Masses and ministrations
Catholic church “St Joseph” (Gmaps)
9.00 a.m – in Polish
10.30 a.m – for families in Bulgarian
12.00 p.m. – in English
13.30 p.m. – in Bulgarian
6.00 p.m. – in Bulgarian
8.00 a.m – in Bulgarian
6.00 p.m. – in Bulgarian
Catholic Chapel of the Annunciation on “Oborishte 5” (Gmaps)
12.00 p.m – in English (on Sundays)
5.00 p.m. – in Italian (every Saturday)
3.30 p.m. – in French (once a month, more info: +359 889 494 727 – fr. Daniel Gillier АА)
During the months of July and August, there are no liturgies in English.
The Mass during Holy Days and in other occasions may vary in which case the mass details are announced before on mass and in the parish bulletin.
We would like to remind that Holy Communion may receive only the one who has not committed mortal sin since his/her last confession and said last confession had taken place not more than 12 months ago. Otherwise you need the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive the Holy Communion. Receiving of Holy Communion in state of mortal sin is sacrilege.
Other Sacraments (contact the Parish Office)
Baptism – contact the Parish Office during the working hours.
Reconciliation – before and after the Mass – you may refer to the priest who is serving the Mass. You may also appoint another day and time with him.
Confirmation – contact the Parish Office during the working hours.
Marriage – contact the Parish Office during the working hours.
Anointing of the Sick – Contact the Parish Office during the working hours and if the circumstances require – at any time.
Confessions are before or after each Holy Liturgy (refer to the priest who is serving the liturgy for confession). You may also arrange with a priest for a confession or spiritual conversation at another time. Sacrament of Anointing the Sick – in exceptional circumstances, you can call the parish telephone at any time or ring the door of the parish house. The rest of the sacraments shall be arranged during the office hours of the parish office.
We would like to remind that “Whenever necessity requires or a genuine spiritual advantage suggests, and provided that the danger of error or indifferentism is avoided, it is lawful for any Catholic for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister, to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist and anointing of the sick from a minister of an Eastern Church (Orthodox priest)” (Directory for the Application and Norms on Ecumenism, 123).
MAY 17, 2020 – VI SUNDAY OF EASTER
1. On Monday, May 18, we solemnly commemorate St. Felix of Cantalice, our fellow Capuchin, patron saint of children. This day marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II. On this occasion, the Polish Embassy together with representatives of secular authorities will lay wreaths at the memorial plaque on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to our country in 2002. The event will begin at 11.00 in the garden on Pope John Paul II Square. In this regard, we would like to inform you that on the fence of the embassy on Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Blvd you can see a documentary exhibition entitled “Karol Wojtyla. The birth.” Additionally, in the Youtube channel of the Polish Institute: https://www.youtube.com/user/IPSOFIA you will find poems of the Pope read by popular actors.
– On Tuesday, May 19, we commemorate St. Crispin of Viterbo, a Capuchin.
– On Wednesday, May 20, we commemorate Bernardine of Siena, a Franciscan.
– On May 21, Thursday, we celebrate the consecration of our concathedral “St. Joseph “, which took place in 2006.
– On Friday, May 22, we commemorate St. Rita of Kasha.
– On Saturday, May 23, we celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.
3. Next Sunday, May 24, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. On this day, our bishop Georgi Yovchev will be with us. During the liturgy at 10.30 we will give thanks on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the existence of our church.
4. We share the good news with you: yesterday, May 16, 4 deacons and 2 elders were ordained in our Capuchin Church in Krakow, including the well-known brother Grzegorz Skzela. We wish our brothers dedicated service to the people they will meet on their way. And, of course, we look forward to Brother Grzegosz’s return to Bulgaria.
5. We would like to inform you that on the youtube channel of the Dominican Order of Peace in Bulgaria (youtube: Dominicani saeculares in Bulgaria) you can find the next lecture from the school “Veritas” on the topic: “The New Testament books
of St. John the Evangelist ”led by Father Dr. Pavel Tshopek OR.
6. The May devotion, during which we will pray on the recommendation of Pope Francis with the Holy Rosary, will be held every day from 5.30 pm.
7. We are pleased to announce that with the decision of our Bishop Monsignor George, we can once again participate together in the greatest treasure we have on earth – the Holy Eucharist, and restore the regular service of the liturgies in our church:
on weekdays from 8.00 and 18.00
on Sunday from 9.00 am (Polish), 10.30 am (Bulgarian language), 12.00 pm (English language), 13.30 pm (Bulgarian language), 6.00 pm (Bulgarian language).
The liturgy in English in the Chapel of the Annunciation on Oborishte Street has been moved at the request of the Apostolic Nuncio Arch. Anselmo Guido Pecorari from the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in Bulgaria анд will be celebrated from next Sunday, May 24, in our church “St. Joseph ”from 12.00
At the same time, we would like to inform you that the liturgies will not be broadcast online on weekdays, except on Sundays, when the liturgies will be broadcast live from 10.30 am for those who cannot attend.
8. Because of the situation, we ask:
Keep a distance of 1.5 – 2.0 meters from each other. Sit in the right places, seeing the sign in front of you. Families living together can also be together during worship services.
According to the requirements, the mouth and nose must be covered with a mask. Unfortunately, we will not yet be able to hold group meetings in our pastoral center, which remains closed (including the toilets due to the absolute necessity to be cleaned after each one).
We transmit the sign of peace to each other by a gesture of a smile or a nod, but without touch.
We cannot use the holy water we traditionally found at the entrance to the temple, and we cannot kiss the relics or other objects of worship.
It is imperative that we restrict our movement in the temple, and when we stand in line to receive Holy Communion, we must again patiently keep our distance.
You have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion in two ways: in your mouth or in your left hand, and with your right hand you place it in your own mouth in front of the priest. The high priest leading the Eucharist will distribute the Holy Communion by hand, and another priest – in the traditional way: in the mouth.
Leaving the temple after the liturgy, let us again keep calm and the necessary distance.
People who are afraid of general gatherings have a dispensation from the bishop and may not yet participate in the obligatory Sunday and holiday liturgies.
You have the opportunity to take advantage of the sacrament of Confession in the open air, on the terrace in the churchyard, during each liturgy.