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!
XIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 01, 2018 10:00AM – † Walter Fedon
XIV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 08, 2018 10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław
XV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 15, 2018 10:00AM – † Józef, Julia
XVI SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 22, 2018 10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech After Mass Blessing of the vehicles
XVII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 29, 2018 10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
Someone has said, “Vacation is what you take when you can’t take what you’ve been taking any longer.” There are good reasons to take a vacation every year: spending time with friends and loved ones, experiencing physical and mental refreshment, enjoying changes in scenery and routine, and preparing for another year of productivity.
Please enjoy your vacation! Try to be faithful to the Lord by attending church while you’re away, if you have the opportunity. Just remember that during vacations and weekend getaways, you’re especially missed by your friends at church. The work of the church suffers because no one can fill your place of responsibility quite like you.
God’s work goes on all summer long. Your presence and gifts are needed to enable the church to be strong and vigorous throughout the entire year. When you’re away, please bring or send your offering before you go. Have a wonderful summer!
Dear Fellow Parishioner:
In 2017, your parish committee decided to suspend the Significance campaign to focus all resources on the kitchen renovation project, and what a success you made sure this initiative was! The kitchen in our church looks, and more importantly, functions tremendously; this could not have been accomplished without your help. For those of you who made a donation directed to this improvement, thank you so very much.
Have you ever thought about the Significance of kneeling in our church? Many religions and Christian denominations use kneeling as a symbol of supplication and respect, and our liturgy incorporates this subtle but significant gesture into every service. A component of the sanctuary seating is used to assist and acknowledge this beautiful and profound symbolic act. This year your parish committee has chosen to replace the covering on these kneelers. As so much of the fabric of our church, these are original to the building. Additionally, this year the plan is to address repair of the heating and lighting systems – all to improve our comfort and hopefully save some of the utility costs which are a major expense every year. This work and some planned landscaping is done whenever possible with help from members of our congregation – many of these talented hands ensure your donations are stretched as far as possible.
As always, all donations to the Significance campaign stay in your church and all donations are fully tax deductible. Keeping your church building well maintained and operating properly demonstrates how significant it is to our congregation and will demonstrate the pride we share in maintaining the asset those who came before us built. I know your donation will recognize the significance of this is, and how important we know this symbol of our faith is to those around us.
Thank you to all who have donated to this campaign in years past. I know you will see the Significance of this campaign for the ongoing upkeep of your church. This year, I encourage you to be generous and continue to demonstrate how Significant this church is for you.
Ted Maciurzynski, Parish Committee Chairman
St. Mary’s Parish Polish National Catholic Church
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.
July 02 – Visitation of the BVM After the angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of Our Lord, Mary went from Galilee to Judea to visit her kinswoman Elizabeth, soon to be the mother of John the Baptist. This visit is recorded in Luke 1:39-56. Elizabeth greeted Mary with the words, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Mary burst forth with the song of praise which we call the Magnificat, beginning, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” We are told that even John the Baptist, still unborn, leaped for joy in his mother’s womb. Thus we are shown, side by side, the two women, one seemingly too old to have a child, but destined to bear the last prophet of the Old Covenant, of the age that was passing away; and the other woman, seemingly not ready to have a child, but destined to bear the One Who was Himself the beginning of the New Covenant, the age that would not pass away. It is this meeting that we celebrate today.
The feast of the Visitation recalls to us the following great truths and events: The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation; the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting; Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”; Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church. The Visitation is frequently depicted in art, and was the central mystery of St. Francis de Sales’ devotions. The Mass of today salutes her who in her womb bore the King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the world, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Sun of Justice. It narrates the cleansing of John from original sin in his mother’s womb. Hearing herself addressed by the most lofty title of “Mother of the Lord” and realizing what grace her visit had conferred on John, Mary broke out in that sublime canticle of praise proclaiming prophetically that henceforth she would be venerated down through the centuries:
“My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me, and holy is His name” (Lk. 1:46).
July 25 – St. James the Greater, Apostle This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. “He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:19-20).
James was one of the favored three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration, the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus and the agony in Gethsemani.
Two incidents in the Gospels describe the temperament of this man and his brother. St. Matthew tells that their mother came (Mark says it was the brothers themselves) to ask that they have the seats of honor (one on the right, one on the left of Jesus) in the kingdom. “Jesus said in reply, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We can’” (Matthew 20:22). Jesus then told them they would indeed drink the cup and share his baptism of pain and death, but that sitting at his right hand or left was not his to give—it “is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father” (Matthew 20:23b). It remained to be seen how long it would take to realize the implications of their confident “We can!”
The other disciples became indignant at the ambition of James and John. Then Jesus taught them all the lesson of humble service: The purpose of authority is to serve. They are not to impose their will on others, or lord it over them. This is the position of Jesus himself. He was the servant of all; the service imposed on him was the supreme sacrifice of his own life.
On another occasion, James and John gave evidence that the nickname Jesus gave them—“sons of thunder”—was an apt one. The Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to hated Jerusalem. “When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them…” (Luke 9:54-55).
James was apparently the first of the apostles to be martyred. “About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also” (Acts 12:1-3a).
This James, sometimes called James the Greater, is not to be confused with James the Lesser (May 3) or with the author of the Letter of James and the leader of the Jerusalem community.
July 26 – Joachim and Anne, Parents of the BVM By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary’s father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.
We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though in no way should this document be trusted to be factual, historical, or the Word of God. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God.
For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.” It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.
Such parents can be examples and models for all parents.
Anne (or Ann) is the patron saint of Christian mothers and of women in labor.
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.
July Birthdays: Krokosh Helen /06/, Budzinski Rose /07/, Gryz Kristina /09/, Francisco Sophia /14/, Nykoluk David /15/, Olofintuyi Anita /17/, Kukula Tadeusz /19/, Markiewicz Grażyna /20/, Nykoluk Ronald /22/, Owsianyk Koby /23/, Domiter Frankie /30/ July Wedding Anniversary: Domiter Frankie & Maggie /03/, Skrypetz Stan & Cheryl /23/
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, 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.
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.
SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF OUR PARISH 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 INTENTIONS 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..
SPECIAL BLESSING OF THE VEHICLES In the Church calendar, July 25th is dedicated to Saint Christopher. St. Christopher is a very popular saint, especially revered by travelers and drivers. In honor of him on Sunday, July 22nd after Mass a Special Blessing of the Vehicles will take place in order to intercede for safety while driving. So after Mass please stay outside to join our prayer through intercession of St. Christopher.
OUR PARISH CEMETERY 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.
MASS ATTENDANCE Just a gentle reminder that God would like to see His children in His house of worship on every Sunday of the year. God, knowing everything, knows that many families are busy on Sunday mornings during the summer months doing things of great importance to them. God gave us free will, so, therefore, God does not force us to do anything. When we are troubled and turn to God for help or guidance Our Maker always makes time for us, yet so often we can’t seem to take an hour out of our Sunday morning schedules to give thanks to Him who always makes time for us. Please try to attend Mass as often during the summer.
According to the dictionary, “vacation” is a period of suspension from work or study or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation or travel. However, the word “vacation” does not apply to worshipping God and attending Church. Church is a 24/7/365 commitment. Instead of “vacation” when relating to Church, it should be “stay-cation”. See you Sundays!
DON’T LEAVE GOD AT HOME
Generally speaking, vacation is a time to get away from the sometimes hectic pace and frustration of everyday life. While it is nice to “get away from it all,” it is also nice to be able to come back home. As the old saying goes, “There’s no place like home!” I would like to offer you some things to remember as you and your family go on vacation together. First, don’t forget about God. Make sure that you take God with you when you go. What do I mean by this? When you go on vacation, do you make plans for worship on the Lord’s Day? Hebrews 10:25says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together …” Vacation time is not exempt from this command. Be faithful in your church attendance while you are away. Take your Bible with you on vacation and it will help you to be strong as a child of God. By the way, don’t forget to pray while you are away too! Second, don’t forget, while on vacation, always behave as a Christian should. We must live “soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12).Don’t think: “No one knows who I am. I can do what I want to, and nobody will know.” Let’s remember that wherever we are and wherever we go we are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s also remember that God sees, hears, and knows all that we think, say, and do. The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). Paul penned, “Every one of us shall give account of himself unto God” (Romans 14:12). Don’t do something on vacation that sooner or later you will regret! Third, don’t forget about the church at home. Continue to pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ, as you desire their prayers for you. Remember that the local church still has the same financial obligations while you are away on vacation as they do when you are at home. There are bills to pay and works to be done, all of which takes financial resources. I encourage you to leave your contribution with one of the members of your congregation, or make it up the next Lord’s Day when you return home.
There is a credit card commercial that encourages the use of their product when you leave home on vacation with the slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.” Remember, take God with you wherever you go. Don’t leave home without HIM!
Prayer for a Good Vacation
You have mercifully allowed human beings to have
periods of rest and recuperation
on our long journey through life.
This is my extended period of rest this year—
my vacation from the usual cares of everyday life
and my time to be renewed—
physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Grant that this vacation will bring me
a new awareness of the good things in life,
increased knowledge of your wondrously versatile creativity,
delightful travel through fascinating places,
and genuine leisure facilitating revitalization.
Let me be ever mindful of You
and my true goals in life.
And bring me back to carry out my daily tasks
with cheerfulness and goodwill,
and to the best of my strength and ability.