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.
For several weeks now, our parish has had a system of displaying the texts of songs sung during the liturgy. It is a great help for the faithful and encourages them to participate in singing. The organist prepares the lyrics of the song on the computer and they are displayed on large monitors at the right time. The faithful do not have to look for songs in hymn books, the more so as no books can be found in their pews during the pandemic.
We believe that the system will contribute to the louder praise of God with singing and involvement in the liturgy.
The system cost $ 15,000. Thank you very much for the donations so far and we encourage other parishioners and guests to make further donations to help our parish pay the costs of building the system.
„Because of the demands the ongoing pandemic places on our parish resources, for the good of God’s people, out of an abundance of caution it has been decided that all parish religious education programs, all faith formation programs, Pre-Cana experiences will be held virtually. The time period for this mandate is September 2020 until January 1, 2021. It must be noted that this situation is extremely fluid and there is the possibility that this mandate will be extended into the Spring of 2021.” (Diocese of Brooklyn, August 26th, 2020)
Mary is now in heaven, body and soul. And just as Christ the King governs his Church from there, so too Mary his Queen Mother intercedes for sinners there and sends us help and encouragement.
This is reason behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout history.
And it is also the reason why the Church encourages all of us, old and young, men and women, boys and girls, to have a strong devotion to Mary.
Sometimes we say a lot of prayers, sometimes we kneel in front of pretty pictures and say ten Hail Marys and then go back to work and start gossiping, lying, nagging, cheating, or otherwise making other people’s lives miserable. That is not true devotion to Mary.
The beautiful paintings and the simple, profound Marian prayers are meant to stir up in our hearts a strong desire to IMITATE Mary’s Son, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, just as she did.
True devotion to Mary means doing that: self-forgetfully giving our lives for the good of those around us, just like our Mother.
Today as we renew our faith in Christ’s power by contemplating the great miracle of the Assumption, let’s ask our heavenly Mother to obtain for us that all-important grace of gradually changing our selfish hearts into self-giving, Christian ones.
There was a huge explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.
The Capuchin Father Paweł Bielecki, who is well known to many of us and works for many years in Lebanon, wrote in his email:
“It is bad, but we have to live on ….
We have lost everything, only the walls are left.
We all have minor injuries, but the whole town is in ruins …, people lost everything. Only the walls are left of the clinic. 2 nurses are dead.
The stench is terrible from these chemicals.
They still find the dead in buildings this morning.
I survived 2 wars in Lebanon, it was not like that yet.”
As a priest and doctor, Father Paul always helped all people in need. His clinic is located in a completely dilapidated Christian neighborhood that is adjacent to the port. Let’s help his work and the people of Beirut financially. Donations can be made on the account:
Fr. Paul Bielecki -Lebanese Mission Help
(address of the account, if needed: 213 Stanton St, NY, NY 11002)
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy 8 grade students will participate in the Special Graduation Mass and Ceremony tonight, July 10th, 2020 at 7 PM. The Mass will be streamed also on this web page and on the facebook.com/sskcBrooklyn .