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:
XIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME,
VISITATION OF THE BVM, July 02, 2023
10:00AM – † Edward, Anna Janczyk
XIV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 09, 2023
10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław, Anna
XV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 16, 2023
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech
XVI SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 23, 2023
10:00AM –† Władysław, Józef, Julia
After Mass Blessing of the vehicles
XVII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 30, 2023
10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław, Anna
LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR JULY 2023
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.
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 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.
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, Frank Payonk, Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Sofia Gryz, Walter Fedon, Veronika Sosnowski, Mary Skrypetz, Myron Mischuk, Stanley Bidowski, Eleanore Dutkevich
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
July Birthdays: Mendoza Caleb /04/, Budzinski Rose /07/, Bosiak Walda /08/, Gryz Kristina /09/, Parisian-Gryz Apolonia /10/, Nykoluk David /15/, Olofintuyi Anita /17/, Kukula Tadeusz /19/, Markiewicz Grażyna /20/, Budzinski Jadwiga /22/, 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, Bernice Payonk, Rose Budzinski, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina Dzwonek, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine and Donna Fedon, Josie Jackiewicz, Mary and Larry Golembioski, Brenda Owsianyk, Emily Wasney, Martin Mikolajczyk, Elaine VanDenBussche.
GIVING TO YOUR PARISH – SIGNIFICANCE CAMPAIGN
Last year Parish Significance Campaign was a success. We received donations that covered the necessary expenses of our parish: utilities, insurance and taxes. Only these expenses cost us 16 thousand dollars last year. This year, the Parish Committee decided to continue the Significance Campaign. 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 the church open. As always, all donations to the Significance Campaign stay in your church and all donations are fully tax deductible. 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.
As Polish National Catholics, we have a Democratic Church organized by the people and supported by the Clergy, Diocese and General Church. We have the opportunity to control our own destiny as a Church community and worship in the Catholic tradition. We have also the obligation to support the General Church and Diocese. This is done through our dues system. Dues are $100 per year for adult member. Thank you for your support.
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 10:25 says, “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.
Remember, take God with you wherever you go. Don’t leave home without HIM!