St. Andrew Bobola Announcements
FORMATION OF THE LIVING ROSARY GROUP
As we near the end of The Year of Mercy I would like to
begin a new program here at St. Andrew’s Church. This
will consist of 2 new events involving all parishioners
who wish to participate, both Polish and English speaking.
The first part of this will be the formation of the Lady
of Fatima Living Rosary group. The Living Rosary Group
will be made up of 20 individuals who will each say one
decade of the Rosary each day, from all the mysteries.
Five people will have the Joyful Mysteries, five the Sorrowful
Mysteries, five the Glorious Mysteries and fiv
Luminous Mysteries. Each person will have one decade
of that Mystery to pray each day for a month. At the end
of each day all four mysteries will have been said and the
complete Rosary will have been prayed. At the end of the
month they will rotate the mysteries and the process will
You do not have to gather at the church to
pray the Living Rosary, nor does it have to be done by all
at the same time each day. If you wish to establish a certain
time to pray during the day you may do that. The
goal is to have all 20 decades said each day to complete
the entire Rosary. When 20 participants are formed, we will
have a special blessing for them at a weekend Masses on
Oct. 1st and 2nd. During the 4:45 Mass and 9:15 Mass in
our Parish we will have the official Blessing of the Lady
of Fatima Statue, and the installation of the members of
the first group of Our Lady of Fatima Living Rosary
If you would like to be part of this Living Rosary
Group or have questions please see Fr. Chris.
Webster - Rev. Joseph F. Szwach, 86, of Christopher Heights, retired pastor of St. Andrew Bobola Parish, Dudley, died Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in St. Vincent's Hospital on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. He leaves several nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Szwach, Julia Penkala, Caroline Krasinski, Frances Stawasz and Rose Kralik. He was born in Dudley on December 9, 1928, the son of Frank and Catherine (Krystyniak) Szwach. He graduated from St. Joseph Elementary School in Webster, attended Dudley Junior High School and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1947. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Mary's College in Orchard Lake, MI in 1951 and completed his studies for the priesthood at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, also in Orchard Lake, in 1955.
He was ordained on May 21, 1955 in his home parish, Saint Joseph Church in Webster, by Bishop John J. Wright. His sacerdotal assignments were associate pastor at St. Mary's Church, Uxbridge, St. Aloysius Church, Gilbertville, Our Lady of Jasna Gora in Clinton and St. Joseph Church in Webster before being named temporary administrator of St. Stanislaus Church in Warren. He was named pastor of Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church in Clinton on July 1, 1973. On July 12, 1996, he was named pastor of Saint Andrew Bobola Church in Dudley.
He retired on July 1, 2014. Father Szwach served as the chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council in Clinton. He was also the chaplain of the Serra Club of Southern Worcester County for many years. He had a great love for classical and polka music and played the violin and trumpet with the Grenadiers Orchestra while in high school and college. Fr. also played with "Fr. Pete's Orchestra" while assigned at Saint Joseph Church.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 16, in Saint Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb Street. The Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, will be the main concelebrant. The homilist will be Rev. Charles E. J. Borowski. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Garden of Peace. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 15, in the basilica, with a vigil service at 7:00 PM, with the Rev. William N. Sanders, dean of the Southern Worcester County Deanery, presiding. The homilist will be Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki, rector of St. Joseph Basilica. The Serra Club of Southern Worcester County will gather at 6:30 PM Tuesday to pray their ritual. Memorial donations may be made to the Retired Priests' Fund, Diocese of Worcester, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA 01609.
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It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the passing of Rev. Joseph F. Szwach.
Webster - Rev. Joseph F. Szwach, 86, of Christopher Heights, died Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in St. Vincent's Hospital on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 16, in Saint Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb Street.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 15, in the Basilica, with a vigil service at 7:00 P.M.
A full obituary will appear on Sunday, December 13, in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School Street, Webster, MA 01570