January 12, 2020 The Baptism of the Lord

January 11,2020 – Saturday Sobota
    4:00 PM sp. Rev. Francis Miaskiewicz DCL (50th Ann.) from Strykowski Family
        sp. Tootsie Witkos from Family
        sp. Aniela Jankowska and Fabian Naszlenis from Marcia and Michael Crowley

January 12,2020 – The Baptism of the Lord
    8:30 AM sp. Bronislawa i Henryk Kasper from Moskal Family
        sp. Wojciech i Aniela Moskal from Moskal Family
    Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help following Mass

January 18,2020 – Saturday Sobota
    4:00 PM sp .George and Cecile McMeniman from Daughters
        sp. Karol Szafran from Ushers
        sp. Claire and Kevin O’Connell from Barbara O’Connell

January 19,2020 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
    8:30 AM For successful surgery and complete recovery
    Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help following Mass

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Colleen Wojcik, whose funeral took place this past week.

Holy Hour for Life
Every year in January, Holy Hours are held throughout the diocese to pray for an end to the scourge of abortion. The parishes of Immaculate Conception, Holy Trinity, and St. Anthony will have the Holy Hour this year at Holy Trinity Parish on January 26, at 3 PM. In 1973 the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States. Since that time millions of children have lost their lives and millions of women and families have been wounded by abortion. The Church asks us to pray for the legal protection of unborn children. Come to the Holy Hour on Sunday, January 26.

    Last weekend $1732
    Solemnity of Mary $844
Thank you.

Thank you to the following donors to the Parish Fund:
    Louise Oczkowski
    Paul Kosciolek in memory of Carolyn Jaracz and Charles Zaker
    Frances Nowak in memory of Ray Paczkowski

This week’s second collection will be our Monthly Maintenance Collection.

Thank you to all who prepared for and who participated in last Sunday’s Parish Oplatek. We ended the old year and began the new year together as a parish family, celebrating our Polish heritage and traditions.

As the Church ends the Christmas season this Sunday with the Baptism of the Lord, we wish to thank all who added to our celebration of Christmas here at Holy Trinity. Our clergy and visiting clergy, the organists, choirs, altar servers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers and ushers aided us in our participation in this joyous season. Our parish artists (those who set up the manger scene and those who decorated the main and side altar and the interior of the church) gave us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Christmas and of our church. Bog Zaplac.

In Poland, as in some other countries, the end of the Christmas season celebrations comes on February 2, forty days after Christmas. Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commemorates the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem and the ritual purification of Mary. The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day all the Church’s candles for the year were blessed. Because February 2 marks the end of the Christmas season in Poland, we here at Holy Trinity will still have the manger scene until then.

Collaborative News:
The Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 school year. They will be having an Open House on Sunday, January 26th from 10 AM to noon in the cafeteria of the school. Arrangements for other tour dates can be made by calling the office at 978-454-5339. A list of the school’s offerings is posted at the back of the church.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Farewell to the hidden life
Part of our life belongs to us in a private way. The rest is lived in the public eye at school, work, church, or in the community. Even if you’re not a celebrity, the private part of who you are is shrinking fast, as more of what we do becomes common knowledge and on the record. Jesus, too, had his hidden years, those first three decades we know little about. At his Baptism by John, heaven claimed him and put his identity on the record. His hidden days were over. After our Baptisms, our choices are on the record too.
Reprinted with permission from TakeFiveForFaith.com.