Bulletin: December 29, 2019

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

Sunday, December 29 [The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph]:

   8:00 am + Pearle & Robert Williams – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

 10:30 am + Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families

   4:30 pm – Vespers (E.F.: Sunday within the Octave of Christmas)

Monday, December 30 :

   8:00 am + Stella Krejmas – int. Sophie Fritz

Tuesday, December 31 [St. Camillus & Peregrine Novena/St. Sylvester]:  

* 4:00 pm – Living Members of the Holy Rosary Society who are Homebound or in                             Nursing Homes – int. Holy Rosary Society

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

Wednesday, January 1 [St. Jude Novena/Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God]:

** Holy Day of Obligation **

*10:30 am + Anthony Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families

Thursday, January 2 [St. Basil the Great & St. Gregory Nazianzen:

   5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Son

First Friday, January 3 [Holy Name of Jesus]:

   5:30 pm + John Russell Family – int. Filipi Family

Litany of the Sacred Heart will follow Mass

First Saturday, January 4 [St. Elizabeth Ann Seton]:

   8:00 am + Edward Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families

Litany of Loretto and First Saturday Devotions

   4:00 pm + Stella Krejmas – int. Betty Fritz

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

Sunday, January 5 [Epiphany of the Lord]:

   8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Family

 10:30 am – Neil, Leona, & John Avery – int. Bob & Virginia Avery

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1st is the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.  Special prayers will be offered in thanksgiving for the past year and in supplication for blessings in the coming year.  We seek God’s blessings as did Mary. Because of her Son, we can confidently call God, “Abba!”

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, January 1st.  This is a continuing Novena and may be begun at any time.  All are welcome and encouraged to come and pray for the intercession of the saint of hopeless and impossible cases.

Angel, Holy Hours, The Adoration, Prayer

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 there will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd is the Feast of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, Doctors of the Church.  St. Basil is the Father of Monasticism in the Eastern Church and St. Gregory was noted as a great Scripture scholar.  Both will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  Through the particular efforts of St. Bernardine of Siena, devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus was promoted through the inscription of the monogram of the Holy Name, IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator), and the addition of the name Jesus to the Hail Mary.  We are called to believe in Jesus Christ, pay Him homage and to reform our lives.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4th is the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, an American saint from New York City who after her conversion to the Catholic Faith founded a religious teaching order in Emmitsburg, Maryland and grew in holiness and humility.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, January 4th 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.

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Kathy Eichorn 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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NEW YEAR’S EVE is celebrated very differently in Poland.  It is a more quiet time for reflection on the past year.  There are services in Church asking God for forgiveness of the sins of the past years and prayers for blessings on the coming year.

    New Year’s Eve is called St. Sylvester’s Day in Poland.  (St. Sylvester was a great Pope in the early 300’s.) In the cities there are parties after church services which are called Sylvester parties.

    The Sylvester Parties came about because of an old legend.  According to the story, Pope St. Sylvester I, imprisoned the dragon Leviathan in 317 A.D.  The belief grew that Leviathan would escape in the year 1000 A.D., set fire to the heavens and bring about the end of the world.

    Near the year 1000 a monk by the name of Gerbert became pope.  He was a scientist of sorts and spent his free time in his cell building strange machinery.  The people feared he was a sorcerer. To make matters worse, Gerbert took the name of Sylvester II as Pope.  It seemed doubly certain then that as St. Sylvester I had imprisoned Leviathan, Pope Sylvester II would set him free.

    As December 31, 999 A.D. came closer, people lived in fear that they would suffer the horrible end of the world.  But as midnight came and went with not a sign of the dragon or the end of the world destruction, the release from tension was so great that the people rejoiced with parties ever since.  Hence the Sylvester parties of Poland and even our own New Year’s Eve parties.

    Meanwhile — what was Pope Sylvester II up to in his cell?  Was it sorcerer’s magic as the people feared? Not at all! Pope Sylvester II had been using his time to build a clock, which, perfected with the years, became the one we use today!  

    Pope St. Sylvester I will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.  This Mass will also be an opportunity to thank God for the blessings of the past year and to petition our Heavenly Father for help in the coming year.

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

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

The Circumcision

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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Eight days later the time came to circumcise Him, and He was given the name of Jesus, the name given by the Angel before He was conceived.

[Luke 2:21]

Circumcision was the symbol of the covenant between God and Abraham and his seed, and took place on the eighth day; circumcision presumed that the person circumcised was a sinner. The Babe was now taking the sinner’s place—something He was to do all through His Life. Circumcision was a sign and token of membership in the body of Israel. Mere human birth did not bring a child into the body of God’s chosen people. Another rite was required, as recorded in the Book of Genesis:

God said to Abraham, For your part, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation by generation. This is how you shall keep my covenant between myself and you and your descendants after you: circumcise yourselves, every male among you. [Genesis 17:9-11]

Circumcision in the Old Testament was a prefiguring of Baptism in the New Testament. Both symbolize a renunciation of the flesh with its sins. The first was done by wounding of the body; the second, by cleansing the soul. The first incorporated the child into the body of Israel; the second incorporates the child into the body of the new Israel or the Church. The term “Circumcision” was later used in the Scriptures to reveal the spiritual significance of applying the Cross to the flesh through self-discipline. Moses, in the Book of Deuteronomy clearly spoke of circumcising the heart. Jeremiah also used the same expression. St. Stephen, in his last address before being killed, told his hearers that they were uncircumcised in heart and ears. By submitting to this rite, which He need not have done because He was sinless, the Son of God made man satisfied the demands of His nation, just as He was to keep all the other Hebrew regulations. He kept the Passover; He observed the Sabbath; He went up to the Feasts; He obeyed the Old Law until the time came for Him to fulfill it by realizing and spiritualizing its shadowy prefigurements of God’s dispensation. In the Circumcision of the Divine Child there was a dim suggestion and hint of Calvary, in the precious surrendering of blood. The shadow of the Cross was already hanging over a child eight days old. He would have seven blood-sheddings of which this was the first, the others being the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Piercing of His Heart. But whenever there was an indication of Calvary, there was also some sign of glory; and it was at this moment when He was anticipating Calvary by shedding His blood that the name of Jesus was bestowed on Him.

A child only eight days old was already beginning the blood-shedding that would fulfill His perfect manhood. The cradle was tinged with crimson, a token of Calvary. The Precious Blood was beginning its long pilgrimage. Within an octave of His birth, Christ obeyed a law of which He Himself was the Author, a law which was to find its last application in Him. There had been sin in human blood, and now blood was already being poured out to do away with sin. As the East catches at sunset the colors of the West, so does the Circumcision reflect Calvary.

Must He begin redeeming all at once? Cannot the Cross wait? There will be plenty of time for it. Coming straight from the Father’s Arm to the arms of His earthly mother, He is carried in her arms to His first Calvary. Many years later He will be taken from her arms again, after the bruising of the flesh on the Cross, when the Father’s work is done.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS FOR 2020!! Please mark your calendars for the Community Meal Dates in 2020:  All are on Wednesdays:  January 29th, June 3rd and September 2nd.  As you can see, the first one comes up quick!  There will be updates in January.

THERE WILL BE NO CATECHISM CLASSES because of the Christmas holiday, on the following dates:  Sunday, December 29th and Sunday, January 5th.  Classes WILL RESUME Sunday, January 12th.  Because the Faith of our children is so important this and Easter Sunday are the only vacations our catechism classes ever have!  NB: The wrong dates were printed in a previous bulletin: we apologize for the miscommunication.

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.”

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.

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:

Sun., December 29: 8:00 + 

Sunday, December 29: 10:30 + John Budzinski (1st Anniv.) – int. James & Jean Koldis

Monday, December 30: – Birthday Blessings for Carolyn Silva – int. Family

Tuesday, December 31: 4:00 + Frank Waryas – int. James & Jean Koldis

Wednesday, January 1: 10:30 Jeanne Szela – int. Carol

Thursday, January 2: + Marcus Dery – int. Rose-Fish Family

Friday, January 3: – Nancy Faller – int. Rynda & Rose-Fish Families

Saturday, January 4: 8:00 – Angela Sonntag – int. Friend

Saturday, January 4: 4:00 – Peggy Mazzer – int. Friend

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

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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!

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!Refreshments Clipart

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.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Julia Czarnecki 12/29/1954

Ralph L. Kovalsick 12/29/1978

Walter J. Sak 12/29/1992

Arthur A. Paulin 12/29/2003

Helen G. Adzema 12/29/2008

Peter Koscinski 12/30/1922

Victoria Kliszka 12/30/1927

Casimier Kalinowski 12/30/1932

Michael Romejko 12/30/1948

Anna Bocon 12/30/1964

Edwin Marzalek 12/31/1953

Francis Waryas 12/31/1967

Beatrice M. Marziarz 12/31/1990

Mary “Molly” Pervere 12/31/2007

Eusebius C. Kelley 12/31/2013 Edward Baranowski 1/1/1936

Franciszek Zajec 1/1/1956

John Choleva 1/1/1972

Mary Sokolowski 1/1/1975

Josephine E. Milewski 1/1/1987

John A. Ciesunski 1/1/1995

Helen Muszynski 1/1/2016

Sophie Kozik 1/2/1933

Julia Escott 1/2/1984

Robert E. Talbot 1/2/2002

Charles J. Kabaniec 1/3/1986

Anthony J. Krejmas 1/3/1998

Joanna M. Sak 1/3/2016

John Provost, Jr. 1/3/2017

Frank Sak 1/4/1973

Edward J. Sojka 1/4/1996

Evelyn W. Kalinowski 1/4/2007

Wojtiech Korcz 1/5/1940

Chester Waryas 1/5/1982

Stephen J. Janek 1/5/1992

Andrew Rastallis 1/5/1997

Grace M. Wikowski 1/5/2000

Edward T. Boliski 1/5/2012

Louis M. Kozloski 1/5/2012

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.

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

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✠ Prayer for the Blessing of Families ✠

Priest–    Our help is in the Name of the Lord!

All–        Who made Heaven and Earth!

Priest–    The Lord be with you!

All–        And with your spirit!

Priest–    Bow your heads in prayer and ask for God’s blessing upon your families and upon the family we call our parish.

All–        Heavenly Father, bless our family and parish with Your grace. Let Your Spirit guide us in word and deed so that our light may shine before all and lead all who know us to give You praise!

Priest–    May our homes be filled with the spirit of love, with the obedience of faith, and the strength of hope!

All–        Make our lives happy in Your service, and bring us in Your love to Your Eternal Home!

Priest–    Father, All-Good, we praise Your Name; and ask this blessing through the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and good St. Joseph.

All–    Amen!

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

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Reardon Deacon DeCarlo Deacon Culliton Our Seminarians Fr. Campoli Deacon Nolan Our Retired Priests

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

Bulletin: December 22, 2019

+ Parish Schedule for the Week December 22, 2019 +

Sunday, December 22[Fourth Sunday of Advent]:

8:00 am + Health & Blessings for Mary Ellen DeVito – int. Fritz Family

10:30 am+ Irene Kostanski – int. Genevieve Guy & Family

Monday, December 23 [John of Kanty]:

8:00 am + Jean M. Fielding – int. Debbie DelaBruere

5:30 pmTraditional Latin Mass

Tuesday, December  24[Vigil of Christmas]:

The Blessing of the Christmas Trees and the

Blessing of the Hay and Manger will take place before the 4:00 Mass

* 4:00 pm + Roland Richotte (26th) – int. Son Lawrence, Granddaughter Sarah, Wife Joan

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

The Church will be open for Midnight Mass at 11:00 p.m.

* 12:00 Midnight – For the Benefactors of our Parish

Wednesday, December 25 [Christmas–The Nativity of the Lord]:

** Holy Day of Obligation **

* 10:30 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

Thursday, December 26 [St. Stephen, Protomartyr]:

5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Son

Friday, December 27 [St. John the Evangelist]:

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

                                                                                                – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Saturday, December 28 [The Holy Innocents]:

   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 + Irene Kostanski – int. Esther & Walter Machowski

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

Sunday, December 29[The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph]:

   8:00 am + Pearle & Robert Williams – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

 10:30 am + Living & Departed Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families

A WORKBEE TO SET UP THE CHRISTMAS decorations in the church will take place on Sunday, December 22nd after the 10:30a.m. Mass.  Volunteers are needed and encouraged.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th – The Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Blessing of the Christmas trees, Manger and the Christmas hay to await the coming of the Christ Child.  Carols will be chanted in English, Polish and Latin.  After the Mass, which will be in English, the congregation following an old Polish tradition is welcome to take a memento of the Blessed hay for the centerpiece on their Christmas Eve dinner table.

 

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THE MIDNIGHT MASS of the Shepherds will begin at exactly 12:00 MIDNIGHT.  It will, however, be introduced at 11:30 p.m. December 24th with a concert of carols in English, Polish and Latin.  As the bells ring the midnight hour of Christmas morning, December 25th, the time of the birth of the Christ Child, a statue of the Infant Jesus will be blessed and carried in solemn procession around the church and then enshrined in the manger.  The Mass will follow in English.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th – The Mass of Christmas Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the solemn proclamation of the birth of Christ and the solemn procession to the manger.  Mass will be in English with carols chanted in English, Polish and Latin.

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PASTERKA is the name given to the Polish Midnight Mass.  Pasterka means Shepherds Mass and it is filled with all the joy and pageantry the Polish people can muster for this holy commemoration of the moment when God became man.  The crib is blessed, processions are held, the bells are rung and the choir is at their best.  Everything and everyone is directed to the Holy Christ Child – God Who became like us to save us!

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THE FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN (December 26th) – For the Polish people, the feast of St. Stephen is celebrated as a continuation of Christmas.  It is sometimes called “Drugie Święta” – the Second Holiday.

     St. Stephen is called the Protomartyr because he was the first Christian martyr — the first individual to die for his Faith.  He was one of the seven deacons that the Apostles ordained (Acts 6) to help them with the work of the early Church.  St. Stephen proved to be a gifted preacher and stressed that God was to be found everywhere, that the world and all His creation is sanctified by His loving presence.

     St. Stephen also preached strongly to those who failed to recognize the reality of God and who refused to acknowledge Jesus.  The Bible tells us that St. Stephen “was a man filled with grace and power, who worked great wonders and signs among the people.”  (Acts 6:8).  Because of his strong message of truth, St. Stephen was stoned to death by anti-Christian forces.  A convinced Christian to the end, St. Stephen prayed “Lord Jesus receive my spirit” as he was cruelly put to death and with his last breath he cried out in a loud voice “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”  (Acts 7:59-60).  His death eloquently speaks of our duty as Catholics to love so completely that we can even forgive and love our enemies and those who would hurt us.

     There are a number of Polish customs associated with this feast day.  It is a day of fun and games.  People jokingly throw grain at each other as a reminder of the manner of death St. Stephen died and as a prayer for protection by the saint and for a good harvest.  On this day priests, deacons, nuns and altar boys are often greeted this way after Mass to remind them that they must live a life so completely dedicated to Jesus, so committed to God, that they should be willing and prepared to die as St. Stephen died.

 

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          As St. John took the goblet from his enemies, he prayed and blessed the wine, as was his custom.  Immediately a black snake was seen coming out of the cup.  The poison had left miraculously in the form of a serpent.

            In Polish churches this story, of John’s trust in God, is recalled by the blessing of wine after the Masses of this feast.  People bring a bottle of wine to be blessed and usually a crystal goblet of wine is also blessed and all present share in its goodness before the long cold walk home.  The wine that is taken home is shared by friends and family as a token of God’s love.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD donations have been made for Christmas Flowers in memory of the following:  In memory of Raymond & Louise Kervian, Lawrence & Helen Pelletier, and David W. Phillips from Joyce & Tina / In memory of Leslie & Gertrude Phillips from Tina / In memory of Sr. Mary Rosalie, Charles and Cecelia Gloski, Mattie Stepanek and Sandy Miner from Joyce.  Bóg wam wielki zapłac!

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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 there will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28th is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, celebrating the little children who were martyred by Herod in his desperate and greedy concern for his throne.  Special prayers will be offered during the 8:00 a.m. Mass for the holocaust of holy innocents martyred every year in our nation through abortion.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December27thbefore 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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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30th is the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Special prayers will be offered at all the weekend Masses for blessing all our parish families.

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.

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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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.

 

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

Sun., Dec.22:8:00 +Catherine & Robert Scherman– int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Sunday, December22: 10:30 +Mary Miner Please – int. Edith Bourbeau

Monday, December23:+Chet Galvis – int. Connie

Tuesday, December24: 4:00 + Edward Margola – int. James & Jean Koldis

Wed., Dec.25: Midnight – Thomas & Jerusha Williams– int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Wed., Dec.25: 10:30 – Health& Blessings for Virginia Avery – int. Holy Rosary Society

Thursday, December26:+ Florence Pielock – int. Sophie Fritz

Friday, December27:+

Saturday, December28:8:00 +

Saturday, December28: 4:00+

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

THE 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.

 OFFICE OF VOCATIONS: Third Sunday of Advent “what ought we to do?”  Let joy and gladness show forth in you.  You are called to be the presence of Jesus. (Luke 3:10-18) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

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

 

The Fullness of Time

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     “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That He might redeem them who were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

     “That He might make known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Him, in the dispensation of the fullness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in Heaven and on earth, in Him.” Ephesians 1:9-10

  1. GOD had permitted the world to teach itself its lesson. Man had learnt what of himself he is, or rather what he is not; what of himself he can do, or rather what he cannot do. Till the “Fullness of Time,” till the coming of our Lord, the history of mankind had been the history of blighted hopes, of successive disappointments, of civilizations growing up and ending in collapse. It is true there had been some progress in spite of these collapses. From the ruins of each succeeding stage man had picked out a few relics to be treasured for the future and these, gradually accumulated, had formed the material side of the “Fullness of Time.”

     There was also the spiritual side. Out of all these experiences man had learnt himself his own limitations, his own humiliation, his utter dependence on some higher power for any hope of safety. He had learnt to aspire to other things than this life of ruins and disappointments could give him. Jews and Gentiles alike had come to yearn for something nobler than had as yet been laid before them; this time of longing was the ”Fullness of Time.”

  1. During all these ages God had been watching; watching and waiting. He knew what was happening in the world; not a sparrow fell to the ground without His knowledge. He had given man free will, to do good or to do evil; He permitted him to shape his life in the world as he would.

     Some of the consequences of his evil deeds He permitted man to suffer, in himself or in his posterity; and this made the misery of the world. But not all did He permit; had He done so, man would have destroyed himself, corrupted himself off the face of the earth. Instead, the hand of God was ever held out to save him from utter ruin; preventing him here, guiding him there, in another place enlightening him, strengthening him, beyond all desert or expectation.

  1. Man needed to learn the lesson; and even today, like a thoughtless child, man needs to be constantly reminded of it. Like a thoughtless child, with the least success he becomes elated, he forgets his littleness and dependence, he assumes airs, he demands all kinds of rights and privileges, he is impertinent to his master, he will brook no interference. And as with the spoilt child, so with man, the only cure is to let him fall. That teaches him, as nothing else, how very weak he is, how very dependent; it teaches him, too, how dear is the heart of the Master who has permitted it. But with us it is not as with the men of the olden times. They yearned to their Lord through the ages; we have Him in our midst, at hand to help when we plead.

Summary Meditation Points:

  1. The training of mankind during the ages before the Incarnation, from knowledge of himself to yearning after the Redeemer.
  2. The guardianship of God during all these evil times, drawing man to Himself.
  3. The need that man has of having the lesson renewed in our own times; and the help that is ever at hand. http://www.catholicexchange.com

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!

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!

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.

A Christmas Carol

by G. K. Chesterton

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The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,

His hair was like a light.

(O weary, weary were the world,

But here is all aright.)

 

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast

His hair was like a star.

(O stern and cunning are the kings,

But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,

His hair was like a fire.

(O weary, weary is the world,

But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary’s knee,

His hair was like a crown,

And all the flowers looked up at Him,

And all the stars looked down

 

            The Legend of the Poinsettia

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It once was the custom in Mexico for the villagers to leave a gift for the Baby Jesus in their church on Christmas Eve.  In one small village, a little boy who had no gift to bring prayed to God for a way to show his love for the Infant King.  God, in His mercy, looked down on the boy and answered his earnest prayer by causing a flower to bloom where he knelt – a flower so brilliant and fair.  The miraculous flower was formed like a star with leaves that were red and so bright, and the boy’s precious gift has come to be known as the “Flower of the Holy Night.”

 

Merry Christmas — Wesolych Swiat — Feliz Navidad

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Josepha Ponkowski 12/22/1926

Francis Ponkowski 12/22/1937

Frank Dlugosz 12/22/1959

Joseph W. Ranahan 12/22/2013

Fleurette Witalisz 12/22/2016

Walter Wysk 12/23/1972

Edward Waryas 12/23/1997

Josephine Sojka 12/24/1957

Mary Waraksa 12/24/1958

Viola Nadeau 12/24/1989

Edward F. Margola 12/24/1990

Walter P. Sokoloski 12/2419/92

Rolland Richotte 12/24/1993

Helen Deskavich 12/24/2012

Helen Molongoski 12/24/2012

Catherine Dobosz 12/25/1926

Casimier Seredejko 12/25/1945

Julia Sierakowski 12/25/1963

Joseph C. Kaminski 12/25/1982

Paul P. Deskavich 12/25/2016

Anthony Prohowicz 12/26/1935

Stanislaus Najda 12/26/1954

Adam Tuminski 12/26/1974

Stanley C. Semaski 12/26/1976

Eleonare Bakula 12/26/1981

Andrew J. Schab 12/26/1987

Anna E. Walton 12/26/2004

Scott L. Thompson 12/26/2008

Carl Rogaleski 12/27/1969

Edwin J. Putala 12/27/1985

Stephanie C. Zamojski 12/27/2000

Rose N. Simondiski 12/27/2010

Caroline M. Brzozowy 12/27/2011

Bernard J. Fritz 12/27/2013

Stanley Bak 12/27/2016

Michael Putala 12/28/1947

Mary Kosewicz 12/28/1972

Joseph P. Zamojski 12/28/1978

Joseph J. Gozeski 12/28/1988

Jennie C. Rastallis 12/28/1996

Blanche A. Golonka 12/28/2000

Julia Czarnecki 12/29/1954

Ralph L. Kovalsick 12/29/1978

Walter J. Sak 12/29/1992

Arthur A. Paulin 12/29/2003

Helen G. Adzema 12/29/2008

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.”

THERE WILL BE NO CATECHISM CLASSES because of the Christmas holiday, on the following dates:  Sunday, December 29thand Sunday, January 5th.  Classes WILL RESUMESunday, January 12th.  Because the Faith of our children is so important this and Easter Sunday are the only vacations our catechism classes ever have!NB: The wrong dates were printed in a previous bulletin: we apologize for the miscommunication.

COMMUNITY MEALS FOR 2020!!Please mark your calendars for the Community Meal Dates in 2020:  All are on Wednesdays January 29th, June 3rd and September 2nd.  As you can see, the first one comes up quick!  There will be updates in January.

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS are sung until the 2nd of February.  The Christmas season, for the Polish people, starts on Christmas Eve.  Advent is Advent — a time of preparation and anticipation.  Unlike many Western cultures, where Christmas carols and celebrations begin by December 1st, the Polish people spend that time in prayerful waiting.  The time after Christmas is the time for celebration.

            Unlike the Christmas songs of other countries, the Polish carol (called a Kolęda) is not only a prayer but it is also a story — a kind of musical drama telling of the miraculous birth of Jesus.  These Kolędy are a musical expression of genius and profound religious conviction.  Many Polish carols date from the early 17th century and reflect, not only the folk culture of the day, but the royal and courtly life of the nobility.

            The word Kolęda is taken from the Latin word meaning the first day of the month and reflects the ancient custom of pre-Christian feasts in mid-winter.  With the coming of Christianity, the theme became the birth of Jesus.

            Many of the Kolędy are based on the majestic Polonez, a royal and stately dance from the courts of Polish kings.  One such Kolęda, “W Złobie Leży” was based on the Polonez played at the coronation of Wladyslaw IV (1632 – 1648).

            Adam Mickiewicz, in writing about the beauty of Polish Christmas carols, said:  “I doubt whether there is another country which can boast of such a collection of carols as Poland has.  It would not be easy to find any other nation’s poetry with feelings so pure, of such an extreme sweetness and delicacy.”

Wesołych Świąt

 “‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’  And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:15b-16

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THE RITES OF THE WIGILIA* SUPPER even dictates the menu.  There is always an odd number of courses.  This is an old Polish tradition which says that an even number is conclusive – the end – but an odd number implies a continuation and a bounty.  Even the number of courses is a symbolic prayer in the Wigilia ceremony for “our daily bread”.

            The Wigilia feast is traditionally meatless – for it is the last day of Advent and the meatless fast must be observed.  But it is also the eve of great anticipation – the time when God became like us – when Heaven touched earth with great power.  So the fast is observed – but the vegetarian meal is festive and bountiful.  At least seven courses are included and often as many as eleven or fifteen courses are served!

            Another requirement for the Wigilia Supper is that the menu should represent the produce of all the farmer’s land and industry and all the sources of God’s goodness should be represented.  Most often there are delicately flavored mushrooms for the woods, fine wheat or millet for the field, sweet apples or plums for the orchard, tasty potatoes, cabbage and beets for the kitchen garden and herring and pike to symbolize the waters.  It is important to at least try or sample from every dish in gratitude to God for His kindness and bounty.  Not to do so would imply disrespect to God for His mercy!

            A typical seven course menu for the rites of Wigilia might include:

  1. Herring and marinated mushrooms with herbs.
  2. Clear Barszcz and mushroom uszka
  3. Broiled Pike with delicate horseradish sauce.
  4. Cabbage soup with potatoes lightly flavored with onions.
  5. Pierogi filled with spicy cabbage, light cheese, sweet fruit or berries.
  6. Fruit compote.
  7. Pastries, coffee, nuts and candies.

*Wigilia, the Christmas Eve Dinner, is sometimes also called Wilia.

Christmas Mittens for your Christmas Baby.  You can share the love this Christmas by spiritually adopting an unborn baby who is danger of being aborted.  Alternatives Pregnancy Center has Christmas Mitten Ornaments–with a prayer tucked in–for sale on our mitten tree in the vestibule at the weekend Masses of the the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec 22 & 23.  Adopt an unborn baby this Christmas with prayer so that he or she will be blessed with the gift of life and protected from abortion!  Suggested donation $10.

Prayer for the Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle

Priest  Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, merciful and gentle: to you be praise and glory   for ever. Your light has shone in our darkened world through the child-bearing of    blessed Mary; grant that we who have seen your glory may daily be renewed in         your image and prepared like her for the coming of your Son, who is the Lord and             Saviour of all.

ALL    Blessed be God for ever.

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and the two previously lit violet candles.

 Priest  Let us pray: O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word the immaculate Virgin             received through the message of an Angel and so became the dwelling-place of          divinity, filled with the light of the Holy Spirit, grant, we pray, that by her example    we may in humility hold fast to your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your             Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for     ever and ever.

ALL    Amen.

 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.

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.

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. Bermudez Bishop McDonnell For Vocations Our Seminarians Deacon O’Connor Fr. Lunney Fr. Roux

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

Bulletin: December 15, 2019

JMJ

Parish Schedule for the Week December 15, 2019 +

 Sunday, December 15[Third Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am – For our Parish and Our Parishioners

 10:30 am + Jeffrey Tela – int. Irene Klepadlo

   3:30 pmA Service for Advent with Carols

Monday, December 16:

   8:00 am+ Fr. Eugene Ozimek

Tuesday, December 17[St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Patricia Collins – int. Brendan Collins

Wednesday, December 18 [St. Jude Novena/Ember Wednesday of Advent]:

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

Thursday, December 19:

5:30 pm + Mary Elizabeth Garmalo – int. Son

Friday, December 20 [Ember Friday of Advent]:

   5:30 pm + Jacob Zalenski – int. Kathy

Saturday, December 21[Ember Saturday of Advent/St. Peter Canisius]:

   8:00 am + Fr. John S. Lis

   4:00 pm + Joseph A. Klepadlo – int. Wife, Irene

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

Sunday, December 22[Fourth Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am + Health & Blessings for Mary Ellen DeVito – int. Fritz Family

 10:30 am+ Irene Kostanski – int. Genevieve Guy & Family

+ Królowo Polski MódlSię za Nami +

 

The Rectory Open House

All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House on Sunday, December 15th

from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, December 18that 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.

Angel, Holy Hours, The Adoration, Prayer

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 there will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st is the Feast of St. Peter Canisius, a leading voice in the Counter-Reformation and founder of several colleges and author of many books.  He is known as the “Second Apostle of Germany” and will be remembered in the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December21stbefore 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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A WORKBEE TO SET UP THE CHRISTMAS decorations in the church will take place on Sunday, December 22ndafter the 10:30a.m. Mass.  Volunteers are needed and encouraged.

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

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

 

Please join us for…

 

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A Service for Advent with Carols

SUNDAY, 16 DECEMBER

3:30 o’clock

THE EMBER DAYS

 

From the Catholic Encyclopedia

Ember days (corruption from Lat. Quatuor Tempora, four times) are the days at the beginning of the seasons ordered by the Church as days of fast and abstinence. They were definitely arranged and prescribed for the entire Church by Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) for the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 13 December (S. Lucia), after Ash Wednesday, after Whitsunday, and after 14 September (Exaltation of the Cross). The purpose of their introduction, besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy. The immediate occasion was the practice of the heathens of Rome. The Romans were originally given to agriculture, and their native gods belonged to the same class. At the beginning of the time for seeding and harvesting religious ceremonies were performed to implore the help of their deities: in June for a bountiful harvest, in September for a rich vintage, and in December for the seeding; hence their feriae sementivae, feriae messis, and feri vindimiales. The Church, when converting heathen nations, has always tried to sanctify any practices which could be utilized for a good purpose. At first the Church in Rome had fasts in June, September, and December; the exact days were not fixed but were announced by the priests. The “Liber Pontificalis” ascribes to Pope Callistus (217-222) a law ordering the fast, but probably it is older. Leo the Great (440-461) considers it an Apostolic institution. When the fourth season was added cannot be ascertained, but Gelasius (492-496) speaks of all four. This pope also permitted the conferring of priesthood and deaconship on the Saturdays of ember week–these were formerly given only at Easter. Before Gelasius the ember days were known only in Rome, but after his time their observance spread. They were brought into England by St. Augustine; into Gaul and Germany by the Carlovingians. Spain adopted them with the Roman Liturgy in the eleventh century.  They were introduced by St. Charles Borromeo into Milan.

WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING THE EMBER DAYS?

We are celebrating the Ember Days this year in response to requests by several bishops, including Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI, and Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, PA, for their use as a time of reparation for the sins of the clergy, and to ask for God’s protection for the Church.

The Ember Days were traditionally days of fasting and abstinence, though this is no longer required.  The former regulations, which may be utilized for purposes of private devotion, are as follows:  On Ember Wednesday and Ember Saturday: Only one full meal was permitted, and two smaller meals not equal to the main meal could be taken; meat was only permitted at the main meal.  On Ember Friday: Only one full meal was permitted, and two smaller meals could be taken; being Friday, meat was not permitted at any meal.

 

DID YOU KNOW???  The Japanese dish “Tempura”—deep-fried shrimp and vegetables—was devised by the Jesuit missionaries to Nagasaki, as a meatless dish for the Ember Days.  Its name comes directly from the Latin for these days: “Quatuor Tempora”.

 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, December15:8:00 +

Sunday, December15: 10:30 –

Monday, December16:

Tuesday, December17: +

Wednesday, December18:

Thursday, December19:+

Friday, December20:+

Saturday, December21:8:00 +

Saturday, December21: 4:00+ Alex & Sabina Lazoski – int. Irene Noga

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!

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

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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.

 

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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!

 

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 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.

 OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:Third Sunday of Advent “what ought we to do?”  Let joy and gladness show forth in you.  You are called to be the presence of Jesus. (Luke 3:10-18) If you think God is calling you, please email: vocations@diospringfield.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

John Kawecki 12/15/1950

Edwin C. Parry 12/15/1998

Sophie Piecuch 12/16/1928

Arlene J. Letourneau 12/16/1998

Julia Mlewski 12/17/1939

Joseph Dobosz 12/17/1952

Mary Pluta 12/17/1958

Henry A. Gaida 12/17/1973

Rose Dunican 12/17/1996

Lauren E. Tela 12/17/2017

John Yarmac 12/18/1962

Alexander Oleksiewicz 12/18/1967

Victoria Korcz 12/18/1973

Chester J. Kabaniec 12/18/2011

Joseph Oleksiewicz 12/19/1965

Anna Pieciuch 12/19/1967

Josephine Holewa 12/19/1973

Antonia Milewski 12/19/1975

Frank M. Dudek 12/19/1981

Henry P. Siciak 12/19/1995

Ronald J. Powers 12/19/2018

Magdelena Rudnicki 12/20/1931

Helena Karp 12/20/1955

Michael Saharceski 12/20/1967

Stephen A. Golonka 12/20/1978

John S. Zebrowski 12/20/1989

Katarzyna Choleva 12/21/1950

Kenneth A. Black 12/21/2011

Josepha Ponkowski 12/22/1926

Francis Ponkowski 12/22/1937

Frank Dlugosz 12/22/1959

Joseph W. Ranahan 12/22/2013

Fleurette Witalisz 12/22/2016

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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.”

THERE WILL BE NO CATECHISM CLASSES because of the Christmas holiday, on the following dates:  Sunday, December 22nd and Sunday, December 29th.  Classes WILL RESUME Sunday, January 5th.  Because the Faith of our children is so important this and Easter Sunday are the only vacations our catechism classes ever have!

COMMUNITY MEALS FOR 2020!!Please mark your calendars for the Community Meal Dates in 2020:  All are on Wednesdays January 29th, June 3rd and September 2nd.  As you can see, the first one comes up quick!  There will be updates in January.

 

Prayer for the Lighting of the Third Advent Candle

Priest  Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: to you be praise and glory for ever.             Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth as a burning and shining            light. May we your servants rejoice in his light, and so be led to witness to him who is the Lord of our coming kingdom, Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.

ALL    Blessed be God for ever.

 The rose candle is lit with the two previously lit violet candles.

 Priest  Let us pray: Incline a merciful ear to our cry, we pray, O Lord, and, casting light on           the darkness of our hearts, visit us with the grace of your Son. Who lives and reigns      with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

ALL    Amen.

 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.

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.

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 Fr. Goni Deacon Patten Msgr. Yargeau Fr. Lisowski Fr. O’Connor

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

Bulletin: December 8, 2019

 

JMJ

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

Sunday, December 8[Second Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am­­+ Paul Johnson – int. Claire Hughes

 10:30 am + Jean-Paul Blais – int. Jacques Family

   4:30 pm – Vespers

Monday, December 9 [Immaculate Conception]:

   8:00 am+ Irene Kostanski – int. Irene Klepadlo

   5:30 pm – Living & Departed Members of the Fritz and Klepacki Families(Latin Mass)

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

   5:30 pm + William Chaisson – int. Patricia Sojka

Wednesday, December 11[St. Jude Novena/St. Damasus I]:

   5:30 pm + Rejean Lefebvre – int. Jacques Family

Thursday, December 12 [Our Lady of Guadalupe]:

   5:30 pm + Joanne Klepadlo Murphy – int. Mom

Friday, December 13[St. Lucy]:    

   5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Alison & Paul Edwards – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

Saturday, December 14[St. John of the Cross]:

   8:00 am + Aniela Zalenski – int. Kathy

   4:00 pm + Raymond F. Kervian (27th Anniv.) – Joyce & Tina Phillips

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

Sunday, December 15[Third Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am – For our Parish and Parishioners

 10:30 am + Jeffrey Tela – int. Irene Klepadlo

   3:30 pmA Service for Advent with Carols

+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

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Monday, December 9th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in which we celebrate the purity of Mary as the Mother of God.  The Masses for the Holy Day will be Monday, December 8th at 8:00 a.m.  Mary, under the title of Immaculate Conception, is also the patroness of our country and special prayers will be offered at the Masses for our nation. Please note that the Immaculate Conception is not a Day of Obligation this year.

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 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th is the Feast of Pope St. Damasus I.  He is best known with St. Jerome for gathering the scattered books of the Bible into the Bible we now have.  In other words, it is thanks to St. Damasus and the work of St. Jerome that the world has been able to preserve the Bible.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, December 11that 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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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12th and recalls the four apparitions of Mary to a Native American, Saint Juan Diego.  The most startling aspect of the vision is the permanent miracle which is an image of Mary miraculously and inexplicably imprinted on the cloak of St. Juan Diego that remains to this day at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico.  A reproduction of this miraculous icon is enshrined in the front vestibule of our church.

 

 

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

 

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th is the Feast of St. Lucy, an early Christian martyr.  She is the patroness of the eyes and those suffering from disease of the eye.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th is the Feast of St. John of the Cross who with St. Teresa of Avila founded the Discalced Carmelite Friars.  His writings soar to great spiritual heights and he is given the title “The Mystical Doctor”.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December14thbefore 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.

 

The Following Have Made Special Donations

To Sponsor Our Annual

St. Nicholas Day Christmas Bazaar

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       Gold Star Patron

            Kostanski Funeral Home

            St. Stanislaw B & M Society

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            Candy Cane Patrons

            Montague B.P.O. Elks #2521

        Bóg Wam Wielki Zapłać

 

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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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.

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

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

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

Mary, Conceived Without Sin,

You DID Know

By Anita Moore

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Raise your hand if you have ever heard the song “Mary, Did You Know?” within the precincts of a Catholic church.  I can’t see you, but I know you’re out there.  My hand is also up.  Somehow, because this song mentions the Mother of God, it has become a Christmas tradition in some parishes.  But although the gentleman who wrote “Mary, Did You Know?” clearly means well, this song is both musically inappropriate for Mass and subversive of the Catholic faith.

From a musical standpoint, “Mary, Did You Know?” is basically a pop song, and although the Mass has been saturated with such for a couple of generations now, the fact remains that it is not sacred music suited for use at Mass.  But even more objectionable, from the Catholic point of view, is the lyrical content.  

“Mary, Did You Know?” is based on some abysmally erroneous assumptions.  To begin with, it is supposed that Mary does not know that her holy Infant is the Son of God.  Some saints — for instance, St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and Doctor of the Church — are of the opinion that even before the Annunciation, Mary had a profound understanding of prophecies and Scriptures concerning the promised Messiah.  But even without such an understanding, it would have taken a high degree of inattention on Mary’s part to the message of Gabriel and the inspired greeting of her cousin Elizabeth for her to labor under ignorance of her Son’s divinity.  It is further supposed that Mary does not know that her Son will suffer for the redemption of mankind.  This would have required her to utterly gloss over the prophecies of holy Simeon concerning her Son as God’s salvation, a sign of contradiction, and concerning the sword of sorrow that would pierce her own soul.  The idea of the Mother of God not being in possession of the most critical facts about her divine Son, particularly in view of explicit revelations received by her, is absurd on its face.

But there is an even more blatant error in the lyrics of “Mary, Did You Know?” that ought to induce in every Catholic a sharp intake of breath.  It is a defined dogma of the Catholic faith that the Mother of God was conceived without original sin.  On December 8, 1854, in the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception:

We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. 

Contrast this with the following lyrics from “Mary, Did You Know?”:

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Whereas Catholics accept as revealed truth that Mary was free from sin from the instant of her conception by virtue of the anticipated merits of Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross, the foregoing is based on the assumption that Mary was under the sway of sin at the time she gave birth to the Christ Child, and that she would remain so until His Sacrifice of redemption.  In short, it is a flat denial of the Immaculate Conception.  As such — and for this reason alone — it should never be sung in a Catholic church, or find any place in any Catholic liturgy, and Catholics should not embrace it.

Perhaps a fitting way to honor today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception — in addition to fulfilling our obligation to attend Mass — would be to defend the dogma which this feast celebrates by doing what we can to see that “Mary, Did You Know?” remains unheard in our parishes during this and every Christmas season.

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.

WELCOME, ST. NICHOLAS!

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The CCD annual St. Nicholas Party will be after the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, December 14. This party is for all children in our CCD program, preschoolers through 6th grade.  Join us for the blessing and the fun: the Infant of Prague Novena with the Blessing of the Children of our Parish and the Offering of Vigil Lights at the 4 pm Mass; after Mass, it’s our favorite magical entertainer, Ed Popielarczyk the Magnificent, back for another display of his eye-defying skills, our Pizza & Christmas Cookie Supper, Christmas Carols, plus the arrival of St. Nicholas with gifts for all.  Please sign up in the church vestibule, or call Joanne Dowdy 498-0241.  (All children are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies and a $3.00 fun gift to share.)  This is a special evening for our children.  Be sure to include it in your Advent schedule!

 

The Rectory Open House

All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House on Sunday, December 15th

from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

 

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!

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

Sunday, December8:8:00 +Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault

Sunday, December8: 10:30 –

Monday, December9:

Tuesday, December10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Wednesday, December11:

Thursday, December12:+

Friday, December13:+

Saturday, December14:8:00 +

Saturday, December14: 4:00+ Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

 

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!

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Chester J. Osowski 12/8/1988

Gaetana I. Eichorn 12/8/1989

Jennie F. Monkiewicz 12/8/1991

Sigmund Molongoski 12/8/2002

Edwin Nowak 12/9/1925

Apolonia Zorzuski 12/9/1945

Josefa Kuczewski 12/9/1968

Frank J. Puhala 12/10/1965

Nellie Seremeth 12/10/1973

Frank J. Bocon 12/11/1995

Carl S. Hoynoski 12/11/1996

Kenneth A. Rosewarne 12/11/1998

Dr. Edmund B. Olchowski 12/11/2000

Genevieve E. Krol 12/11/2007

Casimier Kurtyka 12/12/1935

Joseph Kurkulonis 12/12/1949

Anna Yarmac 12/12/1962

Edward Krysiak 12/12/1988

Mary Woznakewicz 12/12/2001

John Nadolny 12/13/1938

Leo Piecuch 12/13/1942

Mary Grygo 12/13/1959

Antonina Hajduk 12/13/1961

Antonina Sojka 12/13/1974

Bernard Kurtyka 12/13/1974

Charlotte Kelley 12/13/1978

Anne Sojka 12/13/2005

Helen B. Krejmas 12/13/2012

Tadeusz Wojtasiewicz 12/14/1950

Anna Yarmak 12/14/1962

Julian Kulesa 12/14/1975

Raymond F. Kervian, Sr. 12/14/1992

  1. Dorothy Fulton 12/14/2006

Jean Fielding 12/14/2018

John Kawecki 12/15/1950

Edwin C. Parry 12/15/1998

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

Prayer for the Lighting of the Second Advent Candle

 

Priest  Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: to you be praise and glory for ever.             Of old you spoke by the mouth of your prophets, but in our days you speak through   your Son, whom you have appointed the heir of all        things. Grant us, your             people,             to walk in his light, that we may be found ready and watching when he comes in        glory and judgment; for you are our light and our salvation.

ALL    Blessed be God for ever.

The First and Second violet candles are lit.

 Priest  Let us pray: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the paths of your Only         Begotten Son, that through his coming, we may be found worthy to serve you with      minds made pure.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns           with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

ALL    Amen.

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.

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.

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
Deacon Leary/ Vocations Our Retired Clergy Deacon Bucci Fr. Roach Deacon Ratté Pope Francis Fr. O’Mannion

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

Bulletin: December 1, 2019

 

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JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of December 1, 2019 +

Sunday, December 1 [First Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am – Health & Blessings for the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons of our Diocese

 10:30 am + Irene Kostanski – int. Betty Fritz

Monday, December 2 :

   8:00 am + Romeo Leroux – int. Jacques Family

Tuesday, December 3 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/St. Francis Xavier]:  

   5:30 pm + Cecil Lahey – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Wednesday, December 4 [St. Jude Novena/St. John Damascene]:

   5:30 pm + Lise Blais – int. Jacques Family

Thursday, December 5 :

   5:30 pm + Dolores J. Woishnis – int. Sue Kozloski

First Friday, December 6 [St. Nicholas]:

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

First Saturday, December 7 [St. Ambrose]:

   8:00 am + Grace & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau

                                    – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:00 pm + Louise Hoynoski – int. Barbara Krusiewski

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

Sunday, December 8 [Second Sunday of Advent]:

   8:00 am + Paul Johnson – int. Claire Hughes

 10:30 am + Jean-Paul Blais – int. Jacques Family

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

The First Sunday of Advent

December 1st

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     The blessing of the Advent Wreath and the lighting of the first candle will take place at all the weekend Masses; Saturday, November 26th at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 27th at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  The Advent Wreath symbolizes the children of Israel waiting for the Messiah through the centuries as well as our own spiritual preparation to welcome the Christ Child, the Holy Messiah on Christmas morning.  The Advent Wreath is a set of four candles set in a wreath of evergreen. The evergreen, sometimes richly decorated, symbolizes the beauty of Christian hope in the loving promises of God. The perfect circle of the wreath represents the eternity of God.  The four candles mark the four Sundays of Advent which immediately precede Christmas. One of the candles is lit on each Sunday of Advent until by Christmas all the candles are lit! Three of the candles are violet colored reflecting the penitential spirit of the Advent season.  One candle is rose colored reflecting the joy of the Gospel on the Third Sunday of Advent. The four candles represent, not only the four weeks of Advent when we wait for the coming of the anniversary of the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, but of the four thousand years that the Jews waited for the coming of Jesus as the Messiah.  It also reminds us that we are now waiting for Jesus to come again. . . at the end of the world!

    The candles of the Advent Wreath are given the following names:

  1.   The PROPHECY CANDLE, a reminder of the foretelling of Jesus’ birth by the Old Testament prophets.
  2.   The BETHLEHEM CANDLE, recalling the words of the Prophet Micah that the Christ Child would be born in Bethlehem.
  3.   The SHEPHERDS’ CANDLE, a reminder of the first people to worship the baby Jesus.  This is the rose colored candle and reflects the anticipated joy of the Gospel for this Sunday.
  4. The ANGELS’ CANDLE lit on the Sunday before Christmas in remembrance of the Angel who spoke to the Virgin Mary at the conception of Jesus and of the Angels who appeared to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem that first Christmas Eve.

Our Annual St. Nicholas Day Bazaar

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Saturday, December 7th – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come for tasty Polish pierogi, delicious baked goods, religious goods, gifts from Poland, marvelous arts and crafts, exciting raffles and fun and games, breakfast and lunch served on the premises and will feature a Polish Plate with Kielbasa.

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RENT A TABLE at our St. Nicholas Christmas Bazaar on December 7th may call Shirley Webb at 773-7202 for information and to reserve a space.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, the great Missionary who preached in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Japan.  He is the patron of foreign missions and will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th is the Feast of St. John Damascene, the last of the Greek Fathers who defended the veneration of images, composed hymns and preached many sermons in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He suffered greatly for his defense of Church doctrine and he will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA takes place on Wednesday, December 4th 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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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 there will be no Holy Hour on First Fridays on account of the All-Night Vigil.

 

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FIRST FRIDAY ALL-NIGHT VIGIL: This Friday, December 6th, 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.  The Mass for First Saturday will take place as usual at 8:00 a.m., followed by our usual First Saturday Devotions.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas.  Polish children do not have a “Santa Claus,” but they do have Święty Mikołaj – St. Nicholas!  St. Nicholas, however, does not simply fill stockings and hand out gifts and goodies! St. Nicholas dressed as the Holy Bishop that he is, visits the homes of Polish children.  He comes riding on a great white horse or sometimes in a fine coach pulled by six white horses. At his side is a little angel with two large bags and an old broom. One bag has fine gifts and the other sticks and stones.  As the Holy Saint enters the cottage everyone rises and politely greets him with “Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus!” (Praised be Jesus Christ!) The Saint reverently answers “Na wieki wieków.  Amen!”  (Forever and ever.  Amen!) Then the children line up.  St. Nicholas then questions the children on their catechism and their behavior.  If the answers are satisfactory a gift from the first bag – but if not – a stone from the second bag and a spanking with the old broom!

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, December 7th 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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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th is the Feast of St. Ambrose, a model Pastor, untiring preacher, and defender of orthodoxy.  He wrote many Liturgical hymns and is listed as one of the four Doctors of the Latin Church. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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

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

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WELCOME, ST. NICHOLAS! The CCD annual St. Nicholas Party will be after the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, December 14. This party is for all children in our CCD program, preschoolers through 6th grade.  Join us for the blessing and the fun: the Infant of Prague Novena with the Blessing of the Children of our Parish and the Offering of Vigil Lights at the 4 pm Mass; after Mass, it’s our favorite magical entertainer, Ed Popielarczyk the Magnificent, back for another display of his eye-defying skills, our Pizza & Christmas Cookie Supper, Christmas Carols, plus the arrival of St. Nicholas with gifts for all.  Please sign up in the church vestibule, or call Joanne Dowdy 498-0241.  (All children are asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies and a $3.00 fun gift to share.)  This is a special evening for our children. Be sure to include it in your Advent schedule!

 

The Rectory Open House

All Parishioners and Friends are cordially invited to the Rectory Open House on Sunday, December 15th

from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to come any time during the day to share in refreshments, good wishes and Holiday Fellowship.

 

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!

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THE OPŁATEK  IS NOW AVAILABLE in the front church Vestibule.  The Opłatek is the Polish Bread-of-Love for Christmas Eve.  It symbolizes days of harmony, when what is to be forgiven is forgiven and what is to be forgotten is forgotten.  The sharing of the Opłatek signifies that everyone in the universe is related…we are all God’s holy children…. we all have His Divine power to love!

     The Opłatek, that Bread-of-Love, so frail and perishable, has for all Poles a mystical meaning which can not be explained.  At Christmas time it is even sent to absent members of the family and to close friends separated by distance, to draw them close in a spiritual union with their loved ones.  To receive a piece of Opłatek is a special blessing. It says that the recipient is loved in a holy way and that the choicest blessings are prayed over them and for them!

     At the Wigilia (Christmas Eve Supper), the rite of sharing and breaking the Opłatek is both simple and moving.  The host and hostess first share the Opłatek with each other and then with all the members of their family and guests.  With the breaking, good wishes, blessings and prayers are exchanged and shared. It is a time of spiritual gift-giving. Sometimes the blessings take the form of spontaneous poetry, but this is often an art reserved to the elderly.   

     A piece of the Opłatek is often saved after Christmas to use in time of sickness as a sacramental-prayer.  It is administered to the ill as a blessing-prayer for healing and it is a strong affirmation of the love of family and friends.

     If you have forgotten this beautiful old custom in your family, why not revive it again this year and if you have never practiced this tradition of love, why not try it this year?  Each envelope with the Opłatek has a short explanation of the tradition and a prayer that may be used on Christmas Eve.

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.

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

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!!

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.

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.

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.”

PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Mother of Mercy, will be brought to Our Lady of Czestochowa during the weekend Masses of December 7th and 8th, and will include a talk by Judith Studor, custodian of this statue, who will also bring relics of St. Jacinta, St. Francisco and a piece of Sr. Lucia’s habit. More information will be in next week’s bulletin

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, December 1: 8:00 + Alvah Koch – int. Kathy

Sunday, December 1: 10:30 – Health & Blessings for Michael Kozloski – int. Mother

Monday, December 2: – Health & Blessings for Suzanne Kozloski – int. Mother

Tuesday, December 3: + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Wednesday, December 4: – Parda Family – int. Donald Parda

Thursday, December 5: + Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Friday, December 5: + Gillian M.B. – int. Kathy

Saturday, December 6: 8:00 + Johnny Kobera, Jr. (1st Anniversary) – int. Family

Saturday, December 6: 4:00 + Peter & Ariela 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 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.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD  and in memory of Joshua Hammond a donation has been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by Beverly MilewskiBóg zapłać!

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE September 14 – 23, 2020 from Boston.  We will walk where Jesus, our Blessed Mother, and the Apostles lived, and where Jesus was crucified. Join Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Deacon George Nolan on this trip, visiting Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem, among other sites.  Daily Mass is offered. The cost is $4199 from Boston with a $200 early bird discount if you register with $400 by Jan. 31, 2020. A bus to Logan Airport will be arranged.  For more information, please contact Helen Shea Murphy 413-824-8733 or helensheamurphy@verizon.net or visit www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy to view the flyer and registration form.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

John Watroba 12/1/1952

Paul Siciak 12/1/1964

Anna Kopinto 12/1/1980

Walter Molongoski 12/1/1983

Helen R. Iwanowicz 12/1/1984

Edward J. Holewa 12/1/1994

William F. Tetreault 12/1/1995

Joseph Puchoka 12/2/1933

Frank Bakula 12/2/1966

Peter Sokolowski 12/2/1969

Stanley Krusiewski 12/2/1996

Catherine Kozik 12/3/1929

Joseph Bukowski 12/3/1940

Waclaus Piotrowicz 12/3/1949

Aniela Siciak 12/3/1953

Victoria A. Zabko 12/3/2010

Peter Zajac 12/4/1927

Blanche G. Denkewicz 12/4/1994

Marion Hmieleski 12/4/2009

Ralph V. Fronckus, Sr. 12/4/2016

Walter A. Kowalezyk 12/5/1985

Harlen E. Thomas 12/5/1998

Richard M. Conway 12/5/1999

Mary B. K. Croteau 12/5/2002

Genevieve J. Niedzwiecki 12/5/2004

Helen M. Prondecki 12/5/2011

Helen E. Puchalski 12/5/2013

Ralph Fronkus 12/6/1934

Frances Zamojski 12/6/1956

Florence M. Kortz 12/6/2000

Randall G. Senn 12/6/2003

Edalia “Dolly” Marszalek 12/6/2006

Stanislava Zurko 12/7/1935

Piotr Noga 12/7/1952

Anthony Nowak 12/7/1958

Sophie S. Duda 12/7/1988

Mary H. Zewinski 12/7/1995

Edmund R. Dunican 12/7/2002

Charles J. Gibowicz, Jr. 12/7/2007

Chester J. Osowski 12/8/1988

Gaetana I. Eichorn 12/8/1989

Jennie F. Monkiewicz 12/8/1991

Sigmund Molongoski 12/8/2002

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

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

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. Lunney Fr. Campoli Our Deacon Candidates Deacon Nolan Deacon DeCarlo Deacon Rabbitt Fr. DiMascola

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

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.

✠ Blessing and Lighting of the Advent Wreath ✠

 

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Priest    Dear brethren (brothers and sisters): how beautifully in this season of Advent the     Church provides that we should recite the words and recall the longing of those     who lived before our Lord’s first coming.  May we learn through their example to  have a great longing for the day when he will come again.  We do well to consider     how much good our Lord did by his first coming, and how much more he will do     for us by his second.  This thought will help us to have a great love for that first  coming, and a great longing for his return.

ALL    Keep us, O Lord, while we remain on this earth, in a serious seeking after     You, and in an affectionate walking with You, every day of our lives; that     when You come, we may be found not hiding our talent, nor serving the flesh,     nor asleep with our lamp unlit, but waiting and longing for You, our glorious     God for ever.  Amen.

Priest    Let us pray: Almighty and ever-living God, pour down, we beseech You, Your     blessing ✠ upon this Advent wreath, so that as these candles are lit, our hearts may     glow ever brighter with the fire of ardent love of You, and that as we await with     joyful expectation the Nativity of Your Son, we may with confidence behold Him     when He shall come to be our Judge.  And may the blessing of Almighty God, the     Father ✠ and the Son ✠ and the Holy ✠ Spirit descend upon this Advent wreath     and upon each of us here today.

ALL    Amen.

The Advent wreath is sprinkled with Holy Water.

Priest    Blessed are You, Sovereign Lord, God of our ancestors: to You be praise and glory     for ever.  You called the patriarchs to live by the light of faith and to journey in the     hope of Your promised fulfilment.  May we be obedient to Your call and be ready     and watchful to receive Your Christ, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for     You are our light and our salvation.

ALL    Blessed be God for ever.

The First violet candle is lit.

Priest    Let us pray: Stir up Your power, we pray, O Lord, and come, that with You to     protect us, we may find rescue from the pressing dangers of our sins, and with     You to set us free, we may be found worthy of salvation. Who live and reign with     God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

ALL    Amen.