106 South Main Street
Albion, New York 14411
Parish Office: 585-589-4243
Until further notice:
* Masses will be celebrated privately, without a Congregation.
* Church will be open to allow the faithful to make private devotions.
Weekdays 7:00am-2:30pm. Weekends: Saturday 1-6pm and Sunday 7:00-10:00am. Please use side door entrance.
* Confessions by appointment only.
Saturday Vigil - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Daily Masses - Monday - Friday and 1st Saturdays 8:00 a.m.
Eucharistic Adoration -Every Friday-School Chapel - 8:30a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - Fridays at 6:15pm - Mar. 6 thru Apr. 3 - in Church.
Our 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays can be viewed live using Live Stream. How to access our account.
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After the printing of this bulletin, we received notice from The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that we must make every effort to discourage people from congregating- even in small numbers at parishes. Therefore, we are being asked to refrain fromdistributing palms at this time.
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
We're all in unchartered waters at this time. We've never seen anything like this before. And we know that we need one another, in prayer and communication. We are trying to stay in touch with you in different ways. Be assured of my prayers for you, as Mass and the Divine Office are prayed for you daily. May the Lord bless all your family members and friends with the comfort they so need.
Love & Prayers,
We now enter the most solemn week of the Church's Liturgical Year, which was once called 'Great Week.' We witness Jesus' total self giving, in which He emptied Himself of His humanity and gave Himselfentirely to the will of God. This week we will follow Jesus every step of the way, beginning with His triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the Cross and to His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Jesus sends His disciples into a village outside the Holy City to get props for his entry into Jerusalem. They started a rousing celebration in which the participants proclaimed their faith in who Jesus was, the Savior. Instead of a warhorse leading the parade, Jesus was mount on a mother donkey. Instead of banners of the Roman emperor, the people waved tree branches. And the cry came "Hosanna," which means "Save us now." Picking up a palm branch makes us a part of this procession of Jesus.
PALM SUNDAY PRAYER
Lord God, here I stand at the start of this Holy Week, and am distracted by many things. Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name, the One who opens the gates of heaven, the One who answers when we call. Thank You for sending Your Son to walk the road we walk. Open my eyes that I may see Him coming, praise Him with a pure heart, and walk in the way of His suffering. Amen.
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anoints Jesus as a foreshadowing of Jesus' burial to come. Meanwhile, Judas' judgment remains clouded by sin and greed. He feels that wasting that oil on Jesus could rather be different, and the oil sold to give money to the poor.
Lord, six days before His death, Your Son sat with Lazarus. Judas said that it was a waste to anoint Jesus with the costly perfume. He didn't care about the poor, he just wanted to fill his own pockets. Lord, God, often we cannot discern what is best. Even when the world thinks it is a waste to serve Jesus, resting at the feet of a needy one (like right now), give us ears to hear You and eyes to see, as You do, and follow your example. Amen.
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Jesus is reclining at table with His disciples at the Last Supper. He
has been teaching them, guiding them, and pouring His love into them Sunday, in countless ways. All of His life has been leading to this moment where he will give Himself completely. Yet the first words from Jesus this day are: "Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me." In His moment of pure selflessness, He is faced with another's (Judas) selfish, prideful sin.
Lord God, the message of the Cross is difficult to take. How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength? Yet Your word says that Jesus, being God, took on human flesh and suffered the worst kind of death. It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast. In His name, we ask You to help our unbelief, that we may walk in the steps of Jesus. Amen.
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
In today's Gospel we hear of Judas' betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. The truth is that we in our sinfulness, share in this betrayal. Our sins added nails to His Cross .
Lord Jesus, we tremble to think that it was one of Jesus' own friends who betrayed Him. One who sat by Him, and broke bread with Him. Give us strength, we pay, to walk faithfully with Jesus, even when the road we walk is rocky, even when the message of the Cross seems like foolishness, and even when we feel betrayed. Give us the grace to endure our troubles and reveal to us the glory of Your kingdom. Amen.
Jesus is unjustly, brutally, torturously executed in an excruciating manner. The most perfect, loving, sinless person ever, died for us. If we were there, would we not have our hearts broken at that time? And He underwent all this because of His love for us. In God's eyes, love is never absent. In God's Heart, forgiveness is never impossible. In God's embrace, no one is ever alone or forgotten.
During these days we are so concerned about washing our hands, to protect ourselves and others. At the Last Supper, Jesus joyfully showed his love for His apostles as He washed their feet, a humble sign of care for them. We are being asked to wash the feet of others in many ways--through our care, compassion and service. We are often told of the joy it is to serve others, as we follow the example of the greatest servant, Jesus.
HOLY THURSDAY PRAYER
Lord God, You sent Your Son into our world. He had come from You and was to return to You. What did He do? He knelt down on the floor and washed His friends' feet. Help us to do for others, as He has done for us. Strengthen our hands and wills to love and serve as He did. We pray this loving God, through Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Jesus is unjustly, brutally, tortuously executed in an excruciating manner. The most perfect, loving, sinless person ever, died for us. If we were there, would we not have our hearts broken at that time? And He underwent all this because of His love for us.
GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER
Lord God, Jesus cried out to You on the Cross, 'Why have you for- saken me?' And from His distress, those who stood and the foot of the Cross wondered where You were. Our lives are sometimes filled with 'Good Fridays', and You tell us 'I am always here for you.'
We will bless Easter Foods on Holy Saturday at Noon. It
will be a drive-by blessing at the side door of the church.
Give Us This Day is offering the opportunity for us to be praying together even when we are apart. They are offering free access to the March and April digital issues, a 60 day free access to their app, and you can also live stream daily Mass from Saint John's Abbey Just go
Living Faith provides daily devotions on line at www.livingfaith.com
Living with Christ also provides on-line everything you need to prepare for Mass, to participate in Mass, and to reflect on the experience. www.livingwithchrist.us
So begins a special Examen for Life During COVID-19.
Susan Haarman shares this adaptation of the Examen to our current situation on the blog of the Ignatian Solidarity
Due to the fact you can not join us for Masses, we ask that you continue to support us with prayer and financial assistance. The Finance Committee is working hard to control spending. I know that so many of you are suffering similar limitations. Your offerings and Catholic Charities donations can be mailed to the Parish Office. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
Father Dick & Father Aaron.
More news can be found here.
THINK of Me is the theme for the 2020 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith.
Today is Appeal Sunday. Haven't donated yet to the 2020 Appeal? Now is a great time! The annual Appeal supports many of Catholic Charities' programs and services, like basic needs assistance and counseling, and a number of ministries through the Fund for the Faith, including campus ministries, Apostolate for the Deaf and the Hospital Apostolate. If you're ready to make a positive impact in Western New York, think of all those served by Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith and make a contribution today. No matter the amount, your gift makes a difference. Make a secure donation online at ccwny.org/donation or by calling (716) 218-1400. Think of Me.
So far. we have collected 63% of this year's goal of $35,000.
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.