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Saint Hedwig Parish
872 Brunswick Ave
Trenton, NJ 08638
Phone: (609) 396-9068
Fax: (609) 396-3171





The promise of a new covenant announced by Jeremiah is not taken up in John. And yet, there is an interesting parallel to be drawn between the two readings for today. The coming days of Jeremiah seem somehow synchronized with the hour of Jesus. After those days of exile in Babylon, during which Israel will learn obedience from what they suffer, they will be restored and finally come to know the Lord, which in biblical language means to be redeemed. Similarly, in the hour of Jesus that now arrives, he will be lifted up on the cross and, in the language of Hebrews, will learn obedience from what he suffers. Then, having been perfected, i.e., raised from the dead, he will be the source of ultimate redemption for all who obey him. Early Christians like the author of Hebrews came to see in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah. For them, the new covenant in Jesus rendered God's covenant with Israel obsolete (cf. 8:7-13). Since Vatican II, however, the Church has insisted that God's covenant with the Jewish people was not nullified by the saving work of Jesus.

In Mark the identity of Jesus as the Messiah who mediates the power of God is a well-kept secret, until he makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Finally he is greeted as the conquering hero he is, greeted with shouts of joy and with the waving of palm branches, as was Simon the Maccabean when he entered the citadel in Jerusalem (cf. 1 Mc 13:51). But because the power of God that Jesus wields is not the power of Simon, not power the world understands, the enthusiasm of the crowd quickly wanes. The next time they gather around Jesus it will be to mock him: "Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." It is in Mark's Jesus that the features of the suffering servant of Isaiah are most clearly perceived. Abused and abandoned, he does not rebel, does not turn back. "I have set my face like flint," he says, "knowing that I shall not be put to shame." And when, at last, the lone centurion looks into that face, he sees that "truly this man was the Son of God!"



Monday – March 30
Mass 7:00 am – Chapel
Chrism Mass 7:30 pm at St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold, NJ
Blessing of Oils


Tuesday – March 31
Mass 7:00 pm – Chapel


Wednesday – April 1
Mass 7:00 am – Chapel




English & Polish
Holy Thursday – April 2
No Morning Mass
Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:00 pm (English)
Washing of Feet
Transfer of Holy Eucharist
Adoration of faithful until 10:00 pm


Good Friday – April 3
No Morning Mass
Total Abstinence & Fast (one full meal ages 18 to 59)
Adoration 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Chapel
In Church (Polish)
Celebration of Lord's Passion 7:00 pm (Polish)
Liturgy of the Word - Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion - Collection for the Holy Land
Adoration until 10:00


Holy Saturday – April 4
No Morning Mass
Adoration 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Chapel
Blessing of Easter food in Church: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm
English & Polish
Easter Vigil 7:00 pm (English)
Service of Light - Liturgy of the Word
Blessing of the Water - Liturgy of the Eucharist


Easter Sunday – April 5
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
7:00 am Procession - Mass (Polish)
9:30 am Mass (English)
11:00 am Mass (Polish)


Easter Monday – April 6
7:00 am Mass (English - Chapel)
11:00 am Mass (Polish - Church)



The Rectory office will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 and Easter Monday, April 6, 2015. Have a Blessed Easter.



The children of the Religious Education Program (CCD) will not have classes on March 31 & April 1, 2015. Also, no classes on April 7 & 8, 2015. Classes will resume April 14 & 15, 2015.


Please pray for the souls of Gertrude Eleniewski-Moore and Zbigniew Brągiel who have died. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.


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March 29, 2015

Saturday 5 PM
Sunday 8 AM (PL), 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM (PL)
Daily 7 AM (Except Tuesday) in Chapel
Tuesday 7 PM (PL) in Chapel with Novena
Holy Days   7 AM (EN), 7 PM (PL)
Vigil 7 PM


Learn about our patron's life.
  • Sacrament of Baptism:
    Every Sunday at 10:30 AM. Parents should make arrangements in advance by calling the Rectory. Baptism instructions for parents and godparents are the second Thursday night of each month at 7 PM in the Convent

  • Annointing of the Sick:
    Please call the Rectory if someone is gravely ill and would like to receive the sacrament of the sick or in the case of an emergency call day or night

  • Visitation of The Sick:
    Father & Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion visit the sick of our Parish family every First Friday

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation:
    Every Saturday at 4:30 PM in church

  • Sacrament of Marriage:
    Couples planning to be married, please contact the Pastor or one of our Deacons one year before the marriage date in accord with a Common policy of the Diocese of Trenton

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