News, Pastors E-Note

Pastor’s E-Note April 8, 2018

This Sunday (April 8th) we celebrate the DIVINE MERCY  SUNDAY, following the request by Jesus Christ.  We moved the 11:00 am Mass to 3:00 pm, to allow more people and priests to attend.  Jesus said: “Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and         punishment” (Diary, 300).  Confessions will be heard at 2:00 pm.  Any confession celebrated within about 20 days prior counts as fulfilling the requirements for the Divine Mercy Sunday and       indulgence and Great Promise and there is no need to go to    confession this Sunday, unless in the state of mortal sin.  Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 2:45 pm, followed by the Solemn Concelebrated Mass.  Immediately after it people will be invited to individually venerate true First Class relics of St. Faustina and Pope St. John Paul II. 

     Mass attendance count will be taken at all Masses on three Sundays of April 15th, 22nd, and 29th at all parishes in the      Diocese of Buffalo.  Each church pew seating capacity will also be measured out independently.  Bishop Malone wrote in  his recent letter to all pastors: “Presbyteral Council felt it important to assess every parish’s Mass schedule as a first step to see if we are     offering appropriate schedules of Masses for our congregations.  As previously mentioned, of key importance are the spiritual and physical well-being of our presbyterate and the offering of vibrant liturgies for God’s people. After the numbers are returned to the Vicars in early May, there will be a form for Vicars/Vicariates to use to make any recommendations for possible adjustments to some Mass schedules.”  As always I encourage people to attend Sunday Mass at Blessed Sacrament every Sunday, but especially on the three dates mentioned above.

We are looking into improving the sound system at our church, possibly by installing a new technologically advanced system and better placement of speakers to address the particular challenges we face at our church.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES Drive continues this season.  If you have already contributed to Catholic Charities this year, thank you.  If not yet, I encourage you to do so soon.  Please add “0507       Bl. Sacr. Tonawanda” on your payment to assure our parish gets the credit. This year Catholic Charities Drive is back to its regular schedule and it is NOT connected with Upon This Rock drive.  Our parish is still substantially behind in reaching its annual goal.  Thank you for your generous support.

Close to 100 parish families have already signed up for the PHOTO DIRECTORY. There are still many openings left.  More            information is on page 5.

A pro-life activist Doctor Stan Bukowski will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at Father Cotter Hall at our parish regarding end-of-life care and the ongoing legislative battle in Albany over the issue proposed EUTHANASIA or legally   physician assisted suicide.  All are invited to hear how would it affect us and our loved ones, and what we need to know to defend and promote the culture of life.

Have a Blessed Easter Season.

Fr. Matt