Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am and 10:00 am
Weekdays Mon 8:00 am, Tue-Thu 6:30&8:00am, Fri 6:30am
Confessions Saturdays 3:30-4:00pm
Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday 8:30am-6:00pm
Rectory Office Hours Mon-Thur 8:30-2:30, Fri 9:00-12:00
Until further notice, Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. If you feel ill, have been in contact with someone who is ill, or are unsure about attending Mass, please remain home.
While attending Mass or visiting our Parish, we ask that you wear a face mask and maintain six feet of physical distance between yourself and others that are not members of your household.
Mother's Day Spiritual Bouquet to Our Blessed Mother
Sunday May 9th, following the 10:00 Mass
This Mother’s Day weekend, our Youth Ministry invites you to join us in offering a spiritual bouquet to Our Blessed Mother,
seeking her intercession and thanking her for her maternal, loving care. We invite you to share with us your
prayer intentions to be entrusted to Our Lady. We also encourage you to offer a spiritual bouquet to Our Lady in your own homes, using or adapting the suggestions in this sample activity guide.
If you participate from home, please consider sharing pictures with our parish family. We would love to see them! E-Mail them to [email protected], and/or share to our Facebook page!
News from the Diocese
It is with great joy that the Diocese of Buffalo announces the ordination of 8 men, four to the Sacred Order of Deacon (one transitional and three permanent) and four to the Sacred Order of Presbyter!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of these will be ticketed events. Priests and deacons have already been sent separate announcements with RSVP instructions. Parishioners, friends, and other guests will be invited by the ordination candidates themselves, space permitting.
For those unable to attend the event in person, a live stream will be offered via https://www.stgregs.org/live-stream (May 15) or the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/SaintJosephCathedral/ (May 22 and June 5).
Please continue to pray for these men as they answer the call of our Lord to deepen their service to the Church of Buffalo!
Annual Baby Bottle Collection
Beginning May 1st the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring the Fill a Baby Bottle for Harvest House. We will provide the bottle and you provide the change which will go to Harvest House for their baby ministry. Take one (or more), fill it up, and return it by May 16th. It’s easy and may be used as a family event. Have you kids help fill it up as their sacrificial giving for May. Remember that May is Mary’s month and also the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. What better gift for a mom than to help other who need our support?
We will be handing out and collecting the bottles outside of church after each Mass. If you don’t want to use a bottle, feel free to use your own container.
From the desk of Fr. Walter
MAY 2, 2021
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Those who tend vineyards regularly prune the grapevines of the shoots that drain the vines of life, yet do not produce any fruit. After the pruning, the vines look bare and lifeless. With sun, water, and the right time, however, they burst forth in new and healthy growth. Grapevines do not choose to be pruned in order to produce fruit. We, however, must make a choice to be pruned and produce fruit.
Jesus’ word is the life force that prunes disciples so that they may bear fruit. His word is revelation of himself, gift of his Spirit, and expression of his relationship with his Father and his disciples. To remain in the risen Jesus is to share in the power of his risen Life and to bear fruit. This is a choice we must make.
Jesus’ word prunes whatever in our life hinders us from choosing to remain fruitful branches on the Vine. Jesus’ word comes to us through the proclamation of Scripture, to be sure. His word also comes to us in other ways: in the loving correction offered by another, in a gentle prod to make a good choice for our life, in a cry for help from someone in need. Responding to any word from the risen Jesus nurtures our growth and life, strengthens our relationship to the Vine and enables us to produce visible fruit in our own lives. This fruit, in turn, may become Jesus’ word for another.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message
Scholarship for High School Seniors
The OLP Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Societies are offering $500
scholarships for two OLP high school seniors planning to attend 2 or 4 year colleges
or trade schools upon graduation.
Youth Ministry News
Respect Life Prayer Service
All are encouraged to join us for a Respect Life Prayer Service, the second Sunday of each month, following the 10:00 Mass, in the Church.
Sundays at the Barn
All Youth, grades 6-12, are welcome!
Come to the Barn for fun, games, prayer, service to others and FOOD!!!
Following the 10:00 Mass, until 12:30, as scheduled
Questions? E-mail Karen Abt, [email protected]
Every Wednesday, from 8:30-6:00, in the Parish Center
Our Parish App
We now have a Mobile App!! You can easily receive messages; check the calendar, bulletins, daily readings; and make donations through the App. The App links to our Parish website.
Find it in the App Store/Google Play by searching “Weconnect Parish App”, or download by texting:
ParishApp1 to 555888 for iPhone/iPad ParishApp2 to 555888 for Android
Once you have downloaded the app, select Our Lady of Peace Parish. From the menu, go to Message Settings and toggle the switch to green to receive notifications from our Parish.
Greetings from Our Pastor, Fr. Walt
I send warm greetings to you. I am Father Walter Szczesny, the Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish. I invite you to discover and explore our Parish website. I hope you will find it informative and interesting.
I also invite you to discover the vibrant Liturgical and Ministerial life of our parish. Perhaps you can see yourself becoming involved in our mission to imitate Christ as we are attentive to the needs of others. My door is always open should you have questions or wish to dialogue on your faith journey.
May God continue to bless you and your family,
- Fr. Walter Szczesny
- Father Walter Szczesny, Pastor
- Deacon Art Sullivan, Permanent Deacon
- Sister Barbara Bogden, Pastoral Care/Outreach/Bereavement/RCIA
- Anne Marie Ratzel, Religious Education Coordinator
- Karen Molitor, Parish Secretary
- Kathy Kreppel, Bookkeeper
- Trudy Wargo, Traditional Choir & Music Director
- Lizz Abt, Youth Choir Director
- Karen Abt, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Website manager
Readings for the week of May 2, 2021
- Sunday: Acts 9:26-31 / Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 [26a] / 1 Jn 3:18-24 / Jn 15:1-8
- Monday: 1 Cor 15:1-8 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5  / Jn 14:6-14
- Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28 / Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 [cf. 12] / Jn 14:27-31a
- Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 [cf. 1] / Jn 15:1-8
- Thursday: Acts 15:7-21 / Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10  / Jn 15:9-11
- Friday: Acts 15:22-31 / Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12 [10a] / Jn 15:12-17
- Saturday: Acts 16:1-10 / Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5 / Jn 15:18-21
- Next Sunday: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 / Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 [cf. 2b] / 1 Jn 4:7-10 / Jn 15:9-17