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.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Stella Restivo
By Frances P. Marchiando
Sanctuary Light – Week of March 5th – 11th
In Memory of Josie Marino
By Josie Marcello
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Siegfried Kutschke
By Craig and Nancy Miller
Sanctuary Light – Week of March 5th – 11th
Special Intentions of Kris Frink
By Jean Frink
MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Irma Rhoney
By Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Inc.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
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 sacrifice for us. Join us!
In a letter to all parishes from Most. Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, we have been asked to include the following announcement in this weekend’s bulletin.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES AFFIRM
VATICAN’S TEACHING ON CREMATION
Pope Francis has directed the Vatican’s Congregation for the doctrine of the faith to publish new instructions reaffirming teaching that the Catholic Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces, such as a church or an area set aside for burial. The Church does not allow for the cremated remains to be placed in a residence, nor are they to be scattered in the air, on land, or at sea, or preserved in mementos, such as jewelry or other objects.
Church teaching also prohibits cremated remains from being divided among family members. Cremation was permitted by the Catholic Church in 1963 and incorporated into Canon Law in 1983. Catholics need to understand the Church teaching that surrounds cremation and burial of cremated remains, so there are no misunderstandings at the time of death. Call Catholic Cemeteries at 873-6500 or visit www.buffalocatholiccemeteries.org for more info.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
4:00 (St. John) Shirley Gutierrez by Frances D’Angelo
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Ron and Doris Pappalardo
11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Bruce and Eileen Widen
MONDAY, MARCH 6
12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
St. John of God
12:10 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate
6:30 (St. John) Stations of the Cross
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
St. Frances of Rome
9:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
11:15 (SSPP) Stations of the Cross
12:10 (SSPP) Ruth Kosinski, Birthday by Family
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
4:00 (St. John) Tony Calanni, Birthday by Bessie Indriolo
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Second Sunday of Lent
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Andrew, Anna and Alana Jochum
11:00 (SSPP) Louise Johnson by Shea Family
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
“A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” – A Lenten Bible Study, will begin Wednesday, March 8th and 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. To register, call the parish office at 664-5703.
HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
Holy Apostles Parish Choir will be singing Irish tunes at the 11:00 AM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church next Sunday, March 12th. Please join us for the celebration of the Liturgy and enjoy the wonderful talents of our choir members as they honor St. Patrick.
If you are interested in joining the Choir, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:15 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church chapel. There are NO auditions to join.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, February 26
Collection Total – $6,700.12
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 of God 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 hall for this LENTEN RETREAT. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please call the parish office 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 – 12:00 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 Saturday afternoon time at St. John Church.
LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS are held 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 dinners are available along with Vegetable Lasagna. Join us! Desserts are graciously accepted.
ATTENTION GRADUATES OF THE FORMER
SS. PETER AND PAUL SCHOOL
Members of the Class of 1980 of SS. Peter and Paul School, along with help from other graduating classmates, are planning a SCHOOL REUNION on SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017. It will be held at the Vikings Summer Lodge on the Lake beginning at 2:00 PM. If you graduated from the former SS. Peter and Paul School or Holy Family School, you are cordially invited to attend. There will be a cash bar with a small fee for food.
More information will follow in future bulletins.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS
The Jamestown Area Knights of Columbus, Council 926 will present a $500 scholarship gift to two college-bound graduating seniors from within our local parishes. Application forms can be obtained from Holy Apostles Parish office at 508 Cherry St. Completed application packages must be received by the Knights no later than April 15th.
On this First Sunday of Lent the Scriptures proclaimed at Mass focus on three important aspects of our life in Christ: temptation, sin, and redemption. The account of Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God’s command from the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis; St. Paul’s teaching on the power of divine grace over sin from the 5th chapter of the Letter to the Romans; and the recording of the temptations Jesus faced in the desert and his resistance to them from the 4th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, all serve to set the tone for our spiritual self-evaluation during Lent. Having begun the season by receiving a visible sign (the mark of ashes on the forehead) of our intention to repent of our sins we must now bring that intention to reality. Following through is necessary, for as the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” so let’s take this seriously.
How we understand and handle temptation is central to our growth in faith. Jesus’ experience in the desert provides a guideline. Each time he is tempted he resists by referencing a teaching of the Jewish faith as recorded in a relevant Scripture passage. This is a sign to us of the importance of being familiar with the Bible. Whereas it is not an “answer book” for all of life’s difficulties, because we believe it to be divinely inspired writing it occupies a primacy of place in the teaching of the Church and ought to do so in our practice of the faith. Perhaps then we might include in our Lenten discipline the setting aside of some time for Bible reading. When we do this in the context of prayer the Scriptures become part of our personal identity and guide our actions. Who knows, they might just help us to resist some temptation!
Yielding to a temptation to act in a way that is contrary to the will of God as embodied in the teaching and example of Jesus is what we call sin. Sometimes it starts out with a bending of the truth and then degenerates into a lie. We see this in the Garden of Eden when the serpent twists what God has said (“Did God really tell you not to eat of any of the trees?”) and after Eve corrects the distortion then resorts to an outright lie (“You certainly will not die.”). The result is her yielding to the temptation, sinning, and then incurring its consequences.
If we think about it, this is often the pattern in our own lives when we might be tempted to do something we know to be wrong, but then compromise ourselves by thinking that nothing bad will result. That’s why we speak of sinning in “thought, word, and deed.” The idea most often precedes the action, so a caution light should go on when we find ourselves pondering something sinful. When we do yield to temptation, however, we need not despair because in Jesus we have the assurance that transgressions are overcome by the abundance of grace and the gift of justification (see Romans 5: 12-19).
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende