Biuletyn / Bulletin – 18-ego października 2015 roku / October 18, 2015

Parafia p.w. Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny
21 Wesley St., Sydney, NS, B1N 2M5
(meeting until our rebuilding at Holy Redeemer Church
with thanks to our friends of Holy Redeemer Parish)
Tel.: (902) 564-4847
Witamy wszystkich! Welcome to all!
We are pleased to share our faith and rich traditions with the whole community.
Established in 1913. Our second century of faith and service … WE WILL RISE AGAIN

PROBOSZCZ/PASTOR:  Father Paul Murphy 564-4355

MSZY/MASSES: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (temporarily at Holy Redeemer Church)
Wednesday Masses on hold until we rebuild our church.
Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa will now be said before Sunday Masses.

SPOWIEDŹ:  Godzina do uzgodnienia z księdzem.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Anytime upon request to the priest.

SAKRAMENT CHRZTU ŚWIĘTEGO:  Prosimy o kontakt z księdzem conajmniej na 1 miesiąc przed planowaną datę.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: Please contact the priest at least one month in advance.

SAKRAMENT MAŁZEŃSTWA:   Zapowiedzi powinny być ogłoszone conajmniej na 6 miesięcy przed planowaną datę.
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY: Intentions must be announced at least six months in advance.


Dwudziesta dziewiąta Niedziela zwykła / Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Michael P. Ardelli offered by Shirley & family. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Mu dać Panie, a swiatłość wiekuista niechaj Mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen

TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Okaż swą łaskę ufającym Tobie. [Show your mercy to those who trust in you.] Pronunciation: Oh-ka-dg / sv-oh-w / wa-s-ke-w / oof-a-yohn-tsim /toh-bee-e

Eucharistic Minister for today: Suzanne Campbell

Ushers for collection today: Tony Gniewek, Robert Melski Jr.



WEDNESDAY MASSES are on hold while we rebuild. Please note that Father Paul leads the Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa every Sunday before Mass (starting at about 9:10 a.m.). Copies of the Novena are at the back of the church.

Sunday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. The Mass intention will be for John Campbell offered by Kathleen & Kylie Campbell.
Lectors: Anne Marie Campbell, Anna Wesolkowska                                                                      
Eucharistic Minister: Frank Starzomski
Altar Servers: Brianna, Nicholas, and Rudy   
Ushers: Robert Melski Sr., Joe Gillis
Greeters: Victoria Aucoin, Stephanie Melnick Black

Collection receipts for Sunday, October 11: $3201.75 (broken down as follows: $926.75 general collection, $2275.75 rebuilding fund). Thank you very much for your generous support of St. Mary’s Polish Parish. Dziekujemy bardzo.

MASS CARDS/VIGIL CANDLE: To reserve Mass Intentions or Vigil Candle intentions, please call 902-563-1226. Please note that any 2015 Mass intentions recorded before the fire were lost and we would be most grateful if parishioners could check in again.

IN MEMORIAM DONATION: To make an In Memoriam donation, please speak with Shauna MacKay. These will be acknowledged in the bulletin. Building Fund contributions will go toward the new church. To contribute to the Rebuilding Fund, if you do not have an envelope, you can write on your regular envelope or cheque “Designated to the Rebuilding of St. Mary’s Polish Church.”

“IMIENINY” (NAME DAYS) FOR THE COMING WEEK. Help to maintain a longstanding Polish Catholic tradition by acknowledging relatives, friends, and colleagues who are celebrating their “name day,” corresponding with the feast day of a saint of the same name.  Where there is more than one saint of the same name who has been assigned a day, your “name day” is the one closest to your birthday. It is customary in the Polish tradition to acknowledge the name day of a relative or friend:
October 18: Julian, Łukasz
October 19: Ferdynand, Piotr
October 20: Irena, Urszula
October 21: Bernard, Celina
October 22: Filip, Halka
October 23: Iga, Ignacy, Jan, Marlena, Roman
October 24: Antoni, Boleczest, Filip, Marcin, Rafaela, Rafał
October 25: Daria, Kryspin



EXTERIOR COLOUR FOR OUR CHURCH – RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S VOTING : The first-choice votes were as follow: Option A: 20 votes; Option B: 1 vote; Option C: 9 votes; Option D: 33 votes. Since Option D (savannah wicker) received more than half the first-choice votes, it was not necessary to go to a second round of balloting. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting last Sunday. The colours have now been ordered.

REBUILDING UPDATE:  The framing (putting up exterior walls) has begun! At our last update meeting with fellow parishioners after Mass on October 4, the Rada reported that we were working with the insurance company to ensure that many of the professional fees (architect, engineer, surveyor, etc) come under what is called “extensions of coverage” (not the core construction budget). This is according to our original understanding. This has been resolved mostly in our favour ($52,000 out of $61,000 coming from extensions) – which is good news -- but we have a meeting on Wednesday to resolve some of the professional fees going forward. Overall, we are trying to hold the construction budget for Phase I (main church plus basic shell of the reception area, with some servicing) to between $1.330 million and $1.350 million. Our construction manager, Howie Doiron, has been very diligent. Phase II (completion of kitchen and reception area/ small library/reading room/meeting and rehearsal area) is to be put in over time as we continue our fund-raising and as we obtain in-kind help.   As reported earlier, part of Phase I, plus Phase II and all contents are relying on donations, because the insurance settlement for core construction is very tightly capped at $1.288 million. As always, we are deeply grateful for any donations to the rebuilding, which will be recognized in the new church. Our next meeting with the full parish will be on November 1 after Mass. In the meantime, many thanks to the working groups, which are putting in a lot of effort! Dziekujemy i Bog zaplac! And please don’t hesitate to speak with any member of the Rada if you would like more details on any aspect of rebuilding.

A NOTE FROM FATHER PAUL: Marriage: In this upcoming Year of God’s Mercy, I would like to extend an invitation to any of you whose marriages were not celebrated or blessed in a Catholic Church by a Catholic priest or Catholic deacon.  If you would like to have your marriage blessed, regardless of how long ago you were married civilly, and if I can do so in keeping with Church Law, I will be only too happy to do so. And if you are in a situation where one or both of you need an annulment of a previous marriage, I will do my best to help you there too. Think it over and if you wish to have your marriage blessed, please give me a call. – Father Paul

IMO Peter Stephenson from Evelyn M. MacAulay

MINI-POSTER WITH MASS RESPONSES IN POLISH: These were distributed two weeks ago, and unfortunately there are no copies remaining. However, we will place permanent copies in the pews of our new church.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: St. Mary's Polish Parish is again participating in "Operation Christmas Child", sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.  You can pick up your shoe boxes at the back of the church today after Mass.  Pamphlets will be attached to each box. Please take note of the items that are not acceptable for packing.  Also, please kindly remember to include your $7 donation for shipping and administration costs.  The boxes must be returned by Sunday, November 15th.  You can give your boxes to Suzanne Campbell or Anne Marie Campbell.  Suzanne 270 2859/ Anne Marie 562 5837.  You can look online at to see the joy that these boxes bring to children at Christmas. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting this wonderful charity.  God bless!

LEARN BASIC POLISH IN A FUN RECREATIONAL SETTING: Classes began yesterday. Six Saturdays (2-3:30). If you would still like to join, please speak with any member of the Rada or call 902-563-1226.

“NA STO DWA!”LEADING CAPE BRETON CHOIRS COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE REBUILD ST. MARY’S POLISH CHURCH: Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m., United Heritage Church. Admission: Free-will offering. Our choir will join the Cape Breton Chordsmen and other outstanding local groups. So many are coming together to support our rebuilding. Thanks to our friends at United Heritage Church for making their sanctuary available at no charge.

UPCOMING FUND-RAISING EVENTS FOR OUR REBUILDING: (at Polish Village Hall, unless otherwise stated):
Thursdays 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. --Chase the Ace (ongoing every Thursday until the Ace is drawn)
Sunday, October 25, Concert of Choirs – 7 p.m. – United Heritage Church
Saturday, November 21 – Pre-Christmas Bazaar
Sunday, December 6 – St. Nicholas Tea

PRAYER FOR PEACE OF ST. JOHN PAUL II: Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you, grant us peace”:  Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.  

TO CONTRIBUTE ON-LINE TO OUR REBUILDING, PLEASE GO TO OUR PARISH WEB HOME PAGE ( and please click the link to our Canada Helps donation page. It’s a secure system and you’ll receive your charitable tax receipt promptly. Thanks for your support! Please spread the word.

New “IMO” (Building Fund) cards and envelopes have been printed and are at the back of the church.

REBUILDING FUND CONTRIBUTIONS: Building Fund contributions will go toward the new church. To contribute to the rebuilding if you do not have an envelope, you can also write on your regular envelope or cheque “Designated to the Rebuilding of St. Mary’s Polish Church.”

THE RENOVATED AND REFURBISHED POLISH VILLAGE HALL is a comfortable, well appointed, modernized venue for events large and small. Please consider renting the hall for your events. Please call 564-8494.


Życzenia na miłego nowego tygodnia / Wishing you a blessed week! Bóg zapłać!


TODAY’S HYMNS: Please see bulletin insert for the words.
Entrance: Zawitaj, Królowo Różańca świętego [Greetings, O Queen of the Holy Rosary]
Offertory: Serce Twe Jezu [Heart of Jesus]
Communion: Kłaniam się Tobie [I Bow Before You]
Post-Communion: O mój Boże, Kocham Cię [My God, I Love Thee]
Closing: Na wszystkich drogach życia [On All the Roads of Life]