Honor your father, grandfather and all the men in your life, living or deceased, by enrolling them in our Father’s Day Novena of Masses. They will be remembered in a Novena of Masses for Fathers beginning the day after Father’s Day. You may use the special Father’s Day envelope included with your weekly envelopes or place your donation in a separate envelope labeled Father’s Day Novena, be sure to list the name of the fathers to be prayed for. The Masses from June 20th through June 27th will be set aside to pray for our fathers. (Donations for the novena of Masses are appreciated but not required, we want to include all fathers in our prayers.)

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, Joe Wolf, Millie Mruczek, Bob and Alicia Mangola, Joanne Winkelman, Bill Paige, Dorothy, Karen Ryan, Mary Kay Borkowski, Heather, Julie D’Amico, Emily Wachowski, Dan Kensy and Family, Gail M., Agnes and Don Nelson, David Fino, Mike Misterantino, Matt Yoeder, Tony Kutter, Jim Java, Pappert Family, Diane Deleo, Gary Marsick, Joyce Salvo, Daniel Bogden, David Bogden, Kevin Fox, Rose Kadziolka, Brady James, Diana Piegzyk, Isabella Oberlander, Kathy Urban, David Smith, Rose K., Benjamin Foster, Robby Bruce, Gina Nowak, Robert Kicak, Steven Deleo, Alice Humble, Alyssa Burkhardt and Pastor Rob Andreas.

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.

Some additions to our Mother’s Day Novena list: Marjorie Reeb, Susan Ford, Dawn Ford, Agnes Nelson, Wanda Gorski, Marie Staba, Katherine Maye, Anna Brett, Ursula Brett

HOPE Day is coming! Catholic Charities’ one-day “above and beyond” fundraising effort is Wednesday, May 11. Last year donors contributed nearly $317,228 in 24 hours and this year we are aiming for another successful one-day giving blitz. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details on how you can make a contribution or help spread the word this Wednesday and to track our progress on HOPE Day. If you need help, please visit www.ccwny.org/ services or call 716-218-1419 or the office in your area.

“From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation.”
St. Teresa of Avila


Uses for Holy Water

1. Bless yourself. This suggestion is obvious, but if we are only blessing ourselves with holy water on Sunday, then aren’t we missing out on the rest of the week?  You can never have too much grace or blessing in your life.  Use holy water daily.  Keeping a holy water font in the home is a great idea so that you, your family, and guests can be blessed in the comings and goings from your home.  Keep the font right by the front door to ensure you never leave home without it.

2. Bless your house.  If you haven’t taken the time to bless your house with holy water, then no time is better than the present.  Your home is the domestic Church and is in need of spiritual protection.  You can sprinkle holy water in your home yourself, or have a priest formally bless your home using holy water as part of the house blessing ceremony.

3. Bless your family. Use holy water to pray and make the Sign of the Cross over your spouse and children before they go to sleep at night. Bonding the family to each other and to God in this way is a great family tradition to adopt. Keep a holy water bottle by the bedside for this purpose.

4. Bless your work space. If you work outside of the home, sprinkling your work space with holy water is a great idea, not only for spiritual protection on the work front, but also as to sanctify your daily work for the glory of God.

5. Bless your car. The car is probably the most dangerous place where you spend a significant amount of time each day. Never underestimate the power of holy water applied to your vehicle to keep you safe from harm’s way, when used in faith and trust in God. In fact, you can also have a priest bless your car with holy water.

6. Bless your vegetable garden. It was a common practice in the Middle Ages for people to sprinkle their vegetable gardens with holy water.  In times when people were very dependent on crops for their livelihood, lack of rain or early frosts could be devastating. Using holy water to bless and sanctify the plants that would be used for the family’s sustenance showed their reliance on God’s grace.

7. Bless the sick.  If you know of any sick friends or family, then blessing them with holy water probably counts as a corporeal and a spiritual work of mercy.  If you visit the sick in a hospital or nursing home, bless their living space with holy water and leave a holy water bottle with them as a comfort in their time of need.

8. Bless your pets. Many parishes on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi have a rite of blessing for pets. Pets are loved companions for individuals and families and often provide a great service to them, and even these can be blessed with holy water because all creation has the end of giving glory to God. This also applies to livestock and farm animals that provide labor, livelihood, and nourishment to humans.

From the Diocese of Buffalo: As many of you know, we have resumed “normal” worship in relation to COVID, and every parish is realizing renewed opportunities at their own pace. Many of our parishioners look forward to one last—yet important—facet of parish life that has yet to be reintroduced, namely the Precious Blood. It is suggested that the Precious Blood be reintroduced on Holy Thursday at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Easter Sunday.

Available data suggest that the risk of acquiring infection from a shared communion cup is very low.  Wiping a silver chalice with a linen cloth reduces the bacterial count on the cup between each person by 90%. Viral infections are more likely to be spread via respiratory droplets from sitting next to someone than by sharing a communion dish.

We are happy to announce that St. Maximilian Kolbe will be reinstating the opportunity for you to receive the Precious Blood at every Mass. Fr. Dan would like to remind you that the Catechism explains that the fullness of Christ is present in each of the sacramental species. In other words, those who receive the host alone really do receive the total Christ; the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ and “all the fruit of Eucharistic grace” (ccc 1390). In recent years, however, it has become commonplace to have Holy Communion under both the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood. If you are not comfortable receiving the Precious Blood in addition to the Host at this time, you do not need to do so.  It has always been and will remain your choice to receive the Host, the Precious Blood or both.

We are in need of Lectors AND Extra-Ordinary Ministers for all Masses.  If you are able to help, please let Fr. Dan or Fr. Patryk know or contact Joan Miner or Cindy Gloss to arrange for a brief training class. Your help with this very important Ministry is greatly appreciated!

There will be a second collection this weekend that will be sent to two parishes in Ukraine that have suffered losses in the conflict with Russia. This will assist their parishioners with accommodations, food and other needs. The pastors of these parishes are personal friends of Fr. Patryk’s.

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 2023 Mass book is 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.