his own house, the priest looked out the window and was horrified to see the communists enter the church.  Once inside, they went into the sanctuary, broke open the tabernacle and in a hateful act of desecration, threw down the ciborium scattering the Hosts on the floor.  The priest knew exactly how many Hosts had been in the ciborium: thirty two.

            When the communists left they either didn’t notice, or didn’t pay any attention to a small girl praying in the back of the Church who saw everything.  That night she returned, and slipping past the guard at the rectory, entered the Church where she made a holy hour perhaps of reparation for the desecration she witnessed of the Blessed Sacrament.

            After her holy hour she went into the sanctuary, and kneeling down, she bent over and received Jesus in the Holy Communion with her tongue since it was not permissible at the time for laymen to touch the Sacred Host with their hands.

            Each night, the girl returned to the church to make her holy hour and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on her tongue just as she did the first night.  On the thirty- second night, after having consumed the last Host, she accidentally made a noise that awoke the guard who was asleep at his post by the priest’s residence.  From his bedroom window, the priest could only watch in horror as the heartrending scene unfolded before his eyes.  The girl tried to run away but the guard caught up with her and beat her to death with the butt of his rifle.

            When Bishop Sheen heard the story he was so inspired that he promised God he would make a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament every day for the rest of his life.  And he was not only faithful to his promise, but he took every opportunity to spread this devotion of the daily holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

            We don’t know the name of the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of our story, but her heroic act of going to the church every night at the risk of her life to adore and receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament serves as a powerful testimony against the attitude of so many Catholics today who show nothing but callous indifference toward the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

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 St. Francis of Assisi Annual Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, November 2 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, at the St. Francis Social Center, 10 Park Street, Belchertown. Our traditional Basket Auction, holiday crafts & gift bazaar, and the children’s holiday shopping area, complete with Santa’s helpers & gift wrapping will be available. The Bakery will offer homemade goodies and gourmet coffee in take-home holiday mugs. Enjoy lunch in our Café from 11 AM-2 PM where you can choose from a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, pierogi and beverages. Bring the kids and make a day of it! 

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CELEBRATE THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF HALLOWEEN at our All Saints’ Day party on Saturday, October 26th.  Bring your children to 4:00 p.m. Mass dressed as a Saint or Bible figure.  Our church will be filled with Saints!  Celebration will be immediately following the 4:00 p.m. Mass in the undercroft.  Save that date!  Plan your costumes now!  Only Saints or Bible figures are invited.  (Thanks for your cooperation.)  Please plan to bring juice or soda and one or more bags of candy (depending on the number of children you bring).  Please sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.  For more information or to volunteer, call Joanne Dowdy at 498-0241.

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.

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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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!

AN EXCITING PILGRIMAGEWould you like to join Fr. Roach, Hugh Knox and fellow pilgrims to the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica for a life changing experience? The date is set for January 15-29, 2020. You can go for the first week or the second week or go both weeks. You will have the opportunity to share in the life, prayer and ministry of the Missionaries of the Poor. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday evening, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church Hall, located in Greenfield on Main Street. If you are at all interested in finding out more about this unique pilgrimage, please come to the meeting or call Fr. Roach at 413-624-5508 or Hugh Knox 413-625-2927.  All are welcome!!

 

CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE Coming March 21, 2020 to the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield! The Catholic Life Conference is preparing a fabulous day for all Catholics of Western Massachusetts, men and women, young and old, alike. Featuring speakers Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn, Hudson Byblow, and Trish Short, plus a full children’s program including the performance of the famously wacky duo, Popple. Conference cost is $50.00 for adults and $15 for students and children, with a household maximum of $150. Register at http://www.catholiclifeconference.org or pick up a brochure [in the church] to mail in your check. Get ready for a day to fill you up and change you forever!

 

The St. John Paul II youth group will have its monthly meeting on Sunday, October 20th, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Father Casey Hall at Holy Trinity in Greenfield. The focus will be on St. John Paul as his feast day is 10/22.  Come and learn about our name saint with other teens from the area. All high school students are welcome. 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.”

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 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

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, October13:8:00 +

Sunday, October13: 10:30 +

Monday, October14: – Birthday Blessings for Terry Dempsey – int. Carol

Tuesday, October 15: + Rose Gloski – int. Niece, Carol

Wednesday, October 16: + Uncle Stasiu Jablonski – int. Kobera Family

Thursday, October 17:+ Chet Galvis – Connie

Friday, October 18: + Florence Sojka – int. Doug & Mary Lynne Brown

Saturday, October 19:8:00 + Joseph & Nellie Simkus – int. Family

Saturday, October 19: 4:00 + Christopher Gatoutis – int. Dana

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!

Special Deanery-Wide Eucharistic Mission & Celebration:In honor of 25 years of Eucharistic Adoration in Greenfield, there will be a special Eucharistic Mission presented by Father Declan Gibson of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist on October 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  The mission will include an hour reflection by Father Gibson, exposition, benediction and confession.  Also, on Sunday the 27th there will be a deanery celebration beginning at 2:30 with Bishop Rozanski as the celebrant. Confessions will begin at 1:30 with a number of visiting priests.   All are encouraged to attend.  For further information call Laurie at 774-2918.

DEANERY CHOIR REHEARSALThe Deanery Choir will hold rehearsal on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, in preparation for the Franklin Deanery 25th Anniversary Perpetual Adoration Celebration on Sunday, October 27th.  Rehearsal will last approximately 2 hours.  All music will be provided. We have a very happy, warm, fun group and all are welcome to join!  Please do bring a singing friend with you to join with us for this event.    For more information, please call Kathleen Galluzzo at 498-2158.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Rosalie Piepiora 10/13/1934

Wojtieck Piecuch 10/13/1946

John Nowak 10/14/1927

Agatha Szura 10/14/1928

Michael Bukowski 10/14/1958

Adela Wiacek 10/14/1965

Stanley J. Cyhowski 10/14/2015

Anthony Kalinowski 10/15/1936

Paul Milewski 10/15/1969

Theodore Molongoski 10/15/1981

Myrna M. Strange 10/15/1991

Mary A. Bialy 10/16/1992

Dorothy O. Burns 10/16/1993

Chester S. Galvis 10/16/2010

Helen F. Parker 10/16/2012

Kasper Schab 10/17/1967

Edward Kovalsick 10/17/1983

Mary S. Pervere 10/17/1996

Barbara Kenedy 10/17/1996

Della A. Barrett 10/17/2002

Joseph Piepiora 10/18/1922

Adalbert Kurtyka 10/18/1933

Joseph J. Kurkulonis, Jr. 10/18/1992

Edward N. Sojka, Sr. 10/18/2003

Rose K. Janek 10/19/1991

Joseph Kamin 10/20/1932

Julia Kazanowski 10/20/1991

Wanda Olchowski 10/20/2014

 

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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
Vocations Fr. Reardon Fr. Lisowski Our Seminarians Bishop Rozanski Deacon Ratté Fr. Goni

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

Bulletin: October 6, 2019

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JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of October 6, 2019 +

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)

Monday, October 7 [Our Lady of the Rosary]: 

   8:00 am + Frank Foley – int. Joseph Kosewicz

Tuesday, October 8 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Dr. John Autrey Feagin, Jr. – int. Nancy Faller

Wednesday, October 9 [St. Jude Novena/St. Denis & Companions, St. John Leonardi]:

   5:30 pm + Joe & Vonnie Bogusz – int. Barbara

Thursday, October 10 [Bl. Angela Truszkowska]:

   5:30 pm + Souls in Purgatory

Friday, October 11 [St. John XXIII]:     

   5:30 pm + Fr. Ladislaus Siemazko (6th Pastor of our Parish)

Saturday, October 12 :

   8:00 am + Fr. Stanislaus Szczypinski (7th Pastor of our Parish)

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

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

Sunday, October 13 [Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – For our Parish & our Parishioners

 10:30 am – For the organizers of the Rosary Coast to Coast

* 2:30 pm – Rosary Coast to Coast—Deanery-wide Eucharistic/Rosary Procession

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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.

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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MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which was established by St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the saving of Europe from the invading Turks.  This feast recalls the Rosary, an ancient Christian devotion with meditations upon the Mysteries of Christ presented to Mary as a garland of roses.  The Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th is the Feast of St. Denis and his companion martyrs and St. John Leonardi.  St. Denis was the first Bishop of Paris and the Patron Saint of Paris and France.  St. John Leonardi founded the Congregation of Clerics of the Mother of God at Lucca.  He is associated with the first society of priests dedicated to the foreign missions, which later became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, October 9th at 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.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft.  The Christmas Bazaar and a number of other upcoming events will be discussed.  All parishioners are welcome to attend and vote on all issues.

 

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OCTOBER 10th MARKS THE DEATH of, the foundress of the Felician Sisters.  Before founding her order of nuns Mother Angela was known as Sophia Camilla Truszkowska.  Although from a well-to-do family, she lived a simple life of work, study and prayer.

     Throughout her life Mother Angela dedicated all her activities to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  No project was ever taken without first asking Our Lady to bless it and guide it to a Divine fulfillment.  Her advice to her nuns was always to work and pray. Her admonition to the Felician Sisters was, “you have not entered the convent to be served, but to serve.” Mother Angela balanced this life of service with prayer and contemplation, a concept of a balanced and ordered life directed in all things to God as the very cause, the very heart and the very center of their existence!

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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.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, October 12th before 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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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.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Carol Kostecki 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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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

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

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OCTOBER 11th COMMEMORATES the death of Count Casimir Pulaski in 1779 of wounds suffered at the Battle of Savannah.  Pulaski came to America at the request of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in order to organize an American cavalry.  It was his bold cavalry attacks that saved Washington’s army from destruction at Brandywine and Warren’s Tavern. He also lifted the siege of Charleston, South Carolina.  Several months before his death he wrote to Congress that he “could not submit to stoop before the sovereigns of Europe, so I came here to hazard all for the freedom of America.”  Pulaski is called “The Father of the American Cavalry.”

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.

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: The Spirit of God makes us strong, loving and wise.  How will you use these gifts to serve the gospel? Consider being a sister, brother, priest or deacon. (2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14) 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.

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

Paying the Price of Faith: Muhammad Fadel-Ali Becomes Joseph Fadelle

By Dr. Jeff Mirus

     If you lived under a militantly Muslim regime and wanted to convert to Christianity, you would probably assume you could quietly make contact with one of the small Catholic communities in your region and so seek entrance into the Church. But your assumption would very likely be wrong. Because of Sharia law’s prohibition of both apostasy and proselytizing, Islamic reprisals against Christian converts extend not only to the person converting but to the “proselytizing” community which receives the convert. This all too easily creates a sort of “paralysis of prudence.”

     This paralysis was perhaps the hardest thing for Joseph Fadelle to understand when, having come to reject Islam and embrace Christianity during a brief stint in the Iraqi military, he desperately sought baptism at one Catholic Church after another over a period of years—finding every door closed to him, including that of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch. The danger was simply too great, especially for Fadelle, who was the favorite son and future leader of a powerful Shiite family. Under any regime other than Saddam Hussein’s, Fadelle would have been considered Islamic nobility. It is emblematic of the whole problem that this man, who ultimately took “Joseph” as his baptismal name, was called Muhammad by his father.

     The trigger in Fadelle’s quest for religious truth was the simple fact that a Christian he met in the army was nothing at all like what he had always been taught Christians must be. (This illustrates, of course, the grave danger of failing to speak fairly about those of other faiths.) Through a period of study and with the aid of a highly specific dream, Fadelle became increasingly convinced of the truth of Christianity and began to fall deeply in love with the person of Jesus Christ. This was radically different from anything he had experienced in Islam.

     But there were many obstacles. The young Fadelle had little choice but to enter into an Islamic marriage arranged by his father, without being able to admit he had given up the practice of Islam. During the early years of his marriage, he secretly continued his quest for baptism, and even to find a community that would let him attend Mass. His frequent exploratory absences finally led his wife to accuse him of seeing another woman, whereupon Fadelle felt obliged to take the risk of telling her the truth. She immediately took their children and returned to her mother. Yet by desperate fasting and prayer to Allah for enlightenment, she was moved first to keep the reasons for her separation secret, and then she was overwhelmed with a great desire to learn more of Christianity herself.  Eventually she too sought baptism. She would be Mary to her Joseph.

     Unfortunately, shortly after Fadelle finally found a priest who would instruct him in preparation for baptism, Fadelle’s father and brothers learned of his double life. His father had him imprisoned and tortured to bring him back to Islam, a tactic which failed so completely that the young man was ultimately allowed to return home under a sort of house arrest. Eventually, his watchers became lax, and he began to slip out again. Once he renewed contact with his friends in the Church, they managed to help him to escape to Jordan.

     But even Jordan was not a safe haven. The authorities soon became aware of his situation and sought to capture and expel him; with the assistance of what might be described as the Jordanian Catholic underground, he and his family moved frequently. Fadelle’s father, sister and brothers also searched for him, and eventually they succeeded in abducting him. They took him to a deserted area, argued vehemently with him and, when they could not convince him, they tried to kill him. Shot and left for dead, Fadelle—by some miracle—was not killed.

     Still, it became clear that he could not remain in Jordan. Accordingly, the Catholic “underground” managed to set things up so that Fadelle, his wife and three children were permitted to fly out as refugees to France. In addition, they were all secretly baptized shortly before departure. For Fadelle, this was the end of a thirteen-year quest to receive a sacrament of initiation which most Christians take for granted. It meant a final break with a life of wealth, ease and authority in Iraq in favor of dependence and relative poverty in the midst of a French culture he scarcely understood.

     In coming to this decisive point, Joseph Fadelle lived a life of high drama which he ultimately recounted in French in 2010, and which has now been translated into English in a new edition from Ignatius Press: The Price to Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ. Fadelle’s account offers keen insight into Christian life in militantly Islamic societies. It also reveals a profound grasp of Christian principles which can only be explained by grace. This is so true, in fact, that the book closes with the author’s painful recognition of his greatest challenge yet: The need in Christ to forgive his family in Iraq for all that they put him through, including their efforts to destroy his life. There can be no question that The Price to Pay makes superb reading.

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 www.worcestercatholicwomensconference.com or call Corinn Dahm at 508-277-3969.

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!

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, October 6: 8:00 +

Sunday, October 6: 10:30 + 

Monday, October 7:

Tuesday, October 8: – 

Wednesday, October 9: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault

Thursday, October 10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Friday, October 11:

Saturday, October 12: 8:00 

Saturday, October 12: 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!

SPECIAL DEANERY-WIDE EUCHARISTIC MISSION & CELEBRATION: In honor of 25 years of Eucharistic Adoration in Greenfield, there will be a special Eucharistic Mission presented by Father Declan Gibson of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist on October 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.  The mission will include an hour reflection by Father Gibson, exposition, benediction and confession.  Also, on Sunday the 27th there will be a deanery celebration beginning at 2:30 with Bishop Rozanski as the celebrant. Confessions will begin at 1:30 with a number of visiting priests.   All are encouraged to attend.  For further information call Laurie at 774-2918.

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.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Stanley A. Garanin 10/6/1998

Helen M. Kruczek 10/6/2009

Anna Zywna 10/7/1966

Stanley J. Wojtasiewicz 10/7/1978

Catherine A. Byk 10/7/1982

Anna Noga 10/7/1991

Elizabeth M. Pagano 10/7/2006

  1. Henry Milonas 10/7/2012

John Skrypek 10/8/1992

Jeannette L. Darash 10/9/2000

Anna Skrowron 10/10/1933

Andrew P. Zak, Sr. 10/11/1965

Rev. Mr. Albert Routhier 10/11/2006

Patricia J. Merrigan 10/11/2011

  1. Henry Milonas 10/11/2012

Caroline Brzozowy 10/12/1925

Jakub Mucha 10/12/1962

Nellie Albright 10/12/1994

Raymond J. Burek 10/12/1997

Mary J. Kazanowski 10/12/1999

Sophie J. Piecuch 10/12/2011

Rosalie Piepiora 10/13/1934

Wojtieck Piecuch 10/13/1946

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

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 Rabbitt Deacon Patten Our Deacon Candidates Fr. Lunney Deacon Bucci Msgr. Yargeau

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