What’s New


Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?

Consider attending our Grief Support Group. Our Group will meet Saturday, November 27th at 10AM at the Parish Center in East Pembroke. This is an informal get-together to share the loss of a spouse, child, loss of a marriage, etc., we will talk about any kind of loss you are experiencing. Sharing loss and grief will help us begin to understand and heal. You are welcome to come to share or just to listen.

*Call Peggy at (585) 502-5416 to reserve your spot or for more information. Everyone is welcome, but you must call to let us know you are attending.*

Also, please feel free to call Peggy any time if a one-on-one is needed or if you want to “just talk”.

We would like to thank the family of Edward and Anna Sobolewski who donated several new Altar Server cassocks and albs for both sites in Memory of their parents, Edward and Anna Sobolewski. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated!

This weekend we will be having a short social after all of our masses to welcome our new Parochial Vicar, Rev. Patryk Sobczyk. We hope you can take a few minutes after Mass to say hello and make Fr. Patryk feel welcome at St. Max.

I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Fr. Patryk Sobczyk, your new assistant in Alden, Corfu, and E. Pembroke. I was born in Poland (not far from Gdansk). I finished all my education (Elementary and High School, and then a Seminary) in Poland. I graduated in theology in 2009, receiving a Master of Theology degree. In 2013 I arrived in the US to begin my education in Michigan for two years. Then I was accepted to Christ the King Seminary in E. Aurora to continue my master degree. I graduated at CKS in 2019 receiving a Master of Art in Pastoral Ministry. On June 1, 2019 I was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo. I was assigned before to Holy Family parish in Albion and then to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrow in Elma.

I’m very happy to be here and to work with Fr. Dan in sharing our priestly ministry with all of you. I hope to have an opportunity to meet all of you as I begin my ministry in our parish communities. 

God Bless ~ Fr. Patryk

Have you registered your child for Lifelong Faith Formation classes yet? The first day of classes is Sunday, October 3rd and we will be meeting in-person each week from 9:45-10:45am. You are asked to please register as soon as possible so we can be sure to have enough materials for all students. Registration forms were mailed out, but can also be found in the back of church or on our website under the Faith Formation tab.  If you have any questions, please contact Sister Barbara or Joey Neth through the parish office. If you have a child entering 1st Grade or that will be joining our program for the first time, contact the parish office and we will send you out a welcome letter.

Please contact the food pantry at (585) 599-6414 if you need assistance. All requests are kept confidential.

The food pantry is in need of the following items:

Cereal

Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups

Soups

Tuna and canned chicken

Canned Mixed Vegetables (no corn or green beans please)

Rice

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.

The first Friday of each month we celebrate Mass in the East Pembroke Church at 10AM. You are then invited to stay for Adoration and Benediction from 10:30AM -11:30PM. You are invited to stay for a while or the hour to spend time with our Lord. Confessions are also offered during this time.

Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host, in the form of hosts, that is, consecrated altar bread. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are  to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist. From a theological perspective, the adoration is a form of latria, based on the tenet of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Host. The exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament an important practice which “stimulates the faithful to an awareness of the marvelous presence of Christ and is an invitation to spiritual communion with Him.”

If you are a trained Altar Server, please feel free to serve with Fr. Dan at any Mass you are attending.

Anyone that has made their 1st Communion can become an Altar Server.  If you are interested and have not been trained, please contact the parish office. 

Spiritual Adoption

Wow! I have more taste buds now than I will at any time in my life. I can even tell which foods you like best, Mom, and I’m sure glad you like ice cream! I wonder what my favorite flavor will be. I can’t wait to see what kind we’ll have together this time next year.

“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Psalm 107:9

Fr. Dan and the St. Maximilian Kolbe Celebrate Life Committee

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION BABY SHOWER

While it is not always possible to see the particular effects of prayer, we know through Scripture that God wants us to pray, and we know by faith that He answers all prayers. Your baby’s mother appreciates the prayers you have said for her and her baby throughout the pregnancy. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 12th when we will conclude our Spiritual Adoption program for this year and have a “baby shower” for All Babies Cherished after our 8:30AM and our 11AM Masses.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas:

  • Baby wash, lotions, shampoo and bath care items
  • Diapers, newborn through pull-ups and wipes
  • Diaper bags
  • Crib sheets and bedding
  • New bottles, baby food and formula
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Books
  • Maternity clothing
  • No toys can be accepted

ProlifeWith the unfortunate passing of the Reproductive Act we want to highlight some of the great organizations that are offered in this area:

All Babies Cherished Pregnancy Assistance Center is a Christ centered organization and is willing to share the Word of God through words and deeds. All Babies Cherished – Batavia (585) 344-5660

The center provides emotional support, encouragement, guidance, life skills and parenting, as well as of an array of other classes, and practical assistance to mothers and fathers, as well as on-going family support as needed during pregnancy and the first three years of the child’s life.

Mother Teresa Home supports homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people who are in need of basic necessities like food and shelter. The goal of the program is to teach young mothers parenting skills, education, health and much more to help with their long-term economic independence.

It is a sanctuary for those who need a fresh start.

Mother Teresa Home

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