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 PARISHΐΐFOUNDED 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.
2022 Annual Lawn Fete Winners
And the WINNERS are:
(2) 1st Place Prizes of $500. –
John Grillo and John Chrzan
(5) 2nd Place Prizes of $100. –
Gail Fischer, Dan Passarell, Shirley Kowalski, Darla Swiercznski,
and Nora Hanson
(10) 3rd Place Prizes of $50. –
A.J Panepinto, Jane Sidari,
Dan Passarell, Kimberly Dutton, Tina Bieber,
Linda Rice, Chris Smith, Mindy Warne,
Jeff Klips and Cindy Gibson
2 $250. Kwik Fill Gas Cards –
Joe Bacon and Wendy English
60” Samsung 4K Crystal UHD LED Smart TV –
CONGRATULATIONS!!! To all our winners! And MANY THANKS
To all those who so generously participated in this year’s Lawn Fete.
Our Preliminary Gross Amount taken in for this year’s Lawn Fete as of 8/12/2022 is…$25,955.95.
Last Year’s Gross Amount was $25,218.00.
The Final Net Profit will be posted in the near future.
We couldn’t have done it without ALL OF OUR AMAZING
VOLUNTEERS AND YOUR MOST GENEROUS SUPPORT. It was a GRAND DAY - and we are so blessed with good (HOT) weather, good food, fellowship and fun.
The call of the Christian. We must get caught up in beauty of the fire of our Lord. This will transform us, possibly in ways which we do not expect. It will disrupt our current ways of thinking and doing things. But some disruption can be good, and can help us see what needs to change in our lives.
- Do I find the fire of Jesus comforting or disturbing or both?
- How has Jesus transformed me?
- How can I transmit the fire of God in my life to others?
- Do I find the fire of Jesus comforting or disturbing or both?
- How has Jesus transformed me?
- How can I transmit the fire of God in my life to others?
A message from our Pastor
What a wonderful day it turned out to be last Sunday. Yes, it was hot and the weather was threatening. But the turnout was wonderful, and we had so much fun, food and sharing that made it such a great success, which we’ll report to you over the next few weeks. Our chairpersons, Linda Chrzan and Marian Gerhardy gathered a wonderful team of volunteers.
The office staff, Sheila Lemcke, Sue Szyikowski and Pat Swindon worked in so many areas to keep the ship afloat well. And our maintenance staffJoe King and Jason Dash put their creativity and bullwork ahead to make things go well, especially the set up and tear down. And thanks to the numerous volunteers who served so many people. May the Lord bless you for all you do.
Love & Prayers, Father Dick
Note: This is part of my homily for last Sunday. I know that many of you were not there to hear it.
Here in our parish, we celebrate the long tradition of our Parish of the Holy Family. Our Annual Lawn Fete is more than a fundraising event. It is meant to be a celebration of the community life we share with our faith in Jesus Christ. We grow closer to Jesus in the gift of the Eucharist. We build our unity around this altar and feel closely bonded to one another, to support one another as we grow in faith. We reach out to one another in our times of need, sorrow, joy, hope and love. And we remember those who have been a part of this wonderful Lawn Fete for some 40 years. We remember, by name, some of those whose names are written on plaques in the back of the church, but are also imprinted upon our heartspeople who led the way and sacrificed so muchsome of them your parents or grandparents, family members, friends, godparents, Confirmation sponsors, neighbors and people you sat near to in church.
I mentioned how sunflowers bring about so much beauty at this time of year and, as they begin to fail in the summer’s heat, they leave us with precious memories, their seeds falling to the earth to feed more of God’s creation. They remind us of those who have gone before us, blessing our parish and our liveswith such beauty. May these people rest in the peace of Christ and in our memories of their lives.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO MADE DONATIONS TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL
BASKET RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION ……….
Brigden Memorials Gary & Grace Kent
Valu Home Center – Medina Village House Restaurant
Valu Home Center – Batavia Lake Country Pennysaver Doug & Sue Starkweather-Miller Rush’s Vegetables
Cas & Laurie Pruski Crosby’s Auto Zone
Albion Ace Hardware Dubby’s Tailgate Save-A-Lot
Brown Road Golf Club TOPS Market Plaza Liquor
Butch & Evana Daniels Orleans Ford Laura Loxley
Catholic Daughters Burger King Ladies of Charity McDonalds Roadies Sassy Cuts
Avanti’s Pizzeria Walmart Fischer’s Antiques
Mark’s Pizzeria Coffee Joint Kelly DeSmit
Advance Auto Parts Barb Thaine Pat Swindon
Sue Szyikowski Teresa Gaylard Gaylard Family
Adam & Audra Fisher Marat Family Corrigan Family
John & Linda Chrzan Chris Fancher Marie Rice
Liz Snyder & Sharon Collichio Wildflower Bakery & Deli
And so many more! Thank you!
To watch Mass via Livestream click on the image below.
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 email@example.com.
THE CATHOLIC FAITH, ON DEMAND
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Now 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
August 7 August 20, 2022 Donna Laubacher by the Women’s Support Group
August 14 27, 2022 Thomas Zambito, Anniversary By Wife, Nancy
August 21 September 3, 2022 In Memory of Neil Newton by Wife, Judy
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, remembering, Father Robert Perelli, Ray Lissow and all our loved ones called home to God.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
David Albanese, Gary Armida, Ron Ayrault, Bob Blackburn, Nicholas Bloom, Ann Boe, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Michael Brune, Alexandria Renee Bush, Chris Cioffi, Justin Cooper, Mary Coveney, Marie Cross, Ryan Cunningham, Fran D’Agostino, Dr. Dominic DeVicenzo, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Brian Froman, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Rita Galbreath, Joyce Gehl, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Maryann Hildreth, 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, Marian Moore, Byron Neal, Gloria Neilans, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, 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, Carolyn Sisson, Gary Spitz, Linda Stafford, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Edgar Wilkins, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.
Tues. Aug. 16 Social Jusce Mtg., McCabe Rm., 10am Tues.
Aug. 16 Knights of Columbus, B6, 7pm Thur.
Aug. 18 Support Group Mtg., McCabe Rm., 1:00pm Mon.
Aug. 29 Parish Council Mtg. , McCabe Rm., 7:00pm
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
COMING SOON CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS 6TH ANNUAL MUM SALE Details to follow soon.
The Ladies of Charity wish to express a heartfelt “Thank You” for all the donations given from our local farm markets; Kirby’s, Navarra’s, Rush’s & Intergrow Tomatoes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Save the Date: Anniversary Mass The Diocese of Buffalo and the Office of Pastoral Ministries whishes to honor couples who will observe their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th wedding Anniversaries and recognize the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifices, challenges and comforts in daily married life. Couple’s celebrating these milestone anniversaries are invited to special Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 10:30am. Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to attend this special so we can submit your registration by Friday, Sept. 30th, 2022. Congratulations to all those celebrating these special milestones.
To celebrate our 175th anniversary, we are having a diocesan wide day of service and are encouraging parishes to take part in the Day of Service on October 22nd or a date we choose. The 175thAnniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Buffalo is a reminder that we are all called to put our faith into action and to shape the communities in which we live to reflect the Kingdom of God. To serve each other, especially those in need, is to serve Christ. All are invited to participate in the Diocesan Day of Service. Opportunities are planned on the vicariate and parish levels to allow all to participate. Please be thinking of ideas for our HOLY FAMILY PARISH DAY OF SERVICE.
Called to serve - We are scheduling trainings this summer for the following ministries: Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers (youth & adult), Lectors, Funeral Servers. Please contact the parish office at: 589-4243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more about these ministries.
BANNS OF MARRIAGE Announcing the Marriage of Rebecca Flanagan & Jon Tyx Thursday September 1, 2022
K of C 4th Degree Assembly Medina & Albion
RAFFLE BUFFALO BILLS FOOTBALL PACKAGE .
2 Pepsi Club Tickets & Highmark Stadium
Game Day Parking Pass Buffalo Bills VS. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday October, 9, 2022
50 inch Color Smart Roku TV
Winner’s Prize Choice. 2 chances to win.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ADRIENNE KIBRY
With Great Joy,
The Fraternities of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Region
of the Secular Franciscan Order
Welcomed Adrienne Elizabeth Kirby
to her Solemn Profession
On Monday, May 9th at St. Leo the Great Parish, Hilton, NY
COMMUNITY KITCHEN Thursday night meals will resume in a new location, at Harvest Christian Fellowship Hall, 560 East Ave. If you are interested in helping prepareBmeals on Thursdays, please call the Parish Office.
A Poem About Christ’s Real Presence In The Eucharist
What but as bread, This appears to be
Is You, Lord, it’s truly Thee
It is You, Lord, I now receive
This is true, not just because I believe
My belief cannot create
Can’t sew a seed, give man a mate
Can’t fashion out of dust
One who knows You, merciful and just
Alone, I am capable of but sin
Despite this belief I hold within
No, my belief doth not make You to be
Nor do You exist because You, I see
To You alone this glory belongs– Danielle Erwin
To be praised in all earthly songs
It is You Who instills this Faith in me
You, Who inspires my will to believe
Danielle Erwin is a Catholic wife, a homeschooling mother of 5, and she loves writing poetry whenever the Holy Spirit inspires her! She has published her poetry through the Blessed is She blog, as well as published a book of poetry she wrote after her miscarriages and a book of poetry on the Faith.
I’m Catholic, But I Don’t Believe In The Eucharist | 3 Things To Do Now
by Will Wright
Struggling to Believe in the Eucharist?
If you are Catholic and struggling to believe in the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist, you are not alone. A Pew Research Center survey suggests:
“… nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion ‘are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.’ Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that ‘during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.’”– PEW RESEARCH
So, nearly two-thirds of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ at Mass. This is important to discuss because this teaching is central to the Catholic Faith.
The reality, of course, is that this change does take place. The bread and wine offered at Holy Mass become, by the power and priesthood of Jesus Christ, His own Body and Blood.
“How can this come about?” Mary asked. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,” theSt. John Damascene
angel answered, “and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.”
And now you are the one who puts the question: “How can bread become Christ and
wine His Blood?” I answer: “The power of the Holy Spirit will be at work to give us a
marvel which surpasses understanding.”
What should you do, therefore, if you are struggling to believe? There are many things to do, but we would like to offer three starting points.
3 Ways To Grow In Your Belief Of The Eucharist
- Read the Scriptures
Read the Scriptures (especially the Gospels), trust that Jesus wants to nourish us, think through the implications, and draw on the living Tradition of the Church.
At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist as a memorial of His death and resurrection. He did this to perpetuate His sacrifice, which was to come, on the Cross until the end of time. He also instituted the priesthood at the same time.
The Sacred Scriptures are full of foreshadowing of the Eucharist, outright explanations of the Eucharist, and references back to the Eucharist. In a sense, every page points us to the Holy Eucharist. In a special way, the Gospels give us the words of Jesus Himself. So, it is worthwhile to spend some time reading or re-reading what He has to say about the Eucharist:
– Matthew 26:26-30 (Last Supper)
– Mark 14:22-26 (Last Supper)
– Luke 22:14-20 (Last Supper)
– John 6:22-59 (Bread of Life Discourse)
“This is the wonderful truth, my dear friends: the Word, which became flesh two thousand years ago, is present today in the Eucharist.”– St. John Paul II
2. Trust in Jesus’ Desire to Nourish Us
Jesus loves you and me. He gives us His Flesh as food because He wants to nourish us. He says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him (Jn. 6:56).” Through His incarnation and birth, He humbled Himself to share in our humanity. In the Eucharist, we become united to the Person of Jesus Christ. Our mortal and sinfully inclined natures are transformed by our union to the font of life.
We must trust that our Lord wants the best for us. And the best that He can give us is Himself. Therefore, He desires to come to us in the humble form of food to nourish our bodies and souls. When we struggle to believe because our human senses fail, we need to see with the eyes of faith in our trust of Him.
“As the body cannot be sustained without corporeal food, nor continue in natural life,Dionysius the Carthusian
so without this life-giving food the soul cannot persist in the spiritual life of grace.”
3. Think it Through and Draw on Tradition
The bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and not merely symbols. Jesus Christ Himself said, “This is my body” and “this is my blood.” The appearances remain but the substance has changed.
If the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, under the veil of a Sacrament, then worship makes sense. During the Mass, we kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. The priest says, “Behold the Lamb of God” while holding up the Eucharist. He kneels and we kneel. If the Eucharist were merely a symbol, then we are worshipping bread and committing horrid blasphemy.
his is the reality: the Eucharist is either Jesus or we are worshipping bread.
“It is not the man who is responsible for the offerings as they become Christ’s BodySt. John Chrysostom
and Blood; it is Christ Himself who was crucified for us. The standing figure belongs
to the priest who speaks these words. The power and the grace belong to God. ‘This is
My Body,’ he says. And these words transform the offerings.”
What If The Eucharist Is Just A Symbol?
If the Eucharist is merely a symbol, then why has the Church been centered around it since the beginning? Why would each Mass necessarily include a celebration of the Eucharist?
The great southern Gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor, once wrote of going to dinner with some friends. Her friend was a lapsed Catholic and said that she remembers receiving the Eucharist as a child. She “thought of it as the Holy Ghost, He being the ‘most portable’ person of the Trinity; now she thought of it as a symbol and implied that it was a pretty good one.”
Flannery O’Connor then proceeded to share her response to her friend:
“I then said, in a very shaky voice, ‘Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.’ That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest is expendable.”
She also spoke well of the link between denying the physical reality of the Eucharist and the erosion of all around belief. She said, “When the physical fact is separated from the spiritual reality, the dissolution of belief is eventually inevitable.”
“When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him
about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your
happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way
that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence.”
What Is “The Looking Glass Self”?
Have you ever heard of “The Looking Glass Self”? It is a popular concept in the worlds of sociology and psychology and has been around for quite some time. The belief is that we understand ourselves through what we think others think of us.
When applied, we could say that if I see genuine pleasure in the eyes of friends and family when I come into their presence, I will believe that I am a joy to be around and that I am loved. In the same way, if I see annoyance in the eyes of others when I am present, I will come to think of myself as annoying, unpleasant, and unloved.
I often hear people say that we should not care about what others think about us. I agree, to some extent, but I also believe that we are beings that exist in communities for good reason and that God made us for relationships. It is good to have others around us to love us, affirm us, and, at times, correct us. I care deeply about what my closest friends and family think about me because they are helping me be a better person and they genuinely love me. What the person thinks of me who had road rage and yelled some unpleasant things at me the other day, not so much. There is a middle-ground in caring about what others think of us.
Now the issue with believing what others think about us is that humans are so flawed and our love is imperfect. It’s great to want your son to grow up happy and successful, but it’s not great to have your own rigid plan and agenda for how that will happen. For example, wanting your son to be a doctor and then being unhappy and considering him a failure when he becomes an engineer or a carpenter. Should the son care or believe what his parents think of him in this situation? No, at least not this part of it.
Discerning what to believe about ourselves is very difficult work. If we do it poorly, it will lead to some deep spiritual and mental health problems. A priest told me once that the saints became saints because they were the only ones who truly knew what they looked like in the eyes of God, which brings me to my final point.
When it comes to what we should believe about ourselves, we should learn from God most of all. We should pray for self-knowledge and wisdom to truly know what we look like in His eyes- lovable, full of potential, and beautiful, but also sinful, wounded, broken, and in need of His love and Sacraments.
How do we discover how we look in His eyes? We spend time with Him in the form of the Eucharist at Mass and Adoration. As St. John Vianney once said when asked why he sat in front of the tabernacle all day, “Nothing. I just look at him, and he looks at me.”
This reflection was originally published HERE.