September 4, 2016

This Monday, September 5th is LABOR DAY. The Parish office and rectory will be closed and NO Mass will be celebrated. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 AM.

LABOR DAY PRAYER

On this day when we rest from our usual labors,

we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor –

in the marketplace, in factories, offices,

in the professions and in family living.

We thank you Lord for the gift of opportunity of work.

May our efforts always be pure of heart, for the

good of others and the glory of your name.

We lift up to you all who long for just employment

and those who work to defend the rights and

needs of workers everywhere.

May those of us who are now retired always remember

the valuable contributions we make to

our church and our world by our prayers and

deeds of charity.

May our working and resting give you praise

until the day we share together in eternal rest

with all our departed in your kingdom as you

live and reign one God forever and ever.

Amen

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK  OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

Susan Flynn, Ann Kapuscinski, Rev. Dennis W. Mende, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.

 

SEPTEMBER

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Sanctuary Light – Week of September 4th – 10th

In Memory of Joseph Miraglia (Anniversary)

By Sister, Josie Marcello

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Wine and Hosts

In Memory of Rose Marie Elder

By Francis and Gilda Palmer

 

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS,

COURT ST. GERTRUDE #92 NEWS

Catholic Daughters will sponsor their annual CARD PARTY and GAME NIGHT on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 7:00 PM at St. John Church hall, 270 Newton Ave. Tickets are $4.00 and will be sold at both churches on Sept. 17th and 18th or at the door on the night of the party.

Features include lottery ticket door prizes, raffles and refreshments. Come join the fun! Questions? Call Maria at 397-9673.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

St. Gregory the Great

4:00 (St. John) Margaret Olson, Birthday by Don and Millie Ball

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

7:15 (SSPP) Sarah Cappano by Fletcher and Rosalie Ward

9:00 (St. John) June Gullotti, Wedding Anniversary by husband Bill

11:00 (SSPP) Gerald J. Corkery by Family

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

LABOR DAY

NO MASS

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

9:00 (SSPP) Carl Dominick, Birthday by Mary Dominick and Sons

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

12:10 (SSPP) Georgio Marchini by Ted Bogdan and Sally Corkery

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9:00 (St. John) Frank Vassallo by M/M Charles Loverme

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

St. Peter Claver

12:10 (SSPP) Dolores Onuffer by Mary Anne McAuliffe

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

4:00 (St. John) Barb and Andy Szwejbka by Steve and Deb Szwejbka

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Robert A. Heffern, Birthday by daughter Valerie Scarpino and Family

11:00 (SSPP) Sherwood Lawson, Wedding Anniversary by wife Dorothy and children

 

 

CHOIR NEWS

THE HOLY APOSTLES PARISH CHOIR will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:15 PM in the St. Joseph Chapel of SS. Peter and Paul Church. NEW MEMBERS ARE NEEDED. Please consider joining and learning and participating in our religion’s Mass liturgies. There is NO AUDITION TO JOIN. Just come and sing with us and gain 35 new friends.

We will be learning a new series of Christmas music starting during our October rehearsals. Please view the Parish Choir ad on the back page of the bulletin for additional information.

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, August 28th

            Main Collection                       $7,665.75

            Insurance Collection                     792.00

            Total                                        $8,457.75

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

WALK FOR LIFE

            Choose Life of Jamestown and Women’s Services will sponsor their annual WALK FOR LIFE on Saturday, September 17th. Registration begins at 9:00 AM followed by the Walk at 10 AM at Falconer Park (end of North Phetteplace). Join us in celebrating 30 years of service in our community. Free food, fellowship, prizes for top walkers, snow cones, face painting, hula hoop contest and more.

Choose Life / Women’s Services offers free pregnancy testing, options, counseling, pregnancy and parenting education with material assistance. Trained educators offer self-esteem/abstinence classes in area schools.

Someone will be at all the Masses next weekend, September 10/11 for your donation. Checks should be made out to Choose Life. For more information, call June at 665-5394.

 

 

NEW BIBLE STUDY TO BEGIN

Our Fall Study Series on the Psalms will be offered on Wednesday evenings at SS. Peter and Paul Church hall at 7:00 PM beginning September 14th and continuing for eleven weeks. The format for the Study will be the same as the Spring Study consisting of a video presentation followed by a guided discussion. A student workbook will provide the outline for the discussion.

It will be necessary to register to participate so that we will know how many workbooks to order. Cost for the workbook is $23.95. You may register by completing the form below and returning it to the rectory as soon as possible. Coordinating the study are Dr. Tom Andrews – thomasandrews56@yahoo.com; Ms. Maria Lavicska – ikekuhl@stny.rr.com; and Father Dennis – dwm508@aol.com who are available to answer any questions.

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BIBLE STUDY REGISTRATION

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Address:_________________________________________

Phone #__________________________________________

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PRAYER’S EFFECTS

            This being the “last holiday weekend of summer” I thought it would be appropriate for me to give an update on a couple of things that have occurred during the season and share some reflections on their significance.  As Catholics we are encouraged to include an “examination of conscience” as part of our daily prayers to consider how the events of the day either illuminate or obscure the presence of God’s grace in our lives, and the change in our routine that happens following Labor Day provides the opportunity to do so on a larger scale.

First of all I have been asked recently by a number of people how I’m doing health wise.  You will remember that last Fall I was diagnosed with what is termed an “interstitial lung disease” and in January I began seeing a pulmonary care physician at the Cleveland Clinic.  While an exact cause for the condition is somewhat difficult to ascertain (there is an irony here in that I have never been a smoker and wind up with a lung condition!), and there isn’t a “cure” for what I have, my examinations have shown that I do not have the more serious of several possible situations.

Indeed, my visit last month yielded a positive evaluation.  Things appear to be holding steady, and whereas when I began the process it was prescribed that I have appointments at three month intervals, the time between the second and third was lengthened to four months, and now that has been extended to six months.  I find this to be a hopeful sign, and I’m certain that all of the prayers that are being offered for me are being answered.  Thank you to everyone who has included me in their intercessions.  There’s a reason way we are encouraged by our Lord to pray constantly.  Mind you, I’m not “cured” but God’s grace is present giving the assurance of divine assistance.

Next, as everyone knows our parish has participated in the Upon This Rock Initiative this summer, and our parishioners have been amazingly generous in support of this capital campaign to ensure the sustainability and viability of parishes and ministries and services of the diocese into the twenty-first century.  Some 20% of our registered families have made pledges or given one-time gifts to help meet our goal of $670,000 as our fair share in the overall goal of $100,000,000.  Indeed, we have EXCEEDED our amount by 25%, and as of this week our contributions have totaled more than $836,000!!  This too could not have come about without prayer, and the invitation was always to “prayerfully consider” what one might do to assist in this historic effort. Nearly 200 families were able to participate.  Thank you for helping us to continue to serve Christ and the Gospel.

In reflecting on these two different situations affecting my life in both a personal and pastoral way I have become more aware of how great is our Lord’s love and care for us and how prayer brings an abundance of blessings.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

 

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