“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet…this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’”–Luke 15:21-22, 24
The Lord, who is rich in mercy and compassion, is not afraid of our sinfulness, our struggles, or our wounds. He desires to heal us and actively seeks out the lost. He desires restoration for each of his children.
Please contact the Parish Office at (716) 834-4282 if you are in need of support for something that is not listed.
Are you or is someone you know out of work and job hunting? Facing the challenge of being unemployed is hard, but you aren’t alone in this. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, and information about support programs designed to help you on your journey back to employment. Please call 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have one sent to you.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you. All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, visit www.fjcsafe.org or call 558-7233.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”–Matthew 5:8
The dignity of the human person includes our sexuality. Our sexuality is more than our gender. It is part of our person. It gives us the ability to connect and give ourselves in love to another person. Our human sexuality is an important means by which we can share in the love and creativity of God. In the misuse of our sexuality, human weakness and selfishness can manifest themselves, sometimes in terrible ways. Human sexuality is a gift but not a toy. It is a gift to be respected and directed toward its proper end: loving and personal communion with others.
Use of pornography is a serious sin against chastity and the dignity of the human person. It robs us of sanctifying grace, separates us from the vision of God and from the goodness of others, and leaves us spiritually empty. Do you or someone you know struggle with pornography? Do you desire to be freed from the spiritual emptiness it brings? You are not alone, there are resources where you can receive the help you need, and there is hope that your sexuality can be redeemed.
Websites We Recommend:
- My House Initiative: offers an avenue of healing for those who have been harmed by pornography’s destructive effects. Call their anonymous hotline at (888) 989-9886 or visit My House Columbus.
- Fight the New Drug.
- Integrity Restored
Pastoral Letters from United States’ Bishops:
- Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Bishop Robert W. Finn.
- Bought with a Price: Pornography and the Attack on the Living Temple of God.
If you wish to speak to one of our parish priests, they are happy to walk with you through the healing process.
“Go, pick up the pieces lest they be lost.”-John 6:12
Many don’t realize that post-traumatic stress is the untold story of abortion. There are literally millions of women and men who, too often silently and alone, suffer some of the most serious psychological and spiritual consequences of contemporary society’s disregard for the sanctity of human life and the sacredness of human sexuality.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by an abortion, please contact one of our parish priests.
Weekend retreats held across the United States are available for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional and spiritual pain of an abortion http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/index.htm
Project Rachel is a ministry offering healing and hope to those grieving after abortion. Find healing, joy, forgiveness through Project Rachel’s free, confidential counseling http://hopeafterabortion.com/
Silent No More is a national effort to make the public aware of the effects abortion brings to women, men, and their families. http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/
Same Sex Attraction
“‘For I know well the plans I have in mind for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope! When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you.” -Jeremiah 29:11-14
The Lord has a plan for your life–including your sexuality. As we know and as we trust, the Lord’s plans are only for our good. We encourage you to utilize the resources below to guide you in your understanding of the Lord’s plan for your heart. For more questions, please contact our parish priests.
The Courage Apostolate
You are not alone. Courage offers compassionate support for those with a same-sex attraction, who want to live chastely, in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality. Want to know more about the Courage Apostolate? Visit their website.
- Is homosexuality a sin?
- “God made me this way.” Is that true?
- Why don’t same-sex couples have a right to marry?
St. Augustine and St. Mary of Egypt, pray for us!