Biuletyn/Bulletin – 20-ego stycznia 2013 roku/ January 20, 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.


Druga Niedziela zwykła/Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Hugh McMullin offered by the choir of St. Mary’s Polish Parish. 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.

The Vigil Candle this week is for Walter Ryba and Stella Granville offered by the family



Wednesday, January 23, 4:00 p.m.: Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Mass intention will be for William Green offered by Shirley Ardelli & family.

Sunday, January 27, 9:30 a.m.: The Mass intention will be for Mary & Peter Baryluk offered by Marilyn & Joe Gillis
Lectors: Steffie Black, Paul Tynski
Eucharistic Minister: Janet Hawthorne
Altar Servers: Marjorie Ardelli, Carolyn Kiley

Collection receipts for Sunday, January 13: $888.95 (broken down as follows: $562.95 weekly contribution, $120.00 monthly supplementary contribution, $79.00 candles, $10.00 initial offering, $10.00 Christmas offering, $20.00 New Year’s Day offering, $7.00 building fund, additional donations $55.00). 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 20: Dobiegniew, Fabian, Sebastian
January 21: Agnieszka, Jarosław, Jarosława, Marcela
January 22: Anastazy, Dobromysł, Dorian, Marta, Wincenty
January 23: Jan, Maria
January 24: Felicja, Mirogniew, Rafaela, Rafał, Tymoteusz
January 25: Miłosz, Miłowan, Miłowit, Paweł, Tatiana
January 26: Paula, Paulina, Wanda
January 27: Angelika, Ilona, Julian



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 will be held today downstairs immediately following Mass, led by Krista Ann Starzomski

THANK YOU to everyone who assisted with taking down the Christmas decorations last Monday: Marilyn Gillis, Joe Gillis, Carolyn Kiley, Bernie LaRusic, Paul Tynski, Lennie Wludyka

STO DARÓW [100 GIFTS] CENTENARY SERVICE INITIATIVE : Thank you for your generosity. At last week’s Parish Oplatek Supper, we collected just under 100 non-perishable items. These were delivered to Loaves and Fishes on Monday morning, and our parish received a handwritten thank you note (included as an insert to the bulletin). As part of our Sto Darów [100 gifts] Service Initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of our parish, we will be aiming to collect 100 food-bank items at each parish meal and event this year.  Furthermore, at the Oplatek $199.64 was collected to assist our neighbours at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church to make repairs and recuperate funds following the recent robbery. Thank you for your generosity.

SPECIAL THANKS: The Parish Oplatek Supper went very well. Every seat was filled – and then some! Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the great community atmosphere, to everyone who brought a dish (the food was excellent!), to the St. Mary’s Polish Parish Choir for doing a superb job as always, to the Catechism students for preparing the spiritual Polish Christmas cards for everyone, to Dr. Al Balawyder for coming to Sydney to share his research on the “Polish treasures,” and, of course, to everyone who helped with set-up, decorating, and clean-up: Peggy Ryba, Lynette Ryba, Janina MacCormack, Ursula Melski, Paul Tynski, Elaine Tynski-Shipley, Catherine Tucker, Anne Marie Campbell, Suzanne Campbell, Tom Urbaniak.

USHERS’ SCHEDULE (TO TAKE COLLECTIONS) FOR THE NEXT MONTH (if you would like any changes, please contact Tom Urbaniak in advance – 563-1226;
Jan. 20: Michael Melski, Robert Melski Sr.
Jan 27. Steve Melnick, Joe Gillis
Feb. 3: Toni LaRusic, Michael Melski
Feb. 10: Joe Gillis, Robert Melski Sr.

ALTAR SOCIETY/CLEANING/DECORATING SCHEDULE: The schedules for the next six months for Altar Society/cleaning/decorating volunteers are on the table at the back of the church. (A copy can also be e-mailed to you – Attached is a list of tasks prepared by Janet Hawthorne.

MASS INTENTIONS: No individual Mass intentions will be taken for Sept. 8 (100 years to the day since our founding). The intention will be for all parishioners, living and deceased.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of St. Mary’s Polish Parish will be held immediately following Mass next Sunday, January 27th.  An annual report will be distributed next Sunday. We would like to respectfully request that all parishioners remain for this meeting. Thank you kindly. Do zobaczenia!

BLESSING OF ST. BLAISE: On Wednesday, Feb. 6th, at the 4pm Mass, throats will be blessed here at St. Mary’s Polish Church for those who so wish.

PLANNING TEAM MEETING:  Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the O’Connell Parish Centre. Among other things, the Planning Team will be preparing for its dialogue with Bishop Dunn, scheduled for January 30, which is to be part of a series of meetings.

ST. MICHAEL’S POLISH BENEFIT SOCIETY NOTES: The New Year’s Eve Dance at the Polish Village Hall netted approximately $1,000. All proceeds will go toward the upkeep and running of the hall. The St Michael’s Polish Benefit Society would like to thank Robin Krszwda for the DJ services, Frania, Melbourne and Shauna McKay, Ursula Melski, Peggy Ryba and Jancia MacCormack for helping in the kitchen; Petrina Melski-Donovan, Dave Donovan and Dave Melski for help with the decorating; Lenny Wludyka and Paul Tynski for working the bar.

CREATING EXHIBIT/CAFÉ SPACE AT THE HALL: Nicole Baker is developing a plan – whose cost would have to be modest, using the current grant -- to refurbish and modernize the basement of the Polish Village Hall to make it suitable as an exhibit/café space. The first exhibit to go there would be in July on the parish centenary and the local Polish community. If you have modern/elegant furniture or glass display cases that you might consider contributing, please contact Nicole at 371-5088. Thank you.

A REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE – LENDING RECORDINGS, IMAGES,  AND ARTIFACTS RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE PARISH AND CAPE BRETON’S POLISH COMMUNITY: Cape Breton University’s ECECP (East and Central European Communities Project) wishes to borrow media such as cassette recordings, video tapes, and CDs related in any way to Cape Breton’s Polish community. These would be transposed and place on the project website, following appropriate permissions being obtained. Please contact researcher Patricia Nalepa at or 563-1226 for more information or to donate materials. Anything lent will be digitized by a member of the staff at Cape Breton University; the original hard copy will be returned to the lender. If you would like a copy of the digitized format, please include a USB key or blank CD when sharing materials. A Centenary/Polish Exhibit is planned to be ready for July 1, 2013. Anything contributed would remain part of the exhibit for several months and then returned. These items would not be actually gathered until the week before the opening of the exhibit, but the project wishes to examine and inventory items at this time. Categories include Liturgies, Dance, Music, Embroidery, Cooking, Immigration, Festivals, and Community Milestones and Celebrations. If you have an item or a story that might fit into any of these categories, if you wish to suggest an additional category, or if you wish to lend any items for the exhibit, please contact Patricia Nalepa at (563-1226).

HEALING MASS: On Monday, February 11th, at 6:30pm, Holy Redeemer Parish will be holding a special ‘Healing Mass’. This date is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. A number of priests will be present to pray over any who so wish and to anoint them with Blessed St. Joseph’s Oil from St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. This is not the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. However, it is an opportunity to be prayed over by your priests. Any and all are welcome. You do not have to be seriously ill or sick to receive this special blessing

100th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS: The recent special bulletin insert outlining events this year for the 100th anniversary of our parish is now posted on the parish website:


HOLY FATHER’S MESSAGE TO GODPARENTS (delivered last Sunday): Dear Godparents: It is your important duty to sustain and help the parents in their educational task, supporting them in the transmission of the truths of the faith and in their witness to the Gospel values and bringing up these children in an ever deeper friendship with the Lord. May you always be able to offer them your good example, through the practice of the Christian virtues. It is not easy to express what one believes in openly and without compromises. This is especially true in the context in which we live, in the face of a society that all too often considers those who live by faith in Jesus as out of fashion and out of time. But this is not how it is! This vision shows that it has not understood the relationship with God at all, for as we gradually proceed on our journey of faith, we realize that Jesus exercises on us the liberating action of God’s love which brings us out of our selfishness, our withdrawal into ourselves, to lead us to a full life in communion with God and open to others.


Entrance: Kochajmy Pana #140 in the coil-bound hymnal
Offertory: Przyjmi od nas …
Communion: Klaniam sie tobie #115
Post-Communion: Maryji chwalem spiewac bedziem
Recessional: Zdrowaś Maryjo: # 201