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05
Jul 2021
Holy Relics at American Czestochowa

Dear Friends of American Czestochowa On certain days of the liturgical year, the Church on earth remembers saints: first of all, the Holy Mother of God, then the Apostles, martyrs and other saints. He thus shows that he is united with the heavenly liturgy; praises Christ for having accomplished salvation in his glorified members. Their example inspires the Church on her way to the Father. CCC 1195 Holiness is the most important task God puts for us in this life. We achieve it in various ways, such as: prayer, participation in the......

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05
Jul 2021
The Blessed Sacrament stained-glass window

Another stained-glass window, depicting the Most Blessed Sacrament, from the recently closed Polish Church of St. Laurentius in Philadelphia has been installed at our Shrine!   This window has been placed behind the Altar of Our Lady of Czestochowa in the lower church. You may ask, why behind the altar?   The reason to install this beautiful stained-glass window behind the altar is to invite the faithful to prayerfully circle the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is an ancient custom (circumambulation) to walk around (or to knee walk) around an......

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23
Jun 2021
NEW ASSIGNMENTS IN THE PAULINE FATHERS COMMUNITY AT AMERICAN CZESTOCHOWA

Effective June 20, 2021, changes were made in the assignments of Pauline Fathers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. Fr. Marcin Cwierz was chosen to be the new Prior of the Pauline community in Doylestown. Fr. Bogdan Olzacki became the Subprior. Fr. Mikolaj Socha will be the Administrator of the Pauline Monastery in Doylestown. Fr. Rafal Walczyk became the new Shrine Director. Fr. Tadeusz Lizinczyk still remains as the Provincial of the Pauline Order in the USA.   We sincerely thank the Fathers who have been succeeded......

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20
Mar 2021
The Stained Glass Window of St. Stanislaus Is Up In the Lower Church!

The second stained glass window, depicting Saint Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr, from the recently closed Polish Church of St. Laurentius in Philadelphia has been installed at our Shrine! Each part of the window has been professionally cleaned and renovated and installed in the lower church (Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa) at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The windows are about 100 years old and they come from the art workshop in Munich, Germany. Thank you to all who have contributed! Few more windows are to be installed in......

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28
Jan 2021
March for Life in Philadelphia 2021

The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa has organized a bus for the March for Life in Philadelphia, organized by Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia in lieu of attending the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., due to the ongoing pandemic. The group from our Shrine participated in the Holy Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, presided by Archbishop Nelson Perez.  Bishop Joseph Coffey, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, preached the homily. After the Eucharist our group joined the march,......

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27
Jan 2021
How the Novena to St. Paul the First Hermit is celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA?

History Pawełki (from Polish) – is a specific word used to describe the weekly celebrations of Pauline Fathers and Brothers (OSPPE)- dedicating their honor and respect to their patron; St. Paul the First Hermit. This year despite the pandemic and restrictions, Pauline Fathers in Doylestown, PA celebrated Pawełki from January 8th to January 17th. The celebration in respect to St. Paul the First Hermit began with thoughtful preparations:  each detail, mass, prayer, penance, spreading of Marian devotion and celebration of the sacrament of penance and reconciliation- played an important role for each......

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09
Jan 2021
Novena to St. Paul the First Hermit at American Czestochowa

The Pauline Fathers and Brothers in Doylestown Monastery have started the annual Novena to St. Paul the First Hermit, the patron of the Order. The Novena takes place this year from January 8th to January 16th. On January 17th we will celebrate a Solemn Mass and a Blessing of Children in honor of St. Paul at 11:00 (in English) and 12:30 pm (in Polish) at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. We invite you to pray during this time for all Fathers and Brothers, especially in the American Province and......

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