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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.

We are sad to advise that Fr. Rob Orlowski’s father, Norman Orlowski, passed away on January 2nd.  If you would like to send a condolence card to Fr. Rob, you can send it in care of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, 3688 South Park Avenue, Blasdell, NY 14219. Please keep Fr. Rob and his family in your prayers.


We will be working on the furnaces and installing air conditioning in the East Pembroke Church and Parish Center! The work is scheduled to be done January 11 – 13. During that time, there will be no heat and a lot of construction in the church. Weekday Mass on Tuesday the 12th and Thursday the 14th will be held in the Hall. Thank you for your patience while these updates are being done.

Epiphany – Welcome 2021 and acknowledge our Savior by making a simple mark on your doorway to bless your home for the new year. With numerals of the new year and the initials CMB, (21+C+M+B) we mark the entrance to our homes with a piece of chalk. The letters C, M and B stand for the traditional names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar or the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “Christ bless this house.” With this simple blessing we open our homes to the salvation Jesus offers and proclaim Him once again as the Savior of the world. There will be House Blessing for the Home on Epiphany cards and chalk available after our Masses this weekend or there will be some in the hall outside the parish office. Bless your home on January 3rd, The Epiphany of the Lord.

The 2021 and 2022 Mass books are available and weekend Masses are filling up quickly. A very special prayer practice that is offered at every Mass is a Mass Intention.  Intentions are offered for many reasons, for the living and the dead. Masses can be offered for birthdays, anniversaries, illness, special intentions and answered prayers. Consider remembering a loved one this upcoming year. If you are looking for a specific date for the Mass, call soon to reserve your date so that it isn’t taken. Contact Sue or Cindy at the parish office ~ 599-4833; email us at stmaxkolbe09@gmail.com. A donation of $15 is suggested.

Your prayers for our sick parishioners and friends are deeply appreciated and are very important. You will find a listing near the back of the church of the people that need our prayers.

PLEASE PRAY FOR the ongoing purification of our diocese and the worldwide Church, 122 million fallen away Catholics, those contemplating abortion, those contemplating suicide, the souls in Purgatory, those suffering from drug and/or alcohol addictions and their families, all those who are passed through our prayer chain and all those who are sick, including: All those affected by the Coronavirus, Jean Hojnowski, Shirley & Tony Mortellaro, Teddy Lesh, Marty Galczynski, Julia Gervasi, Brandon Walker, Myrtle Gilbert, Al and Noreen Platten, Suzanne Zbrzezny, Korri Ann Spadone, Bill and Dianna Loveric, Jo Clair Surman, Fr. Jim Fugle, Amanda Mascia, Catherine Doktor, Mary Adams, Craig Ford, Joelle Mendola, Joe Wolf, Peg Meyer, Millie Mruczek, Kimberly Mascia, Ruth Gear, Bob and Alicia Mangola, Larry Strollo, Joanne Winkelman, John Davis, Joyce Urban, Elaine Mattia, Sally McAteer, Bill Paige, Edith Silvernail, Celia Klein, Dorothy, Karen Ryan, Joe Gear, Mary Kay Borkowski, Heather, Julie D’Amico, Paul Zbrzezny, Emily Wachowski, Mayia, Dan Kensy and Family, Charlie Lesh, Gail M., Agnes and Don Nelson, Carol Hofmeier, David Fino, Mike Misterantino, Rev. John Mack, Donna Guenther, Cindy Vaughn, Tony Kutter, Annie Cohoon, Dolores Java, Dottie Neal, Steven Delio, Lisa Waldron, Kathy M., Donna G., Rick Pappert, Luke Pappert, Michael Seitter, Bill Brick, Beverly Baumgarte, Diane Deleo, Gary Marsick, Joyce Kohorst, Mark, Tom and Barb, Joyce Salvo, Bill and Annie Lawrence and Patricia Ferrell.

Please contact the parish office if you would like someone added to the list and let us know when your loved one may be removed from this list. Names will appear for three months, after that time please notify us if their condition continues.

2020 has been a year to remember, and for many of us, a year we would like to forget but our community will be remembered for stepping up and offering help to those who were in need of food, comfort and hope.

When everything was closed down, our community stepped up and donated to our food pantry, food and comfort bags were delivered to those in need or stuck at home and we made phone calls and checked on our neighbors. Even though the world had shut its doors, our doors were open for you and everyone offered what they could. During the year the Corfu Food Pantry more than doubled the number of families they help each month. They were able to supply Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner to 50 families through our collections and donations from our community. Operation St. Nicholas reached out to over 80 people and families with prayers, cards, food, support or an encouraging word. Our WIGL group prepared “ditty” bags for the Veterans at Eagle House in East Pembroke and Operation St. Nicholas filled them with personal care items and gifts. WIGL also donated several of their blessed prayer shawls to residents at the Premier Nursing Home in Batavia. Catholic Charities did a parking lot pop-up at our Corfu Church and were able to help 40 families with personal care items. Some of our Faith Formation classes have reached out to those in nursing homes and many of our parishioners that we don’t see that often anymore with Christmas cards. Sister Barbara hasn’t been able to make home visits like she used to, but her fingers have been busy making phone calls!

We would also like to take a minute and thank you so much for your devotion and support to our Parish. Even though attendance at Mass has been lower, Fr. Dan’s YouTube Masses have been a blessing for those that want to worship with us from home. We have been able to connect with so many more people through Fr. Dan’s knowledge of technology. A huge thank you to our Social Club and all that support it for purchasing the cameras needed to be able to come into your home each week. 

St. Max is truly an amazing parish family and we are blessed and grateful for each and every one of you.

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK in re The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y. Case No. 20-10322. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date. Please visit https://case.stretto.com/ dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim. IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

Lord Jesus, Who promised to remain with us always, when information overwhelms us and fear overtakes us, speak to us again those comforting words, “Peace be with you.”

Though we cannot be physically close to others, give us the ability and courage to love as well as we can, since “perfect love casts out all fear.”

Direct your caring gaze on doctors and nurses, researchers and safety personnel;

Come to strengthen the sick, the vulnerable, and comfort those who are grief stricken.

And when the pandemic has passed, and this frightening crisis is resolved, teach us to know You more certainly as our dearest Friend and our only Hope.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

(You may also offer one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory Be)

Our Lady, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

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