ADVENT

Advent is here, and here are some changes that people often notice in Church. Probably the most obvious of these is that the color of the vestments changes to violet or blue. On the Third Sunday of Advent, which is also called Gaudete Sunday, as the Advent season is already half over, the joy of the Nativity begins to break in and on that day rose colored vestments may be used.  Also, the hymn Glory to God in the highest.is omitted at Mass, and one will find that there is a certain moderation in the decoration of the altar. While flowers may still be used, the decoration of the altar should not express the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord.

POT PIE DINNER

The Ladies Society for the Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (ANS) will be holding an all you can eat Pot Pie Dinner on Sunday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Pot Pie, Cole Slaw and rolls. Tickets are available from Cheryl Weinhold, Mary Cooper, Eleanor Kaczmarczyk and Fr. Sr. Donald.  They are $10.00 for ADULTS and $5.00 for CHILDREN ten years of age and under.  Take out is available as well; $10.00 for one quart of Pot Pie, Cole Slaw and two rolls.  Please purchase your tickets now so we know how much we need to make.

ALL SOULS DAY

Wednesday, November 2nd is All Souls Day.  We will honor the souls of our departed loved ones by celebrating Holy Mass, reading their names aloud and lighting a battery powered tea candle for each name read.  Mass will be at 7:00PM and i hope to see many of you there.

ORGAN RECITAL IN SCRANTON, PA

COME AND BE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION

A very special event will take place on the evening of Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm when the international concert organist, Gail Archer will perform at the Saint Stanislaus Cathedral in a concert to culminate the festivities of celebration of the 125th Anniversary of our beloved Polish National Catholic Church.  The concert will be performed on the magnificent Austin organ at the Saint Stanislaus Cathedral that consists of 3 manuals. It has 41 ranks, 45 stops and 2,327 pipes.  Ms. Archer will play works by Polish composers including Nowowiejski, Bacewicz, Gorecki, and Paciorkiewicz, to name a few.

Ms. Archer’s 2019 European tour took her to the British Isles, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Malta, and she is dedicated to shedding a light on Polish organ music in this country and the world. Her new CD Polish organ music CD, Cantius, was released in March of 2022. One of the pieces we will hear that evening is Improvisation on a Polish Hymn (Kto sie opieke, Blessed Is He) by Surszynski. We hope you  will come and celebrate our beloved Polish National Catholic Church.

Experience a world class artist performing rare works which are so relevant to our denomination’s Polish heritage. There  is no charge for the concert. Bring your family and friends!

 

XXVI Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church

The Twenty Sixth Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church will be held  in Scranton, Pennsylvania this week, from October 18th through October 21st.  Please pray for all of the delegates and especially those from our parish that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit and inspired to make good and holy decisions for the good of our beloved Church and for the greater glory of God.

POST PICNIC BRUNCH

There will be a brunch held on October 9th at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall to thank every one who helped to make the Picnic the rousing success that it was.  Signup sheets are in the vestibule so please indicate how many will attend.  Everyone who helped at the Picnic, with making food or who donated are welcome including friends an family.  The planned menu will include kielbasa, eggs, pierogies,  french toast sticks, meatballs, soup, fruit, deserts and more.  Polka music will also be featured.  I hope to see many of you there.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS

On Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM in the parking lot, there will be a Blessing of Animals in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Please join us and bring your pets to be blessed.  Just be sure to have them either securely on a leash or in a carrier.  I hope to see many of you there.

ANNUAL BLUE MASS AND 9/11 REMEMBRANCE

On September 11, 2022, we will be holding our Annual Blue Mass and 9/11 Remembrance honoring our local First Responders and remembering the tragedy of 9/11, 2001.  There will be only one Mass this day at 9:00 AM.  Local First Responders have been asked to give an item  to be blessed such as a fireman’s hat, medkit, etc.  There will be coffee and donuts in the Fellowship Hall afterwards.  I hope to see everyone there.  Thank you and God bless.

PICNIC A SUCCESS!

The return of Saint Stephen’s Annual Polish Picnic was a great success.  Over nine hundred and sixty paid attendees, and we appreciate everyone who turned out to support our Parish.  Everyone said that they had a great time and were glad that we were back!  Thanks to everyone, parishioners, friends and family members who worked so hard to make this happen.  A special shout out to our Picnic Committee Chairperson, Jay Rowe for taking on this great responsibility and for working so hard to make this a triumphant return.

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