Collection of Masses of Patron Saints and Blesseds Vol 2 Lectionary

COLLECTION OF MASSES OF PATRON SAINTS AND BLESSEDS PROPER TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES OF THE CONGREGATION OF MARIAN FATHERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE MOST B.V.M. VOLUME 2 LECTIONARY

The commemorations of the Patrons of the entire Congregation, individual Province, Vicariate, house, or apostolate should be celebrated. In accordance with the Marian Calendar, the titular solemnity of the Congregation, as well as the feasts of our Founder and our Renovator, should be celebrated in a special way. These may be preceded by appropriate novenas or triduums. (C18-19) Directory of the Congregation of Marian Fathers, § 3

COLLECTION OF MASSES OF PATRON SAINTS AND BLESSEDS PROPER TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES OF THE CONGREGATION OF MARIAN FATHERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE MOST B.V.M. Volume 2 LECTIONARY ROME – STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2024

Copyright © 2024 for the text and photos by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most B.V.M. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2001 for the Readings taken from the Lectionary for Mass – For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America – 2nd Typical Edition, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Copyright © 1987 and 1989 for the Responsorial Psalms and Alleluia Verses taken from the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Volume 2: Lectionary, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Lectionarium Pro Missis De Beata Maria Virgine: Editio Typica, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano, 1987. Missale Romanum cum Lectionibus. Editio Iuxta Typicam Alteram, Civitas Vaticana: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1977. Text Selection, Editor and Layout Design: Rev. Jonathan Inskip, MIC Proofreaders: Susan Gamer Br. Patrick Lynch, MIC Dr. Joe McAleer Chris Sparks Contributors: Br. Stephen Camara, MIC Rev. Anthony Gramlich, MIC Rev. Jonathan Inskip, MIC Rev. Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC Project Coordinator and Art Selection: Br. Andrew R. Mączyński, MIC Illustration on the second page: Marians in veneration before Mary Immaculate by Paweł Domaszewicz (2003), located in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Licheń, Poland. Imprimi potest: The Most Rev. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC, PhD Superior General of the Congregation of Marian Fathers Rome, November 14, 2022 Prot. n. 221/2022 Third revised and expanded edition

TABLE OF CONTENTS A Word from the Superior General ........................................................................7 Jan. 27 Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz, Bishop ....... FEAST ................ 9 Feb. 4 Saint Joan of France, Religious ................................ MEMORIAL ....... 15 Feb. 15 Blessed Michael Sopoćko, Priest .............................. MEMORIAL ....... 21 May 18 Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński, Priest and Founder .................................................... SOLEMNITY ...... 27 June 12 Blesseds Anthony Leszczewicz and George Kaszyra, Priests and Martyrs Together with the 106 Martyrs of World War II ...... MEMORIAL ....... 35 July 10 Our Lady of Virtues .................................................. MEMORIAL ....... 41 Oct. 5 Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Virgin .................... MEMORIAL ....... 47 Oct. 22 Saint John Paul II, Pope ............................................ MEMORIAL ....... 59 Nov. 5 All the Deceased Marians ......................................... MEMORIAL ....... 65 Nov. 16 Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy ................... FEAST .............. 71 Dec. 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary ................................................. SOLEMNITY ...... 77 Appendix Readings in Latin for the Saints and Blesseds: 27 Ian. Beati Georgii Matulaitis-Matulewicz, Episcopi .. FESTUM ............ 80 4 Febr. Sanctæ Ioannæ Valesiæ, Religiosæ ..................... MEMORIA ......... 83 15 Febr. Beati Michaelis Sopoćko, Presbyteri ................... MEMORIA ......... 86 18 Maii Sancti Stanislai a Iesu et Maria Papczyński, Presbyteri et Fundatoris ....................................... SOLLEMNITAS .... 89 12 Iunii Beatorum Antonii Leszczewicz et Georgii Kaszyra, Presbyterorum, et Sociorum, Martyrum ....................................... MEMORIA ......... 93 10 Iulii Beatæ Mariæ Virginis de Virtutibus .................... MEMORIA ......... 96 5 Oct. Sanctæ Mariæ Faustinæ Kowalska, Virginis ....... MEMORIA ......... 99

22 Oct. Sancti Ioannis Pauli II, Papæ ............................... MEMORIA ....... 107 5 Nov. Commemoratio omnium defunctorum Congregationis ..................................................... MEMORIA ....... 110 16 Nov. Beatæ Mariæ Virginis de Misericordia ............... FESTUM .......... 113 8 Dec. In Conceptione Immaculata Beatæ Mariæ Virginis .......................................... SOLLEMNITAS .. 116

A WORD FROM THE SUPERIOR GENERAL In recent decades, an increasing number of communities have been formed in our Congregation that use English as the main language among confreres and the faithful entrusted to their pastoral care. This created an urgent need to prepare various liturgical texts in English, which would serve the fruitful experience of liturgical celebrations and pass on the spirituality and character of our Institute to new generations of Marians, especially in the United States, as well as in Africa and Asia. It is worth recalling here the recommendation of our Directory, which in paragraph 3 says: “The commemorations of the Patrons of the entire Congregation, individual Province, Vicariate, house, or apostolate should be celebrated. In accordance with the Marian Calendar, the titular solemnity of the Congregation, as well as the feasts of our Founder and our Renovator, should be celebrated in a special way.…” Therefore, we appreciate and celebrate the initiative of the confreres from the Province of the B.V.M., Mother of Mercy, in the U.S.A., who undertook the effort of professionally developing and printing the third edition of the liturgical texts in English, together with the appropriate Mass readings, especially regarding the recently accepted new patrons of the Congregation, as well as those concerning their own Province. The full title of the publication is: COLLECTION OF MASSES OF PATRON SAINTS AND BLESSEDS PROPER TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES OF THE CONGREGATION OF MARIAN FATHERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE MOST B.V.M. Hereby, I would like to express my gratitude for this undertaking and hope that the effort made will serve to deepen the awareness of the specificity of the Marian vocation among our confreres around the world who speak English. May the Immaculately Conceived Blessed Virgin Mary and our Saints and Blesseds, especially our holy Father and Founder Stanislaus, intercede for us, imploring for us sanctity of life and numerous vocations. Rome, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – Day for Consecrated Life, February 2, 2023. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC Superior General

January 27 BLESSED GEORGE MATULAITIS-MATULEWICZ, BISHOP RENOVATOR OF THE CONGREGATION Feast Blessed George was born on April 13, 1871, in Lugine, Lithuania, then a part of the Russian Empire. As a child, he lost his parents. In his teens, he contracted tuberculosis of the bone that tormented him all his life. He studied in the Seminary of Kielce and of Warsaw, Poland. George was talented and possessed profundity of soul; thus, he was sent to the Ecclesiastical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was ordained a priest in 1898. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He taught Catholic social doctrine to workers in Warsaw and sociology in St. Petersburg, established an orphanage, and helped the poor. Knowing that the Order of the Marians, founded in Poland in 1670, was dying out, and realizing the indispensable role of religious orders in the life of the Church, he secretly joined it in 1909, and began its adaptation to modern times. He also founded two female religious congregations: the Handmaids of Jesus in the Eucharist and the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Poor. Recognized as an exceptional priest, in 1918, Blessed George was named Bishop of Vilnius. This office brought him much suffering due to ethnic conflicts among the multinational population of the diocese. He resigned in 1925 and went to Rome. Pope Pius XI named George titular archbishop of Aduli and appointed him as Apostolic Visitator to Lithuania, where he restored confidence in the Holy See, organized a new ecclesial province, and prepared the Concordat. He died in Kaunas, Lithuania, on January 27, 1927, in the opinion of sanctity. On June 28, 1987, Pope St. John Paul II declared him Blessed.

10 BLESSED GEORGE MATULAITIS-MATULEWICZ JANUARY 27 BLESSED GEORGE MATULAITIS-MATULEWICZ, BISHOP RENOVATOR OF THE CONGREGATION FEAST FIRST READING Colossians 1:24-29 On behalf of his Body, which is the Church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians Brothers and sisters: I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his Body, which is the Church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me. The word of the Lord.

JANUARY 27 11 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 40:2 and 4, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 ℟. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God. ℟. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. Sacrifice or offering you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not; then said I, “Behold I come.” ℟. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me, To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” ℟. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. ℟. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. ALLELUIA Luke 4:18-19 ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

12 BLESSED GEORGE MATULAITIS-MATULEWICZ GOSPEL Luke 10:1-9 The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’” The Gospel of the Lord. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S United with Blessed George, INTRODUCTION who ardently strove to serve “Christ and the Church” and who now intercedes for us, let us lift up our prayers and petitions to God.

JANUARY 27 13 INTENTIONS 1. For the Pope, bishops, and priests, that they would be holy witnesses in the world and zealous heralds of the Word of truth, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception renovated by Blessed George, that it may be faithful to its charism, and grow in merit and number, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For all our relatives, friends, benefactors, and Marian Helpers, who share in the life and charism of the Marian Congregation, that the Lord would graciously grant them an increase in faith, hope, and charity, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 4. For all the faithful present here, that the life of Blessed George would inspire them to be faithful followers of Christ, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. That Blessed George, who faithfully served the Church, may without delay be numbered among the Saints, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 6. For the faithful departed who await the fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord, that they may enter into the glory of the Beatific Vision, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER O God, you invite us to be your ambassadors, daily living out your will in all things as did your servant Blessed George, who gave himself unselfishly and totally for you and the Church. Mercifully hear the prayers of your people and grant that your Kingdom would grow in us, around us, and through us. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

February 4 Saint Joan of France, Religious PATRONESS OF THE CONGREGATION Memorial Joan of France (de Valois) was born on April 23, 1464. She was a daughter of the King of France Louis XI and of Charlotte of Savoy. Joan, deformed from birth, was despised by her father because of her infirmity and especially because he expected a son. Being only two months old, she was betrothed according to the custom of that time to the twoyear-old Duke of Orleans. As a young girl, she had a vision of Our Lady in which it was revealed to her that, before dying, she would found a religious community dedicated to giving honor to Our Blessed Mother. When Joan’s husband succeeded to the throne of France as Louis XII, she became a queen. However, soon after accession to the throne, the new king had their marriage annulled by the Holy See on the pretext that it was forced upon him and he then pensioned off his unwanted wife. Having lost the title of Queen of France in 1498, Joan received from her former spouse the title of the Duchess of Berry. Free at last, Joan devoted herself entirely to prayer and good works. With help from her spiritual director, Blessed Gilbert Nicholas (Gabriel-Maria), the Duchess of Berry proceeded, along with eleven other women, to establish a contemplative Order of the Virgin Mary, also known as the Order of the Annunciades. The Blessed Mother was to be the example for the nuns to follow, and Our Lady’s virtues, of which the Holy Scriptures speak, were to represent the rule of their life. The text of the Rule of the Ten Virtues was written by Gilbert Nicholas under Joan’s guidance in 1501. The Holy See approved the new Rule on February 12, 1502. Joan died on February 4, 1505, soon after making her religious profession. On June 18, 1742, Pope Benedict XIV declared her Blessed. She was officially canonized by Pope Pius XII in Rome in 1950. The great desire of St. Joan, which was unfulfilled during her lifetime, was to create a male branch of her Order. In a certain way, this desire was fulfilled 194 years after her death, when the Congregation of Marian Fathers officially received the Rule of the Ten Virtues adapted for a male community. For 210 years, the Marians professed their vows on that Rule until the renovation of the Congregation on November 28, 1910.

16 SAINT JOAN OF FRANCE FEBRUARY 4 SAINT JOAN OF FRANCE, RELIGIOUS MEMORIAL FIRST READING Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 The woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. A reading from the Book of Proverbs When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and cloth with skillful hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates. The word of the Lord.

FEBRUARY 4 17 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 131:1bcde, 2, 3 ℟. In you, Lord, I have found my peace. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty; I busy not myself with great things, nor with things too sublime for me. ℟. In you, Lord, I have found my peace. Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap, so is my soul within me. ℟. In you, Lord, I have found my peace. O Israel, hope in the LORD, both now and forever. ℟. In you, Lord, I have found my peace. ALLELUIA Matthew 23:11, 12b ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

18 SAINT JOAN OF FRANCE GOSPEL Matthew 13:44-46 He sells all that he has and buys that field. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew Jesus said to the crowds: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” The Gospel of the Lord. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S Today as we celebrate INTRODUCTION the memorial of Saint Joan of France, let us humbly pour forth our prayers to God the Father (who calls us to live according to the Marian Constitutions). INTENTIONS 1. That we may pray and labor for the salvation of souls and the glory of God with the same zeal of Saint Joan, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. That we may, by following Saint Joan’s example, always seek God’s will in all things, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. That God may grant the sick courage and patience in their suffering, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 4. That with the help of God’s grace, we will be models for the world of Our Lady’s virtues, let us pray to the Lord. ℟.

FEBRUARY 4 19 5. That the deceased suffering in Purgatory may soon be purified and made all holy and immaculate, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER Hear us we pray, O God, that on this memorial of Saint Joan of France, you would deign to grant us these graces. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

February 15 Blessed Michael Sopoćko, Priest PATRON OF THE AMERICAN PROVINCE Memorial – For the American Province Father Michael (Michał) Sopoćko was born November 1, 1888. He graduated from the Major Seminary in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was ordained a priest in 1912. He fulfilled the duties of a vicar, military chaplain, spiritual director of seminarians, and university professor. In 1933, he met Sr. Faustina and became her confessor. Because he recognized the authenticity of the revelations granted to her, he promoted the Divine Mercy message and devotion until the end of his life. He told Sr. Faustina to write down her private revelations, and the book entitled “Diary” emerged out of these notes. He also made efforts for the Divine Mercy image to be painted. In 1941, Fr. Michael engaged the help of Fr. Joseph Jarzębowski, MIC, in bringing to the Western Hemisphere the Divine Mercy message and devotion. In 1942, Fr. Michael founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus. After settling in Białystok, Poland, he continued to spread the Divine Mercy message by his preaching and his writing. He demonstrated profound faith, heroic patience, and love, especially for the poor. Under unfavorable circumstances, he was the example of a true priest, a confessor in difficult causes and a promoter of the Gospel to various peoples. Saint John Paul II crowned Fr. Sopoćko’s work by establishing Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday of Easter, by placing Sr. Faustina among the saints, and by explaining in his encyclical “Dives in Misericordia” the Mercy of God and how it relates to the world. Next to St. John Paul II and St. Faustina, Bl. Fr. Sopoćko became a part of the triptych of persons who energized devotion to God, Who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). Father Sopoćko died on February 15, 1975, in Białystok and was beatified there on September 28, 2008.

22 BLESSED MICHAEL SOPOĆKO FEBRUARY 15 BLESSED MICHAEL SOPOĆKO, PRIEST MEMORIAL FIRST READING Isaiah 61:1-3a The LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. The word of the Lord.

FEBRUARY 15 23 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 21-22, 25 and 27 ℟. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. ℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: Forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations.” ℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. “I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him, That my hand may be always with him, and that my arm may make him strong.” ℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. “My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and through my name shall his horn be exalted. He shall say of me, ‘You are my father, my God, the Rock, my savior.’” ℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. ALLELUIA Matthew 11:28 ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

24 BLESSED MICHAEL SOPOĆKO GOSPEL Matthew 9:35-38 The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” The Gospel of the Lord. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S With deep humility and through the intercession of INTRODUCTION Blessed Michael, confessor, spiritual director, and champion of The Divine Mercy, we place our petitions before the Lord. INTENTIONS 1. For the Church, that she may foster a greater devotion to Divine Mercy, which Blessed Michael helped to promote, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For all spiritual directors, confessors, and military chaplains, that they may sincerely and generously respond to the message of Divine Mercy, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For all the faithful present here, that they may follow Christ faithfully and trust in The Divine Mercy in all circumstances, let us pray to the Lord. ℟.

FEBRUARY 15 25 4. For all religious educators, that they may faithfully promote the perennial teachings of the Catholic Church, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. For an increase in the number of priestly and religious vocations, that they may be inspired by Blessed Michael, founder of a religious Congregation, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 6. For the suffering souls in Purgatory most in need of God’s mercy, that they may soon enter into the Beatific Vision, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER Heavenly Father, you called Blessed Michael to champion the cause of The Divine Mercy; ignite within us that same trust in the Merciful Jesus. Hear these prayers according to your most holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

May 18 SAINT STANISLAUS OF JESUS AND MARY PAPCZYŃSKI, FATHER AND FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION Solemnity Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary was born in 1631, in the village of Podegrodzie, Poland. After finishing his courses at Jesuit and Piarist Colleges in 1654, he entered the Piarist Institute, professed his religious vows, and was ordained a priest in 1661. He became famous as a gifted educator of youth, an illustrious preacher, a wise spiritual director, and also as an author of works on spirituality and rhetoric. Father Stanislaus worked with great zeal to encourage religious and laity to strive for greater holiness. He left the Piarists in 1670 and founded the Congregation of Marian Fathers under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to promote devotion to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, as well as to offer intercession for the souls in Purgatory, and to conduct pastoral work, especially among the poor. He was the first to found in the Church a male Order dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nearly two centuries before the proclamation of this dogma. He died in the opinion of holiness on September 17, 1701, in Góra Kalwaria near Warsaw. His remains were laid to rest at the Church of the Cenacle of Our Lord. On June 13, 1992, Pope John Paul II confirmed the heroic virtue of Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński. By his Apostolic Letter of September 12, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI approved the beatification of Fr. Stanislaus, which was solemnly performed at the Marian Shrine in Lichen, Poland, by the papal legate, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, SDB, Secretary of State, acting on his behalf. Father Founder was subsequently canonized in Rome at St. Peter’s on June 5, 2016, by Pope Francis during the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

28 SAINT STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI MAY 18 SAINT STANISLAUS OF JESUS AND MARY PAPCZYŃSKI, PRIEST AND FOUNDER SOLEMNITY FIRST READING Outside the Easter Season: Isaiah 61:1-3a The LORD anointed me and sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, and to give them oil of gladness. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. The word of the Lord. During the Easter Season: Acts 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them,

MAY 18 29 for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. The word of the Lord. RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 ℟. (cf. 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord. Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.” O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot. ℟. You are my inheritance, O Lord. I bless the LORD who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. ℟. You are my inheritance, O Lord. You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. ℟. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

30 SAINT STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI SECOND READING Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians Brothers and sisters: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. The word of the Lord. ALLELUIA John 14:23 ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

MAY 18 31 GOSPEL John 15:9-17 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” The Gospel of the Lord.

32 SAINT STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S United with Saint Stanislaus, INTRODUCTION who intercedes for us before the throne of God, let us confidently lift up our prayers to our almighty Father. INTENTIONS 1. For the Pope, bishops, and priests, that they would be holy witnesses in the world and always zealously proclaim the truth, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, that it be faithful to its charism and grow in merit and number, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For all our relatives, friends, benefactors, and Marian Helpers, who share in the life and charism of the Marian Congregation, that the Lord would graciously grant them an increase in faith, hope, and charity, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 4. For all the faithful present here, that the life of Saint Stanislaus would inspire them to be faithful followers of Christ, with great trust in his Immaculate Mother, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. For the suffering souls in Purgatory, especially soldiers and those who died of pestilence, that they may soon be completely purified and released from the great pains they suffer, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER Heavenly Father, you called Saint Stanislaus to found this little Congregation dedicated to Mary’s Immaculate Conception and to praying for the deceased. Grant the prayers we humbly present to you relying on your Divine Providence. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

MAY 18 33 The proper English texts (including proper readings for the Mass) were approved by the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on June 7, 2022, for the Mass in honor of Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński (cf. Prot. n. 377/20). According to a Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on May 3, 2017 (cf. Prot. n. 229/17), the proper Liturgical Calendar for the Congregation of Marian Fathers was amended to elevate the liturgical commemoration of our holy Founder to be celebrated at the rank of a Solemnity.

June 12 Blessed Anthony Leszczewicz and Blessed George Kaszyra, Priests and Martyrs Together with the 106 Martyrs of World War II Memorial Blessed Anthony Leszczewicz was born on September 30, 1890. He was ordained in 1914. In 1937, he entered the Congregation of Marian Fathers. In accordance with his desire, he was sent to the Marian house in Druya in the Vilnius province, where he dedicated himself to pastoral work, house management, and teaching in the school. After the Germans occupied Druya in 1941, he was made the superior of the Marian mission to Catholics in the former Soviet territories on the other side of the Dvina River. There he conducted evangelization, working together with a group of Marian priests and religious sisters (the Handmaids of Jesus in the Eucharist). During one of the retributive actions conducted by the Nazis against the partisan forces, Blessed Anthony chose to remain with the people of Rosica, and on February 17, 1943, he was burned in a barn along with them. He was a very zealous priest, always eager to serve others, much liked and respected by all. Blessed George Kaszyra was born on April 4, 1904. His family was Belarussian Orthodox. In 1907, George’s mother converted to Catholicism, and in 1922, he also became a Catholic. He entered the Marians, and was ordained in 1935. For a year he was in charge of the Marian seminarians in Vilnius. The next two years he worked in Druya as a school prefect and educator of young religious order men. In 1942, Fr. Anthony Leszczewicz summoned him to the Marian mission to Catholics in Belarus. Responding to his summons, Fr. George went to Rosica, where together they ran the mission. Blessed George volunteered to stay with the detainees in Rosica during the Nazi retributions, providing them pastoral ministry and saving them from despair. He died on February 18, 1943, burned in a house with some of the faithful. He was a model of peaceful coexistence and unity between Catholics and Orthodox. On June 13, 1999, Pope St. John Paul II beatified Fr. Anthony Leszczewicz and Fr. George Kaszyra as part of a group of 108 World War II martyrs.

36 BLESSEDS ANTHONY LESZCZEWICZ AND GEORGE KASZYRA JUNE 12 BLESSED ANTHONY LESZCZEWICZ AND BLESSED GEORGE KASZYRA, PRIESTS AND MARTYRS Together with the 106 Martyrs of World War II MEMORIAL FIRST READING Sirach 51:1-12 You redeemed me, true to the greatness of your mercy and of your name. A reading from the Book of Sirach I give you thanks, O Lord and King; I praise you, O God my savior! I will make known your name, for you have been a helper and a protector to me. You have kept back my body from the pit, and from the scourge of a slanderous tongue, from lips that went over to falsehood. And in the sight of those who stood by, you have delivered me, According to the multitude of the mercy of your name, and from them that did roar, prepared to devour me, And from the power of those who sought my life; from many a danger you have saved me, from flames that hemmed me in on every side; From the midst of unremitting fire when I was not burnt from the deep belly of the nether world; From deceiving lips and painters of lies, from the arrows of dishonest tongues. My soul was at the point of death, my life was nearing the depths of the nether world; They encompassed me on every side, but there was no one to help me, I looked for one to sustain me, but could find no one. But then I remembered the mercies of the LORD, his kindness through ages past; For he saves those who take refuge in him, and rescues them from every evil. The word of the Lord.

JUNE 12 37 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17 ℟. (6) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. ℟. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy. ℟. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors, Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness. ℟. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. ALLELUIA 2 Corinthians 1:3b-4a ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed be the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

38 BLESSEDS ANTHONY LESZCZEWICZ AND GEORGE KASZYRA GOSPEL John 12:24-26 If a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it produces much fruit. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.” The Gospel of the Lord. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S Reflecting on the heroic witness of the Marian martyrs, INTRODUCTION Blesseds Anthony and George, we lift our hearts to heaven, presenting our needs and petitions to God the Father. INTENTIONS 1. For all religious, that they may have the courage and fortitude to overcome all tribulations and continually give their lives for Christ and his Church, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For the Orthodox churches, that they may return to full union with the Catholic Church, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For our community, that we may look to the martyrs as models of holiness, and persevere in our faith, so as to attain the crown of everlasting glory, let us pray to the Lord. ℟.

JUNE 12 39 4. For the dying, that the Lord would bring them hope and the consolation of the sacraments to strengthen them on their journey, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. For all the members of the Association of Marian Helpers and the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, both living and deceased, and for all the intentions they have entrusted to the Marians, may the Lord favorably hear their prayers, and strengthen them in faith, hope, and charity, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER God, our Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Blesseds Anthony and George, we ask you to graciously hear these prayers we present to you. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

July 10 Our Lady of Virtues Memorial – For the American Province This Mass is in celebration of God the Father, who in his “infinite goodness” (Pref) has given the Church the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ, as a “model of every virtue” (Ent Ant, Com Ant, cf. LG, n. 65). “Although in the Blessed Virgin the Church already attains that perfection by which she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Ephesians 5:27), the faithful are still striving to conquer sin and grow in holiness. They therefore raise their eyes to Mary, who shines brightly as the exemplar of virtues for the whole company of the elect” (LG, n. 65): — the model of sublime love, so that the faithful pray: that the Church “may stand before all peoples as the sacrament of [God’s] love” (Col); — the model of faith and hope, so that the faithful ask that the Church “may look always to the Blessed Virgin and so grow in fervor of faith,” and be “strengthened by the hope of future glory” (PC); — the model of profound humility: “… [God has] shown us in the Blessed Virgin Mary the model of … profound humility” (Col); — the model of persevering prayer in oneness of mind and heart, for the Apostles and the first disciples “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with … Mary, the Mother of Jesus” (Acts 1:12-14); Mary “prays with the Apostles in oneness of mind and heart” (Pref); — the model of worship in spirit: Mary is “the shining model of true worship for [God’s] Church and of our duty to offer ourselves as a holy victim, pleasing in [God’s] eyes” (PO, cf. Romans 12:1); — the model of liturgical worship: the Mother of Jesus, as Pope Paul VI reminds us, is the “exemplar of that sense of reverent devotion with which the Church celebrates the divine mysteries and expresses them in its life” (MC, n. 16); for Mary is “the Virgin who listens, … the Virgin of prayer, … the Virgin Mother, … the Virgin who offers” (Pref; cf. MC, nn. 16-21); she is the Virgin who keeps vigil, awaiting the Resurrection of her Son (cf. Pref). In brief, Mary is “the model of the Church as a whole in its worship of God” (MC, n. 21).

42 OUR LADY OF VIRTUES JULY 10 OUR LADY OF VIRTUES MEMORIAL FIRST READING Acts 1:12-14 They were continually in prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles After Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. The word of the Lord.

JULY 10 43 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7 ℟. (3) Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! His foundation upon the holy mountains the LORD loves: The gates of Zion, more than any dwelling of Jacob. ℟. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! And of Zion they shall say: “One and all were born in her; And he who has established her is the Most High LORD.” ℟. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled: “This man was born there.” And all shall sing, in their festive dance: “My home is within you.” ℟. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! ALLELUIA ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. O joyful Virgin, who gave birth to the Lord; O blessed Mother of the Church, who nurture in us the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ! ℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

44 OUR LADY OF VIRTUES GOSPEL John 2:1-11 The mother of Jesus was there. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John There was a wedding in Cana at Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from although the servers who had drawn the water knew, the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. The Gospel of the Lord.

JULY 10 45 GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S Inspired by the radiant beauty of the heavenly virtues INTRODUCTION practiced by the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer to God our prayers and petitions. INTENTIONS 1. For all the faithful, that they may imitate all the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially her ten evangelical virtues of purity, prudence, humility, faith, devotion, obedience, poverty, patience, mercy, and sorrow, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For all religious, that the Mother of God may be their source of inspiration and joy in following Christ along the way of holiness, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For all Marians, that they may look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the sign, source, and strength of their vocation and that their lives be full of grace, charity, and purity, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 4. For all the members of the Association of Marian Helpers and the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, both living and deceased, and for all the intentions they have entrusted to the Marians, may the Lord favorably hear their prayers, and strengthen them in faith, hope, and charity, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. For the faithful departed subjected to the expiatory pains of Purgatory, that they may be relieved through the intercession of Our Lady of Virtues, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER God, our Heavenly Father, we ask through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model of holiness, that you will hear these prayers and imbue us with Mary’s virtues, sentiments, and affections. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

October 5 Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Virgin PATRONESS OF THE CONGREGATION Memorial Faustina (Helena) Kowalska was born in 1905, in Glogowiec, near Lodz, Poland, to a large peasant family. After some years of domestic service in wealthy houses, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the convent, she zealously carried out the duties of cook, gardener, and porter. She led an unusually rich interior life, endowed with many spiritual gifts. Her mission consisted of reminding the whole world about the truth of God’s merciful love, communicating a new form of The Divine Mercy devotion, and inspiring religious renewal in the spirit of this devotion. She died in 1938 in Krakow. She left behind a spiritual diary, which is one of the outstanding works of mystical literature.

48 SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA OCTOBER 5 SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA, VIRGIN MEMORIAL FIRST READING Ephesians 3:14-19 To know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians Brothers and sisters: I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. The word of the Lord.

OCTOBER 5 49 RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 103:1bc-2, 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18a ℟. (1) O bless the Lord, my soul! Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. ℟. O bless the Lord, my soul! He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. ℟. O bless the Lord, my soul! Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. He will not always chide, nor does he keep his wrath forever. ℟. O bless the Lord, my soul! As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him, For he knows how we are formed; he remembers that we are dust. ℟. O bless the Lord, my soul! But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity to eternity toward those who fear him, And his justice toward his children’s children among those who keep his covenant. ℟. O bless the Lord, my soul!

50 SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA ALLELUIA Matthew 11:28 ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. ℟. Alleluia, alleluia. GOSPEL Matthew 11:25-30 Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” The Gospel of the Lord. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS PRIEST’S Through the intercession of Saint Faustina, INTRODUCTION the secretary and apostle of The Divine Mercy, we offer our petitions to Almighty God with trust.

OCTOBER 5 51 INTENTIONS 1. For the Church, that she may fully embrace the message of The Divine Mercy given to us through the writings of Saint Faustina, let us pray to the Lord. Response: Lord, hear our prayer. 2. For priests and religious, that they may grow in holiness and proclaim the message of Divine Mercy to the whole world, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 3. For the sick and the suffering, that God may console and strengthen them through the intercession of Saint Faustina, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 4. For the dying, that they may embrace the mercy of the Lord as their hope of salvation, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. 5. For the faithful departed most in need of God’s mercy, that they may enjoy the Beatific Vision without delay, let us pray to the Lord. ℟. PRIEST’S PRAYER God, our Heavenly Father, Saint Faustina loved you with her whole life and being. Through her joyful sacrifice of love and through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, we trust that you will hear and answer all our prayers offered through the merciful heart of Jesus. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. ℟. Amen. ***Note: The above set of readings are the options recommended by the Holy See for the Optional Memorial of St. Faustina as of May 18, 2020 (Prot. n. 229/20), which are all taken from the Common of Holy Men and Women. However, the following pages contain some alternative options for readings that are Proper to the “feast” of St. Faustina. These alternative options are English equivalents of the Proper Readings that were approved in Latin, Italian, and Polish by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments on March 1, 1993 (cf. Prot. CD 2175/92). (The English versions were taken from various different sections of the English Lectionary for Mass: For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America – 2nd Typical Edition). (Note: The New Testament options for the “First Reading” (i.e., Ephesians 3 and 2 Corinthians 5) were listed as possible “Second Reading” options; however, since we are celebrating St. Faustina only as a Memorial they are here listed as options only for the First Reading.)

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