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First Sunday of Advent
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
475 Main Street
West Springfield MA 01089
Office Hours: Monday / Wednesday / Friday
9:00am until 3:00pm
Business: (413) 736-4071
FAX: (413) 734-5484
Daily Mass — 7:30am Monday
through Friday (Chapel)
St. Jude Novena with Mass
Tuesdays — 7:15pm (Church)
Saturday Vigil — 4:00pm (Church)
Sunday Masses — 8:30am
and 10:30am (Church)
Confessions — Sat. 3:15pm (Church)
Baptisms — anytime! Please
contact Celeste Labbe for details.
Sacrament of the Sick — anytime!
Please contact the priest.
Funerals — Monday through
Saturday; please contact the priest.
Weddings — year round!
Please contact the priest with
advance notice (normally one year).
Generations of Faith — Saturdays;
please contact Celeste Labbe.
Home Visits — yes! Please contact
Deacon Philip or Francesca Brandt;
always private and personal!
We are a diverse Roman Catholic faith
community proudly located within the
Merrick Section of West Springfield. Our
Lord calls us to reach beyond the care
and support of each other to foster an
active Apostleship with our neighbors.
We strive to lovingly trust in the power of
the Holy Spirit. Through the Eucharist
and Daily Prayer, we seek to accept within
ourselves the profound love Jesus has for
us individually, joyfully expressing this
gift with every person we meet. We strive
to consciously live out the words of Christ:
“love one another as I have loved you!”
Spiritual Support
Father Piotr Pawlus
Parish Secretary Edward Parent
[email protected]
Deacon Donald Philip
[email protected]
Pastoral Minister Francesca Brandt
[email protected]
Religious Ed. Director Celeste Labbe
[email protected]
29/30 NOVEMBER 2014
Pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain
Join Fr. Poitr Pawlus of our parish and Fr.
Tomasz Parzynski of St. John the Evangilist,
Agawam for a comprehensive tour to Portugal and Spain, September 15 - 16, 2015, 11
days and 10 nights. This tour will travel
through many important cities and countryside visiting the sacred sites. You will visit
and pray at the famous shrines of Fatima,
Santarem, Zaragoza and Montserrat. You
will also tour magnificent palaces, experience the blend of the
different cultures and admire the timeless works of art. The
cost of the tour is $3,770.00 per person, double occupancy.
Single room supplement $560.00. Bus transportation to
Logan Airport in Boston will be available at additional cost.
A deposit of $200.00 per person is required at
the time of booking with full payment due by
August 1, 2015 payable by check. The price
of the tour includes a built-in discount of 2%
for payment by cash or check. To make reservations contact PAT TOURS, 1285 Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Ma. 01089, email: [email protected] For information,
call PAT TOURS at (413) 747-7702.
Our Lady of the Cross Parish, Holyoke
LaSalette Shrine Bus Trip
On Sunday December 7th there will be
a bus trip to the LaSalette Shrine in
Attleboro, Ma. On the way to the
shrine the bus will stop at Wright’s
Farm Restaurant for lunch. There will
be time to walk the ground of the
shrine to see the Christmas light and visit the gift shop. There
will also be an opportunity to attend a concert by Fr. Pat, the
“Singing Priest.” The bus will leave at 1:45pm sharp and will
return approximately at 10pm. The cost of the trip will be
$39.00 which includes bus and lunch. To register, please mail a
check payable to Our Lady of the Cross to 23 Sycamore St.
Holyoke, Ma. 01040. For more information, please call Charlotte Martin at 636-6872
The feast of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of our Blessed Mother, Monday, December 8th, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass
will be celebrated in the Chapel at 7:30 AM,
and in the Church at 12:10 PM. Please mark
your calendars for this feast in honor of our
Mother, the Patroness on the United States.
Are you aware the church doors to
the Dominican Nuns are open DAILY
from 7:00am until 5:30pm? Now you
do! Go and offer your heart to Jesus
— let Him know you; let Him love
you; let Him embrace you; let him
heal you!
Congratulations to the Newly Confirmed in our Parish:
Vanessa Lucy Bonobo Elise
Therese Solis-Caron
Matthew Patrick Labbe
William Francis Picard
Andre Christopher Roy
Chloe Catherine Roy
and Victoria Cecilia Sutherland from St John the Evangilist,
May the good Lord bless them in all of their endeavors!
Pro-Life Reflections
From today's 1st Reading, Isaiah 63:
"...all of us have become like unclean people..."
The continued diminishment of legal
protection of human life in all of it's stages taints us all.
Calling all Altar Servers, new, old and aspiring! Father Piotr and Deacon Don will offer
training after the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday,
December 7th. All servers are encouraged to
participate, as we have made a few minor
changes to details of serving Mass. New servers - 4th grade through adult - are most welcome! If you are at
another Mass that weekend, we will begin at 11:30 AM, and be
finished by 12:15 PM.
Our Parish’s “Take; Leave; Share” library/
food pantry is a program of tangible food for
mind, body and soul alike. Although we don’t
intend to refuse anyone, these items are explicitly for the use of our Faith Community.
If you feel called by the Lord to “Take;
Leave; Share” then please do! Pope Francis
has already reminded us, more than once, that
our world doesn’t lack sufficient food or education; what humanity lacks most is the Virtue of Generosity . .
Due to the early printing of the bulletin because of the
Thanksgiving Holiday the Sunday offerings for Nov.
22/23 will be posted the following weekend Dec. 06/07.
into the spirit of ADVENT! On Wednesday
evenings, December 3rd, 10th and 17th, you are
invited to the Church for an hour of prayer and
reflection. Each week will have exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament, and a period of silent adoration. Deacon Don will present a reflection on "The Prophets
of Advent", and we will close with Benediction. All are welcome - and the Church is handicap-accessible!
The Nocturnal Adoration Society of Agawam and West Springfield Our parish will
host the Nocturnal Adoration Society of West
Springfield for their First Friday hour of Adoration on Friday, December 5th, from 7-8 PM
in the Church. We will pray the Office of The
Blessed Sacrament as well as having time for
private prayer before the Monstrance. All are
welcome. If you would like more information
about the Society, which meets on First Fridays at various parishes, please call Sue Zimmerman, 737-8431.
Christmas logs/Winter decorations can
be placed in the cemetery beginning
Monday, December 1, 2014 and can remain in the cemetery until March 15,
West Springfield’s Ecumenical Outreach
free, hot and delicious meals are being
served at the First Congregational Church of
West Springfield at 20 Lathrop Street.
Breakfast will be served on Saturday December 20th & 27th, from 9:00am until
10:00am, sponsored by the W. Spfld. Rotary
Club & the Lion’s Club; Supper will be
offered on Wednesday December 10th
from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, sponsored by St Thomas School
Staff. Free clothing and limited groceries will also be offered
for those in need. Please come and bring many loved ones —
God cares and so do we!
Cookbooks Make Great Gifts!
The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of its very own "homemade" cookbook,
Mangia! Ci fa bene! It is a delightful cookbook
with over 160 tried and tested family recipes
contributed by our members and friends, many
of which have been prepared for generations.
You will find many of your favorite Italian dishes, as well as
other recipes that are not so well known, but delicious! The
recipes are divided into categories for special occasion, delectable entrees, side dishes and desserts for your family dinners.
The price of Mangia! Ci fa bene! is just $15.00. These cookbooks make great Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, and gifts for
teachers. Your purchase will promote traditional Italian cooking, as well as support the Italian Cultural Center. Supplies are
limited, so get your copies soon! The cookbooks can be purchased at any of our events or member meetings.
They can also be ordered for home delivery (shipping charges
will apply) by calling 413-784-1492, emailing us at
[email protected], or writing us at 56 Margaret St., Springfield, MA 01105.
29/30 NOVEMBER 2014
Italian Cultural Center Christmas Dinner
Buon Natale!
The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
will hold its annual Prime Rib Christmas Dinner on Friday,
December 12. The event will be held at the Italian Cultural
Center, 56 Margaret St., Springfield, with a cocktail hour at
6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The menu will include antipasto, garden salad, baked stuffed shrimp, prime rib, roasted potatoes,
ziti, dessert and coffee. Throughout the evening you will be
entertained by the beautiful voice of Olivia Panetti. Only 100
reservations will be taken, so make them early. Reservations
are available now and will be taken on a first-come, first-served
basis. The dinner price is $30 for ICC members, $35 for nonmembers and must be paid for in advance. Call Nancy at 413827-9350 to make your reservations. The deadline for reservations is December 5, 2014, so call today. Buon Appetito!
We are looking for donations of artificial Christmas trees for the church. They do not have to be
pre lit and can be of any size and in reasonably
good condition. If you would like to donate
toward the purchase of a tree just place your
offering in an envelope marked Christmas trees.
~~Fr. Piotr Pawlus~~
St. Mary Guild’s, 34th Annual
Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday,
December 6, 2014 from 9 AM to 3
PM in the St. Mary parish gym,
located at 56 Hopkins Place, Longmeadow.
This year’s show features over 50 of
the area’s finest artists and craftsmen. Some of their specialties include: lit glass presents, hand painted pashmina shawls,
hand spun wool clothing, aged stitcheries, carved wood
miniatures, pocketbooks, hand painted pictures and wine
glasses, stained glass lamps, crocheted & hand knits, hand
sewn fabric creations, grapevine wreaths & swags, silk florals, dolls, quilting, ribbon & fashion accessories, birdhouses, vintage jewelry, honey, chocolates, jams, soaps, wood
cutting boards and a large variety of holiday & personalized
ornaments, centerpieces and much more.
There will be used book tables featuring childrens
books, paperbacks and hard bound. Children can “buy a present and gift wrap it” ($.10 - $5.00) for family members at the
Kids Korner on the stage.
Our huge raffle baskets, worth over $100.00-$300.00
have special themes like Wine and Beers, Kid’s Toys and
Games, Tools, Gift Certificate Trees, and more. You don’t
have to be present to win.
Lunch will be served 11 AM – 2 PM featuring delicious homemade foods. Donuts and coffee will be available
all day and a bake sale section with delicious homemade
items, pies and breads.
Darlene Duval, Brianna Croteau, Rita
Coffey, Ann McCarthy, Ellen-Marie
Ferrara, Marie Colbert, Barbara Warren,
John Fitzgerald, Julie Miller, Eleanoir
Longe, Beverly Strodel, Sheila & Hugh
Crean, Katherine Monko, Jean Perrault,
Jean-Carol Broka, Fr. Charles Gonet, Paul
Dansereau, Terry Croteau,, Katriana Lawson, Michael
Blanchet, Joseph Murat, Ronald St. George, Maria Accorsi,
Roseann Durkee, Robert Chelli, Al Claycomb, Willie Johnston,
Sean O’Neill, Anthony Seville, Ida Pagon, Darillyn Paterson,
Mary Moran, Thomas Merck, Ann McCarthy, Ryan.
Church: for Peace in the Middle East
Chapel: for our Military Personnel
For a Mass Intention celebrated or Sanctuary Lamp lit
memory of, in honor of, or any intention for the living and the
deceased,” please call our secretary at 736-4071.
Saturday First Sunday of Advent
11/29 4:00 PM Jeff Zimmerman, req. by Sue & Evan
11/30 8:30 AM Carmen Revilla, req. by Antonio DiGioia and
Sixto & Victoria Revilla
10:30 AM Larry Senez 3rd Aniv., req. by Connie Senez
12/01 7:30 AM Joseph Marie Toan Ngueyn, req. by wife Mai
12/02 7:30 AM Phero Mai Quy, req. by Lynn Mai
7:15 PM Joseph & Maria Bui, req. by family
St. Francis Xavier, Priest
12/03 7:30 AM Guise Mai Loi, req. by Lynn Mai
Thursday St. John Damascene, Priest & Doctor of the
12/04 7:30 AM For the People of St. Frances Cabrini
12/05 7:30 AM Communion Service by Deacon Donald Philip
Saturday Second Sunday of Advent
12/06 4:00 PM Margaret E. Nostin - 8th Aniv., req. by
daughter Bridget
12/07 8:30 AM Janet Small, req. by Hosner family
10:30 AM William Accorsi, req. by His Wife and Family
Our Catholic tradition calls us to pray for the dead,
especially in the celebration of Holy Mass. To request a
Mass Intention for the repose of a soul, please call the Parish Office at 736-4071. Masses may be celebrated for the
intentions of the living as well as the dead. A stipend of
$10.00 is normally rendered for each request.
In faith, hope and love, please say a
Daily Rosary for our local clergy:
Sunday, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Bishop
Timothy McDonnell, Bishop Joseph
Maguire (Springfield); Monday, Fr. John
Scheaffer (Lee); Tuesday, Dn. James Conroy (West Springfield); Wednesday, Msgr.
Michael Shershanovich (Pittsfield);
Thursday, Dn. Leo Coughlin (Hampden);
Friday, Fr. Jose Siesquen Flores
(Springfield); Saturday, Dn. Ralph Cyr (Pittsfield).
Monday: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalms 122; Matthew 8:5-11
Tuesday: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72; Luke 10:21-24
Wednesday: Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalms 23; Matthew 15:29-37
Thursday: Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalms 118; Matthew 7:21-27
Friday: Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalms 27; Matthew 9:27-31
Saturday: Isaiah 30:19-26; Psalms 147; Matthew 9:35-10:8
Sunday: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalms 85; 2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8
E. Minister
4:00 PM Phyllis B.
M. Moran
Server: S. Zimmerman
8:30 AM Jo P.
Server: Jon P.
M. Colbert
Paul B.; B. Malvezzi
B. Remillard
L. Philip
R. O’Connor; B. Remillard
10:30 AM C. Labbe
B. Remillard
Server: M. Labbe
Greeters: Lucinda & Michael Barrett
St. Jude Novena
7:15 PM John M.
M. Moran
Deacon Don
John M.; F. Brandt
B. Malvezzi
4:00 PM Paul B.
Server: M. Moran
M. Moran
8:30 AM B. Morin
B. Remillard
Server: B. Remillard
10:30 AM John M.
B. Remillard
Server: M. & S. Ryder
Greeters: Steve & Rachel Svec
St. Jude Novena
7:15 PM P. Kelly
M. Moran
Deacon Don
Phyllis B.; B. Malvezzi
L. Philip
Jo P.; R. O’Connor
C. Senez
Jane M.;D. Salter
Phyllis B.
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