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 Nalbone
By Wife Allene and Family and
Sister, Rose and Family
Hosts – In Memory of George Seastedt
By Wife Susan and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of Oct. 30th – Nov. 5th
In Memory of
Joseph Reale, Sr., Joseph Reale, Jr., & David Reale
By Sebastian and Gerri Mazzurco
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 Oct. 30th – Nov. 5th
In Memory of Josephine Giambra
By Children and Grandchildren
Tuesday, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints and a Holyday of Obligation. Masses for the day will be celebrated as follows:
7:00 AM – SS. Peter and Paul Church; 9:00 AM – St. John Church; 12:10 PM – SS. Peter and Paul Church, and 5:00 PM – St. John Church.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
Catholic Daughters, Court St. Gertrude #92, will be selling Bon Ton Community Day Event Booklets after all Masses this weekend and next. Booklets are $5.00 each and proceeds from the sale will be used towards Catholic Daughters upcoming projects.
Also, in appreciation of parish support, the Catholic Daughters will sponsor a Coffee Hour following the 11:00 AM Mass on November 13th at SS Peter & Paul Church hall and a Wine and Cheese Party following the 4 PM Mass on Saturday, November 19th at St. John Church hall.
CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH
November is Choose Life / Women’s Services CRADLE COLLECTION MONTH at St. John Church. They will be collecting donations to support our county’s only pro-life ministry and crisis pregnancy center. Just place your donations in the cradle (Make checks payable to Choose Life of Jamestown).
Be a friend of life – support our local Choose Life of Jamestown and Women’s Services of Chautauqua County.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
4:00 (St. John) Joe Calanni by Bessie Indriolo
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
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
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
12:10 (SSPP) Patricia Pratt, Birthday by husband Willis
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
ALL SAINTS – HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
7:00 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Dean DiMaio, Birthday by Steve and Deb Szwejbka
12:10 (SSPP) Roy and Marie Frederick by Neil and Nancy Frederick
5:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
All Souls Day
12:10 (SSPP) Janet Sorvelli Alvandi by Susan Fiorella
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
St. Martin de Porres
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FIRST FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
St. Charles Borromeo
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Chiazzese and Buccola Families by Family
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
4:00 (St. John) Georgio Marchini, Birthday by Tammy Yezzi, John Calamunci and Tony Calamunci and families
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Margaret Mende, Anniversary by Rev. Dennis W. Mende
9:00 (St. John) For the Faithful Departed
11:00 (SSPP) For the Faithful Departed
ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
Our monthly gathering for November will be held THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall following the 12:10 PM Mass. Members are encouraged to attend the All Saints Day Mass together to fulfill the holy day obligation and then enjoy some light refreshments and share ideas to help shape the future of the Society and its service to our parish family. Ladies who might be interested in learning more about the mission of the Altar and Rosary Society are welcome to join us.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, October 23
Collection Total – $7,467.85
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
World Mission Sunday Collection – $1,605.00
REMEMBRANCE OF THE
Next Sunday, November 6th at 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses, we will have our annual remembrance of the members of our parish family who entered into eternal life since All Souls Day of last year. Their names appear on the small crosses on the Memorial Cross in each of our church buildings.
The Cross at St. John Church bears 12 names, and the Cross at SS. Peter and Paul Church bears 11 names. These crosses will be presented to family members at the respective Masses.
Throughout the month of November, let us remember to pray for all of our faithful departed.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops urge Catholics to form their consciences through being open to truth, studying Scripture and Church teachings, examining facts and background information, and prayerful reflection. Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to learn about the steps you can take to form your conscience, watch videos and access other great resources on conscience formation for faithful citizens. Please vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.
Sponsored by Branches Catholic Ministries, Regenerated 2016 will take place at the Scotiabank Convention Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Saturday, November 19th.
This year’s theme is on the Holy Eucharist and will feature dynamic talks on how Our Blessed Mother brings us closer to this sacrament, on how to explain the Eucharist to others, on current Eucharistic miracles and the scientific evidence behind them. For early-bird tickets visit www.branchesoftheword.org or call Branches at 905-685-7000.
THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
This Wednesday, November 2nd, we will observe the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed commonly known as “All Souls Day” when we pray for those who have died in Christ. Next Sunday at the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses we will observe our parish custom of praying for our parishioners who have died since All Souls Day of 2015. We honor them with a special ceremony following the Gospel when we pray for each of the deceased by name and a family member is invited to place a lighted candle at the altar steps in memory of their loved one at which time the small wooden cross bearing the person’s name which had been placed on the Memorial Cross on the day of burial is given to the family to be kept as a reminder to pray that their loved one will be blessed with the gift of eternal life.
This custom, which is unique to our parish, was begun a number of years ago and families have found it very comforting and reassuring. Each of our church buildings has a Memorial Cross; at SS Peter & Paul it is in the baptistery area and at St. John it is near the St. Joseph Altar. The building in which the Mass of Christian Burial is offered determines on which Cross the commemorative cross is placed, which is done by a family member following the “Prayer of Commendation” at the end of the Mass.
Our custom reinforces the mandate to pray for the deceased, a tradition which predates Christianity. Because we believe in life after death it is incumbent upon us to pray for those who have gone before us with the sign of faith. Each of the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass includes a petition for the departed. Our Catholic understanding is that “all who die in God’s grace and friendship are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” “The Church gives the name ‘purgatory’ to this final purification” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1030, 1031). Just as we believe that we are helped by one another’s prayers in this life, so too do we believe that our intercessions for those experiencing purgatory assist them in their continued growth in God’s grace.
This is one reason why, as a parish with a cemetery, we exercise our ministry to the faithful departed with great care. Far from being just a burial ground, we see Holy Cross Cemetery as a testimony to our belief in the resurrection of the body which we proclaim in the Nicene and Apostles Creeds. Much time and effort is given to making our grounds a “Prayer Garden” providing a place where visitors can spend time offering those needed prayers for the holy souls that they may realize the goal of heaven.
The month of November is dedicated to the holy souls, and we ought to add a special mention to our daily prayers for our deceased loved ones and our parishioners.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende