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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 00:17
On Sunday April 7, we celebrated “Divine Mercy Sunday”. We commemorated God’s infinite love and mercy which He continues to pour out to the whole world. This year is a very special year as we celebrate – The Year of Faith. Jesus said to Thomas “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” To believe in His love, mercy and forgiveness is a great gift and we can call ourselves Blessed-Happy. Divine Mercy Sunday is solemnity celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church. This feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in the diary of Saint Faustina, receives from Jesus himself the biggest promises of Grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy. In specific Jesus states that the soul that goes to Sacramental Confession (the confession may take place some days before), and receives Holy Eucharistic Communion on that day, shall obtain the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence (observing the usual rules) with the recitation of some simple prayers.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 20:09

The first major celebration took place at Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in London, Ontario where Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka and Fr. Mateusz Sobierajski minister on Sept. 8th. Bishop of London Ronald P. Fabbro CSB presided at the Jubilee Mass and preached the homily where he thanked the Michaelites for their dedication and hard work in the last 50 years in the life of the Diocese . Bishop Emeritus John M. Sherlock, Rector of the Lublin University, Fr. Antoni Debinski, General Superior Fr. Kazimierz Radzik, all of the Canadian Michaelites, diocesan and religious priests, sisters and parishioners joined our bishop in prayer of thanksgiving. The parish youth band made this celebration special and uplifting. The words of thanks were expressed by the chairperson of the parish council.

Following the gathering at the altar all of the celebrants, invited guests and over three hundred parishioners went to the beautifully prepared Polish PSN Hall for the banquet celebration. Fr. Andrew, our Superior, was the MC of the evening. The whole evening was intertwine with music, dance, food and speeches. General Superior handed Benemerenti Medals to: Bishop Fabbro, and parishes of Holy Family in Sault Ste. Marie and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Sarnia. Also our history book was handed out to more than a few people as a way of thanking them for the years of friendships and support. This special evening ended with Cracovia’s dance and Bishop’s blessing.

The second banquet took place in Toronto at St. Teresa’s parish - where Fr. Adam Gabriel and Fr. Joseph Morawski minister - on Sept. 15th. Here, not only did we celebrate our 50th and 100th anniversaries but also the 10th anniversary of the presence of the Michaelite Fathers in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Jubilee Mass was preceded by cordial gathering with Archbishop of Toronto Thomas Cardinal Collins. Mass was presided by the Cardinal who preached the homily and was concelebrated by Bishop John Boissonneau, Auxiliary bishop of Toronto, General Superior of our Congregation, many Michaelite, and over fifteen priests who joined us for the celebration. The words of thanks, appreciations and recognition were expressed by representatives of the parish at the end of the Mass, by young people in their singing during the Mass and by parishioners who filled the church and offered their prayer of thanksgiving.

What made this gathering very special was the presence of Jakub Rudnicki, freshly professed Michaelite, who just a week ago finished his novitiate in Pawlikowice in Poland and returns to Canada to start his studies.

Shortly after the Mass was finished all participants and invited guests assembled at the parish hall for the jubilee banquet. Wonderfully decorated hall gathered over 300 people. Fr. Andrew was the MC of the evening during which many prominent figures brought greetings and congratulations, young parishioners danced, recited poems, Benemerenti medal was given to Cardinal Collins and several books were handed to some members of the parish community. Way into the night celebration continued by the end of which Archbishop gave us his final blessing.

The third banquet was celebrated in London at St. Mary’s church, where Fr. Joe Dabrowski is the pastor, on Sept. 22nd. This joyous evening started with 5 pm Mass with Bishop Emeritus John M. Sherlock presiding. To our great surprise Bishop Francis Reiss of Detroit joined us for the evening. St. Mary’s parish celebrated its 110th anniversary and completion of the recent renovations. Therefore, the Michaelite’s milestones and parish accomplishments were celebrated truly in the Italian style. Local St. Mary school’s students sang during the Mass and an Italian band led us in joyful singing during the banquet festivities during which Fr. Joe was the MC.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:51

Every year we have the benefit to celebrate St. Michael’s feast twice. One, at our Retreat Centre on the second Sunday of September and the other one, on the 29th of September, the actual feast of the Archangels. The history of the first celebration goes back to the seventies when Fr. Edvin Mucha started it. Today forty years later it is still being continued and this year, Sept. 9th, had a special meaning as we mark the Jubilee Year. Just before 3 pm on this Sunday afternoon, Fr. Eugene Dziedzic prepared the crowd of near thousand people for the Mass . Bishop Emeritus Mathew Ustrzycki of Hamilton was the main celebrant and our General Superior was the homilist. This annual feast celebration gathered over 30 priests. Among them was Fr. Julian Chmura, of USA. At the end of the Mass, Rector of the University of Lublin, Fr. Antoni Debinski handed a special medal to our Community as a recognition and thanksgiving for our work in Canada and support of CUL. Youth band from Our Lady of Czestochowa played during and after the Mass. It is already a tradition that polish paczki and coffee is being offered for all participants. At the end of the day, we gathered outside to plant a special Jubilee Tree. During our special festive meal, Sr. Dawide read a few of her poems and Fr. Eugene with the Michaelite choir serenaded till late evening.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:21

On Sept. 23rd at 12:15pm Mass, parishioners of Our Lady of Czestochowa witnessed, first since year 2000, renewal of the religious vows within our community. Br. Janusz Kolbusz, who came to Canada in January of this year, made his temporary renewal. We wish him many blessings as he makes his progress in a journey for the permanent profession.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:21

While celebrating our Jubilee Year, Sisters Maksymiliana and Dawida visited our parishes in London and Toronto, where they spoke at the end of the Masses, about the Congregation, charism and ministry Sisters are engaged in. They also had an opportunity to learn the challenging game of golf, visit Ontario’s landmarks, and from Sep. 21-23 they lead over forty people in a retreat at the Michaelite House Retreat Centre. Even though it was the first trip to Canada, Sisters made an impact where ever they went. Way to go Sisters! We look to the day when the Michaelite Sisters will work and minister in Canada and USA.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:20

This jubilee year also marks another jubilee that one of our special guest Fr. Rector A. Ogrodnik was celebrating. Fifty years ago he was ordained as a priest. To mark this golden jubilee Fr. Aleksander celebrated a special Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa on Sept. 9th. Its pastor Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka was the homilist. It was in this church that our jubilarian was a priest while serving in Canada at the beginning of the seventies. Happy Anniversary Fr. Rector.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:20

It could not be otherwise as to visit during this Jubilee Year, a new frontier of the Michaelite ministry – Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is in this city that we have been invited by the local bishop to take custody of one of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit. On Sep. 19th, General Superior Fr. Kazimierz Radzik, General Treasurer Fr. Jerzy Sosinski, Vicar General of Michaelite Sisters Sr. Maksymiliana Ciepala, General Secretary of the Michaelite Sisters Sr. Dawida Ryll, and Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk went to visit our new parish and its elementary school. Delightful day was finished with the reception at the Bishop’s Francis Reiss residence. There we met the bishop of Toledo, Ohio Leonard Paul Blair. Friendly visit ended with bishops blessing.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:19

Every year we have the benefit to celebrate St. Michael’s feast twice. One, at our Retreat Centre on the second Sunday of September and the other one, on the 29th of September, the actual feast of the Archangels. The history of the first celebration goes back to the seventies when Fr. Edvin Mucha started it. Today forty years later it is still being continued and this year, Sept. 9th, had a special meaning as we mark the Jubilee Year. Just before 3 pm on this Sunday afternoon, Fr. Eugene Dziedzic prepared the crowd of near thousand people for the Mass . Bishop Emeritus Mathew Ustrzycki of Hamilton was the main celebrant and our General Superior was the homilist. This annual feast celebration gathered over 30 priests. Among them was Fr. Julian Chmura, of USA. At the end of the Mass, Rector of the University of Lublin, Fr. Antoni Debinski handed a special medal to our Community as a recognition and thanksgiving for our work in Canada and support of CUL. Youth band from Our Lady of Czestochowa played during and after the Mass. It is already a tradition that polish paczki and coffee is being offered for all participants. At the end of the day, we gathered outside to plant a special Jubilee Tree. During our special festive meal, Sr. Dawide read a few of her poems and Fr. Eugene with the Michaelite choir serenaded till late evening.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 23:17

The first major celebration took place at Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in London, Ontario where Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka and Fr. Mateusz Sobierajski minister on Sept. 8th. Bishop of London Ronald P. Fabbro CSB presided at the Jubilee Mass and preached the homily where he thanked the Michaelites for their dedication and hard work in the last 50 years in the life of the Diocese . Bishop Emeritus John M. Sherlock, Rector of the Lublin University, Fr. Antoni Debinski, General Superior Fr. Kazimierz Radzik, all of the Canadian Michaelites, diocesan and religious priests, sisters and parishioners joined our bishop in prayer of thanksgiving. The parish youth band made this celebration special and uplifting. The words of thanks were expressed by the chairperson of the parish council.

Following the gathering at the altar all of the celebrants, invited guests and over three hundred parishioners went to the beautifully prepared Polish PSN Hall for the banquet celebration. Fr. Andrew, our Superior, was the MC of the evening. The whole evening was intertwine with music, dance, food and speeches. General Superior handed Benemerenti Medals to: Bishop Fabbro, and parishes of Holy Family in Sault Ste. Marie and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Sarnia. Also our history book was handed out to more than a few people as a way of thanking them for the years of friendships and support. This special evening ended with Cracovia’s dance and Bishop’s blessing.

The second banquet took place in Toronto at St. Teresa’s parish - where Fr. Adam Gabriel and Fr. Joseph Morawski minister - on Sept. 15th. Here, not only did we celebrate our 50th and 100th anniversaries but also the 10th anniversary of the presence of the Michaelite Fathers in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Jubilee Mass was preceded by cordial gathering with Archbishop of Toronto Thomas Cardinal Collins. Mass was presided by the Cardinal who preached the homily and was concelebrated by Bishop John Boissonneau, Auxiliary bishop of Toronto, General Superior of our Congregation, many Michaelite, and over fifteen priests who joined us for the celebration. The words of thanks, appreciations and recognition were expressed by representatives of the parish at the end of the Mass, by young people in their singing during the Mass and by parishioners who filled the church and offered their prayer of thanksgiving.

What made this gathering very special was the presence of Jakub Rudnicki, freshly professed Michaelite, who just a week ago finished his novitiate in Pawlikowice in Poland and returns to Canada to start his studies.

Shortly after the Mass was finished all participants and invited guests assembled at the parish hall for the jubilee banquet. Wonderfully decorated hall gathered over 300 people. Fr. Andrew was the MC of the evening during which many prominent figures brought greetings and congratulations, young parishioners danced, recited poems, Benemerenti medal was given to Cardinal Collins and several books were handed to some members of the parish community. Way into the night celebration continued by the end of which Archbishop gave us his final blessing.

The third banquet was celebrated in London at St. Mary’s church, where Fr. Joe Dabrowski is the pastor, on Sept. 22nd. This joyous evening started with 5 pm Mass with Bishop Emeritus John M. Sherlock presiding. To our great surprise Bishop Francis Reiss of Detroit joined us for the evening. St. Mary’s parish celebrated its 110th anniversary and completion of the recent renovations. Therefore, the Michaelite’s milestones and parish accomplishments were celebrated truly in the Italian style. Local St. Mary school’s students sang during the Mass and an Italian band led us in joyful singing during the banquet festivities during which Fr. Joe was the MC.

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