Monthly Archives: April 2014

May 18, St Stanislaus (Stanisław) Papczyński

May 18
In the Archdiocese of Warszawa and Diocese of Włocławek
SAINT STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial

Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary (Stanisław od Jezusa i Maryi) Papczyński was born in 1631 in Podegrodzie, Poland. In 1654 he entered the Piarist Congregation, where he made his religious profession and received his ordination to priesthood. He left the order in 1670 and, three years later, he founded the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in order to spread the devotion of the Immaculate Conception, pray for the souls in purgatory and support parish priests in the apostolic work. He was made superior general of the Congregation by the Church authorities and remained its head until his death. As an author of works on rhethorics and spirituality, he reminded the clergy and laymen of their call to holiness. He died in the opinion of sanctity on 17 September 1701.

Common of Pastors.

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May 17, Elbląg Cathedral

May 17
In the Diocese of Elbląg
The DEDICATION of the CATHEDRAL in ELBLĄG
Feast
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

The beginnings of St Nicholas Parish Church date back to the 13th century. Between 1340-1355 a Gothic hall church with a nave and two aisles was erected. A tower was added in 1380 and rebuilt in the 16th century, when it was crowned with a Renaissance tented roof. In the 18th century and during the II World War, the church was burnt and seriously damaged. The post-war reconstruction ended in 1965. Since the beginning of the 15th century the church has housed the relics of the Holy Cross. The parish church was elevated to the status of cathedral when the papal bull of John Paul II created Diocese of Elbląg on 25 March 1992.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

May 16, Gliwice Cathedral

May 16
In the Diocese of Gliwice
The DEDICATION of the CATHEDRAL in GLIWICE
Feast
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

The initiator of the construction of the Sts Apostles Peter and Paul Church was the rector of the All Saints Parish in Gliwice – Fr Paweł Buchali. The temple was built in the Neo-Gothic style between 1896 and 1900. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Wrocław Cardinal Jerzy Kopp. The church was renovated after war damages between 1945 and 1946. Creating the Diocese of Gliwice on 25 March 1992, Pope John Paul II elevated the parish church to the status of the cathedral.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

May 16, St Andrew (Andrzej) Bobola

May 16
SAINT ANDREW BOBOLA, PRESBYTER and MARTYR,
PATRON of POLAND,
the ARCHDIOCESE of WARMIA AND DIOCESE of ŁOMŻA
Feast
In the Province of Warszawa: patron of the province – Solemnity

May 17
In the Diocese of Gliwice
SAINT ANDREW BOBOLA, PRESBYTER and MARTYR
Feast

Andrew Bobola was born in 1591 in the Sandomierz region. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1611. Ordained in 1622, he became a preacher and moderator of the Sodality of Our Lady in Vilnius. Becoming an itinerant missionary, from 1636 he strengthened the Catholic faith of hundreds of followers in the difficult times  for the Church. He died as a martyr in Janów (the Podlasie Region) in 1657, tortured out of hatred towards the Catholic religion. He was canonised in 1938. His body remains in the Jesuit Church in Warsaw.

Common of One Martyr, except:
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May 12, Bl Jutta of Bielczyny (Juta z Bielczyn)

May 12
In the Archdiocese of Toruń
BLESSED JUTTA of BIELCZYNY
Optional memorial

Blessed Jutta was born ca 1220 in Sangerhausen at the foot of the Harz Mountains, north of Erfurt. When her husband had died, she distributed all her wealth to the poor, and started to make pilgrimages to holy places. He supported the Teutonic Knights in their Christianising of Prussia. Living in a hermitage in Bielczyny, near Chełmża, she cared for the sick and shared the food that she managed to obtain by begging. Her cult began soon after her death and her body was placed in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chełmża.

Common of Holy Women.

May 8, St Stanislaus (Stanisław)

May 8
SAINT STANISLAUS, BISHOP and MARTYR,
PRIMARY PATRON of POLAND,
the ARCHDIOCESES of KRAKÓW, LUBLIN, POZNAŃ and WARSZAWA
and DIOCESES of KIELCE, PŁOCK, SANDOMIERZ, ŚWIDNICA and TARNÓW
Solemnity

Stanislaus (Stanisław) was born in Szczepanów (the current Diocese of Tarnów) ca 1030. After graduating in Paris, he was ordained and in 1072 he became Bishop of Kraków, succeeding bishop Lambert. As a zealous pastor, he strove for the well-being of the faithful, helped the poor and visited the priests of his diocese every year. In 1079 he was murdered by order of King Bolesław the Bold, whom he rebuked for his misuse.

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May 7, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Grace (Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Matki Łaski Bożej)

May 7
In the Diocese of Kielce
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
MOTHER of DIVINE GRACE
Feast

By her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity, the Blessed Virgin cooperated in a singular way in the Saviour’s work of giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace. This maternity of Mary in the order of grace lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect (cf Lumen gentium, VIII).

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, except:

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May 5, Przemyśl Archcathedral Basilica

May 5
In the Archdiocese of Przemyśl
The DEDICATION of the ARCHCATHEDRAL BASILICA in PRZEMYŚL
Feast
In the Archcathedral Basilica – Solemnity

The Roman Diocese of Przemyśl was created by Pope Gregory XI in 1375. The current cathedral, third in a row, was built in the second half of the 15th century. Destroyed by fire twice, it was thoroughly renovated and rebuilt by Bishop Aleksander Fredro. The restoration was completed by Bishop Wacław Sierakowski, who also dedicated the renewed Cathedral on 3 May 1744. Pope John XXIII gave the Przemyśl Cathedral the title of minor basilica in 1960.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

May 5, St Stanislaus of Kazimierz (Stanisław Kazimierczyk)

May 5
SAINT STANISLAUS of KAZIMIERZ, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial

Stanislaus (Stanisław) was born in Kazimierz (currently one of the districts of Kraków) on 27 September 1433. At a young age he entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran. In his monastic life he was characterised by the austerity of life and zeal to pursue perfection. Ordained presbyter, he served his brothers and the faithful. He was known for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He died on 3 May 1489. Soon afterwards people began to venerate him. Pope John Paul II confirmed his heroic virtues and the cult given to him since time immemorial on 18 April 1999. Pope Benedict XVI canonised him on 17 October 2010.

Common of Pastors.

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May 3, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland (Najświętszej Maryi Panny Królowej Polski)

May 3
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
QUEEN of POLAND,
PRIMARY PATRON of POLAND,
the ARCHDIOCESES of CZĘSTOCHOWA and PRZEMYŚL
Solemnity
In the Military Ordinariate
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
QUEEN of POLAND,
HETMAN of the POLISH SOLDIER,
PRIMARY PATRON of the MILITARY ORDINARIATE
Solemnity

On 1 April 1656 King John Casimir entrusted the country to the Mother of God, proclaiming her Queen of Poland. The feast of the Queen of Poland, established by St Pius X for the Archdiocese of Lvov, was expanded to entire Poland by Pius XI in 1924. Pope John XXIII declared the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland, primary patron of the country, along with Sts Stanislaus and Adalbert, Bishops and Martyrs.

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