Father Dan will be having an Altar Server training class on Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30PM in Corfu for new Altar Servers. If you have an interest in joining this very important ministry and have made your First Communion, please plan on attending. Even if you aren’t sure if this is for you, come and check it out. An Altar Server is an “assistant” to the priest and Father Dan welcomes everyone to give this a try. After training, Father Dan invites you to stay and serve 7PM Mass. A great way to practice what you just learned! Feel free to contact the Parish Office at 599-4833 or Stmaxkolbe09@gmail.com if you have any questions.

PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don’t suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. (716) 847-2211 and also see http://hopeafterabortion. com or http://www.menandabortion.info.

 

The Corfu United Presbyterian Church would like to thank you for your continued support of the Corfu Community Food Pantry located at their church. Your generous contributions make it possible for them to provide food and other essential goods to a monthly average of 20 adults, 6 seniors and 13 children.

The food pantry is currently in need of specific items.  Each week we will list a need and ask if you can help. Donations can be dropped off at the parish office or directly at the food pantry at Corfu United Presbyterian Church.

This week the Food Pantry is in need of: 

Canned fruit, soup, tuna, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, toothpaste, dish soap, elbow macaroni.

Thank you!

 

At Saint Joseph Cathedral, Bishop Malone held an #AshWednesday Mass where he lit a purple vigil candle for a Year of Prayer for the Healing of Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse and for the Church. The candle will burn perpetually throughout the Year of Prayer and Healing before the statue of St. Joseph, the patron of the Diocese of Buffalo. Throughout the Year of Prayer and Healing, each vicariate throughout the diocese will host a special time of prayer. The vicars and pastors of all parishes are asked to light a similar candle in their church now or in the month of their event.

Beside the candle will be the Buffalo Diocese’s Prayer for the Year of Healing:

O Merciful Father,
Your Son in Love stretched out his hands upon the cross to embrace us.

Embrace and heal our brothers and sisters
who carry the wounds of abuse inflicted upon them.

Heal Your Church broken by this betrayal of trust.

Cleanse and sanctify Your Clergy
that they may radiate the selfless love of Your Son.

And strengthen and call the people of the Church throughout
Western New York to a new dawn of hope
and grace in your Holy Spirit.

We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

This candle burns to so we never forget the harm caused to individuals by the betrayal of trust within the Church. It represents sorrow for these actions ever occurring and the light of hope for healing.

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.

 

Not long ago we heard about Jesus’ vocation as foretold by Isaiah. Today we hear of St. Paul’s vocation to spread the good news of Jesus to people far and wide. What is your vocation? If God is calling you to a church vocation, call Fr. Dan or Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535.

Dear Holy Spirit,

Please help those who hear Your call only as a whisper, that they may know that it is You calling them to service. May You fill those You call with the grace and courage to respond to Your whisper. I will pray, encourage and support those whom You have chosen for priestly and religious vocations.

Amen

Please pray for all seminarians, especially Seminarians Bill Papaj.

If you would like to send a letter or encouraging card to Bill Papaj while they are in the Seminary, the address is:

Christ the King Seminary

711 Knox Road

P.O. Box 607

East Aurora, NY 14052

Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? 135 men had this same feeling and are now serving as deacons in our diocese. If you are feeling this desire, God may be calling you to find out more about the Permanent Diaconate!  Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or rstachura@rochester.rr.com to register and/or for further information.

The Legion of Mary is a group of men and women devoted to the Marian call. There are 2 different groups and meeting times offered at our parish.  Active members get together once a week to pray the rosary and choose works of mercy and charity. They go in two’s to visit the sick at hospitals or nursing homes and take communion to the homebound. Some members visit Victorian Manor in Batavia every month and take some residents to appointments. If you are interested in joining The Legion of Mary, contact Ruth Gear at (585) 343-0645, Jean Waite at (585) 815-3171 or Cindy Gloss at (585) 297-5680.  You can also be an auxiliary member who prays the rosary and Legion prayers every day at your convenience for the intentions of the Legion without having to attend meetings. New members are always welcome.