It is wonderful news that 70% of New York adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While this does not signal the end of the pandemic or the vigilance, care, and pastoral concern that we must continue to show for one another as a Church, it does indicate that we are making significant progress as a community in mitigating this public health crisis and its effects.

Based on prevailing guidance from health officials or an individual’s doctor or other medical professional, masks are now optional, but may continue to be worn at the discretion of the individual.

Ministers of the Eucharist are encouraged to continue to wear masks when distributing Communion for the protection of the vulnerable and those who may not be able to be vaccinated.

As of June 6, 2021, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass has been lifted and all practicing Catholics should be invited to resume regular, in-person worship.

Fr. Dan will be resuming Confessions on Saturdays from 4-4:30PM in Corfu as well as Wednesday evenings during Adoration in Corfu and First Fridays during Adoration in East Pembroke.

Father Dan will continue to Live Stream the Mass on his YouTube Channel.  Fr. Dan Serbicki – https://www.youtube.com/c/FrDanSerbicki

Based on current guidance from New York State (June 9, 2021), baptismal fonts and holy water stoups should remain empty.

Father Dan just recently blessed a new batch of prayer shawls and baptismal blankets for our WIGL Group. The blankets are made with love and prayer by the ladies of the parish. The WIGL group consists of women of the parish of all ages who meet once a month. The prayer shawls and baptismal blankets are either knitted or crocheted. We give a baptismal blanket to a newly baptized child of the parish at the time of baptism. The prayer shawls are given to any person who may have suffered a loss or is dealing with illness. The symbol of the shawl is that when the person uses the shawl they are wrapped in the prayers of the group. If you know of someone who may be in need of a shawl and prayers, please call Nancy at (716) 474-2992. Referrals are kept confidential.

We are seeking volunteers to help with the running and maintenance at the St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Crittenden Road. If you are interested in helping out or would like more information on what we are looking for, please talk to Fr. Dan.  A meeting of the Cemetery Committee will be scheduled soon.

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 2022 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.

The 2021 Mass Intentions have all been filled at this time.

We are happy to say that we now carry jars of Bee Country Honey in the parish office. Bee Country is located in Darien, NY – they are parishioners and bulletin advertisers. You can pick up an 11oz jar during business hours (9-3 M-F) for $7.

Monday, February 15th through Friday, March 19th  

To mark the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named “Universal Patron of the Church,” Pope Francis declared the Year of St. Joseph to take place from December 8, 2020 through December 8, 2021.

Accordingly, the Diocese of Buffalo will participate in a diocesan-wide consecration to St. Joseph during the period of February 15th through March 19th. The Diocese of Buffalo will begin the consecration Monday, February 15th in each parish and will conclude with Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Friday, March 19th at 12:10 pm. Bishop Michael W. Fisher will celebrate on both occasions.

“As your new bishop and shepherd, I am encouraging all of the faithful of our Diocese to join together with me in prayer during this very special period of consecration to St. Joseph,” said Bishop Michael W. Fisher. “St. Joseph provides a timeless example of faithfulness and trust in God, despite uncertainty and even unreasonable circumstances. We would do well to reflect on how his witness might inspire our own as we seek in our day and time to reveal Christ to our world.”

In his Apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis calls Joseph a beloved father, a tender and loving father, and an obedient father. He also notes Joseph’s creative courage. “Joseph was the man chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. He was the true ‘miracle’ by which God saves the child and his mother. God acted by trusting in Joseph’s creative courage. Arriving in Bethlehem and finding no lodging where Mary could give birth, Joseph took a stable and, as best he could, turned it into a welcoming home for the Son of God come into the world (cf. Lk 2:6-7). Faced with imminent danger from Herod, who wanted to kill the child, Joseph was warned once again in a dream to protect the child, and rose in the middle of the night to prepare the flight into Egypt (cf. Mt 2:13-14),” the pope wrote.

Just as Jesus and Mary entrusted themselves entirely to the care and protection of St. Joseph as head of the Holy Family, others are asked to follow their example. “Jesus, living under the roof of St. Joseph and being his son, gave us a personal example of total entrustment to St. Joseph,” wrote Father Donald Calloway, MIC, in his book, “Consecration to St. Joseph.”

Much like last year’s Marian Consecration, people can take part with 33 days of readings, prayers and special devotions leading to a prayer of consecration recited on a feast day connected to St. Joseph.

Consecrating oneself to St. Joseph means an acknowledgement that he is a spiritual father, and that there is a want to be like him. This presents an opportunity for one to entrust themselves entirely to his paternal care so that he can help the individual to acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph is to make a formal act of devotion to Joseph as spiritual father so that he can answer the concerns of one’s spiritual well-being and lead them to God. The person who consecrates themselves to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. St. Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his attention, protection and guidance.

St. Joseph has a special place in our corner of the world. He is not only the patron of the Universal Church but the patron of the Diocese of Buffalo and of our cathedral. Seven other parishes and oratories in the diocese carry that name.

A 30-page guide with prayers and resources can be found at:

https://www.buffalodiocese.org/documents/Pro-Life/Consecration/33-Days-of-Prayers-and-Daily-

Challenge%20(ENGLISH).pdf

If you do not have access to a printer, pastors have been asked to provide copies on request.

More information can be found at www.buffalodiocese.org/consecration-to-st-joseph.

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 will be a special year dedicated to St. Joseph.

As Catholics pray and reflect on the life of St. Joseph throughout the coming year, they also have opportunities to gain a plenary indulgence, or remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. An indulgence can be applied to oneself or to a soul in Purgatory.

An indulgence requires a specific act, defined by the Church, as well as sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, prayer for the pope’s intentions, and full detachment from sin.

Special indulgences during the Year of St. Joseph can be received through more than a dozen different prayers and actions, including:

1) Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. 

2) Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work.

3) Recite the Litany of St. Joseph for persecuted Christians.

4) Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker.

5) Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy.

6) Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy.

7) Pray the rosary together with one’s family so that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.”

8) Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, because St. Joseph “invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.”

9) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph and celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or prayer.

10) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on the 19th of any month. 

11) Honor Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on a Wednesday, the day traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph.

The elderly, the sick, and the dying who are unable to leave their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic also have special permission to receive an indulgence by “offering with trust in God the pains and discomforts” of their lives with a prayer to St. Joseph, hope of the sick and patron of a happy death.

The decree noted that in this instance the person must have the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions for an indulgence, as well as a detachment from sin.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

If you or a loved one are facing a serious physical illness, an emotional or spiritual relationship problem or other difficult situation, fellow members of our Parish are anxious to pray for you. In asking for prayer you may identify yourself or if the need is of a more personal nature you may choose to use a pseudo name for yourself or for the person for whom you are asking prayer. Be assured that all information will be kept strictly confidential. To request prayers, call or text Joyce Kohorst at 585-576-0741 (cell). She will immediately activate the prayer chain by notifying the first of 18 plus Prayer Warriors who will start “storming Heaven” ASAP with your need or concern. May God bless all of us as we pray for each other.

Last Saturday our Confirmandi had their Confirmation Retreat.  Normally the retreat is held at Fatima Shrine but because of the unique year we are having, it was decided to hold the retreat locally and it was held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Corfu Site.  As part of the retreat, the students were given a scavenger hunt. We thought it would be fun to share some of the questions with you and see how well you do! All the answers can be found inside the Church.

  1. In the stained glass window of Mary, how many roses can be seen on her Immaculate Heart?
  2. In the stained glass window of Jesus, how many fingers is He pointing to His Sacred Heart?
  3. Who is the artist of the two church paintings/drawings?
  4. Where is the window that was a gift from Rev. C. O’Byre?
  5. Which Station is in memory of Mary Conway?
  6. Which family dedicated something used in baptisms? BONUS: What is it called?
  7. What prayer is posted below the Act of Contrition?
  8. What color is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s habit?
  9. What outer color does the Infant of Prague have on? BONUS: Why is the Infant in that color? ______
  10. Translate the following from Latin into English: “Jesus tombe la premiere fois”
  11. Where was the statue of St. Joseph made?
  12. What is St. Patrick stepping on?
  13. What is inside the crown in one of the windows?
  14. Write down the symbols that are above and below the cross on the Paschal Candle.
  15. What is on the circular window?
  16. When facing the sanctuary, which side is the sanctuary lamp on?
  17. How many jars of oil are displayed?

The students were also asked to submit a “calendar worthy” photo. Congratulations to Eric Von Kramer on your winning entry.  The original color picture will be posted on our FaceBook page.