St. Mary’s Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9
Tel. (204) 586-3825
Rev. Tadeusz Czelen – Pastor
OUR PARISH is celebrating its 116th year of practicing the P.N.C.C. ideals of “Truth, Work & Struggle”. The dedicated clergy and parishioners, past and present, of St. Mary’s Parish believe this is an accomplishment of which to be proud. OUR PARISH is a member congregation of the Polish National Catholic Church in Scranton, PA. 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. Our Mass is celebrated in English on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall.
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 it 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.
HOLY COMMUNION. All baptized Christians are welcome at the Table of the Lord. Anyone accepting the Eucharist as the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ under the forms of bread and wine and who is properly disposed and wishes to receive the Holy Eucharist is welcome to receive Holy Communion.
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 contact our Pastor, Father Tadeusz Czelen. He 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 throughout 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.
HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY, June 6, 2021
10:00AM – CANCELLED
CORPUS CHRISTI, June 13, 2021
10:00AM – CANCELLED
XII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, June 20, 2021
Prayers for the living or the deceased Fathers
XIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, June 27, 2021
Mass on Parish Cemetery CANCELLED
SACRED VOCATIONS MONTH
June is Sacred Vocations Month in the Polish National Catholic Church. During the month we particularly focus our prayer on vocations to Holy Orders within the Church. We further consider our loyal and dedicated clergy who have served many years, offering their guidance, counseling, assistance, hard work, and service in the cause of drawing all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
First and foremost, we must pray for vocations. Too often we see dwindling congregations and the closing of churches all around us. Within the PNCC we sometimes lament over the state of the Church in our country, but the reality is far different. Throughout our nation, and all around the world, people are calling out to us, to our One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church with its democratic form of governance, and are asking for priests and new parishes. The only thing holding us back from going out into the field and reaping this harvest is a lack of vocations.
The life of service within the Church is not without its occasional difficulties, but instead of focusing on temporary and occasional drawbacks, think rather to the blessing our God showers upon those who give generously of themselves, of plain, hard working men who are ready to step up and work.
Also, during the month of June, we are asked to give generously to our Clergy Pension Fund. The Fund was established to aid our retired clergy who have given service to the Lord all their lives. A small stipend aids and adds to their Social Security benefits. Currently, the stipend for the clergy is $600 per month. The theme of the Fund is: “Retire with Dignity.” So, on Father’s Day each year the Polish National Catholic Church sets aside a second collection to be taken for the Clergy Pension Fund. Please donate generously to this worthy cause.
Are you ready to “Come and See”?
Savonarola Theological Seminary
of the Polish National Catholic Church
1031 Cedar Ave. Scranton, PA 18505 School
Telephone: (570) 961-9288
Office Telephone: (570) 343-0100
YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOUR HELP
St. Mary’s Cemetery – please help us!
We need your help to keep the wonderful story of St. Mary’s Cemetery alive, its gates open and its future secure. One of the most picturesque places in the city of Winnipeg is the location of our Cemetery which serves as the final resting place of many of our family members and friends as well as for our local founding fathers. The pastoral beauty serves to make the cemetery a truly restful, resting place – for both the dearly departed and for the living to enjoy the serenity while spending some time in prayer and communion with our loved ones.
It is the on-going commitment needed to maintain this place of beauty that has become a concern for the Parish Committee again this year. Not only do we require the labor of our volunteers, but maintenance of our equipment is a recurring cost.
How can you help?
With the help of contributions in 2020, the Parish Committee was able to have the lawn mowed by volunteers. For the rest of the growing 2021 season the Cemetery is dependent on volunteers to assist when they were able.
We appreciate their dedication to keep the grounds well-manicured out of respect for our parish forefathers as well as our own family members who have gone on before. When a cemetery is well-maintained, visitors to our city have a renewed appreciation for the meaning of the word “community” and the care and respect shown to our cemetery reflects our Christian values.
If you wish to support our cemetery, financial donations for this year can be sent to Parish Office. Tax deductible receipts are available upon request. Past financial and volunteer support is very much appreciated and we look forward to your continued support.
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.
June 01 – 30 – Sacred Vocations Month
June is Sacred Vocations Month in the Polish National Catholic Church. During the month we particularly focus our prayer on vocations to Holy Orders within the Church. We further consider our loyal and dedicated clergy who have served many years, offering their guidance, counseling, assistance, hard work, and service in the cause of drawing all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. First and foremost, we must pray for vocations. Too often we see dwindling congregations and the closing of churches all around us. Within the PNCC we sometimes lament over the state of the Church in our country, but the reality is far different. Throughout our nation, and all around the world, people are calling out to us, to our One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church with its democratic form of governance, and are asking for priests and new parishes. The only thing holding us back from going out into the field and reaping this harvest is a lack of vocations. The life of service within the Church is not without its occasional difficulties, but instead of focusing on temporary and occasional drawbacks, think rather to the blessing our God showers upon those who give generously of themselves, of plain, hard working men who are ready to step up and work. Also, during the month of June, we are asked to give generously to our Clergy Pension Fund. The Fund was established to aid our retired clergy who have given service to the Lord all their lives. A small stipend aids and adds to their Social Security benefits. Currently, the stipend for the clergy is $600 per month. The theme of the Fund is: “Retire with Dignity.” So, on Father’s Day each year the Polish National Catholic Church sets aside a second collection to be taken for the Clergy Pension Fund. Please donate generously to this worthy cause.
June 11 – Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Feast of the Sacred Heart (properly the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Polish National Catholic Church. It falls 19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be clearly traced back at least to the eleventh century. It marked the spirituality of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in the twelfth century and of Saint Bonaventure and Saint Gertrude in the thirteenth. The beginnings of a devotion toward the love of God as symbolized by the heart of Jesus are found even in the fathers of the Church, including Origen, Saint Ambrose, Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Hippolytus of Rome, Saint Irenaeus, Saint Justin Martyr and Saint Cyprian. But the first liturgical feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated on 31 August 1670, in the major seminary of Rennes, France, through the efforts of Saint John Eudes. The Mass and Office composed by this saint were adopted elsewhere also, especially in connection with the spread of devotion to the Sacred Heart following on the revelations to Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoqueand Mary of the Divine Heart. A Mass of the Sacred Heart won approval for use in Poland and Portugal in 1765, for Venice, Austria and Spain in 1788 and finally, in 1856 as obligatory for the whole Church.
June 11 – Barnabas, Apostle
Saint Barnabas, though not one of the 12 apostles chosen by the Lord Jesus, is traditionally regarded as one of the 72 disciples of Christ. He was the most respected man in the first century Church after the Apostles themselves. His name, which was given to him by the Apostles (his parents gave him the name Joseph), means either “son of exhortation” or “son of consolation.” Barnabas is believed to have been a Levite Jew, born and raised in Cyprus, the land to which he returned to found the Church as a follower of Christ, and of which he is the patron. St. Luke described Barnabas as ‘a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith’ (Acts 6:24), and he was known for his exceptional kindliness and personal sanctity, and his openness to pagans. He was the first to urge the Apostles to receive St. Paul in Jerusalem, when the history of Paul’s persecutions against Christians was a cause for doubt. He went with St. Paul and John Mark to Antioch where they spent much time preaching the Gospel. They were persecuted there by both the pagans and the Jews. Paul and Barnabas both went to the council of Jerusalem where they defended the position that pagans didn’t need to be circumcised upon entering the Church. On their return to Antioch, “There arose a sharp contention between them. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus” (Acts 15:39). Not much is known of Barnabas’ life after this incident, although it seems that there was a reconciliation between him and Paul, owing to the references in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and Galatians. He is said to have been stoned to death in Salamis in the year 61. The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle Barnabas was one of the Seventy Apostles and the companion of the Apostle Paul on some of his missionary voyages. He is referenced in Acts and in two of St. Paul’s epistles, Galatians and I Corinthians. His feast day is June 11. Barnabas was born to a wealthy family in the tribe of Levi. Later becoming one of the Seventy Apostles, he studied with Saul (later St. Paul) under Gamaliel. From birth his given name was Joseph, but the Apostles called him Barnabas (“son of consolation”) because he was gifted at comforting people’s souls. It was St. Barnabas who introduced Paul to the other apostles after his conversion. St. Barnabas was likely the first to preach in Rome and Milan. He was martyred by the Jews on the island of Cyprus and was buried by St. Mark. Many receive healing at his grave, which place was unknown for hundreds of years until the Council of Chalcedon in 451 when he appeared to Archbishop Anthemius in a dream and revealed its location. This appearance and the finding of St. Barnabas’ miraculous relics is what kept the Patriarch of Antioch from absorbing Cyprus into its jurisdiction and thus this Apostolic Church of Cyprus has since been independent.
June 20 –Father’s Day
This Sunday we honor our dads. Please join in prayers for our dads, grandfathers, godfathers, and the other men who have guided and protected us. Let us remember and honor all they have done to secure our futures. Let us also honor their gift of leadership – the leadership that put us on the path to heaven. On Father’s Day let us show our love and respect to our fathers. Let us tell those who are alive that we appreciate their love and devotion given to us and let us remember those departed in our prayers. In every case let us say thanks to God and to our fathers for the many blessings we have received from and through them. Happy Father’s Day!
Our retired clergy
On Father’s Day our Holy Church asks us to consider the needs of the retired clergy who have served us. The people of our democratic Church have determined to care for the needs of retired clergy through the establishment of a clergy pension fund. This fund provides a stipend to retired clergy to assist them and their spouses after many years of service in the Church. Please pray for and consider your support for those who have labored in God’s field. Pray too that many men may make a commitment to service in the Church following in Jesus footsteps.
June 24 – Saint John the Baptist
John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism “for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand”. He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, “It is I who need baptism from You”. When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ when he designated Him “the Lamb of God,” among them Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John’s preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.
June 27 – Mass and prayers on cemetery
Sunday June 27, 2021 Annual Mass and Blessing of Graves, at 10:00am. Each year, we gather at St. Mary’s Cemetery on 360 McIvor Ave. Winnipeg to celebrate the lives of loved one who have died. This outdoor Mass is a special time for us to come together in our shared grief to mourn our loved ones. It is truly a communal celebration and people linger after the liturgy to share their lives and stories with each other. If there is inclement weather this mass is held in the church. Mass will be offered for all those who are buried in the cemetery.
We pray for all our loved ones who rest here. Lord, in you we place our trust and hope – In you, our dead find everlasting peace. St. Mary’s Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed offers families who have lost loved ones a great source of spiritual strength. Celebrating the Mass on the grounds where their loved ones are interred is very special and very emotional for a lot of people. The Mass plays a unique role in the resolution of grief. By celebrating the Annual Mass, Parish aims to fulfill its mission as a vehicle of compassion to the bereaved. Our objective is that each participant be able to pray for their loved ones and feel the solidarity of the community behind them. It’s always a great feeling that the community is coming together to pray for our loved ones who passed away. The Mass provides an opportunity to intercede for those who have passed away and are waiting for that blessed moment to be with God. The feeling of the Mass is the feeling of family. Even in mourning, in remembrance, we are present to one another as well as in prayer for one another. And since the Mass is held outside, the organizers pray for good weather. If it rains, Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church (365 Burrows Ave.).
June 29 – SS Peter and Paul, Apostles
Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God’s providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the center of the Christian world whence should radiate the preaching of the Gospel. St. Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in A.D. 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of the basilica of St. Peter’s. St. Paul was beheaded in the via Ostia on the spot where now stands the basilica bearing his name. Down the centuries Christian people in their thousands have gone on pilgrimage to the tombs of these Apostles. In the second and third centuries the Roman Church already stood pre-eminent by reason of her apostolicity, the infallible truth of her teaching and her two great figures, Sts. Peter and Paul. A plenary indulgence may be gained today by anyone who makes devout use of a religious article blessed by a bishop and who also recites any approved profession of faith (e.g. the Apostles Creed), as long as the usual conditions are satisfied.
Peter’s original name was Simon. Christ Himself gave him the name Cephas or Peter when they first met and later confirmed it. This name change was meant to show both Peter’s rank as leader of the apostles and the outstanding trait of his character — Peter (in Hebrew Kephas) the Rock. Peter was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. Like his younger brother Andrew, he was a fisherman and dwelt at Capernaum. Peter’s house often became the scene of miracles, since the Master would stay there whenever He was teaching in that locality. Together with his brothers John and Andrew, Peter belonged to the first of Jesus’ disciples (John 1:40-50). After the miraculous draught of fish on the Sea of Galilee, Peter received his definitive call and left wife, family, and occupation to take his place as leader of the Twelve. Thereafter we find him continually at Jesus’ side, whether it be as spokesman of the apostolic college (John 6:68; Matt. 16:16), or as one specially favored (e.g., at the restoration to life of Jairus’ daughter, at the transfiguration, during the agony in the garden). His sanguine temperament often led him into hasty, unpremeditated words and actions; his denial of Jesus during the passion was a salutary lesson. It accentuated a weakness in his character and made him humble. After the ascension, Peter always took the leading role, exercising the office of chief shepherd that Christ had entrusted to him. He delivered the first sermon on Pentecost and received the first Gentiles into the Church (Cornelius; Acts 10:1). Paul went to Jerusalem “to see Peter.” After his miraculous deliverance from prison (Easter, 42 A.D.), Peter “went to a different place,” most probably to Rome. Details now become scanty; we hear of his presence at the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1), and of his journey to Antioch (Gal. 2:11). It is certain that Peter labored in Rome as an apostle, that he was the city’s first bishop, and that he died there as a martyr, bound to a cross (67 A.D.). According to tradition he also was the first bishop of Antioch. He is the author of two letters, the first Christian encyclicals. His burial place is Christendom’s most famous shrine, an edifice around whose dome are inscribed the words: Tu es Petrus, et superhanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam.
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, Eleanore Dutkevich.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
June Birthdays: Hangdaan John /01/, Andres Kyle /06/, Talastas Florentina /14/, Skrzenta Lena /21/, Caya Claude /25/, Hangdaan Remedios /27/
June Wedding Anniversaries: Caya Claude & Patricia /28/
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, Lena Skrzenta, Grażyna Markiewicz, Zofia Janecki.
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.
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