PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Linda Adams, Noah Anderson, Candido Andino, Rosemary Carlson, Rosemary Carrubba, Alice Giambeluca, Tim Johnson, Jack Kibler, Troy Little, David MacKercher, Rev. Dennis Mende, Patricia Moniot, Sherry Propheter, J.R., Janice Rial, Mark Stevenson, Tim Szczepinski, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Frank Vassallo.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Justin Reimondo
By Wife Fran and Children
Hosts – In Memory of Vincent Messina
By Wife Kathy and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of July 24th – 30th
In Memory of Josephine Mazzurco
By son Sebastian and daughter-in-law Gerri Mazzurco
Please note: If you are interested in purchasing wine or hosts in memory or honor of someone for a month, a sanctuary light for one week, or giving a donation to our Memorial Fund in memory or honor of someone, please call the parish office at 664-5703. A special card will be sent to the family noting your wishes.
Were you an altar server in your younger years? Ever think of coming out of retirement? We are in need of adults who would be willing to fulfill the responsibilities of serving at the altar for funeral Masses. The duties of serving are much the same as for a regular weekend or weekday Mass with some added ceremonies that are part of the Mass of Christian Burial. No extensive training is necessary, and the best way to learn is to accompany and “shadow” the servers at a Mass. Most funeral liturgies are celebrated in the morning usually at 10 AM in one or the other of our church buildings, so you would have to be available then.
If you are interested in taking up this important ministry, please give Father Dennis a call at 664-5703 and he will be happy to speak with you and let you know how to get started.
Special Note: In times past altar servers were all male. However, this is no longer the case, so adult women who may not have had the opportunity to serve in their younger years are very welcome and encouraged to become altar servers for Masses of Christian Burial.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
4:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate
SUNDAY, JULY 24
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Pam Russo by Frank and Elizabeth Traniello
11:00 (SSPP) Mary Phelan by Katie DeSagun and Family
MONDAY, JULY 25
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
TUESDAY, JULY 26
Sts. Joachim and Anne
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
12:10 (SSPP) Claudine Rissberger by Marijka Lampard
THURSDAY, JULY 28
9:00 (St. John) Joanna DeSantis, Anniversary by Family
FRIDAY, JULY 29
12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate
SATURDAY, JULY 30
St. Peter Chrysologus
4:00 (St. John) Giuseppe Riolo, Anniversary by wife Bessie and Family
SUNDAY, JULY 31
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Minnie Colera by Children and Family
11:00 (SSPP) M/M Rex Campbell by Henry and Katie Kutschke
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 because of your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communications Campaign.
Two weeks ago our SS. Peter and Paul Church building was the subject of some malicious mischief and vandalism when graffiti was spray painted on the front wall. Fortunately, one of our parishioners came forward immediately and said that he knows how to remove it and will do so at no charge to the parish. We are most grateful to Steve LaTone of Painting Unlimited of Jamestown, Inc. for taking care of the cleaning and commend him for his generosity.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, July 17
Main Collection $7,752.68
Repair & Maintenance 2,197.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
A NOBLE HOLY CUSTOM
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.
THERE’S STILL TIME
Even though the 2016 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL concluded on June 30 and through the generosity of many people in Western New York the goal of $11,000,000 was met and exceeded, there is still time to make a donation to assist in this good work. Although we at Holy Apostles were not able to achieve our goal of $47,345 people have continued to contribute to the Appeal, and we have now received $43,938 in donations. It’s never too late to make a donation and if you have not done so I would urge you to consider helping us move closer to our goal. You do not need to have a contribution card; just mail a check to the rectory made out to Catholic Charities Appeal and we’ll see that it’s properly processed and you receive credit for your donation. Please pray for the continuing good work done by Catholic Charities. Thank you.
By now I’m certain that everyone has heard about the Upon this Rock Initiative and its purpose of building the sustainability and viability of our parishes and diocesan ministries and services for the twenty-first century. Whereas it is the strength of the faith of the people that will be THE sustaining factor, the ability to do what is necessary to serve the Gospel of Christ in an increasingly secular society depends on having adequate sources of funding to maintain what is already in place and initiate new ventures so that the presence and voice of Christ will be seen as a necessary and valuable part of the world in which we live.
This requires that we have a firm financial foundation, the securing of which is the goal of Upon this Rock and why we at Holy Apostles have been asked to achieve a goal of raising $670,000 in pledges to be realized over a five year period of time. I am so grateful to those who have already responded to the invitation to be part of effort resulting in our having as of this writing 97% of our goal! This weekend and next weekend at all Masses we are observing “Commitment Weekend” when those who have not already done so will be asked to make a pledge or give a one-time gift to enable us to reach and exceed our goal.
In last week’s bulletin there was an insert indicating what we would propose to do with the funding that will come directly to Holy Apostles. Remember, the lion’s share (35%) of the funds raised is for the parish to use for whatever it deems as necessary. In our case this means that $234,500 will be received if we achieve our goal. We will use this to set up a “Deferred Maintenance Fund” to help address maintenance and improvement needs for our various buildings and properties, many of which are long overdue (these were enumerated on last week’s insert). The benefits to us as a parish will increase if we are exceed the goal.
In the event that we raise more than $670,000 in pledges and gifts, for every dollar raised over that amount 55% comes to the parish! That’s a real incentive and one of the reasons for having these commitment weekends. They not only serve to bring Upon this Rock to its completion in the local parish but also provide the opportunity for parishioners who may be hesitant to participate to do so realizing that whatever amount they are able to give has the possibility of being a real game-changer for the parish.
I would therefore invite everyone who has not yet become a part of the Upon this Rock Initiative to please consider joining those who have chosen to assist in this important work. A number of people have made sacrificial gifts as a sign of their love for the Church, and they are blessing us all. However, we cannot let just a small percentage of our parishioners bear the responsibility for everyone else. May our commitment to Christ and his Church always be strong.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende