Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 12:00PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
Rev. Canon Dr. Jacek W. Labinski
Thomas H. Watkins
The people of Jerusalem had been driven out by the Babylonians during Baruch's time. But Baruch envisions the day—it had already happened by the time this book was written—when the Chosen People will return to the holy city. He holds out God's promise of transformation, when misery will change to joy. God will name Jerusalem "the peace of justice" (Baruch 5:4). A just peace seems especially distant in our day. How will justice come to those who live without means and without the opportunity or the power to change their condition? Only a true sharing of resources, opportunity, and power will bring a just peace, the peace of justice, to the world. A baptism of repentance, which John proclaims throughout the region, is both wonderful and challenging. The baptism part of it is cleansing and life-giving. But repentance—truly feeling remorse for what we have done and turning away from sin—is difficult. This kind of baptism calls for action from both parties. It echoes Isaiah, who proclaims both "make straight his paths" and "the winding roads shall be made straight" (Luke 3:4, 5). God acts in our lives, but we must act as well. God's grace does not release our responsibility. Saint Paul's prayer for the Philippians, "that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus," is an apt prayer for us at this time (Philippians 1:6). We need to be attentive to the second half of his prayer as well, to discern what is of value so that we can live lives that are good and holy.
Once again we will be having the Christmas Giving Tree. This year we will be helping children in CYO, Anchor House, and Kids R First. There are ornaments on the Christmas tree with items to be purchased. Please take one or more of the ornaments and return your gifts as soon as possible. All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 16th, 2018. Thank You for your help and good hearts at this time of the year.
The Christmas Wafer/Opłatek commemorates a custom which is centuries old. Through the Wafer/Opłatek, we are reminded of the Holy Nativity. The Wafer/Opłatek is broken and shared with those gathered at the Christmas table. When each has a broken piece, PEACE is wished to all. The Wafers/Opłatki are available in the rectory during regular office hours and in the Sacristy after all Masses.
Please pray for the souls of Sophie Paslowsky, Marian Kuczykowski and Eugene Slota who have died. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus Council #7244 is selling Christmas Car Magnets for $5.00 each after all the Masses. The Christmas Car Magnets will be available in English. Magnets will also be available in the rectory during regular office hours. Thank you for all your support. Bóg zapłać.
The National Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal will be taken up at all the Masses this weekend, December 8th & 9th, 2018. This collection helps to offset retirement costs for Sisters, Brothers and Order Priests. Thank you for your support.
All Veterans active or inactive qualify to enter names on the Memorial Walk. The cost is $30.00 per brick. For information please call Julius Wszolek at 599-2298.
Lest We Forget
Because of them, our lives are full—
Because of them, our nation lives
Because of them, our world is Blessed.
Madeleine Buono, Anna Burzawa, Dylan Cascarino, Tim Cicon, Sr., Mark Cicon, Thomas Czajkowski, Pauline Dauphers, Dorothy Dominski, Bartoszek Dudek, Helena Dzięgielewska, Zenon Dzięgielewski, Sabina Dziewięcka, Theresa Eaton, Charles & Eileen Fair, Helen Hutchins, Fr. Fred Jackiewicz, Helen Jamieson, Alice S. Laird, Sue Lynch, John Matas, Adam Matusz, Marie Niwore, Dan Piestor, Cheryl Fuzes Poli, Jurek Probola, Joseph Ryczkowski, Zofia Rynkowska, Tina Salava, Lucy Siemientkowski, Anthony Sikora, Roman Sikora, Fred Sikorski, Edward & Pauline Sikorski, Pat Sikorski, Diane Silver, Joseph P. Strycharz, Kelly Ann Strycharz, Czesława Supel, Helen Szalony, Mitch Tacs, Doris Tarquinio, Michelle Vuocolo, Anna Wozniak, Esther Zamorski.
Please call the Rectory Office to add or delete names from the list.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to watch over our men and women who are serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. We ask for your wisdom and peace for all the world leaders to end the fighting. We pray for your healing touch. AMEN