What’s New


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!

Look for the answers to your questions on Fr. Dan’s YouTube Channel now!

Sister Barbara has moved! Her new address is:

Sr. Barbara Ann Bogden, OSF

Montabaur Heights

4530 Ransom Road, Apt. 123

Clarence, NY 14031

Her old phone number will no longer work. If you need to get in touch with Sister, please contact the parish office.

The Erie County Surrogate Court has required that an announcement from the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo be published in all parish bulletins  beginning as soon as possible through April 9, 2021.

Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc. (“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment campaign.  The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary (“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes.  However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the New York State courts. For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond. Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.

If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to donor.info@frcdb.org. Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court.  You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.  

Our parishioners have been submitting questions for Fr. Dan all month. Here are some of his answers! Fr. Dan has finished 4 videos answering your questions. Look for them on his YouTube page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vchebe-B7P8

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.

The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to but excluding the Mass of the Lord’s Supper exclusive.

Abstinence

All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting

All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

Easter Duty

After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between February 21, 2021 (First Sunday of Lent) and May 30, 2021 (Trinity Sunday). If you are still hesitant to come to Sunday Mass during this time, you are invited to attend a weekday Mass during the Easter Season.  Weekday masses are offered on Monday and Friday at 8AM in Corfu, Tuesday and Thursday at 8AM in East Pembroke (Church) and on Wednesday evenings at 7PM in Corfu.

Reconciliation

Catholics are bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year (Canon 989). Fr. Dan continues to offer confessions after the 7PM Mass every Wednesday in Corfu and after the 10AM First Friday Mass in East Pembroke (March 5th) and by appointment.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Dan to arrange for a time to meet. 

There is a COVID Vaccine Information line for Genesee County residents 60+ who do not have access to a computer. If there are vaccine openings when the person calls, Office for Aging staff can help register them (as long as they do not have access to a computer). Lately there have not been any openings, so we suggest you continue to call back.  Someone is answering the calls each weekday from 9am – 4 pm. The number is 585-813-2457.  Leave a message if the phone is not answered and someone will call you back.

If you have questions concerning the Church’s view on receiving the vaccine, check out Fr. Dan’s YouTube video from February 8th.

https://www.youtube.com/c/FrDanSerbicki

Could you not watch with me one hour … Matthew 26:39-41 Imagine Jesus speaking these words to you. Imagine spending time with Our Lord. Imagine gladly thanking Him for the blessings in your life. Imagine pouring out your worries to Him, naming family or friends. Imagine … PEACE. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held every Frist Friday after the 10AM Mass in East Pembroke and every Wednesday night after the 7PM Mass in Corfu.

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.

Monday, February 15th through Friday, March 19th  

To mark the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named “Universal Patron of the Church,” Pope Francis declared the Year of St. Joseph to take place from December 8, 2020 through December 8, 2021.

Accordingly, the Diocese of Buffalo will participate in a diocesan-wide consecration to St. Joseph during the period of February 15th through March 19th. The Diocese of Buffalo will begin the consecration Monday, February 15th in each parish and will conclude with Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Friday, March 19th at 12:10 pm. Bishop Michael W. Fisher will celebrate on both occasions.

“As your new bishop and shepherd, I am encouraging all of the faithful of our Diocese to join together with me in prayer during this very special period of consecration to St. Joseph,” said Bishop Michael W. Fisher. “St. Joseph provides a timeless example of faithfulness and trust in God, despite uncertainty and even unreasonable circumstances. We would do well to reflect on how his witness might inspire our own as we seek in our day and time to reveal Christ to our world.”

In his Apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis calls Joseph a beloved father, a tender and loving father, and an obedient father. He also notes Joseph’s creative courage. “Joseph was the man chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. He was the true ‘miracle’ by which God saves the child and his mother. God acted by trusting in Joseph’s creative courage. Arriving in Bethlehem and finding no lodging where Mary could give birth, Joseph took a stable and, as best he could, turned it into a welcoming home for the Son of God come into the world (cf. Lk 2:6-7). Faced with imminent danger from Herod, who wanted to kill the child, Joseph was warned once again in a dream to protect the child, and rose in the middle of the night to prepare the flight into Egypt (cf. Mt 2:13-14),” the pope wrote.

Just as Jesus and Mary entrusted themselves entirely to the care and protection of St. Joseph as head of the Holy Family, others are asked to follow their example. “Jesus, living under the roof of St. Joseph and being his son, gave us a personal example of total entrustment to St. Joseph,” wrote Father Donald Calloway, MIC, in his book, “Consecration to St. Joseph.”

Much like last year’s Marian Consecration, people can take part with 33 days of readings, prayers and special devotions leading to a prayer of consecration recited on a feast day connected to St. Joseph.

Consecrating oneself to St. Joseph means an acknowledgement that he is a spiritual father, and that there is a want to be like him. This presents an opportunity for one to entrust themselves entirely to his paternal care so that he can help the individual to acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph is to make a formal act of devotion to Joseph as spiritual father so that he can answer the concerns of one’s spiritual well-being and lead them to God. The person who consecrates themselves to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. St. Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his attention, protection and guidance.

St. Joseph has a special place in our corner of the world. He is not only the patron of the Universal Church but the patron of the Diocese of Buffalo and of our cathedral. Seven other parishes and oratories in the diocese carry that name.

A 30-page guide with prayers and resources can be found at:

https://www.buffalodiocese.org/documents/Pro-Life/Consecration/33-Days-of-Prayers-and-Daily-

Challenge%20(ENGLISH).pdf

If you do not have access to a printer, pastors have been asked to provide copies on request.

More information can be found at www.buffalodiocese.org/consecration-to-st-joseph.

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