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 Stella Restivo
By Frances P. Marchiando
Sanctuary Light – Week of Feb. 26th – Mar. 4th
In Memory of Nicholas Sabino
By Josie and Joan Marcello
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Siegfried Kutschke
By Craig and Nancy Miller
Sanctuary Light – Week of Feb. 26th – Mar. 4th
In Memory of Ginny Lind
By Dorothy Lawson
If you would like to purchase wine, hosts, a sanctuary light or a memorial, please put your wishes in writing and send to the parish office at 508 Cherry St. A special card will be sent to the family noting your wishes.
This Wednesday, March 1st is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a Season of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Masses with the distribution of ashes are: 7:00 AM – SS. Peter and Paul Church; 9:00 AM – St. John Church; 12:10 PM – SS. Peter and Paul Church and 5:00 PM – St. John Church.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS are prayed at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Fridays at 11:15 AM and on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at St. John Church. The Stations are a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. They are divided into the fourteen stations representing the time Christ was condemned, to his burial. Please join us.
PLEASE NOTE: This Friday, March 3rd is First Friday. Stations will begin at 10:45 AM followed by devotions and benediction at 11:15 AM and Mass at 12:10 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church.
ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY REMINDER
The next meeting of the Altar and Rosary Society will be next Saturday, March 4th at 11:00 AM at St. John Church hall. Dues will be collected which are due in March. New members welcome.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
4:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the 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
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27
12:10 (SSPP) Special Intentions by Parishioners
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
9:00 (St. John) Irma Rhoney by Family
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
7:00 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate
5:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
9:00 (St. John) Edward and Irma Rhoney (Wedding Anniversary) by Family
FIRST FRIDAY, MARCH 3
St. Katharine Drexel
10:45 (SSPP) Stations of the Cross
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Jeri Gerardi by Gourmet Girls
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
4:00 (St. John) Shirley Gutierrez by Frances D’Angelo
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
First Sunday of Lent
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Ron and Doris Pappalardo
11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Bruce and Eileen Widen
HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
Holy Apostles Parish Choir will be singing Irish tunes at the 11:00 AM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Sunday, March 12th. Please join us for the celebration of the Liturgy and enjoy the wonderful talents of our choir members as they honor St. Patrick.
If you are interested in joining the Choir, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:15 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church chapel. There are NO auditions to join.
Beginning next weekend, Holy Apostles Parish Confirmation students will be greeters at weekend Masses during Lent. Please keep them in your prayers as their journey towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation continues.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, February 19
Collection Total – $7,967.65
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
COLLINS CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2017
Joyful, Patient, Faithful
Saturday, March 18th – Cardinal O’Hara High School
7:30 AM registration / 8 AM Mass w/ Bishop Malone
Last year, Catholic Women of Buffalo, Inc. hosted its first Catholic Women’s Conference. Our first event was an amazing success with over 500 women in attendance. We hope that this year’s conference brings welcomed improvements and reaches even more women. Our goals are to encourage women to live out the Catholic faith in their daily lives, to connect them to ministries within their parishes, and to encourage them to fully participate in the sacraments.
For details and to register, visit our website:
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TRADITIONAL ST. JOSEPH TABLE
You are cordially invited to take a small step back in time and experience an age-old tradition. Holy Apostles Parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at St. John Church hall, 270 Newton Ave., Jamestown.
Father Dennis Mende will begin the celebration by blessing the St. Joseph shrine and traditional buffet table which will be set to welcome parishioners and guests for a tasting of a variety of Italian foods. Beverages are included.
The meatless buffet will be available throughout the afternoon from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. A free-will offering would be appreciated. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase home-made Italian cookies, cannoli, cakes and breads. We hope you will join us!
THE PURPOSE OF LENT
In many professions it is a common practice for employees to undergo a yearly evaluation to determine whether or not the performance of their tasks is satisfactory and if they are doing so to the best of their ability. There are both positive and negative aspects to this, for while it may result in praise being given for a job well done it can also be an occasion for receiving criticism for a less than worthy fulfillment of responsibilities. Quite naturally we like the former and bristle at the latter. Yet, as we were all told by our parents when growing up, “it’s for our own good.”
This week we will observe Ash Wednesday and begin the season of Lent. This time of preparation for the celebration of Easter presents us with the opportunity to do a yearly spiritual self-evaluation to ascertain how we are fulfilling our responsibilities as followers of Christ. One of the reasons why we in the Roman Catholic tradition follow a certain regimen during this time is to keep us in mind of the purpose of Lent. Because the discipline is so familiar we might just take it for granted and forget about doing anything beyond receiving the mark of ashes on the forehead to begin the season.
So what is it that should be different in our lives for the next six weeks? Well, for one thing, fasting and abstinence. We do both on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday which are the only days of “strict fast” in the Church year (which involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals). Remember, fasting means reducing our intake of food, whereas abstinence means refraining from eating a particular type of food, the common practice being not eating meat on Ash Wednesday, and ALL Fridays of Lent (including Good Friday, of course). It should be noted that those who are vegetarian or vegan (who don’t eat meat anyway) would eliminate from their meal an appropriate staple on those days.
This practice is not an end in itself, but rather a reminder of the purpose of Lent, which is doing penance for the ways in which we have offended against Christ (by sinning). Therefore, as we do our spiritual self-evaluation in the light of the teaching and example of Jesus, the Church prescribes that Catholics are bound by an obligation to confess serious sins at least once a year. Lent is the ideal time to fulfill this obligation, and we would do well to consider our approach to the sacrament of Reconciliation.
It is a cliché to say that “confession is good for the soul” but it’s true, and is the way Jesus himself has provided for relieving ourselves of burdens that may be the cause of our being unable to find peace of mind. Remember Jesus’ teaching that there is joy in heaven over one repentant sinner (see the parables in Luke 15). To facilitate our access to the sacrament so that we can fulfill the purpose of Lent, there will be extra days and times for confessions during the season. These will be noted in next weekend’s bulletin.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende