Albion, New York 14411  
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WELCOME!!

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.

CELEBRATING OUR 169TH YEAR
HOLY FAMILY PARISH FOUNDED 2007
MERGER OF
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.

REMINDER:
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

 

A message from our Pastor

 

Ramblings of a Country Pastor on a Sunday Evening

6What’s really nice about still being a parish priest is the enthusiasm that I experience among people of faith in the parish, community and area. There are those who came into the Catholic Church through the RCIA Process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), those who have recaptured their faith through the Faith Formation Program, those who have learned so much from our Adult Faith and Bible Studies, those engaged in Eucharistic Adoration, those who become more involved in our music programs and serving in roles at weekend and daily liturgies. Also, the opportunity to serve as Vicar Forane for the parishes in our vicariate of Eastern Niagara and Orleans Counties. I have enjoyed assisting with liturgies and other programs at St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School in Batavia, where I am on the Advisory Board.

Sometimes it seems to be too busy a pace, along with parish responsibilities, but it certainly gives me an extra boost, sharing with people of such deep concern for the Church and communities. I thank our parish staff and all of you who support my ministries. Of course, I wish there were more vitalityI guess we always want morebut I’m thankful to all those who serve in so many capacities in our parish and diocesan life. You make it so much worth it all! You bless my daily efforts and prayer life. You keep me fired up for the work of the Lord. How often I say to myself: “What beautiful people I have right in my midst. And, for that, I continually give thanks to the Lord.

I continue to pray to our loving God for you, and that your enthusiasm for the work of the Lord will continue to flourish.

With Love & Prayers, Father Dick

 

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Next weekend our Parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Please give generously to the collection and reveal Christ’s love to those most in need. Thank You

 

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an annual observance on January 22. On this day, we raise our voices against abortion. The presidents of the U.S. have been celebrating this day regularly since 1973 against the ruling of the case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the right of abortion for a woman.

To watch Mass via Livestream click on the image below.

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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 holfampar@yahoo.com.

 

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.

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MASS INTENTIONS
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!

SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS

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January 15 28, 2023 Eugene “Buddy” Avino & Brian Froman for Healing by Mom & Bob

January 22 February 4, 2023 Helen Dibley by Family

January 29 February 11, 2023 Joe & Shirley Zambito by Daughter, Annette

 

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.

THE CATHOLIC FAITH, ON DEMAND

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You can sign up at Formed.org.  Log onto www.formed.org and set up an account under Holy Family Parish.  Click sign up/I belong to a parish/14411. In the box for selecting parish (Holy Family Parish) give your name and email.

 

 

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Please pray for all our loved ones who have journeyed into the hands of the God, remembering: Msgr. Thomas Moran, Genevieve Barber, Robert Lawrence, Betty Morgan Luperino, Mary Di Martino

and for all of our loved ones called home to God

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

Damar Hamlin, David Albanese, Gary Armida, Eugene “Buddy” Avino, Ron Ayrault, Bonnie Bilicki, Bob Blackburn, Lyn Blackburn, Nicholas Bloom, Ann Boe, Gene Boedeker, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Alexandria Renee Bush, Colin Carr, Linda Cattieu, Chris Cioffi, Justin Cooper, Ryan Cunningham, Cindy Davis, Fran D’Agostino, Dr. Dominic DeVicenzo, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Connie Ebbs, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Brian Froman, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Rita Galbreath, Joe Gehl, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Millie Gavenda, Steve Karas, 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, Byron Neal, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, Maddox Pearl, Alan Penna, Kim Peltz, Mary Ann Peterson, Carol and Fred Pilon, Linda Rebadowd, Danielle Ries, Ethan Rivard, Carol Riviere, Bill Rowe, Roberta, Wendy Sanders, Sr. Jody Kearney RSM, Bill Sargent, Sr. Angela Senyszyn, OFOLPH, Ed Sidari, Carolyn Sisson, Gary Spitz, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Edgar Wilkins, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.

What's Happening

Wed. Jan. 25 Ladies of Charity Board Meeng, McCabe Rm.6:30pm

 

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First Reconciliation & First Eucharist Retreats are scheduled for March 11th from 10am11:30am in the Lyceum

 

9St. Joseph Regional School will be hosting an Open House for prospective families on Sunday, January 29th at 10AM. For information or to register please call the school at 585-343-6154 or email noneill@sjsbatavia.org

 

 

9BISON CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund, a tuition assistance program for children has scholarships for the 202324 school year. Interested families can visit the BISON website to learn more about the application process. With maximum award of $2,500. per child, this is a great opportunity for families who want a private education for their children but aren’t sure they can afford it. Visit www.bisonfund.com or call 716-854-0869 Ext. 1

 

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We welcome into our Faith community Grace Keeler Masterson Daughter of Clint & Christine (Keeler) Mastersonwho was Baptized on January 15, 2023

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We welcome into our Faith community Charlotte Jane Foos Daughter of Ian & Katherine (Keeler) Fooswho was Baptized on January 15, 2023

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We welcome into our Faith community Elaina Mae Keeler Daughter of James & Victoria (DiGuiseppe) Keeler who was Baptized onJanuary 15,2023

p2023 Annual Baby Bottle Campaign Next weekend we will begin our Annual Baby Bottle Campaign. Please take a bottle, fill it with loose change (Paper money and checks are also welcome). PLEASE return the bottles to the Parish Office by Thurs. March 2nd

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS The Knights of Columbus will recite the Rosary in Sunday Morning, uJanuary 29th beginning at 7:15am praying for Christian Unity and World Peace. Everyone is welcome to join us.

ANNUAL COLORING CONTEST CONGRATULATIONS to the Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas coloring Contest Winners: 2nd Grade Anna Gifaldi 4th Grade Gavin O’Brocta

 

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an annual observance on January 22. On this day, we raise our voices against abortion. The presidents of the U.S. have been celebrating this day regularly since 1973 against the ruling of the case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the right of abortion for a woman.

 

Lenten Bible Study:

No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ's Passion
February 27 March 27 (5 weeks) Mondays@ 10am - 11:30am or Tuesdays@ 6:30 pm 8pm McCabe Room
Facilitators: Pete Sidari & Sue Starkweather Miller Study sets are $27.

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Bestselling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life. You will walk stepbystep with Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Every step of the way, Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for you grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before. Further details to follow in next week’s bulletin.

 

0KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ALBION COUNCIL #1330

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Grand Knight Greg Dugan at (585)5902145 or dugan.greg@gmail.com

 

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.

8 Ways To Have Dinner Together As A Family…And Why You Should!

by Genevieve Perkins

 

If you could bring anyone for dinner, dead or alive, who would it be?

This isn’t a quiz, so there is no ultimate correct answer. You don’t need to say Jesus just because you are in a youth group, or a famous historical figure just because you want to sound smart. You don’t even need to name a world leader or well-known person. Those might be good answers, but your answer should honestly be the person with whom you’d want to have dinner. Who would it be?

Once you know your answer, check out how others answered.

Does it have to be someone famous? Can we invite the whole family? Some children ask questions to make sure the answer they want to say fits the criteria. Across the board, their answer is family. These adults don’t realize that they are the most important people to their kids, not the celebrity names all over television.

Though it is completely routine for some families to have dinner together, parents may not notice how special that routine actually is. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out, “The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.” These children’s answers reflect that.

Pope Francis addresses the dinner table, too. He wants it to be a time of looking at each other, not at screens. This will be a fruitful time for all to recognize the fundamental importance of each member of the family. It is evident when one person is missing because the family feels the absence, even though that family member isn’t the president or queen or on the cover of magazines.

Pope Francis connected the family meal to the Eucharist: “Jesus chose the cafeteria also to present to the disciples, his spiritual testament – he did at dinner – condensed in the memorial gesture of his sacrifice: the gift of his Body and his Blood as food and drink of salvation, which feed on the true and lasting love. In this perspective, we can say that the family is ‘home’ to the Mass, because it leads to the Eucharist its conviviality experience and opens up to the grace of a universal friendliness, love of God for the world.”

The simple act of having family together is good for the soul. Everyone needs to eat dinner, so eat it together! Just as God incarnated Himself as a small baby and the Eucharist is Jesus transforming a tiny piece of unleavened bread, it’s in the little things where great grace lies. Mother Teresa of Calcutta acknowledges this: “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

The world today seems to think that a small thing such as family dinner is insignificant compared to worldly accomplishments, but it is clear that family dinner is what innocent children long for more than seeing a celebrity or world leader at the table. They want their family, even if the world doesn’t know their names.

Sports, arts, clubs, work–these will never be as important as family dinner. Make time for family every night, even if some members are busy and can only make it for dessert. Be together. Let them know they are loved, not for their talent or accomplishments or grades or paycheck or even how many likes they have on their latest facebook profile picture, but they are loved because of who they are.

Bring everyone together around the table, bless the meal in thanksgiving for Jesus’s sacrifice, and forget about the smartphones, computer screens, and celebrities. The extraordinary thing is your ordinary family. 

8 Ways To Have Dinner Together As A Family…And Why You Should!

1. Go out of your way to have dinner with your family on a night you usually aren’t able to gather together. Surprise them! 

2. Instead of one person being responsible for everything, cook dinner together as a family on the nights you all have the time to contribute (or even the nights you all need to pitch in to get it done quickly!). 

3. On the night that everyone is busy except two of you, have a date night.

4. If you can’t all gather for dinner, try meeting for breakfast or brunch. It’s not the time of the meal that it is important, it is the gathering of family and conversations that matter.

5. Don’t ditch your family for friends (or boy/girlfriends); ask them to join your family for dinner! Then, maybe you can go to their family’s house for dinner next time. 

6. Get out the good China, fancy table cloths and candles. Make dinner together special and memorable.  Don’t save those things only for the guests, use them for the people who are most special to you.

7. Create fun traditions and theme nights.  A few ones to try: Taco Tuesdays, Breakfast for Dinner, or Dessert First!

8. If you already are a family that eats together, invite a friend over for dinner that doesn’t have that opportunity. Share your blessings!

“Dog Gone” Is Packed With Life Lessons

by Fr. Edward Looney

911 Lone Star lead actor Rob Lowe stars in Netflix’s latest movie, Dog Gone. It’s one of the first feel-good movies of the year based on a true story of a father and son who search for a boy’s lost dog along the Appalachian Trail.

Catholics will enjoy two saintly references in the film. In the opening minutes, a character quotes Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta who said that the greatest poverty is feeling unwanted. With the lost dog theme, a statue of St. Anthony (interestingly not St. Francis) is acquired from a man’s shopping cart at a gas station parking lot, and the drifter leads the couple in prayer asking St. Anthony to guide these men as they search for their hound.

Dog Gone Trailer 

 

 

Dog Gone: Lesson One

The movie story has two main lines: the relationship of family and the search. The main character, Fielding adopts a dog while in college, and after graduation his family must warm up to the idea that their irresponsible son will take responsibility for his dog. Tension rises in the family when Fielding hasn’t secured a job yet. The dog, Gonker, though unites the family as both mom and dad enjoy the dog. When Gonker takes off while on a hike, father and son will begin what seems to be an impossible search. A search that will bring healing in their relationship as father and son. As their journey unfolds, the viewer will take in many lessons. 

The family’s house becomes home base in the search for Gonker. As Fielding’s mom takes calls and tips, she crafts a gratitude board with the words, “Team of Heroes.” Lesson one: be grateful for help.

Dog Gone: Lesson Two

The second lesson: don’t be judgmental. Fielding has his eyes opened and perceptions challenged in the search. For example, he is dismissive of newspaper coverage because their reach isn’t as great as a retweet on Twitter. When they happen upon a biker crew, he doesn’t believe they would be willing to help. He is proved wrong. Dog Gone can teach us not to be quick to judge and to be open to others we don’t know.

All throughout the movie, Fielding and his family find people who are willing to go out of their way to help them in their search. For some it was as simple as handing out and distributing flyers. There’s a good chance we can all be more helpful and willing to lend a hand when we see people in need.

One last lesson: take care of your health. For me, this is something I realized recently after a cardiac episode. Throughout the movie, Fielding experiences an onging stomach ailment, which he tries to self-treat and puts off getting help. He is lucky to heal and recover. Many people don’t have that fortune. If you are sick, don’t prolong, get help sooner than later.

Dog Gone is a family friendly movie that will unite dog lovers during the long days of winter. 

Fr. Looney’s Rating Of Dog Gone

8/10- for a good story and excellent acting.

Watch Dog Gone HERE!

Why These Two Words Are The Cornerstone Of Your Domestic Church

by Adam Minihan

 

“I do.”

These two words are the cornerstone of the domestic church. In the context of the marital vows, these simple words have the power to join man and woman together, to make of two one, with the purpose of leading them together toward eternal life. If these simple words can have this much weight on a person’s eternal reward, perhaps we should take seriously the words we use and investigate the manners and practices of how a family should communicate with one another.

Husband and Wife

The vow taken at the altar is a public vow. This deliberate and free promise made to God and His Church, must be fulfilled by reason of the virtue of religion. The husband and wife now, because of their words, “receive a kind of consecration in the duties and dignity of their state,” which allows them to “increasingly advance the perfection of their own personalities, as well as their mutual sanctification, and hence contribute jointly to the glory of God.” By upholding the vows taken at the altar, the spouses live out this mutual sanctification.

We promise to honor our spouse in our marriage vows; thus, we should always portray our spouse in the best possible light. Speaking poorly about a spouse is a severe breach of the vows made at the altar: “…to love her and to honor her all the days of your life.” It is our sacred task to uphold the dignity of our spouse in our words and actions. We should imitate Christ, who seeks to present His bride, the Church, “in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

Parent and Child

Virtue gives birth to love, and love brings innumerable blessings. Sometimes, that love and blessing is so real, we get the opportunity to name it. As Catholic parents, we should strive to teach our children to live virtuous lives and strive to bring them up to worship God. How do we do this? As we use our words at the altar to communicate a unique truth about marriage, we, too, must use our words in the home to communicate a unique truth about human life and purpose.

As a father of three boys, I have the privilege of playing all-time quarterback in many backyard football games. I hear my boys talk about the importance of the spin move, the advantages, and disadvantages of going for it on fourth down, and why one must get rid of the ball quickly if there is man coverage and a blitz coming at the same time. They continue to learn the strategy and philosophy of football to prepare themselves for possible Friday night games under the stadium lights.

My boys are slowly but surely learning the language of football. “If you want to be a football player, we need first to learn the language of football. Similarly, if we want to be virtuous, we need to use the language of virtue -that is, we must speak virtuously. As a holy priest once said, ‘If you want your children to be just, kind, and patient, you should use the words ‘just,’ ‘kind,’ and ‘patient.’ The words become the goal.” If we want to set our children up to live the life of virtue, it is important to make them familiar with the “strategy” and “philosophy” of the virtuous life.

The Whole Family

A healthy family life is an indispensable part of human development. As the Catechism puts it, “A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life.” As parents, we want to set up our children for success by providing them with a real and meaningful prayer life. How do we do that? If the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life and the Eucharistic Celebration is the greatest and highest act of prayer, should we not, as a family, focus our attention on praying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass well? This is not easy, especially with younger children, as Holy Mass requires us to remain silent for much of the celebration. But we know that God’s first language is silence, so we should accustom our family to this language. Learning the language of silence in the home will prepare our children for silence in the Mass; likewise, the silence and contemplation of the Mass will improve family life at home.

There are many ‘languages’ in the domestic church, and each one has the potential either to bring us closer to God and one another or to separate us. By upholding our marriage vows, using virtuous words, and teaching our family the importance of silence, we can build our domestic church to honor our Lord for all the good He has given us.

Find More Tips To Make Your Domestic Church A Holy Place

Our relationship with God is not supposed to stay within the walls of our parish when we leave Sunday Mass. Instead, faith should transform our hearts, our families, and our homes into a welcoming place to encounter Christ.

But this isn’t always easy. Home life can be difficult and busy, and it’s easy to get distracted from the point of it all: raising a family of saints.

In Living Beyond Sunday: Making Your Home a Holy Place, married couples Adam and Haylee Minihan and David and Pamela Niles share what has helped them make their homes a place of encounter with God–a place where saints are being made.

Purchase your copy HERE.