After recently being approached and interviewed by the Priests Personnel Board, I was notified by our Diocesan Apostolic Administrator Bishop Scharfenberger that I am being reassigned to lead Saints Peter and Paul Parish on Main Street in Williamsville. This is a much larger Catholic parish with a school and has been without a pastor for over three months. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Blessed Sacrament. I did not ask for this assignment, but seeking God’s will, and seeing an urgent need for experienced pastoral leadership there, I will go, starting October 15th. At the same time, I will still be present at Blessed Sacrament through much of October.
It has been a real blessing and a pleasure for me to pray, minister, and serve the Blessed Sacrament parishioners for the past nearly four years. Please be assured of my ongoing prayers, and I ask for the same. I am not going far; I am sure we will see each other and pray together. I will be very happy to come back and assist with any spiritual needs at Blessed Sacrament in the future when invited by the new Pastor or a Parish Administrator.
I want to express my gratitude to all the wonderful parish Lay Trustees, Parish Staff, and an army of selfless parish volunteers who have made our parish such a small, but vibrant tight-knit neighborhood community. I encourage all to continue their involvement to keep the many flames of faith, mission, and ministry alive and burning. This is a good time to start praying for the new pastoral leader of the parish to be appointed. I invited our Sr. Lucette to prayerfully consider taking the position of the temporary Parish Administrator; she is open to it if appointed by the Bishop. I know she would be a source of much comfort and stability in the parish this fall and beyond. Also, I encourage all to keep in prayers our diocese, the US President, the First Lady, and all elected leaders, and our great nation, especially in the next few weeks and months.
We will continue, for now, with the newly established 40-Hour Eucharistic Adoration at our parish starting on Wednesdays at 6 am until 10 pm Thursdays. I encourage all to stop in at any time (day or evenings) to join in vocal prayers of the Rosary and the Chaplet, or just to spend some time in silent prayer. To sign up for another day, please contact Janet Meyer at 313-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thank all who participated in a quick online and at church surveys about Mass times on Sundays for this fall and winter. The final Mass schedule will be announced by this Sunday, after the print date of this bulletin and after the final meeting with the Parish Pastoral Council. All Masses are now inside of the church. With changing of the weather and pastoral leadership, there are no more planned on the lawn or drive-in Masses this season.
Next Sunday, Oct. 17-18, the Church celebrates World Mission Sunday. We can help the missionaries in different countries by our prayers and monetary donations sent to the parish or placed in a collection basket at church in a separate regular white envelope with the memo “Mission Sunday”.
Since the Pastor will be leaving the rectory residence in the next few weeks, I encourage anyone who used to place donation envelopes through the mail slot in the rectory’s door, to please do so now in the locked black mailbox placed outside of Father Cotter Hall or mail them to the parish office.
Keeping you all in my ongoing prayers.
Stay healthy, safe, and be blessed! Fear not!
Fr. Matt Nycz