News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note November 4, 2018

One of our teen parishioners, Anna Puchalski, was selected to receive the Discipleship Award from the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Buffalo.  Anna has been a faithful long-time altar server and recently a very involved Youth Ministry volunteer teen assistant.  The award will be presented at the Youth Ministry Awards Banquet held at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center (1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna) on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at 6:30 pm. The evening also includes a buffet dinner and faith witnesses from teens.  Myself, our Faith Formation Youth Ministry Coordinator, Carolyn Prefontaine, and a few other Faith Formation leaders are going to it to personally support and congratulate Anna.  I invite anyone from our parish to join us by calling the parish office for reservations.

A month ago we celebrated the first this season Family Mass, involving in ministries and a homily children, teenagers, and adults alike.  The next Family Mass is scheduled for next Sunday, Nov. 11th, at 10:00 am.   Please invite your entire family and especially any teenagers to participate.  As a new spiritual offering, we will offer Sacramental Confessions half hour before each Sunday Family Mass, at 9:30-9:50 am, in addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday Confessions at 3:00 pm.

Our parish continues the first part of Be My Witness evangelization program with seeking feedback from parishioners on various aspects of parish life and ministry.  One of the suggestions given was to offer more adult faith formation opportunities.  In this spirit, we welcome Amy Betros, the co-founder of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, who will be speaking to us this Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at 7:00 pm at our church on “Poverty in Our Midst”.  A free will offering will be accepted to support St. Luke’s Mission.

The country of Poland celebrates its 100th anniversary of regaining independence on Nov. 11th. I invite all to view an excellent and inspiring documentary movie “Messenger of the Truth” on the life and ministry of a  Solidarity era Polish priest and martyr Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  It will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 15th, at 6:30-8:00 pm, in the Father Cotter Hall, followed by a Q&A.

A pilgrimage to the shrines of France will be held on Oct. 7-17, 2019.  More information will be forthcoming next week.


Fr. Matt



Pope Francis asked the faithful to take better care of the          environment.  In that spirit we have a new composter bin on parish grounds.  At this time we accept coffee grinds, loose tea leaves, and vegetable peels or parts only.  NO paper, plastic, meat, fat, bones, fish, grass.  Please feel free to drop them off when you come to church meetings, Mass, or anytime.  Place them inside or next to a large BLUE plastic bin located inside of the gated area between the rectory and the garage.