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Infant of Prague

It was a little painted statue and stood a foot and a half high, was dressed in exquisite court dress, and cherished as an heirloom wedding gift. It came from Spain during an early spread of devotion to the Christ Child.

In the 17th century, a Spanish noblewoman named Isabel Manrique gave this little statue to her daughter Marie when Marie married a Czech noble. Marie gave it, in turn, to her own daughter Polyxena when the later married.

Polyxena treasured it for many years, but at last gifted it to the Carmelite monastery of Our Lady of Victory.

Shortly afterward the Czech kingdom was invaded by the Saxons, forcing the Carmelites to flee their monastery. The statue of the Christ Child, damaged and tattered was left behind in the ruins of the church.

Ten years later in 1638, a Carmelite priest found it. He took it to his church in Prague and displayed it by the altar.

Suddenly, as he knelt in prayer before it, the statue spoke, saying: “Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me the more I will bless you.”

After this, many miracles were reported to have been wrought through the statue and devotion to the Christ Child increased all the more.

Many saints, such as Therese of Lisieux and Francis of Assisi, were greatly devoted to the Infant Jesus. Nurture love for the Child Jesus in your own home.

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Knight’s Sub Sale

Our Knights of Columbus have scheduled a “Super Bowl Sub Sale” on Sunday, February 12. You have a choice of Italian, Ham and Cheese or Turkey and Cheese for $7.00 each.

The subs are made fresh the morning of pick-up, February 11, 2023. They use Terranetti rolls, quality meats and cheeses, crisp lettuce, tomato and onions. The tomato, lettuce and onion are wrapped separately for your convenience.

Order forms will be in the Parish bulletin the weekend of January 21/22 and January 28/29. All orders are due by February 6th. You may pick-up your sub order on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am to 12 noon.

Sunday, January 22

Dear Friends,

This weekend we hear the most profound invitation offered to Simon and Andrew, the fishermen brothers at the sea of Galilee. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew e4:19). Naturally we should think of the need to pray for vocations, especially to the priesthood and consecrated life, but not just to pray for vocations, but to work for vocations – every Christian has the responsibility to support our young people and to give them the encouragement and invitation to consider a call to the priesthood and consecrated life. This responsibility is further symbolized by what happens in the verse 21 of Matthew’s fourth chapter: Christ Jesus is walking along the shoreline with Simon and Andrew and now our Lord calls James and John. Would those two have followed Our Lord if He was walking alone? We’ll find out on the Last Day, but we know from experience that our human weakness likes to have strength in numbers and we often have an easier time sacrificing and persevering when we know that we are not alone. So, in addition to our need to pray for vocations we also should be deeply aware of our responsibility to be committed in our own walk with Jesus and to help others come to saving faith in Him by our own discipleship.

Have a Good Week!

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Pastor

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean To Be Catholic? 

The Catholic Church was founded by Christ and his Apostles.  There are four marks or characteristics of the Church, and we are reminded of them each time we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

One:  Means all members are united as the Body of Christ, given life by the one Spirit.  We acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.

Holy: Means the Church is centered on God.  It is Christ who, by his sacrifice, makes the Church holy.

Catholic:  Means universal.  The Church is for all times and all people.  The Church is “the fullness” of the means of salvation”. (CCC830)

Apostolic:  Means the Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles.  We teach the doctrine of Jesus as it has been handed down through the apostles and their successors, the pope and bishops.

Each Catholic is called to full and active participation in the life of the Church and has the right and responsibility to:

1.) Attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

2.  Confess your sins, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a least once a year.

3.  Receive the Eucharist.

4. Observe the days of fasting Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence on Ash Wednesday in Lent established by the Church.

5. Help to provide for the needs of the Church

Encountering Christ and being a witness to his love means we are called to live like Jesus and work for justice and peace in this world by living the 10 commandments, the Beatitudes, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are called to stand for the: Life and dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Dignity of Work and Rights of workers, Solidarity of the Human Family, Care for God’s Creatures.

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Spiritual Communion:

     My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

    I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

     Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

2022 CHURCH RENEWAL-UPDATE

Dear Parishioner and Friends,

Attached is an update of our Parish renovation project and what we have accomplished thus far.  The renovation of the sanctuary of our Church is complete and we thank everyone who in any way contributed to the success of this project.

We have returned to our Church building and our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils and staff sincerely hope that you appreciate the renewal which has taken place in our house of worship!

Trust:  Your trust because change is not easy and we were going to alter the interior of our beautiful Church.

Patience:  Your patience as we were going to be displaced from our church for several weeks.

Support:  Your support since we have the opportunity to leave a legacy which will benefit our parishioners for generations to come.

Make a gift to our future generations.  Please consider giving a gift to our parish to support the ongoing improvement of our beautiful church, dedicated to Our Lady’s Assumption and under the protection of our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  All gifts over $250.00 will be memorialized on a plaque in the rear of the church.

You may make a personal gift, or consider joining together for a family gift in honor or in memory of your loved ones.

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Blessed Virgin Mary Grotto

Dear Friends

Visit our Grotto at Prince of Peace Parish-Assumption of the BVM Church. Pray to our Blessed  Mother for peace in our country and the world and ask her assistance to bring friends and families who are not practicing their faith to return to her son, Our Lord Jesus.

Our Blessed Virgin Mary Grotto is the Queen of Peace.

Renovation Update

Dear Parishioners,

Once again, THANK YOU for all of your support during the recent renewal of our church pews and floor.  I hope you all appreciate the improvements to the interior of our Church.

Due to your generosity $36,682.00 has been donated toward the floor renovation project.

Thank You for your generosity.  Blessings for a Blessed New Year.

I HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH!

Fr. Jon Sawicki

Important 2023 Dates

March for Life January 20, 2023 in Washington, DC

Kolo Club “Marian” Mardi Gras is scheduled for February 11th in our Parish Center

Ash Wednesday, Beginning of Lent, February 22, 2023

Rite of Election for RCIA Candidates on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Cathedral of St. Patrick at 4:00 pm

Diocesan Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 18, 2023

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Last Supper, April 6, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 7, 2023, at 2:30 pm Commemoration of our Lord’s Passion

Blessing of Food, Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 12 Noon

Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday Mass at 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

Confirmation is scheduled for April 16, 2023 at Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick at 3 pm.

Forty Hours – Eucharistic Devotions April 16, 17 and 18, 2023

Kolo Club “Marian” Concert May 6, 2023

First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 14, 2023

May Crowning Sunday, May 14, 2023 following our 10:30 am Mass

Sacrifice of the Mass

The Sign of the Cross and the Greeting tells us who we are as we gather to enter into the Mystery of Our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

The Penitential Rite  gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness as we approach the Sacrifice of Christ that destroys sin and bring us back into a relationship with God.

The Gloria is a hymn that leads us to praise glorify, adore, thank and ask our Triune God for all we, His sons and daughter, need as we beg His mercy.

The Opening Prayer or “Collect” collects the intentions of the people assembled and presents them to God by the priest who stands in persona Christi (in the person of Christ).

In the Reading of the Old Testament we hear the story of God’s covenant with His chosen people Israel and the revelation of Himself that speaks of His mercy and desire for their salvation.

The Responsorial Psalm is the faithful’s response of praise and thanksgiving to God’s Word in the First Reading . It reminds us that we are not passive listeners to the Word; we are in a relationship of love with the Word of God.

The Second Reading from the New Testament tells us of God’s New and Eternal Covenant forged in the Blood of His Son who is the Word Made Flesh.

The Gospel is a proclamation of an event from the life of Our Savior.  In the readings from Holy Scripture that are not taken from the Gospel, it is God who speaks to His people.  But when the Gospel is proclaimed, it is specifically Christ Jesus, true God and true man, who speaks to us.

The Homily is a vital part of the liturgy of the Mass that explains the Holy Scriptures and instructs us in the Faith.

The Profession of Faith (the Nicene Creed) is the ancient formula of beliefs that unites the people assembled with the Universal Church of all ages in their expression of their Faith in Christ.

General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful offers prayers to God for the Church the world, and the need of people both living and dead.

The Preparation Rite is the offering of the bread and wine brought to His altar by the priest on behalf of the people of God assembled.  The people participate in the offering by virtue of their baptism into the priestly people of God.

The Eucharistic Prayer makes present the Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Christ’s Sacrifice of the Cross, His offering to the Faith of Himself for the salvation of the world is represented on the altar.  At the words of consecration the bread and wine brought to the altar become the Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  The baptized are called to participate in the sacrifice of Christ that is made present through the ministry of the ordained priest.

The Our Father begins the Rite of Communion.  We are faithful to Jesus’ command to pray in the words He taught us.  The priest prays for deliverance from evil, peace, and freedom from anxiety as we wait for the coming of Christ Our Savior in glory.  The priest extends a greeting of Christ’s peace to all present in the assembly.  The faithful share a sign of peace with one another.  The priest comingles a portion of the Sacred Host that he has broken in the chalice of the Precious Blood. The faithful sing the Agnus Dei. “Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.”

Communion has arrived.  The faithful go forward to receive His Sacred Body.  This reception of the Holy Eucharist effects communion between the individual and God and among the individual members of the Body of Christ.

The priest then blesses the people in the name of the Holy Trinity and dismisses all to go forth to witness to Christ in the world.

No One is a mere spectator at Mass.  All of the baptized are invited to participate in the sacred Mysteries by full, conscious and active participation.  This participation is not limited to eternal expression.  It must also be an external expression of faith and devotion.  The mass is an awesome treasure! It is Christ’s work of salvation active in our midst!

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