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, Julie Ann Pollaro-Spaulding, J.R., Janice Rial, Josette Smith, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Pearl and Michael Farnella
Sanctuary Light – Week of April 30th – May 6th
In Memory of Sebastiano Parasiliti
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Charlie and Vi Rewers
Sanctuary Light – Week of April 30th – May 6th
In Memory of Frank Buttafarro
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Nicholas Coniglio
By John and Lucille Genco
In Memory of Ted Bogdan
By Bill and Diane Carlos
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.
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.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
APRIL 30, 2017
After some time of journeying to Emmaus, and after failure to recognize the risen Jesus at first, two of Jesus’ disciples recognized the Risen Lord as he broke bread with them. Might Jesus be calling you to make His presence known by this very gesture? 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29
St. Catherine of Siena
4:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the Augusta Family by Anita Augusta Larson
SUNDAY, APRIL 30
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
MONDAY, MAY 1
St. Joseph the Worker
12:10 (SSPP) George Moore, Birthday by Theresa Moore
TUESDAY, MAY 2
9:00 (St. John) Dr. Joseph Baglia, Birthday by Family
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
Sts. Philip and James, Apostles
12:10 (SSPP) Special Intentions of Lory and Angie Muscarella by Sam, Marianne and Olivia Manfrey
THURSDAY, MAY 4
9:00 (St. John) Nicholas Marucci, Birthday by Family
FIRST FRIDAY, MAY 5
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, MAY 6
4:00 (St. John) Anne Amato, Birthday by sister, Josie Marcello
SUNDAY, MAY 7
Fourth Sunday of Easter
7:15 (SSPP) Bradley Abbey, Birthday by Family
9:00 (St. John) Ann Dahlberg by M/M Peter Conley
11:00 (SSPP) Kallie Swan by Shea Family
Next weekend, May 6th and 7th, the following children from our parish will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time: Olivia Cipolla, Ellie Giltinan, Dominic Gonzalez, Siena Loomis, Kameron Milne, Trenton Painter, Zoey Shimmel, Angelina Teator, and Zoe Zuech.
Please keep them in your prayers as they celebrate this special moment in their lives of faith. We congratulate their parents and families and extend a special “thank you” to Valerie Scaprino, who prepared these children for this Sacrament.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Easter Sunday, April 16
Collection total = $12,536.85
Sunday, April 23
Collection total = $8,277.84
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
Good Friday Holy Land Collection = $664.00
Once again, this year we express our gratitude to Ted Card and the staff of Lakeview Gardens for providing the beautiful floral arrangements for our Easter celebrations in both of our church buildings. These special adornments of our worship spaces enhance our proclamation of the new life given us in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A word of thanks is also given to the many parishioners who contributed to our Easter Flower collection and those who made special donations in memory of loved ones. It is through your generosity that we are able to worship God in the beauty of holiness during this joyful season. God bless you.
ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The Altar and Rosary Society wishes to thank our parish family for supporting our Easter weekend bake sale. Your generosity enables our Society to provide for the needs and care of the altar for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Also, our Society will meet for our regular monthly meeting on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 AM at St. John Church hall. Bring a bag lunch. New members are always welcome.
Plans are now being made for the NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION, which will take place in the fall. If you are in grades 9 – 12 you are cordially invited to attend.
A special meeting this Sunday, April 30th at noon at the Holy Family Center, will be held for those interested in attending the Convention. Parents are asked to accompany their child at this very important meeting.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES UPDATE
Finite Time. Infinite Good.
Have you contributed to the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal? There is still time to do so. As of Monday, April 24th, over $40,000 has been contributed by our parishioners representing 90% of our goal of $44,300.00.
If you have not yet made a donation, please do so at your earliest convenience to help ensure that the good works of Catholic Charities can continue to assist those in need throughout Western New York. Thank you!
One of the characteristics of the Easter Season is the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation. At the Easter Vigil people who have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. Then, from the Sunday of the resurrection until the Day of Pentecost a day will be chosen on which children who were baptized in infancy will be welcomed to the Eucharistic table and receive their First Holy Communion. As well, during this season a day will be chosen on which young adults will complete their Christian initiation by receiving Confirmation. Although these sacraments may be celebrated at any time during the liturgical year, because the seven weeks of Easter are a proclamation of the realization of the fullness of our redemption in the resurrection of Christ, their celebration is most appropriate during this season.
Thus, next weekend nine children (whose names are in this bulletin) in our parish family will receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. This is an important milestone in their growing to maturity in the Church. We believe that Jesus instituted this sacrament at the Last Supper as he prepared to fulfill the father’s will in offering his life in sacrifice for us on Calvary. He did so to provide a way in which that saving sacrifice might be made present to believers throughout the ages to nourish within us the Holy Spirit received at baptism.
When the Passion Gospel according to St. John was proclaimed on Good Friday we were reminded that after Jesus’ death on the Cross a soldier pierced his side with a lance and blood and water poured out (John 19:34). The Church sees this allegorically as the “fountain of sacramental life” foreshadowing baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Thus, the sacraments of initiation are referred to as the “Easter sacraments” through which we are joined to Christ (Baptism), empowered by Christ (Confirmation), and nourished with Christ (Eucharist). Indeed, the celebration of Confirmation for our young adults is scheduled for the Tuesday following First Communion weekend.
As our youth prepare to receive these sacraments we would do well to reflect on how we are joined to Christ through them. Baptism and Confirmation are received only once in a person’s lifetime and we believe that their effects remain with us through all eternity. Thus, even though we may not always be fervent in our practice of the faith, and may even cease to practice it thus weakening the bond that is forged between us and Christ through them, we cannot break it. What keeps this bond strong is the Eucharist, and that’s why it’s so important for us to regularly receive this holy sacrament. Let us pray that the children who will receive their First Holy Communion next weekend will receive Christ regularly each week.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende