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Holy Rosary Sodality


The Purpose of the Holy Rosary Sodality
is to emphasize, repeatedly in our hearts, the beauty of the Blessed Virgin in everything we do, especially by praying the Rosary.

Please click on the Calendars tab to see the scheduling of our events. 

  


 

Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter,
“Rosarium Virginis Mariae”, wrote; 

 

"The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."


Our Spiritual Events include:

  • Praying the Rosary prior to Mass on chosen feast days such as the Feast of All Souls
  •  Attending the Annual Mass offered for the living and deceased members of the Sodality.
  • Praying the Rosary before the funeral Mass of deceased members of the Sodality and attending the Mass.
  • And...

The Holy RosarySodality participates in and helps organize the Living Rosary and Coronation of our Blessed Mother each May. Again this year weather cooperated and we were able to gather outdoors in the Grotto between the church and the Rectory.
Thanks so much to the members of the First Communion class who helped lead us in prayer, to Bozena Dabek who help organize the event, to Father Doug for leading us in prayer!



Our Social Events include:

  • Rosary Sodality Luncheon in October
  • Christmas Celebration in December

Our Fundraisers include:

Spring Food and Bake Sale (usually held in March or April)

The proceeds from this sale are offered to our Pastor for use at his discretion. These funds have been used to aid in a a number of projects including the restoration of the Altar, the purchase of new surpluses and as a donation to support the John Chumura Toy Fund in the City of Easthampton,

and....


The Holy Rosary Sodality funed the restoration and reframing of OLV's icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

George Zoltowski spoke at the Mass prior to the unvieling. Here is the text of his presentation:

Good morning!
My name is George Zoltowski, I am representing the OLV
Holy Rosary Sodality, which played a significant role in this renovation project and in today’s dedication ceremony.

Today we are pleased to announce that the Black Madonna, known as Our Lady of Czestochowa is back and will be unveiled at this Mass! Welcome Home! We missed you!


The painting that we are unveiling today originates from the Sacred Heart parish and was blessed at the former Sacred Heart church in 1954 by Fr. Stanislaw Zdebel, former Sacred Heart Pastor.  Fr. Zdebel brought the icon from Poland

The original miraculous painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa is one of the oldest paintings of the Blessed Virgin in the world.  Legend and tradition reports that St. Luke, the Evangelist painted the holy icon in Jerusalem prior to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.  It was while Luke was painting Mary that she told him about the events in the life of Jesus that he eventually used in his gospel.    The painting travelled through various parts of the world and ultimately found its way to Poland under the care of the Pauline monks up to the current day in a place called Jasna Gora or Hill of Light in the southern Polish city of Czestochowa..


You may ask, and many have asked this question, Why is Mary so dark?
 
The shrine in which the painting resides was destroyed by fire, but the picture was not burned - however, the flames and smoke had darkened it and from that day it has been known as the "Black Madonna."   It can be easily noticed that on the face of the painting there are two scars.  These were made by enemy soldiers attacking the shrine. The Blessed Mother desires these stigmas to remain forever on her sacred image.  This is apparent from the fact that an artist engaged in retouching the painting, resorted to every artistic means to remove the scars but to no avail, they always reappeared. 

Various leaders in early Polish history placed all of their trust in Our Lady of Czestochowa in all of their struggles.  At the Hill of Light where the original painting is, crutches and various gifts of thanks are hung up throughout the sanctuary as evidence of all the miracles that have and continue to take place. 


As Our Lady of Czestochowa was named Queen of Poland by the kings and leaders of Poland, numerous crowns and dresses were made for her, a replica of which is on the copy of the painting we have in our church.

At the bottom of the painting we have here in church it says “Pod Twoja Obrone Uciekamy Sie” which means “ Under your Protection”.  It is only because of Our Lady's’ intercession and protection that evil was miraculously conquered throughout history, and we pray she continues to protect us.

I think it is so fitting that we have this dedication today, not only because it is within Mary’s month of May, but because it is Memorial Day.  It is this day that we remember our living and deceased soldiers who with the help and guidance of our Blessed Mother, protected and continue to protect our country, even at the risk of possibly sacrificing their own lives. May our Blessed Mother continue to watch over these brave and noble protectors of our freedoms


Our Spiritual Advisor:

Rev. Douglas McGonagle, Pastor


Our Officers:

Officers are elected at an annual meeting in June to serve for one year. This meeting also serves as a forum to accept reports and minutes, transact business and vote on pertinent issues.

Our current officers include:

  •  Helen Gratkowski, President, 527-2894
  •  Rita Stanisiewski,  Vice President, 586-1400
  •  Constance Morey, Secretary, 527-7455
  •  George Zoltowski, Treasurer, 527-7656 

Our Group Leaders:

Group leaders are appointed by the President. Each leader is responsible for contacting the members of their group to notify them of spiritual and social events, meetings, dues renewal, and other pertinent information. Group leaders meet with our officers as deemed necessary at least 3 times a year.

Our current group leaders are:

  • Marge Carenzo, 527-4411
  • Albina Dabek, 527-6883
  • Jane Dushane, 527-4246
  • Cheryl Eckert, 527-0967
  • Helen Gratkowski, 527-2894
  • Barbara Grygorcewicz, 527-2855
  • Gerardine Laprade, 527-5022
  • Rita Stanisiewski, 586-1400

Our Annual Dues are $5.00 which are paid by January 31st.


Come join us!

We invite you to join the Holy Rosary Sodality. To do so please send your name, address and phone number and $5.00 dues payable to the Holy Rosary Sodality to:

George Zoltowski, Treasurer
Holy Rosary Sodality
19 Golden Drive
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you have any questions, please call;

  • Constance Morey, 527-7455
  • Rita Stanisiewski, 586-1400

Thank you for considering membership.


Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."

Don't wait, say the Rosary today! For more information on how to say the Rosary, we invite you to visit these sites:

From the US Council of Catholic Bishops

From EWTN

From New Advent