106 South Main Street
Albion, New York 14411
Parish Office: 585-589-4243
WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN
PRAYER AT HOME, ESPECIALLY AT THE
TIME OF THE MASS STREAMING ON
SUNDAYS AT 10:30 AM.
Church is open for private prayers:
Weekdays: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
Saturdays: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Please be mindful of some new guidelines that have been put into place to insure your safety and ours as we gradually reopen for Sunday Masses. Parishioners should keep the six-foot social distancing requirement, bringand be prepared to wear their own masks and, if possible, a bottle of hand sanitizer for use upon entering, before receiving Communion, after receiving Communion, and after exiting the church. Catholics should plan on restricted seating, a change in the reception of Communion in order to ensure social distancing, and other appropriate measures upon entering and exiting churches. Beginning this weekend, June 13-14, the Church will be closed on Saturdays and there will be NO 5PM Mass. This will enable us to properly clean and sanitize the Church for Masses on Sunday at 8AM and 10:30AM. When we will resume the 5 PM Mass, you will be notified. When you arrive for Mass please enter thru the side door entrance. An Usher will seat you, direct you for reception of the Eucharist during Mass and exiting the Church after Mass. Donations can be placed in the large Collection Box at the side door entrance. Please properly dispose of masks, and other personal items you may need to discard in the receptacle provided by the side
All who are especially vulnerable or simplyuncomfortable attending a public liturgy are encouraged to remain at home and view Mass via livestreams, which will continue in local parishes. Recorded Masses are now available on our Parish You Tube channel.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE:
Recorded Masses are now available on our Parish You Tube channel.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. As we all face financial uncertainties in our home and parish life we, and parish leaders, are truly indebted to your kindness and gift-giving. We will do our best to be good stewards of those gifts.
For many people, On-line giving maybe a convenient and safe way to make your contributions. Our Parish utilizes the WeShare on- line program. If you have questions or would like to sign up for online giving please call Liturgical Publications at 800-950-9952.
Father Dick & Father Aaron.
Saturday Vigil - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Daily Masses - Monday - Friday and 1st Saturdays 8:00 a.m.
Eucharistic Adoration -Every Friday-School Chapel - 8:30a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Recorded Masses are now available on our Parish You Tube channel.
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Eucharistic Adoration will continue in Church following the 8am Mass, on Thursdays only, until 2:00pm.
Evening Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 6:30p.m. All are welcome. Just a reminder, please follow the guidelines for gathering in Church.
Details to follow in next weeks Bulletin.
As the restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic aregradually lifted, we are looking at new ways to do some of our events. Our Annual Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ had to be cancelled as well as our Annual Lawn Fete, scheduled for August 9th this year. Traditionally, these events are a great source of income to our Parish. We are in the process of trying to have these events, in a "new" way, on August 9th . The planning is under way to have the Chicken BBQ, Grand Raffle, some additional raffles and our Theme Basket Raffle.
If you would like to assist in the planning of our "UN" LAWN FETE, please give us a call at the office.
The Virtue of Justice
Before we can begin to understand patriotism as a virtue, we have to first look to the broader virtue of piety. And before we can begin to understand piety, we have to understand the broader cardinal virtue of justice. The word “cardinal” comes from the Latin word meaning “hinge” and, so, a cardinal virtue is a virtue upon which all the subordinate virtues hinge. These are prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
Justice exists between beings that can act morally towards one another. As a virtue, it regulates the way that human beings operate and interact. Justice uses things that exist outside of ourselves to move others to the good. This interaction of seeking justice can take place between individuals or between an individual and his greater community. Generally, all people of good will, motivated by justice, seek the common good of every person. The Christian, of course, knows that the common good must always direct a person or a community to the greatest good: God.
St. Thomas Aquinas in the Second Part of the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae, Question 58, Article 11 defines justice in this way, “the proper act of justice is nothing else than to render to each one his own.”
When we are dealing with human beings, justice thus requires that all persons are treated with equal respect and dignity. Every single human person, regardless of circumstance, sex, race, nationality, culture, or any other characteristic, are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. We are all sinners, and so even the worst sinners, are worthy of being treated justly. This fundamental identity is part of our nature as human creatures. Therefore, justice dictates that we treat one another in accord with this reality.
The Virtue of Piety
Let us drill now further into the virtue of justice. Mercy is a virtue underneath the umbrella of justice. In fact, justice without mercy is not justice at all. Mercy is love, given first by God, by which we reach into the need and brokenness of others to offer them spiritual and corporal aid. We offer this aid because of the command of Jesus Christ to serve the least of our brethren but also because justice dictates it.
Another virtue underneath the umbrella of justice is piety. Here we have to make a distinction. The Gift of the Holy Spirit of Piety is to recognize our total reliance on God and to come before His majesty with humility, trust, and love. The virtue of piety works in tandem with this gift. St. Thomas Aquinas refers back to the Roman statesman Cicero’s definition of piety: “it is by piety that we do our duty towards our kindred and well-wishers of our country and render them faithful service.”
Piety recognizes that God is the primary source of both life and government. We enter the world by way of the family into a society that is governed. Therefore, we know that God sustains the propagation of the human race and the rightful authorities that require our obedience. Secondarily, we receive our own being from our parents and we receive government from our country. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches very clearly that, after God, we chiefly own our lives and well-being to our parents and our country.
Piety means giving honor to our parents and, by extension, our entire family, and to give honor to our country which includes our fellow-citizens and allies of our country.
The Virtue of Patriotism
If we drill deeper into justice and then into piety, we see two main branches: 1) our extended family and local community and 2) our fellow countrymen and friends of our country. Of course, these cannot be separated. They are inexorably linked.
However, if we focus on the second of these two, we finally arrive at the virtue of patriotism. The power of the State is granted by God, but this power does not allow the State to make or enforce laws and orders that violate the natural rights of its subjects. If the State is not infringing upon these natural freedoms, then the citizenry is obliged to act in obedience to the legitimate authority.
It is impossible to be a patriot without freedom. Civil allegiance, generally speaking, is the virtue of patriotism combined with the virtue of obedience. Allegiance requires that the citizen be free to give his service to the State. Otherwise, he is no patriot at all, but is living under oppression.
Patriotism means having a reasonable love and esteem for one’s own country. This is externalized by showing honor and respect to the rulers of the State, whoever they may be. To be sure, it is possible and even healthy to honor and respect a leader while also disagreeing on key policies and ideas.
Patriotism means to observe which laws of the State are in accord with Catholic social teaching and the doctrines of faith and morals and which are opposed to the truth and to the Catholic Faith. Citizens are not compelled by patriotism to fully unjust laws. Rather, it is the patriotic thing to correct error and bring the laws into accord with the fullness of the truth in Jesus Christ.
Our 10:30 Mass can be streamed at anytime in the McCabe Room. Please be sure to contact the office ahead of time so the equipment can be set up.
An elevator and nearby rest room make this an option for those who wish to attend Mass but have difficulty getting into the church.
Rather than miss Mass because of active little ones, parents may wish to bring their youngsters to the Resource Room where they can share in the service with them without the constraints of a pew. There is room to move around and a library of children's bible stories for them to enjoy.
All are welcome. Please suggest this to family and friends who may be looking for an opportunity, even temporarily, to attend Mass at Holy Family.