PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Ann Kapuscinski, Sherry Propheter, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of James and Catherine Grassi
By Aurora and Jerry Bondi
Hosts – In Memory of Frank A. Marcello
By Wife Josie
Sanctuary Light – Week of Oct. 16th – 22nd
In Memory of Frank Marchiando
By Wife Frances P. Marchiando
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer
By Pat and Dee Rewers
Hosts – In Memory of Denis McAuliffe
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday will be celebrated in our parish next weekend, October 22nd and 23rd. Through the World Mission Sunday second collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, missionaries serving in more than 1,111 Mission Churches depend on this annual help. These Mission Churches provide service and spiritual comfort for the poorest and most vulnerable sanctifying them with the sacraments and offering them the Lord’s hope and peace.
As Pope Francis reminds us in his Message for World Mission 2016, “Let us not close our hearts within our own particular concerns, but let us open them to all of humanity.”
Please be as generous as you can to next weekend’s, World Mission Sunday second collection.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
St. Teresa of Jesus
4:00 (St. John) Dominick and Angeline Salone and daughter Patricia by Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
7:15 (SSPP) Philip and Joanna DeSantis by Family
9:00 (St. John) Arnold DePetro, Anniversary by wife Sally and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Claudine Rissberger by Marijka Lampard
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17
St. Ignatius of Antioch
12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
9:00 (St. John) Joe Calanni by Mrs. Bessie Indriolo
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
Sts. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues & Companions
12:10 (SSPP) Special Intention by Susan Fiorella
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
St. Paul of the Cross
9:00 (St. John) Umberta, Andrea and Georgio Marchini by Family
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
12:10 (SSPP) Denis McAuliffe by Family
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
St. John Paul II
1:00 (SSPP) WEDDING: Mike Hsu and Theresa LaBarte
4:00 (St. John) Walt Roode by Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Georgio Marchini by Carol Gullo, Linda Calimeri and Families
11:00 (SSPP) Mary Fran Patterson Campion by John W. Campion
Next Saturday, October 22nd, MIKE HSU and THERESA LaBARTE will be married at SS. Peter and Paul Church at 1:00 PM.
May the God of hope fill Mike and Theresa 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, October 9
Main Collection $8,529.68
Fuel Collection 1.477.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
YOUNG CHRISTIANS AT WORK
Confirmation students will be participating in YOUNG CHRISTIANS AT WORK next Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM at St. John Church. The Diocese of Buffalo will be conducting the workshop.
Students will spend part of the day learning more about their faith and going out into the community to do volunteer work. The day will conclude with Mass. Holy Apostles students will be joined by students from the parishes of Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. James, St. Patrick, and Our Lady of Loreto.
(Practice Civil Dialogue)
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics that we are called to engage in charitable, respectful, and civil dialogue during election season. In a culture that is dominated by “partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype,” the Church calls for “a different kind of political engagement.”
Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to access resources on civil dialogue and on how our faith calls us to engage during election season and beyond. Please vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.
Our Lady of Peace Parish Women’s Retreat team is hosting a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, October 22nd from 9 AM – Noon at Our Lady of Peace Parish Center, 274 Broad Street in Salamanca, NY. The title is, What Do Those Bible Stories Have To Do With Me? Identifying with Men and Women in the Scriptures. It will be led by Carol Mullins of Quiet Whispers Ministries. Registration fee is $15 and can be sent to the parish office, 274 Broad St., Salamanca, NY 14779. Registration includes morning refreshments which start at 8:30 AM and a light luncheon to follow. Call Our Lady of Peace as soon as possible to register – 945-4966.
Of all the things Americans want out of life that is perhaps the top of the list of priorities. Just think of how many products are promoted by claiming to be faster at accomplishing their tasks. This is particularly true of the various communications devices that we use every day to which the “millennial generation” seems to be especially attached. How often do you see a teenager or young adult under 30 who is not carrying one of those contraptions in their hands with their eyes glued to it?! And it’s not only the young, who can be excused from such behavior because their brains are not fully developed; adults too suffer from the addiction with many unable to function without a regular fix of what’s trending from the likes of Facebook!
We seem to have developed an insatiable desire to have and to know the latest right away. Indeed, there is a segment of the population that doesn’t have a thought or opinion that isn’t immediately “posted” for the entire world, or at least the portion that is signed-on, to enjoy or be annoyed. I write this because our desire for immediate gratification flies in the face of how the world really works, and as a people of faith how we experience God’s presence in our lives. Indeed, there is a disconnect with reality that if unchecked can lead to serious consequences.
Let’s take prayer as an example. It is the foundation of our relationship with God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself is the example par excellence of one who prayed regularly and intensely and who encouraged persistence in prayer. Yet his own experience as recorded in the New Testament Scriptures reveals that prayer does not guarantee immediate gratification or even that we will receive the desired answer to our prayers. Remember that his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was that “if it were possible the hour might pass him by” and the Father would “take this cup away” (see e.g. Mark 14: 32-42). Nevertheless, he was resigned to do the Father’s will and not his own (Mark 14: 36).
As well, while urging constant prayer the Lord used many examples from nature (such as planting seeds and growing crops) to teach people that immediate gratification will not be the result. Rather, prayer will be the key element in discerning God’s presence in our lives and his will for us. That takes time and effort. We cannot do it via instagram or snapchat or any other such nonsense that’s out there; nor can we expect God to post some “OMG” or “LOL” evoking information on a heavenly Facebook page!!
So the next time we may be tempted to import into our faith life the quest for instant gratification of our wants and desires let’s remember that the real world doesn’t work that way. Just as all of those devices that provide us with information started with an idea and took many years of trial and error to develop, so too does a relationship with God.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende