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 October 23rd – 29th
In Memory of Saccoccia & Marchiando Families
By 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
Sanctuary Light – Week of Oct. 23rd – 29th
In Memory of Michael Felice
By Holy Apostles Parish Religious Education Dept.
By Angela Nazzaro
2017 MASS BOOK OPENS
The 2017 Mass Intention Book and the 2017 Wine – Hosts – and Sanctuary Light Book will open for your requests on Friday, October 28th. Due to the high influx of Mass requests on the day the book opens, it will be necessary for you to come to SS. Peter and Paul Church hall from 8:30 AM to Noon. No phone requests will be taken on this day.
Remember, Mass stipends are $15 each and you will be allowed FOUR MASSES – two on a weekend and two on a weekday. Wine for the month is $40, hosts for the month is $25, and a sanctuary light for one week is $10.
Payment must be made at the time you schedule your Masses. If paying in cash, please have exact amount with you. If paying by check, make check payable to Holy Apostles Parish.
THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Through humility, we best know not only our weaknesses, but our strengths as well. Be humble, and see what you learn about yourself. 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, OCTOBER 22
4:00 (St. John) Walt Roode by Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
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
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
St. Anthony Mary Claret
12:10 (SSPP) Denis McAuliffe by Family
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
9:00 (St. John) James O. Salent, Anniversary by Carol Samuelson
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26
12:10 (SSPP) Charlie Rewers, Birthday by Daughters
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
9:00 (St. John) Nicholas Rodriguez, Wedding Anniversary by Miriam Rodriguez
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Sts. Simon and Jude
12:10 (SSPP) Rosa Mazzurco, Anniversary by Carl Mazzurco and Family
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
4:00 (St. John) Joe Calanni by Bessie Indriolo
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Julie and Scott Valone, Birthday Remembrances by Craig and Nancy Miller
9:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Jim and Betty Wirges
11:00 (SSPP) Sherwood Lawson, Birthday by wife Dorothy Lawson and Family
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92, will be selling Bon Ton Community Day Event Booklets after all Masses on October 29th / 30th and November 5th / 6th. Booklets are $5.00 each and the entire $5 will be used towards Catholic Daughters upcoming projects.
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YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, October 16
Collection Total – $7,561.50
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops lift up various issues of different moral weight and urgency. Some issues they mention include: addressing abortion, euthanasia, the use of the death penalty and imprudent resort to war; protecting the fundamental understanding of marriage as the life-long and faithful union of one man and one woman; achieving comprehensive immigration reform; caring for our common home; helping families and children overcome poverty; providing healthcare while respecting human life, human dignity and religious freedom; and establishing and complying with moral limits on the use of military force. Learn more about these issues and others at www.faithfulcitizenship.org. Please vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.
Dear Holy Apostles Parish Family:
My wife Kathe and I are extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support for the recent Collins Christian Ministry weekend. Twenty-eight inmates experienced the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. Once again, your prayers and support were a significant and extremely important reason for the success of the weekend.
We received dozens and dozens of cookies, numerous pies and cakes, turkeys, letters of support, over $500 in monetary donations and of course, your hours of prayer support. For almost four days, your generous hearts enabled us to show these men the love of God in a way that they had never experienced before.
The work of the Holy Spirit among these men is hard to describe, but is a firm testimony that all things are possible with God.
May God bless you.
Ben Russo will be receiving the Discipleship Award from the Diocese of Buffalo on November 4th. This award is given to students in grades 9 – 12 who live their lives as young disciples through involvement in their church and community. Ben is an active member of Holy Apostles Youth Group and has attended the National Youth Convention. He is an altar server and has taught in our Religious Education program for two years. Ben is a senior at Jamestown High School, a member of the JHS Marching Band, and the National Honor Society!
DOWN AND DIRTY
That certainly is the state of American politics as we draw ever closer to the presidential election. Most people I know are disgusted by the whole thing no matter what their preferred identity on the political spectrum. How we have reached this state of affairs has been and will be debated with different conclusions reached. We can only hope that after the election is over the Republic holds together. Because we as Catholics live within this situation, and are expected by the Church to exercise our rights of citizenship by participating in the process of choosing those who will govern us, we are faced with solicitations from all factions attempting to garner our votes.
As the notes from the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (“USCCB”) that are appearing in our bulletin this month point out Catholics are under no obligation to support or work against any particular candidate. This is important for us to keep in mind because there is a lot of “wooing” going on in an attempt to curry favor with us by focusing on one or more items of public policy that touch on doctrines of our faith. I’m personally offended by those who change or alter their positions to appear as though they agree with us about important teachings thinking they can hoodwink a vote out of us. My advice is simply, don’t fall into the trap.
That’s why the Church’s official position of not endorsing a candidate or allowing Church properties to be used for partisan campaigning is so good. We don’t get down and dirty and wallow in the mudslinging. Rather, we are encouraged to carefully evaluate a candidate’s policies and positions in the light of Catholic teaching and practice. This requires us to research, read, reflect on, and evaluate so that our vote will be cast on the basis of reason rather than emotion. This is a difficult process which is made more challenging when there is no candidate whose positions do not contradict one or more of the Church’s teachings, as is the case in the present campaign.
I would caution us to be wary of anyone applying pressure on us by saying things like, “As a catholic, you MUST vote for thus and so; or, “As a Catholic, you CANNOT vote for thus and so.” Such a tactic is likely to focus on one highly contentious issue in an attempt to present a candidate as a champion of the Catholic position on the issue in the hope that we will not do our homework to ascertain the individual’s track record on the matter.
So where does this leave us in the down and dirty situation? It is the consistent teaching of the Church that we make all of our decisions in the light of a rightly formed conscience. As your pastor I cannot tell you for whom to vote as happens in some of the pop-up denominations that make public endorsements. I can, however, encourage us to make our Catholic positions known in the public forum.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende