PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Sherry Propheter, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Sam and Allene Nalbone
By Their Family and
Bennie Cardinale Family
Hosts – In Memory of George Seastedt
By Wife Susan and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of November 13 – 19
In Memory of Our Mother Arasma Consiglio
By Gerri Mazzurco and Sam Consiglio
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Georgio Marchini
By Gust and Dianne Calamunci
Hosts – In Memory of Patricia (McKeta) Carlson
Sanctuary Light – Week of November 13 – 19
In Memory of Jack Kibler
By Holy Apostles Religious Education Dept.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS
The St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to make a report to our faithful parishioners on our activities within the Holy Apostles Parish. We subscribe to the following periodicals for the parish and they are available at both churches: National Catholic Register, and Living Faith. During the year we provided food vouchers for those in need. We also donated to Catholic Charities and Fr. Brown’s missionary work in Peru. Locally we supported the food pantries of St. Susan Center, Salvation Army, and First Covenant Church. Also, we supported Meals on Wheels in their food distribution program for seniors in need. We assisted the Domestic Violence Program at Salvation Army, Choose Life of Jamestown and Hospice of Chautauqua County, and the Children’s Love Fund. We distributed Sunday’s Post Journal to needy residents of Heritage Green and Heritage Park Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
In addition, we still maintain our “Loan Closet” for those in need of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower seats and toilet seat extenders.
We are very grateful for your continued contributions to St. Vincent de Paul Society and without your support we couldn’t continue with our ministry.
You are cordially invited to join us for a continental breakfast on Thursday, November 24th – Thanksgiving Day, at SS. Peter and Paul Church following the 9:00 AM Mass.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
4:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Diane Hitchcock
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
7:15 (SSPP) Deceased Members of the Gallagher Family by Jim and Cynthia Gallagher
9:00 (St. John) Patricia Phillips by Paul and Mary Lee Danahy
11:00 (SSPP) Living and Deceased Members of Court St. Gertrude #92, Catholic Daughters by Members
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
St. Albert the Great
9:00 (St. John) Special Intentions by Irma Rhoney
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
St. Margaret of Scotland
12:10 (SSPP) Dominick and Angelina Lombardo by Laura Felice
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
The Dedication of the Basilicas of SS. Peter & Paul
St. Rose Philippine Duschesne
12:10 (SSPP) Paul R. Griffith, Sr., Birthday by Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
4:00 (St. John) Anthony Castiglione, Birthday by Maxine Castiglione
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
7:15 (SSPP) Patricia (McKeta) Carlson, Anniversary by Family
9:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by M/M Don Fiasco
11:00 (SSPP) Bennie DiTonto, Sr. by Beverly Foote
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
In appreciation of parish support, Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92 is sponsoring two events in November – a COFFEE HOUR following the 11:00 AM Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Church Hall this Sunday, November 13th, and a WINE and CHEESE PARTY, next Saturday, November 19th following the 4:00 PM Mass at St. John Church.
All are invited to attend both events!
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
All Saints Day Collection – Tues. Nov. 1st – $657.00
Sunday, November 6th Collection – $11,896.11
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
Beginning Sunday, November 27th – the First Sunday of Advent and throughout the Sundays during the Advent season, Holy Apostles Parish Confirmation students will be greeters at weekend Masses Please keep them in your prayers as their spiritual journey towards Confirmation continues.
Also the 2017 Youth Convention in Buffalo will be held from March 3rd to the 5th. Any Religious Education Students in grades 9 to 12 are invited to attend the Convention. If interested, please contact Mrs. Paula Slagle at 485-8783. More information regarding the Convention will appear in future bulletins.
IS GOD CALLING YOU TO A
Great things may require a great while and patient endurance, but are worth it in the end. We all share the work of anticipating the full reign of God’s kingdom, but what is YOUR role? 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.buffalovocation.org.
When you’re out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet. Log on to www.masstimes.org. This is just one product that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is able to provide because of your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign.
CALLING THE PARISH
Many times we receive phone calls from people wishing to speak with someone in the rectory office. However, they are calling on the wrong number! The correct number to dial is printed on the front of the bulletin: 664-5703. If you look up our parish number in the phone book, listed there are numbers for the church hall at SS. Peter and Paul and the church hall at St. John. Also listed are the numbers for Holy Cross Cemetery and the Religious Education office. None of these numbers will connect you with the person with whom you wish to speak. If you wish to speak to someone at the rectory dial 664-5703 ONLY.
It is a long standing custom within the Roman Catholic tradition to dedicate the month of November to prayers for the faithful departed. All Souls Day (observed on the 2nd) reminded us that intercessions for the deceased are acts of mercy that assist them in their journey toward the fullness of life in Christ. They can be seen as extensions of the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead. By the way, in the light of last week’s article note that this work of mercy specifies burying, and not some other bizarre practice.
November is our time to both pray for the dead and reflect on the Church’s teaching of what happens to us when we die. These are traditionally referred to as the “Last Things” being death, judgment, heaven, and hell. Death, of course, is the end of earthly life. It is a consequence of sin; however, it is transformed by Christ from a curse into a blessing (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1006-1009). “Through baptism the Christian has already ‘died with Christ’ sacramentally, in order to live a new life; and if we die in Christ’s grace, physical death completes this ‘dying with Christ’ and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act” (Catechism, 1010).
Following physical death we experience what is called the “particular judgment” which determines our future, if you will, based on whether we have accepted or rejected the offer of divine grace manifested in Christ. On what this means, the Catechism is clear: “either entrance into the blessedness of heaven – through a time of purification or immediately – or immediate and everlasting damnation” (paragraph 1022). Now that should give us pause and caution us against the tendency so prevalent in our society to presume on God’s mercy by thinking that everyone automatically gets to heaven! That’s neither the Scriptural witness nor the teaching of the Church.
After death and the particular judgment the “options” are thus heaven, purgatory, or hell. Those who have lived lives of heroic virtue are believed to be raised to the glory of heaven. This is called the “beatific vision” which in several of the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass is referred to as seeing God “face to face” (Catechism, paragraphs 1023-1029). Very few people measure up to this standard, but the Church teaches that those who die in God’s grace and friendship are assured of their eternal salvation and undergo purification to achieve the holiness needed to enter the joy of heaven. This is what is called purgatory, and those who are being purified need our prayers (Catechism, paragraphs 1030-1032).
Our November prayers for the faithful departed are thus two fold: we bid the intercessions of the saints for us, and we intercede for those who have gone before us with the sign of faith that they may be purified and enter the company of the saints. Let us not forget them.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende