This Monday, February 20th is PRESIDENTS’ DAY. The Parish office and rectory will be closed and there will be NO MASS celebrated at 12:10 PM. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 21st at 8:00 AM.
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 19th – 25th
In Memory of Albert Soldano
By Frances P. Marchiando
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Samuel & Josephine Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of February 19th – 25th
In Memory of Mary and Paul R. Griffith, Sr. and
sons James and Donald Griffith
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Irma Rhoney
By Camille and Robert Guinnane
In Memory of Sherry Propheter
By Holy Apostles’ St. Vincent de Paul Society
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.
DON’T FORGET – THE LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS AT ST. JOHN CHURCH HALL, will begin this Friday, February 24th from 4:00 to 7:30 PM each Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday).
Adults $10 and Children $8. A variety of Fish Dinners (battered or broiled) including Fish and Shrimp combo dinners will be offered along with Vegetable Lasagna. Desserts are graciously accepted.
M A S S E S F O R T H E W E E K
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
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
St. Peter Damian
9:00 (St. John) Ruth H. Uebler by Rev. Dennis W. Mende
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
12:10 (SSPP) Franz and Katerina Beer by daughter, Irene Calamungi
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
12:10 (SSPP) Judy Smith, Birthday by Jim Smith
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
4:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of John J. Quinn Family by Bruce and Eileen Widen
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Michael Abbey by Family
9:00 (St. John) Albert Soldano by Michelle and Craig Noon, Cathy and Patrick O’Hagan, and Patricia and Alan Zuchowski
11:00 (SSPP) James Hewitt by Carm Ciancio
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YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, February 12
Main Collection $7,628.80
Repair & Maintenance 1,270.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
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 hall 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!
COLLINS CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
NEEDS YOUR HELP
Collins Christian Ministry is dedicated to sharing the “Good News” of the gospel with the inmates at the State Prison in Gowanda. Over the past 38 years, our bi-annual weekends and follow-up weekly gatherings has helped to establish a vibrant Christian Community within the prison walls. Your prayers and generous donations of cookies, fruit pies, money and notes of support and encouragement have given hope to the hopeless.
Collins Christian Ministry #17 is scheduled for Thursday, March 30th through Sunday, April 2nd. Men and women are needed to serve as team members.
Call or text Deacon Sam Pellerito at 485-3901 for more details.
ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The next meeting of the Holy Apostles Parish Altar and Rosary Society will be Saturday, March 4th at 11:00 AM at St. John Church hall. Dues will be collected which are due in March.
New members are welcome!
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL – PART 2
Last week I wrote about this portion of the Mass which concludes the Liturgy of the Word to highlight its importance in the offering of our principal act of worship. One of the unique features of this part of the ritual is that it does not have a set form of wording. The petitions that are prayed are especially composed for each Mass. Unlike the other principal (the Collect, the Prayer over the Offerings, and the Prayer after Communion), as well as the rites that form the Liturgy of the Eucharist, whose wordings are given in the Roman Missal and which are prescribed for use wherever Mass is celebrated, the Prayer of the Faithful changes from Mass to Mass and community to community. Thus, the petitions that we pray here at Holy Apostles will likely differ from those used in other churches.
Whereas each congregation has the privilege of composing the particular petitions, the Roman Missal provides a pattern to be followed so that certain general areas of concern are included. That’s why there will always be prayers for the Church, civic concerns, those suffering from various burdens, and local concerns. To these will be added petitions for the faithful departed, and an opportunity for parishioners to include their personal needs. With regard to this last intercession, I would like to call our attention to our practice here at Holy Apostles and the rationale for it.
Our final petition is always for our own special needs and intentions, the invitation to which is “Let us pray in silence.” In some places it is the custom to afford people the opportunity to share their concerns audibly. We do not do this here because of the possibility of misusing the invitation to interject statements of a political nature into the congregation’s common prayer. Indeed, I have had experience with this happening where someone will pray that a particular party platform or initiative be adopted, only to have this followed by another person petitioning for its defeat! You may laugh (it is kind of funny when you think of it), but when such a thing happens what is supposed to unite us in the Mystical Body of Christ becomes the cause for division. In the times in which we are living there is enough that divides us in other aspects of our lives, and we do not need to bring this into our offering of worship.
This brings me to a final point about the Prayer of the Faithful which has to do with its purpose. Above all, it is a lifting up of our concerns for the well being of the human family, asking for God’s grace and guidance in particular areas. It is not an attempt to manipulate God into doing what we think is best, but rather an invitation for the doing of the divine will in the manner that God knows is best for us. Perhaps when we join in the intercessions we might reflect on that for which we are praying and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in discerning how we ourselves might assist in these areas of need.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende