So many of our family and friends find themselves alone or isolated during this time. Loved ones are in nursing homes and we are unable to visit. The most at risk are staying home and feel separated from family and friends. Sometimes the brightest part of their day is receiving a card in the mail.  Please consider sending a Christmas card or a Thinking of You card to one or more of our parishioners who may be alone this year and are unable to celebrate Mass with their parish family.  Contact Sue at the Parish Office if you would like the name of someone from our parish with whom you could share a holiday greeting.

Normally during the Advent Season, Father Dan would have additional times available for Confessions.  Due to the current circumstances, he is unable to open it up like he used to, but he still invites you to prepare yourself spiritually in anticipation of our Lord’s coming. He is available for Confessions any time by appointment, on Wednesday evenings after the 7PM Mass in Corfu and on Friday, December 4th after the 10AM First Friday Mass in East Pembroke.  He will also be hearing confessions during Faith Formation classes on December 6th.

Whether you go to confession regularly 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.

The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at 9AM in East Pembroke. You are invited to bring a loaf of bread which will be placed on the altar and blessed during Mass. 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God – Colossians 3:16

COLLECTION ENVELOPES

New Procedures – Please Read!

This year you will notice a change in your Sunday offering envelopes. We have made the switch to Our Sunday Visitor as the provider of our envelopes. After comparing Our Sunday Visitor and the company we have used for many years we thought that the change would be pleasing to everyone. OSV may sound familiar to many of you as a publisher of Catholic books and pamphlets.

Your parishioner number will remain the same from month to month. The only thing that will change is that envelope packets will be mailed directly to your home quarterly, that’s right directly to you. You can’t ask for better than that. No more remembering to pick them up once a year.

This program offers us a better means of address corrections, new parishioner start-up, and keeping our contact information up to date. Preparing your envelope should be done prayerfully, sharing our gifts with God who has first been generous to us.

We also want to let you know that because we want to be “good stewards” and not wasteful with our resources, we will not send envelopes to those who have not used them over the past few years. Some parishioners prefer to place cash in the collection and some are simply unable to contribute. There are also those who are in assisted living or nursing homes. To continue to pay for the envelopes and postage when they are not being used is not a good use of our parish funds. Of course those who do not receive envelopes are still part of our Parish family. But by using an envelope it helps the office to connect with active parishioners. This information is good in attesting to the fact that a member is a practicing Catholic when asked to be sponsors or godparents.

If you have any questions or don’t receive your envelopes and would like them, please contact Sue at the parish office 585-599-4833.

Please take a moment and read the attached Pastoral Letter from Bishop Scharfenberger to the Catholic Faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mass Schedule for this Week

The sanctuary candle this week will burn for * Judy Balonek *

Saturday     November 21st – Corfu

5:00PM       Mike Herec ~ Mary Herec

Sunday        November 22nd

8:30AM       Corfu – Frank Bartokvich ~ Family

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – Olga Dean ~ Doug and Sylvia Kohorst

Monday       November 23rd – Corfu

8:00AM       Birthday Blessings for Genevieve Burlingame ~ Joan Price

Tuesday       November 24th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       John Brezniak ~ Legion of Mary, Spouse of Joseph  

Wednesday  November 25th – Corfu

7:00PM       Edward and Alberta Brightenfield ~ Family

Thursday     November 26th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       Elizabeth Oberlander ~ Paul Oberlander

Friday          November 27th – Corfu   

8:00AM       No Mass

Saturday     November 28th – Corfu

5:00PM       60th Wedding Anniversary Remembrance of Ray and Leilani Spring ~ Ray Spring

Sunday        November 29th

8:30AM       Corfu – Richard Trickey ~ John and Patty

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – Birthday Remembrance of Kara Cummings ~ Mom and Dad

Mass Schedule for this Week

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for * Judy Balonek *

Saturday     November 14th – Corfu

5:00PM       Judy Balonek ~ Dave Balonek

Sunday        November 15th

8:30AM       Corfu – John Cullen ~ Mary Cullen

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – Virginia Kadziolka ~ Mary Herec

Monday       November 16th – Corfu

8:00AM       Lawrence Barone ~ Barone Family

Tuesday       November 17th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       Health and Blessings for Dolores Java ~ Legion of Mary, Spouse of Joseph  

Wednesday  November 18th – Corfu

7:00PM       Special Intentions

Thursday     November 19th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       Deceased Mothers of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishioners

Friday          November 20th – Corfu   

8:00AM       Michael Brett ~ Mary Cullen

Saturday     November 21st – Corfu

5:00PM       Mike Herec ~ Mary Herec

Sunday        November 22nd

8:30AM       Corfu – Frank Bartokvich ~ Family

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – Olga Dean ~ Doug and Sylvia Kohorst

Today’s Gospel is the parable of the talents. Literally, of course, it is about money, you’ve likely heard by now that “talents” mean so much more than that. It’s about how we use all of what God has given us. However, we don’t always use our talents to help God directly, and I think the first reading points the way here.

In the first reading, we hear a lot about a worthy wife. I can’t speak much to that (never had a wife, certainly never BEEN a wife). The writer likely has though, and begins with a simple list of what other men might hope for. He’s finding some common ground with his audience: broadly, she brings good, not evil. She’s a hard worker, nice. Then he has two points that might surprise his audience: she helps the poor. Not just a hard worker then, but generous. And a reminder that appearances matter less than who we are inside. This isn’t just for women, remember how King David was chosen.

In fact, I think the entire reading is a good description of how we should use our talents. We work hard at our daily tasks. We bring good to those we love. We are generous or kind when facing the needs of the poor. And like God we try to see beyond appearances to focus on what matters: who everyone is inside.

Peace, Fr. Dan

Mass Schedule for this Week

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for

* Deceased Members of the June and Gervasi Families *

Saturday     November 7th – Corfu

5:00PM       Leilani Spring ~ Mary Herec

Sunday        November 8th

8:30AM       Corfu – Edward Sobolewski ~ Ron and Pauline

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – William Haxton ~ Regina and Family

Monday       November 9th – Corfu

8:00AM       Leilani Spring ~ Cindy Gloss

Tuesday       November 10th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       Virginia Kadziolka ~ Kathy Warren

Wednesday  November 11th – Corfu

7:00PM       Olga Dean ~ Family

Thursday     November 12th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM       Lorie Goff ~ Sue Drozdiel

Friday          November 13th – Corfu   

8:00AM       James Brett ~ Mary Cullen

Saturday     November 14th – Corfu

5:00PM       Judy Balonek ~ Dave Balonek

Sunday        November 15th

8:30AM       Corfu – John Cullen ~ Mary Cullen

11:00AM     E. Pembroke – Virginia Kadziolka ~ Mary Herec

Sister Barbara is having a parent meeting on Sunday, November 15th, 9:30-10:30AM, for the parents of the students making their First Penance or First Communion in 2021.  The meeting will be held in the Church in East Pembroke.