St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9 • Tel. (204) 586-3825
Rev. Bob Kay – Administrator
Celebration of the Eucharist and Mass Intentions:
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 07, 2023
10:00AM – † Marianna Janiszewska
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MOTHER’S DAY, May 14, 2023
10:00AM – † John & Mary Regula, All Mothers
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, FEAST OF THE ASCENSION, May 21, 2023
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech
PENTACOST SUNDAY, May 28, 2023
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
MAY – THE MONTH OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Let us ask the Blessed Virgin to make us contemplatives, to teach us to recognize the constant calls from God at the door of our heart. Let us ask her now: Our Mother, you brought to earth Jesus, who reveals the love of our Father God. Help us to recognize him in the midst of the cares of each day. Stir up our mind and will so that we may listen to the voice of God, to the calls of grace.
LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR MAY 2023
May 1 – Phillip & James, Apostles
The example of the today’s Apostles is the most certain and direct path to heaven. They suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God and now they rejoice in heaven. We too must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our adversities. In our Father’s house there are many mansions, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our life and take us to Himself.
May 3 – Polish Constitution Day
Year after year, The Polish community, whether at home or abroad, gathers together to commemorate the 3rd of May Constitution and to honor all the great minds who took part in the creation of this revolutionary document. They celebrate because the constitution symbolizes the spiritual and moral renovation of the Polish nation after a long period of chaos and disorder. They celebrate because the constitution established a democratic philosophy of humanitarianism and tolerance, including entire liberty to all people. And, most of all, they celebrate because the 3rd of May Constitution is not only a milestone in the Polish political and social history, but it is also a landmark in the European tradition, being the second constitution ever written in the world, and a first on the European soil.
May 3 – Finding of the Holy Cross
After the victory Constantine gained through the power of the Cross which he had seen in the heavens, and whose sign he reproduced in the Labarum, St. Helena, his mother, went to Jerusalem to try to find the true Cross. St. Helena divided the precious wood in three. One part was deposited in Rome in the church of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, the second in Constantinople and the third in Jerusalem. This last relic having been carried off by the Persians and recovered by Heraclius, this emperor solemnly brought it back to Jerusalem on May 3rd, 628.
May 18 – Ascension of our Lord
The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven.
The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” The denial of the Ascension is as grave a departure from Christian teaching as is denial of Christ’s Resurrection.
Christ’s bodily Ascension foreshadows our own entrance into Heaven not simply as souls, after our death, but as glorified bodies, after the resurrection of the dead at the Final Judgment. In redeeming mankind, Christ not only offered salvation to our souls but began the restoration of the material world itself to the glory that God intended before Adam’s fall.
Before His Ascension, Christ promised to send the Holy Spirit to His apostles. Their prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which began on Ascension Thursday, ended with the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, ten days later.
COMMEMORATING THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED IN THE ST. MARY`S CEMETERY (PERPETUAL CARE):
We have been asked to keep the following people in our prayers: Michael Prach, Helena & Mikołaj Benczarski, Christina Walton, Helen Chmielowiec, Walter & Stella Maciurzynski, Konstanty Jackiewicz, Very Rev. Waclaw Cwieka, Christine Maciurzynski, Marianna Janiszewska, Anne & Marion Tylipski, Jessie Chorniuk, Fedon Walter, Frank Payonk, Veronika Sosnowski, Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Mary Skrypetz, Myron Mischuk, Stanley Bidowski
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
May Birthdays: Pawluk Lynda /06/, Domiter Maggie /07/, Skrypetz Stan /07/, Hangdaan Jondrei /19/, Nykoluk Epiatacia /23/, Markiewicz Zbigniew /26/, Skrypetz Cheryl /30/
May Wedding Anniversaries: Nykoluk Ronald & Epitacia /03/, Markiewicz Zbigniew & Grazyna /16/, Hangdaan John & Remedios /20/, Mikolajczyk Martin & Christine /23/
DAILY INTERCESSION FOR OUR SICK AND HOMEBOUND
The following are our brothers and sisters of St. Mary`s who are currently homebound, suffering from chronic illness, in recovery or in need of special prayers. Especially: Sofia Wolejszo, Chantalle Witon, Helena Wolejszo, Lloyd Mazur, Bernice and Frank Payonk, Rose Budzinski, Sofia Gryz, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Mary Golembioski, Brenda Owsianyk, Emily Wasney, Martin Mikolajczyk, Donna Fedon, Elaine VanDenBussche.
MOTHER’S DAY MASS INTENTIONS
The Mother’s Day is coming (May 14, 2023). If you would like to mention your Mother’s Name (living or the deceased) in the intention of the Mass on that day, please contact Father Bob Kay.
MEMBERS DUES 2023
To continue to be a member at the Saint Mary’s Parish and a member of the Polish National Catholic Church each adult will be responsible for paying the dues. Total dues for 2023 per Adult Member: $100.00 per year. The parish itself has an obligation to pay dues according to the number of active members to the General Church.
OUR PARISH CEMETERY
For those who do not know, our parish has a cemetery located at 360 McIvor Ave. This beautiful setting is replete with the history and memory of those who served our parish and worshiped with us. If you and your family are at the stage of preplanning for your Christian funeral and other matters, please consider a resting place in our Catholic Cemetery. If you have questions in relation to these issues, please see Father Bob Kay.
We thank the following for their donations for Easter flowers for the church; Elaine VanDenBussche, Cheryl Peltier, Virginita Banaga, Teresa & Ted Kukula, Father Bob Kay, Maria Germinario, Elsie Galgo, Katie & Myron Mischuk, Piotr & Zofia Janecki, Christine & Martin Mikolajczyk, Stan & Cheryl Skrypetz
SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF OUR PARISH
A bequest to St. Mary`s Parish may be the most meaningful charitable gift you will ever make. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to the Parish.
I never thank you enough for listening to me.
I never thank you enough for protecting me from the things I shouldn’t do.
I never thank you enough for guiding me in the right direction.
I never thank you enough for putting up with my mood swings and arrogance.
I never thank you enough for without a doubt being there for me.
I never tell you enough how much I love you mum.
You mean the world to me, but I don’t tell you enough.
But no matter what, I always will love you mum, no matter how much we argue, or how much you anger me, I’ll love you till the day I die.
You hear my pain when everyone else goes deaf.
You always make smile when I think I can’t.
You listen to my secrets and make them yours.
You give me a hug when I can’t find my voice.
You wipe away the tears that the world makes me weep.
You mean more to me than you’ll ever know.
You’re my best friend.
You’re my guardian angel.
You’re my mum!
A Mother’s Day Prayer
We thank you, Creator of us all, for our mothers. We thank you that she gave us life and nurtured us all those years. She gave us our faith, helping us to know you and to know Jesus and His ways. She taught us how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught us that it was okay to cry and that we should always tell the truth. Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in Your eyes today and to know that we love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day with your love.