Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish
You come to this Church not as a stranger, but as a friend: a friend of God and our parish community. Please let us know how we can serve you.
Nourished by the Word, strengthened by the Eucharist, guided by the Spirit, we the People of the Holy Family Parish, in union with the whole People of God, will strive toward the uncondiƽonal love and service of all people.
CELEBRATING OUR 169TH YEAR
HOLY FAMILY PARISH FOUNDED 2007
ST. JOSEPH'S [1852 - 2007]
Parish Office Hours:
Monday.Thursday: 9:00 AM.3:00pm and Friday: 9:00am.Noon
Daily Mass: Mon.Ï Fri. 8:00am Sat. Vigil: 5:00pm Sunday: 8:00am and 10:30am
Eucharistic Adoration: Every Friday 8:30am.6:00pm in the Chapel
Confessions: Saturday 4.4:30pm in Sacristy
Faith Formation: Sunday: 9:15.10:15am
Baptismal Preparation Classes: are conducted for parents individually. Call the Parish office to register. Baptisms are scheduled with the Pastor, during or after weekend Masses or at a time mutually agreed upon.
Care of the Sick: Please call the Parish Office to have Communion taken to the sick/ homebound. Notify us of those desiring the Sacrament of Anointing
Joining Our Parish: New members are warmly welcomed. Make an appointment to register with the Pastor or secretary by phoning the Parish Office.
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program for those who wish to become Catholic or learn more about our faith. Christian Initiation of Youth program also available. Contact the Parish Office.
Marriages: Engaged couples are to make wedding arrangements at least six months in advance. When you wish to set a date, please call Farther Dick. Pre.marriage sessions are required.
Please be mindful of the Presence of Jesus at 1st Saturday Adoration in Church. Conversation should be minimal and respectful of our Lord’s Presence. Lord God almighty, bless our grandparents with long life, happiness, and health. May they remain constant in your love and be living signs of your presence to their children and grandchildren. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
If you are attending Mass and no longer need a Bulletin mailed to you each week PLEASE call the Parish Office so we can remove you from the Mailing List. THANK YOU
ATTENTION: To our Parishioners who travel to warmer places for the winter “SNOWBIRDS”! Envelope users, please let us know if you DO NOT plan to use your envelopes while you are away. In doing this, the Parish will avoid the US Postal fee incurred to have them forwarded to you. Thanks for your attention to these matters. Safe travels, and enjoy your winter.
A message from our Pastor
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
We just celebrated Thanksgiving and the gift of the intimacy of dear friends and family, sharing a meal and our many reasons to be thankful. Our society rolls Thanksgiving into the Christmas season, calling it “Holiday Season.” We hope to keep up our positive mood as we look forward to the celebration of the Birthday of Jesus.
This is a time to do something special. Besides gift giving, which is such a wonderful way to celebrate our loved ones, we also have the opportunity to show our gratitude to Jesus, drawing closer to Him in our prayer life; our sharing at Massweekend and, maybe, weekday; receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation; participating in the Giving Tree; reaching out to a neighbor; doing something special for an elderly person; planning an opportunity to visit with a child or teen we know; daily reading from the Scriptures or one of the booklets made available to you; just spending 15 minutes in the presence of Jesus, letting Him speak to you.
This is truly a special time of the year, but that “special” is often what you do or allow to happen to you. Make Advent and Christmas **special** for you and your loved ones, and people you don’t even know. May Jesus enter your daily life during this time, which can become for you, “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Love & Prayers, Father Dick
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Advent is a season of waiting and expectation for Christmas the Birth of Christ, the Nativity of Our Lord. We prepare our homes and hearts for four weeks before Christmas. Advent is also the beginning of a new liturgical season it concludes a long period of Ordinary Time and leads us into the new church year with hope and patience in preparation for Christmas.
Dear Heavenly Father, this Advent season, we especially are in need of peace. War rages on in our world. It impacts the daily lives of millions in different ways. This year, as much as ever, we need Jesus, Prince of Peace, in our world and in our hearts. During Advent in 2022, we pray that Jesus transforms our world as we await His coming again.
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THE CATHOLIC FAITH, ON DEMAND
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The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. At Holy Family Parish , there are many requests for scheduling Mass Intentions. As a way to allow as many of our registered Parishioners as possible to schedule Masses, as well as to remember the recently departed, the policies are outlined on the Mass Intention Request Form. Those wishing to honor a loved one during the celebration of Mass, living or deceased, or for prayerful remembrance of anniversaries, birthdays, and other special intentions, may request a Mass Intention. The 2023 Mass intention Request forms are available at the entrances to the Church or at the Parish Office. A $15.00 stipend for each Mass should accompany your request.
SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS
November 20 - December 3, 2022 Fred Daniels by Adrienne
November 27 - December 10, 2022 - Horace “Butch” Patten by Subway Group
December 4 - 17, 2022 - Horace “Butch” Patten by Subway Friends
The practice of requesting a Sanctuary Light Candle to be offered for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. You may request to have one of the Sanctuary Lamps lit by calling the Parish Office. Like our Mass Requests, the donation to light a Candle is $15. These candles burn for 14 days.
For your convenience
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.
Please pray for all our loved ones who have journeyed into the hands of God, James Francis Hurley, Brother of Kevin Hurley and all our loved ones called home to God.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
David Albanese, Gary Armida, Eugene “Buddy” Avino, Ron Ayrault, Bonnie Bilicki, Bob Blackburn, Nicholas Bloom, Ann Boe, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Alexandria Renee Bush, Colin Carr, Linda Cattieu, Chris Cioffi, Deacon Jim Collichio, Justin Cooper, Ryan Cunningham, Cindy Davis, Fran D’Agostino, Dr. Dominic DeVicenzo, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Connie Ebbs, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Brian Froman, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Rita Galbreath, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Steve Karas, Adrienne Kirby, Sue Kirsch, Gloria Kuhn, Herman Lorenz, Debbie Magliocco, Mark & Susan Mazzatti, Janice McMullen, John McNall, Gert Metz, Jacoby Miller, Kevin Miller, Scott Miller, Marian Moore, Byron Neal, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, Maddox Pearl, Alan Penna, Kim Peltz, Mary Ann Peterson, Carol and Fred Pilon, Linda Rebadowd, Danielle Ries, Ethan Rivard, Carol Riviere, Roberta, Wendy Sanders, Bill Sargent, Sr. Angela Senyszyn, OFOLPH, Ed Sidari, Carolyn Sisson, Gary Spitz, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Edgar Wilkins, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.
Tues. Nov. 30 K of C Mtg. , 7pm, B6 Tues.
Dec. 6 Ladies of Charity, McCabe Rm., 6:30 8pm
PLEASE Be sure to complete the 2022-23 ROOM USE REQUEST FORM. Forms are available at the Parish Office for you to complete with all of your meeting information. Thank You.
The Store Is OPEN… During the month of Dec. the Ladies of Charity will be offering items from “the store” after weekend Masses on the 3rd Sunday of the month Dec. 17-18 in the Church Vestibule. You may find something special for an upcoming event or a special holiday gift and support our Ladies of Charity.
“The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be holding a Raffle Ticket sale for a handmade quilt. Tickets are $1.00 each and will be sold at all Masses starting on Sunday, November 13th. The drawing will take place on Sunday, December 4th after the 10:30 AM Mass. The monies collected from this CDA fundraiser go towards scholarships and other communitybased needs.”
Save the Date YE OLDE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE - A Children’s Christmas Shopping opportunity you won’t want to miss! This years’ event will take place after 10:30 Mass Sunday December 18th.
A huge THANK YOU to all who most generously supported or Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your donations enabled us to fill 25 baskets with turkeys and all the trimmings for families in need here, in Albion.
Be a winner! Don’t forget your WARM & FORM lottery ticket(s). This is a great Christmas Stocking Stuffer idea that lasts the whole month long. Donations $5. per ticket with chances to win daily. Tickets available in the Parish Office. GOOD LUCK!!!
Please come and join us every 1st Saturday of the Month to honor our Blessed Mother and her Son in Adoration by saying the Rosary at 4pm.
ADVENT INSPIRATIONS THEY’RE BACK “LITTLE BLUE BOOKS”
Last year, many people missed the Little Blue Books, which they enjoyed so much in previous years. They are designed for six minute daily reflections.
“THE WORD AMONG US” The Word Among Us, a monthly publication containing the Mass readings and reflections for each of the days of Advent.
Vocation Blurb - First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2022 Advent begins! “At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” When our Savior returns, we want Him to find us carrying out His will. What is Jesus asking of you? If it’s a call to ordained ministry, contact Fr. Dave Baker at 7168475535 or visit buffalovocations.org
HOLY FAMILY GIVING TREE Our Giving Tree has been a wonderful tradition here, at Holy Family Parish for many years. It is our opportunity to help our local needy, showing them that we care and hopefully making their holiday season a little brighter. Next Weekend, Nov. 2627, Our Giving Tree will be up!!! Things are a little different from previous years. As we begin the season of Advent this year, we are collecting Baby items (diapers & infant clothing) for Care Net, bedding for the Ministry of Concern, Toys for Community Action, leggings, sweatpants & shirts, jackets, boots, socks & underwear for Albion Central School students. Bring an unwrapped gift of your choosing and place it under the tree no later that Dec. 17th. Please take a THANK YOU Ornament for your tree at home. All of our local organizations look forward to our generous gifts with gratitude for our caring & sharing.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ALBION COUNCIL #1330
If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Grand Knight Greg Dugan at (585)5902145 or email@example.com
Christmas Prayers Of The Saints
by Becky Roach
This Christmas, pray as the Saints did with these Christmas prayers!
Let Your Goodness Appear To Us | St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Let your goodness Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imagine your majesty, power, and wonder, nor is it fitting for us to even try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest gift, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Amen.
– St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Christmas: A Means And A Pledge Of Peace | St. Ephraim
The feast day of your birth resembles You, Lord
Because it brings joy to all humanity.
Old people and infants alike enjoy your day.
Your day is celebrated
from generation to generation.
Kings and emperors may pass away,
And the festivals to commemorate them soon lapse.
But your festival
will be remembered until the end of time.
Your day is a means and a pledge of peace.
At Your birth heaven and earth were reconciled,
Since you came from heaven to earth on that day
You forgave our sins and wiped away our guilt.
You gave us so many gifts on the day of your birth:
A treasure chest of spiritual medicines for the sick;
Spiritual light for the blind;
The cup of salvation for the thirsty;
The bread of life for the hungry.
In the winter when trees are bare,
You give us the most succulent spiritual fruit.
In the frost when the earth is barren,
You bring new hope to our souls.
In December when seeds are hidden in the soil,
The staff of life springs forth from the virgin womb
– St. Ephraim the Syrian
God Who Came Down From Heaven | St. Alphonsus
O amiable Infant, though I see you in this cavern, lying on straw poor and despised, yet faith teaches me that you are my God, who came down from heaven for my salvation.
I acknowledge you as my Lord and Savior, but I have nothing to offer you. I have no gold of love, because I have loved creatures; I have loved my own desires, but I have not loved you, O amiable infinite one! I have not the incense of prayer, because I have lived in a miserable state of forgetfulness of you. I have no myrrh of mortification, for I have often displeased your infinite goodness so that I would not be deprived of my miserable pleasures.
What then can I offer you? I offer you my heart, filthy and poor as it is, please accept it and change it. You came into the world for this purpose, to wash the hearts of humanity from their sins by your blood, and thus change them from sinners into saints. Therefore, give me this gold, this incense, and this myrrh. Give me the gold of your holy love; give me the incense, the spirit of holy prayer, give me the desire and strength to mortify myself in everything that displeases you. I am resolved to obey you and to love you, but you know my weakness. Give me the grace to be faithful to you!
Most holy virgin, you who welcomed the Magi with affection, welcome me also, who has come to visit your Son and to offer myself to him. O my Mother, I have great confidence in your intercession. Recommend me to Jesus. I trust to you my soul and my will; bind it forever to the love of Jesus. Amen.
– St. Alphonsus Liguori
O Sweet Child Of Bethelehem | Pope John XXIII
O sweet Child of Bethlehem,
grant that we may share with all our hearts
in this profound mystery of Christmas.
Put into the hearts of men and women this peace
for which they sometimes seek so desperately
and which you alone can give to them.
Help them to know one another better,
and to live as brothers and sisters,
children of the same Father.
Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity.
Awaken in their hearts
love and gratitude for your infinite goodness.
Join them all together in your love.
And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.
– Pope John XXIII
Let The Just Rejoice | St. Augustine
Let the just rejoice,
for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.
– St. Augustine
O Come, Redeemer Of The Earth | St. Ambrose
O Come, Redeemer of the earth, and manifest thy virgin-birth. Let every age in wonder fall: such birth befits the God of all. Begotten of no human will but of the Spirit, Thou art still the Word of God in flesh arrayed, the promised fruit to man displayed. The Virgin’s womb that burden gained, its virgin honor still unstained. The banners there of virtue glow; God in his temple dwells below. Proceeding from His chamber free that royal home of purity a giant in twofold substance one, rejoicing now His course to run. O equal to the Father, Thou! gird on Thy fleshly mantle now; the weakness of our mortal state with deathless might invigorate. Thy cradle here shall glitter bright, and darkness breathe a newer light where endless faith shall shine serene and twilight never intervene. – St. Ambrose All praise, eternal Son, to Thee, whose advent sets Thy people free, whom, with the Father, we adore, and Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.
– St. Ambrose
Never Abandon The Little King | St. Francis
May your soul, like a mystical bee, never abandon the little King and may everything within it be for Him.
– St. Francis de Sales
Advent Resources: Prepare To Prepare
Are you ready for Advent? Before you know it, it will be here! This year, Advent begins on November 27 and will end Friday, December 24.
Take the time now to prepare a plan that will help you prepare the way for the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you’re not intentional during this time, it will quickly pass you by. Our suggestion is to choose one thing from each list below to focus on this Advent. This will keep you busy doing the activities needed to make your heart ready to welcome and receive the Baby Jesus.
Daily Prayers, Devotionals, Or Emails
Hallow #Pray25: This Advent walk alongside Mary as you explore the virtues of Hope, Faith, and Joy. Finish the Advent journey with the “O’Antiphons” and invite Jesus to come into your life this Christmas!
Meaningful Ways To Celebrate With The Kids
Thousands of years ago the angels visited the shepherds and brought them good news. When the shepherds heard this good news, they set off on an epic journey to search for the newborn baby Jesus. Make this timeless story come alive with YOUR very own shepherd. His journey begins anew every Christmas season and ends on Christmas day as your shepherd finds his way to the manger.
Count Down The Days With An Advent Calendar
Advent Blocks make using an Advent calendar about more than just getting a chocolate treat while counting down the days until Santa comes. This unique family activity will help you count down the days until Jesus is born and keep the focus on the greatest story ever told! An extra bonus is that the blocks will reveal a secret message for Christmas. The Catholic-Link team had an opportunity to review this item and we were so impressed by the quality and attention to detail on these Advent Blocks. Make this a new family tradition and an heirloom that can be passed on for generations.
Pray Using An Advent Wreath Or Jesse Tree
Peace Advent Cross | Faith, Hope, Joy – A variation on the ancient tradition of the Advent wreath, this simple but elegant Peace Advent Cross helps you and your family observe the holy season while reflecting on the Advent themes of faith, hope, peace, and joy!
O Come, Emmanuel – Jesse Tree Guide
Books To Read For Advent
Advent Acts Of Service
Find a way to serve and share the joy of Christ this Advent! Here are a few suggestions:
- Bake cookies for neighbors who don’t have family and friends nearby.
- Donate clothes, food, and toys to those in need.
- Send Christmas cards to those in nursing homes, those who are in prison, or those serving in the military.
- Go Christmas Caroling and share the joy of Christ in your town!
- Pay for someone’s coffee or lunch when going through the drive-thru.
- Offer to babysit for a family that may not be able to regularly afford a babysitter.
- Give money to support local or worldwide missions. Check out MISSIO!
- Volunteer to help decorate and clean your church for Christmas.
- Text or call those who may be lonely or grieving this holiday season.
4 Ways The Old Testament Reveals The Eucharist
by Will Wright
What is Typology?
Since the time of the Apostles, the Church has shown how intimately interconnected the Old and New Testaments are in the plan of God. This unity is highlighted by typology which “discerns in God’s works of the Old Covenant prefigurations of what he accomplished in the fullness of time in the person of the incarnate Son (CCC 128).”
Typology shows us a reality in the Old which is revealed in its fullness in the New. As St. Augustine said, “The New is hidden in the Old and the Old is revealed in the New.” A very clear example of typology would be when St. Paul speaks of Jesus Christ as the “new Adam.” Jesus is not Adam but, rather, He is the fulfillment of Adam.
Jesus is also the new Abraham, Moses, and David. And Mary is the fulfillment of the Jewish role of the Queen Mother. And Peter is the new Steward of the Kingdom. But these are topics for another day.
The New Covenant, which is the central message of the New Testament, is the Most Holy Eucharist. However, we see foreshadowing and preparations or “types” of the Eucharist in the Old Testament.
Most Catholics are used to hearing about how the Eucharist is the fulfillment of the Passover sacrifice. But what are some of the other types of the Eucharist in the Old Covenant?
Fruit in the Garden of Eden
There were two trees in the Garden of Eden: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. The former brought death and expulsion from the Garden and the latter was eternal life naturally offered to Adam and Eve.
The Eucharist is the fulfillment of the Tree of Life. It is for us a remedy for sin and death. Jesus Christ gives us His Body and Blood as a pledge of eternal life with Him in Heaven. When Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they made themselves like God. When this happened, the new forbidden fruit was the Tree of Life.
Only through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, offered to us as a communion in the Sacrament of Baptism is the way to the Tree of Life opened again. In a state of grace, we can worthily receive the Blessed Sacrament as union with Almighty God and the medicine of immortality. This typology is not lost on the Church Fathers who spoke of the Cross of Christ as the new Tree of Life.
The Strange Priest-King Melchizedek
After a battle, Abraham came across the priest-king of Salem, a man named Melchizedek (cf. Gn. 14). This strange figure enters and exits the biblical narrative swiftly and his presence is strange. He offers a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham. The Psalmist would later say you are “a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” This Psalm speaks directly of Jesus Christ, our new and greatest High Priest.
The Priesthood of Jesus Christ is a perfection and fulfillment of the Temple priesthood of Aaron, but it more specifically a continuation of the priesthood of Melchizedek. We see this most clearly at the Last Supper when Jesus Himself institutes the Eucharist as an offering of bread and wine.
Manna in the Desert
Jesus refers to the Manna in the desert in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. He says,
“47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh (Jn. 6:47-51).”
The Lord is doing a bit of typological exploration here. The Manna in the wilderness was this miraculous food left like dew on the ground each night. Each morning, the Israelites wandering in the desert would gather up the Manna and be sustained. This miraculous food appeared without fail and was sufficient. In the New Covenant, the fulfillment of Manna is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is freely given by God for our spiritual nourishment, and it is sufficient to give life. As the fulfillment of the type, it is truly more than sufficient.
The Thank Offering – The Todah
In the Old Testament, there is a particular kind of sacrifice of praise called the todah or “thank offering.” First there would be a lament and cry for help. Then, God would save the person crying for help and bring them out of their trouble. In fact, the cry for deliverance is not from death but through death. The natural response would then be praise and thanksgiving accompanied by a sacrifice of bread and wine and then a shared meal.
There are multiple parts here which should quickly and clearly point us to the Most Holy Eucharist. Eucharist literally means “thanksgiving” in Greek and follows in this same todah tradition; thanksgiving is at the center of the celebration of Eucharist.
The Passover sacrifice and todah sacrifice are in the same category of offerings of peace and praise. The todah sacrifice was offered by an individual but the Passover was really a collective todah offered by the whole community. The New Passover, and therefore the new todah, is the Eucharist.