Biuletyn / Bulletin – 2-ego października 2016 roku / October 2, 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 Siódma Niedziela zwykła / Twenty Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

TODAY'S RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Słysząc głos Pana, serc nie zatwardzajcie. (Hearing the Lord’s voice, harden not your hearts.) Pronunciation: Swish-oh-nts / gwos / Pa-na / se-rts / nee-e /zat-far-d-z-ay-ch-e

Eucharistic Minister for today: Marilyn Gillis

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



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.

Sunday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. The Mass intention will be for Joseph Dziubek offered by Shirley Ardelli & family.
Lectors:  Tanya Chislett, Andrzej Cebula                                                               
Eucharistic Minister: Janet Hawthorne
Altar Servers: As noted by Father Rich, we are now inviting all altar servers to serve at each Mass.
Ushers: Bernie LaRusic, Tony Gniewek
Greeters: Janina MacCormack, Toni LaRusic
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 25: $4223.03 (broken down as follows: $763.90 general collection, including $20.00 for special needs of the Canadian church, $3459.13 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:
October 2: Teofil
October 3: Gerard, Józefa, Teresa
October 4: Edwin, Franciszek, Konrad, Rozalia
October 5: Donata, Igor, Justyn
October 6: Artur, Emil, Roman
October 7: Justyna, Marek, Maria, Rościsława, Stefan, Mirella
October 8: Bryda, Brygida, Marcin
October 9: Bogdan, Jan, Ludwik



Niech Bedzie Pochwalony Jezus Chrystus! !

Today’s Liturgy of the Word scripture readings concern faith. In the first Old Testament reading (the prophet Habakuk) writes that “the righteous live by their faith.” Jesus talks about the ability of faith to move mountains! I think we can also look at the local context at what happened out of the ashes of the fire that destroyed our church two years ago. It was faith and determination that brought about the miracle of “Odnowa” Rebirth or renaissance of the parish! Jesus also encourages us to be faithful to whatever our duties are in life. When we perform even our daily routine obligations we are fulfilling God’s will.

OCTOBER THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY                            
The beautiful fall month of October is when the feast of Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary falls (October 7th). It is a custom in Poland and many other predominantly Catholic countries to have daily October rosary devotions. Here at St. Mary’s, the rosary will be prayed beginning about 6:10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Sunday after Mass we will pray two decades (one in Polish and in English) as a parish family for various intentions.

Last Sunday all 12 forms for PREP registration of children were taken home and a few more were requested. If anyone was not present last Sunday, the PREP registration forms are also available today on the tables. As we anticipate to be able to begin use of the hall (less kitchen and restrooms) later this month, we will begin the classes after the 10 a.m. Mass. We are still looking for another volunteer catechist to help with the classes. Please contact me.

MASS INTENTIONS                                                           
The Mass intention book is now kept at the glebe office however the book will be taken to the sacristy when we have Mass in church. We will have many dates now open on weekdays and especially more beginning in November when we add additional weekday and one more Sunday Mass. The customary stipend fee is $10 for a Mass intention. Please remember the living and the dead when requesting the offering of holy mass!

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH MORNING MASS                                                                                   
This past Saturday we had our first time First Saturday Mass with over 25 people present, but with only 2 parishioners. Every First Saturday of the month there will be confessions (from 8 a.m.), communal praying of the rosary, Holy Mass followed by the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A social with coffee, tea and sweets will follow in Sala 1050. A freewill offering will be taken up at this Mass as it serves people mainly from outside of the parish that will go into our rebuilding or building fund.

OUR HERITAGE PILGRIMAGE TOUR 2017                                                       
I am presently obtaining quotes from airlines and a tour operator for either a 14 to 15 day tour next summer that would also include two days in Ukraine (former Polish lands) where many of our parish pioneer immigrants originated. We will schedule an informational meeting when all figures are in.

I want to thank Sophie (Jockemeck) Neville who offered to sponsor the new altar cloth from Poland. Jeff Wilson (husband of Krista |Starzomski) is working on repairing the minor damage done to the two statues. When completed, we will bless and place them on the high altar.
CONFESSION (Sacrament of Penance) will be heard daily beginning 30 minutes before Mass and concluding 10 minutes before Mass begins.

(effective Sunday, November 6th)                             
10:00 a.m. (English & Polish)
4:00 p.m (English)                         
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m.
First Saturday of the month: 8:30 a.m.


LUNCH AFTER MASS TODAY: Lunch will be in the Polish Village Hall. Everyone is welcome. If you brought an item for Loaves and Fishes, please leave it at the entrance to the hall. Many thanks!  During lunch, we will also have a short rebuilding update and cut a special cake for St. Michael’s Day. We will also have a quick Polish language “pop-up tutorial” (words for Thanksgiving). Right after the social, still in the hall, there will be a short gathering for anyone interested in helping do an outline/work plan for what will happen at our DOZYNKI (Polish Harvest Festival) on Sunday, October 30.

SPECIAL GUEST FROM CROATIA: This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Please join us in the church. Dr. Naila Ceribašić is a folklorist and ethnomusicologist (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb) who has studied Croatian communities around the world. She will be joining us in the church for a conversation about how we can help keep Croatian cultural traditions alive and vibrant in Cape Breton. For generations, Croatian Cape Bretoners have contributed a great deal to our parish.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: The Whitney Pier project is well underway. Our parish has been a supporter of this project, along with other local faith communities. Volunteer crew leaders are needed. If you have experience in any trade and are interested in helping even for a few days over the next few months, please contact Adrian Wilson at NSCC: 902-563-2450;

FUND-RAISING FOR COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION: To complete Phase 2, we will still need to raise about $78,000. This includes 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 Charlotte Paruch Taseff from William & Carol Stephen; Rebecca & Robert Stephen
IMO Jockemeck and Neville families from Sophie Jockemeck Neville
IMO Teofil Pierrynowski from Aggie Stephenson; Mary Pierrynowski
IMO John Tynski from Elaine Tynski-Shipley
IMO Jockemeck and Kokocki families (deceased members) from Mary Marman (Jockemeck); Mary Margaret Keough
IMO Lawrence Burman from Michael & Ursula Melski
IMO Ray Aarssen from Peter and Shelley Aarsen
IMO deceased members of St, Michael's Polish Benefit Society (on St. Michael’s Day) from Tom Urbaniak and Alison Etter

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).

POLISH LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: Six Tuesdays starting October 25 (7 to 8:30 p.m.). In a fun, recreational setting, with a focus on learning Christmas words, phrases, and activities. Led by Edyta Baczyk, the total cost is $30. Location: Our “Sala 1050” (church hall). To reserve a place, please call 902-563-1226; email:

POLISH LANGUAGE FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE LEARNERS: Individualized and small-group mentoring available. If you are interested, please call 902-563-1226.

PRESENTATION: Sunday, October 16, after Mass, there will be a presentation on the recent World Youth Day in Poland by our youth pilgrims.

ŚWIĘTY MICHAŁ ARCHANIOŁ, MÓDL SIĘ ZA NAMI! St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us. (Feast day Sept 29): St. Michael the Archangel has several important roles. He is the leader of Heaven’s triumph over hell. He intercedes to redeem souls at the hour of death. He weighs virtue on a perfectly balanced scale. He is a guardian of the Church. St. Michael is the patron saint of, among others: people who are ill or dying, paramedics, radiologists, danger at sea, mariners, artists, bankers, police officers, soldiers, and security guards – and of course our St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society. He is often depicted confronting a serpent. In another famous image, he is seen with Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Thanksgiving Day -- Dzień Dziękczynienia
Blessings –  błogosławieństwa (bw-o-go-swa-vee-eh-n-stva )
Turkey indyk
Supper kolacja
Bon appetit!Smacznego!
Cheers –  Na zdrowie!
Family –  rodzina
Food bank (aiding members of our community in need) – Bank Żywności

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. 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: Zawitaj, Królowo Różańca świętego [Greetings, Queen of the Holy Rosary]
Offertory: Twemu Sercu [To Your Heart]
Communion: Pan Jezus już się zbliża [The Lord Jesus is Drawing Nearer]
Post-Communion: O Mój Boże, kocham Cię [O My God, I Love Thee]
Blessing of image of St. Michael the Archangel: Do św. Michała Archanioła [To St. Michael the Archangel]
Closing: Ciebie Boże chwalimy [Holy God We Praise Thy Name]