February 5, 2017


Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Sherry Propheter, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.



Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials


Hosts – In Memory of Mary Caprino

By Al and Rosalie Gullotti

Sanctuary Light- Week of February 5th – 11th

In Memory of Anne Amato – Anniversary

By sister, Josie Marcello


Hosts – In Memory of Samuel and Josephine Gullotti

By Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of February 5th – 11th

In Memory of Shirley Gutierrez

By Fran and Amy Sirianni


In Memory of Shirley Gutierrez

By Patsy Kosinski – By John & Linda Galati

By Charles & Anna Rice – By Germaine Eklum

By M/M Andrew Weppner – By Donna Johnson

In Memory of Adola Haines

By Jeannette and Jean Brigiotta


Please pray for the repose of the souls of Siegfried Kutschke, Anthony Stefanelli, Sr., Stella Restivo and Joseph Minarovich.

            Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.



The ANNUAL LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS will begin on Friday, February 24th at 4:30 PM at St. John Church. This year, they are starting one week before Lent begins.

The dinners will be held during Lent each Friday (except for Good Friday) from 4:30 – 7:00 PM at St. John Church hall. Menu includes: Salad, broiled or battered fish, fish/shrimp combo dinners, potato salad or french fries, cole slaw or apple sauce with coffee. Adults – $10 / Children $8.  Vegetable lasagna will also be available for $8. You may also purchase beer, soda and wine.

Desserts are always needed – if you can donate a dessert, bring it to St. John Church hall on Fridays after noon. For takeouts, call 484-8554. Chairmen are Mike Palermo and Ron Pappalardo. Join us!



 4:00 (St. John) Mike Felice by Dianne Woleen and Paula Slagle


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Jeanne T. de la Cerda, Anniversary by de la Cerda Family

9:00 (St. John) Robert L. Heffern, Anniversary by daughter Valerie Scarpino

11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Paris and Lisa Roselli


St. Paul Miki and Companions

12:10 (SSPP) Rose Ciancio, Birthday by Carm Ciancio


9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners


St. Jerome Emiliani

St. Josephine Bakhita

12:10 (SSPP) Mary E. Faulhaber by Rev. Dennis W. Mende


9:00 (St. John) Peter Indriolo, Birthday by Bessie Indriolo and Family


St. Scholastica

12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed


Our Lady of Lourdes

4:00 (St. John) George Seastedt, Anniversary by Wife Susan and Family


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



The March 12th St. Joseph Feast Day celebration and “Traditional” St. Joseph’s Table is quickly approaching. Volunteers for cookie making and veggie prepping are once again needed and invited to help make this St. Joseph’s Table a success.

Preparations have begun. If you would like to help volunteer, come to St. John hall at 9:00 AM, Tuesday through Thursday leading up to the Table on Sunday, March 12th. Thanks for all the help you can provide!




Sunday, January 29th

Collection Total – $6,746.05

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

Catholic Relief Services Total – $1,383.00




Very soon, Catholic Charities 2017 will be upon us. The theme of this year’s appeal is “Finite Time. Infinite Good”, and this year’s patron saint is St. Marianne Cope.

Catholic Charities has been protecting, strengthening and empowering the people of Western New York since 1923. Today, they offer the most comprehensive services of any human service organization, serving all 8 counties. They are dedicated to those in need and those most vulnerable – children, adults, older adults and families, without regard to religion, race or age. Their goal is optimum emotional, mental and physical health for all. Please give generously to this year’s Appeal.



            A celebration of a particular Mass intention is among one of the many expressions of our Catholic tradition and piety. In doing such, one fulfills the beautiful and commendable practice of one of the several spiritual works of mercy, namely to pray for the living and the dead, certainly a most appropriate act of piety.

Masses can be offered for a number of various intentions:

  • For a deceased loved one, a family member, or a friend who has died, as well as on the anniversary of the death of the deceased.
  • To invoke the Lord’s special graces and blessings for a friend or loved one.
  • To petition the Lord for the good health of someone who is ill or to pray for successful surgery and speedy recovery.
  • To ask the Lord’s blessings for a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.
  • In thanksgiving for graces received by an individual.

In this commendable practice of devotion and piety, individuals provide an offering for particular Mass intentions. In the Diocese of Buffalo, $15 is the recommended offering per Mass intention. An individual requesting a Mass intention can contact the parish office to schedule a particular Mass intention at a daily Mass or at a Mass celebrated on the weekend.



            It’s hard to believe that we have already completed one month of the New Year, yet here we are at the first weekend of February!  Marketers are busy promoting spring lines of merchandise and the increase in the hours of daylight is becoming more noticeable.  In the Church it is still a bit too early to be thinking of Lent this year because the celebration of Easter will not occur until April 16th, and thus Ash Wednesday will not be until March 1st.  We therefore have another three and one half weeks of Ordinary Time during which our Sunday Mass Gospels from Matthew will continue to invite us to reflect on the public ministry and teaching of Jesus.

As we continue to enjoy the activities proper to the winter season this would be a good time to consider how we can better put his teachings into practice in all aspects of our lives.  Remember that there is a difference between faith and belief.  The two are intimately related, of course, in that one nourishes the other.  Our “beliefs” are what we find documented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; whereas our “faith” is the manner in which we live those beliefs.  This distinction can be found in the New Testament Letter of St. James where it is written, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him?” and, “Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (see James 2: 14-17).  Faith is not something we so much have as something we do.

Jesus was very concerned that people understood the connection between what they believed and what they did, and he often affirmed the importance of actions being motivated by right beliefs.  This can be seen in his interactions with the teachers of the Law (the Pharisees and the scribes).  He affirms that what they teach is right and people ought to put it into practice.  His criticism of them is that they are not doing so themselves, as is written in Matthew 23: 2-2:  “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.  Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.  For they preach but they do not practice.”

We need to keep in mind this important connection between belief and faith, especially when the two are characterized as being in opposition to one another.  On the one hand there is a tendency to say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you do no harm to someone else; on the other there is the mistaken notion that all it takes is faith and actions don’t count for much.  From a Catholic perspective both tendencies are missing the point when it comes to faith.  Thus, as the next few weeks of Ordinary Time unfold, perhaps we can “take the Sunday Gospels home with us” and consider the ways in which Jesus teachings and the beliefs of the Church can be seen in our words and actions.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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