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 Mary Caprino
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th
In Memory of Michael Trantum
By Frances P. Marchiando
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Samuel & Josephine Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th
In Memory of Dr. Alberto Gutierrez
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Bennie Cardinale
By Sally DePetro – By Carolyn Edson
By Ron Yachetta – By Gust & Dianne Calamunci
In Memory of Shirley Gutierrez
By Lynne and Keith Luther
By Shane and Erin Knapp
In Memory of Irma Rhoney
By Mary Ann Bollman – By Elizabeth Frank
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 is also 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 2:00 PM. For takeouts call 484-8554. Chairmen are Mike Palermo and Ron Pappalardo. Join us!
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. This includes during weekday and weekend Masses, funeral Masses, or any other functions going on in the church or hall.
Snow removal equipment is kept here and must be accessible at all times. Also, Father Dennis must have access at all times to his car parked in the middle garage.
Thank you for your cooperation.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
St. Thomas Aquinas
4:00 (St. John) Josie Marino by David and Nancy Kingsley
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Carl and Paula Slagle
11:00 (SSPP) Dr. Alberto Gutierrez, Birthday by Family
MONDAY, JANUARY 30
12:10 (SSPP) Margaret Mende, Birthday by Rev. Dennis W. Mende
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
St. John Bosco
9:00 (St. John) Michael Marucci, Birthday by Family
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
12:10 (SSPP) Mary Hendrickson, Birthday by Family
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
The Presentation of the Lord
9:00 (St. John) Harry Kosko, Anniversary by Family
FIRST FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
St. Blaise and St. Ansgar
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Rudolph Mende, Birthday by Rev. Dennis W. Mende
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
4:00 (St. John) Mike Felice by Dianne Woleen and Paula Slagle
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
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
“TRADITIONAL” ST. JOSEPH TABLE
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 will begin THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST at 9:00 AM at St. John Church hall and will continue Tuesday through Thursday leading up to the Table on Sunday, March 12th.
Looking forward to seeing you on January 31st.
VALENTINE COOKIE SALE
Jubilate Singer’s Valentine Cookie Sale will once again be held on Sunday February 5th at the 9 AM and 11 AM Masses. The sale benefits Daniela Mae from the Philippines, through Unbound, formerly the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Cookies will be $5.00 per plate.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22ND
Collection Total = $7,793.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
The 5TH ANNUAL AFTERNOON VALENTINE CARD AND GAME PARTY will be held on Tuesday, February 14th beginning at noon at ST. MARY OF LOURDES PARISH HALL, 41 Main Street 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!
FOSTER HOMES DESPERATELY NEEDED
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human services is in urgent need of community members to provide foster care services for children who are temporarily unable to remain in their homes. Children in foster care may be infants through age 18 and represent all cultures. Some children may have physical or mental limitations, behavioral challenges, or just need special care. Most just need stability and kindness.
To become a foster parent for Chautauqua County, you must be at least 21 years old, single or married or living with a partner. You must have sufficient income to meet your own family’s needs and be in good health. To learn more about what it means to be a foster parent, call 716-661-8052 (Christine Galbraith) or 716-363-3570 (Kim Gates). Can you make a difference?
UPDATING PARISH CENSUS
Have you recently moved, changed your phone number, or have an e-mail address you would like to give us? If so, please fill out the coupon below and mail it to Holy Apostles Parish, 508 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701. We will then update your parish census information. Thank you.
UPDATED CENSUS INFORMATION
One of the experiences we can expect to have as a Christian is a testing of our faith. This can happen in a variety of ways occasioned by different sets of circumstances. It is impossible to predict when, where, or how this will happen, but we know from the history of the Church, especially by reading the lives of the saints, that it will. Indeed, it happened to Jesus himself when he was dying on the Cross and cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” In his anguish he turned to the words of Psalm 22 which is both a lamentation of feeling forsaken as well as a recalling of God’s mercy in times past which concludes with a chorus of praise to God and confidence in God’s deliverance. When we feel alone and abandoned and our faith is tested we would do well to read this Psalm.
I write this because the adverse circumstances we face at times may cause us to doubt our faith and even to give up on it altogether. We need to keep in mind that the faith we profess does not claim to guarantee a trouble free life, but rather that divine grace will be with us in all of life’s circumstances. Thus, when we are moved by adverse conditions to ask, “why me?” our next question should be, “Lord, how can I find you here?” That in itself will put the situation in a different light and likely lead to hope rather than despair.
One of the peculiarities of the Roman Catholic tradition of Christianity is that we believe in “redemptive suffering.” This is rooted in the understanding that Jesus’ suffering and death brought salvation to the human race, and that our personal sufferings when joined to those of Jesus can become a participation in the ongoing work of redemption. That’s what St. Paul meant when he said that, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the Church” (Colossians 1:24). Whereas it may strike us as odd for Paul to say that anything could be lacking in Christ’s sufferings since we believe that his sacrifice was all sufficient, he is reminding us that this aspect of redemption remains present in the life of Jesus’ Mystical Body.
Thus, when our faith is tested, in particular by any suffering we may endure, it can be an opportunity to renew and strengthen our faith by bidding God’s grace to discern how we might join our suffering to that of Christ on Calvary for the benefit of someone in need. This is a vastly different approach than just asking that we might be relieved of our sufferings. There is a time honored phrase in our Catholic tradition that speaks of “offering it up” the “it” being our suffering. The next time you face a situation which is testing your faith I would encourage you to remain faithful and “offer up” your suffering for someone in need.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende