This Christmas, the Diocese of Buffalo will be airing a media campaign called “Catholics Come Home”. This represents a great opportunity for each of us. We all know a Loved One who no longer practices their faith. And we pray constantly for their return.
What if that Loved One saw a “Catholics Come Home” message and returned this Christmas? Well this Christmas, many of our Loved Ones will return here, inspired in part by the Catholics Come Home campaign which has already helped nearly half a million people to return to Jesus and His Church, elsewhere in the United States. Starting this Christmas, we will send the message, loud and clear, that we want Catholics back home with us. And you can help! Support our campaign.
Visit CatholicsComeHome.org and share this invitation with those you know. Discuss these messages when they air on TV or through social media. How appropriate that at Christmas, we have a chance to share the greatest gift of all, our faith.
NEW ALTAR SERVER CLASSES for students in 4th grade and older will be held:
Each class will last approximately 1 hour. Please contact the Parish Office for more information or to register your child.
ARE YOU ENCOURAGING AND PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS?
Are you and your family praying for vocations? Are you encouraging someone you think might make a great priest, religious or deacon? There could be someone here in our parish, maybe across from you in the church, or possibly even sitting in your pew. Please continue to pray for vocations.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Dear Holy Spirit!
Please help those who hear Your call only as a whisper, that they may know that it is You calling them to service. May You fill those You call with the grace and courage to respond to Your whisper. I will pray, encourage and support those whom You have chosen for church vocations! Amen.
PRAYER TO DISCERN A VOCATION
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand and so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do? All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness. And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people. I ask You this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
-Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
Attention Medicare Advantage Participants:
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY has recently introduced a new Medicare Advantage product, Senior Blue HMO Select that replaces its existing Senior Blue HMO-POS 650 plan. This product specifically excludes all Catholic Health facilities including all hospitals, labs, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation centers, home care, and all other sites/services. BlueCross BlueShield may not have adequately communicated this exclusion to its members. Please note that several other Medicare Advantage plans are available that include access to Catholic Health. For more information, visit CHSMedicareOptions.org or call (716) 923-9790.
SAINT JOHN PAUL II PARISH ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT
PASTOR: Rev. Peter J. Karalus
Deacon Dennis P. Conroy,
Deacon Mark J. Hooper
Deacon Neal Linnan
FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR:
Mrs. Barbara Manley
SOUTHTOWNS CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:
Mrs. Judith MacDonald
2052 Lakeview Road
PO Box 115
Lake View, New York 14085
Summer Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Office closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm.)
HOLY LAND 2015
Due to this summer’s hostilities in the Israel, Fr. Peter’s Holy Land trip is postponed until February 3-12, 2015. Space is available.
September 17-28, 2015
An Unforgettable Journey in the Steps of St. Paul
Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 12 Noon
Sunday 6:00 pm Masses:
September 14, 28; October 5, 19, 26;
November 2, 16, 23; December 7, 14, 21;
January 4, 11, 25; February 8, 22
March 1, 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 17
Coffee & Donuts - Every Sunday following the 9:30 Mass
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 3:45-4:15 pm
Other times by appointment
Holy Days: See Bulletin
8:30 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:30 am Wednesday (Communion Service)
9:00 am Friday
8:30 am Saturday - 1st Saturday Mass;
other Saturdays - Communion Service
Anointing of the Sick Mass
If you or a loved one is in need of the Anointing of the Sick, especially before surgery, please call the Parish Office.
Fr. Peter will celebrate an Anointing of the Sick Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated within the Mass for anyone who is undergoing tests, treatments, or in need of spiritual, emotional, or physical healing.
Anointing of the Sick Masses will be at 6:30 pm:
10/27, 11/24, 12/29, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/27 and 6/1
Please note - Mass will not be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. that day.
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