Bulletin: March 1, 2020

Parish Schedule for the Week March 1, 2020 +

Sunday, March 1 [First Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am + Robert Burton – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

 10:30 am – Living and Deceased Members of the St. Kazimierz Society

   2:00 pmGorzkie Żale

Monday, March 2 :

   8:00 am + Gregory Sojka – int. John and Ted Sojka Families

Tuesday, March 3 [St. Camillus & Peregrine Novena/St. Katharine Drexel]

  5:30 pm + Charles Burton – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Wednesday, March 4 [St. Jude Novena/St. Kazimierz]:

  5:30 pm + In Memory of the Seagos – Lucinda, Nicholas, Martin, Demetria, Peter

        (3rd anniversary) – int.. Nancy Faller

Thursday, March 5 :

  5:30 pm + Health & Blessings for Betty Fritz– int. Family

First Friday, March 6 (The Lance and the Nails)

   5:30 pm + Alice & Chris Evans – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Stations of the Cross will follow the Mass

First Saturday, March 7 [Saints Perpetua & Felicity]:

   8:00 am + Frank Provencal – int. Eichorns

Litany of Loretto and First Saturday Devotions

   4:00 pm + Helen Christian – int. Jamie and Sherry Yagodzinski & Family

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

Sunday, March 8 [Second Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am + Phyllis Knittel – int. Niece

 10:30 am – Barbara and Edgar Cook – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

   2:00 pmGorzkie Żale

 

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GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 1st and on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m.  This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary.  Bilingual books are provided.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd is the Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel who died in 1955.  She was a Philadelphia heiress who gave up her fortune to found an order of nuns whose main mission was to the Native Americans and African Americans.  She established 49 foundations including Xavier University in New Orleans. The Indians would call her “The Woman Who Prayed Much.” She was noted for her piety, charity and spirit of self- sacrifice.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Masses on Wednesday, March 4th.  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.

 

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MARCH 4th IS THE FEAST of St. Casimir (Kazimierz) of Poland often called the “Peace-Maker”.  As a boy, St. Casimir had the famous historian John Długosz as a tutor from whom St. Casimir developed his great love of literature.

    Devout from his childhood, St. Casimir practiced penance regularly.  He had an athlete’s distaste of anything approaching softness or self-indulgence.  His bed was often the ground and he often spent the night in prayer and meditation on the holy passion of Our Lord.

    In spite of his royal birth and position as a prince and second son of the king of Poland, St. Casimir lived and dressed simply.  He was generous to the poor, giving all he had and using his royal influence to help those in need.

    St. Casimir had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and frequently recited the long Latin hymn “Omnie Die Dic Mariae” which today is frequently called the Hymn of St. Casimir.  St. Casimir twice refused the royal throne, preferring to live a simple and Spartan existence of prayer and study.

    St. Casimir died a brave and holy death at the age of 23 in 1484.  Miracles were immediately reported at his tomb and at his canonization, in 1521, he was declared one of the major patrons of Poland and of youth.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 6th and on all the Fridays of Lent.  This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion.  The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

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FIRST FRIDAY ALL NIGHT VIGIL will be held this Friday following the Stations of the Cross and will conclude with Benediction before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.  Please consider making this act of love by spending an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign-up sheets are located in the vestibule. Please Note, there will be no Holy Hour at 4:30 p.m. on account of the All-Night Vigil.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7th is the Feast of the early Christian martyrs, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity.  Both were young mothers with babies. They were arrested under the anti-Christian edict of the year 202 with a number of other fellow Christians.  They were tortured and put to death for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

A LENTEN CLASS ON THE CREED will continue this Saturday, March 7th.  Please join the class which will meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the St. Therese Catechism Center.  For more information, please call Theresa Kolodziej at 413-423-3944.

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

OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Mary Kobera 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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SUNG VESPERS in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

NEWS OF OUR SHUT-INS  If you know of anyone who is a shut-in and unable to attend Mass, or if you know of any parishioner who is in the hospital or nursing home, please notify the rectory at 413-863-4748.  We would be happy to bring them Holy Communion on a monthly basis.

NEW RECTORY OFFICE HOURS:  The Rectory Office will be open Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY FOOD SALE  The Holy Rosary Society of our Parish will sponsor a “TO GO MEAL” food sale on the weekend of March 7th & 8th.

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“Could You Not Spend One Hour With Me?”

From the writings of Saint Faustina

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     O Jesus, Divine Prisoner of Love, when I consider Your love and how You emptied Yourself for me, my senses deaden.  You hide Your inconceivable majesty and lower Yourself to miserable me. O king of Glory, though You hide Your beauty, yet the eye of my soul rends the veil.  I see the angelic choirs giving You honor without cease, and all the heavenly Powers praising You without cease, and without cease they are saying: Holy, Holy, Holy.

     Oh, who will comprehend Your love and Your unfathomable mercy toward us!  O Prisoner of Love, I love up my poor heart in this tabernacle that it may adore You without cease night and day.  I know of no obstacle in this adoration: and even though I be physically distant, my heart is always with You. Nothing can put a stop to my love for You.  No obstacles exist for me…

     O Holy Trinity, One and Indivisible God, may You be blessed for this great gift and testament of mercy.  Amen.

     I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord.  You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty.  And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my souls recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.

     My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You.  Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature.  To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire.  Here Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of grace flow down upon my heart.  Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.

     O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy.  O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart.  Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy.  Amen. 

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., March 1: 8:00 – + All deceased members of the Killay/Shaughnessy Families

– int. The Shaughnessys 

Sun., March 1: 10:30 – + Bernie Fritz – int. Fritz Family

Monday, March 2: — Health & Blessings for Fr. Sean O’Mannion

                                                                                                         – int. The Shaughnessys

Tuesday, March 3: – Birthday Blessings for Michael Kobera – int. Family

Wednesday, March 4: – + Alexander & Stanislawa Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo

Thursday, March 5:  Health & Blessings Fr. Charles DiMascola

                                                                                                         – int. The Shaughnessys

Friday, March 6: + All Deceased Friends – int. The Shaughnessys 

Saturday, February 29: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Fr. Donald Noiseaux

                                                                                                      – int. The Shaughnesseys 

Saturday, February 29: 4:00 — Health & Blessings Arlene Smead – int. Sophie Fritz

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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ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL Our parish has been asked to join with parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield in support of the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. This year’s goal is $3 million dollars. The proceeds fund 45 ministries- many that support our parish- and charities across Western Massachusetts. You can participate by praying for the success of the campaign and through your donations. Please use the response card you received in the mail OR use an envelope found in the back of the church. We ask every family to prayerfully participate. Thank you. 

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.

FORMED, A CATHOLIC WEBSITE PLATFORM:  Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.  Their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. Link to sample video: https://watch.formed.org/videos/city-of-saints-trailer We are looking for donors to help fund a 1-year subscription for our parish.  The 1 year subscription for Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is $999. The subscription to this website will available for all our parishioners. Please address donation checks to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  The checks can be given or mailed to: Joy Pelc, 701 Country Club Rd. 01301.

 

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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.

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

The Catholic Life Conference will bring Scott Hahn to Springfield

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“What I love about Scott Hahn is how he sees the Catholic faith with refreshing clarity. As a convert to Catholicism, Scott Hahn had to do the work–he checked every Church teaching and tradition with Scripture and with the Early Church Fathers.  He knows the Bible inside out, knows all the papal encyclicals, and has hammered his way through Catholic belief on all fronts. It’s fair to say that God has given Dr. Hahn’s brilliant scholarship as a gift to all Catholics.” (JD)  Hear him in person.  Take a day off during Lent to give your faith your full attention! The Catholic Life Conference is on March 21, 2020, 8:30am-5:30pm at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Register NOW at Catholiclifeconference.org. Or call Virginia at 413 768-0698.  The Catholic Life Conference has its first one-day conference on March 21, 2020, to give the proverbial shot in the arm to all Catholics, whether they are in the trenches, retired from the trenches, far away and just looking on; whether they are old or young, working or retired, in college or high school or grade school, whether they are holding the church together with their prayers or never praying much at all.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something big that God is doing right here! To register, go to our website at catholiclifeconference.org or call Virginia at 413 768-0698.

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GROCERIES ARE PROVIDED by our parish for those who often come to the Rectory for help and we are often in need of the essentials.   In the Lenten spirit, you can 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!

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

THE COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAM continues to serve an increasing need. Our meal in January fed over 80 people. Many thanks and blessings to everyone who keeps this program running so well (and you know who you are!!).  Next meal will be Wednesday, June 3rd.  Stay tuned.

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.”

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Joseph Kaminski 3/1/1966

Lawrence Kelleher 3/1/2002

Josephine M. Krol 3/1/2008

Joseph Skwarzec 3/2/1971

Josephine M Skrypek 3/2/1976

Francese M. Powers 3/2/2013

Mieczyslaw Dogzek 3/3/1927

Edward F. Bialecki 3/3/1986

Jennie V. Baranowski 3/3/1996

Stephanie M. Kaminski 3/3/1997

Harold J. McCormick, Jr. 3/3/1997

Josephine M. Ciesunski 3/3/1998

Julia Siwizki 3/4/1987

Chester C. Ostrowski 3/4/1996

Stella A. Siano 3/4/2010

Jennie Moltenbrey 3/4/2011

Demetria Seago 3/4/2017

Lucinda Seago 3/4/2017

Martin Seago 3/4/2017

Nicholas Seago 3/4/2017

Peter Seago 3/4/2017

Kartarzyna Brzozowy 3/5/1958

Adalbert Bukowski 3/5/1961

John J. Juskiewicz 3/5/1995

Fr. Peter Pagano 3/5/2015

James L. Senn 3/5/2015

Stanislaw Lazarz 3/6/1963

John Putala 3/6/1971

Christopher Kobierowski 3/6/2001

Stachia I. Plaza 3/6/2015

Anna C. Legere 3/7/2013

Henry A. Kostanski 3/7/3014

Andrew Putala 3/8/1922

Blanche Putala 3/8/1969

James J. Burns, IV 3/8/1987

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
Clergy who are sick. Fr. Campoli Fr. Lunney Clergy in Purgatory Fr. O’Mannion Deacon DeCarlo Fr. Roach

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

Bulletin: February 23, 2020

+ Parish Schedule for the Week February 23, 2020 +

Sunday, February 23 [Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Henry Krejmas – int. Brenda

 10:30 am + Earnest & Eleanor Newcombe, Sr. – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

   4:30 pm – Vespers (E.F.  Quinquagesima Sunday)

Monday, February 24 :

   8:00 am + Margaret Cadran – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Tuesday, February 25 [St. Camillus & Peregrine Novena]

  5:30 pm + Elizabeth & Earnest Bower – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Wednesday, February 26 [St. Jude Novena/Ash Wednesday]:

  8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Arlene Smead – int. Sophie Fritz

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

  7:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners

Thursday, February 27 :

  5:30 pm + Grace & Blessings for Br. Christopher – int. Aunt Antoinette Otrando

Friday, February 28 (The Crown of Thorns)

   5:30 pm + Eva & Charles White – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Stations of the Cross will follow the Mass

Saturday, February 29 :

   8:00 am + Gaetana Eichorn – int. Family

   4:00 pm + Jeanne Mathey – int. Elaine Bartus

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

Sunday, March 1 [First Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am + Robert Burton – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

 10:30 am – Living and Deceased Members of the St. Kazimierz Society

   2:00 pmGorzkie Żale

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami +

 

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A Review of Lenten Regulations 

  1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed.  Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.
  2. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
  3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years of age.
  4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.
  5. Although the faithful enjoy freedom in conscience to excuse themselves for a just cause from these mitigated laws of fast and abstinence, the obligation to do penance is a serious one and no Catholic should lightly excuse themselves from this obligation in the Lenten season.

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

 

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Tuesday, February 25th, is the last day before Lent and it is the Polish tradition to have one last bit of sweets before the fasting of Lent.  For this reason this day is called Tłusty Wtorek (Fat Tuesday).  The tradition of this day involved the sampling of Pączki, a Polish doughnut filled with fruit and topped with hot chocolate sauce and cream.  To have our last bit of sweets before Lent, Pączki and coffee will be served after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the church undercroft. All are invited

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FEBRUAY 26th IS ASH WEDNESDAY and the beginning of the holy season of Lent.  The blessing and imposition of ashes will take place at the Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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ON ASH WEDNESDAY it is the custom for Polish people to cut willow, forsythia and pussy-willow branches and to put them in water to force them to blossom and bud for Palm Sunday.  These branches are taken to church on Palm Sunday and are blessed for the procession. They are often called “Polish Palms” because real palms were often hard to get in Poland and seldom available.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Masses on Wednesday, February 26th.  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.

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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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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, February 28th and on all the Fridays of Lent.  This devotion follows the path of love Jesus walked to His crucifixion.  The relic of the True Cross will be venerated after this service.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 29th 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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 The chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 1st and on all the Sundays of Lent at 2:00 p.m.  This weekly devotion follows Jesus and Mary to the sufferings of Calvary.  Bilingual books are provided.

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

A LENTEN CLASS ON THE CREED will be offered Saturdays during Lent beginning on Saturday, February 29th.  Materials provided.  The class will meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the St. Therese Catechism Center.  If interested please call Theresa Kolodziej at 413-423-3944

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.

 

It’s time to register for the Catholic Life Conference!

If you have ever prayed for your parish or for the diocese…if you have prayed for vocations, for families, for young people…if you have prayed for family members or friends who have left because of Church teaching or if you are discouraged because of empty churches or merged parishes…if you have implored God to HELP as the world changes and teeters– then we have good news for you!  A miracle is happening right here in Western Massachusetts!  

God has pulled together Catholics from around the diocese to bring an annual conference to the Springfield Diocese each Lent.  The Catholic Life Conference has its first one-day conference on March 21, 2020, to give the proverbial shot in the arm to all Catholics, whether they are in the trenches, retired from the trenches, far away and just looking on; whether they are old or young, working or retired, in college or high school or grade school, whether they are holding the church together with their prayers or never praying much at all.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something big that God is doing right here! To register, go to our website at catholiclifeconference.org or call Virginia at 413 768-0698.

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL  On Ash Wednesday, the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal will get underway. Are you one of the thousands of faithful who practice your Catholic faith but never consider contributing to the campaign? If it’s because you don’t know where the money goes- please take the time to read the brochure and learn about the service agencies and ministries of the diocese who rely on support from the ACA.  No matter the size of your donation, it is used to feed the hungry, protect the unborn, to educate: children, adults, and future priests, to support our youth, care for the dying and those who grieve. Your gift puts your Catholic faith into action in Western Massachusetts. Please prayerfully consider giving. Thank you.

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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!

 

Ash Wednesday

clipart-0_AshWednesday_FB_4c-2.jpg    Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

     Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed   by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

     Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

     Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

     Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

     Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

     Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass.

     It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.

     It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.

     Recently, movements have developed that involve pastors distributing ashes to passersby in public places. This isn’t considered taboo, but Catholics should know this practice is distinctly Protestant. Catholics should still receive ashes within the context of Mass.                                         catholic.org

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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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.

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.

FORMED, A CATHOLIC WEBSITE PLATFORM:  Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.  Their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. Link to sample video: https://watch.formed.org/videos/city-of-saints-trailer We are looking for donors to help fund a 1-year subscription for our parish.  The 1 year subscription for Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is $999. The subscription to this website will available for all our parishioners. Please address donation checks to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  The checks can be given or mailed to: Joy Pelc, 701 Country Club Rd. 01301.

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

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

THE COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAM continues to serve an increasing need. Our meal in January fed over 80 people. Many thanks and blessings to everyone who keeps this program running so well (and you know who you are!!).  Next meal will be Wednesday, June 3rd.  Stay tuned.

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., Feb. 23: 8:00 – Health & Blessings for Fr. O’Mannion 

– int. Our Grateful Parishioners

Sunday, February 23: 10:30 + Mary & Clem Karacla – int. Jadzia

Monday, February 24: + Peter & Aniela Noga – int. Irene Klepadlo

Tuesday, February 25: – Health & Blessings for Timothy Redgate

– int. The Shaughnessys

Wednesday, February 26: – Health & Blessings for Virginia Avery – int. Beverly

Thursday, February 27: + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. The Shaughnessys

Friday, February 28: + All Deceased Friends – int. The Shaughnessys 

Saturday, February 29: 8:00 – Present & Future Members of the Killay & 

Shaughnessey Families – int. The Shaughnesseys 

Saturday, February 29: 4:00 + Helen Christian – int. Beverly

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!

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.”

WEBSITE:  ChroniclesofCzestochowa.wordpress.com  Like us on Facebook.

 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Mary Czuj 2/23/1943

Roman P. Ciclo 2/23/1958

Stanislawa Bialecki 2/23/1965

Mary Sojka 2/23/1969

Anthony J. Golembeski 2/23/1974

Mary F. Pluta 2/23/1991

Julia A. Dunham 2/23/2007

Henry A. Kazanowski 2/23/2015

Mary E. Garmalo 2/23/2017

Theresa Czuj 2/24/1959

Aniela Noga 2/24/1971

Sigmund Duda 2/24/1982

Blondina Kuczek 2/24/1989

Theresa Galisa 2/24/1992

Kazimierz Noga 2/25/1970

Irene M. Skowron 2/25/2010

Anna Mirecki 2/25/18

Caroline Slowik 2/26/1936

Antonina Prochowicz 2/26/1939

Pauline Winskye 2/26/1975

Joseph Krysiak 2/27/1929

Anna Dlugosz 2/27/1936

Victoria Pietraszek 2/27/1947

Thomas M. Plodzien 2/27/1980

Antoni Jedorzejewski 2/28/1972

Jessie Kovalsick 2/28/2002 Joseph Kaminski 3/1/1966

Lawrence Kelleher 3/1/2002

Josephine M. Krol 3/1/2008

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

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DID YOU KNOW???  Frédéric François Chopin (Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen), is Poland’s most famous composer. Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, Poland, in 1810. In the summer of 1830, he left Poland, never to return. He died in Paris in 1849 in his home at Place Vendôme 12 and is buried in Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

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

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Fr. O’Mannion Deacon Bette Deacon Patten Clergy in Purgatory Fr. Lisowski Pope Francis Fr. Bermudez

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

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Bulletin: February 16, 2020

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JMJ

Parish Schedule for the Week February 16, 2020 +

Sunday, February 16 [Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – In Thanksgiving for Mark & Mary LaCroix – int. Holy Rosary Society

 10:30 am – Grace & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau

                            – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:30 pm – Vespers (E.F.: Sexagesima Sunday)

Monday, February 17 [The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order]

   8:00 am + Jean Newcombe – int. Jim & Cindy Newcombe

Tuesday, February 18 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/Bl. Fra Angelo]:

   5:30 pm + Irene & Michael Kostanski – int. Joan Richotte

Wednesday, February 19 [St. Jude Novena]:

   5:30 pm + John Kopinto, Jr. – int. Fritz Family

Thursday, February 20 [Ss. Fracisco & Jacinta Marto]:

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

Friday, February 21 [St. Peter Damian]:

   5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for Robert James Ahearn – int. Fritz Family

Saturday, February 22 [Chair of St. Peter]:

   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 + Helen Christian – int. Joe & Barbara Kucenski

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

Sunday, February 23 [Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am + Henry Krejmas – int. Brenda

 10:30 am + Earnest & Eleanor Newcombe, Sr. – int. Jim & Cindy Newcombe

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami +

 

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

 

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th is the Feast of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites and celebrates seven Florentine merchants who gathered together to honor Mary and preach by word and example a way of holiness.  They will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 19th.  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.

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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, FEBRUARY 21st is the Feast of St. Peter Damian, the great defender of Church discipline and devotion.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter in which we give thanks to God for St. Peter, the first Pope given to the Church by Jesus and for all the Popes who led us in Faith.  This Feast will be celebrated at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

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

WEBSITE:  ChroniclesofCzestochowa.wordpress.com  Like us on Facebook.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 22nd 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 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.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Sophie Ostrowski, a donation has been made to our Parish by: Arlene SmeadBóg zapłać!

THE ST. JOHN PAUL II YOUTH GROUP will be selling chocolates and baked goods after this weekend’s masses (2/15-16).  This is their Valentine’s Fundraiser to raise funds for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer. Everything is by donation, so please be generous

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.

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.

 

Do you have to push your family to come to Mass on Sundays?  Are you worried about holding your family together as you juggle work, school, sports, and a thousand other things?  Does the world your kids inhabit seem more real and, frankly, more important than what they find in church? Does it matter?  The Catholic Life Conference invites you to get your whole family recharged on Saturday, March 21st at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. It’s a full day conference with the theme, “Why are YOU Catholic?”  Grade schoolers will have activities and fun, teens and parents will hear excellent speakers and have a day that will encourage and enliven what it means to be Catholic.  Register today! Go to Catholiclifeconference.org and bring the whole family.  Invest in your family’s faith—and future.

 

St. Peter Damian

Feast day: February 21

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     On February 21, Catholics honor Saint Peter Damian, a Benedictine monk who strove to purify the Church during the early years of its second millennium.

     In his Sept. 9, 2009 general audience on the saint, Pope Benedict XVI described him as “one of the most significant figures of the 11th century … a lover of solitude and at the same time a fearless man of the Church, committed personally to the task of reform.”

     Born during 1007 in the Italian city of Ravenna, Peter belonged to a large family but lost both his father and mother early in life. An older brother took the boy into his household, yet treated him poorly. But another of Peter’s brothers, a priest, took steps to provide for his education; and the priest’s own name, Damian, became his younger brother’s surname.

     Peter excelled in school while also taking up forms of asceticism, such as fasting, wearing a hair shirt, and spending long hours in prayer with an emphasis on reciting the Psalms. He offered hospitality to the poor as a means of serving Christ, and eventually resolved to embrace voluntary poverty himself through the Order of Saint Benedict.

     The monks he chose to join, in the hermitage of Fonte Avellana, lived out their devotion to the Cross of Christ through a rigorous rule of life. They lived mainly on bread and water, prayed all 150 Psalms daily, and practiced many physical mortifications. Peter embraced this way of life somewhat excessively at first, which led to a bout with insomnia.

     Deeply versed in the Bible and the writings of earlier theologians, Peter developed his own theological acumen and became a skilled preacher. The leaders of other monasteries sought his help to build up their monks in holiness, and in 1043 he took up a position of leadership as the prior of Fonte Avellana. Five other hermitages were established under his direction.

     Serious corruption plagued the Church during Peter’s lifetime, including the sale of religious offices and immorality among many of the clergy. Through his writings and involvements in controversies of the day, the prior of Fonte Avellana called on members of the hierarchy and religious orders to live out their commitments and strive for holiness.

     In 1057, Pope Stephen IX became determined to make Peter Damian a bishop, a goal he accomplished only by demanding the monk’s obedience under threat of excommunication. Consecrated as the Bishop of Ostia in November of that year, he also joined the College of Cardinals and wrote a letter encouraging its members to set an example for the whole Church.

     With Pope Stephen’s death in 1058, and the election of his successor Nicholas II, Peter’s involvement in Church controversies grew. He supported Pope Nicholas against a rival claimant to the papacy, and went to Milan as the Pope’s representative when a crisis broke out over canonical and moral issues. There, he was forced to confront rioters who rejected papal authority.

     Peter, meanwhile, wished to withdraw from these controversies and return to the contemplative life. But Nicholas’ death in 1061 caused another papal succession crisis, which the cardinal-bishop helped to resolve in favor of Alexander II. That Pope kept the Cardinal Bishop of Ostia occupied with a series of journeys and negotiations for the next six years.

     In 1067, Peter Damian was allowed to resign his episcopate and return to the monastery at Fonte Avellana. Two years later, however, Pope Alexander needed his help to prevent the German King Henry IV from divorcing his wife. Peter lived another two years in the monastery before making a pilgrimage to Monte Cassino, the birthplace of the Benedictine order.

     In 1072, Peter returned to his own birthplace of Ravenna, to reconcile the local church with the Pope. The monk’s last illness came upon him during his return from this final task, and he died after a week at a Benedictine monastery in Faenza during February of that year.

     Never formally canonized, St. Peter Damian was celebrated as a saint after his death in many of the places associated with his life. In 1823, Pope Leo XII named him a Doctor of the Church and extended the observance of his feast day throughout the Western Church.                         http://www.catholicnewsagency.com

 

THE TERESIANS – Please consider becoming a Teresian.  As we have said there is NO commitment.  We will notify everyone on the ministry list (via email) when someone is sick and in need of prayer or a visit OR dying and in need of prayer or a visit OR died and the funeral details.  It will be up to each individual/family to decide how they can minister.  No one is expected to respond to each need. If any parishioner knows of someone in need, please email Nancy Faller (nafaller@aol.com), so we can get the word out.

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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.

FORMED, A CATHOLIC WEBSITE PLATFORM:  Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.  Their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. Link to sample video: https://watch.formed.org/videos/city-of-saints-trailer We are looking for donors to help fund a 1-year subscription for our parish.  The 1 year subscription for Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is $999. The subscription to this website will available for all our parishioners. Please address donation checks to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  The checks can be given or mailed to: Joy Pelc, 701 Country Club Rd. 01301.

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

THE COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAM continues to serve an increasing need. Our meal in January fed over 80 people. Many thanks and blessings to everyone who keeps this program running so well (and you know who you are!!).  Next meal will be Wednesday, June 3rd.  Stay tuned.

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:

Sunday, February 16: 8:00 + 

Sunday, February 16: 10:30 – 

Monday, February 17:

Tuesday, February 18:

Wednesday, February 19: +

Thursday, February 20: – Birthday Blessings for Vince Kobera – int. Family

Friday, February 21: +

Saturday, February 22: 8:00 

Saturday, February 22: 4:00 

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

 

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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!

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

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DID YOU KNOW????  Polish-born Michael Marks arrived in Britain in the 1880s, fleeing persecution of the Jews in Russian-controlled Poland. In 1884, he set up a stall in Leeds’ Kirkgate open market, selling household goods for the fixed price of a penny. He would later go on to become cofounder, with Tom Spencer, of Marks & Spencer Department Stores, which officially opened in 1894. 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

John Koscinski 2/16/1945

Joseph Bogusz 2/16/1959

Helen A. Tuvek 2/16/1999

Mary Baranowski 2/17/1922

Ladislav Jablonski 2/17/1926

Mieczyslaw Korcz 2/17/1927

Francis Sadowski 2/17/1929

Francis Soj 2/17/1951

Joseph C. Baranowski 2/17/1977

Stanislaus Jej 2/18/1937

Henry Waryas 2/18/1967

John Czuj 2/19/1945

Karolina Bukowski 2/19/1954

Anna Cislo 2/19/1978

John J. Kopinto 2/19/2016

Francis Mlecko 2/20/1943

Anna Kopinto 2/20/1962

Apolonia Sobolewski 2/20/1977

Blanche C. Kawecki 2/20/1978

Anna A. Milonas 2/20/2009

Helen Rajpalol 2/21/1930

Ludwick Krysiak 2/21/1941

Alexander Lapinski 2/21/1948

Frank E. Traceski 2/21/1985

Henry F. Iwanowicz 2/21/1995

Stanislaus Krol 2/22/1925

Ludovica Daras 2/22/1928

Paul Flavin 2/22/1977

Mary Czuj 2/23/1943

Roman P. Ciclo 2/23/1958

Stanislawa Bialecki 2/23/1965

Mary Sojka 2/23/1969

Anthony J. Golembeski 2/23/1974

Mary F. Pluta 2/23/1991

Julia A. Dunham 2/23/2007

Henry A. Kazanowski 2/23/2015

Mary E. Garmalo 2/23/2017

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. DiMascola Deacon Culliton Fr. Reardon Bishops Rozanski & McDonnell Deacon O’Connor Clergy who are sick Fr. O’Connor

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

Bulletin: January 9, 2020

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JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of February 9, 2020 +

Sunday, February 9 [Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Alison & Paul Edwards – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

 10:30 am + John & Helen Lesney – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

   4:30 pm – Vespers (E.F. – Septuagesima Sunday)

Monday, February 10 [St. Scholastica]: 

   8:00 am + Helen Adamski – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Tuesday, February 11 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena/

                                Our Lady of Lourdes]:

   5:30 pm – Health & Blessings for Jan Korzan – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

Wednesday, February 12 [St. Jude Novena]:

   5:30 pm + Martin Fritz (7th Anniversary) – int. Family

Thursday, February 13 :

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

Friday, February 14 [Ss. Cyril & Methodius]:     

   5:30 pm + Robert Lambert – int. Jacques Family

Saturday, February 15 :

   8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustina Scherman, MSSR

                                        – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

   4:00 pm + Mattie Stepanek – int. Joyce Phillips

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

Sunday, February 16 [Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – In Thanksgiving for Mark & Mary LaCroix – int. Holy Rosary Society

 10:30 am – Grace & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau

                                        – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

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

 

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10th is the Feast of St. Scholastica.  She was the sister of St. Benedict and the co-foundress of an order of nuns.  She is described as being able to “do more because she loved more.” She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

 

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes commemorating the miraculous apparition of the Mother of God to St. Bernadette Soubirous in France.  The first of the eighteen apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the humble Bernadette took place on February 11, 1858. Mary asked for prayers and penance.  On March 25, when Bernadette asked the Beautiful Lady her name, she replied: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” A miraculous spring was pointed out by Mary to St. Bernadette from whence astounding miracles of healing and conversions take place to this day.

     The devotion of people all over the world to Our Lady of Lourdes, together with countless miracles that have been wrought through her intercession, has caused one of the most marvelous regenerations in the history of the Church.  Our Lady of Lourdes will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 12th.  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.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the church undercroft.  All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend all Parish Council meetings, to take part in all discussions and to vote on all issues!

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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.

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

WEBSITE:  ChroniclesofCzestochowa.wordpress.com  Like us on Facebook

 

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th is the Feast of St. Valentine as well as of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.  St. Valentine was an early Christian priest who was martyred in the third century.  The custom of sending Valentine greetings on this day originates in his custom of sending notes of encouragement and love to Christian prisoners.  Sts. Cyril and Methodius have been declared as the patrons of Europe and are known as the Apostles to the Slavs. All three saints will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 15th 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 Carol Gloski for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish.  We thank you for this holy work of power and love.

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Mrs. Alice Wojtkowski, a donation have been made to our Parish Renovation Fund by: Mary Ann & Richard Grybko, Frank Collis, Deb Markley, and Walter WisnewskiBóg wam wielki zapłać!

THE ST. JOHN PAUL II YOUTH GROUP will be selling chocolates and baked goods after next weekend’s masses (2/15-16).  This is their Valentine’s Fundraiser to raise funds for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer. Everything is by donation, so please be generous

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.

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.

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Do you have to push your family to come to Mass on Sundays?  Are you worried about holding your family together as you juggle work, school, sports, and a thousand other things?  Does the world your kids inhabit seem more real and, frankly, more important than what they find in church? Does it matter?  The Catholic Life Conference invites you to get your whole family recharged on Saturday, March 21st at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. It’s a full day conference with the theme, “Why are YOU Catholic?”  Grade schoolers will have activities and fun, teens and parents will hear excellent speakers and have a day that will encourage and enliven what it means to be Catholic.  Register today! Go to Catholiclifeconference.org and bring the whole family.  Invest in your family’s faith—and future.

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.

FORMED, A CATHOLIC WEBSITE PLATFORM:  Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.  Their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. Link to sample video: https://watch.formed.org/videos/city-of-saints-trailer We are looking for donors to help fund a 1-year subscription for our parish.  The 1 year subscription for Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is $999. The subscription to this website will available for all our parishioners. Please address donation checks to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  The checks can be given or mailed to: Joy Pelc, 701 Country Club Rd. 01301.

 

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 Dramatic Moment That Almost Everyone Missed

Msgr. Charles Pope

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    Joseph and Mary have ascended to Jerusalem to fulfill two ancient mandates: the Rite of Purification for a woman after childbirth and the Rite of Presentation of their firstborn male child, Jesus. These rites set the stage for a dramatic moment in Biblical history, a moment missed by almost everyone. We shall explore this dramatic moment shortly but first a little background.

     Jewish law considered that, after a woman gave birth she became ritually impure for a period. While this seems unjust to us, the Jewish notion was rooted in the flow of blood that occurred in childbirth and just about anyone who came in contact with blood incurred a ritual uncleanness for a period of time. The Book of Leviticus has this to say regarding a woman who has given birth:

     The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over.  If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.” ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering. He shall offer them before the LORD to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood.” ‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. If she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’” (Lev. 12:1-8).

     As you can see, there is a fairly negative concept at work here from a modern viewpoint. A woman becomes ritually unclean by giving birth. This was due not to birth per se but to the flow of blood and/or other fluids at birth. Even more distressing to modern notions is that a woman who gave birth to a daughter was considered ritually unclean for even longer! Alas, it is well that the power of the Church to bind and loose has freed us from this thinking. Keep in mind that this was ceremonial law, not moral law and, hence, the Church is not setting aside immutable moral law in abrogating such notions of ritual impurity.

     Obedient to the Law – Nevertheless Joseph and Mary, obedient to law make the dramatic ascent to the Temple, the Son of God carried in Mary’s arms. It is forty days since the birth of the Lord in fulfillment of the Law. As they ascend the glorious steps to the Temple Mount they also fulfil another requirement of the Law:

     You are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD.  Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.   “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’ (Ex 13:12-15)

     Hence we have two simultaneous feasts commemorated today: the Feast of the Purification of Mary, and the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus. As Scripture records:

     When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” (Luke 2:22-24)

     But something even more dramatic takes place here.  To understand what it is, let’s look back to 587 BC.

     The Babylonians had invaded Jerusalem and the unthinkable had happened. The Holy City was destroyed and, along with it, the Temple of God. Inside the Temple something even more precious than the building had been housed: the Ark of the Covenant.

     Recall what the Ark of Covenant was in the Old Testament. It was a box of Acacia wood, covered in gold. Inside it were placed: the two tablets on which God inscribed the Ten Commandments. Also in it was the staff of Aaron, and a vile of the Manna. More importantly, in this box, this ark, dwelt the very Presence of God in Israel. God mysteriously dwelt within, much as is the case today in our understanding of the tabernacle in our Catholic Churches.

     The Lost Ark – Incredibly however, the Ark was lost when the Babylonians destroyed the temple and Jerusalem in 587 BC. It was never found again. Some thought Jeremiah had hid it in the Mountains, others that the priests had hastily hid it in the maze of caves beneath the Temple Mount. Others argue it was taken to Ethiopia. But in the end, the Ark had gone missing.

     Empty Temple – When the Temple was rebuilt some eighty years later, the Holy of Holies was restored but the Ark was missing. The High Priest still performed the yearly ritual and entered the Holy of Holies, but the room was empty. Some argued for a spiritual presence in the Temple, but in fact the Ark and the certain presence of God were missing in the Temple after 587 BC. The Ark was never found and returned there. Something, someone, was missing. The very Holy of Holies was an empty room, the Ark, and the presence of God it carried were missing: the Ark, the mercy seat, gone. Would it ever be found? Would it ever be returned to the Temple? Would the Holy Presence of God ever find its way to the Temple again?

     The ascent to Jerusalem is a steep one. The mountains surround Jerusalem and the City sits up at a higher altitude than the area around it. As the ancient Jews made the climb they sang the psalms of ascent: Psalms 120-134. As Joseph and Mary ascended they too sang the words that instilled joy: I Lift up mine eye to the mountains from whence cometh my help (121)…..I rejoiced when they said to me let us go up to the House of the Lord (122)…..To you O Lord I have lifted my eyes (123)….Like Mount Zion are those who trust in the Lord (125)….Out of the depths I call unto you O Lord! (130)…..Let us enter God’s dwelling, let us worship at the Lord’s footstool. Arise O Lord and enter your dwelling place, You and the Ark of your strength! (132)….Come and bless the Lord, You who stand in the House of the Lord Lift your hands to the Sanctuary and bless the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion (134).

     Singing these songs, Mary carried Jesus. The climb was even more difficult carrying a newborn babe. But the burden was sweet – a final ascent up the stairs to the Temple Mount. Likely they entered on the southern side through the Huldah gates. Going up the steep stairs, through the tunnel in the walls and emerging on to the bright Temple platform above.

     God had returned to His Temple. He, and the Ark who carried him, were found. Mary the Ark, carrying Jesus in her arms. Jesus, very God, true God from True God. Yes, God and the Ark had been found and God was once again present among His people on the Temple Mount. Scripture says:

     And the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his Temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? (Mal 3:1-2)

     What a dramatic moment. And yet what a remarkable understatement by God! If I were to direct the moment I would have called for trumpet blasts, peals of thunder and multitudes of angels! And everyone would fall to their knees in recognition of the great fulfillment and the great return of God to his Temple.

     Yet, it would seem only an elderly Man and woman took any note at all: Simeon and Anna. They alone understood they were in the presence of greatness and beheld the drama of the moment:

     Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:  “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  There was also a prophetess, Anna…Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2)

     Yes, here was the dramatic moment awaited for centuries. The ark of God was found (Mary), and God (Jesus) returned to his temple. But only a few noticed. Just a few understood and celebrated.

     And what of us?  At every Mass Jesus, God himself is present. Yet how many notice? Do they really see him? Or do they see only the human priest and the human elements of the Mass. Do you see? Do you notice? Are you Simeon? Anna? Mary? Joseph? Or are you just among those on the Temple Mount who miss the dramatic moment of God with us?

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COMMUNITY MEALS FOR 2020!! Please mark your calendars for the Community Meal Dates in 2020:  All are on Wednesdays:   June 3rd and September 2nd.

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.

Four Marks of the True Church

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If we wish to locate the Church founded by Jesus, we need to locate the one that has the four chief marks or qualities of His Church. The Church we seek must be: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

    The Church Is One (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 10:17, 12:13; CCC 813-822) Jesus established only one Church, not a collection of differing churches (Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, and so on). The Bible says the Church is the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:23-32). Jesus can have but one spouse, and His spouse is the Catholic Church. His Church also teaches just one set of doctrines, which must be the same as those taught by the apostles (Jude 3). This is the unity of belief to which Scripture calls us (Philippians 1:27, 2:2). Although some Catholics dissent from officially-taught doctrines, the Church’s official teachers – the pope and the bishops united with him – have never changed any doctrine. Over the centuries, as doctrines are examined more fully, the Church comes to understand them more deeply (John 16:12-13), but it never understands them to mean the opposite of what they once meant.

    The Church Is Holy (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-8; CCC 823-829) By His grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as He is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). But the Church itself is holy because it is the source of holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (cf. Ephesians 5:26).

    The Church Is Catholic (Matthew 28:19-20; Revelation 5:9-10; CCC 830-856) Jesus’ Church is called catholic (“universal” in Greek) because it is His gift to all people. He told His apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of “all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20).  For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has carried out this mission, preaching the good news that Christ died for all men and that He wants all of us to be members of His universal family (Galatians 3:28). Today, the Catholic Church is found in every country of the world and is still sending out missionaries to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The Church Jesus established was known by its most common title, “the Catholic Church,” at least as early as the year 107, when Ignatius of Antioch used that title to describe the one Church Jesus founded. The title apparently was old in Ignatius’s time, which means it probably went all the way back to the time of the Apostles.

    The Church Is Apostolic (Ephesians 2:19-20; CCC 857-865) The Church Jesus founded is apostolic because He appointed the apostles to be the first leaders of the Church, and their successors were to be its future leaders. The apostles were the first bishops, and, since the first century, there has been an unbroken line of Catholic bishops faithfully handing on what the apostles taught the first Christians in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (2 Timothy 2:2). These beliefs include the bodily Resurrection of Jesus, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the sacrificial nature of the Mass, the forgiveness of sins through a priest, baptismal regeneration, the existence of purgatory, Mary’s special role, and much more – even the doctrine of apostolic succession itself. Early Christian writings prove the first Christians were thoroughly Catholic in belief and practice and looked to the successors of the apostles as their leaders. What these first Christians believed is still believed by the Catholic Church. No other church can make that claim.

www.scborromeo.org

 

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CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH The year 2020 celebrates the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius XI’s declaration St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church in 1870.  This is a very significant year the first worldwide movement of consecration to St. Joseph. Sunday, February, 16th, is the start of a worldwide Consecration to St. Joseph which will end on Thursday, March 19th, Feast of St. Joseph, utilizing the 33 day novena book, Consecration to St. Joseph, by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC.  Drawing on the wealth of the Church’s living tradition, Fr. Calloway calls on all of us to turn to St. Joseph, and entrust ourselves, our Church, and our world to our spiritual father’s loving care.  Consecration to St. Joseph is dedicated to meeting the challenges of the present moment and restoring order to our Church and our world, all through the paternal intercession and care of St. Joseph.  This book includes: a thorough program of consecration to St. Joseph; information on the 10 wonders of St. Joseph; and prayers and devotions to St. Joseph. Please call Betty Fritz in the Parish Office at 413-863-4748 to order your copy.

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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.

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, February 9: 8:00 + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Maureen Filiault

Sunday, February 9: 10:30 – 

Monday, February 10: + Bernie Kobera – int. Mary Kobera

Tuesday, February 11:

Wednesday, February 12: + Joseph A. Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo

Thursday, February 13: – 

Friday, February 14: + Chet Galvis – int. Family

Saturday, February 15: 8:00 

Saturday, February 15: 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!

Please Join Us for Sunday Vespers

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VESPERS (EVENING PRAYER) will be chanted every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

     Vespers is the evening hour of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), which is recited daily by priests, religious, and laity throughout the world, and constitutes a major and ancient part of the solemn, official, public prayer of the Church.  The service is consists Hymns, Psalms, Readings, the Magnificat (Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary), and Prayers, which extend the Sunday liturgy through the evening, and makes a fitting close to the Lord’s Day: The Magnificat Antiphon is always taken from the Gospel of the Day, and the Collect is that from Sunday’s Mass.

     While the more complex antiphons are chanted by the cantors, the bulk of the service, consisting of Psalms, are set to simple melodies that anyone can sing, whether you think you have a “good voice” or not.  You do NOT need to be a trained musician to take part, just a desire to join the Church in praising Almighty God! (And even if you do not wish to sing, you can still benefit by following the service.) Booklets are provided every week.

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

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.”

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Frances Kowalczyk 2/9/1975

Mary Brozowy 2/10/1961

Josephine Bialecki 2/10/2003

Helen Adamski 2/10/2019

Wladyslaw Brzostowski 2/11/1965

Alesander A. Wondoloski 2/11/1991

Ross A. Cappetta 2/11/2010

Albert W. Lajoie 2/11/2013

Shirley E. Matherson 2/11/2015

Alexander Milewski 2/12/1954

Joseph Nowa 2/12/1960

John Ptak 2/12/1968

Martin G. Fritz 2/12/2013

Joseph A. Klepadlo 2/12/2017

Tadeus Glazewski 2/13/2000

Lucien M. Desbien 2/13/2008

Olga J. Tela 2/13/2014

Helen Ciechonowski 2/14/1922

Peter Soyolak 2/14/1928

Joseph Fronckus 2/14/1929

Wasyl Golowka 2/14/1957

Nellie H. Ostrowski 2/14/2014

Robert E. Lambert 2/14/2016

Joanna Zukowski 2/15/1996

Albert H. Lebert 2/15/2009

John Koscinski 2/16/1945

Joseph Bogusz 2/16/1959

Helen A. Tuvek 2/16/1999

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
Deacon Ratté/ Vocations Our Retired Priests Deacon Rabbit Deacon Leary Fr. Goni Msgr. Yargeau Fr. Roux

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

Bulletin: February 2, 2020

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of February 2, 2020 +

Sunday, February 2 [The Presentation of the Lord]:

   8:00 am + Helen Mary Oski Porter – int. Denise & Mark Porter

 10:30 am + Bruce Bassett – int. Family

   4:30 pm – Vespers (E.F.: Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Monday, February 3 [St. Blase/St. Ansgar]:

   8:00 am – Sr. Mary Gabrielle, MICM – int. Filipi Family

Tuesday, February 4 [St. Camillus & Peregrine Novena]:  

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

Wednesday, February 5 [St. Jude Novena/St. Agatha]:

   5:30 pm + Edward Milewski – int. Wife

Thursday, February 6 [St. Paul Miki & Companions]:

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

First Friday, February 7 [Bl. Pope Pius IX]:

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

Litany of the Sacred Heart will follow Mass

Saturday, February 8 [St. Jerome Emiliani/St. Josephine Bakhita]:

   8:00 am + Herman Eichorn – int. Family

   4:00 pm + Helen Christian

            – int. Jamie Yagodzinski, Sherrie Webb-Yagodzinski, & Family

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

Sunday, February 9 [Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time]:

   8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Alison & Paul Edwards

                            – int. Ron & Monica Scherman

 10:30 am + John & Helen Lesney – int. Dorothy Kosewicz

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

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FEBRUARY 2nd IS KNOWN AS CANDLEMAS DAY (Święto Panny Marji Gromnicznej) in Poland and candles are blessed on this day for use in the church and in the home.  The services often end with a procession around the church in which everyone carries lighted tapers. 

    Some old timers believed it to be a bad omen if the candle went out when there was no wind during the procession or on the way home.  The lighted candle is brought home and the house blessed by making a sign of the cross with the candle in each room. The farmers would even bless all their farm buildings, in this manner, calling on Our Lady to protect them from lightning.  When the candle was finally extinguished, some of the smoke is inhaled as a prayer for protection against sore throat.

    The candles are kept for the entire year to remind one that they must always live in preparation for the next life — because this life is as easily extinguished as a candle.

    The candle is lighted on solemn occasions.  For example, the candle is lit when a priest brings communion to the sick or elderly; when a family member celebrates a birthday, feast day, marriage, baptism, anniversary, etc.  It is also put in the hand of the dying as a prayer for Our Lady’s protection in the difficulties of the last hours. During storms, it is often lighted and put on the window sill.  In the mountains of Poland it was often lit in the mid-winter when the wolves threatened lonely farm cottages. There are many sayings and proverbs associated with Candlemas Day:

    Gdy na Gromniczna mróz, Szykuj chłopie wóz,

    A jak lanie, To sanie.

        If frost comes on Candlemas Day, Prepare the wagon,   

        If rain, get the sleigh.

    Gdy słonce świeci na Gromnice, To przydą wieksze mrózy, śniezce.

        If the sun shines bright on Candlemas Day,

        More frost and snow will come this way.

    Na Gromnice niedzwiedz bude swoją poprawia albo też rozrzuca.

        The bear mends or tears down its lair on Candlemas Day.

(In other words the bear knows the coming weather on this day.)  Candlemas Day in Poland is a day to watch the weather just as Groundhog Day is here in the United States.

 

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord known commonly as Candlemas Day.  The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of Christ, but also the Presentation of our Lord in the temple.  Candles are blessed on this day, a symbolic representation of the words of holy Simeon concerning Christ: “A light of revelation to the Gentiles.” They also symbolize the purity of Christ and His Sacrifice for our salvation. Candles will be blessed before the weekend Masses.  These candles will be used throughout the year to adorn the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to light the way in the administering of the holy Sacraments. People are encouraged to take the blessed candles home as a blessing and a symbolic reminder of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

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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.”

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and martyr of Armenia.  In his charity he healed a dying child of a throat ailment. As a memorial to this saint and this miracle throats will be blessed at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd is also the Feast of St. Ansgar, missionary to Denmark and Sweden and Bishop of Hamburg, was a great preacher and administrator and known as the “Apostle of the North.”  He is the patron of Denmark, Germany and Iceland.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th is the Feast of St. Agatha, a virgin and martyr who was martyred under the Emperor Decius in ancient Rome.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 5th.  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, FEBRUARY 6th is the Feast of St. Paul Miki and his companions who were martyred for the Faith in Japan.  Among those martyred with St. Paul Miki were three Japanese Jesuits, two Japanese Franciscans, as well as seventeen Japanese lay people including a soldier, a physician, a number of Altar Boys, and a number of Spanish, Mexican and Indian Missionaries.  All were crucified and pierced with a lance to mock the death of Jesus. They were the first martyrs of Japan. They will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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FEBRUARY 7th is the Feast of Bl. Pope Pius IX.  He was born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, on May 13, 1792, and was the longest-reigning elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving from 16 June 1846 until his death on February 7, 1878, a period of nearly 32 years. During his pontificate, he convened the First Vatican Council in 1869, which defined the Dogma of Papal Infallibility.  Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning that Mary was conceived without original sin. He also granted the Marian title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, a famous Byzantine icon from Crete entrusted to the Redemptorist priests. In addition to this, Pius IX was also the last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States, which fell completely to Italian nationalist armies by 1870 and were incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. He was beatified in 2000.  He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m.

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ALL-NIGHT VIGIL OF REPARATION:  This Friday, February 7th, we will have the First Friday All-Night Vigil of Reparation. The Vigil will begin after the 5:30 p.m. Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and continue all night until the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 8th 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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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th is the Feast of St. Jerome Emiliani.  St. Jerome was a soldier converted to the Faith and eventually founded a religious order dedicated to the poor and the education of youth.  He is the patron of orphans and abandoned children. He will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th is also the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita.  Josephine was born around 1869 in Sudan and raised in the Islamic faith.  She was kidnapped around the age of 7 by slave traders who gave her the name, “Bakhita,” meaning “lucky one.”  She was sold to a number of owners until she was purchased at about the age of 12 by the Italian Consul Callisto Legnani.  He brought her to Italy and while serving as a nanny, was sent to live with the Canossian Sisters in Venice. There she was formally introduced to the Faith, baptized Giuseppina, and eventually granted her freedom.  In 1896 she joined the Conossian Daughters of Charity, and for 25 years served her sisters as cook, seamstress, and portress at their houses in Venice, Verona, and Schio. She was especially beloved by her students for her sweet nature and musical voice.  After a long and painful illness she died in 1947. Pope John Paul II canonized this first Sudanese saint 1 October 2000 as a witness to evangelical reconciliation and a model of freedom. She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

FEBRUARY 8th is the Feast of Bd. Isaiah Boner of Kraków.  Bd. Isaiah was a brilliant student and quickly earned his doctor’s degree.  He became a monk at the friary at Kazimierz, a town founded by King Kazimierz the Great.  Here Isaiah set an example of a holy and disciplined life typical of the great “athletic saints.”  He preached with much eloquence and stimulated and attracted souls wonderfully to the love of Jesus.  He was always humble, kind and concerned for the welfare of others. At the end of his life he had a vision of Our Lady with the Infant Jesus.  She was surrounded by beautiful angels and followed by a procession of Polish saints. She said to him “Isaiah, my dear servant, prepare to enter the kingdom of Heaven, prepared by God for the saints from the foundation of the world.”  Bd. Isaiah Boner of Kraków died on February 8, 1471.

 

The March for Life takes Washington DC by storm

Jeffrey Bruno

Witness a year of firsts in the 47th national pro-life march.

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     The 47th annual March for Life has been a year of firsts. The first time a sitting president showed up in person to the rally and the first time that the crowd was so large that it stretched from the main stage all the way back to encompass the Washington Monument. The crush of hundreds of thousands around the National Mall, coupled with the extensive security for President Trump’s motorcade, made the neighboring streets virtually impassable.

     In his address, the president proclaimed, “All of us here today understand the eternal truth, that every child is a precious and sacred gift from God … and together we must protect, cherish and to defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.”

     The marchers, with their characteristic joyful enthusiasm, brought the voice of the unborn to the nation’s capital in what is officially the largest human rights demonstration in the world. With a crowd larger and even younger than last year, students of all ages from elementary school through university age stood side by side to defend the lives of those who remain most vulnerable.

     This year’s theme, “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman,” taps into the history of the early suffragists, who embraced the value of all life, including the unborn. Alice Paul, one of the leading suffragists, called abortion “… the ultimate exploitation of women.” The theme emphasizes the empowerment of women through respect for all aspects of femininity, including bringing new life into the world.

     As the march kicked off, winding its way up Constitution Avenue, the massive crowd surged forward, united in spirit and committed to their cause, with some raising their voices in song while others prayed intensely.

     After 47 years of legalized abortion in the United States the pro-life movement seems more hopeful than ever. And with favorable judicial appointments in both the Supreme Court and many appeals and district courts, the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy and Planned Parenthood under formal investigation, there’s good reason.

     But perhaps a greater reason for hope is the ever-growing youth movement that proudly proclaims themselves the “Pro-Life Generation.” And it’s within this hope that a future in which all lives are respected equally seems more possible than it was even just a year before.                                aleteia.org

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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!

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.

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

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.

Remembering Kobe Bryant:

Formed and saved by his Catholic faith

Philip Kosloski

How a priest changed Kobe Bryant’s life

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This article was originally published in April of 2016. Sadly, Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. May they rest in eternal peace.

 On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest athletes of all time,  ended his 20-year basketball career with a bang, scoring 60 points in his last game.

     While Bryant’s stats can be recited by many — five-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic champion, 18-time All-Star and the third leading scorer in NBA history — few know about the role his Catholic faith played in helping him through one of his darkest hours.

     Born in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant was raised in a Catholic household and even spent some of his youth in Italy. Drafted into the NBA at the age of 17, he eventually married Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. Two years later they had their first child. Bryant was at the top of his game and everything seemed to be heading in the direction of his dreams.

     Then he made a big mistake.

     In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a woman in his hotel room, while he was in Colorado for knee surgery. He admitted having sex with the woman but denied rape. A judge eventually dropped the charges, but the woman went on to file a civil lawsuit against Bryant that was settled outside of court. In the midst of it all, he issued a public apology, stating that he was sincerely ashamed of what he had done.

     The incident had major consequences as numerous sponsors abandoned him and his reputation was tarnished. In 2011, his wife filed for divorce.

     Yet during one of the darkest moments of his life, Kobe Bryant turned to his Catholic faith. In an interview with GQ in 2015 he explained:

     “The one thing that really helped me during that process — I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic — was talking to a priest. It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, ‘Did you do it?’ And I say, ‘Of course not.’ Then he asks, ‘Do you have a good lawyer?’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, yeah, he’s phenomenal.’ So then he just said, ‘Let it go. Move on. God’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle, and it’s in his hands now. This is something you can’t control. So let it go.’ And that was the turning point.”

     After some rough years, Kobe Bryant reconciled with his wife, and they remain married to this day. Together they have founded the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), which is dedicated to, among other things, helping young people in need, encouraging the development of physical and social skills through sports and assisting the homeless. Asked about this commitment in 2013, Bryant’s answer would likely have made Pope Francis very happy:

     My career is winding down. At the end of my career, I don’t want to look back and just say, “Well, I had a successful career because I won so many championships and scored so many points.” There’s something else that you have to do with that.

     [The homelessness] issue is one that kind of gets pushed on the back burner because it’s easy to point the blame at those who are homeless and say, “Well, you made that bad decision. This is where you are. It’s your fault.” In life, we all make mistakes and to stand back and allow someone to live that way and kind of wash your hands of it … that’s not right.

     Throughout all of his trials, and perhaps even in response to them, Bryant has realized that fame and fortune were nothing compared to the importance of faith and family. When everyone else in the world abandoned him, the Catholic Church was always there.

     He may be an All-Star and NBA legend, but even superstars can use the foundational support of faith-formation, and a good priest to turn to.           aleteia.org

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.”

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

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

It’s Time to Register for the Catholic Life Conference

Are the Protestants right about not having so many rules?  Are Catholics too uptight? Is Church for people who aren’t bleeding on the inside??  What do we do when we are disillusioned, hurt, or just plain discouraged by empty pews?  Why are YOU Catholic? The Catholic Life Conference invites you to a full day conference to consider where you are and where you are going as a Catholic.  Don’t miss it! March 21, 2020 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Register online at catholiclifeconference.org or call 413/768-0698.

 

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.

FORMED, A CATHOLIC WEBSITE PLATFORM:  Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.  Their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. Link to sample video: https://watch.formed.org/videos/city-of-saints-trailer We are looking for donors to help fund a 1-year subscription for our parish.  The 1 year subscription for Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is $999. The subscription to this website will available for all our parishioners. Please address donation checks to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  The checks can be given or mailed to: Joy Pelc, 701 Country Club Rd. 01301.

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, February 2: 8:00 + Christopher Gatautis – int. Dana

Sunday, February 2: 10:30 – Special intention for Michael William Ahearn and Robert                                 James Ahearn – int. Betty Fritz

Monday, February 3: + John & Mary Kopinto – int. Sophie Fritz

Tuesday, February 4: + John Kopinto, Jr. – int. Sophie Fritz

Wednesday, February 5: – Health, Grace & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Family

Thursday, February 6: – Health, Grace & Blessings for Betty Fritz – int. Family

Friday, February 7: + Edward Noga – int. Irene Klepadlo

Saturday, February 8: 8:00 + Helen Christian – int. Robert Pietraszek

Saturday, February 8: 4:00 + William Hazlett – int. Carol Gloski

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!

CATHOLICS COME HOME – God, our Father, created a big and loving family in His Church.  Learn more about our Catholic Faith: a Church filled with beauty, miracles, heroes, history, love and peace.  Provided is a wide array of helpful and thought-provoking resources that will help you more clearly understand the Catholic Church and its teachings.  Visit http://www.catholicscomehome.org.

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

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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!

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

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

 

Alfred Wojlasiewicz 2/2/1927

Walter Krol 2/2/1967

Lawrence Karp 2/3/1949

Sophia Wraga 2/3/1977

Stella Lapan 2/3/1983

Alice C. Dobosz 2/3/2001

Edward J. Piepiora 2/3/2001

Marjorie A. Adams 2/3/2011

Ceslaus Gukowski 2/4/1927

Sophie Cislo 2/4/1939

Antoinette Komikiewicz 2/4/1973

Albert A. Walichowski 2/4/1984

Bernard C. Noga 2/4/1994

Josephine M. Sckwozec 2/4/2006

Robert F. Jamrog 2/4/2014

Joseph P. Krejmas, Sr. 2/5/1996

Mary Macierowski 2/6/1945

Frank Kierstyn 2/6/1951

John Piecuch 2/6/1959

Rosie B. Lahoski 2/6/1990

Frank J. Bush, Sr. 2/6/2018

Mary Seredejko 2/7/1969

John J. Kulis 2/7/1976

Edward F. Noga 2/7/1980

Joseph D. Dymerski 2/7/1986

Albena H. Pliska 2/7/1988

Joseph J. Kazanowski 2/7/1989

Stella A. Sokolowski 2/7/2000

Annette V. Zigmond 2/8/2000

Jean Mary Boscarino 2/8/2004

Lillian E. Drozdowski 2/8/2018

Frances Kowalczyk 2/9/1975

Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers

 

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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.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS FOR 2020!! Please mark your calendars for the Community Meal Dates in 2020:  All are on Wednesdays:   June 3rd and September 2nd.

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. Campoli Deacon DeCarlo Deacon Nolan Deacon Bucci Fr. Roach Our Seminarian & Deacon Candidates Fr. Aksamit

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