Thank you Lord for bringing my children into my life. Help me guide them and teach them through example to lead lives of wisdom and strong, loving faith. Please let them learn to serve you always in thought and deed. And remind me, Lord, to always be there for my family as you are always there for me.
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, J.R., Janice Rial, Josette Smith, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Pearl and Michael Farnella
Sanctuary Light – Week of May 14th – 20th
In Memory of Mary Bandish
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Charlie & Vi Rewers
Sanctuary Light – Week of May 14th – 20th
In Memory of Michael Reale
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CHOIR
In Memory of Mark Graves
By Albert and Alice Milchanowski
By Eleanor and James Gould
By Steve and Marie Sirocky
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 29TH. 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. Watch future bulletins for more info.
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Our Lady of Fatima
4:00 (St. John) Roger Ball by Marlene and Dave Joy
SUNDAY, MAY 14
7:15 (SSPP) Paul and Anne Lilly by Family
9:00 (St. John) Antonino and Carmela Bellitto Mazzurco by son Carl and daughter-in-law Theresa Mazzurco
11:00 (SSPP) Minnie Colera by Children and Grandchildren
MONDAY, MAY 15
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, MAY 16
9:00 (St. John) June Gullotti, Birthday by Husband and family
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
12:10 (SSPP) Lewis Snyder, Birthday by Maggie and John Scorse
THURSDAY, MAY 18
St. John I
9:00 (St. John) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate
FRIDAY, MAY 19
12:10 (SSPP) Tony Ciancio, Birthday by Carm Ciancio
SATURDAY, MAY 20
St. Bernardine of Siena
4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Josephine Conti
SUNDAY, MAY 21
Sixth Sunday of Easter
7:15 (SSPP) Roy and Marie Frederick by Neil and Nancy Frederick
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Fran and Amy Sirianni
11:00 (SSPP) Sherwood Lawson by wife Dorothy and children
“AND YOU VISITED ME”
One of the works of mercy to which we are called is being present to those who are in need. As a parish we have a number of parishioners who, for various reasons, are unable to join us for Mass and other activities. Whereas they are always in our prayers, at our last Pastoral Council meeting we discussed how we could reach out to them in a more personal way. We would therefore like to form a group of “Friendly Visitors” who would be willing to keep in touch with them either through a home visit or a phone call or even by e-mail. We would make the initial contact from the rectory to see if the person would like to have someone pay a visit and then provide our volunteer “Visitor” with the person’s name and number.
Sally Lombardo from our Pastoral Council is ready to serve as the coordinator of our Visitors, and if you would be interested in participating, you are invited to call her at 664-7878 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, May 7th
Collection total = $9,496.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
WHAT A GRANDMOTHER IS
The following was written by a third grader in the West Alexandria School District of Bellflower, California. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we thought you’d enjoy this.
“A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. A grandfather is like a man-grandmother. He goes for walks with boys and they like to talk about fishing and tractors and like that.
Grandmothers, don’t have to do anything except be there. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the store where the pretend horse is and have lots of dimes. Or if they take us for a walk, they should slow down past pretty leaves or caterpillars. They should never say, “hurry up”. Usually they are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums off. It is better if they don’t use the computer or play cards except with us.
They don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like, “why do dogs hate cats, and how come God isn’t married?” They don’t talk baby talk like visitors do because it’s hard to understand. When they read to us, they don’t skip pages or mind if it’s the same story again.
Everybody should try to have one, especially if you don’t have a TV because grandmas are the only grown-ups who’ve got the time.”
If you are in grades 9 – 12, there is still time to make a reservation to attend the National Youth Convention this Fall. If interested or for more information, call Mrs. Paula Slagle at 485-8783. Deadline to sign up is Monday, May 15th.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICARE,
MEDICAID, OR SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE?
Janell Sluga, Geriatric Care Manager from Lutheran Social Services, will be at ST. JAMES PARISH HALL, 27 Allen St., Jamestown on Tuesday, May 23rd from 3 – 5 PM to present all the information you need and answer any questions you may have about these insurance plans. All are welcome!
THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY
Even I am not old enough to remember the lyrics to the song associated with those words, but perhaps those among us who are versed in trivia would be able to supply them. I mention them because there is a certain celebratory character to this month in which our natural environment is so filled with the vibrant colors of springtime. As the weather gradually turns warmer (we hope!) farmers are preparing fields for planting, greenhouses are beginning to be filled with perennials and annuals ready for the onslaught of home gardeners eager to beautify their properties. There are also celebrations taking place such as Mothers day which we are observing this weekend. As Catholics we too participate in these, and we add a dimension peculiar to our religious tradition, for May is one of the months during which we give special honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
At the masses during which our young children received their First Holy Communion they gave a special gesture of honor to Our Lady referred to as a “May Crowning” at which a floral crown was presented in recognition of her place as Queen of Heaven. When we were practicing for this one of the children asked me why we do this. In response I explained how during May our tradition in the United States is to honor our mothers and grandmothers on the second Sunday of the month, and since as Catholics we understand Jesus’ mother Mary to be the “Mother of the Church” we build on this custom by dedicating not just one day but the whole month to the Blessed Mother. I was pleased by their reaction which indicated that this made perfect sense to them!
Over the course of the years a number of different customs for honoring Mary have come and gone, one of which was very common during the last century was the setting-up of a “May Altar” in the home. Although this sounds a bit bizarre to us today, it’s actually a quite fitting way of showing respect for the Mother of God and can serve as an inspiration for us to imitate her willingness to serve God with her life. To do so doesn’t mean that we’re going to build an altar of sacrifice in our house, but rather that we’re setting aside a table or stand of some sort on which a statue or picture of Our Lady is placed together with a candle (for safety’s sake a battery operated tea light is perfect) and perhaps a vase of flowers. This becomes a focal point for family or personal prayer, which can be as simple and as brief as a Hail Mary and Our Father or as formal as a Rosary. Whatever prayer you offer, it is good to include intercessions for people we know are in need of our prayers.
Whatever your custom you follow or form of prayer, as we continue through the “Merry Month of May” I would encourage you to make this the “Mary Month of May” so that her intercessions for us will draw us closer to our Risen Lord Jesus and our lives like hers will be a blessing to all.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende