Pastor’s E-Note May 27, 2018

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, which is the greatest mystery of our Christian faith.  It is the relationship of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit that we all are invited to enter into and live in our earthly and future heavenly lives.

     Starting June 1, 2018, our parish office will be open on Fridays 9:00-12:00 noon only.  It will NOT be open on Friday afternoons.  The office hours on other weekdays remain the same, Monday-Thursday, 8:00-12:00 and 12:30 pm-4:00 pm.

I encourage all parishioners to join the beautiful and spiritually uplifting annual Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 3rd at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo.  This year it will be led by Bishop Edward Grosz starting at 1:15 pm at St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend St. in Buffalo. Stopping for prayer at four outdoor altars and culminating with Mass at 2:30 pm at Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., Buffalo. A light reception will follow. This is a rain or shine event; participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Visit for more details. As in previous years, there will be no Corpus Christi procession at our parish.

After I was told that a few of our wonderful Generation of Faith (GOF) volunteer catechists were planning on not coming back for the program for next year, I called an open meeting of all parents, students, and parishioners at large on May 15th.  About 20 people were in attendance. The end consensus was that after 8 years at our parish, GOF is not working well anymore, it does not meet the requirements of the diocesan annual minimum 30-hours catechesis curriculum, it has a low attendance rate, it cannot be fixed, and as a result a different approach needs to be explored when we still have some committed people and momentum left.

Last Sunday, as part of the last GOF session, we dedicated about an hour to discuss GOF and possible options for its replacement.  Again, the consensus of the parents, students, and catechists present was that the process is not working well anymore (very small class sizes, meetings for class are only once a month for one hour, parents get no homework assignment).  I invited a Catholic youth ministry expert whom I used to work with at my previous parishes and who also recently worked for the diocesan Youth Department, Carolyn Grassmick, to present us with a possible alternative approach.

She explained the new process of combining in the weekly sessions the youth ministry activities with catechesis to meet the diocesan curriculum requirements, practical issues and the needs of today’s children and teens, and suggested that we have the potential at our parish to make it work.  We have the proper space, a core group of interested middle school and high school teens, about a dozen of parents who signed up at that meeting willing to give their support and volunteer at the new process.  We just need to seek a part time youth minister/catechist who will make it happen.

Carolyn is willing to start, lead and model the process, and train a proper dedicated and charismatic person for a few months, but she cannot commit long term due to her already existing commitments.  There will be two more informational and organizational meetings on Wednesday nights, June 6th and 20th at 7:00pm in Father Cotter Hall.  All parents, teenagers (grades 6-12), catechists, parishioners willing to help or learn about it are welcome to attend.

Fr. Matt