Our Pilgrimage of the Relic of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. is going to remain in the New England area through mid-July. It will then head to our ministries in New York City and New Jersey before returning to the Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD for the August 14, 2016 Closing Ceremonies, in celebration of the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
After spending the end of June with the Felician Franciscan Sisters (Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice, in Enfield, CT) where friar, Fr. Noel Danielewicz, OFM Conv. serves as chaplain, the relics move onto our pastoral ministry of St. Paul Catholic Church, in Kensington, CT, for the first weekend of July. Please join the parish community and our friars living and working from the St. Paul Friary, including the pastor of St. Paul Parish, Fr. Robert Schlageter, OFM Conv., for veneration at any of the parish Masses offered on those three days.
Veneration Opportunities at St. Paul Catholic Church (Kensington, CT)
Friday, July 1, 2016:
Daily Masses at 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2016:
Vigil Mass at 4:00 p.m. (Reconciliation is also offered from 3-3:34 p.m.)
Sunday, July 3, 2016:
All Masses – 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon
On Monday, the 4th of July, the relics of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. will be available for veneration at our pastoral ministry of St. John Catholic Church, in Cromwell, CT. Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and pastor, Fr. Mark Curesky, OFM Conv., along with his congregation, welcome you to join them for 9:00 a.m. Mass. Friar Mark also lives in community with the friars of St. Paul Friary who include not only Friar Robert, but the Parochial Vicars of St. Paul Catholic Church: Fr. Raymond Borkowski, OFM Conv., Fr. Charles Jagodzinski, OFM Conv and Fr. Timothy Lyons, OFM Conv. When a friar is unable to live in a friary due to health needs or work constrictions, he is considered “de familia” to a friary because friars of our Order are always part of a friary “family.” St. Paul Friary has two such friars: Fr. Augustine Pilatowski, OFM Conv. (living in an assisted living facility) and Fr. Jerzy Auguscik, OFM Conv. (a member of the Province of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Gdansk-Poland, who works with our province and serves as Administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Church, in New Britain, CT).