Message from Father Paul
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, says the Lord, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” John 6:37
Dear parishioners of Holy Apostles and St. James,
It is with very heavy heart that I inform you about Father Dennis Mende’s passing to our Heavenly Father. He passed away late Wednesday night (Sept. 8) on the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His niece was present with him when he died and he was surrounded by prayer from our parish communities and the whole diocese.
First of all, I extend my sympathies and prayers to the whole Catholic Jamestown parish community. Father Dennis was a faithful shepherd and guide and I know you are deeply mourning his loss. However, we take solace in our faith and in our parish family knowing that we will see Father Dennis again in heaven. In the short time that I have known Father Dennis, he was always very kind, prayerful and lived out his priesthood intentionally and with great zeal. We will surely miss him.
You will notice black and white buntings placed over the doors at Holy Apostles and St. James Parishes that will be left hanging for thirty days in honor of Father Dennis.
Please know at the very least of my prayers for all of you and that I am available for any spiritual support you may need during this difficult time.
May the Lord open to him the gates of Paradise, that he may return to that homeland, where there is no death, where eternal joy endures.
Eternal rest grant unto Father Dennis O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Father Paul Cygan
“As you may know, Mass has now resumed at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Mass times are: Saturday – 4:00 PM at St. John Church;
Sunday -7:15 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Church;
9:00 AM at St. John Church, and
11:00 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Church.
DISPENSATION FROM MASS OBLIGATION LIFTED
As of June 6th, Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo are no longer dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. With the increased number of people now fully vaccinated and the easing of many Covid-19 protocols, we encourage everyone to return to the celebration of Mass.
Elderly persons and those with health concerns as well as those who are ill, should exercise prudent judgement in determining whether or not to attend Mass.
GUIDELINES FOR MASS ATTENDANCE
Please be diligent in observing the safety protocols required by the State and the Diocese.
- Wear a mask or face covering when entering and leaving church and when approaching to receive communion. Masks may be removed while seated.
- Sit only in the pews marked for seating.
- Follow the instructions when receiving Holy Communion.
- Do not gather in groups after Mass.
If you do not feel comfortable receiving the Eucharist, please remain in your pew and make an act of Spiritual Communion during the time of distribution.
WHAT IS A MEMORIAL DONATION?
Many times people wish to have a Mass offered, however, we only have a limited number that can be scheduled during the course of the year. An alternative way of honoring a deceased person is through a MEMORIAL DONATION. The monies collected are used for capital improvements for the parish.
If you would like to give a memorial donation to the Parish, send your wishes in writing along with your donation telling us who the memorial is for, who it’s from and who you would like notified. A card will then be sent to the family.
When you are out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet. Log on to www.masstimes.org. This is just one product that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is able to provide because of your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign.