Biuletyn/Bulletin – 6-ego stycznia 2013 roku/ January 6, 2013

Parafia p.w. Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny
21 Wesley St., Sydney, NS, B1N 2M5
Tel.: 564-4847
Witamy wszystkich! Welcome to all!
We are pleased to share our faith and rich traditions with the whole community.
Celebrating 100 years of faith and service (1913-2013)

PROBOSZCZ/PASTOR:  Father Paul Murphy 564-4355
MSZY/MASSES: Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. including Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa

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.


Objawienie Pańskie/Feast of the Epiphany

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Herb Black offered by Steffie & family. Eternal rest grant onto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Mu dać Panie, a swiatłość wiekuista niechaj Mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen.

TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM: “Uwielbią Pana wszystkie ludy ziemi.”[All the peoples of the Earth adore the Lord.] Pronunciation: Oo-vieh-lbee-o /Pana /wsh-i-stk-ieh/loo-dih / dgi-eh-mee

The Vigil Candle this week is for Walter Ryba offered by Frania & family



Wednesday, January 9, 4:00 p.m.: Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Mass intention will be for Gloria Hollohan Kober offered by the Baker family.

Sunday, January 13, 9:30 a.m.: The Mass intention will be for John Paruch offered by Stella Paruch
Lectors: Elaine Tynski-Shipley, Tom Urbaniak
Eucharistic Minister: Marilyn Gillis
Altar Servers: Brianna and Nicholas

Collection receipts for Sunday, December 30: $1104.50 (broken down as follows: $498.50 weekly contribution, $20.00 monthly supplementary contribution, $250.00 yearly contribution, $39.00 candles, $70.00 Christmas offering, $10.00 initial offering, $160.00 Christmas donation, $50.00 100th anniversary donation, $7.00 building fund).

New Year’s Day Mass collection: $1146.00 (broken down as follows: $365.00 New Year’s offering, $77.00 weekly contribution, $45.00 monthly supplementary contribution, $27.00 candles, $25.00 Christmas offering, $107.00 initial offering, $500.00 Christmas donation)

Thank you very much for your support of St. Mary’s Polish Parish.

MASS CARDS/VIGIL CANDLE/MASS INTENTIONS: Please call Paul Tynski (562-1716)

“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:
January 6: Andrzej, Bolemir, Kacper, Kasper
January 7: Julian, Lucjan, Walenty
January 8: Mścisław, Seweryn
January 9: Antoni, Borzymir, Julian, Julianna
January 10: Dobrosław, Jan, Paweł
January 11: Feliks, Krzesimir, Matylda
January 12: Antoni, Arkadiusz, Benedykt, Czesław, Czesława, Ernest
January 13: Bogumił, Bogusława, Weronika



CHANGE IN WEDNESDAY MASS TIME FOR THE WINTER MONTHS: 4 p.m.: Our Wednesday evening Mass is at 4 p.m. Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa follows as usual. Father Paul has effected this change out of consideration for people who may find it difficult to drive in the dark, especially in inclement winter conditions.


CATECHISM AND POLISH CULTURAL CLASS for school-age children, led by Krista Ann Starzomski, will take place downstairs after Mass today for about 30 minutes. The participants will be working on a special added feature for our Parish Oplatek Gathering, scheduled for next Sunday, January 13, at 6 p.m.

PARISH OPŁATEK GATHERING:  Next Sunday, January 13, at 6 p.m. in the church basement.  The format is potluck, so we would be very grateful if you could bring a dish. Every year, this is a joyful occasion to conclude the Christmas season as a parish community, share Opłatek, and sing traditional carols. See you there!

CONTINUATION OF THE BLESSING OF HOMES: Thank you to everyone who signed up to have your homes blessed, as we commence our 100th anniversary year. There was an excellent response. Father Paul already visited about 20 homes on Thursday and Friday, and the visits continue this week as per the neighbourhood schedule stated in last Sunday’s bulletin.

PARISH COLLECTION ENVELOPES: For parishioners who have not yet picked up the 2013 parish envelopes, these are at the back of the church. Also, anyone who regularly attends St. Mary’s Polish Church is invited to use collection envelopes. Please advise Paul Tynski (562-1716) or Tom Urbaniak (563-1226;

COMPLIMENTARY IMIENINY (NAME DAY) CALENDARS: Our greeters this morning will be distributing (while supplies last) a complimentary Polish imieniny (name day) calendar. These were prepared under the direction of Father Pawel Ratajczak in Toronto, director of Katolickie Studio Młodych. The calendar gives contact information for every Polish parish in Canada, including ours.

SHORT MEETING AFTER MASS TODAY:  (for about 15 minutes) for parishioners who volunteered for – or who wish to volunteer for – the Altar Society, decorating, cleaning. Thank you!

THE PARISH PLANNING TEAM holds its next meeting on Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in the O’Connell House.

A limited number of 2013 POLISH-LANGUAGE MISSALS/PRAYER BOOKS (PAN Z WAMI SERIES) are available at the back of the church, for use in the church only, please.Dziekujemy!

DRAW WINNER: The winner of the draw for the original artwork (Santa Claus) by the late John Tynski was Terry Wojick of Sydney. This fund-raiser resulted in $1,390 for the Polish Village Hall. The draw was conducted by Tony Melski.


POLISH CUSTOMS FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY: The Feast of the Epiphany is a national holiday in Poland. One of the important Polish customs, which we observe in our parish, is the blessing of chalk. The chalk is then taken home and an inscription is made above a doorway: K+M+B 2013. This signifies that just like the wise men in Matthew’s Gospel, we are ready to change our plans and make a significant commitment in following Jesus Christ and the Gospel message. In many Polish cities, there are Epiphany processions. There are usually live animals in these processions, and people dress in three colours: blue symbolizing Africa, green for Asia, and red for Europe. Last year, Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz led the Warsaw procession. In his homily, he emphasized that the Magi “symbolize the path of every human being in quest of the light of faith.”

7TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN: Weekend of Grace for Women, April 19, 20, 21 – 2013, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. In the spirit of the New Evangelization, the Archdiocese of Halifax is sponsoring this weekend conference for women. Conference is pre-registration only. Space is limited to only 300 women. Patti Gallagher will be the keynote speaker, joined by Archbishop Mancini and Father Mark Cherry, both of Halifax Archdiocese. Conference cost is $175. Deadline for registration is April 8, 2013. For more information, please call: 902-435-1568 or visit

“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS” – From the Holy Father’s New Year’s Day homily: Although the world is sadly marked by hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism, as well as by various forms of terrorism and crime, I am convinced that the many different efforts at peacemaking which abound in our world testify to humanity’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life.  In other words, the desire for peace corresponds to a fundamental moral principle, namely, the duty and right to an integral social and communitarian development … All of this led me to draw inspiration for this Message from the words of Jesus Christ: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’”