Albion, New York 14411  
Parish Office: (585) 589-4243  
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WELCOME!!

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.

Mission Statement
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 PARISHΐΐFOUNDED 2007
MERGER OF
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 NOTE: Do you still want to receive the Bulletin by mail? Now that we are getting back to normal & coming back to Church? If NOT please notify the Parish Office. This would be helpful in saving postage. Thank You

January 23 - Day of Prayer for the Legal Protecƽon of the Unborn

19We ask that you pray for the respect and protecƽon of life at its earliest and most vulnerable stage. Please God you may conƽnue, closely united with one another, to be a force of renewal and hope in our society. May the Lord help you to work ceaselessly to enable all, believers and nonΐbelievers alike, to understand that protecƽon of human life from concepƽon is an essenƽal condiƽon for building a future worthy of the human being.

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
January 17, 2022
54th Anniversary of Death

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A message from our Pastor

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

As we celebrate this Monday the Birthday of Martin Luther King. Jr. and reflect upon his famous speech, I also have a dream for Holy Family Parish for 2022:

I have hopes and dreams that we will see something very special happen within our parish during these 12 months of 2022.

I dream of doubling the amount of people that attend daily Mass. This could result in a little more music at the Mass, more personalization of who and what we pray for daily, and more people enjoying the fruits of an extra Mass weekly in their lives.

I have a dream that 50 more people will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once during the year, availing themselves of the blessing of this sacrament.

I have a dream that we can have Anointing of the Sick at the end of weekend Mass at least once a month, assisting parishioners in the healing and comfort of the sacrament.

I have a dream that all of us in the parish will become more tolerant and understanding of those who hold different ideas than we do.. about social programs, vaccinations and political ideas.

I have a dream that we will have more social activities which will invite more parishioners to feel more a part of parish life.

I have a dream that our parish’s participation in the “Diocesan Road to Renewal” will bring about greater appreciation for the faith life in our area’s Catholic Parishes, soon to be a “Family of Families”.

I have a dream that more of you will also have a dream, that we may feel excitement at what the Lord can do in our midst.

TOGETHER, WE CAN BRING OUR DREAMS TO LIFE.

Love & Prayers,
Father Dick

 

18Reveal Christ’s Love - On the weekend of January 29.30 we will take up the Collection for Catholic Relief Services. Your support gives aid to victims of persecution, natural disasters and advocates for the powerless. Please prayerfully consider contributing to the CRS Collection.

 

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IT’S HERE! July 30, 2021
$ 1,107.80
This brings the total our Parish has received
to $149,396.15
THANK YOU
WITH MORE TO COME
AS PLEDGES ARE PAID

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To watch Mass via Livestream click on the image below.

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PLEASE NOTE: Recorded Masses are now available on our parish YouTube channel. These Masses may be edited due to copyright restrictions. They can be accessed by going to YouTube.com and typing Holy Family Parish Albion NY in the search bar. Right now the image is a blue circle with an H in the center. If there are accessing issues, please send an email to holfampar@yahoo.com.

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MASS INTENTIONS
10Now would be a good time to consider a Mass Intention for a loved one. We have many Masses available for booking at this time. 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. If you are interested please contact the Parish Office for a Mass Request form. A $15.00 stipend for each Mass should accompany your request.

SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS

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January 9 . January 22, 2022
Nancy & Dick Morlok
by Jean & Steve
January 16 . January 29, 2022
The Reis Children and Families
by Mom, Millie
January 23 . February 5, 2022 Shirley & Joseph Zambito
by Daughter Annette

 

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.

 

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Please pray for all our loved ones who have journeyed into the hands of the God, remembering:
Lucretia Frasczak, Anthony Massaro, Carol Passaniti &
Catherine Kowlaewski, Sister of Fr. Dick’s sister-in-law, Stephanie

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

David Albanese, Gary Armida, Bob Blackburn, Greg Blodgett, Ann Boe, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Patrick J. Burgio, Michael Brune, Alexandria Renee Bush, Laurene Canale, Chris Cioffi, Richard Connelley, Justin Cooper, Mary Coveney, Ryan Cunningham, Fran D’Agostino, Laura Dibley, Mary DiGuilio, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Gail Forquell, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Bob & Rita Galbreath, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Maryann Hildreth, Steve Karas, Sue Kirsch, Gloria Kuhn, Wayne Litchfield, Herman Lorenz, Sally Lusk, Debbie Magliocco, Mark & Susan Mazzatti, Janice McMullen, Gert Metz, Jacoby Miller, Marian Moore, Pat Murray, David Nayman, Gloria Neilans, Mary Jane Nenni, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, Alan Penna, Kim Peltz, Mary Ann Peterson, Carol and Fred Pilon, Linda Rebadowd, Danielle Ries, Carol Riviere, Wendy Sanders, Bill Sargent, Carolyn Sisson, Gary Spitz, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.

What's Happening

Upcoming Meetings

Jan. 15 - Catholic Daughters, Lyceum, 11:30am
Jan. 18 - Knights of Columbus ΐ B6, 7pm

19Catholic Daughters White Elephant Sale, followed by regular meeting, Jan 15, 2022, 11:30, in the Lyceum. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drink, desert provided.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE NEWS
ssBob Golden, has been an engaged citizen all his life, and hasn’t slowed down as a senior citizen. For many years he organized a jazz festival in Orleans County, and has written many letters to the editor over the years. He is chairman of the Holy Family Social Justice Committee in Albion and helped organize several discussions in 2021 at Hoag Library, events put on by the Community Coalition for Justice. Golden is the driving force behind the coalition, which wants the community to have a deeper understanding of different points of view. Orleans Hub.


7Be a winner! Don’t forget your WARM & FORM lottery ticket(s). 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. Anyone interested in selling Warm & Form tickets in Church or on your own, PLEASE contact the Parish Office, Thank You.

St. Vincent DePaul News: The St. Vincent DePaul building at 315 E. State St., Albion will be open on Monday Evenings at 7pm.

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PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN THE ATTENDANCE REGISTER WHEN YOU ATTEND FAMILY MASS AT THE SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE TO THE CHURCH.

A Family Bible Study is beginning this month. Families will receive a newsletter each month with Scriptures passages to read and activities to do together as a family. Email hffaithform@gmail.com for details.

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2022 Baby Bottle Campaign.

5aPlease take a bottle, fill it with loose change (paper money and checks are also welcome) and place your filled bottle to the donation baskets at the entrances to the Church or return it to the Parish Office by March 1st. Thank you for your support.

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18-25, 2022

Prayer Card

14God of every nation, creator of every human life, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has been made manifest in human history by becoming one of us and one with us. Born in a stable, born in homelessness, he is our King and Lord. The Magi bore witness to the Light
of hope coming into the world as they faithfully followed the star, coming from foreign lands in the East, until arriving in Bethlehem of Judea.

The solidarity of God with created humanity in this gift of Epiphany calls us to a life of solidarity with the homeless, the refugee, the weakest and the rejected. We are all human beings worthy of redemption and prepared by that redeeming love to the glory of your Kingdom. Help us, O gracious Lord, to do this in unity and peace.

How St. Albert The Great Integrated Religion And Science

by Will Wright

Who Is Albertus Magnus?

One of the greatest saints in the History of the intellectual tradition of the Church is St. Thomas Aquinas. The Angelic Doctor, however, did not arise from a vacuum. Even the greatest teachers once had great teachers. The most famous teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas is St. Albert the Great (known in Latin as “Albertus Magnus”).

St. Albert the Great was a Thirteenth Century Dominican bishop, philosopher, and teacher at the universities of Paris and Cologne who was one of the first in the Church to explore and spread the Greek philosophy of Aristotle. This is one of the defining factors of his student, St. Thomas, as well.

St. Albert was interested in many topics. He studied theology, astronomy, biology, logic, philosophy, and math. He also liked cartography and hiked in his area to learn about geography. He was brilliant and his philosophical treatises still influence the Church today. In fact, he was canonized a saint and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931 by Pope Pius XI. He is also known as the patron saint of natural sciences.

Lest we think that St. Albert was boastful, the moniker of “the Great” was given to him by his contemporaries: clergyman, professors, students, and kings.

How Does the Church View the Relationship of Religion and Science?

The Church is not opposed to science. In fact, science is the study of the natural order created by God. So, there is a real desire to investigate everything seen and unseen around us to learn more about ourselves and our Creator.

Scientific inquiry exists as a tool for exploration. There are many different types of science, too. Science is the study of nature and the behavior of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them. Just like philosophy and theology, science relies on the tools of logic, analysis of concepts, and argumentation.

If we open the toolbox of inquiry, we will see philosophy, scientific experimentation, observation, faith, Sacred Scripture, the life of the Church, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the like. Faith and science are no more opposed than a hammer is opposed to slip joint pliers or a speed square. Religion answers certain questions, and science answers different questions.

How did St. Albert Approach Religion and Science?

Kevin Vost in a 2011 biography of the great saint wrote: “St. Albert has been described as a scientist by temperament, a philosopher by choice, and a theologian by mood.” St. Albert did not see any conflict between faith and reason. The created order speaks to the majesty and wonder of God. Faith and reason both serve as ways to God.

Unlike the modern practice of science in most circles, St. Albert the Great understood that philosophy is necessary for good science. The philosophy of science is underrated in most academic circles today but was assumed as necessary in the 13thCentury. So, on the one hand, revelation and faith were a way to knowledge, and, on the other hand, philosophy and science were a way to knowledge.

We would do well to ask for the intercession of Albertus Magnus and recapture our sense of wonder at the created order. God created all things, visible and invisible. He gave us our mind and allowed us to contemplate all things. To ignore whole realms of knowledge because of a contemporary blindness is a mistake. Let us recollect our preconceptions and broaden our vision. Then, we will be able to love God with our whole mind.

On Union With God | St. Albert The Great

 

4 Reasons Authentic Catholic Healthcare Matters (And How To Find It!)

by Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann

In 2018, Greg and Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann sold their house and farm in Saint Louis, moved to Connecticut with their 7 children, and with the support of the Catholic Medical Association started-the not-for-profit MyCatholicDoctor Foundation – a virtual hospital that is pro-life and pro eternal life, the only nationwide faithful Catholic telehealth service. 

Who We Are

MyCatholicDoctor brings a network of faithful medical professionals to patients through video visits/telehealthWhen COVID-19 changed the world we live in, MyCatholicDoctor was ready with their telehealth platform to diagnose and treat COVID cases with a quick response rate, drastically growing our organization and our call to serve. 

In addition to extensive COVID care, we provide many specialty areas of service, including fertility caredementia, and geriatric care management, abortion pill reversal, and so much more. What started as a small network of physicians has turned into over 100 faithful providers in a variety of specialties, treating patients nationwide. 

We serve people of all ages, genders, and health concerns. 

Women who have been infertile for 2+ years, a caregiver distraught on the end-of-life care decisions to make for their parents, a worried mother about her son’s spiked fever, and others, have all come to us for Christ-centered care and have been served by our faithful providers. Whether someone is insured, uninsured, or underinsured, we treat all individuals who come to us seeking Catholic health services. We meet every patient where they are in their suffering and accompany them on a path to healing. 

Why does authentic Catholic healthcare matter?

It matters because: 

  • The ability of Catholic doctors to practice medicine consistent with their faith is disappearing. 
  • Catholic hospitals are closing, and those that remain open are unable to hire professionals that are trained and experienced in Catholic healthcare.
  • Access to medical services which incorporate a patient’s Catholic faith principles is almost invisible. 
  • Despite 2000 years of Catholic leadership in healthcare, there is no national Catholic group of health care professionals committed to providing virtual care in accordance with Catholic teaching. 
Without access to Catholic healthcare, our sick and vulnerable population are left suffering. The dying are led to euthanasia (now called “medical assistance in dying”), the mentally ill are not told of God’s great love for them, the young are led to contraception and abortion, the infertile are led to in vitro fertilization, and very few of our sick recognize the power of their suffering for the redemption of mankind. Now more than ever, we need intentional Catholic healthcare and faithful providers to be God’s hands here on Earth. Our mission video explains it best that our team works to serve each son and daughter of Christ with individualized, Catholic healthcare. 

 

Telehealth is here to stay, and so is MyCatholicDoctor. 

Catholic medical care has become difficult to access in many geographic areas. Telehealth provides the opportunity to meet with a provider in the comfort of your own home, in a convenient and private appointment, with easy-to-use technology. Instead of wasting half of a day traveling to an appointment and waiting to be seen by a physician, a patient just needs to hop on 10 minutes before the appointment time. Patients have immediate access to board-certified, faithful physicians, right from their smartphones. Moreover, as prescriptions or labs are needed, they can be done locally, at the patient’s convenience. 

For more than 2000 years, the Catholic Church has led the world in healthcare, and by His grace, we hope to continue that mission. Using strong diagnostics to identify the root cause of disease, we treat the disease, not just the symptoms. If you’ve had difficulty finding a doctor who listens to you, cares for you, or morally respects your faith in regard to your health, MyCatholicDoctor may be the solution for you.  

To learn more about our organization, meet our team of clinicians, or make an appointment, please visit mycatholicdoctor.com.

My Catholic Doctor was a finalist in the 2021 OSV Challenge, a contest designed to accelerate project ideas that will make a profound impact on the Catholic Church and the world.