Biuletyn / Bulletin – 25-ego września 2016 roku / September 25, 2016

Parafia p.w. Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny
21 Wesley St., Sydney, NS, B1N 2M5
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. Church rebuilt in 2015-2016. Our second century of faith and service

PROBOSZCZ/PASTOR:  Father Rich Philiposki 902-564-4847 or cell 902-577-6331

MSZY/MASSES: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday & Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa following the Wednesday evening Mass
Chaplet of Divine Mercy following the Friday evening Mass

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 Szósta Niedziela zwykła / Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Leo Bennett offered by Julia & family. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Mu dać, Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj Mu świeci. Niech odpoczywa w pokoju wiecznym. Amen

Eucharistic Minister for today: Janet Hawthorne

Ushers for collection today: Robert Melski Sr., Larry Gniewek



WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Please invite others. Everyone is welcome! Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa following our Wednesday Mass. Chaplet of Divine Mercy following our Friday Mass.

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. The Mass intention will be for Clifford E. Giles offered by Sophie and Roddie O’Toole.

Sunday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. The Mass intention will be for John Tynski offered by Nellie & family.
Lectors:  Tony Melski, Tom Urbaniak                                                               
Eucharistic Minister: Marilyn Gillis
Altar Servers: As noted by Father Rich last Sunday, we are now inviting all altar servers to serve at each Mass.
Ushers: Larry Gniewek, Robert Melski Jr. on behalf of St, Michael’s Polish Benefit Society – Sunday closest to St. Michael’s Day
Greeters: Mary (Micka) DiPenta, Teresa Fagan
Altar Society designated volunteers for October: Marilyn Gillis, Joe Gillis
Care Committee: to visit or send a card, please call Catherine Tucker (902-567-0146)

Collection receipts for Sunday, September 18: $3803.00 (broken down as follows: $1427.00 general collection, including $10.00 for special needs of the Canadian church, $2376.00 rebuilding fund). Thank you very much for your generous support of St. Mary's Polish Parish. Dziekujemy bardzo.

MASS CARDS: To reserve Mass Intentions please call Carolyn Ardelli-Kiley 902-539-1725.

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:
September 25: Aurelia, Franciszek
September 26: Cyprian, Justyna
September 27: Kamil; Amadeusz, Damian
September 28: Jan, Luba, Lubosza, Marek, Nikita
September 29: Michał, Rafał, Gabriel
September 30: Grzegorz, Hieronim
October 1: Danuta, Jan
October 2: Teofil



Niech Bedzie Pochwalony Jezus Chrystus! Na wieki wiekow Amen!

God’s Word to us this Sunday warns us of enjoying a life of luxury and leisure, without regard for others who are not as fortunate as we are. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus illustrates what the tragic fate can be of those who have no concern for others.

Please remember Catholic etiquette when you come into church on Sunday or any day for Holy Mass. 1) Place finger  or hand in holy water font and then make the sign of the Cross that reminds us of our baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity. 2) Genuflect on one knee (health permitting) or make a bow in direction of the tabernacle in the centre of the sanctuary where we have the true presence of the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. Then we enter the pew where we hopefully have time for our personal prayer before Mass begins. I noticed at my first Sunday Mass on Sept. 11th that there was a lot of out loud chatting and talking before Mass! We need to go back to quiet time for those who wish to pray. We can socialize outside before Mass or after. We will soon get access to our Sala 1050 where we will be able to share hospitality and conversation after Mass.

I am happy to report an excellent response to the appeal in last week’s bulletin for sponsors of the sacred objects purchased in Poland for the parish: Statues of St. Monica: Vicky Aucoin, St.Stanislaus the Bishop: Janina Mac Cormack, two  gold vestments of Divine Mercy and St. John Paul II by  Teresa Kelly (Jockemeck), another white and multi-coloured chasuble of St. John Paul II and the Merciful Jesus by Shirley Ardelli. “Bog Zaplac” May God reward your generosity! We need yet a sponsor for the altar cloth and the amount was wrong from last week’s bulletin as it is only $150.00

As the school year begins across Canada in September, religious education or catechism classes also begin in most parishes. Please read the letter from Bishop Brian Dunn regarding the importance of bringing and forming our children in the faith that we pass from generation to generation.

PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) CLASSES REGISTRATION
This Sunday (and next) we will register children (grade 1 thru 8/9) for our PREP classes that we hope to begin also next Sunday. There will be 3 classes: 1.) Pre-Communion & Confession 2) Post- Communion and 3) Pre-Confirmation.  There is no fee except for a book or materials fee (to be determined). Classes will take place after Sunday morning Mass from about 11 to 12 noon. The classes will end with praying (or singing) the Angelus in church. Parents please take seriously the baptismal promises (vows) you made at your child’s baptism

Every 1st Saturday of the month we will celebrate a Mass (votive in honour of the Blessed Mother) at 8:30 a.m. Prior to Mass will be the opportunity to come to Reconciliation (confession) and pray the rosary. After Mass the litany will be said.

Effective Sunday, November 6th  (the Sunday that the time changes)                            
10:00 a.m. (High Mass English & Polish)
4:00 p.m (Recited English with hymns)                         
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m.
First Saturday of the month: 8:30 a.m.
DEVOTIONS (before or after the Mass):    
Monday: St. Monica Novena
Tuesday: St. Anthony of Padua
Wednesday Our Lady of Czestochowa
Thursday: Eventual day of Adoration
Friday: Divine Mercy Chaplet

NEW DIVINE MERCY PICTURE                         
Replacing the picture painted by the late John Tynski is the new picture painted in Poland. This larger picture of the Merciful Jesus was sponsored by Shirley Ardelli and her family. We will bless the image this Sunday at the end of the Mass. Eventually there will be some votive prayer candles (real or electric) and stands that will stand before or next to the sacred pictures. Every Friday, the chaplet will be recited or sung after Mass before the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction.

Next Sunday (Oct. 2) we will bless the new picture painted by the same artist Jan Gyofri as the original destroyed in the fire. After Mass everyone in attendance is invited to the St. Michael Society Polish Village Hall for cake, coffee or tea.

We will have a little later this Fall, an informational meeting to plan for a parish trip to Poland that will cross over into Western Ukraine (Lwow, Ogrodek Jagiellonski Wolczuchy, Rodatycze) for a couple of days. Most of our immigrant ancestors originated in Galicia. Father Rich has organized several pilgrimage tours to Poland from Las Vegas, Toledo Baltimore, Wilno (Canada’s first Polish parish) and the Detroit area. Keep posted for more news about this!

With the forthcoming new Mass schedule, we are able to accommodate more Masses. At least one Sunday a month I must offer a pro-populo Mass for all the parishioners of all the three parishes. However, there will be an additional Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. and nearly every weekday Mass will be offered. Mass intentions include not only praying for our deceased loved ones, but also for health and blessings for the living, remembering birthdays and anniversaries and also in giving thanks.


LUNCH AFTER MASS NEXT WEEK TO MARK ST. MICHAEL'S DAY (closest Sunday): Lunch will be in the Polish Village Hall. Everyone is welcome. The St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society invites everyone to the Polish Village Hall. A special cake will be served. The following is a list of parishioners who are next in the rotation to please bring a dish: Frania Ardelli, Marjorie Ardelli, Shirley Ardelli, Victoria Aucoin, Edyta Baczyk, Stephanie Black, Anne Marie & Jim Campbell, Denise Campbell, Suzanne Campbell, Evelyn Cook, Micka DiPenta, Marilyn and Joe Gillis, Marianne Gillis, Kevin Gniwek, Larry Gniewek, Tony Gniewek

LOAVES AND FISHES: Please bring a non-perishable item if you can to the lunch next Sunday. Loaves and Fishes, our local food bank, is grateful for our parish’s ongoing support.

GUEST BOOK: If you are visiting our church, welcome! Please sign our guest book at the back of the church.

PHASE 2 OF OUR CONSTRUCTION: This started on Monday, September 12th and is going well. The first increment will include mechanical and electrical, ceiling, lighting, and drywall. The goal is to do enough work to get a basic occupancy permit for “Sala 1050” (back section) as soon as possible, and then work on the next steps (like the kitchen) following more fund-raising. This first increment should take 3-4 weeks.

FUND-RAISING FOR COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION: To complete Phase 2, we will still need to raise about $80,000. This will include several fall events, appeals for corporate and organizational sponsorships, and individual donations. Phase 2 rebuilding envelopes are at the back of the church.

IN MEMORIAM / BUILDING FUND ENVELOPES are at the back of the church. Many thanks for your support.

IMO their parents from Jancia & Bernie LaRusic
IMO Caroline Paruch from Laura Madinsky; David & Joan Fudge; Elinor & William Gromick; John & Hilda Madinsky; Katie & Michael Paruch; Reynolda MacDonald; Maureen McNeil
IMO Jockemeck & Kokocki families from Teresa Kelly Jockemeck
IMO deceased Jockemeck family members from Mary Margaret Keough
IMO Ted Kiech from Gregory A. Kiech

UPCOMING EVENTS: Please note in your calendar the following to support our rebuilding: Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival -- Sunday, October 30; Pre-Christmas bazaar: Saturday, November 19. Dinner theatre and St. Nicholas/concert dates will be announced soon.

FUND-RAISING CARD SOCIAL FOR OUR REBUILDING: Wednesday, October 5, 12 noon, Polish Village. Tickets: Peggy Ryba (902-562-2195) or Catherine Tucker (902-567-0146).

The St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society meets this evening at 7 p.m.

MASS OF THANKSGIVING / FAREWELL FOR PATRIARCH VINCENT WATERMAN & ISABEL WATERMAN: Today at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s African Orthodox Church. Patriarch Vincent is taking a sabbatical leave of absence due to personal/health reasons and is relocating to Halifax to be closer to family. St. Mary’s Polish Parish is very grateful for his prayers, friendship, and support over many years, and his leadership in many Cape Breton projects. We look forward to remaining in touch. Patriarch Vincent remains rector for life of St. Philip’s. Arcbishop Mascoll will be priest in charge, assisted by recently ordained Rev. Mother Phyllis Marsh.


October 2: Marilyn Gillis
October 9: Janet Hawthorne
October 16: Marilyn Gillis
October 23: Frank Starzomski
October 30: Janet Hawthorne

October 2: Tony Melski, Tom Urbaniak
October 9: Tanya Chislett, Andrzej Cebula
October 16: Nikolas Starzomski-Wilson, Anna Wesolkowska
October 23: Elaine Tynski-Shipley, Teresa Fagan
October 30: Anne Marie Campbell, Janusz Wawrzyszyn

October 2: Larry Gniewek, Robert Melski Jr.
October 9: Bernie LaRusic, Tony Gniewek
October 16:Joe Gillis, Toni LaRusic
October 23:Robert Melski Sr., Larry Gniewek

October 2: Mary (Micka) DiPenta, Teresa Fagan
October 9: Toni LaRusic, Janina MacCormack
October 16: Joan Mosher, Peggy Ryba
October 23: Catherine Tucker, Herb Tucker
October 30: Anna Wesolkowska, Marjorie Ardelli

ALTAR SERVERS: All altar servers are invited and encouraged to serve at each Mass.
Thank you so much for your service in these and other ministries. Bóg zapłać!

PARISH WEBSITE: Our parish website ( includes a link to a video of our Mass of dedication as well as photographs of our first open house. There is also a link to make a secure on-line donation to Phase 2 of our rebuilding through Canada Helps. Through this feature, you can receive a tax receipt instantly.

TRANSLATION OF TODAY’S SECOND READING (1 TM 6: 11-16): But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honour and eternal power. Amen

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. We are hoping to be able to start Phase II (hall/library/kitchen) very soon after the church opens.

REBUILDING FUND ENVELOPES are at the back of the church. Thank you for your support.

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.”. Donations can also be made by regular mail: St. Mary's Polish Parish 21 Wesley St. , Sydney, N.S. B1N 2M5. We still need to raise about $150,000 to complete Phase 2. Thank you so much for your support.

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!


Entrance: M Maryjo Matko Boga [O Mary, Mother of God]
Offertory: Pobogoslaw Jezu Drogi [Bless Us Dear Jesus]
Communion: Jezusa Ukrytego [Jesus, Shrouded] 
Post-Communion: Wszystko Tobie Oddac Pragne [I Strive to Give All to You]
Proceed to icon of Divine Mercy: Sing Badz Uwielbiony Panie (Be Worshipped O Lord); Prayers/Blessing; Sing Jezu, Ufam Tobie (Jesus, I Trust in You)
Closing: My Chcemy Boga [We Want God]