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:
XXII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, September 3, 2023
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef Julia
BROTHERLY LOVE, September 10, 2023
10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław, Anna, Marlene
XXIV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, September 17, 2023
10:00AM – † Janina, Jan, Kukuła
XXV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, September 24, 2023
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech
LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 2023
September 8 – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century. The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive.
September 9 – Brotherly Love
The Solemnity of Brotherly Love is observed by the PNCC on the second Sunday of September. On this day members of the PNCC strive to increase their faith and spirituality, and their love for all God’s people, they express a desire to live daily the Two Commandments of Love.
September 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross) we honor the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the Cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according to early accounts. The miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14, 326, by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is the origin of the tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on this date. Constantine later built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the site of her discovery of the cross.
September 21 – Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
St. Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew. His gospel, with its familiar references to the messianic prophecies, throws light on the continuity between the covenants. Moreover, his vocation is one of the most popular episodes in the life of Jesus, because of the personality of the one called the tax collector and the revelation of redeeming love that concludes and crowns the story. Matthew’s position as tax collector equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were surprised to see Christ with a traitor, but Jesus explained that he had come “not to call the just, but sinners.”
September 29 – Michael, Archangel
St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel. St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel, where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In chapter 12 Michael is called “the great prince, who protects your people”. In these references Michael is represented as Israel’s great support during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In the New Testament (Jude 9), we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses. In the Apocalypse John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out.
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, Walter Fedon, Frank Favoni, Frank & Bernice Payonk, Veronica Sosnowski, Eleanore Dutkevich, Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Josephine Bahry, Lorraine Mocarski, Sofia Gryz, Mary Skrypetz, Myron Mischuk, Stanley Bidowski, Peter Komish,
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
September Birthdays: Dzwonek Zygmunt /06/, Gatiwan Ivy /11/, Fedon Donna /14/, Janecki Piotr /20/, Madayag Imelda /25/, Runez Bianca /26/, Peltier Randy /29/, Janecki Zofia /30/, Peltier Logan /30/
September Wedding Anniversary: Peltier Randy & Cheryl /05/, Cabanlong Mark & Sharon /27/, Runez Jasper & Bianca /28/
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, Rose Budzinski, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine & Donna Fedon, Mary & Larry Golembioski, Brenda Owsianyk, Emily Wasney, Martin Mikolajczyk, Elaine VanDenBussche, Jennifer Bathan, Grażyna Markiewicz, Zofia Janecki, Epitacia Nyoluk, Gail Grywinski,
If you have not paid you 2023 Parish Membership Dues, please do so by the end of the year. Dues are $100.00 Per year for adult members. Until now only 15 people have paid memberships.
Our Fall Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 29th, 2023. Tickets cost $20.00 each. Please advertise our dinner within family and friends.
GIVING TO YOUR PARISH – SIGNIFICANCE CAMPAIGN
Earlier this year all parishioners received letter from Parish Chairman Ted Maciurzynski regarding 2023 Significance Campaign. This year we’ll focus on funding ongoing expenses – utilities, insurance, and taxes. Only these expenses cost us over $16,000 last year. Please help us! We are asking for financial help, because without these necessary expenses, the parish cannot exist. We cannot pay taxes, gas, hydro, water, or insurance. These expenses must be paid to keep the church open. As always, all donations to the Significance campaign stay in your church and all donations are fully tax deductible. Thank you to all who have donated to this campaign in past years. I know you will see the Significance of this campaign. This year, I encourage you to be generous and continue to demonstrate how Significant this church is for you.
LABOUR DAY, September 4th, 2023
St. Mary’s Cemetery
Thank you to all the individuals who have helped us to continue what has been an incredibly challenging task of maintaining our Parish Cemetery. None of it would have been possible without your encouragement, your advocacy for us, and your practical and financial support.
However, we need your continued support in order to preserve this beautiful site.
The cemetery is an irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage, but many of the historic and artistic grave markers are endangered as a result of serious vandalism and neglect. Although Cemetery is owned and managed by St. Mary’s Parish, grave markers are private property, and owners are accountable for repair and maintenance.
Some family members have faithfully overseen the upkeep of their loved ones’ graves for many years. However, as families have moved away and descendants have passed on, a number of graves have been neglected. A great deal of professional and volunteer conservation work has been performed on damaged headstones, but every year additional grave markers are affected by problems associated with age, ground settling, and vandalism.
Parish Cemetery has come a long way, but there is still much work to be done. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to preserve this cultural treasure by providing funds to help pay for much-needed conservation work on the grave markers, as well as provide necessary tools, equipment and other improvements in the historic cemetery.
Please include your name and address with your donation so that we can send an acknowledgment letter and tax deduction information.
Your gifts are very important to the operation of the cemetery. Each donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference. We work to keep expenses down, and with your help we’ll continue to have a beautiful historic cemetery. One of the nicest things you can do to honor those buried in the cemetery is to make a donation to St. Mary’s Cemetery for the maintenance and upkeep of their final resting place.
Thank you for your concern and support.
“I encourage you to choose the Catholic cemetery of St. Mary’s as your final resting place. Here you will find the church praying for and remembering our beloved dead surrounded by beauty and symbols of our faith. Here you will find hope knowing death is not the end but a means to eternal life”.