(Excerpt from the July 3rd St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church – Parish Bulletin)
THE RELIC OF ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE TO BE VENERATED
AT ST. ADALBERT PARISH, ELMHURST, NEW YORK
JULY 15 – 17, 2016
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, O.F.M., the Our Lady of the Angels Province U.S.A. is offering the faithful the opportunity to venerate the first class relic of the saint.
On 28 May 1941 St. Maximilian Kolbe was transferred to Auschwitz and branded as prisoner 16670. He was assigned to a special work group staffed by priests and supervised by especially vicious and abusive guards. His calm dedication to the faith brought him the worst jobs available, and more beatings than anyone else. At one point he was beaten, lashed, and left for dead. The prisoners managed to smuggle him into the camp hospital where he spent his recovery time hearing confessions. When he returned to the camp, Maximilian ministered to other prisoners, including conducting Mass and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine. In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Franciszek Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished – in service.
Do not forget to ask this great saint, who was willing to give up his own life, to intercede for you or your loved one’s addiction! He will surely hear your prayers and present the to Our Lord!
(Excerpt from the July 10th St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church – Parish Bulletin)
As St. Adalbert Church continues to celebrate their 125th Anniversary as a Parish, they invite all to venerate the Relic of St. Maximilian after all Masses July 15-17, 2016. They will have the relic on display during those days, in their lower church.
St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church Mass Schedule:
Friday, July 15th: 6:45 a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 16th: 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
Note: Reconciliation on Saturday from 4-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 17th: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (in Polish) & 11:30 a.m