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About Fr. Gregory
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak was born and raised in Muszyna, Poland, the youngest of four children. He attended the world's largest Catholic Seminary in Tarnow, Poland, and was ordained in 1998. Father Gregory came to the United States and was assigned to the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, from 2002-2008. He then transferred to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, first serving as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Southgate. In 2013, Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument. Fr. Gregory holds a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
January 19, 2023
Dear parishioners and guests,
I hope you are having a beautiful experience exploring the Eucharistic Miracle exhibition in our church. I encourage you to stop by during the week and explore more of it by reading and admiring this important exhibition during our National Eucharistic Revival. The exhibition will stay with us until January 26.
I’m spiritually united with the Eucharistic Revival by reading Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carrol Cruz. On many occasions throughout the history of the Catholic Church, God provided visible proof of the invisible reality of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Eucharistic Miracles features 36 major miracles which occurred throughout history. I find it surprising that most of the miracles happened between the 12th and 18th centuries. All of the miracles happened in circumstances involving a priest’s lack of faith in the Real Presence, liturgical abuse, desecration and times of war. This is a particularly interesting because God shows His mercy and love by revealing His Real Presence in times of negativity, doubt and despair.
In the present time, we are judged by how we practice our faith and we are judged for believing in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Surveys among Catholics show that 80% of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. I do not believe this is an accurate number. I have faith that most people who come every weekend to worship during Mass believe in the truth of our faith and in the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist.
Eucharistic Miracles speaks of people experiencing conversion of hearts after seeing the miracles. Let us be people of faith and increase our faith in the Eucharist, so we can be strong Catholics. May the Eucharistic Revival in our country help us to realize that Jesus is with us no matter what. He is with us when we doubt in him, do something wrong (sin) or we are in the middle of war.
On a personal note, my work of charity with Ukrainian refugees is done for now, and my family affairs are taken care of. Now in the last few days of my time in Poland, I will take some time to relax. I will see you soon.
Fr. Grzegorz Golyzniak
Get to know Fr. Rajeev
I am Fr. Rajeev OSB (from the Order of St. Benedict). I was born in Kerala, South India. I have my father and mother, a brother, his wife and a girl child of seven-years-old. My father was a tailor and now he is retired. My mother is a homemaker. My brother is a mason. My sister-in-law is a homemaker, too. Their little daughter is studying in the second grade. By the grace of God, I have a wonderful family.
In 1995, I joined a Benedictine Order longing to become a priest. I was ordained a priest on August 1, 2007. I took my degree in English Literature and gained a Bachelor of Education degree. I worked as an English teacher in our Catholic schools. I served as a superior in our monastery in the North East of India. I served in our different monasteries in India. My main charism was to preach retreats for the laity, religious nuns, and priests. I also served as the director of the Benedictine Retreat Centre, which conducts residential retreats for Christians.
In the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus states: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (16:15). I love and find joy in sharing the Gospel messages to everyone I meet. It has always been my joy in doing healing and deliverance ministry, spiritual counseling and taking classes on the Bible.
I am not a great philosopher or theologian, nor an expert or scholar in anything. But here I am in America for the first time in my life. I feel honored and humbled to be part of St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument, in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. I have obeyed my God and authorities in coming here. I believe that it is God’s plan I continue my humble pastoral ministries wholeheartedly in the U.S., too. God bless you all!
With lots of love and prayers,
Fr. Rajeev Palliathra OSB
St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument