FEBRUARY 25, 2018
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT ________________________________________________________________________________________________
+MASSES FOR THE WEEK+
Saturday, February 24
4:00 p.m. Anthony & Pasqualina Amorosi by the Nicometo family
Sunday, February 25 – 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT
9:00 a.m. Herbert Kachurka (ann.) by his mom Ida and family
11:30 a.m. Agustina Rivera by her sister Carmen Luciano
Monday, February 26
7:30 a.m. Special intention of Eunice Lukasiewicz - OLV
Tuesday, February 27
7:30 a.m. Friends & relatives of St. Anthony’s parishioners – All Souls
Wednesday, February 28
7:30 a.m. All Souls - OLV
Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2
7:30 a.m. Living & deceased members of Walawender & Colarusso families by
Saturday, March 3
4:00 p.m. Dominick Poliseno (ann.) by daughter Cindy
Sunday, March 4 - 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT
9:00 a.m. Margarita Perez by the children
11:30 a.m. Jose Omar Hernandez Rossy by his sister Edith Herrnandez & family
We warmly welcome all who come to St. Anthony for Mass – tourists, visitors, parishioners and friends.
Collections for the weekend of February 24-25: Regular and Liturgical Needs.
Collections for the weekend of March 3-4: Regular and Building Maintenance.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated. It enables the preservation, ministry and maintenance of our historic church. It assists us in reaching out to the people of our neighborhood.
FROM DEACON MIKE - Our Ash Wednesday Mass and Stations of the Cross were very well attended. What a blessing!
As I was praying the Liturgy of the Hours this a.m., I was thinking and praying about St. Anthony Parish. My questions for the parish are these. I am always open to listening to new ideas on what we should or could be doing as a parish. How can the parish serve you better? Many parishes have things like Bible Study, book clubs, adoration, special Masses during the year for different groups. I am sure that you may have seen other parishes’ bulletins and said. Hmmmmmm I wish we could do that! We can’t do everything but I’m open to talking about new ideas. You can call me or the rectory, drop me an email or let a parish council member know so they can bring it up at a meeting.
A thought for Lent…. Have an attitude of Gratitude!!
SYMBOLS OF LENT IN ST. ANTHONY CHURCH [placed near the lectern in the sanctuary]
1st Sunday of Lent - SAND - Jesus is being tempted by Satan in the desert – Thought for the week – How am I being tempted and what can I do about it?
2nd Sunday of Lent - WHITE CLOTH - In today's Gospel God asks us to listen to his beloved Son, Jesus – Thought for the week – How can listening to Jesus improve my life?
A tri-fold pamphlet of the parish Lenten schedule can be found on the table in back of church. Please take it home and consider hanging it in a prominent place so you and your family will remember the various Lenten activities.
Bishop Malone has advised Parishes in the Buffalo Diocese to refrain from sharing the Blood of Christ at our Masses due to the flu. St. Anthony Parish will not offer the Blood for the Month of February.
PARISH EVENTS IN MARCH
2, 9, 16, 23 – Stations of the Cross – 7pm
6 – Parish Penance Service – 7pm
7, 14, 21 – Soup & Scripture – 5:30pm in Riter Hall
11- Holy Name & Altar Rosary Societies meet after the 9am Mass
Sagrado Corazon Society meets after the 11:30am Mass
15 – Liturgy Committee meeting – 7pm
16 – Youth Group’s Career Night – 7-9pm
18 – St. Joseph’s Mass [bilingual] – 10:30am followed by St. Josephs’ Table
29 – Holy Thursday – 7pm
20 – Good Friday – Rosary at 3pm – Service at 7pm
31 – Holy Saturday – 8pm
Collection for the weekend of February 17-18: $2244.00.
BLACK & NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY COLLECTION - $474.00. Thank you.
OUR LADY OF VICTORY BASILICA will have Confessions in Lent on the following days: Tuesday, March 27 – 3:00-4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 28 – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRS RICE BOWL - ENCOUNTER CESIA – We encounter Cesia in Nicaragua, where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, young people pursue their dreams by building businesses to better their lives. How can you work to improve the lives of others this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities?
CRS Rice Bowls are found on the pews. The Rice Bowls will be returned on Palm Sunday.
PARISH RETREAT – The annual Parish Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9am, ending with 4pm Mass. The retreat will be held at Christ the King Seminary. Our retreat leader will be Sr. Louise Alff, member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
The out of pocket cost of the retreat is $15.00 [please put your payment in an envelope marked “Retreat” and put it in the collection basket or bring it to the rectory]. The sign up form is now on the table in back of church. If you are staying for dinner, write a check mark next to your name – [dinner is not included in the cost for the retreat, it is to be paid for at the cafeteria]. Please make an effort to attend.
You won’t be disappointed! See you there!
WE COMMEND TO GOD’S CARE our parishioner Rose Wagner. Rose went home to the Lord on Tuesday of this past week. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated here on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00am. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.
St. Anthony Youth Group Announcements
Thank you to all who attended the Youth Group Meeting on Friday, February 16, 2018. The children and adults recited the Stations of the Cross in church. Afterwards, the youth met for their regular meeting. We discussed Lent, different ways to “Walk with Jesus” and listened to gospel music.
Nine teens and two chaperones are attending Convention next weekend. Please pray for them to enjoy this time together as they grow in faith and friendship. We will have a special blessing for them at this Sunday’s Masses.
Our youth group will present a Career Night on March 16th. Youth and parents are invited to attend. Take a flyer in the back of church. Please remember to check the weekly church bulletin and our Youth Facebook page for upcoming events.
This March, we celebrate our 9th Anniversary. Our youth group was formed on March 20, 2009 and about twenty kids attended the first meeting. Our teen leaders were Alyssa Erazo, Alex Delgado, James Kessler, Jasmine Tatum and Alanna Thomas. Wow! Time flies. Today, we have fourteen active members and six teen leaders enjoying many events. We are so proud of our youth!
Please mark your calendars with our March events:
March 2-4, 2018 66th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention – Adam’s Mark Hotel,
120 Church Street, Buffalo
Only High school students may attend - theme is True Story
March 7, 2018 Youth Advisers Meeting at 7pm in Riter Hall
To plan youth activities
March 16, 2018 Youth Group Meets from 7pm to 9pm in Drilling Hall
If your son or daughter is interested in joining our Youth Group, please see our Youth Group Advisers (Juanita Bauer, Sue Kessler, Edward Dean or Nydia Gutowski) for details or just attend the next Youth Group Meeting. New members are always welcome!
ATTENTION - REGISTERED PARISHIONERS - Please let us know at the parish office of changes of phone numbers and addresses. Give us a call or drop off a note in the collection basket. It is very important for us to have updated information.
SUNDAY TV MASS – For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
SANCTUARY LAMPS are still available [Tabernacle – May, June and September] [Book of Life – March and July] $20.00 for the month.
+PRAY FOR THE SICK – Remember Clara Szafranski, James Singletery, Gladys Hunter, Jennifer Martin, Carmen Maria Velasquez, Joann Snead and Virginia Makeyenko.
+PRAY FOR THOSE IN NURSING HOMES – We ask God for comfort and healing for our sick brothers and sisters in nursing homes, including Maria Erazo, and Daniel Lopez
Vicariate of Southern Erie County
Lenten Reflection Series
At Nativity of Our Lord Parish
South Buffalo Street & Thorn Avenue
Orchard Park NY 14127
Sunday, March 4 – Prodigal Father/Prodigal Son:
Lenten Reflection on Forgiveness
Speaker: Msgr. Paul J. E. Burkard
Pastor, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Sunday, March 11 – How Pope Francis Helps us Celebrate Lent
Speaker: Rev. Michael LaMarca
Parochial Vicar, St. John Paul II, Lakeview
Sunday, March 18 – The Passion of Christ: Reflections on
Jesus’ Suffering and Death in Mark’s Gospel
Speaker: Rev. Msgr. Richard Siepka
Spiritual Director, Christ the King Seminary
Refreshments will be served following each evening’s presentation.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you! All services are free. All conversations are strictly private. For more information, call 716.558.7233 or visit www.fjcsafe.org.