Albion, New York 14411  
Parish Office: (585) 589-4243  
Fax: (585) 589-0734  



ST. JOSEPH'S [1852 - 2007]

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.

Parish Office Hours:
Monday.Thursday: 9:00 AM. 3:00pm and Friday: 9:00am. - Noon

Daily Mass: Mon. & Fri. 8:00am Sat. Vigil: 5:00pm

    Holy Trinity, Medina
        4pm Saturday
        11am Sunday

    St Stephen's, Middleport
        8:30am  Sunday

    St Mary's, Holley
        4pm Saturday
        10am Sunday

    St Mark's, Kendall
        5:30pm Saturday

    Our Lady of the Lake, Barker
       4pm Saturday
       9am Sunday


Eucharistic Adoration: Every Friday 8:30am.6:00pm in the Chapel

Confessions: Medina, Holley and Barker at 3pm. Albion by appointment or immediately after 5:30pm mass

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 The



Down time. Now that is something we can all relate to and appreciate! You know, that moment when you realize the calendar is free and you have no commitments or appointments. What to do?!

Well, since this is our ONE Catholic church bulletin, we are obliged to recommend prayer! Indeed, there are a number of instances in the Gospels when Jesus took some down time to be alone and to pray.

And yet, we are human and social beings, and we like to have fun during our free time. After all, Jesus performed His first miracle at no less of an occasion than a wedding.

We are also reminded of the Mary and Martha conundrum, no? Jesus does say that Mary - who wanted to relax at the Lord’s feet and listen - chose the better path.

Did you know that one of our preeminent 20th century Catholic philosophers wrote an entire book on leisure? Josef Pieper wrote Leisure: The Basis of Culture, not to degrade work, but to make the case for balancing work and leisure.

Here’s a Pieper quote to contemplate, “Leisure is only possible when we are at one with ourselves. We tend to overwork as a means of self-escape, as a way of trying to justify our existence.”

So take advantage of your down time. If you use that time wisely, it will likely make you happy. As Pieper put it, “Happiness,... even the smallest happiness, is like a step out of Time, and the greatest happiness is sharing in Eternity.”

Prayer: Oh my Jesus, thank you for the gift of leisure – a time to pray, a time to play, and a time to step out of time and lean towards eternity.

From the Pastor's Desk



Orleans Niagara East Catholic Community

Movements of Grace

Dear Friends,

Faith Formation Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Faith Formation is now open! Thank you for your patience as we have worked to put together a plan for the Catechesis of our young people throughout our Family of Parishes. It is our desire to create and cultivate faith formation opportunities that engage the entire family.

In light of the unifying of faith formation programming within our Family of Parishes, you have the option of registering for whichever time frame(s) works best for your family, regardless of which parish within ONE Catholic you are registered at. We have tried to keep as much of the scheduling as we could the same as it was in previous years.

In order to try to best accommodate families, we will be holding Faith Formations in two locations on Sunday morning and two locations on Monday evening. The 2023-2024 School Year will be a transition and bridge year for us, as we continue to develop our programming for ONE Catholic. We are also in the process of hiring a Faith Formation Assistant. This will allow a staff member to always be present during Faith Formation to assist with questions, coordination, etc.

Our Faith Formation sites and times for this year will be:

Holy Family, Albion -

  • Sundays, Grades 1-12, 9:05-10:20am

Holy Trinity, Medina:

  • Sundays, Grades 1-12, 9:40-10:50am

Our Lady of the Lake, Barker:

  • Mondays, Grades 1-5, 6:00-7:10pm,
  • Mondays, Grades 6-12, 7:15-8:45pm

St. Mary’s, Holley:

  • Mondays, Grades 1-5, 6:00-7:10pm
  • Mondays, Grades 6-12, 7:15-8:45pm

Grade 1-5 will be utilizing a textbook based curriculum. Each grade will have its own class, with two catechists (teachers) per class.

Grades 6-8 will utilize and participate in Edge and Grades 9-12 will use LifeTeen. Edge and LifeTeen are youth ministry-based programs which follow the guidelines and curriculum requirements set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unlike our elementary aged children who will be in grade level classrooms, our students in grades 6-8 will all be together, as will those in grades 9-12, each group having a Core Team of adults present each week.

In addition to classes, we will also be offering four Family Workshops, monthly Parent Sessions, youth group and more throughout the course of the year.

Registration forms, schedules, and a letter to Parents/Guardians were sent out this week. If you are in need of a copy, please let me know!

If you recently served as a catechist and I didn’t reach out to you, please be in touch! I tried to contact everyone that was made known to me, but it’s possible I missed a few folks! We are also in need of additional catechists, assistants, core team members (middle and high school) and office helpers during Faith Formation classes. If you may be interested, please let me know and we can set-up a time to chat about options and see if one of our programs might be a good fit for you!

We’re looking forward to a wonderful year as we dive into the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of our Catholic Faith and deepen our relationship with God!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time with questions, interest, etc. I look forward to meeting you and working with the families across ONE Catholic!

Peace and prayers,

Emily Kwiatkowski


Phone: 585-798-5399


Priesthood Sunday this Sunday, September 24. Mary, Mother of Vocations Ministry wishes to thank the many priests who serve our diocese so faithfully every day. Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. It specifically honors priests, without whom the Mass could not be offered, and Sacraments could not be celebrated. The men who answer the call to priesthood are special, indeed, and they are working harder than ever before. Please remember to thank and pray for your priests! To find out more about the priesthood, visit

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September 17- 30, 2023 IMO Tom Zambito

September 24 - October 7, 2023 Eleanor & Lewis Mikels Joan & Jim Adduci

October 1 - 14, 2023 Grzywacz & Wilkins Families by Edgar & Helen


Mass Intentions


Saturday, September 23, 2023

5:30pm Linda Kerwin Gehl by Family

Sunday, September 24, 2023

8:00am Joseph & Helen Dibley by Estate

10:30am Louise McGuire by Estate

Monday, September 25, 2023

8:00am Marilyn Pilon by Estate

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

8:00 am Helen Dailey by Estate

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

8:00 am Gloria Lonnen by Gloria Kuhn

Thursday, September 28, 2023

8:00am Deceased of Frank Coffey Family by Estate

Friday, September 29, 2023

8:00 am Mary Driesel by Estate

Saturday, September 30, 2023

5:30pm Michael & Marie Mondo by Daughter, Roz

Sunday, October 1, 2023 8:00am Deceased of the Bragg Family by Mary

8:00am Deceased of the Bragg Family by Mary

10:30am Mary & Salvatore Vella by Daughter

** Many dates available for Mass Intentions through the end of the year.**


10The 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.

Use this form to ask for a Mass Intention!


To watch Mass via Livestream click on the image below.

live stream

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 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

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 Kingdollar, Harriet Draper, Kathryn Prahler and All of Our Loved Ones


David Albanese, Gary Armida, Eugene “Buddy” Avino, Ron Ayrault, Jean Bailey, Bonnie Bilicki, Bob Blackburn, Lyn Blackburn, Nicholas Bloom, Ann Boe, Gene Boedeker, Amy Bowers, Milt & Dorothy Boyer, Carolyn Budynski, Alexandria Renee Bush, Colin Carr, Linda Cattieu, Chris Cioffi, Justin Cooper, Ryan Cunningham, Cindy Davis, Fran D’Agostino, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Connie Ebbs, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Brian Froman, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Steve & Deborah Karas, Jean Karls, James Keller, Adrienne Kirby, Sue Kirsch, Gloria Kuhn, Maureen Labuda, Herman Lorenz, Debbie Magliocco, Mark & Susan Mazzatti, Janice McMullen, John McNall, Gert Metz, Jacoby Miller, Kevin Miller, Scott Miller, Marian Moore, Norb Morton, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Coleen McMullen Pahura, Isabelle Parvis, Maddox Pearl, Alan Penna, Mary Ann Peterson, Carol and Fred Pilon, Linda Rebadowd, Danielle Ries, Carol Riviere, Wendy Sanders, Jeffrey Sell, Sr. Jody Kearney RSM, Michael Saporito, Bill Sargent, Sr. Angela Senyszyn, OFOLPH, Gary Spitz, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Mary (Micki) Walton, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Chris Wing, Nicole Wilson, and Nancy Zambito.



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What's Happening

WMon. 9/25 - HF Pastoral Council, 7pm, McCabe Rm.

Tues. 9/26 - Social Justice Mtg., 10 am, McCabe

Tues. 9/26 - Alpha Mtg., 6pm, Lyceum


WHO IS JESUS? CURIOUS ABOUT FAITH? ALPHA IS A SERIES OF GROUP CONVERSATIONS THAT FREELY EXPLORE OUR Christian faith in an open, friendly environment. All adults are welcome, regardless of your background or beliefs. Each session you will share a meal, watch a video on a question of faith and connect with new people in a group conversation. All gatherings will take place at Holy Family in Albion on Tuesday evenings for the next 10 weeks. Please register at the Holy Family office at: or (585)589-4243. Program is for Adults only. We would like to thank the Knights of Columbus and the Albion Ladies of Charity for providing dinners for the first two sessions of Alpha for our ONE Catholic Family. Your kindness is appreciated by all! Thank you from the Alpha Leadership Team.


Weekly Spanish Mass We will begin our Weekly Spanish Mass on Sunday, October 15th. Each week, Mass will be offered in Spanish at 12:30 PM at Holy Family in Albion.

Misa semanal en español Comenzaremos nuestra Misa semanal en español el domingo 15 de octubre. Cada semana, se ofrecerá misa en español a las 12:30 p.m. en Holy Family en Albion.


Life in the Eucharist

Sunday September 24th, 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Lyceum, Holy Family Albion
Light meal Followed by Presentation EUCHARIST: God’ Love as
Mission in Jesus Christ
Everyone is welcome to attend. Know someone who would be interested invite them to come.

St. Mark’s Farmer’s Market This year our Farmer's Market will be Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. at the Kendall Fire Hall. It will be held in conjunction with the Kendall Scarecrow Festival. As usual, we will be having our popular basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle. You do not need to be present to win. Items for our luncheon include, chili, chili dogs, hotdogs, hamburgers, nachos, salt potatoes, popcorn, homemade pie slices and cotton candy. There will be homemade pies available for $15.00 for the large and $5.00 for the small. Choices are: cherry, apple, lemon meringue and coconut cream. You may preorder pies by calling 698-0638. There will be children's activities and live music will be provided.



If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Grand Knight Greg Dugan at (585)590-2145 or

Ask The Blessed Mother For Help When Adoring Our Eucharistic Lord

by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle


Our Lord Jesus Christ calls to our hearts. He humbles Himself in the form of Bread — a simple Host — in order to be available to us — to remain with us, to heal our wounded hearts, and nourish us with His abiding and incomprehensible Love and Mercy. He gives to us the Supreme Gift of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! 

In addition to receiving Jesus in Holy Communion, we can endeavor to console our Lord’s Merciful Heart while Adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoring our Eucharistic Lord is a beautiful prayer and a wonderful means to honor and praise Him. The Catholic Catechism instructs: “Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,”respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications” (CCC, 2628).

During his homilies, St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars (1786-1859), whom spent countless hours with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament often glanced towards the tabernacle and passionately cried out, “He is there!” 

He also stated, “Our Lord is hidden there in the tabernacle, waiting for us to come and visit Him, and make our requests to Him…In heaven, where we shall be glorious and triumphant, we shall see Him in all His glory. If He had presented Himself, before us in that glory now, we should not have dared to approach Him; but He hides Himself like a person in prison, who might say to us, ‘You do not see Me, but that is no matter; ask of Me all you wish and I will grant it.”’

When Jesus told His disciples to eat His Body and drink His Blood, many fearfully fled. According to today’s Pew Research, only thirty one per cent of Catholics believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Thus, the urgent need to do something to change those statistics. As one of that thirty one percent believers, I wish to provide teaching and inspiration for folks to take to their Eucharistic visits. For me, it was during time I spent with our dear Lord in Eucharistic Adoration where I received His unfathomable mercy, love, wisdom, and graces, and where I grew closer to Him.

Jesus Requests Our Company

Our Lord invites us to keep Him company, to sit at His feet, to listen to His whispers to our soul. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to stay awake while He prayed in the Garden. Jesus suffered greatly there. When He checked on His disciples, He asked Peter, “Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour” (Mark 14:37)? 

The next line in Mark’s Gospel speaks of praying to avoid temptation. Jesus knew prayer was urgently necessary at that time. He specifically asked them to pray. However, Peter, James, and John were tired after their leisurely Passover meal and had trouble keeping their eyes open — they fell asleep. 

I suggest asking Mother Mary to help us to stay awake — to help us spend time with her Son — to help us to grow more in love with Him. After all, the Blessed Virgin Mary was an active co-redeemer with her Son Jesus. She continues to tirelessly work from Heaven to save souls. Saint Louis De Montfort stated, “It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.” 

Jesus and Mary are truly inseparable. It was inside Mary’s holy womb where Jesus spent His first nine months, rocked with her every move, kept nourished with her umbilical cord. It was at Mary’s breasts where Baby Jesus was showered with love and tenderness, and provided nourishment. On Mary’s knee, was where Jesus learned His first prayers. His Mother’s holy example as He grew helped to form His conscience, heart, and soul. Later on, during His public ministry, Mary’s continual earnest prayers and support aided Jesus on His mission to save mankind. 

What St. Padre Pio Can Teach Us About Enduring Trials

by Alec Torres


Padre Pio is one of the most beloved saints in Catholic history. Many know him for having the stigmata or for his ability to bilocate and read hearts in the confessional. The stories of his miracles are inspiring and remind people of the power of God and His Church. But even more important than the miracles was the way he lived his daily life in a spirit of peace, joy, and unfailing trust in God’s will—even in the face of terrible trials.

Padre Pio Accused Of Being A Fraud

In Padre Pio’s time, priests, bishops, and even at time the pope worried the poor friar was a fraud. Many in the hierarchy thought the crowds of people coming to visit him were unruly, chaotic, and superstitious. Some even believed poor Padre Pio was using his stigmata and purported miracles to gain fame and make money.

As a result of these fears, Padre Pio experienced extensive restrictions on his priestly ministry. He was banned from celebrating mass publicly, forbidden from showing his stigmata, and cut off from communicating with his spiritual director, who was one of his dearest friends. Later, he was restricted from seeing visitors and barred completely from hearing confessions. 

Many of these restrictions lasted for a full decade, meaning Padre Pio was essentially treated like a prisoner in his own friary.

Padre Pio’s Response

Padre Pio was tempted to respond in the ways of the world. On one occasion, an associate of Padre Pio, Emmanuele Brunatto, said he would publish a book exposing financial and sexual scandals in the Church in order to blackmail the hierarchy into giving Padre Pio back his faculties.

Sometimes it’s proper to openly discuss scandals in the Church for the sake of reform. But it must be done with a spirit of charity, not vengeance. Padre Pio saw that Brunatto wasn’t acting with the love of Christ but with the malice of Lucifer. He rejected Brunatto categorically, telling him “I absolutely cannot allow you to defend me or try to free me by throwing mud, and such mud in the face of people that I, you, and everyone have a sacred duty to respect.”

After all, Padre Pio’s superiors had the authority to restrict his ministry, and the only person they were really hurting was him. So rather than defend himself, he chose to leave it to God and silently suffer, like Christ in His passion. And because he trusted Providence and refused to sin in anger, he could go on with life at peace, knowing he was doing the Lord’s will.

The Miraculous End

Eventually, Providence came to Padre Pio’s aid. Pope Pius XI reversed the restrictions, and in a matter of months Padre Pio was back celebrating public masses and hearing countless confessions of the faithful. Padre Pio got all he was hoping for without ever lashing out at those who persecuted him.

The end of Padre Pio’s trial can seem somewhat miraculous. But isn’t it often the same for us? Have we ever reconciled with a family member by sending an angry text? Or found a new job because we were bitter about losing the old one? Or been healed of a sickness as a result of despairing over our plight?

Or isn’t it much more likely that God works His will to bring us healing, sustenance, and hope in due time, and often unexpectedly?

The real miracle of Padre Pio’s life wasn’t his stigmata or bilocation or anything like that. It was the example he gave of his absolute trust in God and unwavering commitment to do good even to those who wished him ill. In the face of trials, he answered with love, and Love Himself brought his trials to an end. 

Continue Learning About The Saints Who Faced Crisis

In Persecuted from Within: How the Saints Endured Crisis in the Churchyou will find thorough and orthodox explanations of doctrine concerning Church authority, fraternal correction, and the virtue of obedience, as well as a practical plan to redeem our current shameful chapter in Church history. This book stands as a valuable and heartening resource for pastors, catechists, and those who seek to “counsel the doubtful” and “comfort the afflicted.”

September Is Devoted To The Seven Sorrows Of Mary | Mark Your Calendar!

by Genevieve Perkins

We’ve already had a month devoted to Mary’s Immaculate Heart in which we looked at the symbols of her heart. These images include a sword, which represents her sorrows. Sorrow is a sadness full of love, and if you don’t know what her seven sorrows are, we have a post all about the for you!

You’ll see that her sorrows are not tragedies. They certainly are difficult struggles, but because Mary was and is so close to God, anything that happened in her life could not be ruinous. Her son was crucified, died, and was buried. But! He rose again. 

Love of God sustained her through her sorrows as the love of God sustains those who trust and believe in Him. As Christians, we should remember that when we look at the crucifix we should never see it without remembering the Resurrection. When the world trips us up or sadness floods into your life, we should remember Noah’s rainbow and think of God’s promises. 

Look forward to eternal life in heaven with all your might, offering even the sorrows of this life to God!

September 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, one of Mary’s many titles. Make a genuine effort to attend Mass, pray her Seven Sorrows, or both.

September Reflection Questions

1.      What sorrows are in your life and how can you see God’s love sustaining you in them?

2.      What title would you give to Mary in addition to the ones she already has?

3.      How can you help people in your life who need help turning sadness and struggles into a love-filled sorrow and perhaps even an unexplainable joy?

4.      Who can you share the Seven Sorrows of Mary prayer with?

5.      How do you pray in times of sorrow?

September Catholic Challenge

Attend Mass and/or pray the seven sorrows on September 15. Throughout the month, intentionally bring the Good News to those who need to hear it, even if it’s not explicitly reading the Bible to them. Offer your efforts to Jesus through Our Lady of Sorrows.


September Catholic Feast Days

September 3: Memorial of St. Gregory the Great 

September 5: Memorial of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 8: Mary’s Birthday!

September 9: Memorial of St. Peter Claver

September 12: Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

September 13: Memorial of St. John Chrysostom

September 14: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 15: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 16: Memorial of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

September 20: Memorial of Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and companions

September 21: Feast of St. Matthew

September 23: Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina 

September 27: Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul

September 29:  Feast of the Archangels Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel

September 30: Memorial of St. Jerome