Below is an outline of the many service organizations we offer. We’d love to have you join us!
Our parish sponsors Boy Scout Troop 599 for boys in grades 6-12. Meetings are held Mondays at 7:00 pm in the school.
Volunteers on the bread run pick up day-old bakery goods from the Tops market in East Aurora on Monday and Friday mornings and transport them to St. Vincent de Paul, 1298 Main St., Buffalo NY 14200.
At present there about 35 volunteers, but we’re always looking for more help. Scheduling is done 3 months at a time, so each person usually transports three to four times a year.
New volunteers are always needed!
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION UPDATE May 4, 2016
Bread pick-up is between 7:30 and 9:00 AM.
Tops changed their procedures again. Instead of going to the loading dock, we are asked to go to the bakery and fill out a form. Identify the organization you are delivering to, sign your name/Immaculate Conception. If you have any questions let Joan know. The schedule and contacts are posted for download below.
The gardens around the church are lovingly planted and maintained by parishioners. Plans are made in the spring.
- Donna Hofer
Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a men’s service organization within the parish. The group sponsors organizations such as the parish Boy Scout troop and supports other projects through fundraising activities. Meetings are held the second Sunday of the month after the 8:00 am Mass.
New members are always welcome.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to members who are sick, disabled or needy and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through education, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public works.
The mission of every Knight of Columbus is to foster Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Additionally our goal at Christ the King of Aurora Council is to promote religious vocations and assist the Seminary in making the transition to priesthood a pleasant and rewarding experience.
To become a member, an applicant must be a practicing Catholic gentleman of at least 18 years of age.
Our parish offers Precana in a program called Marriage Ministry. Precana is required for all couples wishing to be married in the Catholic Church. Sponsor couples work with engaged couples using a format provided by the Diocese of Buffalo. We welcome married couples who are willing to share their experiences with engaged couples to join us.
Kim and Donna George
Ministry of the Sick
Visits to our sick and shut-in parishioners occur on a regular basis, taking Holy Communion and sharing the Word. This includes visits to those living at home, in hospitals, rehab centers, adult care facilities or in nursing homes. Eucharist, the Word and a warm smile always lifts the spirits of our sick, frail and elderly. Special Ministers of Holy Communion also take Communion to some of the homebound on weekends. Please contact the rectory if someone you know needs a visit, as privacy laws now in effect prohibit institutions from releasing patient information—even to clergy.
The Respect Life Committee is dedicated to advocating the dignity and sacredness of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Our intent is to promote a culture of life that respects and protects all life, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized among us: the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, the homeless, the incarcerated, and the terminally ill. We seek to affirm the dignity of life through four main activities:
- Public Information—Educating our community about pro-life issues and the needs of those we seek to serve;
- Pastoral Care—Providing both spiritual and material support for those in need;
- Public Policy—Providing opportunities to our parish community to express their support of the dignity of life to public officials;
Prayer and Worship—Participating in the sacramental life of the Church to provide spiritual support and to insure the continued grounding of our efforts in the Gospel values.
The Committee typically meets once a month from the fall to the spring. We encourage you to join the committee and become an apostle for the Gospel of Life.
Social activities are very important to our parish life. Our social committee plans and hosts events such as monthly coffee socials, the annual Mardi Gras party, and summer ice cream social. Our committee also hosts parish receptions for special celebrations, such as confirmation.
Our parish does not coordinate trips to area soup kitchens, but you are welcome to help at any of them. During the summer trips are offered for high school youth to serve at Response to Love. Below are some of the soup kitchens in our area that our parishioners serve at either individually or as a family.
Response to Love Center
130 Kosciuszko St., Buffalo, NY 14212
St Vincent de Paul Society
The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is to fulfill the two greatest commandments – Love of God, and Love of Neighbor. Established in Paris in 1833, the St. Vincent de Paul Society compassionately serves the most basic needs of the world’s forgotten, the suffering and the deprived.
In Western New York, the Society is the longest continuously active charity organization and its main focus is to provide clothing, food and medication, as well as to assist people with long-term self-sufficiency.
In our parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and are suffering. Our parish conference focuses mainly on our local neighbors in need by assisting with food, furniture, appliances, and payment for rent and utilities in difficult times. We also serve through conference projects, such as gifts at Christmas time. Additionally, we support the services and programs of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the city of Buffalo, where the need is greater.
To find out more, join us at one of our meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Choir Room, located in the school basement.
The work is very rewarding and we encourage parishioners to support our efforts with contributions, time and talent.
Or, call the parish rectory