Click on the Online Advent Calendar for a daily meditation.
Advent—Acts of Kindness
In preparation for Christmas, we would like to invite our children to perform random acts of kindness and offer these as little gifts to Jesus at His birth. This could be helping with household chores, taking care of a little brother or sister, doing something special for a grandparent or friend—ALL WITHOUT BEING ASKED.
Write down what you did on a piece of paper, fold it and bring each one to Mass during Advent. Forms are available in the creche in the front of church or by clicking the button below. This can be done multiple times. Put it in the gift box in the manger. Let’s see how many birthday gifts we can give to Jesus! (Adults are welcome too!)
Click here for a FREE Advent Booklet for Kids. This resource is from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (Sr. Dominica Hooper's order).
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?
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.
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.
Click Here - HELP FOR THE HEATING SEASON
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.
Department of Pro-Life Activities Diocese of Buffalo
March for Life Pilgrimage, Washington, D.C.
January 21-22, 2015
Now accepting reservations!
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 Marcy, 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.
Your help is needed for Christmas Liturgies!
Please sign up (button above) ASAP so that we know ahead of time who will be at what Mass.
During this season of giving, we’re called to help others who are less fortunate. Our parish’s Matthew 25 Fund is used to give to those in need. Prayerfully consider donating and Click "GIVE ONLINE" below. Thank you.
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
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:
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.
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.