Communities of Faith, Knowledge & Service
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK EVENTS
MONDAY - "A Minute to Win It" school wide contest "Music Brain Breaks" throughout the day
TUESDAY - Students dress up as their favorite character or Book Character
WEDNESDAY - School Movie Day/Pajama Day
THURSDAY - School wide free pizza lunch in the cafeteria from 11:15-12:15. We have invited our adopted seminarians to join us if they can.
This week students will be sending thank you notes to local Police Departments and Fire Stations thanking them for their service to our community.
The VIRTUS program empowers organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. These awareness seminars are open to anyone in the Parish. Parish volunteers and employees, over the age of 18, who work with children in the Diocese of Buffalo, are required to attend a sexual abuse awareness session. The 3 ½ hour workshops are scheduled weekly at various times and locations throughout the Diocese and one session will be held here at St. John Paul II Parish on February 11th, 2015 at 6 pm. (This is a rescheduling of the January 10th class that was cancelled) If anyone is interested in signing up, you may register online at www.buffalodiocese.org, select Protecting God’s Children. Then select Virtus Online Registration.
A Time of Thanks and Gratitude…
Our Advent & Christmas celebration along with the work and ministry of some many throughout the year make Saint John Paul II Parish a vibrant community of faith. Many individuals work and volunteer their time and talents in many, many capacities to our liturgies and programs run smoothly and to be faith-filled. Many assist in hospitality to make our parish a welcoming place. Many work hard to keep our buildings and property beautiful. The list goes on and on. All those who volunteer and serve our community and their spouses are invited to a special
Parish Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1:15 p.m. at Oakwood Manor Banquet Facility (V.F.W.) 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg.
Although our parish is trying to be very budget conscience this year, the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee along with Fr. Peter agree that it is important to appropriately thank our many volunteers. Cost cuts and ways to reduce the expense of the luncheon have been implemented. Also, thanks to the VFW for the discounted use of Oakwood Manor. Mark the dates on your calendar and use the reservation coupon below to let us know you will be attending. Reservations are due by Wednesday, January 29th.
Please let our parish community thank you for all you do throughout the year. If you serve in one or more of the capacities listed below or in a way not listed, please join us so we can celebrate all the good work and good people of our parish! RSVP - Lucille.H@JP2Parish.org
In December, the Diocese of Buffalo began 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?
Christmas and Easter are a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome guests and visitors to our parish, help them to feel at home and invite them to be a part of our community of faith. It’s an occasion for each of us “regular” parishioners to take up his or her role as evangelist and to extend hospitality.
How might this look in practice?
Consider personally inviting your friends or family to attend Mass during the Advent season. Sometimes the best social media is the old-school version!
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.
Reasons to Come Home to the Catholic Church
1. Because you hunger for the Eucharist.
2. Because you want to help other people.
3. Because you want to be part of a faith community.
4. Because you want your children to have a faith foundation
5. Because the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth and grace.
6. Because you want to be healed
7. Because you need to forgive others.
8. Because you made mistakes
9. Because childhood memories surface.
10. Because you want meaning in life.
Do you or someone you know need help paying your heating bills?
Please click the link below to view the attached flyer for information regarding the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) including income eligibility guidelines and how to apply. Be sure to submit applications early as funds are limited.
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HERE ARE 10 GREAT REASONS TO JOIN THE ADULT ENSEMBLE:
10. Learn beautiful and inspiring music from many periods in church history.
9. People who are involved in music live longer and are healthier.
8. No auditions or solos required.
7. Rehearsal on Thursday night means one night away from the stresses of busy life.
6. The sense of accomplishment you get when you sing something in church that you’ve worked hard to learn.
5. Intellectual stimulation- when you make music, you are using both sides of your brain simultaneously.
4. It’s like getting professional singing lessons for free!
3. The camaraderie that develops when you make a united effort with a dedicated group of people.
2. Contribute in a meaningful way to our parish liturgies
1. When you sing, you pray twice.
For more information, contact Amy Muñoz, Director of Music at 716-627-2910 ext. 43 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER FOR FALLEN AWAY CATHOLICS
We all have someone that we pray for to return to the Catholic Church. While they have their own reasons for leaving the Church, we pray that they will find their way back. That person, who has been away, may attend our church and be sitting next to you. Your kindness and welcoming spirit may be what will help them return. Wouldn’t you want your loved one to be welcomed at whatever church they decide to attend? Please be welcoming to everyone who comes to our church.
Eternal and merciful Father, I give you thanks for the gift of Your Divine Son who suffered, died and rose from the dead for all people. I thank You also for my Catholic Faith and ask Your help that I may grow in fidelity by prayer, by works of charity, and by Penance and the Holy Eucharist.
LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL GIFT FOR SOMEONE?
Sr. Dominica Hooper's religious order, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, released another very special CD this past year. Please consider ordering yours today from one of the following:
Sisters of Mary website
St. John Paul II Statues
Our parish has a limited numbers of St. John Paul II Statues that decorated the tables at the reception following the Canonization Mass. The statues are available for purchase for $30.00 and are available at the parish office. They are available at a first-come first-served basis. They are a great way to remember the special events of our parish as we celebrated John Paul II’s canonization.
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
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Office closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm.)
September 17-28, 2015
An Unforgettable Journey in the Steps of St. Paul
Consider this...Ordinary Time, not so ordinary! Bishop Richard Malone explains the Catholic Church's, season of Ordinary Time, in "Consider this... Ordinary time, not so ordinary".
When Southtowns Catholic School is closed because of snow do not attempt to get to daily Mass.
Please watch the local TV stations - 2, 4 & 7 for closing information.
Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 12 Noon
Sunday 6:00 pm Masses:
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.
Once a month, Fr. Peter celebrates 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:
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.
If you are unable to come to Mass and would like to be anointed, especially before tests or hospitalization, please contact the Parish Office.