September 25, 2016


Baby Charlotte, Ann Kapuscinski, Rev. Dennis Mende, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.



Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials


Sanctuary Light – Week of Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

In Memory of Joe Miraglia, Anniversary

By Wife and Family


Wine and Hosts:

In Memory of Rose Marie Elder

By Francis and Gilda Palmer

Sanctuary Light – Week of Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

For the Speedy Recovery of

Quinn Cobb-Kearney

By NaNa Bobbi Palmeri


In Memory of Dorothy Olson

By Ted Bogdan



Many times, people wish to have a Mass offered, however, we only have a limited number that can be scheduled during the course of the year. An alternative way of honoring a deceased person is through a MEMORIAL DONATION. The monies collected are used for capital improvements for the parish.

If you would like to give a memorial donation to the parish, send your wishes in writing along with your donation telling us who the memorial is for, who it’s from and who you would like notified. A card will then be sent to the family.




Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM, we gather in the St. Joseph Chapel at SS. Peter and Paul Church to pray Evening Prayer from the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours. This is a brief (approximately 15-20 minutes) service of psalms, canticles, a scripture reading and intercessions in which we join with the church throughout the world in response to Jesus’ call to pray constantly. Please join us.




When you are out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet. Log on to This is just one product that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is able to provide because of your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign.

M A S S E S  F O R  T H E  W E E K


4:00 (St. John) Mary Russo, Birthday by Judy Luciano


7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Deceased Members of the Brill, Conley and Mangano Families by M/M Peter Conley and Family

11:00 (SSPP) Dorothy Fiore by Bruce and Eileen Widen


Sts. Cosmas and Damian

12:10 (SSPP) Living and Deceased Members of the Conroe Family by Estate


St. Vincent de Paul

9:00 (St. John) Mary and Anthony Martinelli by Estate


St. Wenceslaus and St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions

12:10 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate


Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

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


St. Jerome

12:10 (SSPP) Gilbert and Teresa Caskey by Estate


St. Therese of the Child Jesus

4:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Bishop’s Committee


7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Charles and Louise Vullo, Sr. by Frank Schrader

11:00 (SSPP) Mary Anne Ferrara by Beverly Foote



On Sunday, October 16th, an ALL FAMILY SPECIAL EVENT will take place at St. John Church at 5:47 PM. All are encouraged to attend this special presentation – “Lighten Up” featuring Doug Brummel and his cast of characters. This is a one-man, character-changing experience you have to see to believe.

There is NO CHARGE for this event; however, a good-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.

Mark your calendars now!


Sunday, September 18

Collection Total – $7,579.06

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!



This weekend is the annual collection for Christ the King Seminary. This is your opportunity to help support the education of our future priests, deacons and lay leaders. Please invest in the future of the church in our area by helping our seminary continue its important work of ensuring that all who answer God’s call to ministry, will never be denied the opportunity to serve. Please give generously so more can serve, and pray for the success of our seminary’s mission. For more info go online to



A training entitled, “How to Navigate the Journey of Life” will take place at Park United Methodist Church, 49 Sinclair Dr. Sinclairville on Wednesday, October 5th – 10 AM to Noon. Lunch will be provided and networking, from Noon to 1 PM.

We will have presenters from local community organizations and agencies who will speak about planning for some of the larger life milestones in the lives of families and youth in our community. Presentations will include college and educational planning, family growth, advanced care planning, social security, legal services for the elderly, and planning for emergencies.

Anyone in the community can attend as a way to assist with networking between the faith-based community and local agencies/organizations. If you would like to attend or have any questions, email Amanda Christy at



Something different is happening this season. According to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society, elected officers serve for a two-year term, and in years when it is necessary to appoint new officers, the election is held in June. 2016 is one such year, but a new situation developed. When the nominating committee asked for members to accept nomination for particular offices, no member believed herself to be capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of a respective office. Thus, no election could be held in June, and the Society is now without officers to guide its work. The question before the members now is: What do we do?

At a gathering in August, Father Dennis asked the members their opinion, and the consensus was that it would be premature just to disband the Society which for so many years has served the parish family by attending to the needs for offering dignified worship at the altar and by praying the Rosary in honor of Our Lady. It was thus decided that the ladies would gather for a monthly social to share ideas about the future of the Society.

At the September gathering the ladies made plans to have a Rosary and a light luncheon on Saturday, October 8 at 10:30 AM at St. John Church. All women of the parish (and men, too!) are invited to join them to pray together and learn about the mission and works of the Altar and Rosary Society. Please mark your calendar for this date. We will have the opportunity to share ideas and hear suggestions on how the Society can become a more vibrant part of our parish life.


Last week I wrote about the importance of understanding the distinction between what is meant by the often misused term “last rites” and the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and its role in the pastoral care of the dying.  In outlining the times in a person’s life when it is appropriate to be anointed it occurred to me that it would be good to prepare an article about how the several sacraments form our lives of faith and provide us with the grace needed to live the teachings of Jesus.  Thus, what follows is a brief note on the role each sacrament plays in establishing and building our relationship with the risen Christ.

We take it for granted that there are seven sacraments.  Yet it took the Church more than a millennium to discern exactly what they are: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.  One of the ways in which we understand them is by grouping them according to their purpose and effects.

Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist together are referred to as “sacraments of initiation” indicating their role in establishing and nurturing our relationship with Christ.  Baptism incorporates us into the Church and the life of the Blessed Trinity; Confirmation makes this incorporation permanent by sealing the Holy Spirit within us.  Each is received only once in a person’s lifetime because they have one task and its effects remain with us always.  Eucharist, received regularly throughout a person’s lifetime, makes complete one’s initiation and nurtures the Holy Spirit within us by feeding us with the Body and Blood of Christ.

Penance and Anointing of the Sick are referred to as “sacraments of healing” highlighting their role in strengthening the Christ-life within us;  in Penance, by the forgiveness of sins (healing the spiritual wound);  in Anointing, by assuring us of the presence of Christ in times of serious illness or physical challenges or in preparing us for death.  They are received on the occasions that the particular grace they offer is needed to maintain our faith.

Matrimony and Holy Orders are referred to as “sacraments of Christian community” highlighting their role in establishing Godly relationships between persons and Christ that give structure to society and the Church:  in Matrimony by uniting one man and one woman with each other in a permanent bond through which they become reflections of the bond between Christ and the Church; in Holy Orders through which persons are consecrated to Christ to serve and lead the Church by manifesting Christ’s presence as head of the Mystical Body.

Thus, although not everyone receives all of the sacraments, their role in the Church establishes, forms, and nourishes our relationship with Christ during our earthly lives in preparation for our eternal life with him in heaven.  I would thus encourage us all to ponder their role and purpose.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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