On August 7th our parishioners gathered for a Prayer for Life created and led by our Youth Leaders at the Peace Pole. This year the young people chose the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary as a reminder of what we have to look forward to as disciples. Their intentions included all those impacted by the recent tragedies in California, El Paso and Dayton. The service concluded with a Litany of the Saints as we called upon their intercession so that the life and dignity of the human person is respected throughout our world.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our parishioners phase 2 of our bathroom renovations are taking place this summer. In 2018 the bathrooms on the first floor of our school were replaced. This summer we are completing the bathrooms on the ground and second floors. You can see the new stall doors in the picture. All of the sinks, toilets and urinals are being replaced. Water saving devices are part of the project too. Our parish’s Upon this Rock funds are being utilized for this project. Make sure you attend a Coffee Social in the fall so you can check out our new bathrooms on the ground floor!
It is with gratitude and heartfelt joy that we welcomed our new members Travis Bebee and Benjamin Catlin who were Baptized, Confirmed and welcomed to the Table of the Lord for the first time at our Easter Vigil on April 20th! We We are overjoyed to welcome Alyssa Beaton, Charles W. Olday Jr., Christine Smyczynski and Richard Cox! They were Confirmed and welcomed to the Table of the Lord for the first time at our Easter Vigil.
These new Catholics enliven the faith of all our parishioners as we share in their joy. May God continue to bless each of them as they walk the journey of faith with us!
On Sunday, March 10th our RCIA Candidates participated in the Rite of Election. The first part was done at the 9:30am Parish Mass. The candidates went to the Cathedral at 2pm to complete the Rite of Election with Bishop Malone. We have six adults preparing for full initiation into our Church at the Easter Vigil. Two of them are elect which means that they will receive all three Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Please keep them in your prayers!
You are invited to explore Lent with three dynamic ladies on three Wednesday evenings! This Wednesday, March 27th Eileen Warner, Adjunct Faculty Member of Canisius College, will speak about Almsgiving. Eileen has served in diocesan youth ministry offices in Boston and Buffalo. She was a Pastoral Associate at St. Gregory the Great Parish for many years and most recently served as the Director of Mission Advancement at Christ the King Seminary. She is a noted speaker throughout our diocese. We look forward to being inspired by her words and experience. The talks will be held in the school cafeteria.
Ann Marie Eckert will be speaking on Fasting on April 3rd.
Kathy Heffern will be speaking on Prayer on April 10th.
These evenings are open to both men and women. We hope you’ll join us!
At the Diocesan Youth Convention on March 3rd three of our young people received the Manus Christi Award. Usually parishes only nominate one graduating senior, but we could not select only one of these three amazing young people. The Awards Committee agreed with us! We are very proud of Anna Brach, Aidan Doyle and Blaise Doyle! All three of them serve as Youth Leaders for our youth ministry programs. Anna is also a member of our youth retreat team. Anna and Blaise served as Youth Ambassadors at the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2017 too. Congratulations Anna, Aidan and Blaise!