About Divine Mercy Parish
Our parish life is strengthened by membership in various parish organizations. While there have been many organizations in our parish for over one hundred years, the following serve our parish today:
Young men of the parish are invited to assist at serving the priest at the altar for Holy Mass and other Devotions. Boys who have made their First Holy Communion are eligible to become Altar Boys.
Please contact Fr. Stefan Niemczyk at (413) 283-6030
The St. Cecilia Choir is probably as old as our parish itself. Members sing at the Sunday 8:00 A.M. Polish Mass, as well as for special Masses, Processions, and seasonal Devotions (e.g., Christmas Midnight Mass; Holy Week; Forty Hours). The Holy Family Choir was established in the 1990s for younger members of the parish. They sing at the Saturday 4 P.M. Mass and Sunday 10:00 A.M. Mass, as well as other special occasions (e.g., First Holy Communion; Thanksgiving Day). Occasionally, both choirs sing together (e.g., Corpus Christi; Coronation of Mary).
Rehearsals on held in the choir loft on:
Saturday - Holy Family Choir, 3:30 P.M.
Sunday - St. Cecilia Choir, 7:30 A.M.
New members are always welcome and encouraged to join!
Music Director and Organist: Joseph Brozek
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION SOCIETY
Individuals (parishioners and non-parishioners) who pray for an hour before the Most Blessed Sacrament in our church during regular daily Eucharistic Adoration. New adorers/substitutes are always welcome!
Coordinator: Lynne Riendeau, phone: 413-283-7038
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Men and women of the parish who are invited to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. When lay persons were given permission by the Vatican to minister in this capacity, our parish began the practice in 1977. Extraordinary Ministers understand that when enough priests (who are the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) are available, their assistance is not needed.
Current Coordinator: Joseph Roberts
HOLY ROSARY SODALITY
The oldest parish organization, the Holy Rosary Sodality was founded in 1903 by Mrs. Katarzyna Kosińska and Mrs. Tekla Pobudzyńska to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the daily recitation of the Rosary. In the early years, both men and women were members, but for most of its history, the sodality's membership has been comprised of women. In the 1980s, membership was opened to women from other parishes. Meetings are held monthly on the first Saturday of the month after First Saturday Mass at 7:00 A.M.
President: Deborah O'Connor
JUNIOR ROSARY SODALITY (CHILDREN OF MARY SODALITY)
Founded in 1911 by Anna Kruczek & Mary Szczepanek. This group was comprised mainly of the young ladies of the parish and was particularly active during the years of our parochial school for girls in grades 1-8. The highlight of the year was the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue in May by the 8th grade Queen and her court. After the school closed, the focus shifted to both grammar and high school girls. The group became a junior part of the Rosary Sodality and members participate in processions throughout the year, including the Coronation of Mary in May.
Coordinators: Valerie Włodyka and Donna Jasak
A ministry open to any member of the parish, male and female, young and old. Lectors proclaim the Word of God (except the Gospel which is reserved to priest and deacon) at both daily and Sunday Masses.
SACRED HEART SOCIETY
Founded in 1913 by Fr. Andrzej Krzywda for men and women of the parish to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
SAINTS PETER AND PAUL MEN'S GUILD
Founded in 1995 by Fr. Robert Ceckowski for the men of our parish, the Sts. Peter and Paul Men's Guild is comprised of young and old as both a social and supportive group. The Men's Guild has become well-known for the wonderful parish dinners they organize and host in the Parish Hall several times throughout the year. Members also serve as ushers/collectors at Mass. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (except in summertime).
Current President: Fred Orszulak