News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 5/3/20

Catholic Charities Appeal continues. When mailing donation cards and checks to the parish office, please remember to include in the check memo our parish number “0507.” As of last week, our parish’s donated total is $19,020 or 55% of our goal.  Thank you for your support of this needed cause.

   This is the third week I walked (on average 2 miles per day) several streets of the parish with the Risen Christ in the monstrance, mostly by the homes and streets requested by parishioners.   A few faithful people walked a safe distance behind.  I was really surprised by the much lower traffic volume on Niagara Falls Boulevard on regular weekdays.  It was even lower than last October on a Sunday afternoon when our parish group stood in the same section for the Life Chain Prayer.  Thanks to all who asked for Jesus to come and bless their home and street.  I will keep on walking with Jesus on sunny days until people are allowed to assemble again at our church for Masses and liturgies.  Please let me know if you want your house or street to be visited and blessed from a sidewalk. 

   May is the traditional month the Catholic Church honors Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ and the Mother of the Church.  The renovated life-size statue of Our Lady of Fatima is back in the grotto on Chelsea Street.  I encourage all members of the parish Altar and Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary and all parishioners to daily pray the Rosary in the month of May.  It can be done at home at 7:00 pm together with other people praying at the same time.  Also, anyone can pray privately at church from 12pm-6 pm.  The Risen Christ in the Eucharist is exposed for adoration daily from 3pm-4 pm for individual adoration. 

We pray and hope that as New York State is planning to start reopening mid-May, the churches will be open for public Masses again, even for very small groups under ten people. In the meantime, our church continues to be open for individual prayers every day 12pm-6 pm.  We appreciate your ongoing financial support of our parish to help pay the essential operating expenses.  Our large campus requires continuous maintenance and upkeep.  We will also attempt to start paying back some of the parish’s old back unpaid assessments.  Given the Diocese filed for Chapter 11 Reorganization, it may eventually be asked to go to its creditors to collect back debts.  We may not be able to postpone paying the back diocesan assessments from 1994-2005 any longer, even if we cannot afford it.  The owed amount is substantial.  I will keep you posted. 

Happy and Healthy Easter Season!

Fr. Matt