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The Solemnity of Our Lady of Czestochowa Print E-mail
our_lady_of_czestochowa-v02b.jpgSunday, August 26th


We have no historically certain facts concerning the origin and history of the picture until 1382, the year in which the picture was brought to Jasna Gora by Prince Ladislaus Opolczyk. There are many oral traditions and various pious legends surrounding the beginnings of this image. One such tradition holds that the picture was painted by the Evangelist Luke during Our Lady's lifetime. The image was allegedly painted on a wooden panel taken from a table used by the Holy Family at Nazareth.

In 1382, according to the tradition, Prince Ladislaus of Opole (Silesia), formerly a ruler in Ruthenia, acting in the name of King Louis of Hungary intended to transfer the picture from Belz to Opole to safeguard it against invading Tatar tribes. At one time Tatars besieged the Belz castle, and the picture of Our Lady was pierced by an arrow which lodged in her neck. Journeying to Silesia with the picture, Ladislaus stopped to rest in Czestochowa near the small church on Jasna Gora. Here he discerned that Our Lady wished to have the picture remain on this spot. He thus left the picture at the Jasna Gora Church and invited the white-robed Pauline Fathers from Hungary to be in charge of the shrine. Tradition dates this event on August 26, 1382.

Transfiguration of the Lord Print E-mail

transfiguration.jpgSunday, August 6th


The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end.

About a week after His sojourn in Cæsarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. 

This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matthew 16:21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.

XX Walking Pilgrimage Print E-mail


pielgrzymka-v01.jpg FROM Sts. PETER & PAUL CHURCH, GREAT MEADOWS, NJ
AUGUST 9th TO AUGUST 12th, 2007.

Our guests during the Pilgrimage will be: Bishop Thomas Wenski from Orlando, FL, Bishop Czeslaw Stanula from Brazil, Redemptorist Fathers, and Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from NY and Newark, NJ.

The XX Walking Pilgrimage will begin on Thursday, August 9th at 6 am at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Great Meadows, NJ. If someone cannot spend all four days on the pilgrimage it will be possible to join the pilgrims on any day of the journey. On August 9th and 10th, all who want to join the pilgrimage should come to Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Great Meadows, NJ, from here you will be transported to the pilgrims on the trail. On August 11th and 12th all prospective pilgrims should come to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, PA.

Polish Soldiers' Day Print E-mail

  Sunday, August 21st


The Polish Army Veterans Association in America was formed in 1921 to aid Polish veterans who returned to the United States after Poland's liberation. Currently its members are WWII and present Polish army veterans who settled in USA and Canada. Its purpose is to assist veterans, organize meetings, publish historical texts, and oversee its museum in New York City.

The Polish Military Heritage Museum in New York is located on the 4th floor of the Polish Veterans Home in Manhattan at 119 East 15th Street. 

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Print E-mail

wniebowziecie_nmp.jpgThursday, August 15th


The Feast of the Assumption is a day of joy. Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven:

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child . . . she brought forth a male child, who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to his throne. . . . And the dragon was angered at the woman, and went away to wage war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God, and hold fast the testimony of Jesus. -Revelations 12:1-2,5,17.

I [the Lord] will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He [and/or She in Hebrew] will strike at your head, while you strike at his [and/or her in Hebrew] heal. -Genesis 3:15.  

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