St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9
Tel. (204) 586-3825
Rev. Tadeusz Czelen – Pastor
St Mary’s Parish, Polish National Catholic Church has been an integral part of the Winnipeg Community for the past 116 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!
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, March 1, 2020
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, March 6, 2020
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, March 8, 2020
10:00 AM – † Rufina Runas
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, March 15, 2020
10:00AM – † Maria and Gabino Talastas, Peter and Annie Nykoluk, Ana Talastas Santos
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, March 20, 2020
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, March 22, 2020
10:00AM – † Gregory Fedon
PASSION SUNDAY, March 29, 2020
10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław
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 second Fridays in Lent at 6:00 PM (March 6 & 20, April 3). 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.
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
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.
March 8 – Institution of the P.N.C.C.
On the 2nd Sunday in March we commemorate the organizing of the PNCC, that moment when the Holy Spirit called this branch of the Holy Catholic Church into existence. It is a time for all Polish National Catholics to express their thanks to God for the guidance, grace, and protection which He has bestowed upon us from the beginning. It is also a time to remember those individuals who played a very important part in serving both God and His people during very difficult times, especially Prime Bishop Hodur, all the priests and all the lay people who worked, prayed, contributed, and struggled with the help of the Holy Spirit, so that this branch of the Catholic Church might grow and fulfill the charge given to it by our Lord Jesus Christ. I remind you of these beautiful principles of our Church. Safeguard them, uphold them, and please become involved in the work of your parish and Church, so that together we might serve our Lord Jesus Christ and minister to His people!
This year we are commemorating the 122nd Anniversary of the organization of the Polish National Catholic Church. All of the celebrations will reflect upon the fact that on March 14, 1897 Father Francis Hodur accepted the call of the Polish immigrants of the newly constructed St. Stanislaus Church on the South Side of Scranton, PA to become their pastor. With truth, work and struggle, they succeeded in organizing the PNCC – a Church that is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, yet democratic in its governance. Under the leadership of Father Hodur, who would later become their Bishop and then Prime Bishop, they built the foundation for what we today know as the Polish National Catholic Church. The organization of the PNCC gave the faithful so many rights and privileges that, even 122 years later, they still enjoy. The PNCC is built upon Jesus Christ and the Apostles. The PNCC considers itself an integral and vital part of the Catholic Christendom founded by Jesus Christ, Who gave His apostles and their successors the powers of mission, order and authority.