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A NOTE OF THANKS FROM MYSELF, FR. PETER, AND FR. LEO

            Now that the Christmas season has drawn to a close, I wish to express my gratitude to all of you for your generous gifts and kind gestures!  Fr. Peter and I received many Christmas cards, as well as baked goods and snacks (all of which have been thoroughly consumed and enjoyed).  Thank you very, very much for remembering us during the holidays.  Along with cookies, popcorn, and other snacks, many of you included gift cards or other gifts, and we are especially grateful.  Fr. Leo also received many Christmas cards, which brought him a great deal of joy, since his presence at this parish has been a long and fruitful one.  I know he is especially grateful to have been remembered.

            THE 2022 CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD

            This past Christmas was especially hard as our region suffered from the most intense blizzard ever recorded in Buffalo.  Many commentators have noted that, although the blizzard of 77’ lasted longer, this 2022 blizzard was far more deadly, both in terms of damage and death toll.  Even though we were separated from each other and unable to gather for Christmas Mass, we were truly united together in prayer and in spirit.  Let us continue to pray for those who have died during this blizzard as well as their loved ones who remain.  Let us also be profoundly grateful for first responders, police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, dispatchers and many others, who worked many long hours to help those in need, as well as keeping us all safe.

            SCAM CALLS AND TEXTS TO WATCH OUT FOR

            Some parishioners have recently received scam text messages claiming to be me, asking for gift cards.  Unfortunately, this is a common scam that many people in many parishes have experienced.  I know priests (active and retired) who have faced similar problems, where parishioners were deceptively contacted in an effort to get people to purchase things for these unscrupulous jerks.  These scammers (scumbags?) are very adept at targeting people with different methods; emails that tell you to click on a link and enter personal information, phone calls claiming to be police in other countries because a “grandchild of theirs” has been arrested, and other such contemptible practices.

            Please be aware…if anyone receives any text messages claiming to be myself or Fr. Peter, asking for gift cards or other items, IGNORE THEM!  Not only would we NOT use our personal cell phone numbers (which only members of the staff would have), but using a TEXT message is not how we would reach out to you.  If Fr. Peter or I needs to contact anyone, it would be with a phone call from the parish office (716-834-4282) so that you can hear our voice and be assured that it is truly one of us.

                                                                                       ~Fr. Martin Gallagher