+ 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
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.
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
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.”
“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!
THE MERITS OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNIONS ACCORDING TO THE GREAT SAINTS AND SPIRITUAL MASTERS – CATHERINE OF SIENA, JOHN PAUL THE GREAT AND TERESA OF JESUS
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:
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:
|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.