News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 3/8/20

The season of the annual Catholic Charities Appeal continues. 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 include in the memo our parish number “0507”.

To help refresh the bulletin’s “Praying for the Sick” list, we removed all the names from the list starting last Sunday. At the same time, we invite people to submit or resubmit the names of the seriously chronically sick or terminally ill or requiring general anesthesia for surgery so that a new bulletin list will be fully “resurrected” by Easter. It can be done by either calling the office at 834-4282 or emailing bsctonawanda@gmail.com.

The second Vicariate Lenten Journey session will be held Mon., March 9th at St. Stephen’s, Grand Island at 7:30 pm. I will give a talk on “Divine Mercy in Prayer and Life.” The Parish Lenten Be My Witness Retreat led by Lucy Stanton, our parishioner and K-4 Faith Formation Coordinator, continues on Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center. We invite all to participate.

This Lent and Easter season, we invite all to a weekly docu-series Christ Revealed about Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Patrick Gentempo and Gretchen Jensen are the co-hosts. Dr. Gentempo describes it: “Christ Revealed is nine episodes, and in each episode, we have multiple people that we interview and multiple sites that we visit, and everything is directed toward the idea of the history, the evidence, and the inspiration surrounding Jesus.

In Episode Two we are going to hear interviews with Jay Warner Wallace and Claire Pfann. Mr. Wallace was a cool-case homicide detective for decades; he was also an atheist. He decided that he wanted to take his skills as a detective, open up this case on Jesus and the resurrection, and apply that and see where it led him.

Claire Pfann is the Academic Dean in Jerusalem at the University of the Holy Land. She is an American who immigrated with her husband to Jerusalem to start this University. Her perspectives regarding the following topics will be discussed: the New Testament, the Trinity, Life of Christ, and what he taught and what it means to experience faith in today’s world. All episodes are viewed on a large screen on Tuesdays at 6:15-8:15 pm in Father Cotter Hall. There will be a 5-minute intermission around 7:00 pm. After the movie, a short discussion will be held.

Fr. Matt