In many Eastern European countries, it is a tradition to have a basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday. In Poland, for example, the blessing of the baskets is known as święcenie pokarmow wielkanocnych, a practice dating to the 15th century or earlier, and one which is still maintained by most families in Poland on Holy Saturday.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church will be holding Food Blessing presided by
Most Reverend Bishop Salvatore Matano on Holy Saturday at 1 pm.
The food items in the Easter basket, as well as at the Easter Sunday breakfast where the blessed food is eaten, have special significance.
Decorating the Basket
A lot of thought, time, and care is put not only into the foods that will go into the basket but also how the basket is assembled. The basket is lined with an embroidered cloth or traditional folk fabric. Once the basket is filled, it is covered with a white linen cloth (some have a colorfully crocheted edging or embroidered design) representing the shroud of Christ. The basket may then be decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan) or Polish “palms ” made from dried flowers and colorful paper.
Filling the Basket
A typical Eastern European Easter basket would include any of these symbolic foods.
- Bacon–boczek/słonina. A symbol of the abundance of God’s mercy.
- Bread—chleb. Usually a braided sweet bread type, representing the staff of life given by God.
- Easter bread–babka. A round loaf of rich, eggy, yeast dough with raisins reminiscent of the risen Lord.
- Butter–masło. Dairy products are included to celebrate the end of Lent and the richness of our salvation. Butter is often shaped into a lamb (symbolic of the Paschal Lamb) and known as a baranek. (When the baranek is made of sugar, it is known as baranek cukrowy wielkanocny.)
- Candle–swieca. The candle symbolizes Jesus, the “light of the world,” and can be lit when the priest blesses the baskets of food.
- Cheese–ser. Cheese is a symbol to remind Christians of moderation.
- Colored eggs–pisanki (pee-SAHN-kee). Both colored and uncolored hard-cooked eggs indicate hope, new life and Christ rising from his tomb.
- Ham–szynka. Meats are symbolic of great joy and abundance in celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
- Sausage–kiełbasa. The sausage links are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead, as well as of God’s generosity.
- Horseradish—chrzan. This is a reminder of the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus, and the vinegar it is mixed with symbolizes the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross.
- Salt–sól. Salt is represented to add zest to life and preserve us from corruption.
- Sweets–słodycze. Sweets suggest the promise of eternal life or good things to come.
Governor Cuomo has included his abortion expansion proposal in his current budget bill, so Catholics around the state are being encouraged to contact their NYS Senators to make sure they do not let this abortion expansion proposal pass in this budget (the State Assembly just passed the abortion expansion bill on its own this week, so the focus is on the State Senate). Please read over the flyer for more information. You may also check out these pages of the NYS Catholic Conference website:
http://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/ (this is the page that the attached flyer directs people to in order to send a message to their State Senator)
The Diocesan Public Policy Committee, now chaired by Fr. Dan Condon, chose abortion expansion as one of the three main issues in its annual legislative agenda. The committee was aware that this issue was likely to come to the forefront in the state legislature again this year as a key issue in Governor Cuomo’s political agenda. This issue may well come up again in this legislative session (January-June 2018) even if it is defeated now, but defeating it in this budget is a crucial step.
1803 Abortion_Expansion_Flyer Public Policy – please see attached.
St. Patrick’s Prayer
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
A far and near,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
Lenten Parish Mission Schedule with Fr. Adam Filas, OMI
Saturday March 17, 2018 “THE HOLY EUCHARIST – THE BIGGEST TREASURE OF OUR FAITH”
- 8:00 AM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone
- 12:00 PM Sermon in English – mission sermon for children
- 3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet – with the Eucharistic meditation
- 4:00 PM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone
- 5:00 PM Sermon in English – mission sermon for everyone
Sunday March 18, 2018 – “THE HOLY EUCHARIST – THE SACRIFICE OF LOVE”
- 9:00 AM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone
- 10:00 AM Sermon in English – mission sermon for families
- 11:00 AM Mass in Polish – mission sermon for everyone
- 12:00 PM Sermon in Polish – mission sermon for families
During each Mass on Sunday – renewal of Baptismal Promises
Monday March 19, 2018 (St. Joseph’s Day) – “THE HOLY EUCHARIST – THE BEST PRAYER”
- 8:00 AM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone
- 6:00 PM Mission sermon for Youth – Religious Ed/Confirmation Class
- 7:00 PM Mass in English/Polish – mission sermon for married and families
- 8:00 PM Solemn Ceremony – renewal of marital vows and a special blessing upon married couples
- After the renewal- Appeal of the Blessed Virgin Mary/ Apel Maryjny (Polish /English)
Tuesday March 20, 2018 – “THE HOLY EUCHARIST – THE MEMORIAL OF THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR SAVIOR”
- 8:00 AM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone & sacrament of the sick
- 6:00 PM Mass in English/Polish – mission sermon for everyone & sacrament of the sick
After each Mass – blessing with relic of St. John Paul II
Wednesday March 21, 2018 – “THE HOLY EUCHARIST – THE WAY OF OUR CONVERSION”
- 8:00 AM Mass in English – mission sermon for everyone (Reconciliation)
- 5:00 PM Confession – Sacrament of Reconciliation
- 6:00 PM Final Mass in English/Polish- mission sermon for everyone (English/Polish)
- 7:00 PM Blessing of the Mission Cross and the crosses of the Parishioners / Adoration of the Mission Cross / Procession with the Mission Cross / Elevation and Embedding of the Mission Cross / Solemn Final Blessing with the indulgences.
Congratulations to Esther Moore, for receiving the High School Music Ministry Recognition Award, from the Rochester Chapter, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Esther Moore pictured with Dariusz Terefenko, Organist and Choir Director.
On April 30th, 23 teens from around the diocese, including our own Esther Moore, received the High School Music Ministry Recognition Award from the Rochester Chapter, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
This award recognizes high school students for their participation in parish music ministry. Esther was nominated by Dariusz Terefenko, Organist and Choir Director. Esther began her service in music ministry at St. Stanislaus in 4th grade by joining the Polyphonic Choir, and became a cantor in this adult choir in 7th grade.
Congratulations Esther, and thank you for your service to our parish!
Congratulations to Eugene and Frances Chmiel as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!
Eugene & Frances Chmiel pictured with Father Roman after Mass celebrating their 65th Ann.
The presence and activity of God has always been at work among the people who have lived in the territory that is now called upstate western New York. The Spirit of God was at work among the Seneca, the Cayuga, and other native American peoples from the beginning of their time in this land. Jesus, the light of the nations, was proclaimed in this land during the seventeenth century by French Jesuit missionaries.
In 1789, Pope Pius VI established the first Roman Catholic diocese within the boundaries of the original United States at Baltimore. In 1808, the Diocese of Baltimore was divided into a number of other dioceses. The newly created Diocese of New York included all of New York State and the northern half of New Jersey. In 1847, the Diocese of Buffalo was created with Cayuga, Tompkins, and Tioga as its easternmost counties.
Not until 21 years later was the Diocese of Rochester established. Before then, many Catholic people migrated to upstate Western New York to seek their future. They lived their faith. They gathered to hear the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist. Parishes were established, often without a resident pastor.
Many of these Catholics gathered according to their ethnic background and language. The incoming waves of Catholic immigrants differed in their culture and customs from those people who were already settled as citizens of the new and expanding United States of America. How to preserve the faith of the Catholic immigrants? How to help them to establish themselves as productive citizens of the new nation? How to respond to those opposed to immigrants and to the Catholic Church? These were some of the issues facing the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century.