Bulletin: March 29, 2020

 

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+ Parish Schedule for the Week March 29, 2020 +

BELOW MASSES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED PRIVATELY BY FR. O’MANNION

(some Weekday Mass times have been altered but Daily intentions remain the same)

Sunday, March 29 [Fifth Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am + Patricia Greene – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

 10:30 am + Claire Zak – int. Husband

Monday, March 30

   9:30 am – Leon Piecuch – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Tuesday, March 31  [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]

   9:30 am + Alice Wojtkowski – int. Irene Klepadlo

Wednesday, April 1 [St. Jude Novena]

   9:30 am + Joseph Klepadlo – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Thursday, April 2:

   9:30 am + Chris Gloski – int. Family

Friday, April 3 [first friday]:     (The Seven Dolors of Our Lady)

    9:30 am + Mark Bean – int. Jim and Cyndi Newcombe

Saturday, April 4 [first saturday]:

   9:30 am – Health and Blessings for Marie Jacques – int. Jacques Family

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

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

Sunday, April 5 [PALM SUNDAY]:

  8:00 am + Joseph A. Klepadlo – int. Irene Klepadlo

10:30 am + Joseph Meehan – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe 

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami 

GIOTTO, 1266/67 - 1337: Christ entering Jerusalem. (detail). Fresco. Cappella degli Scrovegni all'Arena, Padua.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5th IS PALM SUNDAY commemorating Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.  The Church blesses palms to remind us of the many which accompanied Him carrying branches and strewing them in His way, while they chanted:  “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!” Palms will be available to all our Parishioners and will be placed outside the doors of the Church at 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 4th through Sunday, April 5th.  If you are unable to come to the church, please contact the Rectory and we will happily deliver Palms to your home.  

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 9:30 a.m. Mass offered in the Rectory Chapel of the Beloved Disciple by Fr. Seán on Wednesday, March 25th.  This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time.  All are welcome to unite their prayers for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

WAYS TO VIEW DAILY AND SUNDAY MASSES when physically attending Mass is not possible. Below are some ways to watch Mass from home:

Fr. O’Mannion’s Facebook Live Daily Mass from The Rectory Chapel of The Beloved Disciple  

Weekdays English – 9:30 a.m. and Sundays – 10:30 a.m.

Weekdays Spanish – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday – 6:00 p.m. (Lord’s Day)

You can stream this Mass by going on Facebook and typing: Sean O’Mannion

A recording of the Mass in English will also be posted to the parish website at:  www.ChroniclesofCzestochowa.wordpress.com later in the day.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be Live Streamed on Facebook every day from 5:00 – 6:00 PM from the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple in the Rectory.

 DROP-IN CONFESSIONS – Confessions are being heard EVERY DAY outside the Rectory from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  No appointment needed, ring doorbell by side porch, if necessary. For other times during the day or evening, call the Rectory at 413-863-4748.  

NEWS OF OUR HOMEBOUND AND QUARANTINED – If you know of anyone who is homebound or quarantined and needs assistance with errands, please notify the rectory at 413-863-4748 and we have some volunteers willing to help.

THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.  They will be offered as follows and you may unite your prayers to the Missionaries who offer the Masses in their churches:

Sun., March 29: 8:00 + Bronislawa & Alexander Garnin – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family  

Sun., March 29: 10:30 + Mary and Louise Kozloski – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Monday, March 30: 5:30 + Helen Herzig – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Tuesday, March 31: 5:30 + Helena & Stanley Garanin – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Wednesday, April 1: 5:30 + Mary & Sal LoDolce – int. Wanda Kozloski & Family

Thursday, April 2:  5:30 + Charles Gloski – int. Family

Friday, April 3: 5:30 

Saturday, April 4: 8:00 

Saturday, April 5: 4:00 

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

“STAY-AT-HOME” HOLY WEEK RETREAT will be offered by Father O’Mannion during the upcoming Holy Week (April 4th – April 11).  Parishioners will have the opportunity to participate (via computer or telephone) in the Holy Week readings and reflections from the great spiritual classic “Divine Intimacy” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD. This will be an interactive retreat.  Printouts of readings can be picked up at the Rectory. See flyer for details. We will happily assist you with any technical issues. If you don’t have access to the internet or a computer, you can still participate by telephone.

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  GROCERIES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED for the many in need who come to the Rectory for help with essentials. In light of the current situation, we expect an increase in people coming to the Rectory for help. You can help us to help the poor by bringing: stew, soup, ravioli, crackers, baked beans, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and jam to the Rectory.  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!

A reading from

The holy Gospel according to John   

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Jn 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45           

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,
“Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
“This illness is not to end in death,
but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
+Let us go back to Judea.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb for four days.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
Your brother will rise.”
Martha said,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
“Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Father O’Mannion’s Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflections

 Today’s Gospel Reading, that of the Raising of Lazarus, is a sign of hope for all of us and a portent of things to come, a reminder of the fact that death is no longer permanent, a reminder that faith in the promises of Christ is essential to our life in Him.  Faith is more than belief or opinion.  Faith is a supernatural gift that transforms us, from the inside out.  It then flows from our hearts, our inner core, and radiates outwards, those in our life.  Faith is a gift of God that goes beyond all the limits of our world.

“This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 

Was Jesus wrong in saying this?  Isn’t He the Son of God, and isn’t He supposed to know everything?  We see what happened:  it would appear that the illness did indeed end in death, despite what Our Lord said.  Lazarus did indeed die from his illness, and was entombed.  Jesus even wept.  When He instructed Martha to have the stone removed, she protested.  Lazarus had been dead for four whole days — no doubt there would be a horrendous stench upon opening the tomb! 

Martha is, quite understandably, reluctant to follow Our Lord’s instructions.  Yes, she says, she understands that the dead will rise on the last day and so forth, but that probably seems a bit academic, a bit theoretical to her at the moment.  She believes in the resurrection, but that won’t be happening for quite some time.  What about now, Lord?  All I know, she seems to be saying, is that right now, today, my brother is dead, Lord!  Martha is naturally quite upset about this, and even seems to hold Jesus responsible:  “if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  

There’s a little bit of Martha in all of us.  There are times when we can find it hard to stay focused on the goal, to keep our eyes on the promises of Christ.  Sometimes, like Martha, we can focus more on the “trees” of this life and forget about the “forest” of eternity (and that’s OK, as we can draw great comfort in the knowledge that, in spite of it all, Martha is a saint of the Church!).  Yes, we all believe in the promises of Christ, and every day we entreat Our Lady to pray for us  so that these promises may become a reality for us someday, but there are times when we feel overwhelmed by whatever is going on in our lives—here, and now. 

One of those times is right now. There are so many of us are feeling even more overwhelmed with this especially-challenging Lenten season that we are living this year due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  Our country has just become the new epicenter of the virus.  “What now?!” we might ask, with alarm.  To live the faith was challenging enough when all the outer trappings of our daily lives were more stable and secure.  How about now?  

Jesus was in charge of the situation when Lazarus died, when (Saint!) Martha didn’t quite seem to be on board with what He was doing, when Lazarus rose from that tomb, to the absolute amazement and utter shock of those present.  We know Jesus wasn’t a magician, performing tricks to wow the crowd.  He never did such things.  He could have intervened and preserved Lazarus from dying to begin with.  He could have prevented Martha’s becoming overwhelmed with grief and emotional stress.  But He chose not to.  His timing is always perfect.  He was in control.  He was God incarnate.  He is God incarnate today.  He is in control.   It’s OK to feel a little freaked out or upset about what we are watching unfold around us.  It doesn’t make us bad Christians.  But let us ask Saint Martha to intercede for us, that through her prayers, and especially the prayers of our patroness, Our Lady of Częstochowa, our faith may be strengthened by these trials we are all going through.  Pray for us, dear women so dear, so precious to Our Lord, “that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!”  God bless you! 

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THE MERITS OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNIONS ACCORDING TO THE GREAT SAINTS AND SPIRITUAL MASTERS – CATHERINE OF SIENA, JOHN PAUL THE GREAT AND TERESA OF JESUS

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St. Catherine of Siena testified to the value of spiritual Communion. “She had begun to question whether her spiritual Communions had any real value compared to sacramental Communion. Suddenly she saw Christ holding two chalices. ‘In this golden chalice I put your sacramental communions. In this silver chalice I put your spiritual communions. Both chalices are quite pleasing to me.’” 

 

In 2003, Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia:

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In the Eucharist, “unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: Here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union.” Precisely for this reason it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist.”  This was the origin of the practice of “spiritual communion,” which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. St. Teresa of Jesus wrote: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you” [The Way of Perfection, Ch. 35.].

                                                

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,  I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

THE GMEF ANNUAL GALA “THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH” RESCHEDULED

To September 26, 2020.  “The Legend of Johnny Cash” with Philip Bauer brings the sound and charisma of ‘The Man in Black’ to life with “The Legend of Johnny Cash”.  At this 90 minute stage show, backed by his four piece touring band, Philip Bauer performs Cash;s songs in an effortless way that made “the man in black” such an important musical icon.  Some of the songs featured are “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire”. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to relive the music and magic of the one and only Johnny Cash.   Advance tickets are $25.00 and are available at www.thegmef.org. All advanced tickets purchased will be honored.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Dorothy Sazama 3/28/2017

Anthony Makowski 3/29/1935

Alfons Olchowski 3/29/1942

Alexander Gembicki 3/29/1944

Anna Lazarz 3/29/1969

Genevieve Grader 3/29/1992

Claire M. Zak 3/29/2018

Ignacy Glinka 3/30/1924

Joseph Brzozowy 3/30/1930

Francis D. Poliatis 3/30/1997

Stacia N. Gaines 3/30/1998

Adam P. Sokolowski 3/30/2012

Mary A. Mleczko 3/30/2019

Mary Skworzec 3/31/1946

Joseph Oginski 3/31/1947

Angela Jez  4/1/1932

Anthony Kulosiewic 4/1/1938

Rose Sceposki  4/1/1969

Peter F.Holewa  4/1/1981

Lorraine R. Cislo – 4/1/2000

William D. Petravage 4/1/2001

Joseph Traciewski  4/2/1943

Edward Najda  4/2/1962

Amelia T. Pogoda  4/2/1995

Antoninia Scweckla  4/3/1953

Stanislaw Miciek  4/3/1958

Franciska Brzostowski 4/3/1965

Louis S. Pogoda, Sr. 4/3/2013

Joseph Butor 4/4/1926

Constance Padlewski 4/4/1941

Wladyslaw  Skowron 4/4/1956

Mary Guszan 4/4/1963

Alexander Garanin 4/4/1967

Genevieve Pierszalowski 4/4/1994

Blanche E. Thomas 4/4/1999

Rozalia Dobosz 4/5/1958

John P. Dzeima 4/5/1974

Julia Cislo 4/5/1975

Valda M. Bakula 4/5/1987

Helen M. Stewart 4/5/1991

Bernard Ciesunski 4/5/1993

Rose A. Wasileski 4/5/1994

Paul V. Fontes 4/5/2010

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. Reardon Our Diocesan Candidates Fr. Roux Bishop McDonnell Fr. Roach Fr. Lunney Fr. DiMascola

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

Bulletin: March 22, 2020

PARISH SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK MARCH 22, 2020 +

BELOW MASSES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED PRIVATELY BY FR. O’MANNION
(SOME MASS TIMES HAVE BEEN ALTERED BUT DAILY INTENTIONS REMAIN THE SAME)
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 [Fourth Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am – Health and Blessings Joseph DeVito – int. Fritz Family
10:30 am + Edward & Virginia Greene – int. Jim and Cyndi Newcombe
MONDAY, MARCH 23 [St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop]:
9:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Michelle Jacquies – int. Jacques Family
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]
9:00 am + Walter J. Gochinski – int. Debra, Paulie, Jonathan, Christopher, Paige, Jack & Kitty
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 [St. Jude Novena][THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD]
9:00 am + Edward Greene, Jr. – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe
THURSDAY, MARCH 26:
9:00 am + Alice Mulligan – int. Friends
FRIDAY, MARCH 27: (THE PRECIOUS BLOOD)
9:00 am + Mark Bean – int. Jim and Cyndi Newcombe
SATURDAY, MARCH 28:
9:00 am – Fr. Bruno and All Living and Deceased Members of the St Josephs OCDS
4:00 pm + Helen Christian – int. sister, Shirley and Ashley
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 29 [Fifth Sunday of Lent]:
8:00 am + Patricia Greene – int. Jim and Cyndi Newcombe
10:30 am + Claire Zak. – int. husband, Francis

 KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, is the Feast of St. Turibius de Mogrovejo who became the
Archbishop of Lima, Peru and established the first seminary in the new world. He worked to alleviate poverty among the native population. He will be remembered in the Mass at 5:30 p.m. offered by Fr. Seán O’Mannion in his Rectory Chapel.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th, SOLEMNITY-THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the Word made flesh. This miracle of
love when God became man will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m. One of the
astronauts walking on the moon remarked that his thoughts were, “What a great miracle
than man walked on the moon.” He said immediately he was struck by the thought, “No,
a greater miracle was when God as a man walked upon the earth.” When the Archangel
Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world,
and she accepted, that is the greatest miracle, the miracle of God’s love for us.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 9:00 a.m. Mass offered in the
Rectory chapel by Fr. Seán on Wednesday, March 25th

This is a continuing Novena that
may be begun at any time. All are welcome to unite their prayers for the intercession of
St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

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WAYS TO VIEW DAILY AND SUNDAY MASSES when physically attending Mass is
not possible. Below are some ways to watch Mass from home:
Cable TV: EWTN Daily Masses are at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
EWTN’s schedule is available at http://www.ewtn.com/tv/weekly-grid
Local TV: Chalice of Salvation Mass offered by Bishop Rozanski WWLP 22News
Sunday morning at 10am. And there will be 2 live streamed Masses, Saturday at 4pm and
Sunday at 10am via a link at http://www.stagnescc.com
Mass with Bishop Robert Barron can be accessed at: http://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
NEWS OF OUR HOMEBOUND AND QUARANTINED – If you know of anyone who
is homebound or quarantined and needs assistance with errands, please notify the rectory
at 413-863-4748 and we have some volunteers willing to help.
BAZAAR & SPRING GAIK has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION may have to be rescheduled to a later date.
Students with internet access are encouraged to continue the program from their homes by
accessing materials on-line through the Formed Website that they have been working from.
Please call the Rectory for updates.
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries.
They will be offered as follows and you may unite your prayers to the Missionaries who
offer the Masses in their churches:
SUN., MARCH 22: 8:00 – Health & Blessings Fr. Seán O’Mannion – int. Dana
SUN., MARCH 22: 10:30
MONDAY, MARCH 23: 5:30 – Ariela Zalynski – int. Carol
TUESDAY, MARCH 24: 5:30 + Sophie Piecuch – int. niece, Carol
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: 5:30 + M. Hesage Kobera – int. Family
THURSDAY, MARCH 26: 5:30 + Lynn Kobera – int. Family
FRIDAY, MARCH 27: 5:30 + Rose Gloski – int. Godchild
SATURDAY, MARCH 28: 8:00
SATURDAY, MARCH 28: 4:00 – Leslie Gertrude Phillips – int. Grandaughter Tina
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. We ask every family to prayerfully
participate. Thank you.

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GROCERIES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED for the many in need who come to the
Rectory for help with essentials. In light of the current situation, we expect an increase
in people coming to the Rectory for help. You can help us to help the poor by bringing:
stew, soup, ravioli, crackers, baked beans, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce,
peanut butter, and jam to the Rectory. All donated goods must be such as requiring no
refrigeration and can be stored for a period of time. Please help those who cannot help
themselves! Bóg wam wielki zapłać!

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Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 22, 2020

A reading from
The holy Gospel according to John 9: 1-41
As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him,
‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered,
“Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible
through him. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is
coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared
the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” – which means
Sent-. So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the
one who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is”, but others said, “No, he just looks like
him.” He said, “I am”. So they said to him. “How were your eyes opened?” He replied,
“The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, “Go to Siloam and
wash.” So I went there and washed and was able to see.” And they said to him, “Where is
he?” He said, “I don’t know.”
They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made
clay and opened his eyes on a Sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was
able to see. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”
So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the
Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” And there was a
division among them. So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say of
him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” Now the Jews did not
believe that he had been blind and gained his sight until they summoned his parents of the
one who had gained sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born
blind? How does he now see?” His parents answered and said, “We know that this is our
son and that he was born blind. We do not know how he sees now, nor do we know who
opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for himself.” His parents said this
because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone
acknowledged him as the Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue. For this
reason, his parents said, “He is of age, question him.”
So, a second time, they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give
God the Praise! We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “If he is a sinner, I do not
know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.” So they said to him,
“What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes/? He answered the, “I told you
already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to

become disciples too? They ridiculed him and said, “You are that man’s disciple; we are
disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this
one is from.” The man answered and said to them, “This is what is so amazing, that you
do not know where he is from, yet, he opened my eyes. We know that God does not
listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him. It is unheard of
that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God,
he would not be able to do anything.” They answered and said to him, “You were born
totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out.
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you
believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir,that I may believe in
him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He
said, “I do believe, Lord” and he worshipped him. Then Jesus said, “I came into this
world for judgement, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see, might
become blind.”
Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely, we
are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no
sin; but now you are saying, ‘we see’ so your sin remains.”
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Fr. Seán’s Sunday Homily
March 22, 2020

Today’s Gospel reading from St. John (9,1-41) is the story of the man born blind whom
Jesus healed on the Sabbath. In this reading, we see the confusion of the Pharisees as to
how a healing done on the Sabbath could possibly be a good and Godly thing. In the
First Reading from the book of Samuel (16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a), we hear the story of the
anointing of David, the son of Jesse, who was deemed too young to be King, and thus
unacceptable from a human perspective and so we are reminded that God does not
operate within our guidelines and constraints, no matter how sensible, or “good and
Godly” those guidelines and constraints may appear. God never ceases to surprise us
with His constancy, always drawing right from what seem to us to be wrong, and good
from what strikes us as obviously bad or unacceptable!
It’s easy for us to look back at the calamitous events of history, or to look at the painful
losses and reversals we’ve all experienced, and to see how God used these events for a
greater good. We are cushioned by the passage of time to reach these conclusions
painlessly. But how about today—right now? Do I have the faith to trust that, in the uncertainty of knowing when, how, or where this Coronavirus crisis can possibly come to an end that the hand of the Almighty is indeed using these circumstances and ordering them to the good of those who believe, as St. Paul assures the Romans?
It all sounds a bit theoretical, doesn’t it? Yet, we know that this is true. But maybe we
fear it’ll be different this time. Maybe having faith strikes us as being somehow in
denial, and we find ourselves like the Pharisees questioning God’s freedom to think and
work “outside the box”.
I think WE ARE SO BLESSED to be living through this challenge! What an opportunity
for us to do what we we’re placed on this earth to do! To grow in saintly, divine
LOVE…loving God more because we trust that He is in charge and is giving us what we
need, never giving us more than we can handle as His people…Loving neighbor more
because—hey, we are concerned about the unknown potential damage this virus can
cause, not so much on ourselves, but on those who are weaker, more vulnerable than
us! None of us wants to see our elderly and infirm suffer needlessly, and to see our
nurses and doctors overwhelmed by a tidal wave of patients, far exceeding their limited
resources…We don’t want that. Can we control the future? No, obviously, but we are
called to make patient sacrifices out of LOVE for our neighbor. We offer them up out of
LOVE for God.
At this stage in the spread of the virus in our country, we are still in the preventative
stage, doing what we can to “flatten the curve” of infection, slowing the rate of infection
so that in the weeks to come hopefully the sick do not exceed the resources our hospitals
have, and also buying precious time so that, the good Lord willing, we might be able to
develop some way to mitigate the effects of this virus or even find a way to inoculate the
populace or stop the virus altogether.
This is a challenge, a challenge to practice self-forgetful LOVE. Regardless of our
opinions about this virus and the many theories that are being presented to us, this is
ultimately an opportunity for all of us to trust and to make sacrifices out of loving
concern for our neighbor, doing it for Our Lord, who commands us to love our neighbor
as ourselves. I believe the prayers of families have great power to battle this crisis. All of
you at home are the Domestic Church and are invited to model the Holy Family who
suffered many trials but responded in holy obedience, faith and humility.
And our Bishop is instructing us to do just that. None of us likes this situation. We need
the Mass! The whole world, all of created reality, needs the Mass! Please rest assured
that we are offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every single day, albeit privately, at Our Lady of Częstochowa, as other priests are doing in their respective parishes. We
wouldn’t dare let a day go by without sanctifying it with the Holy Sacrifice. (So that you
may join us in private or family prayer, we are offering Holy Mass Monday through
Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Lord’s Day Masses are being offered at their usual scheduled times
(4:00 and 6:00 on Saturday afternoons; 8:00 and 10:30 on Sunday mornings). I
especially recommend reserving the Saturday 6:00 p.m. hour to pray with us, as that is
when we offer the Missa pro populo, that is, the Mass for the people of our parish.
Regardless of what course the virus might take, we all find ourselves in a very painful
situation, that of having our beloved church closed, not being able to receive
Communion, not even being able to drop in for a few moments of prayer! The Blessed
Sacrament has not been withdrawn from the Tabernacle, know that Jesus is there for you and your loved ones, day in and day out, offering Himself to the Father for all our
needs. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, again, is being offered on a daily basis, as
detailed above.
This hurts. A lot. But as Moses exhorted the people of Israel in Deuteronomy (Chapter
30), we have a choice. We can choose Life, or we can choose Death. We can choose
Love, sacrificial love, or we can choose to abide in our self-centeredness, convinced that
we have the answers.
Nonetheless, we wonder, “could all these preventative actions possibly be a “good and
Godly thing?” We should reflect on the Mass Readings for today, God’s actions don’t
follow our preferred routes, nor does His thinking conform to our reason and logic—or
even our perceived needs. God does indeed write straight with crooked lines, as He has
done countless times — throughout history, and throughout our personal lives. Can we
trust Him this time around?
May God bless and protect all of you and all of your friends and families.

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

Stanislawa Sacharczenski 3/22/1954
Anne E. Urban 3/22/2000
George Urban 3/22/2002
Marion T. Krejmas 3/22/2004
Mary Przybyla 3/23/1926
John Pelis 3/23/1973
Josephine Kurtyka 3/23/1983
Eugene J. Gulo 3/23/1983
Zofia M. Bescek 3/24/2004
Francis Gesiny 3/24/1932
Jean E. Simanski 3/24/1973
Joseph W. Zak 3/24/1977
Chester. T, Plodzien 3/24/1992

David A. Moylan 3/24/1998
Walter J. Gochinski 3/24/1999
Andrew J. Seremeth 3/25/1985
Patricia J. Smith 3/25/1988
Rose Gloski 3/25/2018
Andrew Koyzel 3/26/1931
Walerja Traczewska 3/28/1932
Anthony Szott 3/28/1962
Elizabeth Warszawski 3//28/1976
Bronislawa (Blanche) Garanin 3/28/1989
Walter C. Traceski 3/28/1990
Dorothy A. Piecuch 3/28/1992
Dorothy Sazama 3/28/2017

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

                                     Msgr.                 Deacon                    Deacon
                                    Yargeau               Bucci                   O’Connor

Wednesday              Thursday                       Friday                       Saturday

Deacon Bete         Fr.O’Connor               Deacon Patten               Our Seminarians

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

 

Bulletin: March 15, 2020

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JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week March 15, 2020 +

Sunday, March 15 [Third Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am + Bishop Christopher Weldon – int. Parish

 10:30 am + Robert Newcombe – int. Jim and Cyndi Newcombe

      2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żale 

Monday, March 16

   8:00 am – Grace and Blessings for Kaitlyn Jacques – int. Jacques Family

Tuesday, March 17 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena][St. Patrick]

   5:30 pm + Helen Christian – int. Wanda Kozloski

Wednesday, March 18 [St. Jude Novena][St.Cyril of Jerusalem]:

   5:30 pm + Jerry Watkins – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

Thursday, March 19 [ST. JOSEPH, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary]:

   5:30 pm + Walter Gochinski – int. Great-Grandchildren Paige, Jack & Kitty

Friday, March 20:         (The FIVE WOUNDS)

    5:30 pm + Edward Siwizki – int. Family

(Stations of the Cross to follow Mass)

Saturday, March 21:

   8:00 am – Grace & Blessings Louise Jacques – int. Jacques Family

   4:00 pm + Helen Christian – int. Brother, Joseph

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

Sunday, March 22 [Fourth Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am – Health and Blessings Joseph DeVito – int. Fritz Family

 10:30 am + Edward and Virginia Greene. – int. Jim & Cindy Newcombe

   2:00 pm – Gorzkie Żal

+ Królowo Polski Módl Się za Nami 

GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 15th 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.  Also, please join us for a free showing of the new movie Love and Mercy: Faustina following Gorzkie Żale in the undercroft.  The movie runs just under 2 hours.  

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17th is the Feast of St. Patrick, was a 5th Century missionary to Ireland and later served as Bishop there.  He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and will be remembered at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th is the Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem who worked to establish true belief and right discipline within the Church. He suffered exile and persecution for his orthodoxy.  This Bishop and Doctor of the Church will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19th PROCESSION – SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in lieu of the Holy Hour we will have a Eucharistic Procession around the church building in reparation asking Jesus for healing and an end to the Coronavirus followed by Benediction and Mass at 5:30.  As always, in keeping with the Polish tradition of breaking the Lenten fast for this glorious Saint, some sweets will be available for the children, young and old!

THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 18th.  This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time.  All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 20thnd 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, March 21st 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 Claire Hughes for a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this work of power and love.

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.

THE ST. JOHN PAUL YOUTH GROUP thanks all of you for your generosity during the chocolate sale. It was very successful. The money helps offset the costs for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer.  What are you funding? Here is one parent’s reflections on the youth conference: “The Steubenville youth conference has proven to be one of the most powerful, inspiring and faith filled experiences of my children’s teen years (3 teens so far)  It has been an opportunity to not only grow in their faith, but to grow in community with other teens.  My children returned from these conferences each time with gratitude not only for the opportunity to attend, but with thanksgiving for our faith and our family. The blessings and graces received from God through this conference have been life changing and have helped my husband and I lay a stronger faith foundation in our children’s spiritual lives. Such an important conference for our youth! “We have 25 teens signed up so far and we are hoping for 50, so join the fun and meet Jesus where he may be found!

FRASSATTI  FELLOWSHIP OF BRATTLEBORO invites young adults ages 18 to 39 to join them for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party. Bring a prayer intention and a Rosary! Contact Dan Berger with questions: dan.berger@protonmail.com, 802-451-0247.

When: Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. (after 5:15 daily Mass)

Where: St. Brigid’s Kitchen, 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, Vt.

ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS AND MARY” – LENTEN TALK BY INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC SPEAKER – ROY SHOEMAN born and raised in New York by Jewish parents who fled Nazi Germany.  In his talks Roy weaves together his personal witness testimony with discussion of the role of Judaism in salvation history from the beginning to the end of time, as illuminated by Catholic Doctrine.  Join us to hear his presentation “An Encounter with Jesus and Mary” at Our Lady of Czestochowa on March 29th following Gorzkie Żale.

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.  Father O’Mannion would be happy to visit them to administer the sacraments on a monthly basis.

 

Saint Joseph

Virginal Spouse of the Mother of God

by Dom Prosper Guéranger, Abbot of Solesmes

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     When the Son of God came down to earth to take on our humanity, He needed a Mother; that Mother could be none but the purest of virgins, and the divine maternity was not to alter Her incomparable virginity in any way.  Until the Son of Mary would be acknowledged as the Son of God, His Mother’s honor required a protector:  a man was therefore called to the ineffable glory of being the Spouse of Mary.  That happy mortal, that most chaste of men, was Joseph.

     Heaven designated him as the only one worthy of such a treasure, when the rod he held in the Temple suddenly flowered, as if to give a tangible fulfillment to the prophetic oracle of Isaiah:  There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. (Isaiah 11:1)  The wealthy candidates for the hand of Mary were dismissed, and Joseph sealed a covenant with the daughter of David which surpassed, in love and purity, all that the Angels had ever known in heaven.

    Being chosen to protect the Mother of the Incarnate Word was not the only glory of Joseph; he was also called to exercise an adoptive paternity upon the Son of God Himself. During the time that the Holy of holies was still shrouded in a cloud of mystery, men called Jesus the son of Joseph, son of the carpenter; and Mary — in the Temple, in the presence of the doctors of the law whom the divine Child had just surprised by the wisdom of His questions and answers — spoke thus to Her Son: Your father and I have been looking for You in bitter anguish. (Luke 2:48)

     And the Holy Gospel adds that Jesus was subject to them, that He was subject to Joseph just as He was to Mary.

     Who could conceive and fittingly relate the sentiments which filled the heart of this man, whom the Gospel depicts for us with a single word, calling him a just man(Matthew 1:19)

 

– A conjugal affection whose object was the holiest and most perfect of the creatures of God.

– The heavenly notification given by the Angel, which revealed to this happy mortal that his Spouse bore within Her the fruit of salvation, and which associated him as the unique earthly witness to the divine work of the Incarnation.

– The joys of Bethlehem when he was present at the birth of the Child, honored the Virgin Mother and heard the angelic concerts.

– When he saw the humble, simple shepherds who came to find the newborn Babe, soon followed by the wealthy Magi from the East.

– The anxiety which quickly interrupted so much happiness, when in the middle of the night he had to flee into Egypt with the Child and His Mother.

– The rigors of that exile, the poverty, the denudation which a hidden God suffered while he was His foster father, and the virginal Spouse whose sublime dignity he understood more and more.

– The return to Nazareth, the humble, laborious life he led in that town, where his tender gaze so often contemplated the Creator of the world taking part in common work with him.

– Finally, the delights of his unparalleled life in the bosom of the poor house embellished by the presence of the Queen of Angels and sanctified by the majesty of the Eternal Son of God, both deferring to Joseph the honor of being the head of the family, which by the fondest bonds gathered around him the Uncreated Word, the Wisdom of the Father, and the Virgin, the incomparable masterpiece of the power and holiness of God.

 

     No, never could any man in this world comprehend all the greatness of Joseph. To understand it, one would have to compass the entire extent of the mystery with which his earthly mission put him in relation as a necessary instrument. Thus we are not surprised that this Foster Father of the Son of God was prefigured in the Old Testament under the features of one of the noblest Patriarchs of the chosen people.

     Saint Bernard paints an admirable portrait of this wonderful relationship: “The first Joseph, sold by his brothers and thereby a figure of Christ, was taken to Egypt; the second, fleeing the jealousy of Herod, took Christ to Egypt. The first Joseph, true to his master, respected his wife; the second, no less chaste, was the guardian of his Queen, the Mother of his Lord, and the witness of Her virginity. The first received the knowledge of secrets revealed in dreams; the second received the disclosure of the mysteries from Heaven itself. The first preserved the harvests of wheat, not for himself but for all the people; the second received the guardianship of the Living Bread come down from heaven, for himself and for the whole world.”(St. Bernard, Homily II super Missus est.)

     A life so full of wonders could only come to an end in a death worthy of itself. The moment was approaching when Jesus was to emerge from the obscurity of Nazareth and manifest Himself to the world. His works were henceforth to bear witness to His heavenly origin: the ministry of Joseph was therefore accomplished. It was time for him to depart from this world, to go and await, in repose in the bosom of Abraham, the day when the heavenly gates would be opened to the just. By his deathbed, the One who is the Master of life kept watch, He who had often called this humble mortal by the name of Father. His dying breath was received by the purest of virgins, whom it had been his right to call his Spouse. It was in the midst of Their cares and caresses that Joseph fell asleep in the sleep of peace.

     And now, the Spouse of Mary, Foster Father of Jesus, reigns in heaven with a glory which, while certainly inferior to Mary’s, is decorated with prerogatives such as none of the other inhabitants of that place of happiness can enjoy. From there, he bestows a most powerful protection upon all who invoke him.

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 15: 8:00 – Health & Blessings Fr. Sean O’Mannion – int. Dana 

Sun., March 15: 10:30 

Monday, March 16: 5:30 

Tuesday, March 17: 5:30 + Christopher Gatautis – int. Dana Desreuisseau

Wednesday, March 18: 5:30 + Bernie Waryas – int. Eichorn Family

Thursday, March 5:  5:30 + Gertrude Waryas – int. Eichorn Family

Friday, March 6: 5:30 + Vincent Farland – int. Family

Saturday, February 29: 8:00 + Lucinda Seago – int. Holy Rosary Society

Saturday, February 29: 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!

 

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. 

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

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

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.

GMEF ANNUAL GALA -PHILIP BAUER “THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH”On Saturday, April 25, 2020 @ 7:00pm, at the Gill-Montague Education Fund 16th Annual Gala, Philip Bauer brings the sound and charisma of ‘The Man in Black’ to life with “The Legend of Johnny Cash”.  Some of the songs featured in the show are “I Walk The Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire”. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to relive the music and magic of the one and only Johnny Cash.   

Advance Tickets are available at these locations: Hillside Pizza in Bernardston and Deerfield; Weatherheads/Dunkin Donuts in Erving; World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield; Scotty’s Convenience Store & Greenfield Savings Bank in Turners Falls; by calling Sandy at 863-7296 or at the GMEF website – www.thegmef.org.    Advance tickets are $25 – At the Door $30

The GMEF would like to recognize some very special people who help make our Gala possible!

Corporate Underwriters –   Freedom Credit Union, Greenfield Savings Bank, The Management Solutions

Corporate Sponsors – Construction Monitoring Services, Inc., Franklin First Credit Union,                 

Cheshire Glass Company and The Montague Elks

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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!

SAVE THE DATE!EASTER BAZAAR AND SPRING GAIK

The annual Easter Bazaar and Spring Gaik will be held at Our Lady of Częstochowa Saturday, April 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the church undercroft and the St. Thérèse Catechism Center.  Included will be a Polish food sale, items from Poland, religious goods, sacramental gifts, bake sale, Easter and spring crafts, Chinese raffle, white elephant table and more.  Breakfast and lunch will be served.  

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Mary Zmuda 3/15/1931

Martin Jarmak 3/15/1934

Caroline Kjolzior 3/15/1940

Katarzina Nicewicz Szczepanska 3/15/1961

Anthony Kopinto 3/15/1971

Janina Krauz 3/15/1973

Felix A. Verrier 3/15/1989

Henry Molongoski 3/15/2000

Edward J. Molongoski 3/15/2004

Michael Gutowski 3/16/1968

Frederick L. Hmieleski 3/16/2002

Creslaus Sokolowski 3/17/1938

John Kowalczyk 3/17/1964

Stanley P. Duda 3/17/1993

Adalbert Zywna 3/18/1925

John L Strysko 3/18/1977

Helen M. Verrier 3/18/1987

Brunoslaus Jarnus 3/19/1933

Ludwika Niedzwiecki 3/19/1960

Stanley Aksamit 3/19/1968

Thomas LaPan 3/19/1970

Boleslaus Nadolny 3/20/1927

Stefania Kuninski 3/20/1960

Joseph Zitta 3/20/1966

John Krejmas 3/20/1967

Edward A. Siwizki 3/20/1992

Michael V. Strysko 3/20/1994

John Klowan 3/20/1999

Charles L. Bourbeau 3/20/2012

John W. Potosek 3/21/1996

Alfred B. Kelley 3/21/2000

Janina Kobyra 3/21/2008

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
Bishop McDonnell Deacon Nolan Deacon Culliton Deacon Leary Fr. Aksamit Deacon Ratté Fr. Goni

Bulletin: March 8, 2020

JMJ

+ Parish Schedule for the Week of March 8, 2020 +

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

Monday. March 9 [St. Francis of Rome]: 

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

Tuesday, March 10 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena:

   5:30 pm – + Stanislaus J. Sojka – int. John & Ted Sojka Families

Wednesday, March 11 [St. Jude Novena]:

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

Thursday, March 12:

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

Friday, March 13:   (The Holy Shroud)  

   5:30 pm + Anna Sojka Barry – John & Ted Sojka Families

Stations of the Cross will follow the Mass

Saturday, March 14:

   8:00 am + Arnie Gartman – int. Sister

   4:00 pm + Frank Provencal – int. Fritz Family

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

Sunday, March 15 [Third Sunday of Lent]:

   8:00 am – + Bishop Christopher J. Weldon – int. Parish

 10:30 am – + Robert Newcombe – int. Jim & Cyndi Newcombe

      2:00 pmGorzkie Żale

+ KRÓLOWO POLSKI MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI +

 

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GORZKIE ŻALE, the chanting of the passion of our Lord, will take place on Sunday, March 8st 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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MONDAY, MARCH 9th is the Feast of St. Frances of Rome, a noble woman, wife and mother.  She founded a community to serve the poorest of the poor. There is a stained glass window of St. Frances of Rome in our church.  She will be remembered in the Mass at 8:00 a.m.

THE WEEKLY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Masses on Wednesday, March 11th.  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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STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday, March 13th 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, March 14th 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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SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH Join us for a free showing of this new movie Love and Mercy: Faustina following Gorzkie Zale in the undercroft.  The movie runs just under 2 hours.  

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

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.

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THE ST. JOHN PAUL YOUTH GROUP thanks all of you for your generosity during the chocolate sale. It was very successful. The money helps offset the costs for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer.  What are you funding? Here is one parent’s reflections on the youth conference: “The Steubenville youth conference has proven to be one of the most powerful, inspiring and faith filled experiences of my children’s teen years (3 teens so far)  It has been an opportunity to not only grow in their faith, but to grow in community with other teens.  My children returned from these conferences each time with gratitude not only for the opportunity to attend, but with thanksgiving for our faith and our family. The blessings and graces received from God through this conference have been life changing and have helped my husband and I lay a stronger faith foundation in our children’s spiritual lives. Such an important conference for our youth! “We have 25 teens signed up so far and we are hoping for 50, so join the fun and meet Jesus where he may be found!

SONGS, FAITH, SHARING AND ADORATION Please join us on Thursday, March 12th at 6PM at St. Michael Parish in Brattleboro, VT for songs, faith sharing, and a time of Adoration led by Father Justin and MJM7. MJM7 is a Catholic family group comprised of Michael James Mette and 4 of his daughters: Gabriella (15), Trinity (14), Charity (12), and Cecilia (11). The Mette’s gifts of music, joy, & family life offer the boldness and innocence of youth with the wisdom and depth of lived experiences.  Bring a friend! You won’t want to miss this unique event. Free.  Donations are accepted.

THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – At next weekend’s Masses, we will be visited by Kathleen Harrington from the Diocese, who will make a short presentation about the important work of the Annual Catholic Appeal.  This is also “Commitment Weekend” when you will have the opportunity to make an “in-pew” donation which will be collected at each of the Masses.

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 

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

 

With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis

Meg Hunter-Kilmer February 24, 2020

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Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to Carlo Acutis, paving the way for his beatification, which will likely take place later this year in Assisi, where he is buried.

Venerable Carlo Acutis had a PlayStation. He made awkward videos with his friends. His favorite cartoon was “Pokémon.” And before the year is out, he’s likely to be beatified.It was announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to Carlo Acutis, paving the way for his beatification, which will likely take place later this year in Assisi, where he is buried. Acutis’ intercession reportedly helped to heal a Brazilian child suffering from a rare condition of the pancreas in 2013.

     Acutis’ mother, Antonia, doesn’t know how he came to love Jesus. He’d been baptized as a baby, but the family didn’t practice the Faith. Perhaps it was their Polish nanny who told Carlo about Jesus. Regardless of the source, Carlo had a deep love for Jesus even as a preschooler, asking his bemused mother if they could stop in to see Jesus when they walked past churches in their Milan neighborhood — and even insisting on taking flowers to place at the feet of the Blessed Mother.

     Antonia wasn’t sure what to do with this piety in her young son, and she wasn’t prepared to answer his many questions. But as he asked, she began to wonder as well. His curiosity eventually prompted her to take theology classes; beyond just being back at Mass, Antonia was diving into her faith, and all because of Carlo. “He was like a little savior for me,” she said in an interview published last year on the website Aleteia.

Fostering a love of the Faith

     Carlo’s longing for the Eucharist drove him to ask permission to receive earlier than was customary. At 7, Carlo received his first Communion and never missed Mass again. Not just Sunday Mass, either. Every day of his life, Carlo went to Mass. Every day, he stole a few minutes to pray in silence before the tabernacle. And while his parents sometimes went with him, Carlo often went alone. When they traveled, Carlo’s first order of business was to find a church and figure out Mass times. Whether or not his parents joined him, Carlo would be there. Every day.

And they traveled quite a bit. Carlo’s deep love of Mary (whom he called “the only woman in my life”) led the family to Marian apparition sites all over Europe. But their pilgrimages became more intentional when Carlo was 11 and got an idea.

     After receiving his first Communion, Carlo had begun to lament the many, many people who don’t go to Mass. “They’ll stand in line for hours to go to a concert,” he would say, “but won’t stay even a moment before the tabernacle.” Eager to do something to draw souls to Jesus, young Carlo began to research Eucharistic miracles. He was convinced that people wouldn’t be able to stay away from the holy Mass if they knew about the miracles of Lanciano and Poznan and the dozens of others recognized by the Church. So Carlo began to research, dragging his parents from one shrine to another in order to take pictures for the website he was building.

     This was only 2002, but Carlo was something of a prodigy when it came to technology. When he was only 8 or 9, he had gotten a hold of a university-level computer science textbook, using it to teach himself to code. From there, he moved into animation and video editing, making videos with his friends and dubbing voice-overs on videos of his dogs. Carlo had the tech savvy, the information and the drive — the resulting website documenting nearly 150 miracles eventually developed into an exhibit that has traveled the world. 

Caring for those around him

     But Carlo was no computer geek closeted in a back bedroom. For all his technological skill, Carlo was a friendly, outgoing kid. He was so friendly that his family was reluctant to go on walks with him; Carlo knew everybody, it seemed, and couldn’t help but stop to talk to every person he passed. He had a sensitive heart and was always looking out for those who were suffering: classmates whose parents were going through a divorce, kids who were being bullied.

     Carlo’s approach was always friendship. And through that friendship, people were always drawn to Jesus. As pure and as pious as he was, nobody felt judged by the young saint. His uncle says that being with Carlo filled your heart. And that joy left people seeking and wondering, as Carlo’s mother had years before. A young Hindu man who worked for Carlo’s family was baptized as a direct result of his friendship with Carlo, while many others returned to the Faith.

     Carlo was particularly close to the homeless people in his neighborhood, packing up food most days to take out to his friends on the street. Though his family was wealthy, Carlo had no patience for excess. He saved up his pocket money to buy a sleeping bag for a homeless friend, and when his mother suggested they buy Carlo such “luxuries” as a second pair of shoes, he revolted. Technology, though, wasn’t a luxury. It was an important part of his apostolate, and Carlo had no qualms about using three computers when building his website.

     Through all this, every day: Mass, the Rosary, silent time before the tabernacle. Carlo insisted that holiness was impossible otherwise. “The Eucharist is my highway to heaven,” he would say, and nothing could get between him and his daily appointment with the Lord. “The more we receive the Eucharist, the more we will become like Jesus,” Carlo said.

 ‘I can die happy’

     How did he have the time? In between teaching himself to code, playing soccer, riding his bike around Milan to visit the poor, teaching himself the saxophone, patiently explaining technology to his older relatives and making one movie after another? According to his mother, Carlo didn’t waste time on useless things. He limited himself to an hour a week of video games (because, he said, he didn’t want to become a slave to them) and focused the rest of his time on things that were valuable. But that didn’t exclude silly animations or videos of his dogs — Carlo knew that something doesn’t need to be catechetical to be valuable, and he enjoyed leisure all the more because its greatest value was in being fun.

     Carlo hungered for heaven. “We have always been awaited in heaven,” he said, and throughout his life his eyes were fixed on eternity. So when, at 15, he went to the hospital with the flu and was diagnosed instead with an acute and untreatable leukemia, Carlo wasn’t upset. He was ready to go home. “I can die happy,” he told his mother, “because I haven’t wasted even a minute on things that aren’t pleasing to God.”

     Within three days, Carlo Acutis was dead.

     He was a remarkable young man, but he was an ordinary man. He had no visions. He didn’t levitate when he prayed. He just lived like heaven was real. He was completely himself, video games and computer programming and all, but entirely Christ’s.

     On his website, Carlo wrote a list of instructions for becoming holy, encouraging people to go to Mass daily and confession weekly. But his very first rule for becoming holy was this: “You must want it with all your heart.”

     This is the legacy of Venerable Carlo Acutis: an ordinary, modern kid who watched cartoons and used the internet and wanted holiness with all his heart. This is why the world loves him. Because he shows us that holiness is possible. For every one of us. Even if you have an Instagram account. Even if you’re a gamer.

     Carlo Acutis was born in 1991. That fact alone is a testimony: Holiness is possible. For you. Right now.

     But you have to want it.                     osvnews.com

The Catholic Life Conference set for March 21 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield will include a special exhibit on Eucharistic Miracles from Carlo Acutis

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DON’T MISS OUT! CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 10.  On March 21 the MassMutual Center in Springfield will be filled to overflowing with Catholics from around the diocese for the Catholic Life Conference.  As the Diocese celebrates its 150th anniversary, Catholics of Western Mass are invited to come together to be reminded how good it is to be Catholic. We want to see YOU there–come be part of the blessing!  Saturday, March 21, 8:30am-5:30pm. Includes lunch and Vigil Mass with Bishop Rozanski. Speakers: Scott Hahn, Trish Short, and Hudson Byblow. Children’s program with Popple. Register online by Tuesday, March 10. catholiclifeconference.org or call Virginia 413 768-0698. 

 

 “AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS AND MARY” – LENTEN TALK BY INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC SPEAKER – ROY SHOEMAN born and raised in New York by Jewish parents who fled Nazi Germany.  In his talks Roy weaves together his personal witness testimony with discussion of the Role of Judaism in salvation history from the beginning to the end of time, as illuminated by Catholic Doctrine.  Join us to hear his presentation “An Encounter with Jesus and Mary” at Our Lady of Czestochowa on March 29, 2020 following the chanting of Gorzkie zale at 2:00 P.M.

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.

 

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

Sun., March 8: 10:30 – + Living & Deceased Members of the Fritz & Klepacki Families

                                                                                                        – int. Betty Fritz

Monday, March 9: 8:00 

Tuesday, March 10: 5:30 – + Chet Galvis – int. Family

Wednesday, March 11: 5:30 – + Bernie Kabera – int. Mary Kabera

Thursday, March 12: 5:30  + Holy Souls in Purgatory – int. Betty Fritz

Friday, March 13: 5:30 Health and Blessings for Bernadette DeVito – int. Ciocia 

Saturday, March 14: 8:00 

Saturday, Marach 14: 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!

 

FOR LENT: THE CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE

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Forgiveness. Is it possible?  Acceptance. Can I find it? Weariness. Is there an antidote?  Hurt. Is there an answer? The Catholic Life Conference asks “Why are YOU Catholic?”  and presents one big day together with these questions in our hearts. TOGETHER we will seek encouragement for our needs, together we will hear speakers who can share from their lives, and together we will experience God drawing near to us in the Sacraments.  We are in this TOGETHER. The Catholic Life Conference, MassMutual Center, Springfield, March 21, 2020, 8:30am-5:30pm. This is for you and those you love, Catholics of Western Massachusetts! Register today! catholiclifeconference.org

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,

And Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.

Andrew Putala 3/8/1922

Blanche Putala 3/8/1969

James J. Burns, IV 3/8/1987

Mary Zajac  3/9/1940

Rev. Peter Samorajski 3/9/1973

Leon A. Piecuch 3/9/2016

Cecile M. Sojka 3/9/2016

Stanley Rozycki, Sr. 3/10/1998

Stanislaus J. Sojka 3/10/2003

Bernard J. Kobera 3/10/2014

Wlodysha Orerzynski 3/11/1936

Frances Szymanski 3/11/1980

Theodore (Jocko) Kortz 3/11/1997

Harvey M. Kellyhouse 3/11/2010

Eunice L. Wysk 3/11/2018

Peter Bienkunski 3/12/1943

Michael Strysko 3/12/1959

Paul P. Novak 3/12/1974

Aldea M. Dubreuil 3/12/2005

Frank W. Zak 3/12/2012

Patricia E. Yurkunas 3/13/2015

Helen Kawecki 3/13/1926

Edward Szymanski 3/13/1945

Esther O’Hara 1982

Anthony Monkiewicz 3/13/1946

Michael C. Schab 3/13/2009

Peter Dylewski 3/14/1969

Mary Bocon 3/14/1986

Victoria C. Kowalski 3/14/1998

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
Bishop Rozanski & Vocations/ 

7 p.m. Holy Hour

Our Retired Priests Deacon Rabbitt Fr. DiMascola Fr. Bermudez Pope Francis Fr. Lisowski

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