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:
I SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 3, 2023
10:00AM – † Marianna, Stanisław
Blessing of the Advent Wreath, Lectors, and Opłatek
II SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 10, 2023
10:00AM – † Józef, Julia
Christmas Party for children
III SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 17, 2023
10:00AM – † Zofia, Wojciech
IV SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 24, 2023
10:00AM – Wojciech, Władysław, Bronisława, Bolesława
CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24, 2023
10:00PM – Vigil Of The Nativity Of Our Lord
/Pasterka/ For all Parishioners
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS, December 25, 2023
10:00AM – Nativity Of Our Lord
HUMBLE SHEPARD, December 31, 2023
10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia
LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2023
December 08 – Solemnity – Conception of the BVM
The Immaculate Conception is the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother without any stain of sin. Church believes that, from the first moment of her existence, Mary was preserved by God from the Original Sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth. Catholics believe Mary was free from any personal or hereditary sin.
The teaching on the Immaculate Conception points to the grace of God which preserved Mary from sin at her conception in order that she will bear the divine Son of God in her at the Annunciation.
December 21 – St. Thomas, Apostle
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas was gently rebuked for his scepticism and furnished with the evidence he had demanded – seeing in Christ’s hands the point of the nails and putting his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into His side.
December 26 – St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr
St. Stephen was a Jew living in the Hellenic provinces, related to the Apostle Paul and one of the first seven deacons ordained by the Apostles to serve the Church in Jerusalem (thus making him an archdeacon). The Holy Spirit worked powerfully through his faith, enabling him to perform many miracles and always defeat the Jews who would dispute with him. When the Jews stoned St. Stephen, they left his body at the foothill of the city for two days to be eaten by dogs. But on the second night, Gamaliel—teacher of the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Barnabas—came and moved the body to his own land in Capharganda. Nicodemus, who died while weeping at this grave, was also buried there along with Gamaliel’s godson Abibus and Gamaliel himself upon his repose.
December 27 – St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the “beloved disciple” and the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him. Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Pathmos for a year. He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.
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 Favoni, Frank & Bernice Payonk, Veronica Sosnowski, Lorraine Mocarski, Eleanore Dutkevich, Rev. Tadeus Czelen, Josephine Bahry, Mary Skrypetz, Slavko Solic, Stanley Bidowski, Budzinski Jadwiga, Myron Mischuk
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
December Birthdays: Dzwonek Janina /01/, Jackiewicz Josie /04/, Rev. Kay Bob /08/, Owsianyk Brenda /09/, Wisniewski Jadwiga /13/, Nykoluk Ghyslaine /15/
December Wedding Anniversaries: Maciurzynski Ted & Esther /29/,
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: Chantalle Witon, Helen Wolejszo, Lloyd Mazur, Rose Budzinski, Halina and Edward Mandat, Janina & Zygmunt Dzwonek, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Donna Fedon, Josie Jackiewicz, Mary Golembioski, Larry Golembioski, Emily Wasney, Gail Grywinski, Lena Skrzenta, Grazyna Markiewiecz, Zofia Janecki, Epitatia Nykoluk, Helen Krokosh, Brenda Owsianyk, Martin Mikolajczyk,
During month of December, members of Parish Committee will collect money for Christmas flowers. Donations are now being accepted to help with purchase of Poinsettias to beautify our Church for Christmas. Many parishes offer Memorial Offerings in the name of departed loved ones by buying Poinsettias or donate money for beautiful Christmas flowers. The names of those for whom the Poinsettia is given will be published in the bulletin. Place the names in an envelope, and place in the Sunday Offering basket. Please be generous with your gift.
Just a reminder that the year is almost over. If you have not paid your 2023 dues yet, please do so by the end of the year. Parish membership requires the payment of annual dues which support the larger Church, our Diocese, and our Parish. Dues are $100 per year for adult members. Payment of dues gives you a voice and a vote and the ability to run for a position on the Parish Committee.
God bless you for your generosity and support of our parish in 2023. Because of you and your sacrifice we have been greatly blessed. Donation envelopes for 2024 are available in the back of the church at the beginning of December. Each packet is marked with a family name. Please take your packet home and avail yourself of these envelopes in the coming year. Doing so allows the parish to provide you with a statement for accounting and income tax purposes. In case of your inability to come to church on any particular Sunday, please mail or submit your Sunday offerings and donations to our parish. Your church needs your financial support in order to pay utilities and expenses.
In the vestibule-entrance of the church we provide Christmas wafers (Opłatki). Keep this special tradition alive in your homes this Christmas!
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord.
Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen.
My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer.
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.