News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 2/9/20

Last year we had a rare opportunity to be spiritually inspired and enriched by the two sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus, started by Father Michael Sopocko following the Diary of St. Faustina.  He was the Christ-appointed confessor of St. Faustina.  Sisters Pawla and Emily are the founding members of that congregation who started the motherhouse in the US in Pittsburgh.  They will be coming back to guide us in a parish mini-retreat weekend leading us in prayers, conferences, and sharing on the Feast Day of Blessed Michael Sopocko. They will speak at all three Masses on that Saturday and Sunday as well as lead two sessions at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Feb.15th, and 2:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 16th.  The detailed schedule of the Parish Mini-Retreat is on page 3. 

     The season of the annual Catholic Charities Appeal has started.  We thank all supporters for their generosity, caring for the needs of many people receiving help in various ways through Catholic Charities.  When donating, please always include our parish number “0507”, so we receive the proper credit.  Our assigned parish goal for 2020 is $34,000. 
   

The Church continues the great ministry of Christ praying for and healing the sick peopleOne of the ways our parish participates in this ministry is we invite our parishioners to submit prayer requests for themselves and/or for friends and family members who are seriously ill; we then publish these names in the bulletin.

Over time, this list has grown to be quite lengthy. Once the name goes on the list, it is usually left there without notifying the parish about any significant change of health status.  To help make sure we have room for the people who currently request prayers, we will remove all the names from the list starting this Lent.  At the same time, starting now, we invite people to submit or resubmit the names of the seriously chronically sick or terminally ill, so a new bulletin list will be fully resurrected by Easter.  This can be done by either calling the office at 834-4282 or emailing bsctonawanda@gmail.com.

Fr. Matt

                                Upcoming Events

Feb. 26th 4:30-8:30pm Ash Wednesday Fish Fry fundraiser served by our parish sponsored Boy Scouts Troop 286  (Parish Center)

Feb. 29th 6pm  Ladies’ Game Night: Dinner & Games!

Win Designer Bags (purses, wristlets, totes, etc.)

Hosted by Friends of Caritas Academy of the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts  Details to come! (Parish Center)

Healing Mass: This Tues., Feb. 11th, the liturgical Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church also celebrates the World Day of the Sick. On that evening, we will celebrate a special Mass in our church with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at 6:30 pm. Any Catholic with a severe chronic or terminal physical illness, emotional trauma or distress, or spiritual darkness or despair is welcome to join us for Mass, be anointed, and receive Holy Communion. The Church also recommends a celebration of a prior Sacrament of Reconciliation to aid in healing.  Confessions will be heard from 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm in the Divine Mercy Chapel.