The next Bereavement / Grief Counseling Meeting will be Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Conducted by Deacon Sam and Kathe Pellerito, and Deacon Mike Lennon, please join us.
Whether you are grieving the loss of a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, relative or friend, and find yourself in a lonely place, we are here to help you through this. This will be a time for education, information and sharing. All are welcome to attend.
“UPON THIS ROCK” UPDATE
We are now in the second year of receiving our parish share (35%) of the funds pledged and donated to the Upon This Rock initiative. Twice a year we receive a distribution, and this January, the amount transferred to our parish account was $25,127.89. THANK YOU to everyone who is faithfully fulfilling your pledge. The parish share of the funds is distributed bi-annually, and we will receive the second distribution for 2018 in July.
If you were not able to participate in this initiative at its inception in 2016, you may still do so at any time. All you need to do is call the rectory for information about “Upon This Rock” and how you might participate in providing for the ministries and services of our parish and those of the diocese.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES UPDATE
As of Monday, April 9, Holy Apostles parishioners had contributed $33,455 to the 2018 Appeal. This represents 74% of our goal of $45,082. Because the drive is running behind where it was at this point last year, your contributions are more important than ever in providing the resources which allow Catholic Charities to assist people in need in Chautauqua County and throughout Western New York. If you have not given a donation we would ask that you do so as soon as you are able. To those who have already contributed, thank you for your gift.
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.
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!