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From the story of St. Nicholas from Christian tradition celebrated on December 6th we get Ole St.
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And, from the Magi, who are almost always displayed around the Baby Jesus in the manger even though they did not find Him until days after His birth, we get the giving of gifts on the anniversary of the Nativity of Our Lord. Remember, the Angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus to Jewish shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem and the shepherds were the first to proclaim the birth of the Lord to the Jewish world. It was the Magi, and their entourage who could be from who knows where , who spread the news of the birth of the Baby King Jesus to the gentile world. One other thing associated with the Epiphany is the blessing of homes.
On or around the Epiphany priests visit parishioners homes and bless them. After the blessing the door jam is marked with chalk with the initials of the Magi, or Wise Men as they are also known, along with the year the blessing was done. Jones deduced that what was needed was to get the word out about the PNCC in a manner that would be both informative and memorable.
The idea of the project is to reveal practices and traditions of the PNCC in the form of questions and answers. Questions and answers such as: I was divorced and am now remarried.
Can I receive Holy Communion in your Church? Yes you can. Yes, you can. If I became a parishioner can I have a say in how the parish conducts its business? Instead of the usual resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, work out more, etc. Spread the word of the lord, bring a friend to church. Gospel - Luke , Your redemption is near at hand. Gospel — Luke 3: All humankind shall see the salvation of God.
Gospel — Luke 3: What, then, must we do? Gospel — Luke 1: Why should it happen that I am honored with a visit form the mother of my Lord? Gospel — Luke 2: Today a Savior has been born for you. No SOCL classes. Hamburg, NY. Christmas Day Mass is unassigned. If you would like to become a Lector please contact Father Gary. Additionally, Holy Trinity will provide the main part of the brunch.
Thursday December 27 — AM Mass for the poor. Offered by Mrs. Gates open from 5 — 9 PM. The story of Christmas with live animals and professional sets and lighting and about 20 actors. The Cathedral is located at Broadway in Lancaster. Advent, the Time of Anticipation Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the second coming of Christ, and for the celebration of the birth of Our Lord.http://berlinbootstouren.de/scripts/309/guxi-handy-spy.php
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Initially, states Adam, the focus of Advent was not so much on expectation of the final coming of Jesus the parousia as on the incarnation of Christ and on preparation for its liturgical celebration. For the incarnation as an historical event marks the beginning of our salvation and ensures its completion in the return of Christ. In other parts of the Church, especially in Spain, the emphasis changed in this regard, with the second coming of Christ becoming the main focus of Advent.
Because of the focus of Advent changing from the Incarnation to the second coming of Christ emphasis was put on doing penance. Thus the Gloria and Alleluia were omitted from the Mass during Advent, and purple vestment were used. Rome, in the twelfth century, kept only a little of the penitential character of Advent as practiced in Spain; for example, the omission of the Gloria and wearing purple vestments, but because of the joyous aspects of anticipating the birth of Our Lord the Alleluia was retained.
Advent is the beginning of the Liturgical year and encompasses the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. As stated above Advent is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and our minds to the second coming of Christ and on His Nativity. During the season of Advent an Advent wreath is displayed in the church. The wreath is usually formed out of evergreen branches and has four candles within it. In the PNCC three blue and one rose candles are used.
In the RC Church three purple and one rose is used. The candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the hope and expectation of the coming of Christ. Christians throughout the world celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord on December 25th by attending Mass, family gatherings, and the exchange of gifts. Initially, Christmas was not associated with gift giving. For example; in Europe the time to exchange gifts was not at Christmas, but rather gifts were exchanged on December 6th, the day we honor Saint Nicholas, who would generously give gifts to the needy.
Unfortunately, in modern times the notion of giving gifts to one another has overshadowed the true reason we should celebrate Christmas — the Nativity of Jesus. As we celebrate Christmas this year please make the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ the top priority and focus of all your activities. After all, Jesus is the greatest gift to humankind anyone could ask for. Let us celebrate the birth of Our King who sacrificed His life so we could live forever! Wigilia Wigilia pronounced Vigilia is the Polish name for Christmas eve.
On Christmas eve, when the first star appears in the sky, the tree is lit and dinner begins. The meal starts with a prayer and the sharing of the blessed Oplatek, or Christmas wafer. After the breaking of the wafer and exchange of good wishes the meatless dinner is served. There is always an extra place set at the table for an unexpected guest. After dinner it was customary in Poland to feed the domestic animals with Oplatek and dinner leftovers.
Afterwards, old stories are told and carols are song.. The family then prepares to attend Midnight Mass which was the very first Mass to be celebrated on Christmas. So, enjoy your Wigilia, and attend Midnight Mass! There are many ways you can help the needy from donating money to helping out at homeless shelters. Spread the word of the Lord, bring a friend to church. Gospel Reading — Mark He shall gather His elect from the four winds.
Be An Evangelist At this time in our lives many people are criticizing, or maybe I should say, demonizing the Catholic Church. The problem is, as we all know, is there is more than one Catholic Church, but most people do not know this fact.
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The Polish National Catholic Church has not, does not, and will not tolerate any questionable behavior by our clergy. If a priest or deacon of the PNCC is accused of any type of deviant behavior toward a child, or anyone for that matter, the police are called to investigate. If evidence is found that supports the accusation the clergy in question is defrocked and dis missed. So please do not initiate any conversations regarding Roman Catholic priests who have been accused of misdeeds as we are not to gossip, nor judge others.
However, never be shy about telling those that do include you in a conversation that the PNCC and the RC while both are Catholic, they are two different denominations. SOCL classes resume. A New Experiment — The Monthly Bulletin In an attempt to save time, ink, paper, and money Holy Trinity is going to implement, on a trial basis, a monthly bulletin.
Any new or urgent information will be announced from the pulpit at the conclusion of Mass. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. So climb slowly, enjoy each passing moment; and then the view from the summit will serve a more rewarding climax for your journey. Until the current passes through them, there will be no light.
That wire is you and me. The current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, to produce the light of the world, Jesus, in us. Or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread. John Chrysostom Spread the word of the Lord, bring a friend to church.
Spencer Happy Veterans Day! Today's Readings 1st Reading — 1 Kings The widow made a little scone from her flour meal and brought it to Elijah. Thank A Veteran Today! Today, November 11th, is Veterans Day although it is celebrated nation-wide tomorrow. It is a day when every U. Because of the men and women who have sacrificed their time, talent, and for some an arm or a leg, our country has remained free for two hundred and forty two years. During times of war our veterans went without hesitation to battle our enemies in order to protect our homeland.
During times of peace our veterans made sure our defenses remained strong and up to date. So today, and any day for that matter, thank a veteran for his or her service in keeping America strong and free. They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave from her want, all that she had to live on. Ed Czarnecki, and Joanna Witkowski. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
We make a life by what we give. For it is not small to the one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — Jeremiah I shall lead them back in mercy — both the blind and the lame. According to tradition sometime in the 13th century Holy Mother Mary appeared to two monks, Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche, to present them with the devotion of the Rosary.
They were to encourage all the faithful to pray the Rosary daily in order to strengthen their spiritual lives. The Rosary caught on and for many centuries was prayed in daily devotions by the faithful, and often prayed during Holy Mass as the Mass used to be celebrated in Latin which most people did not comprehend.
In return Mother Mary asks that we do what her Son tells us John 2: 5. Doors open at AM. The Prayer Intentions are offered by family. This young child lives in West Seneca and is battling brain cancer. Please keep her in your prayers. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination. Lackawanna, NY. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — Isaiah If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs and have long life. This Mass is offered by friends.
The prayer intentions are offered by Robert and Judy Krause and family. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary. Be kind, but not weak. Be humble, but not shy. Be confident, but not arrogant. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — Genesis 1: , 31a Let us make man in our image and likeness. This Mass is offered by Gerald Luterek. The first six are: 1. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.
The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal life. Ed Czarnecki. Spaghetti Dinner Update As stated last week our spaghetti dinner was a great success.
Thank you again and may God bless all who helped in any way. October 9, — Rosary Devotions at PM. You Are An Evangelist! Whether you know it or not you are an evangelist. As disciples of Jesus we are told to spread the Word of God: To make disciples of all nations. We should invite them to attend Holy Mass and tell them how Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, and how wonderful it is to be in Holy Communion with Him. If we can be good disciples of Jesus and not be afraid to tell everyone that Jesus Christ is Love, maybe we can grow our little parish and receive a blessing as well.
So spread the Word and invite someone to Mass with you soon! You would not wish to build it on the shifting sand of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God. Who decrees that all men may prophesy? If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off. The first man chosen to the newly created deaconate was Stephen a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit who also became the first Christian martyr.
They also lead prayer groups, can provide counsel, and have many other duties as well. Please remember that our Deacons are Catholic clergy and are due the respect of that office. Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser A Success! The Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser held last Saturday was a big success! The reason it was a success was twofold: The crew worked together like a well oiled machine, and the food was awesome! Especially the sauce and meatballs made by Mrs. Maria Heftka. Thank you so much to all who helped! Please make Deacon Richard feel at home here at Holy Trinity.
When necessary, use words. Yes, if I prove to be one, then I can have the name. This road seems hard, but it is safe. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God. Fall: A Time of Change Fall is upon us and change is in the air. Too soon the temperature will begin to drop and the leaves on the trees will be adorned in red, yellow, orange and gold!
With the change of season God is reminding us that we too have to change and get back to living our lives for the glory of God rather than the glory of summer. So let us all try to get back to thinking more about God and neighbor and less about the pleasures of life. We must always try to attend Mass, and do whatever we can to help anyone in need.
Sick Calls If you are hospitalized, homebound, or just not feeling well enough to make it to church, please let Father Gary know and he will visit you, pray for you, bring you Holy Communion, and anoint you with Holy Oils. I know that if I take care of that, God will take care of everything else. Keep trusting in God.
He knows how to bless you in unexpected ways. In the past Holy Trinity has had great success with our spaghetti dinner, and this time we hope to do the same. So we ask that you invite your friends, family and neighbors to come join us in this Great Fundraiser. Spaghetti Dinner Tickets Anyone in need of tickets for the spaghetti dinner please contact Mrs. Maria Heftka Spaghetti Dinner Volunteer Meeting There will be a meeting in the parish social hall for all those volunteering for help at our spaghetti dinner on Thursday at PM.
September 16, — SOCL classes begin. September 22, — Spaghetti dinner. John and Mrs. Vickie Rencewicz. SOCL Classes begin today! School of Christian Living class begins today following Mass. Students are to meet in the classroom by the social hall. If your child has not made his or her First Communion, or Confirmation please make sure they are registered.
That tiny moment of self-abdication is an act of true humility: the man who loses himself finds himself and finds his happiness. Bishop Fulton Sheen Spread the word of the lord, bring a friend to church. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — Isaiah Then the ears of the deaf shall be opened and the tongues of the dumb speak. Clergy Retreat Father Gary will be away at a clergy retreat from Sunday afternoon till Tuesday afternoon.
September 9, — SOCL registration. Missions Collection There will be a collection for missions this week. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. We are valuable because God loves us. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil. Teresa of Calcutta Spread the word of the Lord, bring a friend to church. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — Deuteronomy 4: , You may add nothing to the word which I speak to you — keep the commandments of the Lord.
In order for the spaghetti dinner to be a success the fundraiser must have volunteer help. If you are so inclined to volunteer there will be a sign up sheet in the church vestibule next week. There will be a meeting of volunteers today after Mass. Spaghetti Dinner Tickets Tickets for the Spaghetti dinner were distributed last week to parishioners after Mass, and were included in bulletin mailings last week in an effort to promote sales.
It is asked that parishioner try to sell the tickets in order to make our fundraiser a success. If anyone requires more tickets for the dinner please contact Tom or Maria Heftka. Please return unsold tickets prior to September 22nd. Thursday — No morning Mass. Missions Collection There will be a collection for missions next week. You have the words of eternal life. Come for the Preach — Stay for the Beach It is summer-time and many of us enjoy going to the beach when we are able.
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We are fortunate here in Woodlawn to have a beautiful beach just a stones throw from the church. So if you are considering a Sunday day at the beach please start your day with Mass and then, if you want, you can leave your car in the church parking lot and walk to the beach. This way you can avoid the parking fee and get some exercise in addition to a day of sun and surf. The Mass is offered by Father Gary and Mrs. The Prayer Intentions are offered by the Wysocki family. Please join us one and all as we gather together in fellowship, food, drink, fun and games for our annual parish picnic.
The food, fun and games begins right after Mass. It is not kind of, sort of Jesus in the Eucharist, it is truly Jesus: Body, blood, soul and divinity present right here on our altar and in the tabernacle, hidden in the humble form of bread and wine. Father Gary Spencer Spread the word of the Lord, bring a friend to church. Spencer Today's Readings 1st Reading — 1 Kings Strengthened by the food, he walked to the mountain of the Lord.
Note: Tom and Maria Heftka have volunteered to chair the spaghetti dinner. This Mass is offered by members of the Gramza family. There will be food, refreshments and games. There is a sign-up sheet in the church vestibule for those planning on attending the picnic.
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