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 the
Zanetta and Martinelli Families
By Nancy Stevenson
Hosts – In Memory of Joan Colera
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of July 31st – August 6th
In Memory of Josephine Morgan
By Diane Forsberg, Bev Larson,
Diana Purtell and Rosemary Carlson
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer
By Carl and Paula Slagle
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Ann Hughes
By John and Linda Galati
In Memory of Rose Marie Elder
By John and Linda Galati
In Memory of Dolores Onuffer
By Gust and Dianne Calamunci
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.
The Diocese of Buffalo will be honoring couples who are observing their 50th, 60th or 70th wedding anniversaries in 2016, with a special Mass on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. During the Mass, couples will renew their wedding vows followed by a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.
If you are celebrating one of these special anniversaries and would like to attend the Mass and reception in Buffalo, call the parish office at 664-5703.
M A S S E S F O R T H E W E E K
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 Families
11:00 (SSPP) M/M Rex Campbell by Henry and Katie Kutschke
MONDAY, AUGUST 1
St. Alphonsus Liguori
12:10 (SSPP) Ann Hughes by Mary Dominick
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
St. Eusebius of Vercelli / St. Peter Julian Eymard
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
St. John Vianney
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FIRST FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Vi Rewers, Anniversary by Daughters
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
The Transfiguration of the Lord
4:00 (St. John) Vincent Consiglio, Jr. Birthday by Wife Martha and Children, Sister Gerri Mazzurco and Brother Sam Consiglio
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Margaret Ludwick by M/M Peter Conley and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Catherine Y. Corkery by Family
To the many businesses who make it
possible for this bulletin
to be cost free to the public.
Take note of these fine businesses which
advertise in our business directory on the back page.
If you should patronize one of them,
Tell them you saw their ad on our bulletin.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, July 24
Collection Total – $8,049.40
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
HELP FOR THE AGED AND INFIRM
For many years during the month of December, we have had an annual special collection for the ‘Retirement Fund for Religious” which provides financial assistance to the religious orders and communities to assist in the care of their aged and infirm members. The Fund benefits the nuns, sisters, and brothers, and priests who are members of religious orders. However, this Fund does NOT provide assistance for the retired diocesan priests.
That’s why 7% of the Upon this Rock Initiative is for the allocation as capital for Healthcare for Retired Diocesan Priests. Because this amount will still not provide adequate funding for the increasing number of priests requiring medical care, the cost of which are ever increasing, we will have a special collection for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund. This collection will be taken NEXT WEEKEND, August 6 & 7.
There is no envelope for this fund in our envelope packets, so we ask that you place your contribution in a plain envelope marked “Retired Priests.” Checks should be written to Holy Apostles Parish with “Retired Priests Medical Benefits Fund” on the memo line.
A number of parishioners who received the mailing from the Upon this Rock Initiative have expressed some confusion about how to go about making a pledge or gift. Should you need help in completing the form or have questions concerning the campaign, please call Father Dennis and he will assist you.
Please note that if you are unable to make a pledge over a five year period of time, you are welcome to make a onetime gift in support of the campaign.
If you are making a pledge or giving a gift, your check should be made out to “Upon this Rock” and NOT to the parish. The return envelope is addressed to the rectory so that we can record the information and then forward it to the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for processing.
As noted on the pledge card, you are asked to designate how you will pay the pledge. A reminder will be sent to you according to your choice.
ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The next Altar and Rosary Society meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall following the 12:10 PM Mass. We are asking all members who are able, to attend this very important meeting with Fr. Dennis.
In many sports to be a skilled player one must learn the art of “following through” whether it be with the pitch of a baseball or a serve with a tennis racket or the swing of a golf club or any number of moves that are appropriate to the particular game necessary to keep the play in motion. This is not limited to the field of sports but is also part of almost every aspect of our lives. Taking on a particular responsibility or making a commitment and doing what is necessary to fulfill it will require that we follow through on what we have undertaken. This is no less true in the practice of our Catholic faith, and this is made very clear in the New Testament Letter of James where it is written that “faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James, 2:17; see also, 2: 18-26).
For this reason it is important for us to know what is required of us when we claim to be Christians in the Roman Catholic tradition. Unlike some denominations (or “non-denominations” as certain pop-up groups of self-styled Christians like to call themselves), we understand that it takes more than a verbal proclamation of Jesus as our savior to be the people he calls us to be. Just as the act of the exchanging of vows is not all that is necessary to have a marriage but requires the living out of the commitment symbolized by them, so too is a statement of belief in Christ not all that is necessary to make one a Christian but requires a life style in conformity with his teaching and example. We need to follow through.
What empowers us to do this is the grace we receive in the sacraments. They initiate the relationship with the Risen Lord Jesus and nurture its growth and development as we mature in Christ. Indeed, one of the Scriptural images of Jesus is that of the bridegroom: In the Old Testament, of Israel; I the New Testament, of the Church. The various covenants with Israel can be read as betrothal ceremonies, and the various redemptive acts of Jesus’ life (the Last Supper, the Passion and Crucifixion) together with the Second Coming can be read as betrothal ceremonies as well. In addition, the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Marriage can be interpreted as “bridal mysteries.” Thinking of them in this light opens up a whole new appreciation of what is happening when in the rituals of our worship.
The challenge to us is then to consider how we are following through on our commitment to Christ. Marriages live or die by the manner in which the partners are faithful to their promises to one another “to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.” The concluding words, “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life” make clear that the vow is for a life time requiring a daily renewal of the commitment. So too with our profession of faith in Christ; it requires a following through every day. Do we see that faith in the works we do?
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende