August 14, 2016

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

Linda Adams, Noah Anderson, Candido Andino, Rosemary Carlson, Rosemary Carrubba, Alice Giambeluca, Tim Johnson, Jack Kibler, Troy Little, David MacKercher, Rev. Dennis Mende, Patricia Moniot, Sherry Propheter, J.R., Janice Rial, Mark Stevenson, Tim Szczepinski, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Frank Vassallo.

 

AUGUST

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Wine – In Memory of

Zanetta and Martinelli Families

By Nancy Stevenson

Hosts – In Memory of Joan Colera

By Al and Rosalie Gullotti

Sanctuary Light – Week of August 14th – 20th

In Memory of Josephine Morgan

By Diane Forsberg, Bev Larson,

Diana Purtell and Rosemary Carlson

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer

By Carl and Paula Slagle

MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Mark Regan Sherman

By Ellen Adams

 

IS IT A HOLY DAY?

August 15th is the day on which we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is customarily a “Holy Day of Obligation” on which we are expected to be present for Mass. However, this year that date falls on a Monday, which means that we run into a peculiarity of liturgical practice. Whenever this date occurs on either a Saturday or a Monday, the definition is a “relaxation of the law’s obligation in a given situation.” What that means for us is that we are not expected to be at Mass on that day. It is still a holy day, but without the accompanying obligation. Therefore, we will not have any extra Masses offered this Monday. The regular 12:10 PM Mass will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Church, and you are welcome and encouraged to attend if you are able to do so.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS

The next meeting of the our St. Vincent de Paul Society will be held on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM in SS. Peter and Paul Church hall. New members are always welcome!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus

4:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Holy Apostles Parish Family

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Nina Palermo, Birthday by Ron and Kathy DeSantis

11:00 (SSPP) Pamela Robson by Jim and Francine Loomis

MONDAY, AUGUST 15

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

12:10 (SSPP) Antonio and Rosaria Riolo Family by Nina Riolo

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

St. Stephen of Hungary

9:00 (St. John) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

12:10 (SSPP) Deceased Members of the Riolo Family by Bessie Riolo

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

9:00 (St. John) Mary Welch, Anniversary by Linda and Keith Miller and Family

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

St. John Eudes

12:10 (SSPP) Rev. Msgr. Anthony J. Caligiuri by Rev. Dennis W. Mende

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

St. Bernard

1:00 (St. John) WEDDING: Benjamin Moss and Danielle DeJoy

4:00 (St. John) Rudolph Mende, Anniversary by Rev. Dennis W. Mende

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Jerome Hendrickson, Anniversary by Family

9:00 (St. John) Joe Miraglia, Wedding Anniversary by Wife Lucy Miraglia

11:00 (SSPP) Mary Phelan by Jack and Eileen Raab

 

 

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Next Saturday, August 20th, BENJAMIN MOSS and DANIELLE DEJOY will be united in marriage at St. John Church at 1:00 PM.

May the God of hope fill Benjamin and Danielle with every joy in believing. May the peace of Christ abound in their hearts, and may the Holy Spirit enrich them with his gifts, now and forever. Congratulations!

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, August 7

            Collection Total                       $9,060.12

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund

Collection Total – $2,313.00

 

HELPING OUR RETIRED PRIESTS

            Last weekend, we took up the first ever collection for the “Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund.” If you were unprepared to make a contribution at that time and would like to do so you may send a donation to the rectory and we will forward it to the proper diocesan office. Checks should be written to Holy Apostles Parish with “Retired Priests Medical Benefits Fund” written on the memo line.

Please note that this is not a duplication of the “Retirement Fund for Religious” which takes place in December of each year. That collection is for the religious order Sisters (nuns), Brothers (monks), and religious order priests. It does NOT benefit diocesan priests.

 

 AM I TOO LATE?

Now that our parish has completed all of the steps in the Upon this Rock Initiative, I have been asked if it’s too late to make a pledge or give a one-time gift to this effort to ensure the sustainability of our parish and our diocesan ministries and services. The answer is, “no it’s never too late!” If you received the mailing several weeks ago, all you need to do is complete the enclosed pledge card and mail it to the rectory.

If you are making a pledge or giving a gift, your check should be made out to “Upon this Rock” and NOT to the parish. The return envelope is addressed to the rectory so that we can record the information and then forward it to the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for processing.

As is noted on the pledge card, you are asked to designate how you will pay the pledge. A reminder will be sent to you according to your choice. If you have further questions, or need assistance in making a pledge or gift, please call Father Dennis and he will assist you.

 

NEW ALTAR SERVERS

Beginning next weekend, we will be seeing some new faces serving at the altar during our weekend Masses. Our seven newly instructed servers are: Lydia Darr, Brionna Dumaine, Sophia Dumaine, Cambria Fiorella, Robert Hall, Adam Kubera, Leo Tehan, Each of them received their First Holy Communion in May. We thank them for their willingness to take on this important responsibility in service to Our Lord and our parish family.

THE WRAP-UP

            No, this is not going to be an article on something to eat!  I don’t like “wraps” anyway so I wouldn’t spend time thinking and writing about them.  Rather, I’d like to share some final thoughts on the Upon this Rock Initiative in which our parish has successfully participated, and will continue in other parishes throughout the diocese into next year.  If you were with us for Masses these past two weekends you know that we met and exceeded our goal of $670,000 and as of this date have received contributions and pledged commitments of OVER $800,000.  That’s more than three quarters of a million dollars. WOW.  I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of our Holy Apostles family.

You know well that “asking for money” is a very hard thing for me to do.  I’m not the glad-hander who wanders up and down the aisles patting people on the back and currying favor and popularity.  Presiding at Mass and celebrating the sacraments, spending time in spiritual reading and praying for the people whom I am to serve as pastor is much more my comfort zone.  Thus, having to ask people for money has been draining to say the least.  Some of our parishioners have asked how I got through it.  Quite simply, by the grace of God; but also with an inspiring example, and I’ll share with you what and who that is.

Everyone knows of Mother Angelica who died on Easter Sunday of this year.  Following her death, it occurred to me that I really knew relatively little about her.  I was aware that Raymond Arroyo, the host of the news and commentary program “The World Over” on EWTN had authored a biography of her, so I bought and read it just before we had to begin Upon this Rock.  It was the account of how Mother Angelica became involved with telecommunications that became the source of inspiration and strength for me.

When she founded the monastery of her order in Alabama, a visit to a TV studio suggested to her how broadcasting could be used as a tool for evangelization and promoting the Catholic faith.  Of course, she knew nothing about how to start such an endeavor but in prayer she came to discern that that was what God was calling her to do.  Her response was, well, if you want it Lord I’ll do my best and if I fail at least I can face you saying I tried.  Part of what she had to do was raise substantial amounts of money which she did by talking to people who might be willing to lend support and asking them for donations.  She struggled to do this, but her perseverance brought a tremendous response and EWTN is today touching the lives of people throughout the world with the message of Christ.

It was her example that gave me courage for what we were asked to do for Upon this Rock. Now that we have successfully wrapped-up our efforts, we also will be a blessing for many for years to come.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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