News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 9/13/20

The unofficial fall season with the cooler fall weather is upon us.  As of this Sunday, September 13th, we switch the times of the Sunday outdoor Masses.  The Drive-in Mass is celebrated at 9:00 am, and the Lawn Mass at 11:00 am. 

   Currently, we have Eucharistic Adoration at our parish on Wednesdays & Thursdays, with continuous hours from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.   To sign up for an overnight
between Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1-2 am, and 2-3 am, please call or send a note to me or the parish office. 
Tuesdays are also open for sign ups. 

   The annual national Good Friday collection for the Holy Land was postponed to this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.  Please use any Good Friday or any plain envelopes to donate.  Mark the check memo with “Holy Land”.  Thank you for supporting this very needed cause. 

  You may find in the 2020 church envelopes package a “Christ the King Seminary” envelope dated Sept. 27th. Though the seminary was recently closed, the Diocese asks that the envelope be used for ongoing Seminarian and Diaconate Formation support.  Buffalo seminarians continue their priestly formation at other seminaries, including St. Mary’s in Baltimore. 

   In addition to paying the regular diocesan assessments, our parish started to repay the old outstanding assessment debt to the Diocese from decades ago.  In a special agreement negotiated by the previous pastor on a part of the debt, which is still being honored, for each dollar paid another is forgiven.  We have been paying back $5,000 per month for the past four months and we were assured that so far $40,000 of the debt has been eliminated.  The total remaining debt is very substantial, so it may take some time to pay it off.  Anyone wanting to help our parish meet its obligations, please contact the Pastor. 

   A reminder that to become a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, prior reception of all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) is necessary.  Adults who missed their Conformation can sign up for special preparation classes and be Confirmed later this fall by the Bishop. 

Fr. Matt