June 11, 2017

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, Alice Minarovich, Julie Ann Pollaro-Spaulding, Roger Pfeil, Patrick Pringle, J.R., Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.

 

JUNE

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Irma Rhoney

By Al and Rosalie Gullotti

Sanctuary Light – Week of June 11th – 17th

In Memory of Sara Vail

By Frances P. Marchiando

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Joanne and Frances Nazzaro

By Estate

Sanctuary Light – Week of June 11th – 17th

In Memory of Angelo Valvo

By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco

MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Anita Larson

By John and Joyce Bell and Family

By Frank and Elizabeth Petiprin

By Dorothy and Karen Bjorkholm-Leeper

By Bruce and Cindy Lawson

By Robert and Sue Schifano

 

WHAT IS A MEMORIAL DONATION?

An alternate way of honoring a deceased person is through a MEMORIAL DONATION. The monies collected are used for capital improvements for the parish.

If you would like to give a memorial donation to the Parish, send your wishes in writing along with your donation telling us who the memorial is for, who it’s from and who you would like notified. A card will then be sent to the family.

 

 

ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS

The Altar and Rosary Society of Holy Apostles Parish is sponsoring a PATRIOTIC CARD PARTY this WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall. If you don’t play cards, bring a game of your choice and enjoy the evening, the refreshments and door prizes. Tickets are $4 each and available at the door.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS

Our loan closet is temporarily closed until further notice. Issues with the SVDP Central Council Office in Buffalo have to be resolved before the loan closet can be reopened.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

4:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the Gullotti / Trusso Family by Family

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

7:15 (SSPP) Patricia (McKeta) Carlson, Birthday by Family

9:00 (St. John) John Bellardo, Jr. by Cousins Verna and Francie

11:00 (SSPP) Gerald J. Corkery by Family

MONDAY, JUNE 12

12:10 (SSPP) Rick Andzel, Birthday by Dad, Mom, Brother, and Sisters and Families

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

St. Anthony of Padua

9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

12:10 (SSPP) Anthony Riolo by Nina Riolo

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

9:00 (St. John) Anita Larson by William and Roseanne Morales

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

12:10 (SSPP) Sam Caruso by Colleen Lee

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

4:00 (St. John) Sherry Propheter by Paula Slagle

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

7:15 (SSPP) Deceased Members of the Moran Family by Jim and Cynthia Gallagher

9:00 (St. John) John Colera by Children and Grandchildren

11:00 (SSPP) Piney Johnson by Family

 

ALTAR SERVER INSTRUCTIONS

Altar Server instructions have begun. Father Dennis and Mrs. Paula Slagle are instructing any young person who would like to become an altar server for our weekend Masses. The next class is Monday, June 12th at SS. Peter and Paul Church at 6:30 PM. Our two remaining classes will be Mondays, June 19th and 26th at St. John Church at 6:30 PM.

Any young person from grade 3 through high school is welcome to join our team of servers. If interested, fill out the form below and return it to the parish office as soon as possible.

I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ALTAR SERVER

Name:___________________________________________

 

Address:_________________________________________

 

Phone:__________________________________________

 

e-mail:__________________________________________

 

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Ascension Thursday, May 25

Collection Total – $1,160.00

Sunday, May 28

Main Collection                  $7,107.75

Cemetery Care                     1,699.00

Total                                      $8,806.75

Sunday, June 4

Main Collection                  $8,490.95

Repair and Maintenance   1,165.00

Total                                      $9,655.95

Thank you for our support of our parish ministries!

 

ANNUAL MISSION APPEAL COLLECTION

This weekend our second collection will be for the annual Mission Appeal, and we welcome Brother Stanislaus from the Franciscan Missionary Brothers who will speak at all the Masses. The Franciscan Missionary Brothers is a group of religious Brothers founded in India in 1901 by Brother Herman Paulus Moritz, to work in places where Catholics are a minority.

The Brothers have their missions in poorest parts of the world and work primarily among the non-Christians preaching the gospel and bringing them to the Catholic fold. In addition, they work to establish Catholic Elementary and High Schools, open new mission centers, provide water, work with rural women for their empowerment, encourage vocations, work with leprosy and HIV/AIDS patients, sponsor children’s homes/orphanages, homes for the elderly, and youth formation, Your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

 

This month we will celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in which we give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist and honor the presence of Jesus in the Blessed  Sacrament. Over the centuries many customs have developed to help us to express our appreciation for this gift, one of which is the Eucharistic procession in which the Blessed Sacrament is displayed in a monstrance and carried through the Church and even outside. At the initiative of Court St. Gertrude #92 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, we will have such a procession next Sunday, June 18th at St. John Church at 3:00 PM. The Knights of Columbus of the Jamestown Council will serve as the guard of honor, and weather permitting a portion of the procession will be outside. Following the celebration, an ice cream social will be held in the church hall. Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

 

In November of this year, Heather Sampson and Anna Jean Burt along with Mrs. Paula Slagle, Youth Minister, will be attending the National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis, and there is still time to register. Any youth in grades 9 – 12 are invited to join us on this journey of faith. Meet new friends and join thousands of Catholic youth from all over the country.  If interested, contact Mrs. Slagle at 485-8783 for more information or to register.

 

 

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

It’s one of those aspects of our faith that we seem to take for granted without giving it too much thought.  However, the revelation of God’s identity as the Trinity is one of the distinguishing marks of Christian belief.  The idea that there are “three persons in one God” is seen as scandalous to other religious traditions and pure nonsense to atheists.  Yet it is a central teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and of most ecclesial communities rooted in the person of Jesus.  Therefore as we honor the Blessed Trinity this weekend we would do well to ponder the ways in which we experience the divine persons in our lives of faith.

From our earliest years we are introduced to the concept of the Trinity as we learn to make the sign of the Cross and begin our prayers, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  Our principal acts of worship begin with these words which serve to identify the God to whom we direct our prayers.  Every time a priest or deacon blessed an object of devotion it is done with these words and this sign.  So common is this Christian understanding of God’s identity that it is surprising to note that the word itself never appears in the Scriptures!

Nevertheless, there are many elements of what eventually became the doctrine of the Trinity in both the Old and New Testaments.  References to God as “Father” and “Father of Jesus Christ” and to the “Spirit of God” formed the basis for the defining of the central mystery of the Christian faith, the most common expression of which is found in the Nicene Creed which we pray at Sunday Mass.

Because this is a product of reason, rooted in Scripture but not defined there, it is a reminder to us of the distinct way in which Catholics approach the Bible as opposed to Christian fundamentalists.  Indeed, it presents a stumbling block to those who would say that, “if it isn’t specifically written in the Bible then it is without necessity for salvation.”  Well, as I stated earlier, the word Trinity isn’t there yet nearly all Christians of whatever denomination accept its reality.  As Catholics, we approach faith as “reasoned belief” and the concept of the Trinity is a case in point.

What are we to say then of the place of the Blessed Trinity in our lives of faith?  Obviously, since God is pure spirit, there is no adequate way of picturing God as Trinity.  Yet, God chose to reveal himself by becoming incarnate in the person of Jesus who then sent the Holy Spirit to dwell among and within those who acknowledge him as the Son of God.  He even gave the words with one would become his follower by instructing the Apostles to baptize, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”          Therefore, on this feast of the Holy Trinity, let us consider how the Spirit is leading us to Jesus who is leading us to his Father and our father.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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