If this is your first visit with us, feel at home and if there is anything we can do for you please let us know. Please join us for cake and coffee fellowship that follows Mass. St. Mary’s Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church has been in existence for 116 years. It is our hope and prayer to grow in service to God and community. This commitment manifests itself in 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 with visits to family homes and to the hospitalized. 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 Parish, 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 due process in matters financial, administrative and material. WHAT WE MEAN BY “EVERYBODY WELCOME” Single, twice-divorced, under 30, filthy rich, poor as dirt, can’t sing, married with pets, older than God, more catholic than St. Peter, workaholic, bad speller, screaming babies, three-times divorced, passive-aggressive, obsessive compulsive, tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts, oh, and YOU.
XXVII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, October 4, 2020 10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
SOLEMNITY – CHRISTIAN FAMILY, October 11, 2020 10:00AM – † Very Rev. Wacław Cwieka († Oct. 17, 2014)
HERITAGE SUNDAY, October 18, 2020 10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław
XXX SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, October 25, 2020 10:00AM – † Gregory Fedon HARVEST DINNER (TAKE – OUT)
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.
November 2020, the Month of Prayer for the Faithful Departed
“We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, Through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thes. 4:13-14).
Dear Parishioners and Friends.
As the days of October pass the days grow shorter, the colors of autumn take hold, and our thoughts turn to the Commemoration of All Souls. This time of the year gives us the opportunity to think about them and also to help them with our prayers. Prayer is the only way in which we connect with them. It is a very special channel which joins us with them by the power of God. The Holy Church sets aside the month of November to commemorate those who have preceded us in holy death. As Christians we recognize that death is not an ending, but rather a change. We pass through death into everlasting life. We remain joined with all those who have died. We rely on them for their intercession on our behalf. They rely on our prayers and intercession to ease their transition, their journey into the glory of heaven. We will remember our dearly departed during the month of November according to an old Catholic custom of commemoration and prayer, a custom known as “WYPOMINKI”. At Saint Mary’s Church, we have a special devotion to our loved ones who have been called from this life into eternity. One very special way we bring our beloved deceased to prayer is by sending their names to be inscribed in the Book of Life, from which we pray at each Mass in November. If you would like the souls of loved ones to be remembered during the all services throughout the entire month of November, please drop them into the Parish Office, or send by mail to Parish Address by October 31, 2020. Please,print your names legibly. In many cases the names written on the cards are almost impossible to read due to poor handwriting! Remember please print. Naturally, all donations will be tax deductible and will partially go towards our Cemetery Fund. BOOK OF LIFE Parishioners may inscribe the names of deceased family members and friends, particularly those who died this past year, in the Book of Life, which will be located on our website (www.stmarypncc.ca). We will remember all those in the Book of Life during the Prayer of the Faithful throughout the month of November. We will also pray for those who grieve the passing of their loved one from this life and embrace them with the hope of eternal life which we have because of our belief in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
Fr. Tadeusz Czelen, Pastor.
October: Month of the Holy Rosary
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the rosary. The word Rosary means “Crown of Roses”. Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It’s a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It’s a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring us to true peace. With your prayer made together with Your heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change of hearts and conversion. Each day, through prayer you can drive away from yourselves and from your homeland many dangers and many evils. Pray the Rosary everyday this month.
HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY.The use of beads or knotted ropes to count large numbers of prayers comes from the earliest days of Christianity, but the rosary as we know it today emerged in the second thousand years of Church history. The full rosary consists of 150 Hail Mary’s, divided into three sets of 50, which are further divided into five sets of 10 (a decade). Traditionally, the rosary is divided into three sets of mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious.
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
The Annunciation: The Archangel Gabriel “announces” to Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God. The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. The Nativity: Jesus is born. The Presentation: Mary and Joseph “present” Jesus in the Temple where they meet Simeon. The Finding in the Temple: After losing Him, Mary and Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the Temple.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
The Agony in the Garden: Jesus sweats water and blood while praying the night before his passion. The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate has Jesus whipped. The Crowning with Thorns: Roman soldiers crown Jesus’ head with thorns. The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus meets His mother and falls three times on the way up Calvary. The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies before His mother and His apostle John.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
The Resurrection: Jesus rises from the dead. The Ascension: Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily “ascends” to heaven. The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire in the upper room with Mary. Coronation: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. The Assumption: Mary is taken bodily – assumed – into heaven by God at the end of her life here on earth.
October 2 – Guardian Angels Each person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother’s guardian angel. This protection continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies our soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom. Angels are servants and messengers from God. “Angel” in Greek means messenger. In unseen ways the angels help us on our earthly pilgrimage by assisting us in work and study, helping us in temptation and protecting us from physical danger. The idea that each soul has assigned to it a personal guardian angel has been long accepted by the Church and is a truth of our faith. The Church thanks God for our helpers, the angels, particularly on this feast day and September 29 which is the feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, archangels. Today’s feast appeared in Spain during the sixteenth century. It was extended to the universal Church and made obligatory in 1670. Be alert in your every action as one should be who is accompanied by angels in all your ways, for that mission has been enjoined upon them. In whatever lodging, in whatever nook or corner you may find yourself, cherish a reverence for your guardian angel. In his presence do not dare to do anything you would not do in mine. Or do you doubt his presence because you do not see him? Would it really help if you did hear him, or touch him, or smell him? Remember, there are realities whose existence has not been proven by mere sight. Brethren, we will love God’s angels with a most affectionate love; for they will be our heavenly co-heirs some day, these spirits who now are sent by the Father to be our protectors and our guides. With such bodyguards, what are we to fear? They can neither be subdued nor deceived; nor is there any possibility at all that they should go astray who are to guard us in all our ways. They are trustworthy, they are intelligent, they are strong — why, then, do we tremble? We need only to follow them, remain close to them, and we will dwell in the protection of the Most High God. So as often as you sense the approach of any grave temptation or some crushing sorrow hangs over you, invoke your protector, your leader, your helper in every situation.
October 7 – Holy Mother of the Rosary On October 7, our Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also called Our Lady of Victory. The Feast was established after the European victory over the Ottoman Turks on October 7, 1571- a victory in which a greatly out-numbered European force was victorious through the intercession of The Blessed Virgin Mary. This victory is attributed to Our Lady because of the exhortation of Pope St. Pius V, who instructed all Catholics to pray the Rosary for the intention of victory against the Turkish invaders. During this month of October, which is dedicated to Our Lady, it behooves all of us as Catholics and Christians never to lose sight of the tremendous sacrifice that so many have made so that we might continue to practice our Faith, and to practice it freely. And we entrust to the intercession of the Mother of God our fellow Christians throughout the world who do not enjoy such freedoms. May Our Lady of Victory give them victory over their oppressors that they may be free to worship as Catholics without fear of persecution! The best way to celebrate the Month of the Holy Rosary is, of course, to pray the rosary daily; but we can also add other prayers to our daily prayers this month, especially those that encourage the daily recitation of the rosary. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us! Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!
October 11 – Christian Family The family that prays together stays together. Can we make this a special Sunday in our parish bringing together the entire parish family? Now is the time to spread the word and encourage those who are lapsed in their worship attendance; left the parish, or just are not worshiping anywhere; to come and join us on Sunday, October 14th with a reunion of our entire parish family. Be persistent in promoting this special solemnity of our Church which could potentially encourage them to a more participation in parish worship and programming. St. Paul often wrote about the body of Christ. Christ is alive in the holy communion of community. Jesus wants us to live in relationship. Family is the key icon of relationship. If we see family as just a bunch of folks who share genetic traits, who might look somewhat the same, who may live in the same house — if we stop at what we see, we’ve missed the point. If we see family as just a definition, we’ve missed the point. Family, people joined together, are the icon of God’s reality in the world. Family points to the way God lives. Today our Polish National Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Christian Family. Today we venerate the family as the icon of Christ. How we relate to each other in family must be first and foremost grounded in the reality of what family is; its iconic nature. Our family relationships need to be seen for what they are. As icons of God’s love, we need to praise and venerate family. As icons of meeting God, we need to live holy lives as family. Our homes must be filled with holiness, and must be the doorway where young and old get to know Jesus. Our families must bring holiness to the world. As family, we are more than a dictionary definition. As icons, we are the true presence and work of God in the world. Our families are icons to the world. In the icon of family, friends, neighbors, and community we see, meet, and enter into a relationship with God. Family is the doorway, the window to the heavenly, the holy. With love, respect, prayer, and worship we proclaim and venerate God as family. Husbands, wives, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins — all of us as family — all of us as an icon of God.
October 18 – Luke, Apostle & Evangelist St. Luke came from Antioch, was a practicing physician and was one of the first converts to Christianity. He accompanied St. Paul, who converted him, on his missionary journeys and was still with him in Rome when St. Paul was in prison awaiting death. We hear no more of him afterwards and nothing is known of his last years. The Church venerates him as a Martyr. St. Luke’s Gospel is principally concerned with salvation and mercy; in it are preserved some of our Lord’s most moving parables, like those of the lost sheep and the prodigal son. Dante calls St. Luke the “historian of the meekness of Christ.” It is also St. Luke who tells us the greater part of what we know about our Lord’s childhood. According to tradition he was an artist, as well as a man of letters; and with a soul alive to all the most delicate inspirations, he consecrated his pencil to the holiest use, and handed down to us the features of the Mother of God. It was an illustration worthy of the Gospel which relates to the divine Infancy; and it won for the artist a new title to the gratitude of those who never saw Jesus and Mary in the flesh. Hence St. Luke is the patron of Christian art. St. Luke did not personally know our Lord, and like St. Mark, the author of the second Gospel, he is not included among the apostles. For this reason the Gospel chosen for their feast is the account of the sending forth of the seventy-two disciples. According to St. Jerome, St. Luke died in Achaia (Greece) at the age of 84, and it is unknown whether or not he died a martyr’s death. His name means “bringer of light” (= luke).
October 18 – Heritage Sunday Over 10 million Americans claim Polish ancestry, according the Polish American Congress. The largest waves of Polish immigration to the United States and Canada took place when Poland was divided during the middle of 19th century through World War I, as well as when it was under communist control after World War II. October is the month when the Polish community in the United States and Canada celebrates its heritage, traditions, culture and history. Special events, such as those occurring during October, which attract a great number of citizens, are the best way to remind people, hard-pressed in everyday life, that they are Poles and should be proud of it. This creates the feeling of being part of a group, adding to the national consciousness within the Polish community. Polish Heritage Month was first celebrated in August 1981 in Pennsylvania. The event became a great success in the city, and five years later it was made a national campaign. The date was moved into October to allow school children to take part in the celebration. This month is dedicated to those who fought for freedom. This month also recognizes notable figures like Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who helped attain Polish freedom after World War I; as well as Polish generals of the American Revolution, such as Casimir Pulaski. We honor the memory of Bishop Franciszek Hodur who organized the Polish National Catholic Church as a spiritual haven, a place of self-determination, and a voice for the freedom and rights of Polish immigrant workers in the United States. The Church celebrates this day in honor or all its members who represent the broad cross-section of cultures and heritages that make up our country.
October 24 – Raphael the Archangel St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. He was sent by God to help Tobit, Tobiah and Sarah. At the time, Tobit was blind and Tobiah’s betrothed, Sarah, had had seven bridegrooms perish on the night of their weddings. Raphael accompanied Tobiah into Media disguised as a man named Azariah. Raphael helped him through his difficulties and taught him how to safely enter marriage with Sarah. Tobiah said that Raphael caused him to have his wife and that he gave joy to Sarah’s parents for driving out the evil spirit in her. He also gave Raphael credit for his father’s seeing the light of heaven and for receiving all good things through his intercession. Besides Raphael, Michael and Gabriel are the only Archangels mentioned by name in the bible. Raphael’s name means “God heals.” This identity came about because of the biblical story which claims that he “healed” the earth when it was defiled by the sins of the fallen angels in the apocryphal book of Enoch. Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the waters of the healing sheep pool. He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.
October 28 – SS. Simon & Jude, Apostles Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of the Saviour’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the brother of Saint Joseph, according to tradition. All the sons of this family were raised at Nazareth near the Holy Family. (See the Gospel of Saint Matthew 13:53-58.) Simon, Jude and James were called by Our Lord to be Apostles, pillars of His Church, and Joseph the Just was His loyal disciple. Saint Simon the Zealot or the Zealous, was the name this Apostle bore among the twelve. He preached in Egypt, Mauritania (Spain), and Lybia, leaving behind him the fertile hills of Galilee, where he had been engaged in the healthful cultivation of the vineyards and olive gardens. He later rejoined his brother, Saint Jude, in Persia, where they labored and died together. At first they were respected by the king, forthey had manifested power over two ferocious tigers who had terrorized the land. With the king, sixty thousand Persians became Christians, and churches rose over the ruins of the idolatrous temples. But the ancient enemy, who never sleeps, rose up, and when the two went elsewhere the pagans commanded them to sacrifice to the sun. Both Apostles, just before that time, had seen Our Lord amid His Angels. Simon said to Jude, “One of the Angels said to me, I will take you out of the temple and bring the building down upon their heads. I answered him, Let it not be so; perhaps some of them will be converted.” They prayed for mercy for the people and offered their lives to God. Saint Simon told the crowd that their gods were only demons, and ordered them to come out of the statues, which they did, revealing themselves under hideous forms. But the idolaters fell on the Apostles and massacred them, while they blessed God and prayed for their murderers. Saint Jude has left us a short but powerful epistle, written after the death of his brother James, bishop of Jerusalem, and addressed to the new Christians being tempted by false brethren and heretics. Today the Church celebrates the feast of Sts. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. Possibly this is because they both preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia where it is said they had both been sent, but in actual fact we know nothing for certain about them beyond what is told us of their being called as Apostles in the New Testament. St. Jude is the author of a short Epistle which forms part of the New Testament. St. Jude Patron: Desperate situations; forgotten causes; hospital workers; hospitals; impossible causes; lost causes. St. Simon Patron: Currier’s; saw men; sawyers; tanners.
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, Frank Payonk, Veronika Sosnowski
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES October Birthdays: VanDenBussche Elaine /03/, Magsino Katerina /07/, Mandat Halina /13/, Bathan Jennifer /17/, Kwiatkowski Cecylia /18/, Cabanlong Sharon /27/, Mikolajczyk Martin /30/, Galgo Elsie /31/ October Wedding Anniversary: Roldan Mark & Aileen /06/.
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 Payonk, Rose Budzinski, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Mary Skrypetz, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Helen Krokosh, Josie Jackiewicz, Larry Golembioski, Mary Golembioski, Donna Fedon, Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Jennifer Bathan, Gail Grywinski, Frank Favoni.
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.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE POLISH NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH I have been receiving quite a few questions lately regarding the benefits of paid membership in the Polish National Catholic Church. According to the Constitution of the PNCC, there are 2 levels of membership: what is commonly referred to as Membership of the Baptized and Full Membership. Membership of the Baptized consists of attendance and support of the local PNCC parish. This includes participation in the Sacraments, activities and so forth. Full membership includes the paying of dues to the General Church and Diocese. With this comes the ability to participate fully in the life and governance of the Parish and General Church. One is allowed to vote at the Parish Annual meeting, run for Parish Committee, Diocesan and General Church offices and join fully in building the Polish National Catholic Church. Also, as a matter of justice, we who fully believe in the mission and existence of the PNCC have an obligation to support it at all levels. As a Democratic Church, all levels of the Church are supported solely by the members. Not only the bills of the parish, which should be taken care of by each family’s tithe each week, but the Diocese, who oversees the parishes of each region, and the General Church, need to be funded by the dues that are paid by the members of each parish. I would encourage each person who hasn’t already done so to either pay their dues or arrange a payment plan with Maria Germinario or Ted Kukula, whom you can talk to confidentially about this. As a Democratic Church, we have both rights and obligations. The dues are an obligation that we have to insure our continued existence. If you have not yet done so, please see me for information on becoming a member. There are many benefits for both you and the parish, so plan on talking to Fr. Czelen soon!
THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK 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 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 her family notification.
MASS INTENTION REMINDER Just a quick reminder that we would be pleased to remember loved ones at Mass, at the time of their anniversary of death or as a birthday remembrance, etc. Speak with Fr. Czelen to arrange for a Mass while visiting at church.
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.
PARISH CEMETERY Thank you to all the parishioners and friends who have helped us to maintaining our Parish Cemetery. 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 honor 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.
WITH THANKS To all who continue to pray, sacrifice, and serve in Christian love and charity on behalf of our parish. To the members of our Parish Committee for their hard work and sacrifice. To our wonderful lectors, altar servers, our organist and choir director Ted. To every parishioner, visitor, and member – you are a blessing and a treasure. God bless you and reward you! Bóg zapłać! Thank you!!!
SIGNIFICANCE CAMPAIGN – GIVING TO YOUR PARISH Few month ago, all parishioners received letter from Parish Chairman Ted Maciurzynski regarding 2020 Significance Campaign. This year we’ll focus on funding on-going expenses – utilities, insurance and taxes. Only these expenses cost us almost 16 thousand dollars per year. Please, help us! We are asking for financial help, because without these necessary expenses, the parish cannot exist. We cannot pay taxes, gas, hydro, water or insurance. These expenses must be paid to keep this church open. As always, all donations to the Significance campaign stay in your church and all donations are fully tax deductible. Thank you to all who have donated to this campaign in past years. I know you will see the Significance of this campaign. This year, I encourage you to be generous and continue to demonstrate how Significant this church is for you.
BOOK OF LIFE – Remembering Holy Souls in November St. Mary’s Parish invite you to add the names your faithful departed to our Book of Life. During November we especially pray for all who are in the purifying fires of Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances. We can also help the Poor Souls by doing acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them. It is a good devotion to pray for the departed all through the year, to pray for the departed all through the year, not just November. After these Souls in Purgatory are in heaven, they will intercede for us. We should all develop prayerful habits, such as praying the “Eternal Rest” prayer when passing cemeteries, to remind us of our eternal destiny.
A Thanksgiving Reflection
We don’t often take the time out of our busy life to think about all the beautiful things and to be thankful for them. If we did reflect on these things we would realize how very lucky and fortunate we really are. I am very thankful for the love of my husband, wife – which is so complete and fulfilling and is based on honesty, equality intellectualism and romance. I am very thankful for the love of my children – which is all encompassing and is based on teaching, tenderness sensitivity, caring and hugging. I am very thankful that I am able to love and that the love is returned to me. I am very thankful that I am healthy and that the people I love are healthy. I am very thankful that I have dreams to follow and goals to strive for. I am very thankful for the beauty of nature – magnificent mountains, the colorful leaves, the smell of flowers, the roaring of the waves, the setting sun, the rising moon. Everywhere I look I see the wonders of nature and I feel so proud to be a small part of it. I am very thankful for all the good people in the world. I am very thankful that I have good friends. I am very thankful to be alive in a time when we can make the world a better place to live in. Thank you.