We have been making great progress with our summer projects. You are encouraged to pay a visit to the cemetery to see the new gardens in the southern end of Section 3 in the area reserved for the burial of babies.  The archway has been repainted and pavers and a bench have been added to allow for spending some quiet time in contemplation and prayer for children who lived the briefest of lives, and for their parents. The archway was made by the late Frank Traniello, a long time parishioner who was very dedicated to the ministry of Holy Cross Cemetery. He and his wife Elizabeth have an infant son buried in the Baby section. Another addition to this area is a Guardian Angel statue which was moved here from the Holy Family Center. Our special thanks to Ted Card for designing and doing all of the work on the refurbishing of this area.

The next area to be addressed is the Calvary Garden to be created at the center of the Stations of the Cross. This will involve the moving of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary here from its place in the “Mary Garden” in Section 5. It is being replaced with a larger statue which is being moved from a niche at the front of the Holy Family Center. The placing of the smaller statue in the Calvary Garden will serve as a reminder of Mary’s presence at the foot of the cross when Jesus was crucified.

Once again, we express our gratitude to everyone who made contributions in response to this year’s Newsletter which are making this work possible. If you would like to make a donation to our ongoing work at Holy Cross cemetery, you may do so at any time.


            VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will begin in one week. It’s not too late to sign your child up for a week of fun and adventure. VBS will take place at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Falconer from July 25th to the 29th – 9 AM to 11:30 AM daily. Call Mrs. Paula Slagle at 485-8783 for more information and to register.


Holy Apostles and Our Lady of Loreto Parishes will sponsor VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from June 25th to the 29th at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Falconer (9 AM to 11:30 AM daily). Children, ages 4-12 are invited to participate for 5 days of fun and excitement. Registration forms can still be found at the entrances to both churches. For questions, call Mrs. Paula Slagle at 485-8783. Joining Mrs. Slagle will be Mrs. Marilyn Wozneak, Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Loreto Parish, and young adults, Sarah Russo, Anna Burt, and Kara Triscari.

If you can help offset the cost of materials and supplies, please send your donation to the parish office at 508 Cherry Street. Thank you!


            The next Bereavement/Grief Counseling Meeting will be Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall. It will be conducted by Deacon Sam and Kathe Pellerito and Deacon Mike Lennon.

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 difficult time. This will be a time for education, information and sharing. All are welcome to attend.


We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to the cemetery in response to this year’s Newsletter. Your contributions are being used to further beautify our grounds. As was mentioned in the Newsletter, we are “resurrecting” a parish Cemetery Committee, and would like to invite and encourage anyone who would be interested in assisting us in our ministry to the faithful departed, to join this committee. If you would be willing to help in setting policy and direction for the cemetery, please call Ted Card who is coordinating this effort at 664-0356 or Father Dennis at 664-5703.


 The June meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The ladies will hold their next meeting in September.


            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.


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.


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?



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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!

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