News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 6/14/20

This Sunday, June 14th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), and there will be a drive-in Mass at 9:00 am. There will also be a lawn Mass in front of the Respect Life Garden near Father Cotter Hall at 11:00 am. Thank you for pre-registering as parking space is limited and available on a first-come basis. For the drive-in Mass at 9:00 am, enter from the Wendel Avenue blue building entrance side only. Park every other space in a checkerboard fashion. If one has to get out of a car, remember to maintain social distancing at all times. If not possible, wear a face covering. It is okay to sit or stand next to your car on the driver’s side only. The altar will be placed in a second-story window of Father Cotter Hall building, so please park facing south, toward the church. Immediately after the Mass, the Pastor and a few servers will walk in a Eucharistic procession among people in the cars parked in the main parking lot

For the lawn Mass at 11:00 am, bring chairs. Detailed updates about logistics will be emailed to everyone on the Pastor’s email list. To be included on this email list, please send a note to Fr. Matt at bsctonawanda@gmail.com. Please register for the 11:00 am Mass (email: mnycz@hotmail.com), indicating how many will be receiving Holy Communion and your parish’s name. This information will assist us with providing the proper number of Communion distribution stations. 

There will be publicly accessible restrooms available in the church ONLY during and after the 11:00 am Mass.  Please plan accordingly.  People with compromised immune systems or active infections should carefully assess their health safety and prayerfully consider their risk of attending.

Our church remains open for individual prayers seven days a week from 8 am – 6 pm.  Being in Phase Two of reopening, we can now safely seat about 18 people in the chapel and about 90 in the church with social distancing.  This Saturday, June 13th, the church will be open for the 4:00 pm Vigil Mass to all worshipers.  The Mass will be celebrated and videotaped in the chapel; all those in the church may also participate in the Mass and receive Holy Communion.  Please follow the social distancing markers in the church aisles.

On Sunday, June 14th, there will be the 7:30 am Mass in the chapel, with any overflow of people going in the church. 

I will walk on streets within our parish boundaries  5K (3 miles, about 80 minutes) with Eucharist in the monstrance in the afternoon on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 14th. 

Although this is not an organized group event, anyone can follow on public sidewalks. We are asking participants for a freewill donation for Diocesan Catholic Charities Appeal on behalf of our parish to help the needy. Please pre-register by emailing or calling me to receive specific logistical and spiritual guidance. 

In these challenging times, we as Christians can help with the most powerful defenses we have at our disposal – prayer, forgiveness, and love.  Inspired by one of our parish families and by the Holy Spirit, we are starting a new prayer initiative, which we open to all parishioners and all Catholics from WNY. We will spend the next month between Saturday, June 6th, and Saturday, July 4th, praying for the healing of our nation. 

I invite volunteers to commit themselves to spend about 40 minutes before the Risen Christ exposed on the altar to lead a spoken recitation of the full Rosary with added brief intentions, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, St. Michael’s Prayer, and the Prayer for the Healing of the Nation. It will be between noon and 4 pm, starting on the hour, for these 4 hours, daily.  We will first complete the 3:00 – 3:40 pm time slot, then complete the time slots in reverse until 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm.   

Please let me know if you want to be placed on our Prayer Warrior List.  Pick the 40 minutes you want to commit to once a week or more, starting on the hour, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm. Please send me a reply email or call me.  I am appealing to the members of the Legion of Mary, Altar and Rosary Society, Divine Mercy Cenacle Members first, and also to
anyone who feels called and inspired to engage in the spiritual battle to help heal our nation. 

Special Father’s Day Masses will be celebrated, for all the living and deceased fathers, in June and throughout the rest of 2020.  Consider sending a prayer request, with the father’s name and a small offering, to the parish office by mail or drop-off. The Father’s Day Mass prayers will start on Father’s Day weekend, June 21st. 

Have a Blessed Week.

Fr. Matt