St. Mary’s Parish
 Polish National Catholic Church

365 Burrows Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 1Z9 

Tel. (204) 586-3825

Rev. Bob Kay – Administrator




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 117 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.

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October 2, 2022

10:00AM – † Władysław, Józef, Julia


10:00AM – † Stanisław, Marianna, Anna, Kazimiez

THANKSGIVING DAY, October 10, 2022

HERITAGE SUNDAY, October 16, 2022

10:00AM – † Very Rev. Wacław Cwieka († Oct. 17, 2014), Władyslaw Czelen, Roman Gałaczynski


10:00AM – † Gregory Fedon


10:00AM – † Zofia Wojciech

info5 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.

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In November we pray for all our deceased loved ones who are preparing to enter Heaven by being purified of their sins, weaknesses, and failures, and the effects of sin on themselves and others.

I encourage all of you to make certain this month that you have requested Masses to be offered for your loved ones. The anniversary of death always provides a great opportunity to remember them, but also birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and other important dates. Since November is specifically dedicated to them, take advantage of All Souls Day cards (Wypominki). Even if you can’t afford to give an offering, give us their names.
We will pray for them.

October: Month of the Holy Rosary

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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 7). 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.

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, 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.
BOOK OF LIFE – Remembering Holy Souls in November
Years ago, we started a new initiative in our Parish – the Book of Life, in which we mention the names our faithful departed. Parishioners may inscribe the names of deceased family members and friends in the Book of Life, which is located on our website ( St. Mary’s Parish invites 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.

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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.

October 7 – Holy Mother of the Rosary

On October 7th, 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.  

October 9 – 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 worshipping anywhere; to come and join us on Sunday, October 9th 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.
October 16 – Heritage Sunday

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 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.

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.
October 24 – Raphael the Archangel

St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. Raphael’s name means “God heals.” He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.

October 28 – SS. Simon & Jude, Apostles

The Church celebrates the feast of Saints 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.

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 Favoni, Walter Fedon, Frank Payonk, Veronika Sosnowski, Lorraine Mocarski, Eleanor Dutkevich, Rev. Tadeus Czelen

October Birthdays: VanDenBussche Elaine /03/, Magsino Katerina /07/, Wasney Emily /09/, Mandat Halina /13/, Bathan Jennifer /17/, Kwiatkowski Cecylia /18/, Roldan Aileen /22/, Cabanlong Sharon /27/, Mikolajczyk Martin /30/, Galgo Elsie /31/

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, Janina Dzwonek, Mary Skrypetz, Patricia and Claude Caya, Lorraine Fedon, Helen Krokosh, Josie Jackiewicz, Larry Golembioski, Mary Golembioski, Donna Fedon, Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, Gail Grywinski, Lena Skrzenta, Grażyna Markiewicz, Zofia Janecki, Epitacia Nykoluk


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.

As Polish National Catholics, we have a Democratic Church organized by the people and supported by the Clergy, Diocese and General Church. This is a special and beautiful gift and a great privilege. We have a few responsibilities as National Catholics. We have the obligation to support the General Church and Diocese done through our dues system. Dues are $100 per year for adult member.

We will be hosting a sit-down Fall Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 30th at 11:15 AM in the Parish Hall. This event if open to all. Come and enjoy lots of delicious food including turkey and all the fixings, as well as raffles!  Proceeds from the dinner will benefit our church. Please bring your family and friends to join us and have a sumptuous meal. If you would like to donate a raffle prize or interested in volunteering to help out with the dinner, please contact members of the Women’s Society. If you cannot stay for the event, take out dinners will also be available. There will be 2 lists available for sign up in vestibule so we can make sure that we prepare enough.

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. Tkanksgiving1

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