FAITH FORMATION AND OPEN GYM HAVE BEEN CANCELED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Bishop Malone announces dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation
Bishop Richard J. Malone has granted dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation (weekend of Nov. 22-23) for Catholics living in communities hit by this week’s unprecedented snowfall.
“It will be up to the local pastor to decide whether or not to celebrate weekend Masses in those parishes,” Bishop Malone said. “It is my advice that parishioners living in snowbound areas use their best judgment when it comes to attending Mass. Their safety and well-being is a priority, and they need to comply with local travel advisories.
"We pray for those who lost their lives during the storm, and offer our gratitude to highway crews, first responders and neighbors helping neighbors, whose tireless efforts have demonstrated the resilient spirit of Western New Yorkers,” Bishop Malone said. “Through Catholic Charities, Catholic Health and other Catholic institutions, the Catholic Church will continue to play an important role in serving those in need as recovery efforts continue.”
Bishop Malone will return from the Vatican Friday evening, where he has been participating in the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman.
Please Watch TV channels for further information regarding Weekend Masses.
Mass of Remembrance
All our departed loved ones, especially those who passed away during the last year, will be remembered in a special way during our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 27, 2014. The memorial candles for those who passed away during the last year will be lit and displayed during the Mass along with the roll call of names in remembrance. The candles will be available to the family members of those who were invited to the Mass of Remembrance after the Mass. Join us to remember our departed loved ones and to give thanks for them as part of our lives and to give thanks for our many blessings.
Snowvember 2014 at St. John Paul II Parish
Snow Days and Daily Mass
No one should ever put themselves or others in danger to get to Mass. This is especially true on stormy, snowy mornings. When it is treacherous to drive we must use common sense. On weekdays, when Southtowns Catholic School is closed because of snow do not attempt to get to daily Mass.
Also, the plowing of our parking lots may not yet be completed and may not be prepared for traffic or parked cars. If it is too dangerous to get our children to school, it is also too dangerous to drive to Mass. Do not put yourself at risk. When Southtowns Catholic School is closed because of snow, Mass will not be celebrated. If the intention for the cancelled Mass is given by you or for a family member, the Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Peter privately that day, so your intention and loved one will still be remembered in prayer. It is all part of living in the Southtowns of Western New York and no one should put themselves in danger on the roads.
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.
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.
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.
Service Project for RCIA & Mission members
Check out photos on our PICTURE PAGE from a recent Chili making evening at the parish.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.)
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:
November 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:
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.