Fr. Jerzy


February 26 1984 Freedom of Religion and Education

February 26 1984 Freedom of Religion and Education

[opening remarks] A prayer is a conversation with God. At our Holy Mass for Our Country, for those who suffer for her the most, we want to tell God about our Country’s difficult problems. So we commend to God, to the merciful God the imprisoned leaders, the Committee for the Defense of Workers and their families, the imprisoned Dr.Benarkiewicz from our parish and all those imprisoned for their convictions, those deprived of their jobs. We commend our teachers who fight for the right of conveying the truth to our children and our youth. We commend to God everything that hurts us. That worries us and we ask Him, through our prayers, to keep us strong in our faith, hope, and love. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on February 26 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the Sermon. [homily] “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them” (Luke 18, 16) These words spoken by Christ and read just a moment ago, in the Gospel, sound the same as they did two thousand years ago. They are especially important in our post-war history. They are valid even today. These words spoken by Christ and read just a moment ago, in the Gospel, sound the same as they did two thousand years ago. They are especially important in our post-war history. They are valid even today. We are children of our Nation, the nation which for over one thousand years gives glory to God in the Holy Trinity. Our Nation was famous […]


December 25,1983 Sermon, Good will of God

[opening remarks] “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will”. This is the proclamation of God given to men on Christmas Day. At this Mass for Our Country, we come together to give God glory, to strengthen ourselves through God, and through our daily lives, to realize the second part of this proclamation: “and on earth, peace to people of good will”. Strengthened by God we will be more able to build peace within ourselves, within our families, peace in our Nation. No one can build peace if he does not give glory to God in the highest while he is constructing it. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 25 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] On this night of God’s birth it would suffice, instead of the homily, simply to shake hands, look deeply into each other’s eyes and embrace each other with love. To see the tears of those suffering. In our hearts, to embrace those imprisoned and their families. Hug the orphaned children, the all too soon widowed wives. Sing a Christmas carol. That would quite suffice. We could end with just that. However the day of God’s birth resounds with the proclamation of the Angel: “Glory to God in the highest and, on earth, peace to people of good will”. Because God entrusted peace to people on Christmas Day. Peace on earth. Peace of human hearts and consciences. Peace is what today humanity longs for the most. […]


November 27, 1983

[opening remarks]  Holy Mass for the Fatherland on November 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. We are united in front of Christ’s altar in our monthly Mass for Our Nation and those who suffer for it, who because of their imprisonment cannot pray together with us.  On this day of November we recall all those who gave their lives in the fight for independence of their Motherland, the fight for freedom and social and personal justice.  We remember and include in our prayers those killed on various war fronts those tortured in Hitler’s camps and the Soviet labor camps, those forcefully evacuated, those exiled.  WE remember, and pray for our brothers who were taken from us by the present day Cains: Our Underground and Home Away soldiers, the workers from Wielkopolska and Wybreeze as well as those who fell in the past few years in the strange war between ruling powers and the Nation. [homily] Christ’s death on the cross, in spite of the assumption of those who condemned His, was not a defeat but a Victory.  His blood on the cross became the source of salvation.  It opened to humanity the road to return to God’s Kingdom in heaven.  The Kingdom of truth, love, justice and peace. The duty of building a kingdom based on these very foundations is what Jesus Christ put on everyone who made a pact with Him in the sacrament of baptism. The Polish nation, sworn to Christ and His teachings, for more that […]


Blessed Father Jerzy the Truth Revealed

After missing for eleven days, the dreaded truth was finally revealed. Today, thirty years ago, the body of blessed Father Jerzy Poplieuszko was pulled from the Wloclawek reservoir. He was barely distinguishable, bound and beaten. Jerzy stood up for the truth and it cost him his life. The fears of his family, congregation and the Church as a whole had come to pass. They tearfully accepted the truth that their beloved priest was gone. Thousands of Catholics from Poland to the Vatican and around the world mourned the loss of their beloved priest. As the word of his apparent murder spread, the Catholic Church stumbled at his loss. “All America shares the grief of the Polish people at the news of the tragic death of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. Father Popieluszko was a champion of Christian values and a courageous spokesman for the cause of liberty. His life exemplified the highest ideals of human dignity; his death strengthens the resolve of all freedom loving peoples to stand firm in their convictions. Father Popieluszko’s spirit lives on. The world’s conscience will not be at rest until the perpetrators of this heinous crime have been brought to justice.” – Ronald Reagan Leaders both religious and political across the globe spoke out against the travesty and honoring the life of Father Jerzy. The world was stunned that a priest, at such a young age of 37 was allegedly killed by those sworn to protect and serve. His broken body was found October 30, 1984. Thirty years later we celebrate […]