The Parish Office and Rectory will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of MEMORIAL DAY, and NO Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 PM. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:00 AM.
A MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER
On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the example of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bless the families of our fallen troops and fill their homes and their lives with your strength and peace. In union with people of goodwill of every nation, strengthen us to answer the call to work for peace and justice and thus seek an end to violence and conflict around the world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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, Michael Pringle, J.R., Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Pearl and Michael Farnella
Sanctuary Light – Week of May 28th – June 3rd
In Memory of Josephine Giambra
By Children and Grandchildren
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Charlie and Vi Rewers
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CHOIR
In Memory of Mark Graves
By Francis and Gilda Palmer
Donald and Carol Conway
Dianne and Gust Calamunci
Please note: If you are interested in purchasing wine or hosts in memory of someone for a month, a sanctuary light for one week, or giving a donation to our Memorial Fund in memory of someone, please call the parish office at 664-5703. A special card will be sent to the family noting your wishes!
FIND MASS TIMES
When you’re out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet by logging on to www.masstimes.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 27
St. Augustine of Canterbury
4:00 (St. John) Rosie Bower, Birthday by Michelle Jensen
5:30 (Holy Cross Cemetery) Mass in honor of our Living and Deceased Veterans – weather permitting – at Veterans Memorial
SUNDAY, MAY 28
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Michael and Pearl Farnella by Family
11:00 (SSPP) Lory Muscarella, Jr. by Parents, Lory and Angie Muscarella
MONDAY, MAY 29
TUESDAY, MAY 30
9:00 (St. John) Patricia Pratt by Husband Willis
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:10 (SSPP) Mickey Andzel, Anniversary by Grandparents, Dick and Mary Pat Andzel and Family
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FIRST FRIDAY, JUNE 2
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions
2:00 (St. John) Wedding: Martin Baker and Vanessa Bellitto
4:00 (St. John) Shirley Gutierrez by Anita Larson
SUNDAY, JUNE 4
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Joseph Camarata by Joe and Patty Ruggerio
11:00 (SSPP) Charlie Adams, Wedding Anniversary by Ellen Adams
Next Saturday, June 3rd, MARTIN BAKER and VANESSA BELLITTO will be married at St. John Church at 2:00 PM.
May the God of hope fill Martin and Vanessa with every joy in believing. May the peace of Christ abound in their hearts, and may the Holy Spirit enrich them with his gifts now and forever. Congratulations!
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
SUNDAY, MAY 21
Main Collection $7,046.25
Repair and Maintenance 1,047.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
“Lighten Up”. a wise and witty celebration of faith and family is coming to Holy Apostles Parish. Originally scheduled to be presented last October, it was cancelled due to the illness of Doug Brummel.
On Sunday, September 24th at St. John Church hall at 5:47 PM, Doug and his cast of characters will entertain us. They include: Estelle, the Purple Lady; College Student Andrew; Hoover, the Handyman; Sister Simon the Teacher; Little Boy Timmy; Rob, the Busy Man; and Old Man Joe.
“Lighten Up” Ministries is dedicated to bringing all generations together to celebrate the gift of faith and family. Mark your calendars now! This Presentation is being sponsored by the Parishes of Holy Apostles, St. James, St. Mary of Lourdes, Our Lady of Loreto and St. Patrick.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Joyce Emley, Peg Benson, Jerry Bondi, and Anita Larson. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
In the next few weeks, Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92 will be selling tickets for a grocery raffle. You will have a chance to win free groceries ($50.00 or $25.00) from Wegmans, Tops, Farm Fresh or Aldi’s. It is through these fund-raisers that we are able to support many charities. Recently we gave a donation to Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
Tickets will be sold after masses on upcoming Saturdays and Sundays. You may also purchase tickets from any member. They will sell for $3.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
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This Monday our country observes Memorial Day honoring those who have served in its armed forces, and we begin the transition from activities proper to cold weather to those of summer. We commonly refer to this holiday weekend as the unofficial beginning of summer even though that season will not begin for another month. In the Church, too, we are now in a time of transition as we have celebrated the Ascension of the Lord last Thursday and are preparing to conclude the Easter Season with next weekend’s observance of the Day of Pentecost. Just as the significance of Memorial Day often gets lost amidst the picnics and parties which draw our attention away from the reason for it, the purpose of what was once called “Ascensiontide” is largely forgotten in the way we live our Catholic faith. I would therefore like to call our attention to the importance of having a time of transitioning as we move from the Easter Season and resume the “Ordinary Time” of the Church year.
A long-standing practice of prayer is that of the “novena” which involves interceding for a particular intention for a nine day period of time. This can be either nine consecutive days, or one day a week for nine weeks, or one day a month for nine months. There is a whole catalog of novenas, and Catholics have found them to be a way of drawing closer to our Lord, our Lady, and the saints thereby strengthening their faith. It is said that this form of prayer began when the Apostles witnessed Jesus’ ascension into heaven and then remained together in prayer to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit. Although it is impossible to know whether there was actually a nine day period of time from Jesus’ return to the Father and the sending of the Holy Spirit (the scriptures are mute on this point), as the liturgical calendar developed during the early years of the Church, the commemoration of these two significant events were assigned respectively to 40 and 50 days after Easter.
We thus find ourselves in the midst of a novena which guides our reflection on how the disciples transitioned into their new role as teachers of the way of Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit. Just as they were assured of Jesus’ presence with them in this (see Matthew 28:20), so too are we assured of this presence by the same Holy Spirit which we receive in baptism and with whom we are sealed in confirmation. Each year in the time between Ascension and Pentecost we have the opportunity to ponder how we are living the faith of Christ and what it is that he would have us do to build and strengthen the Church. Each of us has a role to play in this and we ought to include in our prayer times a petition for the grace to discern the particular way in which we can serve Christ.
As we begin the transition to summer this weekend, let us not forget why we have Memorial Day, and as the Church not forget the significance of commemorating our Lord’s Ascension and prepare well for Pentecost.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende