Biuletyn / Bulletin – 14-ego lipca 2013 roku / July 14, 2013

Parafia p.w. Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny
21 Wesley St., Sydney, NS, B1N 2M5
Tel.: (902) 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.


Piętnasta Niedziela Zwykła / 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION is for Neil Gillis offered by Joe & Marilyn Gillis. Eternal rest grant onto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Wieczny odpoczynek racz Mu dać Panie, a swiatłość wiekuista niechaj Mu świeci na wieki wieków. Amen.

The Vigil Candle this week is for Stella Wróblewski MacKinnon offered by Aggie Stephenson.

Eucharistic Minister for today: Suzanne Campbell

Ushers for collection today: Toni LaRusic, Robert Melski Jr.



Wednesday, July 17, 4:00 p.m. Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa. The Mass intention will be for Anne Mae Ponee offered by Herb and Catherine Tucker.

Sunday, July 21, 9:30 a.m. The Mass intention will be for Julia Munshaw and Catherine Ardelli offered by Shirley & family.
Lectors: Anne Marie Campbell, Tom Urbaniak
Eucharistic Minister: Janet Hawthorne
Altar Servers: Brianna, Noah, Matthew                    
Ushers: Steve Melnick, Joe Gillis

Collection receipts for Sunday, July 7:  $1654.95 (broken down as follows: $1123.00 weekly contribution, $405.00 monthly supplementary contribution, $62.75 candles, $64.20 loose. Thank you very much for your support of St. Mary’s Polish Parish. Dziękujemy serdecznie!

MASS CARDS/VIGIL CANDLE: Contact Tom Urbaniak (563-1226)

IN MEMORIAM DONATION: To make an In Memoriam donation, please pick up one of the IMO cards/St. Mary’s Polish Church envelopes at the back or speak with Shauna McKay. These will be acknowledged in the bulletin. We also welcome donations to the Building Fund, as we continue to improve and enhance this sacred, historic place.

 “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:
July 14: Damian, Dobrogost, Franciszek, Izabela, Marcelina
July 15: Daniel, Dawid, Henryk, Iga, Ignacy, Lubomysł, Niecisław, Włodzimierz, Żegota    
July 16: Andrzej, Maria Magdalena, Marika, Stefan
July 17: Aleksander, Andrzej, Bogdan, Marcelina, Maria Magdalena
July 18: Erwin, Kamil, Karolina, Robert, Szymon, Unisław
July 19: Lutobor, Wincenty
July 20: Czechoń, Czesław, Małgorzata, Paweł
July 21: Andrzej, Daniel, Paulina, Stojsław, Wiktor



AN EVENT TO REMEMBER – OUR CONCERT LAST WEEK – Men of the Deeps in Concert with the Choir of St. Mary’s Polish Church: The songs, the stories, the poems, the images, the special uniforms – they fit together well – in Polish and English -- in front of a large audience at the Boardmore Theatre. One attendee seemed to capture the general reaction: “This was not just a concert, it was an experience.” A sincere thank you for your dedication and support. It was a major production and a super team effort where everyone came through and everyone worked hard. A summary and images can be found on our parish website. Consul General Andrzej Szydlo – who has asked to convey to all parishioners that he was very impressed by his visit here -- also posted about the event on the Consular website:, including a video excerpt.

THANK YOU for last week’s food-bank contributions. There were well over 100 items – the best collection so far this year. These have been delivered to Loaves and Fishes.

PRIZES FOR CHILDREN’S GAMES: Can you donate some small prizes for the children’s games at our parish’s community picnic (Sunday, August 4), and at our Polish Festival (Sunday, September 8)? There will be a box at the back of the church, or please speak with Krista Ann Starzomski. Thanks so much for your support. Dziekujemy!

FEAST OF ST. ANNE: On Friday, July 26, 6:30pm, Holy Redeemer parish will host a special mass including a candlelight procession. A very popular saint in our region thanks to the early French missionaries, Saint Anne is the patron of grandparents. A nine-day novena will be prayed before this feast day mass. All are welcome.

Our Pogoria Polish Folk Ensemble will be performing in Halifax Oct. 12th at Pomorze Polish Dance Group’s 30th Anniversary Gala (at the Dalhousie University Club). Tickets are $50. Please speak with Shari McKay.

PARISH CENTENARY EXHIBIT: CBC Cape Breton to broadcast live from the opening of our parish centenary exhibit: This will take place on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Polish Village Hall. This is the last call for items to be displayed. All items lent for display (items will be returned) should be in by tomorrow.

PARISH CENTENARY BANQUET – Friday, September 6, Polish Village Hall: Response has been exceptionally good to the advance call for parishioners to reserve tickets, and we are getting close to capacity. To reserve tickets (only if you are certain you can attend), please contact Shauna McKay; 539-4354

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR OUR PARISHIONERS’ DINNER THEATRE PRESENTATION OF THE ODYSSEY OF THE POLISH TREASURES – with a unique Cape Breton/St. Mary’s Polish parish twist! Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m., ($25.00 per ticket) Polish Village Hall – newly air-conditioned. Most members of the Pogoria Polish Folk Ensemble have tickets to sell or please call 563-1226 (e-mail:

THE CONFERENCE of the CANADIAN POLISH RESEARCH INSTITUTE is being held here in Sydney July 25-28. Sydney was chosen to coincide with our 100th anniversary year. To register please go on-line to

REHEARSAL THIS AFTERNOON AT 1:30 (Polish Village Hall) to prepare for our dinner theatre presentation of The Odyssey of the Polish Treasures.

PARISH CENTENARY HISTORICAL EXHIBIT ITEMS STILL BEING SOUGHT—FINAL CALL: Any clippings, photos, artifacts, objects or documents from you or your ancestors (old or current). These will be returned. Please contact Patricia Nalepa (; 563-1810).

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.

FROM THE RECENT PAPAL ENCYCLICAL LUMEN FIDEI: Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith: Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive His promise. Help us to be touched by His love, that we may touch Him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to Him and to believe in His love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ Himself, your Son, our Lord!


Wishing you a blessed week! Bóg zapłać!

Entrance: Witaj Maryjo Śliczna Pani (Greetings, Immaculate Mary) – please see the bulletin insert
Offertory: Twemu Sercu Cześć Składamy (To Your Sacred Heart We Give Honour) -- #147 in the coil-bound hymnal
Communion: Już Przyszedł Jezus Ukochany (The Beloved Jesus is Already Here)
Post-Communion: O Maryjo, Moja Radość (O Mary, My Joy)
Closing Hymn: Na Wszystkich Drogach życia (On All the Roads of Life) -- #268



Thursday, July 25: 4-6 p.m., Polish Village Hall: Opening Reception for the Parish Centenary Historical Exhibit. The Art Exhibit will also be ready and on display. CBC Cape Breton to broadcast live. No charge. (This will be the first event in the newly renovated exhibit/café/meeting space downstairs in the Polish Village Hall. The St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society is proud to have completed the renovations in time for the parish’s 100th anniversary! Thank you to all donors and funders for their support!)

Friday, July 26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (followed by lunch) – Telling Our Community’s Story ; Polish Village Hall: Your input (your memory!) is requested – or come along just to listen -- at this special session hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Library and the Beaton Institute. They will show interesting photos and documents related to Cape Breton’s Polish community for which information is missing. Together, we will try to fill in the blanks for posterity! This is also a chance to bring in your photos, documents, and objects to get more information. No charge for the session, but $10 for lunch.

Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m., Polish Village Hall: Community Supper and Dinner Theatre, The Odyssey of the Polish Treasures -- $25 (please purchase tickets in advance – 563-1226).

Friday, August 2, 7-9 p.m. “Red and White Reception” to start off Parish Family Reunion Weekend, Polish Village Hall. No charge.

Saturday, August 3, 12-3 p.m. – Polish dinners and entertainment by the Pogoria Polish Folk Ensemble, Polish Village Hall

Sunday, August 4 – Mass (9:30 a.m.) and community barbeque (12-3) on the parish grounds. No charge.

Friday, September 6 – Parish Centenary Banquet – 7 p.m. – Polish Village Hall ($25)

Sunday, September 8 – Feast of the Nativity of Mary and 100 years to the day since the founding of our parish – Special Centenary Mass, followed by the Polish Festival

October 16-18 – Visit of Jedliniok (workshop, dinner), well-known folk group from Wroclaw, Poland

October – Launch of the Cape Breton Polish tartan

December – Special carol singing and Sylwestra (New Year’s Eve ball) to usher out the centenary year.

The parish centenary cookbook will be launched soon. Also, please check out our centenary welcome video on the parish website: