THE PARISH OFFICE AND RECTORY ARE CLOSED THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENT’S DAY, AND NO MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED. WE WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT 8:00 AM.
Volunteers, both men and women, are welcome to help prepare all the tasty dishes that are going to be served at the upcoming TRADITIONAL ST. JOSEPH TABLE on Sunday, March 11th from 12:30 to 4:30 PM at St. John Church hall. The ladies meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 AM at the church hall and will do so until the celebration on the 11th. Questions, call Carm Ciancio at 664-5672 or Sue Boland at 484-9575.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During Lent, Stations of the Cross are prayed at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Fridays at 11:15 AM, and on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at St. John Church. The Stations are a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. They are divided into the fourteen Stations representing the time Christ was condemned, to his burial. Please join us.
PLEASE NOTE: On First Friday during Lent, the Stations will be prayed at 10:45 AM followed by devotions and benediction at 11:15 AM, and Mass at 12:10 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. This will occur on First Friday, March 2, 2018.
LENTEN FISH FRY
Our annual LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS will begin next Friday, February 9th at St. John Church hall from 4:30 to 7:00 PM. The dinners will begin the Friday before Ash Wednesday, and continue until Friday, March 23rd. Remember, there is NO Fish Fry on Good Friday, March 30th. More information will follow in upcoming bulletins. So please save the date and join us on the 9th of February for a delicious fish dinner or a vegetable lasagna dinner. And bring your friends for a fun evening with fellow parishioners.
YOUTH CONVENTION NEWS
The Buffalo Youth Convention will be held from March 3rd to the 5th. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 7th following the 9:00 AM Mass at St. John Church. If you have any questions, contact Paula Slagle at 485-8783.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
Members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92 are selling raffle tickets to a restaurant of your choice, this weekend after all Masses. There will be two $50 and four $25 prizes. Cost is $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing will take place this Sunday, February 11th following the 11 AM Mass.
MID WEEK PRAYER
Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM, we gather in the St. Joseph Chapel at SS. Peter and Paul Church to pray Evening Prayer from the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours. This is a brief (approximately 15-20 minutes) service of psalms, canticles, a scripture reading and intercessions in which we join with the church throughout the world in response to Jesus’ call to pray constantly. Please join us.
CARD AND GAME PARTY
The 6th Annual Afternoon Valentine Card and Game Party, sponsored by the Lourdes Ladies of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Bemus Point, will be held on Tuesday, February 13 beginning at noon at the St. Mary of Lourdes parish hall, 41 Main St. Bemus Point. Bring your own cards or board games. $8 donation includes a light lunch with dessert and beverage, plus the chance to win a door prize. Men and women are welcome!
Come play, enjoy lunch and socialize!
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.
FOSTER HOMES DESPERATELY NEEDED
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human services is in urgent need of community members to provide foster care services for children who are temporarily unable to remain in their homes. Children in foster care may be infants through age 18 and represent all cultures. Some children may have physical or mental limitations, behavioral challenges, or just need special care. Most just need stability and kindness.
To become a foster parent for Chautauqua County, you must be at least 21 years old, single or married or living with a partner. You must have sufficient income to meet your own family’s needs and be in good health. To learn more about what it means to be a foster parent, call 716-661-8052 (Christine Galbraith) or 716-363-3570 (Kim Gates). Can you make a difference?
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.
The 6th Street office of the M & T Bank has asked us to please ask those who park in their parking lot during the 7:15 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses at SS. Peter and Paul Church, to PLEASE NOT BLOCK THE ATM MACHINE. They have received numerous complaints from their customers that the ATM machine is at times, not accessible. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE ATM MACHINE. YOUR CAR COULD BE TOWED!