March 19, 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 19th – 25th

In Memory of our father, Vincent Consiglio, Sr.

(Birthday)

By Gerri Mazzurco and Sam Consiglio
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Wine and Hosts:

In Memory of Siegfried Kutschke

By Craig and Nancy Miller

Sanctuary Light – Week of March 19th – 25th

In Memory of Sherry Propheter

By Dorothy Lawson

MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Irma Rhoney

By Roslyn and Jeffrey Kazelunas

 

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE

The best way to prepare spiritually for Easter is by making a good confession. With this in mind, the parishes of the greater Jamestown area will gather at St. John Church on MONDAY, APRIL 3RD for a LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE.

Following the Liturgy of the Word in which we will acknowledge our need for forgiveness, several priests will be available for individual confessions in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. This is a time of grace and renewal in Christ especially if you have been away from confession for some time.

 

EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND

We are now accepting names in memory of or in honor of loved ones living and deceased, for our Easter Flower Memorial Fund. Minimum donation is $15. A special insert in the Easter Sunday bulletin will list those remembered. Fill out the coupon below and mail it to Holy Apostles Parish at 508 Cherry St., or drop it in the Sunday collection basket in a plain white envelope marked “Easter Flower Memorial Fund”. Deadline is Monday, April 10. WE CANNOT ACCEPT NAMES AFTER THIS DATE.

EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND

_______$15 donation enclosed

In Memory of:_________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

In Honor of:__________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

Purchased by:_________________________________________

Phone:_______________________________________________

 

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

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

MONDAY, MARCH 20

12:10 (SSPP) Patricia Pratt, Anniversary by husband and daughter

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

9:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

St. Turibius de Mogrovejo

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

11:15 (SSPP) Stations of the Cross

12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

Annunciation of the Lord

4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Angie Ricotta

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Fourth Sunday of Lent

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Antonino and Carmela Bellitto Mazzurco by son Carmelo and daughter-in-law Theresa Mazzurco

11:00 (SSPP) Shirley Gutierrez by Carol Proestler

 

 

PRISON MINISTRY WEEKEND

MARCH 30TH – APRIL 2ND

Dear Holy Apostles Parishioners:

Collins Christian Ministry is dedicated to sharing the “Good News” of the gospel with the inmates at the State Prison in Gowanda. Over the past 39 years, our bi-annual weekends and follow up weekly gatherings have helped to establish a vibrant Christian Community within the prison walls. Your prayers and generous donations of cookies, fruit pies, money and notes of support and encouragement have given hope to the hopeless. As we prepare for another weekend, please consider supporting the ministry. There will be an insert in next weekend’s bulletins to explain how you can play an active role in bringing the Holy Spirit to the weekend. May God bless you for your help.

Deacon Sam and Kathe Pellerito

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Lenten Stations of the Cross 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.

 

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, March 12

Main Collection                                  $8,343.05

Repair and Maintenance                    1,187.05

Total                                                      $9,530.10

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

 

“Here I am Lord, I come to do your Will”

On the feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 25th, men and women are invited to hear how Mary and Joseph responded to God’s call. We too are called to ask for the grace to say “Yes” to the Holy Spirit to do God’s Will. What will your response be?

We will gather at 7:30 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Church for this Retreat. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please call the parish office at 664-5703 to register.

 

THE LIGHT IS ON 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.

 

NEWS FROM ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH – GOWANDA

St. Joseph’s will present the Stations of the Cross – a live contemporary interpretation in music and candlelight, this Friday, March 24th at 7:00 PM. Come and experience Stations as you have never experienced them before.  Each reflection includes music performed live by Holy Trinity’s (Dunkirk, NY) own musicians and vocalists and corresponds directly with the human emotion of each station of Jesus’ suffering, sacrifice and ultimate triumph. For more information call St. Joseph’s Church (26 Erie Ave. Gowanda) at 532-5100.

 

 

Lenten Fish Dinners continue every Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday) at St. John Church hall from 4:30 – 7 PM. Adults $10 and children $8. A variety of fish dinners (battered or broiled) as well as Vegetable lasagna is available. Join us!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Apostles Parish would like to welcome its newest member, GEORGE O’BRIEN. If you would like to join the society, they meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of the month at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall at 7 PM.

 

MIDWAY

            No, I’m not writing about an island in the Pacific Ocean which, as the name suggests, is roughly equidistant between North America and Asia.  Rather, I would like to draw to our attention that as we enter the third week of Lent we are at the half way point in our time of preparation for Easter, and this would be a good opportunity for us to ask if our Lenten disciplines are making a difference in our life in Christ.  The custom of abstaining from meat on Fridays is more than an occasion to enjoy a fish fry dinner.  It is meant to remind us of the sacrifice that our Lord offered for us on the Cross, and to encourage us to make our own sacrifice in gratitude for the gift of eternal life that he won for us.  So we would do well to consider how seriously we are taking the mark of ashes that we received on Ash Wednesday.

This week is also the beginning of spring, and even with the ups and downs of our northeastern weather there are already signs of new life budding forth as the lawns become green again and the early blooming bulbs begin to flower.  The word “lent” actually means “spring” and has its origin in the Old English term for the season – “lencten” – which also indicated “the lengthening days” in the northern hemisphere as the earth moves from the winter solstice to the spring equinox.  Remember, that the date of Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.  Indeed, it is interesting to note that Lent is observed with the same spiritual disciplines in the southern hemisphere where just the opposite situation is happening with the arrival of fall and the shrinking hours of daylight!

Be that as it may, Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to engage in penitential practices as an outward sign of our intention to repent of our sins and be faithful to the Gospel.  Whereas there are general guidelines and suggestions for such practices, what an individual does during Lent ought to be a personal choice geared to the spiritual needs and goals.  In this case, one size does not fit all.  Some people benefit greatly from “giving up” a food item or an activity that is normally a part of their regular routine.  Others will benefit from “taking on” an extra time of prayer or spiritual reading or doing acts of charity.  Indeed, what one does one year may change in the next, the point being that an effort is made to draw closer to Christ in shaping one’s life according to his teaching and example.

Next Saturday, March 25th, we will have the opportunity for spiritual enrichment at our midway point in Lent.  At SS Peter and Paul Church there will be a retreat day to which everyone is invited.  Check out the notice in this bulletin, and if you are able please join us as we observe the Feast of the Annunciation and learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph how we too can say, “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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