Monthly Bulletin
MAY 2022

St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church

365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9 • Tel. (204) 586-3825

Rev. Bob Kay – Administrator


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Celebration of the Eucharist and Mass Intentions:

10:00AM – † Walter Fedon



10:00AM – † Marianna Janiszewska

10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia


10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech

10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia

10:00AM – Mass to be celebrated by Prime Bishop Anthony Mikovski

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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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.

May 1 – St. Philip & James, Apostles
Filip James 4The Apostle Philip was one of Christ’s first disciples, called soon after his Master’s baptism in the Jordan. The fourth Gospel gives the following detail: “The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him: Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus the Son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and see” (John 1:43ff).
Patron: Hatters; Luxembourg; pastry chefs; Uruguay.
Symbols: basket; basket and Tau cross or letter Tau; two or three loaves and a cross; patriarchal cross and spear; knotted cross; broken idols; inverted cross; tall column; dragon; carpenter’s square and cross; long staff and spear; tall cross and book.
Often portrayed as: Elderly bearded man holding a basket of loaves and a cross which is often t-shaped; elderly man casting a devil from the idol of Mars; elderly man crucified on a tall cross; elderly man holding loaves and fishes; elderly man with a dragon nearby; elderly man with a loaf and book; elderly man with a snake nearby; loaves of bread; man baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch; man holding a book or scroll reading descendit ad inferna; with Saint Andrew.

St. James the Less
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St. James the Less, a brother of the Apostle Jude, was of Cana of Galilee. He is the author of one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament. He was favored by an appearance of the Risen Christ (I Cor. 15:7). After the dispersion of the Apostles he was made Bishop of Jerusalem. He was visited by St. Paul (Gal. 1:19). He spoke after Peter at the meeting of the Apostles (Acts 15:13). When he refused to deny the Divinity of Christ, the Jews cast him down from the terrace of the temple and clubbed him to death. The Breviary contains a very moving description of his death. “When he was ninety-six years old and had governed the Church for thirty years in a most holy manner, the Jews sought to stone him, then took him to the pinnacle of the temple and cast him off headlong. As he lay there half dead, with legs broken by the fall, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying: Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do! While the apostle was still praying, a fuller struck his head a mortal blow.” His relics now rest next to those of St. Philip in the church of the Holy Apostles in Rome.

May 3 – Polish Constitution Day
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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
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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. At the beginning of the second century, Hadrian had Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre covered over with earth, the top of which became a terrace of 100 feet in length, where were erected a statue of Jupiter and a temple of Venus. The Empress had them razed to the ground, and dug up. The laborers found the nails and three crosses. The miraculous cure of a Finding cross. 1jpgwoman authenticated the sacred tree, to which we owe “life, salvation and resurrection”.
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 29 – 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.

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 Tylipski, Jessie Chorniuk, Fedon Walter, Frank Payonk, Veronika Sosnowski, Marion Tylipski


May Birthdays: Pawluk Lynda /06/, Domiter Maggie /07/, Skrypetz Stan /07/, Bidowski Stanley /08/, Hangdaan Jondrei /19/, Wolejszo Helena /21/, Nykoluk Epiatacia /23/, Markiewicz Zbigniew /26/, Skrypetz Cheryl /30/

May Wedding Anniversaries: Nykoluk Ronald & Epitacia /03/, Markiewicz Zbigniew & Grazyna /16/, Czelen Tadeusz & Wieslawa /18/, Hangdaan John & Remedios /20/, Mikolajczyk Martin & Christine /23/

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, Myron Mischuk, Bernice and Frank Payonk, Rose Budzinski, Sofia Gryz, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Mary Skrypetz, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Helen Krokosh, Josie Jackiewicz, Mary Golembioski, Brenda Owsianyk, Emily Wasney, Martin Mikolajczyk, Donna Fedon, Elaine VanDenBussche


The Mother’s Day is coming (May 08, 2022). 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.

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 2022 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.
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.

EASTER FLOWERS – We thank the following for their donations for Easter flowers for the church; Virginita Banaga, Teresa & Ted Kukula, Cheryl Peltier, Father Bob Kay, Maria Germinario, Rose Budzinski, Piotr & Zofia Janecki, Bernard Banaga, Katie & Myron Mischuk, Tadeusz Witon, Elsie Galgo, Dominica Talastas, Janina Dzwonek, Chrisine & Martin Mikolajczyk

Mother’s Day

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.

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