Monthly Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2018

St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9
Tel. (204) 586-3825

Website: www.stmarypncc.ca

Rev. Tadeusz Czelen – Pastor
rev.czelen@stmarypncc.ca

 

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St. Mary’s Parish, Polish National Catholic Church has been an integral part of the Winnipeg Community for the past 114 years. We hope to continue our growth in service to God and community. This commitment manifests itself in a regular devotional and prayer life and a greater participation in both ecumenical and community activities. At St. Mary’s Parish, our primary emphasis is on the Parish family.
All who belong sense this family spirit, expressed in a real love and concern for one another.  Our pastor makes a point to know each family on a one-to one basis.
Thus the spiritual health and vitality of all parishioners and all our friends is supported by both pastor and laity. We invite you to join our Parish family! If you are looking for a Parish and are considering St. Mary’s, feel free to talk with any parishioner about it. We will introduce you to our family in all its wonderful aspects – a family whose real strength lies in our personal and real relationship to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We express this faith in our Church through our liturgy which is Catholic and traditional, shared between priest and laity.
We demonstrate this faith in the prayerful material and emotional support we give one another. We share this faith in a Church rooted in democratic principles and a Church constitution giving laity full rights and due process in matters financial, administrative and material.
OUR PARISH…firm in faith, Catholic, democratic, and open to the growth that comes as more join our family.
MAKE YOURSELF RIGHT AT HOME!

  

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V SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 4, 2018
10:00AM – † Henry Sosnowski († Nov. 6, 1996)

VI SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 11, 2018
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
After Mass – Annual Parish Meeting

ASH WEDNESDAY, February 14 , 2018
6:00PM – † Marianna, Stanisław

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, February 18, 2018
10:00AM – † Józef, Julia 

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, February 23, 2018
6:00PM

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, February 25, 2018
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech


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Sunday Masses as announced. Examples of the Mass intention are: for the Sick, in remembrance of the faithful departed (especially parents, grandparents, relatives…), to ask God’s Grace, Birthdays and Anniversaries (…) To make arrangements, please contact Father Czelen.
Sacrament of Baptism – Arrangements should be made at least two weeks prior the ceremony. Only practicing Christians should be chosen as godparents.
Sacrament of Matrimony – Arrangements should be made at least six months in advance.
Emergencies, Sickness and deaths – please contact to the rectory immediately.
Receiving the Holy Eucharist – those who believe in the true presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist are invited to partake of this Holy Sacrament. It is the practice of the PNCC to distribute the Holy Eucharist through the method of intinction. The Body and Blood of Christ are placed on the tongue, not in the hand.
Sacrament of the sick – If there is anyone at home who cannot get to Mass and the Sacraments because of illness or age, please call the parish office at anytime to request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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Ash Wednesday is February 14th this year. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It stands 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, excluding Sundays, which are always days that celebrate the resurrection. These 40 days are derived primarily from the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness between the time of His baptism by John in the Jordan and the beginning of His public ministry. During these 40 days, Jesus struggled with the question of what God expected of Him. By the time of His baptism, Jesus seems to have realized His special calling, but there still remained the question of how His ministry should play out. This is the basis of the symbolic temptations endured during the time in the desert. Jesus had to distinguish between His own visions of what to do and what God intended for Him to do. This captures for us the goal of our Lenten journeys. This reflective season gives us all the opportunity to think to ourselves and to be challenged by the example of Jesus by asking ourselves what God intends for us. All of us are called to serve the betterment of God’s kingdom on earth in some way. All of us are an essential part of the body of Christ. Lent is our chance to listen for God, to let Him guide us.
Ash wednesday service6And all of this begins on Ash Wednesday. Mass on this day will be offered at 6PM. After the Gospel, the ashes will be blessed and placed upon our foreheads both as a sign of our remorse for falling short of God’s expectations and also as a sign of our mortality. Time is not limitless. We only have so much time to accomplish what is expected of us in our lives. I hope everyone who will be in church on Easter will also gather with us during Lent so that the mystery of the resurrection will be real and lasting, and even transformative.

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As we prepare for Lent let us keep in mind those practices that are worthy and recommended by the Church in our journey. It is time to ready ourselves to:
• Abstain from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays: It is a small practice of denial in which we regulate our minds and bodies. We need to practice for all endeavors. If we want to be good in a sport or as a musician we must practice. So too spiritually. If we practice small denials we are better prepared to reject things that are truly damaging.
• Pray and Participate in Lenten Devotions: The Church calls us to prayer and reflection during Lent. We will offer Stations of the Cross on  Fridays  in Lent at 6:00 PM (February 23, March 2 and 9). These are great opportunities to join in community and pray through the journey; to acknowledge what Jesus did for us and to be willing participants in His life.
• Be Charitable: We are called to take up the cross of others who are in need during our Lenten journey. Our directed giving program is a perfect opportunity to set aside our needs, using our resources for the good of others through the gift of food.
• Forgive: The road through Lent leads us to the cross, the source of forgiveness for the world.  When the Father looks at us, He no longer sees our brokenness and separateness, but rather the blood of His Son Jesus that washes us clean and makes us His adopted sons and daughters.  Scripture reminds us that before we come before God we must make peace with those with whom we have disagreement (Matthew 5:23-24). We must reconcile. Let us take time to forgive this Lent. Then we can come before God with open hearts.
• Stand in Faith: St. Paul tells us that we make little sense to the world. Our faith is a offense to some and foolishness to others (1 Corinthians 1:23). Paul goes on to tell us that we have been called by God. The light of faith shows us that the crucified Jesus is the power and wisdom of God. We are called to strengthen our faith this Lent and to increase our confidence in God’s love for us.
• Be Thankful: Finally, we are called to be thankful this Lent.  A few short weeks ago we celebrated God’s coming, the gift of Himself to us. That journey ends at an empty tomb. We stand before that tomb assured of our salvation and owning the gift of life that will never end.

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WHAT TO GIVE UP FOR LENT

Give up watching television one evening a week
Visit some lonely or sick person instead
Give up looking at other people’s worst points
Concentrate on their strong points and positive attributes
Give up speaking unkindly
Let your speech be generous and understanding
Give up your worries
Trust God with your problems and frustrations
Give up hatred or dislike of anyone
Learn to love instead
Give up the fear which presents Christian witness
Seek courage to speak about your faith with others
Give up spending so much time with newspapers and magazines
Use some of that time to study your Bible
Give up grumbling
Learn to give thanks in everything
Give up ten to fifteen minutes each day
Use that time in prayer
Give up buying anything but essentials for yourself
Give that money to God’s work or someone in need
Give up judging by appearance and by the standards of the world
Learn to give up yourself to God

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COULD WE START AGAIN, PLEASE???

None of us is perfect and despite outward appearances there is brokenness in all of our lives. Each Lent is an opportunity for growth as a human person as a follower of Jesus. It calls us to reflect in honesty and humility on our brokenness—but not only on the brokenness, but on the grace and mercy and forgiveness of God who wants no more than to grace what is broken in our lives.
When it comes to the three traditions of Lent I wonder if as we start again, we can step out of our comfort zones and approach them a little differently? Not just for the sake of “stepping out,” but rather to take an action to enable a deeper conversion.
Prayer – spending more time listening in prayer, not necessarily talking all the time. Being quiet in waiting for the answer to the question: “What is God trying to tell me?” I invite families in our parishes to worship and pray together especially by attending Sunday Eucharist
Fasting – not just from food or drink, but from the routines we all fall into that prevent us from living consciously. Fasting from the things that dull my awareness of God’s presence in my life at every moment, in every relationship, in every human encounter. I encourage families to gather for a simple meal at least once a week.  Within the simplicity of a meal, a family should be able to save some costs; the very nature of a simple meal is already a manifestation of your solidarity with any poor person or family.
Almsgiving – If you so desire, your simple meal can be translated as an act of almsgiving or charity.  Whatever you save from having a simple meal can be shared with anyone who is experiencing hunger for food.  It could be in our own parish community, or anywhere in the world where you think there are poor in need of your generosity who will receive and appreciate it. Almsgiving means spending time looking for, finding, and acting in a concrete way to reach out to the poor and the marginalized.
A special invitation: To those who have stopped coming to Mass with any regularity, please take the opportunity of this Lent and Easter to come back and join us for Eucharist on the Sundays and join all of us in “starting again.”

Have a Blessed Easter, filled with Joy and Hope.
Rev. Tadeusz Czelen
Pastor

liturgical calendar2FEBRUARY 2018

February 02 – Presentation of the Lord
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Known originally as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a relatively ancient celebration. The Church at Jerusalem observed the feast as early as the first half of the fourth century, and likely earlier. The feast celebrates the presentation of Christ in the temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after His birth.
According to Jewish law, the firstborn male child belonged to God, and the parents had to “buy him back” by offering a sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24) in the temple. On that same day, the mother would be ritually purified.
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph kept this law, even though, since Saint Mary remained a presentation2virgin after the birth of Christ, she would not have had to go through ritual purification. In his gospel, Luke recounts the story (Luke 2:22-39).
When Christ was presented in the temple, “there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). When Saint Mary and Saint Joseph brought Christ to the temple, Simeon embraced the Child and prayed: “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).

February 14 – St. Valentine, Martyr
St. Valentine 1Each year on February 14 we peruse the store shelves for the perfect gift or card for a loved one. But why? How did this holiday of love and romance originate and, more importantly, how did St. Valentine become involved? The answers to those questions are not easy ones. Valentine’s Day is a holiday shrouded in mystery and legend. According to one story, Roman emperor Claudius II imposed a ban on marriages because too many young men were dodging the draft by getting married (only single men had to enter the army). A Christian priest named Valentinus was caught performing secret marriages and sentenced to death. While awaiting execution, young lovers visited him with notes about how much better love is than war — the first “valentines.” The execution occurred in 269 on February 14th.St. Valentine 2
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to let the people in your life know how much you love and care about them. Also remember that you are loved. God loves you and wants you to be His valentine. The love that God gives us is not like the world’s love. The world’s love is only as sturdy as a paper Valentine’s card. But God’s love is not a flimsy, cheap imitation: it is the real thing. It is an all-giving love that was and is willing to suffer and die for our deliverance. Will Money gram agent you be God’s valentine? It is your choice. Say yes and give to God the love He desires. And when you do, remember the first Valentine and how he gave everything, including his life, to the God he loved.

February 24 – Matthias, Apostle
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Apostle Matthias was born at Bethlehem of the Tribe of Judah. From his early childhood he studied the Law of God under the guidance of Simeon.
When the Jesus Christ revealed himself to the world, Matthias believed in him as the Messiah, followed constantly after him and was numbered among the Seventy Apostles, whom the Lord “sent them two by two before His face” (Luke 10:1).
After the Ascension of the Savior, Matthias was chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve Apostles (Acts 1:15-26). After the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Matthias preached the Gospel at Jerusalem and in Judea together with the other Apostles (Acts 6:2, 8:14). From Jerusalem he went with the Apostles Peter and Andrew to Syrian Antioch, and was in the Cappadocian city of Tianum and Sinope. Here the Apostle Matthias was locked into prison, from which he was miraculously freed.Matthias ap2
The Apostle Matthias journeyed after this to Amasea, a city on the shore of the sea. During a three year journey of the Apostle Andrew, Matthias was with him at Edessa and Sebaste. According to Church Tradition, he was preaching at Pontine Ethiopia (presently Western Georgia) and Macedonia. He was frequently subjected to deadly peril, but the Lord preserved him to preach the Gospel.
Once, pagans forced the saint to drink a poison potion. He drank it, and not only did he himself remain unharmed, but he also healed other prisoners who had been blinded by the potion. When Matthias left the prison, the pagans searched for him in vain, for he had become invisible to them. Another time, when the pagans had become enraged intending to kill the Apostle, the earth opened up and engulfed them.
The Apostle Matthias returned to Judea and did not cease to enlighten his countrymen with the light of Christ’s teachings. He worked great miracles in the Name of the Lord Jesus and he converted a great many to faith in Christ.
The Jewish High Priest Ananias hated Christ and earlier had commanded the Apostle James, Brother of the Lord, to be flung down from the heights of the Temple, and now he ordered that the Apostle Matthias be arrested and brought for judgment before the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem.
Matthias ap3The impious Ananias uttered a speech in which he blasphemously slandered the Lord. Using the prophecies of the Old Testament, the Apostle Matthias demonstrated that Jesus Christ is the True God, the promised Messiah, the Son of God, Consubstantial and Coeternal with God the Father. After these words the Apostle Matthias was sentenced to death by the Sanhedrin and stoned.
When Matthias was already dead, the Jews, to hide their malefaction, cut off his head as an enemy of Caesar. (According to several historians, the Apostle Matthias was crucified, and indicate that he instead died at Colchis.) The Apostle Matthias received the martyr’s crown of glory in the year 63.

COMMEMORATING THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED IN THE ST. MARY`S CEMETERY (PERPETUAL CARE)
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We have been asked to keep the following people in our prayers: Michael Prach, Helena & Mikołaj Benczarski, Christina Walton, Helen Chmielowiec, Joseph Macer, Stanislawa & Jan Maciurzynski, Walter & Stella Maciurzynski, Konstanty Jackiewicz, Very Rev. Waclaw Cwieka, Christine Maciurzynski, Marianna Janiszewska, Anne Tylipski.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
February Birthdays: Kosowski John /02/, Cabanlong Mark /09/, Banaga Virginita /11/, Jacinto Jacob /11/, Prach Emily /12/, Francisco Valentino /14/, Caya Patricia /22/

DAILY INTERCESSION FOR OUR SICK AND HOMEBOUND

prayer requestsThe 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, Solgein Meinhardt, Chantalle Witon, Helena Wolejszo, Lloyd Mazur, Myron Mischuk, Bernice and Frank Payonk, Rose Budzinski, Sofia Gryz, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Mary Skrypetz, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine and Walter Fedon, Helen Krokosh, Josie Jackiewicz, Mary Golembioski, Brenda Owsianyk, Marion Tylipski, Emily Wasney, Martin Mikolajczyk, Donna Fedon, Elaine VanDenBussche.

PRAYER FOR THE SICK 

Dear God. Hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in special need at this time. Amid mental and physical suffering, may they find consolation in Your healing presence. Show Your mercy as You close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and with them, may we thank You for all Your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed. Amen.

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Our annual congregation meeting will be held on February 11th after the 10:00AM Mass along with the election of a new Parish Committee. So much good has been accomplished in 2017 – and it will be a great meeting filled with thankfulness for the many blessings we have experienced – especially for the blessing of having you in our family of faith!
Anyone may attend the annual meeting to share in the information provided, but please note that only parish members may vote or run for office.
This meeting is part of what makes our Church unique as a Catholic Church; our parish family has a voice in the direction of our parish. The Constitution of the PNCC provides that all adult members in good standing have a vote. Members in good standing are those who regularly attend the Eucharist and contribute regularly to the well being of our parish.
I ask that you pray individually and let the Spirit guide you to how best you can serve our Lord in His Church.  The importance of a congregational meeting is to see where we are at and where we can go to build Christ’s Church. Mission is our first goal to ensure our parish’s future.  If you would like to serve on the Board, volunteer your name. If nominated, accept. If you or someone you know would like to be part of the leadership team, please verbally announce your name, theirs, or better yet, both of yours, along with the office position (Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Secretary, and Trustee). We have so much work to do in building Christ’s  Church, every talent and perspective is needed. We serve the ever present living God who has allowed us to be his messengers of salvation to our community.  The 2018 world needs to be evangelized. So remember to attend our yearly meeting and be an instrumental member of His church.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE POLISH NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH
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Many have fought through the years to maintain and strengthen the democratic tradition of our Holy Church. Our Church is unique among all Churches in this regard – where members have a voice and a vote, where they are guaranteed accountability, where money doesn’t go into hidden accounts, and where no one can close their parish.
Parish membership requires the payment of annual dues which support the larger Church, our Diocese, and our Parish. Dues are $100.00 per year for adult members. Payment of dues gives you a voice and a vote and the ability to run for a position on the Parish Committee. It also allows you to represent the parish and vote at Diocesan and General Church Synods.

THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK
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There has been, historically, some misunderstandings put forth regarding the Sacrament of Anointing, sometimes referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rights. In fact, the ‘Last Rights’ while involving the Sacrament of Anointing, is not the same thing. It is a sacramental procedure immediately preceding impending death, and is reserved for that purpose.
The Sacrament of Anointing is to help us heal. St. James, in his letter, wrote that the sick should come to the priest of the church and have hands laid on them and be anointed with oil.
This is for any type of malady that we might have. While it can include something as mundane as the common cold (and I would not refuse the Sacrament to anyone who asked for it), usually, we would approach for the Sacrament if it was something more unusual or persistent. The list is endless, but it includes any physical or mental problems that we might have.
Do not be afraid of asking the Priest to anoint you if you are not feeling well, and do not be offended if a priest finds out you are ill and asks if you want to be anointed. It does not mean that he thinks you’re dying, but that he wants to bring in Jesus, the Divine Physician, to make a house call on you and help you to be on the mend.

HOSPITAL VISIT
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If you, or a member of your family, are hospitalized or enter a long-term nursing facility, please personally or through a closest family member contact Fr. Czelen. I will visit a sick member upon his or his family notification.

2018 SPECIAL MASS INTENTION REQUESTS
As we begin the New Year, if you would like to reserve a date in the church calendar Ordo for any anniversaries, requiem intentions, or a special occasion, please contact Father Czelen at your earliest convenience.

ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER CHANGES
To keep the parish files and mailing addresses up to date, if you have moved or acquired a new telephone number, please contact the parish office.  Thank You. E-mail addresses are also requested.

CEMETERY
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Thank you to all the parishioners and friends who have helped us to maintaining our Parish Cemetery in 2017. None of it would have been possible without your practical and financial support.  Each donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference. One of the nicest things you can do to honour 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 also for donations placed in Sunday envelopes. Your gifts are very important to the operation of the cemetery. Thank you for your concern and support.

CHRISTMAS DINNER:
THANK YOU, MARAMING SALAMAT, MERCI, DZIĘKUJĘ
volunteer3On January 28th, St. Mary’s Parish held its annual Christmas Dinner to parishioners, friends and neighbours in our community. Every year, St. Mary’s has undertaken this most enjoyable activity. This joyous event always attracts lots of people who might otherwise have no family or friends to celebrate with. St. Mary’s Christmas Dinner was a huge success and truly a celebration! Our deepest gratitude and thanks to all our Parishioners for their generosity. It is encouraged that you to continue to be charitable with your time, talents and resources for the needs of our parish. This beautiful church in which we worship continues to flourish because of your efforts.

GIVING TO YOUR PARISH
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The people of St. Mary’s Parish have been blessed with church and property that their forebears sacrificed to put in place. Many of them worked long and hard to give to us what we have today – a place to pray, to celebrate important moments in our lives (baptism, communions, confirmations, weddings and finally funerals).  Our parish church is where we come for strength in the ups and downs of life.
Almost everything that gets done in our Parish and all that enables it to get done (heating, electricity, etc.) is paid for by parishioners.
Most of that financial support comes in the form of the Sunday Offering Envelopes in which parishioners place cash or a cheque every Sunday of the year, and when special collections are taken up as well.
Financial support can be given as an act of thanksgiving, a memorial for someone who has passed away, and who we want to remember – or in times of joy, like the birth of a child, or a work promotion.
You can also remember your parish in your Will, designating the parish as a beneficiary in a specific way. You can designate your bequest for a specific purpose or leave it as a general gift for whatever is needed.
If the parish has a fund set up for special purposes, such as Significant Fund, renovations or technological updates, parish cemetery maintenance, you can specify your donation for such purposes. All contributions are eligible for an income tax receipt. Please, use Parish envelopes or any envelopes with your name on it to support our Parish.
Please consider that financial supporting your parish is a gift to God for blessings received.

 

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During Lent the Stations of the Cross will be celebrated in our Church. This is a wonderful way to deepen intimacy with Jesus and to be in solidarity with suffering people in our world.  Come and pray with us February 23rd 2018.

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I Killed Jesus

I killed Jesus|
But He loves me
I broke His heart
But He’s healing mine
I hurt Him so
Yet He comforts me
I knocked Him down
Yet He helps me stand up
I killed Jesus
But He loves me
I scourged Him
But He soothes my wounds
I slapped Him
Across the face
Yet He holds me
When I cry
I killed Jesus
But He loves me
Yes, I crucified Him
But He died for me

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