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.
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A message from our Pastor
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
Last Sunday was filled with great blessings, at the Faith Formation Session and the 10:30 Mass. The session on Prayer and the Eucharist, led by Katie Robinson, with the assistanceof Joe Condoluci, Joe Sedita and Nancy Sedita, turned out to be most instructive and most inspirational. There was also an experience of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and praying a decade of the Rosary. The families in attendance were struck by the beauty of it all. And I was glad to have a small part in it also.
Then we headed to church for the Eucharist, which featured the annual Blue Mass, with the musical contribution of our choir in top form and the Gates Keystone Club of Pipes and Drums. We are so grateful for this annual “spiritual uplift,” at the coordination of the Knights of Columbus. The triumphal music was such an addition to the Mass, along with the participation of the First Responders of our area.
It’s really great to have such enthusiastic presentations as part of our parish life.
With Love & Prayers,
Bishop Michael W. Fisher Opens Worldwide Synod in Buﬀalo
Part of worldwide twoΐyear Synod launched by Pope Francis to invite the
enƽre Church to reﬂect, recommit and reassert it’s mission in the modern
Bishop Michael W. Fisher presided at a special Mass Sunday, October 17th at St. Joseph Cathedral, formally launching in the Diocese of Buffalo the worldwide Synod convoked by Pope Francis last weekend. The two. year global reflective and consultation process involves all levels of the Church in considering the universal mission of evangelization and in a process of discerning how to best to engage as an active, constructive influence in addressing the issues that define modern culture and society. The Synod will culminate with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” at the Vatican in October 2023.
In his remarks at the Vatican, Pope Francis explained: “…As we begin this synodal process, let us begin by asking ourselves .. all of us, pope, bishops, priests, religious and laity .. whether we, the Christian community, embody this ‘style’ of God, who travels the paths of history and shares in the life of humanity…” Describing the Synod as a “journey of spiritual discernment,” the Pope explained “That word [Synod] summons us to discernment and it brings light to that process. It guides the synod, preventing it from becoming a Church ‘convention,’ a study group or a political congress, because it is not a parliament, but rather a grace.filled event, a process of healing guided by the Holy Spirit…”
Further details about the Synod and the involvement of parishes across Western New York will be made available at www.buffalodiocese.org
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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 email@example.com.
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SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS
Oct. 17 . Oct. 30, 2021
The Chappius Family by Joyce
Oct. 24.Nov. 6, 2021
For Our Families
by Phil & Marcia
Oct. 31.Nov. 13
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 the God, remembering:
Betty Kirby, John Deleo, Donna DeFilipps and Mary Adams, Mother of Rev. John Adams
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
David Albanese, Gary Armida, Greg Blodgett, Ann Boe, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Patrick J. Burgio, Michael Brune, Alexandria Renee Bush, Laurene Canale, Chris Cioffi, Richard Connelley, Mary Coveney, Ryan Cunningham, Fran D’Agostino, Laura Dibley, Mary DiGuilio, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Patti Foote, Gail Forquell, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Bob & Rita Galbreath, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Maryann Hildreth, Steve Karas, Sue Kirsch, Gloria Kuhn, Herman Lorenz, Debbie Magliocco, Janice McMullen, Gert Metz, Jacoby Miller, Marian Moore, Nancy Neidert, Gloria Neilans, Mary Jane Nenni, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, Carol Passaniti, 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, Larry Sullivan, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.
Thurs. Oct. 28 - Support Group Mtg. - McCabe Rm., 1pm
Mon. Nov. 1 - Parish Council Mtg. - McCabe Rm., 7pm
Tues. Nov. 2 - Knights of Columbus - B6, 7pm
Faith Formation families will again be filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Items will be collected through November 14. They may be dropped off at the entrances to Church, the Parish Office or the Faith Formation Office (Sunday mornings).
Please use this link:
for a list of items that may be included. Details to follow next week.
Ladies of Charity . Continuing thru Nov. 28, the Ladies of Charity will be selling raffle tickets after all weekend Masses for a 14 piece Willow Tree Nativity Set & Creche. Drawing will take place Sun. Nov. 28th after 10:30am Mass.
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Walking with your family in faith, builds a lifelong bond full of love and tradition. Not only do you grow closer to our Lord but you also become closer as a family. Bring your children to Jesus each week by participating in the celebration of the Mass. Join us at 10:30am Mass each week for Our Liturgy of the Word for Children program.
Youth Group Fall Harvest Festival
Join us Tues. Oct. 26th from 6.8pm in the Lyceum for a fun night of pumpkin painting, crafts, goodie bags, & so much more!!!
Fall Adult Faith Formation Program.
The Chosen, Season 1
What does it mean to be "chosen"? What was life like with Jesus? Come and find out during this 8 week program that promises to give you a glimpse into the Divine and human Jesus while breathing life into the scriptures. We will view and discuss an episode each week.
Will you follow Him?
Mondays @ 10am (October 25 . December 13)
Wednesdays @ 6:30pm (October 27 . December 22)
To register: call the parish office at 589.4243
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again this year, we will remember our loved ones who have gone home to our Lord since November 1, 2020. Our All Souls Roll Call will take place at all Masses the weekend of November 6.7. Memorial Candles will be placed on the Altar representing your loved one. One candle will be made available to a family member or close friend after Mass to take home.
The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today. There are thousands of people who every day share their time, care for humanity and energy to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people.
St. Vincent DePaul News: The St. Vincent DePaul building at 315 E. State St., Albion will be open on Monday Evenings at 7pm.
Is Hell For Real?
by Dr. Christopher Malloy
Is Hell for Real?
What kind of question is that? For those who embrace Catholicism, the answer is obvious: “yes.” But for a good portion of the Catholic world, the question smacks of medieval irrelevance. When is the last time you have heard about hell from either podium or pulpit? The reality of hell is one of many doctrines that seem to have taken a hike.
Secularism and worldly mindedness are no doubt partial causes of doubtfulness about hell. Another likely cause is overreaction to perceived exaggerations of negativity from the 1950’s and before. A more recent cause is the arguments from theologians such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, who hope that all may be saved (hopeful universalism). What are these arguments and do they work? A short article such as this must be all too brief. I go into greater detail in False Mercy: Recent Heresies Distorting Catholic Truth.
A first argument of hopeful universalists is that the Church has never defined that any particular man is in hell. True, the Church has never done that. Why? Because it is not the Church’s business to demonize wicked souls but to canonize really holy souls.
A second argument is that the Church has never defined that hell is populated by humans. True. Does that mean I can hold that hell is empty? No. Scripture and Tradition show us that hell is populated.
First, there be demons in hell. This fact undermines some arguments of Balthasar. On the one hand, Balthasar worries that should anyone whom God loves be damned, God would suffer eternal tragedy. This worry presupposes that God is mutable and that He gains from the goodness, and loses from the badness, of the world. On the other hand, Balthasar holds that if anyone is damned, then God’s universal will for salvation is feeble. But the fact that demons are damned shows that Balthasar is in error on these points. Unquestionably, God wills the salvation of every sinner; however, He makes salvation contingent upon reception and retention of sanctifying grace. Some sin against grace and never repent. Such are the demons. Better to base one’s theology on revealed facts than on dreams, however seemingly noble.
Second, revelation and the magisterium also show us that there are human souls in hell. Jude, for example, teaches us that the demons are bound in eternal chains “just as Sodom and Gomor’rah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Now, following the neo-modernist Karl Rahner, Balthasar holds that all Scriptural “prophecies” of the future damnation of men are merely warnings. To the contrary, Jude asserts that those who acted wickedly in Sodom presently serve as a warning to us because they now suffer everlasting fire. The following prophecy of Jesus takes on a new hue: “Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town” (Mt 10:15; 11:23f).
How about numbers? Jesus contrasts two groups of people and two ways of life. “The gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Mt 7:13f). Many take the way that leads to destruction, but only few even find the way that leads to life. Does this situation last? Might everyone repent who once set out on the road to hell? Not according to Jesus: “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many might works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’” (Mt 7:21ff). Terrifying words.
To sweep away these prophecies as mere warnings makes a mockery of divine revelation. Our religion is historical, not mythical. There are metaphors and symbols in Scripture, to be sure, but no lies, not even “noble” ones. As the Roman Catechism states, “if we look to the fruit which mankind have received from [the Passion], we shall easily find that it pertains not unto all, but to many.” Referring to the same mysteries, the Council of Trent declared, “Even though ‘Christ died for all’, still not all receive the benefit of his death, but only those to whom the merit of his Passion is imparted.” Let us beware the “many false prophets” (Mt 24:11) because of whom “most men’s love will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).
O Dante, sober our drunkenness; St. Francesca of Fatima, remind us of life’s brevity.