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Rev. Louis S.  Bilicky

Rev. Louis S. Bilicky

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Reverend Louis S. Bilicky, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and longtime Pastor of the former St. Casimir's Church in Maynard, died peacefully Thursday May 2, 2019 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA. He was 96. Fr. Bilicky would have celebrated the 70th anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday May 4th.

Fr. Bilicky was born and raised in Salem, MA, the son of the late Vincent and Frances (Lipinski) Bilicky. He is survived by cousins, Sr. Marie Christine, CSSF, Peter Plecinoga and family.

A graduate of St. John the Baptist Parochial School in Salem and St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, he studied for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. Fr. Bilicky was ordained on May 4, 1949 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, the late Richard Cardinal Cushing presiding. Fr. Bilicky's parish assignments include St. Hegwig's in Cambridge, St. Mary's Assumption in Brookline, Holy Trinity in Lowell, St. Michael's in West Lynn, and St. Stephen's in the North End. He served as the Pastor at St. Casmir's Church in Maynard for 30 years until his retirement October 31, 2000. "Fr. Lou," as he was affectionately known, celebrated the first Polish Mass with Dick Pillar's Orchestra from Connecticut at St. Casimir's. Under his leadership, he and his beloved parishioners hosted the famous "Polish Picnics" for many, many years.

Highlights of his life include meeting Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, conversing with him in Polish, and attending Mass celebrated by the Pope in his private chapel. In 1980, 1985 and 1995 he had the special privilege of having the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheehan visit St. Casmir's to conduct Holy Hours and celebrate the Archbishop's 85th birthday in Maynard.

Fr. Bilicky enjoyed planning special devotional events including his yearly nine-day Novena in honor of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus with distribution of the blessed yellow roses, and the nine-day Novena to the Apostle of Divine Mercy, Blessed Faustina Kowalska. One cannot forget Fr. Bilicky's love and devotion to our Blessed Mother. The Our Lady of Fatima International Statue made many visits to St. Casimir's Church, and the month of May was so special for him, seeing the Blessed Mother's statue crowned.

Fr. Lou was a beloved member of the area community. He was the former Chaplain for the Emerson Hospital in Concord, the Massachusetts State Fire Academy, and Maynard Fire Department where attended drills and meetings at the Maynard Fire Station. He was a Father Friar of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus McSweeney Assembly, Father Prior Emeritus of the MA Knights of Columbus Squires, and enjoyed bonding with his brother Knights at bi-monthly dinner meetings at the Maynard Council # 2121. He loved going to dinner, trying and reviewing new area restaurants, and baking Italian pastries at John's Bakery in Framingham. A former Chaplain for the United States Polka Association, he enjoyed playing the accordion, especially at the parish's Polish Picnics, and listening to his beloved Polish polkas via records, tapes, cassettes and CDs. He also liked to peruse through the many catalogues he received, always purchasing the newest gadgets in the book. Following his retirement he was instrumental in assisting with the transition of parishioners to St. Bridget's Parish in Maynard.

In accordance with Fr. Bilicky's wishes, visiting hours are Tuesday May 7th, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. in St. Bridget's Church, 1 Percival Street, Maynard. Visitors are welcome to pay their respects and take the time for a prayer or organize the praying of the rosary at any time. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday May 8th at 10:00 A.M. in St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy, 30 St. Peter Street, Salem, with burial following in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, North Street, Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. Louis S. Bilicky may be made to Catholic TV, P.O. Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02472, also online at Memorial page
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Bridget's Church
    1 Percival Street
    MAYNARD, MA 01754
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    All are invited to participate to pray the rosary at 4:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. Louis S. Bilicky may be made to Catholic TV, P.O. Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02472, also online at
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 10:00am
    St. John Paul II Shrine of the Divine Mercy
    30 St. Peter Street
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    Rev. Peter Gojuk, OMV
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery-Salem
    266 North Street
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Marie- Carlton St. Rewinski's

Posted at 09:27pm
Father Bilicky was known as Father Louis to us on Carlton St. in Salem Ma. the town of his childhood. Some of us recently learned where he was and visited a few fortunate times last month. It will be the most memorable April and Easter Sunday of my years on this earth. A photo album of his days in Salem Ma, was placed in his top bureau drawer. If family have found it, by all means share the photos. His memory was amazing. He could recall everyone in the album and shared a few familiar stories that he insisted we remember...Here are a few of those stories of advice:
1."Don't play leap frog on hot top" (it was newly invented then)When he was about 7 yrs. old he played leap frog and broke his leg.. Father Bilicky was not prepared for how hard the sidewalk was. He would insist we as children only jump around on grass or sand at the beach.. all these yrs. later, he still gave me the same warning. approx. 90 yrs since it happened, 50 yrs. since he had seen me. He focused on teaching prevention of harm each and every day.
2. "Don't walk across Derby Wharf across Salem harbor to Marblehead if it is frozen".. someone whose name i cannot recall , used to walk across to work during the winter to save time from walking the long way. and fell thru the ice prior to 1960. He was saved.. rescuing him was not easy.. and Father never let anyone forget that. Father Bilicky each Autumn. made certain all remembered that he did not recommend the use of that short cut.
I think this incident occurred before most had driveways and cars.
3. " Name Names" A reference to "never forget" He reminded me of many stories involving decision making ethics surrounding the prevention of crimes against humanity that he shared with us daily in the 1960's and fortunately for us, again in 2019. He reminded us to say with confidence always what is right and what is wrong and what needs to be changed to stay good.
4." Mary's appearances" Father Bilicky shared with us that he was writing a book about Mary's appearances..He, and his mother, were devoted to Mary, her history, and importance to our culture. If anyone has the draft copy.. feel free to send me an email and I certainly don't mind assisting in making certain what he accomplished is able to be in a form that can be shared:
5. "He was called a miracle baby" Father Bilicky was born a twin during an epidemic. He and Francesca as far as we gathered from him, were isolated in the hospital that used to be located across from Bentley School in Salem to keep them both safe from the disease. Sadly, his twin did not survive. Concerns were high for Louis and his mother's survival.. they did well and lived to benefit everyone around them constantly. What is remarkable is that Father would use what happened to his twin at birth, as a way to explain to children about angels. He would say to us that he was born with an angel - his twin.. who stayed with him always and helped him to watch over us all. He reminded us of this again just a few weeks ago. Now they will be together again.
6. In the 1960's, he visited the Gables Drug Store on Derby Street to talk with Stanley Zielinski, and corner polish grocery stores to talk with the shop owners to find out who was healthy, who was sick, and who had things or skills to lend to others. He had a book where the kept track. Father Bilicky made certain everyone had medicine, clothes, food and happy holidays. He made house calls to bless our tables of food at Easter, Christmas, religious days, weddings, etc.
7. He blessed us by making the sign of the cross on our foreheads with his thumb. Many times a day depending on what we were doing at the time. He kept his window open to hear what we said when we played ball, jump rope, roller skating, baseball and more.. and and called us up to to his mother's kitchen for confession often if our ethics needed improving.
When we visited, this April, he recognized us after 50 yrs, immediately started in with these stories, and more, possibly so that we would share them with all of you. We just learned of his passing about an hour ago. Those of us from his childhood neighborhood of Salem Ma. send our wholehearted sympathies to Father Bilicky's family, friends, and parishes. We have been blessed to have seen him in these days close to his entering heaven. Some of us will be there tomorrow for the service at the shrine.. those who are too elderly to attend the mass, send their thoughts and prayers to all of his loved ones and friends. In peace, Marie from the Carlton St. Rewinski's and Evelyn Walsh, daughter of the Rose Julien/ St. Amand Family

Alice Lipinski Tierney

Posted at 08:52pm
Sr. Marie Christine, and other family members, please accept my heartfelt sympathy at such a difficult time as this.
Back in 1974 I was blessed to have Rev. Louis S. Bilicki officiate at my wedding & also be there for the Baptisms of my two sons, Justin & Jason Tierney in 1977 & 1980.
Love ❤️ and prayers, Alice Lipinski Tierney.

Frances Nowak

Posted at 03:44pm
Father Bilicky was my favorite priest, period. I never felt the same about another. Now I have the bitter regret of not
having visited him while I could have. May God richly bless him.

Steve Bowlby

Posted at 01:49pm
Such a sad loss for Maynard. Fr. Lou was a powerful speaker. Enjoyed his presence at the Knights of Columbus meetings. Very inspiring. May God bless his soul

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