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Join us on March 17th for some Irish luck, music, food and laughter! Our Annual Family St. Patrick’s Day Party will be at 6PM (after 5PM Mass) in the E. Pembroke Social Hall. Please bring a dish to pass or a dessert.  Please contact Kathy Tchorznicki (585) 599-6456 if you have any questions.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a delicious and festive meal – bring a friend!



On Good Friday, March 30th, at 7PM, in Corfu, we will hold an evening event called Tenebrae: A service of darkness. This very powerful combination of readings and music focuses on the last hours of our Savior’s life. The word, “Tenebrae” means “darkness” and while the service is profoundly reflective, you will not find it somber. It is our hope that you will find it one of the most meaningful and deeply touching ways to remember Jesus’ great gift to us. Please be aware that during the course of the night, the church lights will be dimmed, and at the close, the congregation will be asked to leave in silence and partial darkness. Please join us for this meaningful service.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

During this Season of Lent, Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm. Confessions will be offered at St. Maximilian Kolbe on Saturdays from 4:00-4:30PM in Corfu, on First Fridays after 10AM Mass in E. Pembroke and on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7PM and after 7PM Mass until 8:30PM. Whether you regularly go to Confession or you haven’t been in decades, we encourage you to make this Season an opportunity to receive the mercy of God in a new way and to find healing and joy in His great Sacrament. Father Dan invites you to prepare yourself to be spiritually beautiful in anticipation of the Resurrection of our Lord.


We have a couple available, very affordable spots for advertising on the back of our bulletin.  Please consider advertising or sponsoring an ad in our bulletin. Advertisements may be purchased for a business or family. Contact Sue at the parish office for more information. Thank you in advance for your generous parish support and please patronize our advertisers!



Re: Budget Bill S.7511/A.9511 in relation to Late-Term Abortion Expansion (Part B) in the “Women’s Agenda” Article VII Bill

This legislation is one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s non-fiscal “budget” bills that seeks to enact a multi-faceted new “women’s agenda,” similar to the “women’s equality act” put forth by the Executive in 2013. Part “B” of this legislation is a dangerous and unnecessary expansion of late-term abortion, and a leap into legalized infanticide. It should not be part of a budget bill and it should not become law.

Bishop Malone strongly urges you to oppose it! He asked that you visit www.NYSCatholic.org, click on “Take Action” and complete the email to the Governor, your State Senator and your State Assemblymember.  It will only take you a minute! A more detailed explanation of the Bill is also available at this site.

You will recall that the Executive’s 2013 legislation was broken apart into 10 different bills by the legislature, and 9 out of 10 of those bills were enacted into law in 2015.  The tenth plank, the late-term abortion expansion, was stopped by the Senate. Part B of this legislation deserves the same fate. It is not a simple update of New York’s laws. It would strip all mention of abortion in our state’s laws, resulting in the following consequences.

It would expand late-term abortion – this bill will allow abortion for any reason and at any time during a pregnancy, including into the ninth month right up until the moment of birth. This goes far beyond a so-called “codification” of Roe vs. Wade. This would completely decriminalize abortion under our state law.

It would empower non-doctors to perform abortions.

It would eliminate protections for pregnant women against coerced abortion or intentional assaults on their unborn child. This legislation would remove this current Penal law protection for pregnant women in cases of coerced or unwanted abortion (Penal Law Sections 125.05, 125.40 and 125.45).

It would legalize infanticide.

It will increase the state’s abortion rate.


The WIGL ladies are sponsoring a second workshop on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Corfu Church Basement to make Little Dresses for Africa.  All ladies interested in assisting to cut, iron or sew the little dresses are encouraged to attend.  Please call Linda Nalbach at 762-9199 by March 7th if you plan to attend.

Little Dresses for Africa was founded in 2008 by Rachel O’Neil after a visit to Uganda and Kenya. She was moved by the plight of women and children. Because girl orphans are the most devalued and abused in their culture, the mission of LDFA is to plant in the hearts of these girls that they are worthy and someone cares. The little dresses give them hope and dignity. The scope of LDFA has spread to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. For more information, visit littledressesforafrica.com.

Little Dresses


In the last few weeks, I have talked about meeting God in the desert (no, not dessert, although maybe you meet him there too.) However, there is another place in nature where Israel traditionally meets God: the mountain.

Often when this happens, a new covenant is formed. In our first reading, after Isaac is spared, God’s messenger says “I swear by myself, declares the Lord” and promises not only countless descendants but a “blessing to all nations.” This happens because in this dramatic mountaintop moment, Abraham is faithful, putting God above even his own legacy.

It is also common in these encounters for God to use a messenger or mediator of some sort, like an angel. When God appears directly, it is impossible to meet his gaze. Frail humans cannot handle so much goodness.

In the gospel though, it’s not clear that a new covenant is being made. That will have to wait for a new mountaintop: an upper room, and, ultimately, Calvary. Instead we see Jesus as the perfect intermediary: dazzling like the Father, and yet, able to veil that glory for our sake and walk among us.

However, the glory of God is not revealed to just anyone: Jesus asks his disciples to keep what happened a secret. You may have heard fairy tales of a prince or princess who sets aside their robes and crown to walk among commoners. In such a story, they desire not only to know what it is like among their people, but they often want to be loved as a person, not because of their wealth or their power. Glory attracts all kinds of ugliness. Just so with Jesus. He takes us as we are, no matter our motives, but they must improve over time. We have to be in love with him as a person, admiring the kinds of things he did, before we are ready to meet his glory, and the kinds of things he could do for us. Without him starting small, it would be much harder to truly be in love with him.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan



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