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Follow this link for a booklet that gives you some ideas on how to celebrate the Triduum at Home.

Look for Fr. Dan’s Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Service and Easter Vigil Mass on his YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF8c2vDl_7NIbLNyPOeQucw?fbclid=IwAR2DUdzNtjKGcmXHl_iBNRxdgvSs-2p8a_9KH_Q5712LGWfH7PcCxul9_0E

Use this link to a booklet that will help you celebrate Easter at Home this year. Tips on how to stay close to God, Keeping a Prayerful Life at Home, How to Get the Most out of the Mass Online, What is Spiritual Communion and even a recipe for Resurrection Rolls.

We know this year we are experiencing a different way to celebrate the Triduum and Easter Sunday, but we hope seeing Fr. Dan online and knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers gives you some comfort.

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. Originally I hoped to be able to hand out palms to you in a drive through, or even just set up tables for you to pick one out yourself. We were directly instructed not to do this as were all parishes of the diocese. I apologize. Hopefully the bright side is this keeps us all safer, and we can be back together again that much sooner.

There is an odd contrast in our readings today. We have the crowds going crazy for Jesus as their king, and him treated like royalty. And we have Jesus dying on the cross. Yet he is royalty there too.

Jesus knows exactly who he is. He knows his relationship to the Father, and what the Father is asking him to do. The world around him changes. It rises and falls. It likes what he is doing, or it is upset. They try to crown him, they try to kill him. But he does not change. He is a king in David’s line, yes. But he is not a warrior king like David was. His role is to bring peace.

The Zealots of Jesus’ time were a political group that believed the Romans had to go, and believed that the zealots should rule the land. They decided that since this was the right thing to do, that if they took a violent course of action, they would succeed. History tells us they failed, and the temple was destroyed by the Romans in retaliation, in 70 AD.

It’s wrong that the Romans were there. Something had to be done. But in their drive to take bold action and do “something!”, the Zealots made things much worse.

Jesus doesn’t seem to be doing something. He could fight, but he doesn’t. He could argue or defend himself, but he doesn’t. He could summon legions of angels to save him from the cross, but he doesn’t. He spent his entire life tirelessly acting for others, but here at the end, he doesn’t seem to do much at all… except suffer.

This way to peace is important to us right now. We’re stuck at home. The only communion we can have is spiritual communion. We’re left talking on phones or chatting on the web. It’s tempting to take action the way the zealots did, to charge out and fight. But we can’t fight a virus like that. The safest thing is also a simple thing: stay home, and wash our hands.

Fighting evil is the same. Jesus tries to show us that we can’t defeat sin with a sword. We can’t defeat evil by killing everyone that opposes us. Peace can take an enormous amount of work, but at times it also feels like “nothing.” It’s something that flows from who we are, that doesn’t change no matter what the world may throw at us. We are children of the Father.

God Bless,

Fr. Dan

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for * Judy Balonek *

Saturday    April 4th

Mayte (My-tae) Sanchez ~ Mrs. Fischer

Sunday      April 5th 

Lawrence Barone ~ Barone Family

Ray Seweryniak ~ Doug & Sylvia Kohorst

Monday     April 6th

Frank Bartkovich ~ Family

Tuesday     April 7th  

All those Affected by Cancer

Wednesday Aprl 8th

Irene Cummings ~ Doug and Sylvia Kohorst

Thursday   April 9th – Holy Thursday

Gene Warren ~ Kathy Warren

Friday        April 10th – Good Friday

3:00PM      Good Friday Service

Saturday    April 11th – Holy Saturday

Parishioners of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish and Andy Staebell ~ Ken & Mary Ann Schnaufer

Sunday      April 12th – Easter Sunday

Parishioners of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish and Margaret Davis~ John & Patty

Parishioners of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish and Continued Health and Blessings for Jack Sutherland ~ Family

The food pantry is in need of the following items:

Cereal

Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups

Soups

Flour

Canned Mixed Vegetables (no corn or green beans please)

Rice

Pudding/Jello

Health and body items (i.e. toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)

Any monetary donations can be sent to our parish office at 18 West Main Street, Corfu, or can be made online at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church site http://www.corfuchurch.org (please write ‘food pantry’ in the notes section).

Thank you for all you do.

Please contact the food pantry at (585) 599-6414 if you need assistance.

These are crazy unprecedented times. If you are out of work and find yourself needing some help, please call us. Please don’t go to sleep with an empty stomach. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send Fr. Dan a private message. We are more than happy to share what we have. We are working very closely with the Corfu Food Pantry and have emergency aid. Have you donated to our monthly Food Pantry collection? Have you donated canned goods or a box of cereal to Operation St. Nicholas or the school? It’s okay to have the favor returned now. We are family and this is what we do.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

❤️

In preparation for Holy Week we want to let you know that you are welcome to stop into Church and pray during the day and also take home a Missalette so you can follow along with Fr. Dan or another Mass you might watch.

The most recent WNY Catholic is also available along with One Bread, One Body and Five Minutes with the Word.

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