Some great news this week. Our parish St. Faustina’s Gate Food Pantry has been recognized as the top food pantry in Erie County for 2018. Only one food pantry from each WNY county was recognized by the Food Bank of WNY. The copy of the letter is on page 4. The certificate is on display at the chapel entrance to the church this Sunday and in front of the food pantry afterwards. Thank you again to all highly dedicated volunteers who run it and to all making contributions and donations of food and money to it.
Our new Faith Formation in a format of Youth Ministry program had a great enthusiastic start last week. High School, grades 9-11, meets weekly on Sunday evenings, 6-8 pm. The middle school, grades 5-8, meets weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6-8 pm. Grades K-4 meet bi-weekly in a format of Vacation Bible School, fulfilling the diocesan curriculum requirements.
ALL parish volunteers are invited with their spouses to be thanked and recognized at the annual Parish Volunteer Party on Saturday, Oct. 13, following the 4:00 pm Sunday Vigil Mass. If not done so yet, please contact the parish office to confirm you’re coming. Thank you for all you do for Christ’s Body in our parish.
This Thursday, Sept. 27th, we welcome at our parish a nationally recognized speaker Joseph Pierce as part of the Chesterton Academy of Buffalo Cultura Vitae Speaker Series. The talk will be on “Famous Catholic Converts” and it will start at 7:00 pm, followed by Q&A. See this week’s bulletin insert for details. Even though it is not a parish event, we are more than glad to host it. Tickets will be available at the door and discounted pre-sale tickets can be obtained after the Masses this Sunday, or by calling 674-8101 or from buffalochester-tonacademy.org.
Our new church sound system has an option of using special headset devices for the hearing impaired. We have four devices, so up to four people can use them at each of the Masses. Those who tried them say they work great. Please stop in the sacristy before Mass to borrow a set and try it out. Devices need to be returned immediately after the Mass to the sacristy so they can be charged to be ready for other Masses.
Our parish continues the “Be My Witness (BMW)” evangelization process. We are still in the first of the two phases of it, where we ask parishioners for feedback through surveys on five major aspects of the parish life. As the results come in, they are being compiled by the BMW team, discussed by the Parish Pastoral Council, and the most pressing suggestions are being acted upon as soon as it is practically possible. The broader implementation will happen in the phase two, which we plan to enter into in 2019. One of the most recent suggestions was to introduce cantors at the 4:00 pm Vigil Mass. To that end we invite anyone willing to be trained as a volunteer cantor to minister at that Mass to contact our parish organist and choir director Ken Fick. Several cantors would be nice to be able to do the cantor ministry on a rotating basis.