Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Est. 1902St. Anne Parish Est. 1882St. Adalbert Parish Est. 1910

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located at Saints Peter and Paul Church
in Three Rivers, Massachusetts

2267 Main Street
Three Rivers, MA 01080
(413) 283-6030
Rev. Stefan Niemczyk

 
 

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Note to Divine Mercy Parishioners for the Palm Sunday weekend
 There will be no distribution of blessed palms

Notifications regarding Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Parishioners

For Easter Sunday, April 12.....Father Stefan will be on the parking lot with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance to impart Easter blessings for each passing vehicle, blessing will take place between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Easter.. We invite all families to come together.
 
For Easter blessing, drivers should enter by the Sykes Street entrance and depart by the school exit.

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FROM BISHOP ROZANSKI on March 20 2020

 I hope you are well despite the difficult circumstances in which we find ourselves. Please know that you and the entire diocesan community are in my prayers daily.

 Earlier today I held a conference call with our regional vicars and deans to assess our situation across the diocese and answer questions they had from their respective deaneries.  I will hold these each Friday.

 As a result of today's discussion I am issuing the following directives, which are in addition to those issued last Friday(3.13.2020) and on Monday(3.16.2020). At the crux of any decision is that we must abide by government mandates, avoiding any unnecessary physical contact and urging our faithful to remain home as much as possible.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER

It is increasingly unlikely that we will resume public Masses for Holy Week. We need to alert our parishioners to this sad reality.

 Attached is guidance from the Vatican on commemorating Holy Week in light of the current situation. 

- RCIA - The rites of initiation will be held at a later date.

- Catholic Communications is in contact with its broadcast partners about acquiring additional time on Holy Thursday and Good Friday to broadcast those services.

 FIRST COMMUNION/CONFIRMATIONS

All spring confirmations will be moved to the fall, and First Communions likewise should be postponed.

 WEDDINGS/FUNERALS

In most cases these will be canceled because reception facilities will be closed. Nonetheless, you should reach out to couples to discuss their plans and to reschedule their wedding.  If a couple still wants to receive the sacrament, then the wedding should follow local health guidelines with regard to attendance. The marriage will still require that the couple obtain a license from the civil authorities, unless a convalidation. 

Funerals and burial rites should be held in accordance with all guidelines on crowd size. Consult local health departments and use your best judgement.

 DRIVE-UP ADORATION

A few parishes have put the Blessed Sacrament inside a window where people can drive-up, view it and offer a prayer WITHOUT HAVING TO EXIT THEIR CAR.   

 STREAMING MASSES

A number of parishes are providing the Mass and other spiritual guidance via streaming video through their social media platforms and websites. This is a very good use of technology. Fr. Chris Malatesta has offered his church which is setup for live streaming and recording, for those parishes without that capability.  Likewise Catholic Communications can assist you. Please contact either Fr. Chris or Mark Dupont to discuss. Attached to this email is a Prayer for Spiritual Communion which I would encourage you to use in any Mass you share and which I used on this week's Chalice of Salvation.

 MASS INTENTIONS

Given the circumstances Mass intentions can be offered collectively but only one stipend is allowed and if possible notice should be given to the individual(s) who requested the Mass intention.

 Please join me in praying for all people during this time but especially for all those on the frontlines of this crisis, our police, fire, EMTs, nurses, doctors and all healthcare professionals, as well as those infected by the COVID-19 virus.

 --

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

Dear Friends on the Internet,

Peace and all good things!  Welcome to our Family here at Divine Mercy Parish located at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Three Rivers, Massachusetts. 

It is our hope that you come to visit our church. Come and experience the warmth and hospitality of our Parish Family. There is a Polish saying: "Gosc w dom, Bog w dom" which means: "A guest in the house is God in the house." Please browse through our web site and learn more about the growing Catholic community and all the good works that happen in this parish. Then come and experience for yourself the mercy and love of God at Divine Mercy Parish in Three Rivers, Massachusetts.

Records indicate that on September 28, 1608 when a group of settlers arrived in the Jamestown Colony, Polish immigrants were among them. Three hundred and seventy-two years later, there now number approximately eleven million Poles in the United States. History books have recorded the heroic exploits and great contributions that individuals from Poland such as Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski made during the early part of this country's history; yet it was not until the turn of this century that America felt the effects of mass migrations of men and women from Poland.

Political and religious persecution and severe economic hardship had resulted from the partitioning of Poland by Russia, Austria and Germany. From 1899 to 1910 almost one million people emigrated from Poland to the United States, with approximately 30,000 remaining in the Connecticut Valley.

Early records indicate that the first arrivals from Poland in the Palmer area came in the year 1886. The first Baptism of a Pole was recorded in St. Mary's Church in Thorndike in 1888. The ever-increasing number of Baptisms soon indicated the need for a Polish speaking church.

The St. Joseph Society was organized in April of 1895 to unite the Polish community in the villages of Three Rivers, Thorndike and Bondsville to assist in meeting the needs and solving mutual problems of the new settlers.

The need for a Polish speaking parish became paramount, and a church building committee was formed. Judge David Dillon served as adviser to the group and was instrumental in choosing the Four Corners site, the geographic center of the town.

The committee was granted permission by the Most Rev. Bishop Thomas D. Beaven to organize and establish the SS. Peter and Paul Parish. This task was entrusted to Rev. Waclaw (Wenceslaus) Lenz in July, 1905. At the start, this fledgling parish numbered one thousand persons in Palmer and the Villages.

SS. Peter and Paul Church‑the new parish to bear the names of the two outstanding apostles. Peter‑successor to Christ‑who was called from his fishing nets to follow Christ and become the Fisher of Men; and Paul‑who had persecuted Christians and whose conversion on the way to Damascus resulted in his becoming the most prolific writer and influential evangelist of the Church. With such historic inspiration, the New Parish embarked upon its own unique history.

A New Chapter

During November 2009, Saint Anne Church in Three Rivers, MA was permanently closed by the Diocese of Springfield, one of the many churches closed during the Pastoral Planning process.  Parishioners of St. Anne Parish merged with parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Parish.  In addition to the closing of St. Anne Church, the Pastoral Planning Committee also recommended that the name of the resultant parish be changed.  On the first Sunday of Advent (November 29, 2009), Saints Peter and Paul Parish merged with Saint Anne Parish and the resultant parish was named Divine Mercy Parish.  The selection of the new name was influenced by the presence of the Divine Mercy Grotto, located behind the Saints Peter and Paul Church.

So, what is Divine Mercy?

Click here to learn about The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

 
 

Divine Mercy Parish

located at Saints Peter and Paul Church at Four Corners in Three Rivers, Massachusetts
2267 Main Street
Three Rivers, Massachusetts  01080
(413) 283-6030