Monday – Friday
9:00AM - 12:00PM; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rectory Office closed
Every one of today’s readings describes a privileged experience of God. The call of Isaiah takes place within a theophany (a manifestation of God) in the Temple. In the presence of God, Isaiah immediately becomes aware that he is “a man of unclean lips.” God, however, comes not to condemn but to call. So cleansed, Isaiah is sent to speak God’s word. Paul in the second reading refers to a number of appearances by the risen Jesus to those who would become the foundation of the Church. He counts himself among this originating group. Recalling his experience of the risen Lord makes him, even in retrospect, mindful of how unfit he is to be called an apostle. Yet the grace of God has made him an effective minister of the Gospel. Finally, Simon Peter, recognizing the word of God in the work of Jesus, falls to his knees and prays, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” In answer, Jesus makes him a fisher of men. Such privileged experiences are not ours. We come to God through the word of Isaiah and the witness of Peter and Paul who hand on to us what they themselves received.
This Wednesday, February 10th, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season. Please take note of the schedule for Mass and distribution of ashes and the times for Stations of the Cross:
The days of fast (only one full meal) and abstinence (no meat) are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast (only one full meal). The other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat).
Gorzkie Żale (Bitter Lamentations) – is a beautiful Polish Lenten devotion. English speaking Parishioners who don’t understand Polish are cordially invited to be with us during this blessed time.
Begin Lent with a humble meal of soup and bread. This year our CCD students will be serving soup and bread in the Lipinski Hall on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 pm. Come and join us for this simple meal. It is catered by Leonardo’s II.
Cost--A prayer for our students or any donation you may wish to give to cover the cost of the food.
Next weekend, February 13 & 14, 2016 a special collection for Black & Native Americans will be taken. Please be as generous as you can. Your support will truly make a difference. Thank you.
The children of MERCY HOUSE are desperately in need of Communion dresses and/or suites to make their sacred day truly special. If you are willing to donate new or gently used First Communion attire, please contact Jane Latini at (609-890-1098) or (609-658-4533) or Joanne Sanvardine at (609)298-6548). Thank you so very much for your generosity and loving kindness in remembering one of His precious little ones at this special time.
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
Mass intentions for 2016 are still available in the Mass Intention book during regular business hours in the rectory. Only one intention is taken for the weekday Mass on Monday through Saturday morning. The weekend Masses, which include the Saturday evening Mass and all the Masses on Sunday, have multiple intentions available.
St. Hedwig Knights of Columbus have a collection box in the vestibule of the Church for new, used or broken eyeglasses in any condition. Also we are collecting new and used hearing aids which will be repaired and distributed to people who need help hearing. The Knights are partnered with New Eyes for the Needy who will repair and distribute the reconditioned eyeglasses and hearing aids to countries in need throughout the world. Please help us provide glasses and hearing aids to those in need. Thank you.
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
7:00 pm (English - Chapel)
7:00 pm (Polish - Church)
10:40 am before the 11:00 am Mass
Copies of the 110th Anniversary Book are available for purchase in the Sacristy after all masses or in the Rectory during regular business hours at a cost of $25.00. The book contains the history in Polish/English of St. Hedwig Parish, its Pastors and pictures of the past and present.