Biuletyn / Bulletin – 28-ego kwietnia 2013 roku / April 28, 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. followed by 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.


Piąta Niedziela Wielkanocna / Fifth Sunday of Easter

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Hilda Kiec offered by Lillian Sigut. Eternal rest grant onto her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Jej dać Panie, a swiatłość wiekuista niechaj Jej świeci na wieki wieków. Amen.

The Vigil Candle this week is for deceased members of the Baker and Kiec families offered by Jean Annette & Richard White.

Eucharistic Minister for today: Janet Hawthorne

Ushers for collection today: Michael Melski, Wilf Ingram



Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Mass intention will be a private intention offered by Jean Annette & Richard White.

Sunday, May 5, 9:30 a.m., Sixth Sunday of Easter. Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa in recognition of the Feast of Mary, Queen of Poland. The Mass intention will be for the Kyte family. 
Lectors: Jola Cebula, Janusz Wawrzyszyn
Eucharistic Minister: Marilyn Gillis
Altar Servers: Brianna, Nicholas, Matthew
Ushers: Toni LaRusic, Robert Melski Sr.

Collection receipts for Sunday, April 21:  $814.05  (broken down as follows: $659.00 weekly contribution, $80.00 monthly supplementary contribution, $28.05 candles, $27.00 building fund. Thank you very much for your support of St. Mary’s Polish Parish. Dziękujemy serdecznie!

“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:
April 28: Maria, Paweł
April 29: Angelina, Augustyn, Bogusław, Piotr, Robert
April 30: Bartłomiej, Jakub, Katarzyna, Marian
May 1: Aniela, Filip, Jakub, Józef, Lubomir
May 2: Walter, Witomir, Zygmunt
May 3: Aleksander, Antonina, Maria, Mariola, Świętosława
May 4: Grzegorz, Michał, Monika
May 5: Irena, Teodor, Waldemar



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 & POLISH CULTURAL CLASSES for school-aged children, downstairs following Mass, led by Krista Ann Starzomski.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society:  This evening, Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m., at the Polish Village Hall. In addition to regular monthly business, there will be nominations/elections, the presentation of the annual financial report, and an update on the final phase of capital improvements/renovations.

POLISH CONSTITUTION DAY (“Trzeciego maja”) CELEBRATION: Tickets are on sale ($10.00) for the dinner/dance (and short speeches by dignitaries) commemorating the holiday (“Trzeciego maja” – Constitution Day) for people of Polish heritage around the world. It will take place on Sat., May 4, 6:30 the Polish Village Hall. Please see Bernie LaRusic or Tony Melski for tickets. We hope that everyone will be able to attend.

PREPARING TO MARK THE FEAST OF MARY, QUEEN OF POLAND: We will mark this important May 3rd feast at our Mass on Sunday, May 5. If possible, please wear traditional attire or a St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society uniform. Immediately after the Mass, we will pray the Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa.

LUNCH NEXT SUNDAY AFTER MASS/NOVENA: Everyone is welcome! The following are the designated volunteers (to please bring a dish): Marilyn and Joe Gillis, Anne Marie and James Campbell, Suzanne Campbell, Janet and Fred Hawthorne, Charlotte and Wilfred Ingram, Carolyn Kiley, Pasty Kiley, Mary Jane and Leo Kyte, Jancia and Bernie LaRusic, Toni LaRusic, Janina MacCormack, Jean Maillette, Mary McMullin. Also, we would be grateful if everyone could bring a non-perishable item as part of our Sto Darów [100 Gifts] Centenary Community Service Initiative.

May 5: Jola Cebula, Janusz Wawrzyszyn
May 12: Anne Marie Campbell, Tony Melski
May 19: Stephanie Black, Andrzej Cebula
May 26: Elaine Tynski-Shipley, Tom Urbaniak

May 5: Marilyn Gillis
May 12: Kay Violande
May 19: Suzanne Campbell
May 26: Frank Starzomski

May 5: Toni LaRusic, Robert Melski Sr.
May 12: Joe Gillis, Wilf Ingram
May 19: Michael Melski, Bernie LaRusic
May 26: Toni LaRusic, Wilf Ingram

An updated altar servers’ schedule is available from Krista Ann Starzomski or Carolyn Kiley

Thank you to all the parishioners who serve in various ministries. Your dedication is important to all of us!

COMMITTEE VACANCIES: If you are interested in more information or possible nomination, please contact:
-Finance Committee – Andrzej Cebula -- 567-1164
-Rada (Pastoral Council) – Tom Urbaniak – 563-1226

Today is the National Day of Mourning for people who have died or were injured at work. We pray for all who have been affected, and we pray for a world where everyone may work in dignity and safety. There will be a community gathering/ceremony this afternoon at the Whitney Pier Legion at 2 p.m.

Preparing for a Fund-raising Plant/Garden Sale: Please save pots for a plant/garden sale to benefit our church and hall, anticipated for June. Thank you! Please speak with Catherine Tucker for more information (567-0146).

Thanks to the team that was part of yesterday’s “painting party” at the Polish Village Hall. The downstairs renovations are coming along well and will be ready for our parish centenary exhibit this summer!

CASTING CALL – NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Parishioners will recall that Prof. Al Balawyder (retired from St. Francis Xavier University) was here for our Oplatek supper in January and spoke about his book The Odyssey of the Polish Treasures. He has turned it into a play. It is being adapted to a dinner-theatre format, and it will be performed for the first time at the Polish Village Hall on the evening of Saturday, July 27, in conjunction with the conference of the Canadian Polish Research Institute. It is intended that the actors be members of our parish community. Would you be interested in a role – large or small? No previous experience is required, and we should be able to do this over several (not many) rehearsals! Please speak with Tom Urbaniak or contact him at 563-1226 (

THE MEN OF THE DEEPS WILL BE PERFORMING A CONCERT IN HONOUR OF OUR PARISH CENTENARY! It will take place on the evening of Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Boardmore Playhouse, Cape Breton University. Ticket information will follow in the next few weeks, but please mark this date on your calendars. The event will be hosted by the St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society. The Choir of St. Mary’s Polish Parish will be participating, and the evening will be interspersed with short stories about our founders and early immigrants. The Men of the Deeps will have songs appropriate for the occasion, and the Polish Consul General will present a commemorative Polish miner’s uniform.

CENTENARY ART EXHIBIT: NOTE TO PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS OF THE PARISH: We are inviting all our visual artists of all ages working in all genres (painting, sketching, textiles, rugs, etc.) to display any work of a religious or Polish-cultural theme that you have prepared -- or may be willing to prepare -- at a special Centenary Art Exhibit. It will coincide with the conference of the Canadian Polish Research Institute, which is being held in Sydney because of our centenary. The opening reception will be at the Polish Village Hall on the evening of Thursday, July 25. We would very much like to show a wide range of work from our community. If you are interested in participating in any way or have any questions, please contact Frania McKay (539-4354;

PARISH CENTENARY HISTORICAL EXHIBIT ITEMS STILL BEING SOUGHT: Any clippings, photos, any artefacts or documents from you or your ancestors. These will be returned. Please contact Patricia Nalepa (; 563-1226).

Family Reunion, including get-togethers for the whole parish community – August 2-5
Main Centenary Mass and Polish Festival – September 8
Other events are described on our website – There are various activities taking place in honour of our centenary. If you would like to assist in any way, please speak with any member of the Rada.

Please consider supporting the Antigonish Diocesan Society, for the education of priests. Envelopes are on the back tables, and they can be placed in the collection baskets at the same time as today’s regular collection. Thank you!


“Daję wam przykazanie nowe, abyście się wzajemnie miłowali tak, jak Ja was umiłowałem; żebyście i wy tak się miłowali wzajemnie” “But I am giving you a new commandment. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.” -From today’s Gospel (John)
This commandment is part of the final instructions given by Jesus at the Last Supper. It appears a number of times in the New Testament. It is also a call to all of us to be disciples of Christ – to spread the Good News through example, to assist others, to forgive, to heal, to be compassionate.

POLISH-BORN OBLATE IS THE NEWEST CANADIAN BISHOP: Shortly before his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Anthony Wiesław Krótki as Bishop of Churchill-Hudson Bay. The following is an overview of Bishop Krótki’s work and ministry, from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Bishop Krótki was born on June 12, 1964, in Istebna, Poland. He completed his formation in philosophy and theology at the Oblate Scholasticate in Poland, 1985-1990. He joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1984, made perpetual vows in 1988, and was ordained a priest on June 19, 1990. After ordination, he did parish ministry in Poznan, Poland, before coming to Canada on October 28, 1990, to assist the Oblates in Manitoba. Bishop Krótki first served in Winnipeg and Toronto, before going to the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay. He has served as pastor in Igloolik, 1991-1993; Gjoa Haven, 1993-2001, and then again in Igloolik since 2001. Bishop Krótki became a Canadian citizen on May 14, 1996, and is now a member of the Taché local community of the Lacombe Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He speaks English and Polish fluently, and is able to communicate in Inuktitut.

Wishing you a blessed week! Bóg zapłać!


Entrance: Wesoły Nam Dziś Dzieṅ Nastał (This Happy Day Has Come)– #97 in the coil-bound hymnal
Offertory: Wysławiajmy Chrysta Pana (Let us Praise the Lord Jesus) – not in hymnal
Communion: W Sakramecie Utajony  (Contained in the Sacrament)– not in hymnal
Post-Communion: Już Zbawiciel Jezus żyje (The Saviour Jesus is Living) –#90
Closing Hymn: Wesel Się Królowo Miła (Rejoice, Beloved Queen)-- #96