Monthly Newsletter
MARCH 2018

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 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.

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6:00PM – †
Władysław, Józef, Julia


10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław

PASSION SUNDAY, March 18, 2018

PALM SUNDAY, March 25, 2018
10:00AM – † 
Gregory Fedon

HOLY THURSDAY, March 29, 2018
6:00PM † Józef, Julia

GOOD FRIDAY, March 30, 2018

HOLY SATURDAY, March 31, 2018


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 14 & 28, April 11). 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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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


church life2 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.


liturgical calendar3MARCH 2018

March 11 – 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 121st Anniversary of the organization of the Hodur3Polish 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 121 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.


March 19 – Joseph, Spouse of the BVM
St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. His high privilege is expressed in a single phrase, “Foster-father of Jesus.” About him Sacred Scripture has little more to say than that he was a just man-an expression which indicates how faithfully he fulfilled his high trust of protecting and guarding God’s greatest treasures upon earth, Jesus and Mary. The darkest hours of his life may well have been those when he first learned of Mary’s pregnancy; but precisely in this time of trial Joseph showed himself great. His suffering, which likewise formed a part of the work of the redemption, was not without great Joseph2providential import: Joseph was to be, for all times, the trustworthy witness of the Messiah’s virgin birth. After this, he modestly retires into the background of holy Scripture. Of St. Joseph’s death the Bible tells us nothing. There are indications, however, that he died before the beginning of Christ’s public life. His was the most beautiful death that one could have, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Humbly and unknown, he passed his years at Nazareth, silent and almost forgotten he remained in the background through centuries of Church history. Only in more recent times Joseph3has he been accorded greater honor. At present there are two major feasts in his honor. On March 19 our veneration is directed to him personally and to his part in the work of redemption, while on May 1 we honor him as the patron of workmen throughout the world and as our guide in the difficult matter of establishing equitable norms regarding obligations and rights in the social order. St. Joseph is invoked as patron for many causes. He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice. Many religious orders and communities are placed under his patronage.

March 25 – Palm Sunday
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On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.
The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey Palm sunday4to the cross.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass’s colt (Jn 12:13-15)!”
Today we commemorate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem for the completion of the Paschal Mystery. In the old calendar, the Church celebrated Passion Sunday two Sundays before Easter, and then Palm Sunday was the beginning of Holy Week. The Church Palm sunday3has combined the two to reinforce the solemnity of Holy Week.
The Palm Sunday procession is formed of Christians who, in the “fullness of faith,” make their own the gesture of the Jews and endow it with its full significance. Following the Jews’ example we proclaim Christ as a Victor… Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. But by our faith we know, as they did not, all that His triumph stands for. He is the Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of God. He is the sign of contradiction, acclaimed by some and reviled by others. Sent into this world to wrest us from sin and the power of Satan, He underwent His Passion, the punishment for our sins, but issues forth triumphant from the tomb, the victor over death, making our peace with God and taking us with Him into the kingdom of His Father in heaven.

March 29 – Maundy Thursday
Holy Thursday 10.jpgHOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.
On Holy Thursday there is a special Mass in Cathedral Churches, attended by as many Holy Thursday 7.jpg
The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) or washing in Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest’s stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday.

March 30 – Good Friday
Good Friday6Friday of Holy Week has been traditionally been called Good Friday or Holy Friday. On this day, the church commemorates Jesus’ arrest, his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial.
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.Good Friday3
The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.
Good Friday4There are a variety of services of worship for Good Friday, all aimed at allowing worshippers to experience some sense of the pain, humiliation, and ending in the journey to the cross. The traditional Catholic service for Good Friday was held in mid-afternoon to correspond to the final words of Jesus from the cross (around 3 PM, Matt 27:46-50). However, modern schedules have led many churches to move the service to the evening to allow more people to participate. Usually, a Good Friday service is a series of Scripture readings, a short homily, and a time of meditation and prayer.

March 31 – Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday4Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, the three days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) immediately preceding Easter, during which Christians commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and prepare for His Resurrection.
As on Good Friday, there is no Mass offered for Holy Saturday. The Easter Vigil Mass, which takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, properly belongs to Easter Holy Saturday5Sunday, since liturgically, each day begins at sundown on the previous day. Unlike on Good Friday, when Holy Communion is distributed at the afternoon liturgy commemorating Christ’s Passion, on Holy Saturday the Eucharist is only given to the faithful as viaticum—that is, only to those in danger of death, to prepare their souls.
Holy Saturday2In the early Church, Christians gathered on the afternoon of Holy Saturday to pray and to confer the Sacrament of Baptism on catechumens—converts to Christianity who had spent Lent preparing to be received into the Church. In the early Church, Holy Saturday and the vigil of Pentecost were the only days on which baptism was administered. This vigil lasted through the night until dawn on Easter Sunday, when the Alleluia was sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent, and the faithful—including the newly baptized—broke their 40-hour fast by receiving Communion.

candleanimatedavatarWe 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.

March Birthdays: 
Peltier Noah /04/, Czelen Michael /05/,  Banaga Bernard /08/, Dutkewich Eleanor /08/, Yashuk Alice /09/, Peltier Cheryl /15/, Banaga Kendrick /18/, Galera Teresita /20/, Szkolnicki Robert /24/

prayers for sick6
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, 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.prayers for sick2


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.

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.

mass intentions2
An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. Requesting a Mass is a special way of remembering a loved one, celebrating an anniversary, making an act of thanksgiving, offering your prayer intentions before God or simply sharing in the feasts and seasons of the Church year. If you would like to have a Mass celebrated for a special request, on behalf of a family member, a friend, or a deceased loved one, you are encouraged to contact Fr. Czelen for scheduling the Mass.

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 pre planning 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 Fr. Czelen.

Since January 2005, a change was made that eliminated the ‘family plan’ method for paying Church dues. This change was voted upon and approved at the last General Synod. Each adult member will now be recorded as an individual unit. This means every adult member is now responsible for his/her own dues. 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 2018 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 and Diocese and our financial administration distributes these monies also as directed by the General Synod. A breakdown of where these dollars are sent is available upon request. There are also many other funds within our parish that require your attention and need your donations: Sunday Collection, Easter and Christmas Donations, General Fund, Funds for: Mission, Cemetery, Seminary, Clergy Pension, Youth, School of Christian Living and Publications.

At the annual meeting of St. Mary’s Parish held on February 11, 2018, the following people were elected for Parish Committee for the coming year:
Chairman – Ted Maciurzynski, Vice Chairman – Robert Szkolnicki, Recording Secretary – Cheryl Peltier, Financial Secretary – Maria Germinario, Treasurer – Tadeusz Kukula, Directors: Walter Fedon, Virginita Banaga, Louie Jacinto, John Hangdaan and Claude Caya.
Congratulations and blessings for our new Parish Committee. A special thanks to who served in the past, and over the last year. May our good Lord bless you for your service.

Stations of the cross6
Fridays at 6:00 pm 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 March 2 and March 9, 2018

Good Friday4

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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