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 7th – 13th
In Memory of Irma Rhoney
By Frances P. Marchiando
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Charlie & Vi Rewers
Sanctuary Light – Week of May 7th – 13th
Special Intentions of the Frink Family
By Jean Frink
Please note: If you are interested in purchasing wine or hosts in memory or honor of someone for a month, a sanctuary light for one week, or giving a donation to our Memorial Fund in memory of or honor of someone, call the parish office at 664-5703. A special card will be sent to the family noting your wishes.
We would like to welcome into our faith community, through the Sacrament of Baptism: EVE MARTHA BARBER, daughter of David and Jade (Boice) Barber.
May Eve be filled with the Holy Spirit and received into the family of the church that she may walk with Christ and grow in the knowledge of His love.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Mark Graves and Ginger DeStevens. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – MAY 7, 2017
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the world day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, deaconate and religious life. May God raise up good shepherds in our midst. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website – www.buffalovocations.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 6
4:00 (St. John) Anne Amato, Birthday by sister, Josie Marcello
SUNDAY, MAY 7
7:15 (SSPP) Bradley Abbey, Birthday by Family
9:00 (St. John) Ann Dahlberg by M/M Peter Conley
11:00 (SSPP) Kallie Swan by Shea Family
MONDAY, MAY 8
12:10 (SSPP) Sophie Swartz, Birthday by Family
TUESDAY, MAY 9
9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
St. Damien de Veuster
12:10 (SSPP) Jerome Hendrickson, Birthday by Family
THURSDAY, MAY 11
9:00 (St. John) Ted Bogdan, Birthday by Sally Corkery
FRIDAY, MAY 12
Sts. Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras
12:10 (SSPP) Patricia Scalise, Birthday and Wedding Anniversary by husband Joe and Family
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Our Lady of Fatima
4:00 (St. John) Roger Ball by Marlene and Dave Joy
SUNDAY, MAY 14
Fifth Sunday of Easter
7:15 (SSPP) Paul and Anne Lilly by Family
9:00 (St. John) Antonino and Carmella Bellitto Mazzurco by son Carmelo and daughter-in-law Theresa Mazzurco
11:00 (SSPP) Minnie Colera by Children and Grandchildren
“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, April 30th
Collection total = $7,093.50
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
This Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon the following young adults from Holy Apostles Parish: Emily Ahlstrom, Kathleen Barry Anna Jean Burt, Natalie Carlson, Emily Crasti, Christian Dolce, Callie Lindell, Collin McNally, Lynne Nordin, Emma Pumford, Nicholas Rizzo, Madison Russo, Sarah Russo, Heather Sampson, Skyler Thorpe, Kara Triscari, and Madison Welsh.
Special thanks to Holy Apostles Parish Religious Education Team: Mrs. Dianne Woleen, Mrs. Paula Slagle, and Mr. Andy Liuzzo.
We would also like to congratulate the following students from Our Lady of Loreto Parish: David Allen, Luke DePonceau, Jackson Fowler, James Kramer, Ryan Lemke, Anthony Nalbone, Kayla Pacheco, Matthew Roehmholdt, Benjamin Schrader, Drew Troutman, and Dawson White, and a special thanks to Marilyn Wozneak of their Religious Education Department.
Congratulations to the following students from Christ our Hope Parish: Mason Bestine, Emily Starceski and Abbey Whitaker, and a special thanks to Deacon David Armstrong of their Religious Education Department.
Joining us from Sacred Heart Parish is Lauren Constantino whom we would like to congratulate.
And finally, we would also like to congratulate the students from St. Patrick Parish: Joan Adams, Corin Carpenter, Corrine Dauphin, Tim Luce, Nicole Meachum and Timothy Oyer and a special thanks to Joanne and Arnie Zdrojewski of their Religious Education Department.
Please keep these students in your prayers and we congratulate their parents and families!
UPON THIS ROCK
Holy Apostles parishioners were very generous in supporting this initiative to ensure the viability and sustainability of the parishes of the Diocese of Buffalo. Recently we have received several inquiries concerning the fulfillment of pledges made. The processing of pledges and notifications of payments due is handled through a special office of the Diocese. If you have any questions, please call 716-847-8742 and someone will be able to assist you.
This Tuesday evening young adults from Holy Apostles Parish, Christ Our Hope Parish (whose two churches are St. Matthias in French Creek and St. Isaac Jogues in Sherman), Our Lady of Loreto Church in Falconer and St. Patrick Church in Randolph will gather at SS Peter and Paul Church for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation. It will be our pleasure to welcome our diocesan Bishop Richard Malone who will minister the sealing of the gift of the Holy Spirit through which these young people will be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church. As they are thus configured to Christ we have the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of confirmation and the difference it makes in our life of faith.
It is best understood in the light of baptism through which we were cleansed of original sin and incorporated into the life of the Blessed Trinity. For those who were baptized in infancy or early childhood confirmation is an affirmation of that baptism and the faith in which they have been raised. Indeed, prior to being anointed with the oil of Christ those to be confirmed participate in a Renewal of Baptismal Promises, the ritual for which is much the same as the form that is done every year by the entire congregation at the Masses of Easter Sunday. Baptism and Confirmation are like two sides of one coin. Each is received only once in a person’s lifetime and the effects of the sacraments remain forever. This is sometimes described as the placing of an “indelible mark” on one’s soul.
This means that there is an unbreakable bond uniting us to Christ. The expectation is that we will live in a manner worthy of the great grace we have received. To accomplish this Jesus has provided us with the Eucharist through which we are nourished with his Body and Blood and fortified to resist the temptations to compromise our faith. Yet even with this we at times yield to temptation and sin. Nevertheless, the committing of actual sin does not invalidate our baptism and confirmation and break our bond with Christ. That’s why Jesus has provided us with the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: to restore us to that state of grace effected by the sacraments of initiation.
Thus, as our young adults affirm their Catholic faith this week we would do well to reflect on how we ourselves are living what we say we believe. Jesus himself has called us to “be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and has provided us with the sacramental grace necessary to accomplish this task. Remember, he never said that it would be easy nor did he promise that we would be free of temptations to betray him. What he did promise is that in all circumstances of our lives he would be with us always (Matthew 28:20). Let us therefore affirm our trust in the divine presence in our lives and strive, by the grace of the sacraments, to live in a manner worthy of our Lord.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende