November 6, 2016

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR AT SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

THIS WEEKEND WERE PLACED BY SHIRLEY GUTIERREZ AND FAMILY

 IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND, DR. ALBERTO GUTIERREZ.

 

VETERANS DAY OBSERVED

This Friday, November 11th is VETERANS DAY. The Parish Office and Rectory will be closed and NO Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 PM.

 

VETERANS DAY PRAYER

Dear Lord,

                Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country.

                We pray that you will bless them for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us.

                We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them, and we pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

 

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.

 

NOVEMBER

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 6th – 12th

In Memory of Agostino “Gus” Pellerino

By Frances P. Marchiando

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Wine – In Memory of Georgio Marchini (Birthday)

By Gust and Dianne Calamunci

Hosts – In Memory of Patricia (McKeta) Carlson

By Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of November 6th – 12th

In Memory of Dr. Alberto Gutierrez

By Wife Shirley and Family

MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Jack Kibler

By Bob and Nancy Conroe & Mary Ann Samuelson

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

4:00 (St. John) Georgio Marchini, Birthday by Tammy Yezzi, John Calamunci, and Tony Calamunci and families

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

7:15 (SSPP) Margaret Mende, Anniversary by Rev. Dennis W. Mende

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

11:00 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

12:10 (SSPP) David Twichell, Wedding Anniversary by Wife Sally Twichell and Family

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

12:10 (SSPP) Mary Hendrickson, Anniversary by Family

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

St. Leo the Great

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

St. Martin of Tours

VETERANS DAY

NO MASS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

St. Josaphat

4:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Diane Hitchcock

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

 

 

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS

Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92 will be selling Bon Ton Community Day Event Booklets this weekend after all Masses. Booklets are $5 each and the proceeds from the sale will be used towards upcoming projects.

Also, in appreciation of parish support, the Catholic Daughters will sponsor a COFFEE HOUR following the 11:00 AM Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Church on Sunday, November 13th, and a WINE AND CHEESE PARTY following the 4:00 PM Mass at St. John Church, on Saturday, November 19th.

All are invited to attend both events!

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, October 30

Collection Total – $8,829.22

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

 

CATHOLICS CARE

CATHOLICS VOTE

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. “In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”

Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, and access other great resources. Please vote on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 8.

 

 

CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH

November is Choose Life / Women’s Services CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH at St. John Church. They will be collecting donations in support of our county’s only pro-life ministry and crisis pregnancy center. Just place your donation in the cradle (make checks payable to Choose Life of Jamestown). The generosity of God’s people has kept Choose Life’s doors open for 25 years of ministry. They provide free pregnancy testing and options counseling, the HOPE Program of education and material assistance and the W.A.I.T. Training Program, as well as the in-school abstinence program which is free to the school district. They also provide a post-abortion healing group.

 

 

APPARITION HILL

From the acclaimed director of The Triumph comes a powerful new film that chronicles the incredible journey of 7 strangers who embark across the globe to investigate one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era. APPARITION HILL is an emotionally charged “cinematic pilgrimage” to the little-known village of Medjugorje nestled along the Croatian-Bosnia-Herzegovina borders.

The feature-length documentary will be shown at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 12th at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and available through Reg Lenna Box Office www.reglenna.com or 716-484-7070. Proceeds benefit KALLIE’S KRUSADE FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization supporting local families fighting pediatric cancer. For more information, visit www.kallieskrusade.org.

AD RESURGENDUM CUM CHRISTO

            That’s Latin for “to rise with Christ” and the first words of an Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.  The publication of this document provides me with the opportunity to address a concern of mine with respect to the emergence of ideas and practices which are contrary to the Church’s faith.  For a while I have thought that some of these are silly at best and downright grizzly at worst, to say nothing of their obvious ignorance of proper respect for one who has died in Christ.

Let me explain.  In recent years the practice of cremation has become a more common choice.  For Catholics this is totally acceptable, but ought to be done in accord with the rites of the Order of Christian Funerals.  This means that there would be a Vigil Service (commonly called a “Wake” and held at a Funeral Home) with the body present

Following this the body would be brought to the parish church for a Mass of Christian Burial, or the body would remain at the Funeral Home for a Service outside of Mass.  Following this the body would be prepared for cremation after which the remains would be brought to a cemetery for interment in the ground or inurnment in a mausoleum.  This is the preferred procedure and order.

However, in certain cases due to the circumstances of death it may be necessary to perform an immediate cremation.  While out of the ordinary, this is fully acceptable and the Vigil Service and Mass of Christian Burial, or the Funeral Service outside of Mass, would take place with the cremated remains present.  The services would then conclude with the Rite of Committal at the cemetery.

My concern is with respect to the final part of the rituals of Christian Burial when there is a cremation.  What has emerged in recent times is the practice of NOT BURYING the remains!  This is TOTALLY CONTRARY to the Church’s teaching and a sign of disrespect for the deceased.  The Instruction has addressed this by stating clearly that it is NOT permitted to keep the ashes at home, and “it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry, or other objects.”  These are the things I find silly.

In the light of the definitive teaching of the Church I would ask that we all take some time to reflect on our plans for our own death.  If cremation is our choice, please keep in mind the rituals to be followed as outlined above, noting that to show proper respect the remains must be buried in the ground or inurned in a mausoleum.  It is not the Catholic way to keep them at home on the shelf, nor to divide them up so that everyone gets a piece (!), nor to wear them as an adornment for our latest outfit.  Let’s show proper respect.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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