When Karen and her husband, John, found themselves living in a hotel without food and money and expecting a baby, they knew they needed help. Not knowing where else to turn, they came to Catholic Charities. “From the moment we walked into the Catholic Charities office, they helped us,” said Karen. “A social worker helped us get a meal and some groceries right away.” Catholic Charities also collaborated with other agencies to secure Karen and John temporary housing and set up a food supply so the two wouldn’t go hungry as they got back on their feet. “We really didn’t think we were going to make it,” Karen added. “But Catholic Charities helped us. Catholic Charities will help us. Catholic Charities helps everyone.” Help families like Karen and John find hope with your 2019 Appeal gift. You can select your new gift designation option when making a secure donation online at www.ccwny.org/donation or by calling Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400.

 

As we sit with our families this week and give thanks, remember those who struggle to provide a meal for their family every day. This is the last weekend to bring your donations for Operation St. Nicholas. We are in need of donated staples or food items to help fill the baskets for Christmas for our local families in need. With your generous donations, we hope to have full baskets for those less fortunate than ourselves for the holidays. You may leave your donation in the baskets located near the entrance of either church or drop them off at the Parish Office. Thank you for your generosity!

The youth of our parish will be presenting the Live Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on December 15th at 7PM in the Church in East Pembroke. We hope that you will plan on joining us for this wonderful expression of our faith. All are welcome!

During the Advent Season, Father Dan invites you to prepare yourself spiritually in anticipation of our Lord’s coming. Whether you regularly go to Confession or you haven’t been in decades, he encourages you to make this Season an opportunity to receive the mercy of God and to find healing and joy in His great Sacrament. Confessions are offered before Mass on Saturdays from 4:00-4:30PM and on Wednesday evenings after 7PM Mass in Corfu.

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The American Red Cross

has an emergency need for blood.

Mark your calendar for the St. Max Blood Drive on Thursday, January 2nd, 3-7pm, at the East Pembroke Hall. There is an urgent need for all blood types, please schedule an appointment to give. You can schedule an appointment through the Red Cross App or by calling the Parish Office.  Everyone who donates will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt.

Amazon Black Friday

Do you shop Amazon? Did you know that if you simply go to Smile.Amazon.com instead of just Amazon.com you could donate .5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice? St. Max is now a registered charity. Simply follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-0784098 and you will automatically be giving .5% to our parish. To search for our parish by name enter: St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish of Corfu NY.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Grief Support Group meetings once a month on a Wednesday at 6PM at the Parish Center in East Pembroke. This is an informal get-together to share the loss of a spouse, loss of a child, loss of a parent, loss of a marriage, etc., basically 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. We will begin meeting again in the spring. Please feel free to call Peggy Mead at (585) 502-5416 any time if a one-on-one is needed or if you want to “just talk”.

Welcome Home ~ To St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish

We would like to thank our WIGL Ladies (Women Increasing God’s Love) for all that they do. Several women of our parish get together and make prayer shawls and baby blankets for our newly baptized babies, welcome baskets for our new parishioners, organize craft days, movie nights and do many acts of service to reach out to our community as a whole. We are grateful to have such a compassionate group of women in our parish. They meet the 4th Tues. & Thurs. of the month, in the Cottage in EP. For more information on WIGL contact the Parish Office at (585) 599-4833.