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
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.
In observance of Independence Day, the Parish Office and Rectory will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 AM.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF THE PARISH
Linda Adams, Noah Anderson, Candido Andino, Rosemary Carlson, Rosemary Carrubba, Alice Giambeluca, Tim Johnson, Jack Kibler, Troy Little, David MacKercher, Georgio Marchini, Rev. Dennis Mende, Patricia Moniot, Sherry Propheter, J.R., Janice Rial, Mark Stevenson, Tim Szczepinski, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.
By now many people at Holy Apostles and at all of the other churches in Southern Chautauqua County have heard the term, “Upon this Rock” which is the name of the new initiative addressing the needs of all of the parishes of the Diocese of Buffalo as we look to the future of the Church in Western New York. Father Dennis and Deacon Sam, together with several parishioner volunteers have been meeting with a cross section of parishioners to introduce and explain what this is all about and how we can be part of building up our faith communities. Recently, you should have received in the mail an invitation to attend a reception on Thursday, July 7 at which the ins and outs of “Upon this Rock” will be explained in anticipation of a general introduction which Father Dennis will give at Masses next weekend. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at St. John church hall.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
4:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SUNDAY, JULY 3
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Pearl and Michael Farnella by Family
11:00 (SSPP) M/M Willy Kutschke by Sons
MONDAY, JULY 4
TUESDAY, JULY 5
St. Anthony and St. Elizabeth of Portugal
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
St. Maria Gorreti
12:10 (SSPP) Mary Fran Patterson Campion, Anniversary by John W. Campion
THURSDAY, JULY 7
9:00 (St. John) M/M Joseph Indriolo by Mrs. Bessie Indriolo and Family
FRIDAY, JULY 8
12:10 (SSPP) Jeanne M. Corkery Wiltsie by Family
SATURDAY, JULY 9
St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions
4:00 (St. John) Peter Indriolo by Mrs. Bessie Indriolo and Family
SUNDAY, JULY 10
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Dr. & Mrs. David L. Carlson and Family by Estate
9:00 (St. John) Joe Miraglia, Birthday by Wife and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Helen Law by Jean Moran and Alice and Dorothy Ludwiczak
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
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!
WATCH FOR THE COLLECTION FIGURES
FOR SUNDAYS, JUNE 26TH and JULY 3RD
IN NEXT WEEKEND’S BULLETIN
The 6th Street office of the M & T Bank has asked us to please ask those who park in their parking lot during the 7:15 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses at SS. Peter and Paul Church, to PLEASE NOT BLOCK THE ATM MACHINE. They have received numerous complaints from their customers that the ATM machine is at times, not accessible. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE ATM MACHINE. YOUR CAR COULD BE TOWED!
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Come Holy Spirit, Come
The next in our series of Wednesday evening presentations will be a “LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” seminar. This is a 7 week study that will focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and of each baptized person. Beginning in the mid twentieth century within the context of the Catholic Charismatic renewal, such seminars have been held throughout the world, inviting Catholics to a deeper and more vibrant living of our faith.
The weekly presentations invite participants into a relationship with the Holy Spirit who leads us to Christ who brings us to the Father. It is the Spirit who empowers us for personal holiness, renewed Catholic life and evangelization.
The “LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” seminars will be offered twice weekly: on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM in SS. Peter and Paul Church hall beginning July 13th; and on Friday afternoons at 1 PM in SS. Peter and Paul Church hall beginning July 15th.
The sessions will be directed by Celeste Martin who facilitated the Symbolon series last Advent season. To make a reservation to attend, e-mail Celeste at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the coupon below and drop it in the collection basket at weekend Masses or mail it to the Parish office at 508 Cherry St., Jamestown.
I Will Attend the “Life in the Spirit” Seminar
IN NAME ONLY
We use that phrase to describe a person who will claim to be a part of a group or organization but not actually participate in its activities or live according to its principles. This phenomenon occurs in all walks of life, and it is no surprise that it is found in the Church as well. All of the various denominational expressions of Christianity place certain expectations on their members which are seen as necessary to demonstrate the authenticity of their faith. The Roman Catholic Church is no exception to this and the Catechism of the Catholic Church gives a very clear and complete picture of what we believe and the lifestyle appropriate for someone who claims to be Catholic. Nevertheless, it is often the case that one’s being a Christian and a Catholic is in name only.
I write about this because in the era in which we are living this seems to be a growing phenomenon, evidence of which can be seen in the decline in the regular participation in worship at Mass and in the engaging in activities and practices which not only contradict the Church’s teaching but also are in direct opposition to it.
With respect to worship a case in point is the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Every year during the Easter Season young children are welcomed to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. Unfortunately for many of them this is the last time for the rest of the year! Even more serious is the situation in which during their preparation time for Communion their parents hadn’t even been bringing them to Mass, thus giving them a ready example of what it means to be a Catholic in name only. It is likewise with the young adults receiving Confirmation. Even though they may have been present at Mass on occasion during their preparation time, the lack of follow through on this responsibility after receiving the sacrament and being fully initiated into the faith is rather astounding. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words,” and here too we have an example of being Catholic in name only.
However, it would be unjust to single out children and adolescents as having a lax attitude in maters of faith and practice. The phenomenon touches all age groups, and that is why Pope Francis following the lead of his predecessors is placing great emphasis on what is called the “new evangelization.”
The focus of this initiative is an outreach to Catholics in name only. At its heart it is an invitation to take another look at the Church and ask an important question, “Are you who you say you are?” There’s a lot of talk about identity issues today, and in this light all of us are challenged to demonstrate just what it is in our lives that reveals who we are as Catholic Christians. Is the reality there or are we Catholics in name only?
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende