PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Mary Caprino
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of February 12th – 18th
In Memory of Catherine Ellison – Anniversary
By Grandparents: Aurora and Jerry Bondi
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Samuel and Josephine Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of February 12th – 18th
In Memory of Rebecca Painter
By Fran and Amy Sirianni
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Dr. Alberto & Shirley Gutierrez
By Robert Siegel
In Memory of Shirley Gutierrez
By Lutheran Social Services
In Memory of Stella Restivo
By Lorie Genco
In Memory of Bennie Cardinale
By Kenneth and Helen Bruner
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sherrill Propheter. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS
Beginning one week early, our annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will begin on Friday, February 24th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM at St. John Church hall. Menu includes:
Battered or Broiled Fish
or 6-Shrimp Dinner
or Fish / 3 Shrimp Combo
Potato Salad or French Fries
Cole Slaw or Apple Sauce
Price – Adults $10 – Children $8
Vegetable Lasagna also available – $8
Beer, Soda, Wine, and Water
available for sale.
Come join the fun every Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday). Desserts are always needed. If you can donate a dessert, bring it to the church hall on Friday afternoon after Noon. Come join chairmen Mike Palermo and Ron Pappalardo for a delicious meal!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Our Lady of Lourdes
4:00 (St. John) George Seastedt, Anniversary by Wife Susan and Family
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Jack Milito by Neil and Nancy Frederick
9:00 (St. John) Mary Bandish by Bonnie Elliott, Carol Wayne, and Howard and Lois Paulson
11:00 (SSPP) Shirley Gutierrez by Holy Apostles Parish Family
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
12:10 (SSPP) Dominick and Angelina Lombardo by Daughter, Laura Felice
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
St. Cyril and St. Methodius
9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
12:10 (SSPP) Kenneth Snyder, Birthday by Maggie and John Scorse
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
9:00 (St. John) Irma Rhoney by Frances D’Angelo
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
The Seven Founders of the Servite Order
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Carl and Paula Slagle
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Bruce and Eileen Widen
11:00 (SSPP) Sam Castiglione, Anniversary by Family
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 2017
“Finite Time. Infinite Good”
Please consider giving to the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal. Last year, thanks to the generous support of donors throughout the Western New York community, Catholic Charities was able to positively impact the lives of children, families and seniors across the region with everything from basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to mental health counseling or educational services.
Bishop Malone has announced our goal of $11 million and the patron saint of this year’s Appeal is St. Marianne Cope, whose caring nature inspired her to tend to those with leprosy. Through your donation, we can multiply God’s goodness in Western New York.
To find out more go to www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, February 5
Main Collection $9,268.25
Fuel Collection $1,228.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Apostles Parish meets twice a month at 7:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Their next meeting will be Monday, February 27th. The Society would like to welcome their newest member, Ed Degnan. If you would like to join the St. Vincent de Paul Society, please call the parish office at 664-5703 and leave your name and telephone number.
IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED!
Our Holy Apostles Parish will once again present a ST. JOSEPH’S TABLE which will be held on Sunday, March 12th at St. John Church at noon.
In keeping with the old Sicilian tradition, a buffet of various Italian foods are being prepared in honor of this St. Joseph celebration. Many volunteers are busily cooking and baking for this special day. There is no charge for the buffet; however, a free will offering will be accepted.
Plenty of cookies, cakes, cannoli and other baked items will be available for purchase. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. Time of “Table Blessing” and an itemized menu will be detailed in upcoming church bulletins.
Please be sure to save the March 12th date. We would love to have you join us!
The 5th annual AFTERNOON VALENTINE CARD AND GAME PARTY will be held this Tuesday, February 14th beginning at noon at ST. MARY OF LOURDES PARISH HALL, 41 Main St. in Bemus Point.
Bring your own cards or board games. An $8 donation includes a light lunch with dessert and beverage plus the chance to win a door prize. Women and men are welcome! Join the Lourdes Ladies of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish for an afternoon of fun and socializing!
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Anyone who attends Mass regularly is familiar with the structure of the liturgy and its component parts, but do we ever take the time to consider what these are and why they are there? I dare say that most of us just take it for granted that certain things happen at certain points in particular ways and we go with the flow. Yet the celebration of the Mass is deliberately structured to both fulfill its purpose (i.e. the consecration of the bread and wine to be the Body and Blood of Christ) and nurture our appreciation of the working of divine grace throughout human history. The former is affected through the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the latter though the Liturgy of the Word which form the two major portions of the Mass. The Prayer of the Faithful is the final element in the Liturgy of the Word.
I write about this because its importance is often overlooked and we may not be fully engaged in this dimension of our corporate prayer. In the “General Instruction of the Roman Missal” which is the official guideline on how the Mass is to be celebrated it is also referred to as the “Universal Prayer” or the “Bidding Prayer.” It follows the Profession of Faith and forms our response to the Scripture Readings and the Homily. It takes the form of a series of petitions for various needs which are offered either by the priest or a deacon or a lector, and to which the people respond with an invocation.
The Instruction directs that the petitions be for: the needs of the Church; public authorities and the salvation of the whole world; those burdened by any kind of difficulty; and the needs of the local community. There is no set wording for these and they are composed by the local community and vary week by week. At Holy Apostles we include a petition for the intention for which the Mass is offered together with an intention for those who have died within the week.
Here, I would like to clarify our approach to including particular names of the deceased. Every mass is offered with a particular intention which is most often for a deceased person. This is the name that introduces the petition to which will be added the names of the recently deceased. Our custom is to add such names after the public announcement of the death (the obituary). Sometime this will be before the day of the funeral and sometimes after. Out of respect for the family of the deceased we do not believe it is our place to take it upon ourselves to announce the death before the family has had the opportunity to make their desired arrangements.
Each time we gather for Mass I would encourage everyone to be attentive to the Prayer of the Faithful and to consider the needs that are expressed in the petitions which link our local community to the Church throughout the world.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende