Something a little different this week. As you know, our area is slowly moving toward becoming a “family of families.” This family will likely include both St Max and St John’s. Since Deb’s medical leave and unfortunate passing, I have been covering for her at St John’s in a temporary capacity while the diocese and I worked things out. I am now ready to share that picture.

First, we are getting a second priest! His name is Rev Patryk Sobczyk, and he’s coming from St Gabe’s in Elma. He has been ordained just two years, meaning I’m no longer the baby priest here, for better or worse. Moreover, he taught for eight years and will be a great asset to our parishes.

Second, while continuing as pastor of St Max, I have been appointed pastor of St. John’s as well, starting September 25th. Patryk and I will take turns providing sacramental ministry at both sites. I thank Fr. Dick DiGuilio and Fr. Jim Walter for their service at St. John’s, and remain open to any support they can give! I hope they continue to feel welcome there and here, albeit under less pressure.

Third. This is a tough one for St Max. The diocese is requiring both priests to live together at the rectory in Alden. Thank you so, so much for those that worked hard to make it a comfortable home in the four years I spent there. I am just as much your pastor as well, no matter where I hang my toothbrush. Sue’s office hours are not changing, and I will still be available there by appointment. I’m still working out where and when pastoral office hours will be.

I consider a key part of my job now as being a bridge between the two parishes, helping them help each other. I encourage you to do the same, looking to learn from and help people with a similar mission or focus. That could mean opportunities for retreats, bible studies, works of mercy and so much more. If you are submitting material for one bulletin, consider advertising in both!

Please pray for your priests, our churches, and all of God’s people in Western NY. I plan to cover Masses at St John’s the weekend of the 25th to answer questions. Thank you everyone.

Peace, Fr. Dan

9/18/21

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for *  Judy Balonek * E. Pembroke and * Neuman Family * Corfu

Saturday     September 18th – Corfu

5:00PM       Jack Jekov ~ Betsy and Joe Iannello

Sunday        September 19th 

8:30AM       Corfu – Margaret Meyer ~ Ken and Michelle Chrzanowski

11:00AM     EP –Deceased Members of the Tirolese Family ~ Annie and Bill Lawrence

Monday       September 20th – Corfu  

8:00AM        Margaret Meyer ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish

Tuesday       September 21st E. Pembroke

8:00AM        Marion Szadek ~ Sue Gilbert

Wednesday  September 22nd – Corfu

7:00PM        Shirley Ramnarine ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish

Thursday     September 23rd – E. Pembroke

8:00AM        Health of Chase Johnson ~ Jackie Nati  

Friday         September 24th – Corfu

8:00AM        Celia Klein ~ Kathy Warren

Saturday     September 25th – Corfu

5:00PM       Ron and Nancy Banas ~ John and Rose Kadziolka

Sunday        September 26th  

8:30AM       Corfu – John Cullen ~ Mary Cullen

11:00AM     EP –John and Regina Ahl ~ Joyce and Daryl Kohorst

Come and see what they saw.

The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Christ. A charismatic fisherman drowning in debt. A troubled woman wrestling with real demons. A gifted publican ostracized by his family and his people. A religious leader struggling with his beliefs. See Jesus through the eyes of those that met him.

Fr. Dan will be showing The Chosen DVD’s every Monday for 8 weeks beginning September 27th at our EP Hall at 6:30PM. Plan on joining us for this exciting series about the life of Christ. Everyone is welcome.

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 Corona Virus, Jean Hojnowski, Shirley & Tony Mortellaro, Marty Galczynski, Julia Gervasi, Brandon Walker, Al and Noreen Platten, Suzanne Zbrzezny, Bill and Dianna Loveric, Jo Clair Surman, Fr. Jim Fugle, Mary Adams, Joe Wolf, Millie Mruczek, Ruth Gear, Bob and Alicia Mangola, Joanne Winkelman, Edith Silvernail, Bill Paige, Dorothy, Karen Ryan, Mary Kay Borkowski, Heather, Julie D’Amico, Emily Wachowski, Dan Kensy and Family, Gail M., Agnes and Don Nelson, Carol Hofmeier, David Fino, Mike Misterantino, Donna Guenther, Matt Yoeder, Tony Kutter, Jim and Dolores Java, Dottie Neal, Rick Pappert, Luke Pappert, Diane Deleo, Gary Marsick, Joyce Salvo,  Daniel Bogden, David Bogden, Kevin Fox, Jack Houseknecht, Chase Johnson, Rose Kadziolka, Rich Farmer and Marg Morningstar.

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.

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.

Each year since 2007, Fatima America has held a Public Square Rosary Crusade – thousands of rosary rallies in cities all across the country. Groups simultaneously pray for our country and the world all across America!

America is suffering and it is urgent that we heed Our Lady’s request and stop sinning if we hope to enjoy God’s blessings. He will hear us if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. You are invited to be a part of the biggest Rosary Crusade in history

On Saturday, October 16th at Noon thousands of Catholics will pray the rosary to stop America’s terrible moral decay. St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will pray the Rosary in front of the Corfu Church along West Main Street. Please join us and pray for our Nation.

If you are unable to join us physically, we ask that you pray from wherever you are at that date and time.

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for * Judy Balonek * E. Pembroke and * June and Gervasi Families * Corfu

Saturday     September 11th – Corfu

5:00PM       Margaret Meyer ~ Gary and Jean Marsick

Sunday        September 12th 

8:30AM       Corfu – Our Spiritually Adopted Babies ~ Pro-Life Committee

11:00AM     EP –Kathy and Bob Sobczak ~ Agnes and Don Nelson

Monday       September 13th – Corfu

8:00AM        Margaret Meyer ~ Charlie Lenhard

Tuesday       September 14th E. Pembroke

8:00AM        Myrtle Gilbert ~ Joan and Keith Price

Wednesday  September 15th – Corfu

7:00PM        Barbara Ferrando ~ Jackie Accadi

Thursday     September 16th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM        James and Michael Brett ~ Mary Cullen  

Friday         September 17th – Corfu

8:00AM        Shirley Winters ~ Lynda, Sandy and Families

Saturday     September 18th – Corfu

5:00PM       Jack Jekov ~ Betsy and Joe Iannello

Sunday        September 19th  

8:30AM       Corfu – Margaret Meyer ~ Ken and Michelle Chrzanowski

11:00AM     EP –Deceased Members of the Tirolese Family ~ Annie and Bill Lawrence

The sanctuary candles this week will burn for * Judy Balonek * E. Pembroke and * Diane Rozek * Corfu

Saturday     September 4th – Corfu

5:00PM       Nick and Grace Pasquarella ~ Mary & Millie

Sunday        September 5th 

8:30AM       Corfu – Joan D. Oles ~ Her Children

11:00AM     EP –Elsie Allen Ahl ~ Joyce and Daryl Kohorst

Monday       September 6th – Corfu

8:00AM        No Mass

Tuesday       September 7th E. Pembroke

8:00AM        Anthony Aruri ~ Jeff and Darlene Serbicki

Wednesday  September 8th – Corfu

7:00PM        Richard Compton ~ John and Patty

Thursday     September 9th – E. Pembroke

8:00AM        James Worthington ~ Kathy Warren  

Friday         September 10th – Corfu

8:00AM        Mary Ann Kutter ~ Bill and Rosemary Lampart

Saturday     September 11th – Corfu

5:00PM       Margaret Meyer ~ Gary and Jena Marsick

Sunday        September 12th  

8:30AM       Corfu – Our Spiritually Adopted Babies ~ Pro-Life Committee

11:00AM     EP –Kathy and Bob Sobczak ~ Agnes and Don Nelson