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July 28, 2016 By Sisters of St. Joseph
Sister Melania Polensky, CSJ, 81, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 in the 57th year of her religious life as a Sister of St. Joseph. The daughter of John and Anna Polensky, Sister Melania entered the Congregation from St. Joseph Parish, Cokeburg, PA.
For nearly 50 years, she ministered primarily in education in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Altoona-Johnstown. A proponent and practitioner of Montessori Education, Sister Melania served as Director of Preschool and Kindergarten at Fontbonne Academy in Bethel Park (1975-78) and at St. Mary in Freeport (1980-87).
She was a teacher and librarian at St. Joseph School in New Kensington (1993-2000), a substitute teacher at Transfiguration School in Russellton, and a home tutor for Bethany House in Pittsburgh (2008-2010). At St. Mary in Kittanning, Sister served as Director of Religious Education and pastoral minister (1988-92).
Since 2010, Sister Melania, who was known to always roll up her sleeves and graciously help wherever needed, coordinated the Congregation’s library where she also engaged retired sisters in making crafts. In the Motherhouse, she beautifully created and conducted prayer services and regularly led a “Morning with God” day of prayer through St. Joseph Spirituality Center. Soft-spoken, gentle and creative, Sister Melania was named an “unsung hero” of the Alle-Kiski Valley by a local newspaper, noting her efforts to “help everyone to be better Christians and parents.”
During her 50th Jubilee year, she recalled a life-changing experience while marching at a rally in Pittsburgh for migrant workers: A woman, dressed in a fur coat, stepped from the crowd, called her a name and spat in her face. “I have never forgotten that and how the poor and disenfranchised have to endure degradation,” she recalled. A social justice advocate for all of God’s people and all of Creation, Sister Melania once described her religious life: “To walk with God is to make the world a bit more beautiful, more just, more at peace, to love as I am loved.”
Sister Melania is survived by her uncle, Charles (Rose) Sklarski of Seminole, FL; cousins and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.
Friends will be received Sunday, July 31, from 1- 8 p.m. and Monday, August 1, from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Prayer Vigil will be Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Motherhouse. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, August 1 at 4 p.m. Burial will follow in the Sisters’ Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds.
Donations in the name of Sister Melania may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005.
The Lord asked St. Faustina to have a likeness of himself painted and it took a polish artist twelve tries before Faustina accepted it as satisfactory.
“I am offering people a vessel…” (Diary)
Pope Saint John Paul II said, “Look at image and hear what Faustina heard, ”Fear nothing, I am with you always” and if you respond with “Jesus I trust in you” you will find comfort in all you anxieties and fears.”
1 john 4:18…”there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”
The painting has two rays that come from the heart of Jesus. The red ray symbolizes His Blood and is the sign of the Eucharist. The white ray is water and represents the sacrament of baptism. Baptism, Jesus told Faustina is the “water which makes souls righteous”
The blood and water is the fountain from which in our heart of hearts, we all long to drink!
This summarizes the whole sacramental life of the church!
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.