January 25th, marks the anniversary of the Foundation of the Congregation of the Mission by St. Vincent de Paul. Please pray for the new vocations to priesthood and for the growth of this religious Vincentian community.
The Congregation of the Mission celebrates January 25th 1617 as its “Foundation Day” but in reality the Congregation was not legally set up until 8 year laters on April 17, 1625. To celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Mission VinFormation has posted a SlideShare presentation.
The history of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) begins on January 25, 1617.
Vincent de Paul (1581) was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty. In 1612, he was named pastor of Saint-Medard in Clichy, a poor rural parish just northwest of Paris. As pastor, he experienced the priesthood in a way unknown to him to that point, and told the bishop he was happier than the bishop himself, and even the pope.
However, in less than a year, Cardinal Bérulle recalled him to Paris to become chaplain to the Gondi family and tutor to their children. In January of 1617, Vincent was on the Gondi estates in Picardy, and heard the confession of a dying man, who told Madame de Gondi that he would have been damned without Vincent’s ministry. She urged Vincent to preach a sermon on general confessions. He did it on January 25, 1617. His sermon produced such a response that other priests were called to help hear all the confessions. Continue reading Congregation of the Mission Founding Day→
As many people as were allowed due to present health restrictions were present in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday to attend the Mass of the beatification of Venerable Father Michael McGivney. Despite the limits, pageantry and joy marked this historic celebration, the first beatification of a parish priest held on U.S. soil.
A first-generation American, Father McGivney was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, the eldest of Patrick and Mary McGivney’s 13 children. His parents had emigrated from Ireland. The holy priest is best known as being the founder of the Knights of Columbus.
Składamy najserdeczniejsze wyrazy współczucia dla Ks. Grzegorza Markulaka CM, z powodu śmierci Jego Ojca, Jana Markulaka, który zmarł dzisiaj (28 października 2020). Niech Dobry Bóg obdarzy Jego duszę wieczną radością w swoim Królestwie, gdzie Jezus przygotował miejsce dla Niego. Niech Dobry Bóg obdarzy Ciebie, Ks. Grzegorzu, pokojem serca i siłą do pokonania bólu z powody utraty tak bliskiej sercu ukochanej osoby.
We express our condolences to Rev. Grzegorz Markulak CM on the passing of his Father, Jan Markulak, who died today (10/28/20) in Poland. May he rest in peace and find joy in God’s heavenly Kingdom, where Jesus had prepared a place for Him. May God’s love make you strong and help you to overcome your grief.
This Sunday we celebrate the memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul. Here is his story.
St. Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660) was born in Gascony, France, and died in Paris. He studied theology at Toulouse and was ordained a priest in 1600.
The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent de Paul’s eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the peasantry of France. This seems to have been a crucial moment in the life of the man from a small farm in Gascony, France, who had become a priest with little more ambition than to have a comfortable life.
Today, on Saturday, September 26, 2020, the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation was held in our parish for young people who have been waiting for this Sacrament since March, because the churches were closed due to the pandemic.
Due to the limitations of the number of people who can be in the church at once, the youth was divided into 3 groups. The first group were students of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. The second group consisted of young people of the religion teaching program (CCD) in English, and the third group of young people studying religion in Polish language.
Following the principles of social distance, the youth sat in separate benches with their sponsors and family. Everyone came to Confirmation wearing masks, but only took them off for quick photos.
The minister of the sacrament was Rev. Bishop Witold Mroziewski, who conducted ceremonies every 45 minutes. Local priests and Mr. Krzysztof, who together with Father Grzegorz were responsible for the preparation of the youth, as well as some teachers of the Academy also took part. The musical setting was provided by Mr. Zbyszek Szczypior, our organist, who also prepared “hints” for the youth for dialogue with the bishop and displayed the answers on the screens.
We congratulate all those who have received the sacrament of Confirmation and encourage them to let God’s Spirit lead them through life. This way, the life will definitely be easier and happier.