Bible Study for the First Week of Advent

  • 11/27 – Revelation 22:1-21 – How did the reading of the Apocalypse strengthen my hope for the World to come? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you are the Word through which all things were created and you are the victorious Lamb through whom all things will be created anew. Come, Lord, and make all things new.
  • 11/28 – Revelation 18:1-24 – How can John’s criticism of his own society help us to discern values to be in ours? Prayer starter: Your judgements, O Lord, are always for the sake of justice. You will not allow pride, violence, and oppression to prevail over and against the lives of the meek and the downtrodden.
  • 11/29 – Revelation 19:1-21 – Who are the fellow servants who have been instrumental in transmitting to me the testimony of Jesus? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you are the True and Faithful Witness. Give us the courage to abide by your words and your judgements.
  • 11/30 – Revelation 20:1-10 – Which signs do I see of God’s victory over the Devil in today’s Church? Prayer starter: We praise you, Lord Almighty, for your final victory over the Devil and Satan and we give you thanks for all the saints who now have a share in the first resurrection.
  • 12/1 – Revelation 20:11-15 – Do I fear the Lord’s judgement or do I trust entirely in God’s goodness and justice? Prayer starter: Lord, sovereign Judge of all, remember us in your kingdom and may our deeds enable us to enjoy eternal life with you and with all the saints who reign with you.
  • 12/2 – Revelation 21:1-8 – What kind of heaven am I dreaming of and hoping for? Prayer starter: Lord, I only pray for a new heaven where you will be the God of all peoples and where humankind will be reconciled to worship you as the One and Holy God for all.
  • 12/3 – Revelation 21:9-27 – Do I value enough the heritage received from biblical Israel and from the early apostolic Church? Prayer starter: Lord of glory, as we walk as pilgrims on earth, let the light of the Lamb always shine on our path and lead us into heart of the heavenly Jerusalem.

Bible Study for the Last Week of Ordinary Time

  • 11/20 – Revelation 17:1-18 – How far am I willing to go to unmask and denounce any oppressing power? Prayer starter: Lamb of God, you are the lord of lords and the king of kings. Give us the wisdom and the courage always to work for the coming of your kingdom.
  • 11/21 – Revelation 18:1-24 – How can John’s criticism of his own society help us to discern values to be promoted in ours? Prayer starter: Your judgements, O Lord, are always for the sake of justice. You will not allow pride, violence, and oppression to prevail over and against the lives of the meek and the downtrodden.
  • 11/22 – Revelation 19:1-21 – Who are the fellow servants who have been instrumental in transmitting to me the testimony of Jesus? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you are the True and Faithful Witness. Give us the courage to abide by your words and your judgements.
  • 11/23 – Revelation 20:1-10 – Which signs do I see of God’s victory over the Devil in today’s Church? Prayer starter: We praise you, Lord Almighty, for your final victory over the Devil and Satan and we give you thanks for all the saints who now have a share in the first resurrection.
  • 11/24 – Revelation 20:11-15 – Do I fear the Lord’s judgement or do I trust entirely in God’s goodness and justice? Prayer starter: Lord, sovereign Judge of all, remember us in your kingdom and may our deeds enable us to enjoy eternal life with you and with all the saints who reign with you.
  • 11/25 – Revelation 21:1-8 – What kind of heaven am I dreaming of and hoping for? Prayer starter: Lord, I only pray for a new heaven where you will be the God of all peoples and where humankind will be reconciled to worship you as the One and Holy God for all.
  • 11/26 – Revelation 21:9-27 – Do I value enough the heritage received from biblical Israel and from the early apostolic Church? Prayer starter: Lord of glory, as we walk as pilgrims on earth, let the light of the Lamb always shine on our path and lead us into heart of the heavenly Jerusalem.

Remain in Faith

I would like to thank all those who have worked long hours in providing for the dinner served after Holy Mass on Sunday morning. I would also like to thank all of our past and current parishioners and guests for attending worship and staying for the dinner.

Our work together oven these past fourteen years has produced much fruit and brought manifold blessings upon us as we reached out our hand into our community in so many ways.

Our work for our Holy Polish National Catholic Church does not end with today, however. Although we may be working in different parts of the Lord’s vineyard, we, nonetheless continue to be needed by our Lord to spread His message of love and forgiveness. Please continue to pray for my family as I will continue to pray for you and yours.

— Father Stan

You have treated Your servant well, according to Your word, O Lord. — Psalm 119:65


Bible Study for the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

  • 11/13 – Revelation 12:1-18 – How do I weigh the power of evil in the world versus that of the Risen Christ? Prayer starter: Lord, as we face the repeated assaults of evil, help us to see the many signs you give us in heaven and on earth of your unfailing protection and love.
  • 11/14 – Revelation 13:1-10 – What are the most threatening forces of evil I have encountered in my life? Prayer starter: Give us, O Lord, the faith and endurance needed to resist the tricks and the assaults of the Beast and to work for the building of a more human world fashioned after your will.
  • 11/15 – Revelation 13:11-18 – Am I more concerned about the number of the Beast or about being worthy of the mark received at baptism? Prayer starter: Give us, O Lord, the wisdom and the courage of the early Christian martyrs who refused to worship the image of the Beast and died for their faith in Christ.
  • 11/16 – Revelation 14:1-13 – Who are the people whose lives can teach me the new song in honor of the Lamb? Prayer starter: Lord God, in union with all those who have died in faithfulness to the Lamb and have been redeemed through his death and his resurrection, we give you glory and praise for ever and ever.
  • 11/17 – Revelation 14:14-20 – What comes first when you think of the Last Judgement: fear or hope? Why so? Prayer starter: Son of Man, you are the vine and we are the branches. Do not allow us to produce any fruit that would be unfit for your vine.
  • 11/18 – Revelation 15:1-8 – Do I really believe that love and justice can conquer the power of the Beast? Prayer starter: Lord Almighty, you deserve to be praised at all times; for all your ways are just and true. Blessed are you through the lives of all martyrs who have conquered the Beast and its image.
  • 11/19 – Revelation 16:1-21 – Do I hope for creation to be redeemed by the second coming of Christ? Prayer starter: Lord God, you created all things good and you will recreate them according to your liking and to your goodness.

Bible Study for the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

  • 11/6 – Revelation 7:1-8 – Do I think of salvation in terms that are exclusive or inclusive? Prayer starter: God of Abraham, we thank you for calling and for gathering to yourself a countless people, as many as the stars in heaven.
  • 11/7 – Revelation 7:9-17 – Do I hope and pray for the salvation of all? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, be our shepherd and our guide to the living waters so that we thirst no more.
  • 11/8 – Revelation 8:1-13 – Do I believe that prayer can make a difference in time of ordeal? Prayer starter: Lord God, you take no pleasure in the death of anyone or in the destruction of any of your creatures. Give us the wisdom and the courage to amend our lives and to be agents of peace, not of destruction.
  • 11/9 – Revelation 9:1-21 – We should learn from the past. But how come there is so much destruction in our day and age? Prayer starter: Lord God, you are the Lord of life and the Lord of history. Help us to stop the folly of war and destruction and to abide by your ways of peace and justice.
  • 11/10 – Revelation 10:1-11 – Which aspect strikes me most in the message of the prophets: the sweet or the bitter side? Prayer starter: Ever-living God, open our hearts to the words spoken by your prophets. Through their words both challenging and comforting help us to discern your thoughts and your ways.
  • 11/11 – Revelation 11:1-14 – How can our Church witness to hope in a time when hopelessness is rampant? Prayer starter: Lord God, you never failed to send prophets to our people especially in times of hardship. Send to our Church the prophets we need to revive hope.
  • 11/12 – Revelation 11:15-19 – Do I truly believe that today’s world ‘has become the kingdom of our Lord?’ Prayer starter: You are our king, and we yearn to have a share in no kingdom other than yours and your Messiah’s.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

The North Colonie Ecumenical Group is holding its annual Thanksgiving prayer service on Sunday, November 20, 3 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY. Those who wish to participate in the joint choir are asked to join the rehearsal that day at 1 p.m. The service will include a collection of canned goods and money for the Northeastern Regional Food Bank.