St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9 Tel. (204) 586-3825
Rev. Bob Kay – Administrator
Celebration of the Eucharist and Mass Intentions:
VI SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 5, 2023
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
VII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 12, 2023
10:00AM – † Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Regina
After Mass – Annual Parish Meeting
VIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, February 19, 2023
10:00AM – † Maria, Władysław Gulij, Eva Kay, Jeannie, Marianna
LENT – ASH WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2023
6:00 PM – Blessing of Ashes + Distribution
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, February 26, 2023
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech
LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 2023
February 02 – Presentation of the Lord
Known originally as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a relatively ancient celebration. The Church at Jerusalem observed the feast as early as the first half of the fourth century, and likely earlier. The feast celebrates the presentation of Christ in the temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after His birth. According to Jewish law, the firstborn male child belonged to God, and the parents had to “buy him back” by offering a sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24) in the temple. On that same day, the mother would be ritually purified.
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph kept this law, even though, since Saint Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Christ, she would not have had to go through ritual purification. In his gospel, Luke recounts the story (Luke 2:22-39).
February 14 – Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a holiday shrouded in mystery and legend. According to one story, Roman emperor Claudius II imposed a ban on marriages because too many young men were dodging the draft by getting married (only single men had to enter the army). A Christian priest named Valentinus was caught performing secret marriages and sentenced to death. While awaiting execution, young lovers visited him with notes about how much better love is than war — the first “valentines.” The execution occurred in 269 on February 14th.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to let the people in your life know how much you love and care about them. Also remember that you are loved. God loves you and wants you to be His valentine. The love that God gives us is not like the world’s love. The world’s love is only as sturdy as a paper Valentine’s card. But God’s love is not a flimsy, cheap imitation: it is the real thing. It is an all-giving love that was and is willing to suffer and die for our deliverance. Will you be God’s valentine? It is your choice. Say yes and give to God the love He desires. And when you do, remember the first Valentine and how he gave everything, including his life, to the God he loved.
February 24 – Matthias, Apostle
Apostle Matthias was born at Bethlehem of the Tribe of Judah. From his early childhood he studied the Law of God under the guidance of Simeon.
When the Jesus Christ revealed himself to the world, Matthias believed in him as the Messiah, followed constantly after him and was numbered among the Seventy Apostles, whom the Lord “sent them two by two before His face” (Luke 10:1).
According to the Acts of the Apostles, Matthias was chosen by the remaining eleven apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas’ betrayal of Jesus and suicide. His calling as an apostle is unique in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended to heaven, and, it was made before the descending of the Holy Spirit upon the early Church.
According to Church Tradition, he was preaching at Pontine Ethiopia (presently Western Georgia) and Macedonia. He was frequently subjected to deadly peril, but the Lord preserved him to preach the Gospel. Apostle Matthias was sentenced to death by the Sanhedrin and stoned.
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, Lena Skrzenta, Robert Janeczko, Father Tadeusz Czelen
February Birthdays: Kosowski John /02/, Cabanlong Mark /09/, Banaga Virginita /11/, Prach Emily /12/, Damian Ciana /17/, Caya Patricia /22/
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, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Helen Krokosh, Josie Jackiewicz, Mary Golembioski, Larry Golembioski, Emily Wasney, Donna Fedon, Jennifer Bathan, Gail Grywinski, Frank Favoni
CHRISTMAS DINNER – THANK YOU, MARAMING SALAMAT, MERCI, DZIĘKUJĘ
On January 29th, St. Mary’s Parish held its annual Christmas Dinner to parishioners, friends, and neighbours in our community. Every year, St. Mary’s has undertaken this most enjoyable activity. This joyous event always attracts lots of people who might otherwise have no family or friends to celebrate with. St. Mary’s Christmas Dinner was a huge success and truly a celebration! Our deepest gratitude and thanks to all our Parishioners for their generosity. It is encouraged that you to continue to be charitable with your time, talents, and resources for the needs of our parish. This beautiful church in which we worship continues to flourish because of your efforts.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Our annual congregation meeting will be held on February 12th after the 10:00AM Mass along with the election of a new Parish Committee. So much good has been accomplished in 2022 – and it will be a great meeting filled with thankfulness for the many blessings we have experienced – especially for the blessing of having you in our family of faith!
Anyone may attend the annual meeting to share in the information provided, but please note that only parish members may vote or run for office. This meeting is part of what makes our Church unique as a Catholic Church; our parish family has a voice in the direction of our parish. Please mark your calendars. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. I ask that you pray individually and let the Spirit guide you to how best you can serve our Lord in His Church.
2023 SPECIAL MASS INTENTION REQUESTS
As we begin the New Year, if you would like to reserve a date in the church calendar for any anniversaries, requiem intentions, or a special occasion, please contact Father Bob at your earliest convenience.
That just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do love each other.
That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while, and you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done,
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had
and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many
birthdays you’ve celebrated.
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
That even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you – you will find the strength to help.
The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything they have.