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30
Dec 2020
The First Stained Glass Window Has Been Installed!

The first stained glass window, depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 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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29
Dec 2020
Christmas Concert in American Czestochowa

One of the characteristic realities summarizing the symbolism and reflecting on the spirit of Christmas are Christmas carols and pastorals, which allows us to tell the story of the birth of Jesus through singing. Christmas carols represent a special religious wealth of each country, as sung in different languages they allow you to feel the spirit of community based on faith and love for our Lord. The wealth of the United States is undoubtedly multiculturalism, also in a religious sense, because this country was created and is created by the generation of......

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29
Dec 2020
Christmas in American Czestochowa

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14) Saint John, describes differently from the Evangelists- the coming into the world, the Son of God. This description is based on two symbols: the word and the light, a more mystical meaning, reflecting on the spirit and not only on the historical facts. Of course, we need to know when and where Jesus was born, who was present at His birth, so as not to diminish saving this event to some ancient mythology or science fiction novel. The description of......

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29
Dec 2020
Christmas at the Pauline Monastery in Doylestown

Christmas gives off the feeling of togetherness, gathering families at the table on Christmas Eve, allowing them to break free from their life’s problems for a while, focusing on God and His infinite love for man. It is no different in monasteries, where the Christmas table is also prepared and everyone sits together to eat. No one should feel lonely at Christmas. In our Pauline monastery that we serve at, American Czestochowa, the Christmas Eve supper was held at 7:00PM, preceded by the Christmas Vigil Mass in the church with the faithful......

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18
Dec 2020
Advent Retreat for Young Adults

“Relationship with yourself, others and God” During the second week of Advent, at the Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa, young adults from Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania met together for a one day retreat to learn how to build relationships with themselves, others and God. An idea to create a get together for young adults with strong spiritual accents was mentioned during one of the young adults retreat way before it was initially planned. “For a very long time I had been asking God for help in organizing an event......

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16
Dec 2020
The Light of Hope and Peace from Bethlehem

Christ is our light, that lights up the darkness of this world and our lives.This light urges us to humbly follow Him and to be on our way to serve others, especially during today’s difficult times. With such a message, on Sunday, December 13th; the Shrine of American Czestochowa received the Light of Hope and Peace from Bethlehem. In the beginning of the solemn Holy Mass which started at 9:30AM that was being transmitted online, the little light from Bethlehem was brought in by the Polish scouts by the Group of Polish......

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16
Dec 2020
Advent Night of Recollection for Teenagers

Advent Night of Recollection for Teenagers took place at our Shrine on Friday, December 11th. This event was organized by the Shrine’s Youth Group, which meets regularly at Wyszynski Hall. The theme of the meeting was “Find Your Place in the Family of Jesus”. It included many activities such as prayer, games, talks, and discussions. Fr. Timothy Tarnacki, chaplain of the Youth Group, gave a spiritual conference on the importance of family life and on how one can improve relationships with parents, siblings and relatives, especially during Advent and the upcoming season......

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