What’s New


We are entering into Cold and Flu Season in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic and we want to remind you that if you are experiencing any symptoms of cold, flu, or illness, that for the health and safety of you and all our parishioners that you and/or your family stay home from Mass, meetings, Faith Formation Classes, etc. The Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and other Holy Days of Obligation is the ordinary expectation for Roman Catholics (Canon 1247). However, extraordinary circumstances such as sickness or severe weather excuse the faithful from this obligation. Until further notice, Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

All of our Masses have social distancing and precautions as recommended by the Diocese of Buffalo.  Masks are required and several pews have been roped off so that our parishioners are spaced out accordingly. 

If you feel ill, have been in contact with someone who is ill, or are unsure about attending Mass, please remain home. Fr. Dan records Mass Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on the weekend for viewing on his YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/FrDanSerbicki

There will be no collection taken during the offertory. Instead there will be collection boxes and you are asked to drop your envelope or donation into the box when you enter or leave church or mail your donation into the parish office weekly or monthly.

Appeal 2021 is underway! Bishop Michael Fisher, Appeal 2021 Chair Rick Cronin, and Deacon Steve Schumer launched the Appeal earlier this week and announced the $10 million goal, as well as HOPE for all seasons as the campaign theme and St. Ignatius Loyola as this year’s patron saint. Your donation to the Appeal can support Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith. Your donation stays in Western New York. Your gift helps those in our communities who are struggling to live, work and support families, and those who need spiritual care and support. You help provide HOPE for all seasons. And it couldn’t be easier: visit www.ccwny.org/donation or call our Helpline at 716-218-1419 today!

While you are at Mass or watching on TV from your home, you may notice something that Fr. Dan does or something that is in the church that you always see, but don’t really know what it is for or what it means. Now is your chance to get answers to your questions! Father Dan will be doing a Question and Answer YouTube video at the end of the month and he wants your questions! Ask him the easy stuff and the hard stuff! What have you always wondered about our Catholic Faith or did you hear something in his homily you would like to know more about? What is the reason for …. ? Send him an email, stmaxkolbe09@gmail.com, drop your question in the collection box, call the office or send him a FaceBook message. He will gather your questions and work on getting you the answers.  Don’t pass up this opportunity! Ask him anything!

Mass Schedule for this Week

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for

* Judy Balonek * East Pembroke

*All who have died from Covid-19* Corfu

Saturday         January 16th – Corfu

5:00PM          Chester Grabski ~ John and Rose Kadziolka

Sunday            January 17th

8:30AM          Corfu – Joan Schubert ~ Joan Price and Sue Sleeper

11:00AM        EP Hall – Marian Szadek ~ Doris Matteson and Barb Beal

Monday          January 18th – Corfu

8:00AM           No Mass

Tuesday          January 19th E. Pembroke

8:00AM          Shirley Winters ~ Joan Price

Wednesday     January 20th – Corfu

7:00PM          Special Intentions ~ Ulander Family

Thursday        January 21st – E. Pembroke

8:00AM          Wendy Ferguson ~ Paul Oberlander

Friday             January 22nd – Corfu

8:00AM          Lori Nelson ~ Anne Marie Bodensteiner

Saturday         January 23rd – Corfu

5:00PM          Michael Ford, Sr. ~ Barb Ford

Sunday            January 24th

8:30AM          Corfu – Edward Sobolewski ~ Rickey Franczak and Linda Schroeder

11:00AM        EP Hall – Shirley Winters ~ Bill and Dolores Brick

Sometimes, the only answer to a question is another question. Jesus sometimes uses this to turn things around on those who are questioning him. Here, though, Jesus is the one who has his question answered with a question: “What are you looking for?” John’s disciples answer “where are you staying?”

First, Jesus’ question. It’s interesting. He doesn’t say “who” are you looking for, but what. What indeed? The question doesn’t seem to matter because they aren’t looking for a what. They’re looking for the “Lamb of God,” and they’ve just been pointed to Jesus as the Lamb.

So they don’t really answer Jesus question, but answer with one of their own: “where are you staying?” That’s not information to casually give to strangers! You don’t want just anyone following you home. But that’s precisely the point. They want to be able to follow him.

Sometimes, when you go to prayer, we are looking for a “what.” We want a gift, or some healing, or an answer to a question. And we are frustrated when we don’t receive it. Perhaps, though, we should spend more of our time looking for a who. Trying to follow this Lamb, and learn from him. “Come, and you will see,” Jesus answers. Words can’t really describe it. They have to see for themselves. And ultimately, they have to do for themselves. They learn by doing. They learn by coming to see.

PEACE ~ Fr. Dan

1/17/21

Mark your calendars for January 15th    The Installation of Bishop Michael W. Fisher will be taking place on Friday, January 15th at 2:00 pm. The installation will be live-streamed on St. Joseph Cathedral’s Youtube page starting at 1:40 pm.  

https://www.YouTube.com/SaintJosephCathedral/

The Sanctuary Candle is the red candle next to the Tabernacle, which signifies the real presence of Christ within it. Parishioners can dedicate the Sanctuary Candle at our Corfu Site or at our East Pembroke Site in memory of a loved one, a saint or for a special intention for one week; the name will be published in the bulletin so that your intention can be prayed for by everyone during that time. Please call the parish office to schedule a week. A donation of $3.00 per lamp is suggested.

This weekend we have the beginning of Mark’s gospel. While Matthew and Luke each go into detail about Jesus’ birth with shepherds and wise men, Mark is ever in a hurry. Mark starts with Jesus as an already grown adult, beginning his public ministry by being baptized.

For a long time in the church, Baptism was seen mostly as forgiving sins, and it was difficult to say why Jesus would need this. He has no sins! One answer was simply that he was leading the way for all of us. Lately though, we talk about the positive side of baptism. It doesn’t just help us escape punishment for sin, or wash us clean of faults. It welcomes us into a new family. It makes us members of the family of God. If we take this approach, then it makes perfect sense that the Father would choose this moment to say “you are my beloved Son,” and the Spirit would make an appearance.

When we are baptized, there are certainly differences between ours and Christ’s. We have sinned, Jesus has not. And he is the son of the Father in every sense. Yet in baptism, we are invited to be “sons” and “daughters” of God, part of his family. We accept a new relationship with God, and therefore a new relationship with others who have done the same. It’s worth remembering here that baptism connects all who have received it, not just Catholics.

As we begin a new year, let’s remember who we are, and who we are called to be.

Peace, Fr. Dan

January 17, 2021

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

Saturday         January 9th – Corfu

5:00PM          Bill Sutherland ~ Bill & Annie Lawrence

Sunday            January 10th

8:30AM          Corfu – Edward Sobolewski ~ Pat and Kathy Feldman

11:00AM        EP Hall – Shirley Winters ~ Ken and Mary Ann Schnaufer

Monday          January 11th – Corfu

8:00AM           Pat Bodkin ~ Joan Barton

Tuesday          January 12th E. Pembroke

8:00AM          Agnes Warren ~ Kathy Warren 

Wednesday     January 13th – Corfu

7:00PM          Adrienne Zuppa ~ Charlie Lenhard

Thursday        January 14th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM          Sylvia Maranowski ~ Bob and Alicia Mangola

Friday             January 15th – Corfu

8:00AM          Marion Szadek ~ St. Max Parish  

Saturday         January 16th – Corfu

5:00PM          Chester Grabski ~ John and Rose Kadziolka

Sunday            January 17th

8:30AM          Corfu – John Schubert ~ Joan Price and Sue Sleeper

11:00AM        EP Hall – Marian Szadek ~ Doris Matteson and Barb Beal

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 will be a special year dedicated to St. Joseph.

As Catholics pray and reflect on the life of St. Joseph throughout the coming year, they also have opportunities to gain a plenary indulgence, or remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. An indulgence can be applied to oneself or to a soul in Purgatory.

An indulgence requires a specific act, defined by the Church, as well as sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, prayer for the pope’s intentions, and full detachment from sin.

Special indulgences during the Year of St. Joseph can be received through more than a dozen different prayers and actions, including:

1) Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. 

2) Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work.

3) Recite the Litany of St. Joseph for persecuted Christians.

4) Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker.

5) Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy.

6) Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy.

7) Pray the rosary together with one’s family so that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.”

8) Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, because St. Joseph “invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.”

9) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph and celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or prayer.

10) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on the 19th of any month. 

11) Honor Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on a Wednesday, the day traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph.

The elderly, the sick, and the dying who are unable to leave their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic also have special permission to receive an indulgence by “offering with trust in God the pains and discomforts” of their lives with a prayer to St. Joseph, hope of the sick and patron of a happy death.

The decree noted that in this instance the person must have the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions for an indulgence, as well as a detachment from sin.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

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