March 12, 2017

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

                Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.

 

MARCH

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Stella Restivo

By Frances P. Marchiando

Sanctuary Light – Week of March 12th – 18th

In Memory of Rebecca Painter

By Holy Apostles Parish Religious Education Dept.

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Wine and Hosts:

In Memory of Siegfried Kutschke

By Craig and Nancy Miller

Sanctuary Light – Week of March 12th – 18th

In Memory of Sherwood Lawson

By Wife Dorothy and Children

MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Rebecca Painter

By Bernard and Nancy Anderson

 

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

“A Biblical Walk through the Mass”

Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this five-part program takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass.

The Bible Study began on Wednesday, March 8th and will run each Wednesday through April 5th at 7:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall. Cost is $19.95 per registrant which includes a workbook and textbook. If interested, call the parish office at 664-5703.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Lenten Stations are prayed at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Fridays at 11:15 AM and on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at St. John Church. The Stations are a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifices for us. Please join us.

               

 

We would like to welcome into our faith community through the Sacrament of baptism, HUDSON CREW SLOJKOWSKI, son of Leon and Christina (Zimbardi) Slojkowski. May Hudson be filled with the Holy Spirit and received into the family of the church that he may walk with Christ and grow in the knowledge of His love.

 

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

4:00 (St. John) Tony Calanni, Birthday by Bessie Indriolo

SUNDAYM MARCH 12

Second Sunday of Lent

7:15 (SSPP0 Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Andrew, Anna and Alana Jochum

11:00 (SSPP) Louise Johnson by Shea Family

MONDAY, MARCH 13

12:10 (SSPP) Shirley Gutierrez by Linda Paterniti and Carol Newland

TUESDAY, MARCH 14

9:00 (St. John) Irma Rhoney by Family Services of Chautauqua Region, Inc.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed

6:30 (St. John) Stations of the Cross

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

St. Patrick

11:15 (SSPP) Stations of the Cross

12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

4:00 (St. John) Mike Felice by Mary Anne Mcauliffe

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

Third Sunday of Lent

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Theresa Mazzurco

11:00 (SSPP) Anthony Riolo, Anniversary by Nina Riolo

 

ST. JOSEPH TABLE

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH

ST. JOHN CHURCH HALL – 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Join your fellow parishioners and friends as we honor St. Joseph this Sunday, March 12th. Father Dennis will bless the “Traditional” St. Joseph Shrine and Buffet Table, which will be set to welcome all for a tasting of a variety of Italian foods. A free-will offering would be appreciated.

The meatless menu includes: Frocia, Pizza, Rice Balls, Sardines in Sauce and in Oil, Pasta in Marinara Sauce with Mudrica, Lentil Soup, Pasta Fava, Eggplant Romano, St. Joseph’s Bread and a variety of salads. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase home-made Italian cookies, cannoli, cakes, breads and specialty desserts. Please join us!

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, March 5

Collection Total – $9,051.75

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joseph Mangano. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

 

THE LIGHT IS ONE FOR YOU

Lent is our time to consider our need for forgiveness of sins and seek reconciliation with God and one another which is accomplished by receiving the Sacrament of Penance. In all parishes of the Diocese, each Wednesday, “the light is on for you” and a priest is available to hear confessions. Here at Holy Apostles, Father Dennis is present twice, once in the morning at SS. Peter and Paul Church in the Reconciliation Room in St. Joseph’s Chapel from 11:15 AM to Noon, and in the evening at St. John Church from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Confessions will continue until Easter. This is in addition to the regular Sunday afternoon time at St. John Church.

 

Lenten Fish Dinners continue every Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday) at St. John Church hall from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. Cost: Adults $10 and Children $8. A variety of Fish Dinners (battered or broiled) including fish/shrimp combo dinners are available along with Vegetable Lasagna. Join us! Desserts are graciously accepted.

 

NEWS FROM ST. JAMES PARISH

St. James Parish, 27 Allen St., Jamestown, would like to invite everyone to their annual ST. JOSEPH TABLE and SPAGHETTI DINNER next Sunday, March 19th from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM in their church hall. Cost: Adults $8.00 and Children $7.00. You can also purchase homemade Italian cookies, cannoli, and breads. All are invited!

HONORING ST. JOSEPH

Even though the liturgical calendar day on which we honor the patron saint of the universal Church is March 19th, here at Holy Apostles we are recognizing his place in salvation this Sunday afternoon at our St. Joseph Table in St. John Church hall.  We thus continue a custom that was begun many centuries ago in Sicily during a famine when people turned to St. Joseph to ask his intercession for them in their suffering.  After the rains came and their crops prospered the people offered an act of thanksgiving by bringing their prized food to a table and altar in honor of St. Joseph and by sharing their bounty with those who were less fortunate.  From then until the present day the custom has continued wherever people of Sicilians ancestry have settled.

Originally the tables were held in the home and neighbors were invited to stop-in to share in the foods which were placed on a specially prepared “St. Joseph Altar.”  As the years unfolded families began to gather together to share in a common table, as we are doing this Sunday.  The foods for the table were breads, fruits, vegetables, seafood and wine.  In some places, spaghetti and meatballs were added to the foods, but that is really not in keeping with the custom which is a meatless table.  This is because St. Joseph’s day occurs during Lent when fasting and abstinence are observed as a personal sacrifice in honor of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.  Following tradition, our table is meatless.

I hope many of our parishioners will join us at the St. Joseph Table which will begin with a formal blessing at 12:30 PM.  There will be an array of traditional foods (check out the menu in this bulletin), pasta dishes, breads, cookies and pastries for sharing which will provide a taste of what fed our ancestors as they honored St. Joseph.  I would also encourage you to take special note of how the St. Joseph Altar is arranged and decorated.  The three levels represent the Holy Trinity, and the breads in various shapes call to mind the life’s work of St. Joseph and our Lord Jesus’ passion.  In addition to the table in the hall, the St. Joseph Altar in St. John Church is adorned in his honor this weekend to give everyone at Mass a sign of our gratitude for his intercessions.

Originally, in Sicily, the families would go out to the poor in the community and bring them into their houses, feeding them first.  At the end of the feast, the remains would be gathered and distributed to the poor.  Although we will not be doing this, we are encouraged to support the work of Catholic Charities whose annual Appeal in now in progress.  Preparations for our St. Joseph table began many weeks ago, and we are most grateful to Carm Ciancio and Sue Boland and everyone who worked with them to provide us with the opportunity to honor the patron saint of the universal Church and to give thanks to God for the blessings we have received through his intercessions.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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