Monday, October 10th is COLUMBUS DAY. The parish office and rectory will be closed and NO Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 PM. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 11th at 8 AM.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, 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. 9th – 15th
In Memory of Pearl Panetti (Birthday) and
George Moore (Anniversary)
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer
By Pat and Dee Rewers
Hosts – In Memory of Denis McAuliffe
HOLY CROSS CEMETERY CLEAN-UP TIME
All summer plants and decorations must be removed from grave sites by October 15th. After this date, items will be discarded by our Cemetery personnel.
YOUNG CHRISTIANS AT WORK
Confirmation students will be participating in a workshop entitled, Young Christians at Work on Saturday, October 22nd from 8 AM to 5 PM. 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 concluded 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. Please keep them in your prayers.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
4:00 (St. John) Carl Dominick, Anniversary by Mary Dominick and sons
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Dale and Elizabeth Carlson
11:00 (SSPP) Dorothy Olson by Friend
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
12:10 (SSPP) Michael and Rose DeFelice by Mike and Laura Felice
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
St. Callistus I
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
St. Teresa and Jesus
4:00 (St. John) Dominick & Angeline Salone and daughter Patricia by Family
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) Philip and Joanna DeSantis, Birthday Remembrances by Family
9:00 (St. John) Arnold DePetro, Anniversary by wife Sally and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Claudine Rissberger by Marijka Lampard
NEXT SUNDAY, bring the whole family to a special event – “Lighten Up” featuring Doug Brummel and his cast of characters. This is a one-man, character-changing experience you have to see to believe.
This special family event will take place at 5:47 PM at St. John Church. There is no charge for admission; however a free-will offering will be taken. This presentation is being sponsored by parishes of our area, the Karl Peterson Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Foundation. Don’t miss it!
TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Whether we realize it or not, countless blessings are being bestowed upon us. Our very existence is itself a gift. How grateful are we for our blessings? How can we live out our appreciation? Perhaps we can do this by answering the Lord when He calls upon us. If God is calling you to a church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, October 2nd
Main Collection $9,820.55
Repair & Maintenance $1,677.00
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, “We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world.” In New York State, voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 14th, and received by a board of elections no later than October 19th, to be eligible to vote in the General Election. You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year, but to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 14th. You can pick up a mail-in voter registration form at any county elections office, library or post office or on-line: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
Please vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8th.
When we submit the annual Financial Report to the diocese, each parish also provides a “Statistical Report” as well. This contains demographic information and gives a profile of the parish, and defines our identity within the Catholic community. Some items of note are as follows. We now have 998 registered households which translates to 2,139 individual members of Holy Apostles Parish. Our median age is 54. Our average attendance at weekend Masses is 675. We have 18 Lectors, 35 Eucharistic Ministers, 32 Altar Servers and 20 ushers. Last year, 25 children and 1 adult were baptized; 11 youth and 3 adults were confirmed; 16 children and 2 adults received the Eucharist for the first time; there were 4 marriages; and 44 deaths.
Last week we submitted to the diocese the annual Financial Report for Holy Apostles Parish for the fiscal year which concluded on 31 August 2106. Inserted into this bulletin is the “Statement of Income and Expenditures” which is a summary of the more detailed report. I believe this format is more user-friendly for parishioners to review rather than having to plod through the technicalities of a report that only those conversant with bookkeeping and accounting procedures would understand just to answer the basic question of whether we’re in the black or in the red. However, if you have any questions about any item(s) on the Statement I would be happy to answer them for you.
As you can see from the “reconciliation” we completed the fiscal year with an operating surplus and this is a very good thing. Our contributing parishioners are to be commended for their faithful support of the parish and its ministries. Please note that I use the adjective “contributing” here. This is because not all registered parishioner families contribute financially to our parish. Some cannot, of course, and that is understandable. Others, however, who are able, do not believe they are obligated to do so. That means that those who contribute regularly are carrying the weight for everyone and their generosity is an even greater blessing. This is especially true when we realize that as with our personal finances the rate of income is not keeping pace with the rise in expenditures.
Indeed, when you review the Statement carefully you will see that we are not really self-sustaining. What is keeping the ship afloat is the rental income we are receiving from Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. which leases space in our Holy Family Center for their Head Start, Pre-K, and Infant and Toddler programs. They provide much needed services to our community and we are pleased to be able to offer them the facilities to deliver them.
One of the ministries of the parish is Holy Cross Cemetery whose income and expenditures are listed separately on the Statement. You will notice that the income is significantly less than the expenditures showing that the Cemetery is not self-sustaining but dependent on the parish to make up the deficit. This is not unique to our parish but is the nature of small cemeteries operated by parishes. Because burying the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy I would encourage us to consider assisting in this work through the annual cemetery collection and the appeal made in the yearly Newsletter.
All in all I would say that we are doing well financially. This is especially significant this year because of the tremendous response our parish has given to the Upon This Rock Initiative of the diocese. resulting in our exceeding our goal in the campaign by over 25%! I am grateful to everyone who so faithfully supports our parish.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende