Happy Independence Day! The Parish Office and Rectory will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, and Mass will NOT be celebrated at 9:00 AM at St. John Church. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 8:00 AM.
PRAYER FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
I am so thankful for this nation,
and grateful for all the sacrifices others
have made to build and defend this country.
Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms
we have in the United States of America.
Help me to never take these blessings for granted.
Help me to live my life in a way
that glorifies you, Lord.
Give me the strength to be a blessing
in someone’s life today, and grant me
the opportunity to lead others into the
freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Marie Grimm, Ann Kapuscinski, Sarah Lamantia, J.R., Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Justin Reimondo
By Wife Fran and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of July 2nd – 8th
In Memory of Rev. William Tuyn
By Josie and Joan Marcello
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Sanctuary Light – Week of July 2nd – 8th
For the Special Intentions of the
By Jean Frink
In you would like to purchase wine or hosts for a month or a sanctuary light for a week, or give the parish a memorial in memory or honor of someone, call the parish office at 664-5703 and we will walk you through the steps necessary to purchase one of these.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
Blessed Junipero Serra
4:00 (St. John) John Bellardo, Jr. by Charles and Kathleen Vullo
SUNDAY, JULY 2
7:15 (SSPP) M/M Robert Carlson, M/M Clark Sheffield and Ruth Sheffield by Mary Beth Carlson
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Bernard and Nancy Anderson
11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Knights of Columbus Council #926
MONDAY, JULY 3
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, JULY 4
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
St. Anthony Zaccaria and St. Elizabeth of Portugal
12:10 (SSPP) Mass of Thanksgiving to the Holy Family by Parishioner
THURSDAY, JULY 6
St. Maria Gorreti
9:00 (St. John) Anita Larson by Marilyn and Connor Rhoney
FIRST FRIDAY, JULY 7
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Jeanne M. Corkery Wiltsie by family
SATURDAY, JULY 8
4:00 (St. John) Peter Indriolo, Anniversary by Bessie Indriolo and Family
SUNDAY, JULY 9
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Pearl and Michael Farnella by Family
11:00 (SSPP) Willy and Mathilda Kutschke by Family
ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The Altar and Rosary Society of Holy Apostles Parish will meet for their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 5th following the 12:10 PM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall. There may be a workshop in preparation for our fall mini-craft sale. Bring a bag lunch and refreshments will be provided.
New members welcome.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES UPDATE
The 2017 Appeal concluded on Friday, June 30 and through the generosity of our parishioners, HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CONTRIBUTED $44,752 toward the various services and ministries provided by Catholic Charities to people in need throughout Western New York. We exceeded our goal of $44,300, and everyone who donated to the Appeal is to be thanked for helping us to do our fair share.
May God bless you all!
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, June 25
Collection Total – $8,123.36
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
A SPECIAL GUEST
This weekend we welcome Father Peter Lyons who will be speaking to us at all Masses about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He will share personal witness about FOOD FOR THE POOR and its mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another. Father Lyons was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He is a member of the Third Order regular of St. Francis, and has served as a teacher in colleges and seminaries. He has also served as a pastor of parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Diocese of Ft. Worth, and in Spring Grove, PA. Besides preaching on behalf of Food for the Poor he teaches at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92 are selling tickets for a grocery raffle. You have twenty chances to win free grocery gift cards ($50.00 or $25.00) from Wegmans, Tops, Farm Fresh or Aldi’s. It is through these fund-raisers that we are able to support many charities. Tickets are being sold after various Masses and you may purchase tickets from any member. They sell for $3 each or 3 for $5. Drawing is Sunday, July 16th.
“A BIBLICAL WALK WITH
THE BLESSED MOTHER”
Join us for a summer Bible Study – “A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother”. The Study will be held on Wednesday evenings starting July 12th to August 30th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Cost of a workbook is $25 payable by check to “Holy Apostles Parish”. All sessions include a DVD lecture by a nationally renowned Catholic Bible scholar. Even if you cannot make every session, the workbook is self-guided so you can keep up.
Please fill in the coupon below and mail to Holy Apostles Parish, 508 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701 and include your check.
I CAN ATTEND
THE SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
July 12th – August 30th
Don’t forget to include check for workbook
A DAY OFF
This Tuesday we will observe Independence Day and enjoy a day off work and some leisure time. This is one of several civic holidays that do not transfer to a Monday to allow for a long weekend, although I’m certain that some companies will allow their employees a bonus day this week. It is said that as Americans we work more days in the year than people in other developed countries and so we probably have a greater appreciation for the free time.
Of course, we will enjoy the holiday, but do we realize why we have it? Back in May I proposed the same question with regard to Memorial Day. Civic holidays all have a specific purpose and meaning, most often in recognition of those who dedicated their lives to creating and sustaining an environment where our citizens would be free to pursue their dreams. Such is the case with the Fourth of July which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence which gave rise to the events leading to the formation of the United States as a nation in its own right.
Although the vast majority of Americans will spend the day relaxing with family and friends, we are missing something if that’s all the day means to us. Politicians will often reference what is called “American exceptionalism” when campaigning for office or promoting an agenda. The term calls our attention to the fact that our brand of democracy – that of a federal republic – is rather unique in its concept of how “government by the governed” is to operate. Indeed, the intensity of the last presidential campaign and the acrimony that now characterizes our discussions in the public forum has called our attention to the three branches of our government and the checks and balances they place on one another.
It’s also important for us to remember that our system is founded upon the principle of a participatory government, meaning that you and I have a voice in both choosing who will govern us and holding them accountable for upholding the Constitution which spells out our rights and responsibilities. Perhaps, on this Independence Day we might take some time to consider just what those rights and responsibilities are and what we are doing to make sure they are upheld by those who govern us. A simple question: do you vote? Exercising that right is fundamental to being a good citizen. Do you let your representatives in government know of your concerns? Both of these are important for Catholics living in a secular state.
We are guaranteed freedom of religion by the Constitution, but what happens when legislation which would limit that freedom is proposed, as has happened recently with the growing tendency to redefine and limit that freedom to that of worship? As we enjoy the holiday on Tuesday, we would do well to give some thought to how we are living the ideals of those whose work we honor.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende