Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish
- Church is open for private prayers:
Weekdays: M - Th. 7:00am - 2:30pm
Fridays 7:00am - 12:30pm
- Adoration: Fridays 8:30am - 6:00 pm
in the Chapel
- Confessions: Tues. 6-6:45pm
Sat. 4-4:30pm in Sacristy
- To Livestream Sunday Mass click here.
- We now have WiFi in the Church.
WiFi Name: Holy Family
Office hours Monday-Thursday 9-3 and Friday 9-Noon
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What is faith? Faith is much more than list of beliefs. Faith implies living out what one believes. It involves action and reflection. One of the modern examples of faith is Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta (whose feast was a week ago today). She had a faith which was deep. She did not always “feel” the faith she had in the Lord Jesus, but she acted upon her faith. She reached out to the poor, lowly, and disabled and was willing to get involved in their lives, all because of what she believed about her Lord Jesus. She modeled her life of service on Jesus’ earthly ministry. She loved others because that is what she saw was how her GOD acted Ð in love. She put her faith into action.
A message from our Pastor
This summer has been a most interesting one. Fifteen funerals/burials, with lots of interesting sidelights as part of them; three weddings, with interesting sidelights; five baptisms, with interesting sidelights; the sacrament of Confirmation, with interesting sidelights; the Lawn Fete, with many, many interesting sidelights; and several anointings of the sick, with interesting sidelights.
I say “interesting sidelights” because many of them had very interesting and unique stories accompanying them. I had a lot of “first.time.ever” or “first.time.in.a.long time” and lots of unique opportunities to minister to people. There was so much laughter at some. And it just made “summer life” so much different.the normal was often that things weren’t as normal. And when people asked me: “Father Dick, what’s new?” I often had to say to them: “Do you have time to hear about what happened…”
My scheduled vacation.starting August 30th.didn’t happen because of medical concerns with my traveling priest.buddy. So, now, I can look forward to another vacation..which I hope will take place. So what does one do, when one is not on vacation, but was planning one? This one got caught up in the work following the Lawn Fete, but was also able to see some friends whom I haven’t seen in a long time. I guess it helps to find “the needle in the haystack.”
Hope you had a good Labor Day weekend..and any other blessings that came your way.
Mother Teresa’s Prayer For Times Of Distress
If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady. Just say this simple prayer, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.” I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS
Sept. 5 . Sept.18, 2021
Raymond & Helen Bruski
Sept. 12. Sept. 25, 2021
The Bruski Family
Sept. 19 . Oct. 2, 2021,The Newton Family by Judy
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: All of our loved ones called home to God.
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, Mary Lovria, Janice McMullen, Keira Lemcke, Debbie Magliocco, Gert Metz, Marian Moore, 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, Sue Toke, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.
Sat. Sept. 11 - Ladies of Charity-ΐ Lyceum, 11:30am
Mon. Sept 13 - Parish Council Mtg. - McCabe Rm, 7pm
Wed. Sept. 22 - Cemetery Committee Mtg. - McCabe Rm, 1pm
Save the Date: Anniversary Mass The Diocese of Buffalo and the Office of Pastoral Ministries wishes to honor couples who will observe their 50th , 60th and 70th wedding anniversaries and recognize the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, challenges and comforts in daily married life. This will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 24. Please look for further details from your parish. If you have any questions, call 716.847.2205.
Rediscover Your Marriage. Retrouvaille, a program for struggling couples, simply means ‘rediscovery.’ The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. For more information, call 716.474.9371 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org. Next Retrouvaille weekend is September 17.19. Preregistration is required.
BANNS OF MARRIAGE
Announcing the upcoming Marriage of
Carine Santos Andrade & Daniel Passarell
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Registration For Faith Formation can be done during regular business hours, 9am.3pm Mon..Thurs 9am.3pm and Fri. 9am.Noon at the Parish Office.
ALSO . We are in need of volunteers for Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 10:30am Mass on Sundays. Responsibilities include leading a discussion of the readings for the day, reciting the Creed and leading the prayers of the faithful. Materials are prepared for volunteers each week. Any questions, call the Parish Office at 589-4243 or mail the Faith Formation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Annual Blue Mass,
honoring the work of all Public
Safety personnel will be held
Sunday, Oct. 17th @ 10:30am
Knights of Columbus
SPECIAL MAGAZINE AVAILABLE FOR YOU
Through the encouragement of the Bishops of the United States, “The WORD among us” has made available to our parish a trial subscription of 100 issues, monthly, of their wonderful publication. We have been offering them at the church side entrance for months, with only 25 monthly issues. But this promotion allows us to share with you four times that amount. The daily Mass readings, with reflections for each day, are included. The September copy also has introductory chapters on “Prayer during a Time of Crisis,” “Bringing the Gospel to a Fragile World,” and The Wisdom of St. Joseph”. Those who read it will find where Father Dick gets some of his homily ideas for daily Masses.
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St. Augustine’s Bedtime Prayer
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. Amen– St. Augustine
Every Kind Of Suffering Is An Invitation From God
by Danielle Bean
When we suffer in any way, it is normal to ask why. Why does this have to happen? Why would God allow this?
In some of our worst moments of suffering, it can feel not only like God is not present, but that he is very far away. We feel abandoned and betrayed. We get frustrated and angry.
I will never forget the bleakness of the time, years ago, when my infant son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an incurable, life-threatening genetic illness. A few days afterward, we went to Mass together as a family. I knelt before the crucifix as I had always done, but found that this time I had no words to pray. I was surprised by how angry I felt. I was entirely overwhelmed with the feeling that God had let me down. Betrayed me.
Didn’t God know that I was the praying kind? That I was the going- to-church kind? He had broken our unspoken agreement—the one where I do all the “right” things and I play by his rules, and he, in turn, never allows anything bad to happen to me or anyone I love.
Do you have this kind of agreement with God?
This kind of agreement can go on for many years, and it can all feel very nice. The problem comes when a really bad thing does happen, and we are left to make sense of the cruelty of a loving God who has allowed it. Back then, I was at a loss to understand it, and I stayed in that place for some time. Some people find themselves in that painful place of feeling abandoned and betrayed by God and they never do leave. They can never see anything but the stark reality of pain inside of their experience of grief or loss or trial.
But that is not what God wants for any of us. What we fail to see sometimes, when we are stuck inside the limited experience of our pain, is that every kind of suffering is an invitation from God.
Does that sound horrible? You may be suffering through something right now, something terribly painful and confusing, and those words might just make you want to throw this book into the nearest trash can. Thanks for the “invitation,” God, but I am all set!
It is human to want to avoid pain, and it is also human to want to understand it before we can accept it. You can embrace labor pain because you know it will bring forth new life. You can accept the pain of an eight-mile run because you know it will make you stronger. You might accept the pain of healing after surgery because you know that, ultimately, it will make you well.
But what happens when we don’t readily see a reason for our pain? I can look back at my own experience now, as a confused and frightened mother of a very sick little boy, and see that it was an invitation to let go of control and to trust in God. But it was hard to see that back then.
The Invitation To Let Go
Let’s talk about the invitation to let go. Because that’s the step that needs to happen first. Do you like to be in control of your life? Actually, let me rephrase that: Do you like the illusion of being in control of your life? Because we all know it’s true—everything can be humming along smoothly in our lives, but all it takes is one car accident, job loss, breakup, earthquake, or medical diagnosis for us to realize that we are not in control of anything at all. We never were. There are just some times in life when it’s easier to pretend than others.
We get uncomfortable when it’s hard to pretend, but that is also where we can begin to know who we are, and who God is.
Jesus tells us, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Did you catch that? Apart from him, we can do nothing. Nothing! Jesus could not be more clear about who is, and who is not, in control of things. And yet, how many of us have read that familiar passage, even many times through the years, and failed to grasp its real meaning? We hold on to the notion that we are in control of our lives until something unpleasant forces us to reckon with the truth.
Jesus knows we have this weakness, especially in the face of suffering, and so he gave us an example of trusting and accepting. God calls on us to trust in him, but he doesn’t just talk. He acts. God went first.
Jesus was fully divine, but he was fully human too. When he prayed in Gethsemane, in the hours before his passion and death, he felt the very human inclination to reject pain and suffering.
“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’ And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:38-39).
Not what I want, but what you want. These are hard words to pray. Well, actually they are easy to pray—many of us pray them all the time in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy will be done. The hard part is to actually mean them.
It is never God’s will that we suffer, but he does allow it sometimes because he can meet us in our pain. Through our suffering, God can bring about great things, if we will allow it. Through pain, we can come to know who we are and who God is. He meets us in our pain and invites us to let go of control and to trust in him.
If you are suffering through something hard right now, the very idea that God wants to meet you in your pain might make you angry.
A popular quote attributed to C. S. Lewis says, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
And isn’t that exactly how it feels sometimes? We think we know better. We reject pain and don’t realize that sometimes we reject the goodness of God along with it; we reject the invitation from God to meet him, to know him, and to see him through our suffering.
Teach me to let go, Lord. Come into all the places where
I cling to control and relax my grip. Give me courage to turn everything I have, everything I love, and everything I am back to you who are Goodness and Mercy and Love itself. Show me where you sit, waiting to meet me, inside of all the big things and small things I suffer each day. Let me see you there. Amen.
*This article is an excerpt from Danielle Bean’s new book Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.Whisper is perfect for anyone looking to develop a more intimate relationship with the ever-present God. Grab a copy and a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and dive in to learn from Danielle how to grow closer to God. In this intimate and down-to-earth book, Danielle encourages women of all stages of life to slow down and experience the little whispers of God that are present in their everyday moments. Danielle writes about real, heartfelt moments that every woman can relate to. The constant striving after achieving more can be relieved. Even more, the ability to do less with more intention can provide a growing awareness of God’s constant presence and interior peace (even if the exterior is still chaotic). Get your copy HERE!