April 23, 2017

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Marie Grimm, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Janice Rial, Josette Smith, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.

 

APRIL

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of the Deceased Members

of the Calamunci Family

By son Gust and Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of April 23rd – 29th

In Memory of Russell Mazzurco, Sr.

Anniversary

By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Walt Roode

By Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of April 23rd – 29th

In Memory of Sherry Propheter

By Josie and Joan Marcello

Please note: If you are interested in purchasing wine or hosts in memory or honor of someone for a month, a sanctuary light for one week, or giving a donation to our Memorial Fund in memory or honor of someone, please call the parish office at 664-5703. A special card will be sent to the family noting your wishes.

 

The 6th Street office of the M & T Bank has asked us again 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!

 

 

IS GOD CALLING YOU

TO A CHURCH VOCATION?

It is an unspeakable blessing that from Our Lord flows boundless mercy, a mercy that forgives even the deadliest of sins. We should never forget this or take it for granted. Can God be calling you to make His mercy known? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovocations.org.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

4:00 (St. John) Walt Roode, Anniversary by Family

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Divine Mercy Sunday

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Lawrence Lombardo by sister, Laura Felice

11:00 (SSPP) Catherine Y. Corkery by Family

MONDAY, APRIL 24

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

St. Mark, Evangelist

9:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

12:10 (SSPP) Anthony Castiglione, Anniversary by Maxine and Family

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

St. Peter Chanel and St. Louis Grignion de Montfort

12:10 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

St. Catherine of Siena

4:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the Augusta Family by Anita Augusta Larson

SUNDAY, APRL 30

Third Sunday of Easter

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Frank A. Marcello, Birthday by Wife Josie

11:00 (SSPP) M/M Lemier A. Benoit by Family

 

 

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            Since September of last year, Neil Robinson has been participating in the RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION of Adults under the guidance of Father Dennis and Deacon Sam. During the Easter Vigil he reached a milestone in his journey of faith as he made his Profession of Faith and was received into the Roman Catholic Church. May God bless Neil as he continues to grow in God’s grace in our Holy Apostles Parish family.

 

Were you an Altar Server in your younger years? Ever think of coming out of retirement? We are in need of adults who would be willing to fulfill the responsibilities of serving at the altar for funeral Masses. The duties of serving are much the same as for a regular weekend or weekday Mass with some added ceremonies that are part of the Mass of Christian Burial. No extensive training is necessary, and the best way to learn is to accompany and “shadow” the servers at a Mass. Most funeral liturgies are celebrated in the morning usually at 10 AM in one of the other of our church buildings, so you would have to be available then.

If you are interested in taking up this important ministry, please give Father Dennis a call at 664-5703 and he will be happy to speak with you and let you know how to get started.

SPECIAL NOTE: In times past altar servers were all male. However, this is no longer the case, so adult women who may not have had the opportunity to serve in their younger years are very welcome and encouraged to become altar servers for Masses of Christian Burial.

 

Once again this year we express our gratitude to our Music Ministry for lifting our hearts and minds to God as we celebrated the Masses and Services of the Sacred Triduum commemorating the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Special thanks is given to Bill Chandler, Director of Music Ministries, Donna Gatz, Organist and Director of the Jubilate Singers, and Anne Dolce, Director of the Hand Bell Choir and Instrumentalists, as well as to our cantors who lead us in praising God. God Bless you all for your dedication and hard work.

MYSTAGOGY

            Now there’s a strange word that we do not encounter anywhere but in the Church and rarely at that.  It’s pronounced “mist-uh-go-gee” and has its origin in Greek (the language of the Christian community in its early centuries) and signifies the teaching of the mysteries of the faith to the newly baptized.  It was a follow-up to the instruction that was given in preparation for the sacraments of initiation which would have been received at the Easter vigil.  The fifty days of the Easter Season were the time of mystagogy when those who had been welcomed to Holy Communion were guided in reflecting on how the Eucharist is an encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus which nurtures our life in Christ and aides in fulfilling our baptismal promises.

As the centuries unfolded and Christianity became the majority religion of Western Europe and from there was exported throughout the planet (in accord with Jesus’ mandate to “go and make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19) with baptism occurring in infancy, the formal time of mystagogy gradually disappeared from the life of the Church.  It was only during the twentieth century to better meet the needs of peoples in “mission lands” who were hearing the Gospel for the first time that mystagogy was reintroduced into the life of the Church.  Now, wherever there are adults who are preparing for baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults their formal reception into the Church is followed by a time of mystagogy when they are encouraged to delve deeper into their newly professed faith.

Indeed, the Gospels appointed for the Sunday Masses of the Easter season provide us with an account of how our Lord revealed the resurrection to the disciples and instructed them in how they were to give witness to him and continue the ministry he had initiated during his earthly life.  We would do well to pay close attention to these and to the readings from the Acts of the Apostles which give insight into the situations faced by the disciples and how they remained faithful to Jesus through the various challenges to their faith.  In so doing we enter into a type of mystagogy as we consider our own life circumstances and the manner in which the Eucharist helps us to grow in faith as it nurtures the life of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

I would encourage all of us to be very aware of just what is happening at Mass and how the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary is made present to us in the Eucharist.  Participation in this act of worship is as close as we can come to meeting Jesus in this life and we should have as much reverence for the Blessed Sacrament as we would have for Christ if he were standing before us in his glorified body.  One of the lessons of mystagogy is that our conversion into Christ is a lifelong process during which we are invited to discern the ways in which we might serve Christ as he serves us.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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