MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
This Monday, January 16th is MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY. The parish office and rectory will be closed and NO Mass will be celebrated. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th at 8:00 AM.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Sherry Propheter, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Frank Vassallo
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of January 15th – 21st
In Memory of Josie Marino
By Frances P. Marchiando
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of My Parents:
Franz X. and Katerina Beer
By Irene Calamungi
MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Joan Brigiotta
By Jeannette and Jean Brigiotta
The Holy Apostles Youth Group is collecting bottles and cans. If you have some you’d like to dispose of, please take them to the Southside Redemption Center on Foote Ave. and tell them to put the proceeds into the Holy Apostles Parish Youth account.
The Buffalo Youth Convention for 2017 will be held from March 3rd to the 5th in Buffalo. Open to students in grades 9 – 12, it’s a great weekend to explore your faith and meet new friends from our Buffalo Diocese. If you are interested, contact Mrs. Paula Slagle, Youth Director, at 485-8783.
When you’re out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet. Log on to www.masstimes.org. This is just one product that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is able to provide.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
4:00 (St. John) Emily Kubera, Birthday & Anniversary by Grandpa and Grandma Armstrong
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Josie Marino by Genie DeMarco, M/M Charles Gollnick, and Cathy and Larry Spangenburg
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18
12:10 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
St. Fabian and St. Sebastian
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
4:00 (St. John) Dan Smeragliuolo by Don and Millie Ball
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Albert Soldano by Patsy and Beverly Smeragliuolo
11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Sally Corkery and Ted Bogdan
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Bennie Cardinale, Shirley Gutierrez, and Irma Rhoney.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
To the many businesses who make it possible for this bulletin to be cost free to the parish. Take note of these fine businesses which advertise on the back page. If you should patronize one of them, tell them you saw their ad on our bulletin.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, January 1st
Collection Total = $10,387.11
Sunday, January 8th
Collection Total = $10,885.65
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
NO PARKING ZONE
For the remainder of the winter season, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF ANY OF THE GARAGE DOORS BEHIND THE RECTORY AT SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH. Snow removal equipment is kept here and must be accessible at all times. Also, Father Dennis’ car is in the middle garage and he needs to be able to get in and out, too. Thank you for your cooperation!
CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH
This is a REMINDER, that this is CHOOSE LIFE OF JAMESTOWN CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Just place your donations in the cradle at the Blessed Mother’s altar. If giving a check, make it payable to Choose Life of Jamestown. Choose Life thanks you!
We have been having quite a winter this year to say the least and it has presented many hazardous conditions. Our staff and those with whom we contract for snow plowing and salting at our various properties have been doing their best to keep our parking lots and walkways clear. However, sometimes they no sooner finish their task than another burst of lake effect will come out of nowhere and cover things over again! Because of this we ask that everyone take extra precautions when coming and going from our properties during the winter weather.
A special request: When there are snowy conditions, PLEASE refrain from visiting Holy Cross Cemetery. Our staff has to plow (and sometime remove) snow from our several roadways, and cars driving through makes their tasks that much harder. We have even had to be a towing service for cars that slide off the roadway in inclement weather! As a precaution, our staff has been instructed to keep the cemetery gates closed during plowing operations. No one needs to visit a grave during a snowstorm! Thank you for your cooperation.
In one of last month’s (last year’s, now!) articles I explained that in the way the Church’s liturgical calendar is organized we would be experiencing the longest possible Advent and the shortest possible Christmas seasons. Following four full weeks of Advent we only had two full weeks of Christmas and the season concluded with the observance of the Baptism of the Lord which was transferred to Monday of last week. That was because the Sunday on which we celebrated the Epiphany occurred as late as it could on January 8th. As I’ve said in the past, following the Church calendar requires an awareness of its idiosyncrasies!
Be that as it may, this weekend we are observing the “Second Sunday in Ordinary Time” and you might ask, “What happened to the First one?” since last Sunday was the Epiphany. The answer is that when the Baptism of the Lord occurs on Sunday it is at one and the same time the First Sunday in Ordinary Time. While that sounds confusing there’s actually a good reason behind it. Let me explain.
Biblical scholarship and Church tradition see the baptism of Jesus as the beginning of his public ministry. John the Baptist himself said of him that “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30) indicating that his work of preparing the way for the coming of the Christ was now completed and that Jesus would take things from there. The Ordinary Time of the Church year is devoted to recalling and reflecting on Jesus’ life and teachings to understand how his ordinary day to day life became an extraordinary revelation of God’s presence among the people. Each year of the three year cycle of Scripture readings appointed for Mass during this season is centered on a particular Gospel. Although the Gospel for this Sunday is from John (referencing the Baptist’s identifying Jesus as the “Son of God”), because we are in “Year A” of the cycle it will be from Matthew for the rest of the cycle.
It would therefore be a good idea for us to take the time to read for ourselves the Gospel in its entirety to develop a sense of Matthew’s understanding of the events of Jesus’ life and how these revealed him as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. In so doing we will see how the most ordinary instances in his life became for those around him an extraordinary experience of God’s grace. The same can be true for us. Remember, the Gospels were composed as faith statements to encourage faith. Although they include historical data their purpose was not to record history. That’s why each Gospel writer arranged the data in a way that helps to present his case for the acceptance of Jesus and his teachings.
If you have a “study Bible” a reading of the Introduction for each book will provide helpful background information which will alert us to the ways in which Matthew found the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende