The Solemnity of Pentecost this Sunday marks the end of the Easter Season and the transition into Ordinary Time. Fifty days after His resurrection and ten days after His Ascension, Jesus Christ sent down His Holy Spirit to instruct, remind, and sanctify the Church until the end of time. He guides us today, especially through these painful periods of Covid-19 and all the other challenges that came upon our society as a result. We entrust ourselves to The Holy Spirit as we prepare to reopen the parishes in the diocese of Buffalo, including our beloved Blessed Sacrament Church. As of this bulletin publishing date, the start of Masses with a large congregation has been assigned in WNY by the Governor to stage four, which likely means no earlier than the end of June.
Starting last Sunday, May 24th, the Masses are open to public worship, but with a severe restriction to only ten people inside of the church. My suggestion for now is that families who requested specific Mass intentions would call the parish office (834-4282) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about the time of daily or weekend Masses. They would be welcomed to participate in this Mass with up to three other people, four in total per Mass intention. Until the Governor or the Bishop increases the allowed group size, we will be strictly adhering to these limitations. Thank you for understanding. In order to provide more people the opportunity to attend Mass, Blessed Sacrament will be celebrating two weekday Masses at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. The Mass Book is open through December 2020, and new intentions are still being accepted. Please leave a message at the parish office or send an email to get more information.
Catholic Charities Appeal continues. This year’s needs are more significant than ever; however, the drive donations have fallen behind due to sudden high unemployment and future uncertainties. As an encouragement to continue contributions to Catholic Charities, I will be honored to personally come with the Eucharistic Risen Christ in a monstrance to bless the donor and their home from the sidewalk the same week the donation is made. When mailing donation cards and checks to the parish office, please remember to include in the check memo our parish number “0507.” Thank you for supporting this important and very much needed appeal.
Our church remains open for individual prayers seven days a week from 11 am – 6 pm. Eucharist is exposed on the altar from 3 pm-4 pm each day for private adoration.