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.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of
Zanetta and Martinelli Families
By Nancy Stevenson
Hosts – In Memory Joan Colera
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of August 21st – 27th
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
Sanctuary Light – Week of August 21st – 27th
In Memory of Fred Gullo
By Wife Carol and Children
THE HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CHOIR will begin rehearsals in September on Tuesday nights at 7:15 PM in the St. Joseph Chapel of SS. Peter and Paul Church. NEW MEMBERS ARE NEEDED! Please consider joining and learning and participating in our religion’s Mass liturgies. There is NO AUDITION TO JOIN. Just come and sing with us and gain 35 new friends. We will be learning a new series of Christmas music starting during our October rehearsals. Please view the Parish Choir ad on the back page of the bulletin for additional information.
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 21, 2016
The Lord is calling people from the East, West, North and South as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons. Are you one of them? 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, AUGUST 20
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 Rabb
MONDAY, AUGUST 22
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
St. rose of Lima
9:00 (St. John) Barbara Swartz, Birthday by Family
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
12:10 (SSPP) Rudolph and Margaret Mende by Rev. Dennis W. Mende
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
St. Louis and St. Joseph Calasanz
9:00 (St. John) Pearl and Michael Farnella by Family
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
4:00 (St. John) Richard Wirges, Birthday by Wirges and Dean Families
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) June Gullotti, Anniversary by husband Bill and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Patricia Scalise, Anniversary by Joe Scalise and Family
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.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, August 14
Main Collection $6,961.41
Repair and Maintenance 1,096.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
Special Mission Collection $2,046.24
INQUIRING ABOUT CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
Next weekend there will be two opportunities for anyone wishing information about becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church to speak with Father Dennis about the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) process leading to reception into the Church.
On Saturday, August 27th, following the 4:00 PM Mass at St. John Church and on Sunday, August 28th, following the 11:00 AM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church, after he finishes greeting people, he will meet with those interested, at the front of the Church.
This weekend, several of our newly instructed young people are serving at the altar for the first time. Brionna Dumaine and Sophia Dumaine are at the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday (they are Deacon Sam’s granddaughters), and on Sunday, Adam Kubera is at the 9:00 AM Mass (serving with his sister Megan), and Cambria Fiorella is at the 11:00 AM Mass.
Please welcome them to our team of servers.
THE SOCIAL CALENDAR
With summer quickly drawing to a close many people are planning their fall social calendars. For the past two years we have had a “Parish Picnic” in September as part of the welcome back to our students and catechists in our Religious Education Program. This year, however, we will be doing something different. Rather than having a fall picnic we will be doing something in the spring. The reasoning behind this is that by September people are pretty well all picnicked out, and the weather might not want to cooperate at that time.
The new plan is to have a “Welcome Spring” event at the conclusion of the religious education classes to which the entire parish family will be invited. The date has not yet been set, but we’re planning on sometime after Easter.
Perhaps someone who is reading this article has been thinking about becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church, or perhaps you are a parishioner and know someone who is interested in finding out more about the Church and what it means to be a Catholic. Each year beginning in September and continuing until spring and the celebration of Easter study sessions are held in preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Known by the acronym “RCIA” these sessions provide and overview of Christianity as it is understood and practiced in the Roman Catholic tradition, giving participants the background they need to make an informed decision about being received into the Church.
People who come from a variety of religious experiences, or none at all, are invited and welcome to attend. Whether one has been a member of another denomination, or has never been part of a faith community, or is a baptized Catholic who has not had any structured faith formation, or who has drifted away from the Church and now wishes to return to an active practice of the faith, the RCIA is designed for you. Indeed, active Catholics who wish to do a “refresher course” and learn more about what it means to be Catholic are also encouraged to participate. For those who are not already Catholic, attending the sessions does not presume that you have already made a firm decision to become Catholic. The sessions are designed to help you make that choice.
Should a person decide to be received into the Church, the individual would receive the “sacraments of initiation” during the Easter Vigil which takes place on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. These sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, all received within the same celebration. Now, if a person has already been baptized in another denomination, it is not necessary to be baptized again as long as the ceremony was done with the pouring of water (or immersion into water) and the words, “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The action combined with the Trinitarian formula constitutes valid baptism which is recognized by the Church. The already baptized person would make a “Profession of Faith” in what the Catholic Church “believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” Following this, the individual is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” in Confirmation and the newly baptized and confirmed would receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time, thus completing the incorporation into the Church.
I would encourage anyone who might be considering becoming Catholic to attend an “information session” which will be offered next weekend. Please refer to the note in this bulletin giving the times and locations. If you have any questions, please call me at 664-5703.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende