Monthly Archives: April 2016

January 19, St Joseph (Józef) Sebastian Pelczar

January 19
SAINT JOSEPH SEBASTIAN PELCZAR, BISHOP
Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Rzeszów:
Primary Patron Saint of the Diocese – Solemnity

Joseph Sebastian (Józef Sebastian) Pelczar was born on 17 January 1842 in Korczyna (the Diocese of Przemyśl). Brought up in a religious atmosphere, he entered the seminary and was ordained in 1864. After studying in Rome, he was the prefect of the Seminary of Przemyśl and in 1877-1899 professor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. As a priest and professor he was known for an enthusiasm and devotion for the Blessed Sacrament, Heart of God and Blessed Virgin Mary, which he expressed in his service as a pastor and writer. Worried about the immoral conduct of girls, as well as the sick and poor, he founded the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1894 in Kraków. In 1899 he became auxiliary bishop and in 1900 diocesan bishop of Przemyśl. He died in the odour of sanctity on 28 March 1924, after 25 years of ardent service as a bishop. John Paul II declared him blessed in 1991, and canonised him in Rome on 18 May 2003.

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May

Polish commemorations:

3             The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, QUEEN of POLAND, primary Patroness Saint of Poland  and the Archdioceses of Częstochowa and Przemyśl Solemnity
In the Military Ordinariate:
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, QUEEN of POLAND, HETMAN of THE POLISH SOLDIER, primary Patroness Saint of the Military Ordinariate Solemnity
5             St Stanislaus of Kazimierz, Presbyter Optional memorial
In the Archdiocese of Kraków:
St Stanislaus of Kazimierz, Presbyter Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Przemyśl:
DEDICATION of the PRZEMYŚL CATHEDRAL BASILICA Feast
7             In the Diocese of Kielce:
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER of DIVINE GRACE Feast
9 (moved from 8)             ST STANISLAUS, Bishop and Martyr, primary Patron Saint of Poland, the Archdioceses of Kraków, Lublin, Poznań and Warszawa, and the Dioceses of Kielce, Płock, Sandomierz, Świdnica and Tarnów  Solemnity
12             In the Diocese of Toruń:
Bl Jutta of Bielczyny Optional memorial
16           The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER of the CHURCH Feast
In the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamieniec and the Dioceses of Drohiczyn and Ełk:
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER of the CHURCH, primary Patroness Saint of the Archdiocese and Diocese Solemnity
ST ANDREW BOBOLA, Presbyter and Martyr,  Patron Saint of Poland, the Archdiocese of Warmia, and the Dioceses of Łomża Feast
In the Province of Warszawa:
ST ANDREW BOBOLA, Presbyter and Martyr, patron saint of the province Solemnity
In the Diocese of Gliwice:
DEDICATION of the GLIWICE CATHEDRAL Feast
17           In the Diocese of Elbląg:
DEDICATION of the ELBLĄG CATHEDRAL Feast
In the Diocese of Gliwice:
ST ANDREW BOBOLA, Presbyter and Martyr Feast
18           In the Archdiocese of Warszawa and Diocese of Włocławek:
Bl Stanislaus Papczyński, Presbyter Optional memorial
29          St Ursula Ledóchowska, Virgin Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Poznań:
St Ursula Ledóchowska, Virgin, Patroness Saint of the Archdiocese Obligatory memorial
30           St John Sarkander, Presbyter and Martyr Optional memorial
In the Archdiocese of Katowice:
St John Sarkander, Presbyter and Martyr Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec:
St John Sarkander, Presbyter and Martyr, Patron Saint of the Diocese Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Białystok:
DEDICATION of the BIAŁYSTOK BASILICA CATHEDRAL Feast
In the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamieniec:
DEDICATION of the SZCZECIN BASILICA CATHEDRAL Feast

Full May calendar here.

January 10, Drohiczyn Cathedral

January 10
In the Diocese of Drohiczyn
The DEDICATION of the CATHEDRAL in DROHICZYN
Feast
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

At the close of the 17th century, a Baroque church was erected in the place of the one that had burnt down. The consecration of the Holy Trinity church was conducted by the Bishop of Lutsk, Stefan Rupniewski on 10 January 1723. The church was profaned during the Second World War, after which it was renovated and started to serve God anew. After the creation of the Diocese of Drohiczyn, on 5 June 1991, it became the cathedral of the new diocese. John Paul II visited it on 10 June 1999.

Common of the Dedication of a Church.

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January 5, Bl Mary Marcellina (Maria Marcelina) Darowska

January 5
In the Diocese of Łowicz
BLESSED MARY MARCELLINA DAROWSKA, RELIGOUS
Optional memorial

Marcellina Darowska, née Kotowicz, was born on 16 January 1827 in Szulaki (currently in Belarus). In 1857, with Josephine (Józefa) Karska, she co-founded, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose aim was to renew family life by means of educating women. In 1863 she moved to Jazłowiec in the Archdiocese of Lviv. She bequeathed the developing congregation a spirituality based on a search for God alone in truth, selflessness and fulfilling God’s will modelled upon the Immaculate Virgin. She provided the educational centres of her sisters with an original system of teaching and educating. She died on 5 January 1911 in Jazłowiec. She was declared blessed by John Paul II in 1996.

Common of Religious.

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November 20, Bl Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński

December 2
BLESSED RAPHAEL CHYLIŃSKI, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial
In the Archdiocese of Łódź – Obligatory memorial

Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński was born in the village of Wysoczka near Poznań n 1694. After military service, he entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and received ordination in 1717. He stated at various monasteries. He combined love of God with heroic dedication to the service of the poor, sick and afflicted. He died in Łagiewniki near Łódź on 2 December 1741.

Common of Pastors.

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November 25, Bl Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Maria od Pana Jezusa Dobrego Pasterza)

November 25
BLESSED MARY of JESUS the GOOD SHEPHERD (FRANCISZKA SIEDLISKA), RELIGIOUS
Optional memorial

Mary (Maria), was born Franciszka (Frances) Siedliska in Roszkowa Wola in 1842. Since she was very young of age, she felt the desire to dedicate herself to God. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She was known for great love of God and the neighbour. She died in Rome on 21 November 1902. John Paul II declared her blessed in 1989.

Common of Religious.

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November 20, St Raphael (Rafał) Kalinowski

November 20
SAINT RAPHAEL KALINOWSKI, PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial

Raphael, born Joseph (Józef) Kalinowski in Vilnius in 1835. He was well brought up and educated, eventually becoming an army engineer. After the outbreak of the uprising of 1863, he joined the fight as one of the leaders. Taken captive by Russians, he was sentenced to exile and 10 years of forced labour in Siberia. After Poland had regained independence, he was the teacher of Bl August Czartoryski. In 1877 he entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites and was ordained in 1882. He renewed the life of his order in Poland. He died in Wadowice on 15 November 1907. John Paul II beatified him in 1983, and in 1991 he was declared saint.

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November 19, Bl Salomea

November 19
BLESSED SALOMEA, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial

Salomea, daughter of Leszek the White and sister of Boleslaus the Chaste, was born ca 1212. She married a Hungarian prince Coloman, with whom she live in a mariage blanc. After his death, she returned to Poland and in 1245 she entered the convent of Poor Clares in Zawichost, which was later transferred to Skała near Kraków. She lavishly endowed the convent. She died on 17 November 1268. Her relics are housed in the Franciscan church in Kraków.

Common of Virgins.

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November 18, Zamość Cathedral

November 18
In the Diocese of Zamość-Lubaczów
The DEDICATION of the CATHEDRAL in ZAMOŚĆ
Feast
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

The Church of the Resurrection of the Lord and St Thomas, Apostle, for centuries known as the Collegiate Church, was founded by Hetman Jan Zamoyski († 1605). Its consecration was conducted on 18 November 1637 by the Bishop of Bacău, Jan Chrzciciel Zamoyski, on behalf of the Bishop of Chełm, Remigiusz Koniecpolski. Pope John Paul II created the Diocese of Zamość-Lubaczów on 25 March 1992 and the collegiate church became cathedral.

Common of the Dedication of a Church.

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November 18, Bl Caroline Kózka (Karolina Kózkówna)

November 18
BLESSED CAROLINE KÓZKA, VIRGIN and MARTYR
Obligatory memorial

Carloline Kózka (Karolina Kózkówna) was born in 1898 in a poor family of peasants in the village of Wał-Ruda of the Diocese of Tarnów. Since she was very young, she loved prayer and did her best to make her love of God grow. At the beginning of the I World War, on 18 November 1914, she died as a martyr at the hands of a Russian soldier, defending her chastity. John Paul II beatified her in Tarnów on 10 June 1987.

Common of One Martyr, or of Virgins.

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