Our Lady of Peace Church
10950 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031
Rectory - 716.759.8554
A Message from Fr. Walter
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
This Fourth Sunday of Lent in Cycle A gives us the second gospel reading from John in as many weeks. Last week we read about the woman at the well. Next week is the raising of Lazarus from the dead. But this week we have Jesus healing the man born blind. The story is masterfully and artfully complex yet succinct. Drama abounds and intrigue develops with each verse. Fundamental themes and metaphors such as light versus darkness, sight versus blindness, knowing versus not knowing, and more, including willful ignorance in the face of demonstrable evidence, all are woven together in this gospel passagethat is the source of tremendous insight and wisdom. Within today’s Gospel Jesus encounters both spiritual and physical blindness. In healing the man born blind, he gains a follower, while also deepening the animosity of the Pharisees who attribute his willingness to heal on the Sabbath to the actions of a sinner. Blinded by their fear and rigidinterpretation of the law, the Pharisees are not able to see the man right in front of them for who he truly is: the Lord, the one who fulfills the prophecies of Isaiah by opening the eyes of the blind.
Every Wednesday, from 8:30am-6:00pm, in the Church
O Come Let Us Adore Him!!
The Catechism quotes Pope John Paul II: "The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease." (CCC, 1380)
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Readings for the week of March 19, 2023
- Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (1) / Eph 5:8-14 / Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
- Monday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12 / Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 / Jn 5:1-16
- Wednesday: Is 49:8-15 / Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 / Jn 5:17-30
- Thursday: Ex 32:7-14 / Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 / Jn 5:31-47
- Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22 / Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23 / Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
- Saturday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10 / Ps 40:7-8a,8b-9, 10, 11 / Heb 10:4-10 / Lk 1:26-38
- Next Sunday: Ez 37:12-14 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7) / Rom 8:8-11 / Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
The obligation to attend Holy Mass on the Lord’s Day is a sacred one. Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation.
However, those who are healthy and not at great risk, the presumption of the faithful should be that, unless they are at an enhanced risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, are obligated to attend Sunday Mass.
Click here to read the full Statement on a Return to Sunday Mass by the Roman Catholic Bishopsof the Upstate New York Dioceses of Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester and Syracuse
Road to Renewal
The Diocese has embarked on a journey to optimize more fully parish and diocesan resources, and, importantly, increase the reach and impact of our varied ministries throughout Western New York. See the Road to Renewal website for more information.
- Father Walter Szczesny, Pastor
- Deacon Art Sullivan, Permanent Deacon
- Sister Barbara Bogden, Pastoral Care/Outreach/Bereavement/RCIA
- Dan Pawlak, Director of Religious Education
- Karen Molitor, Parish Secretary, Parish Ctr., Website and Social Media
- Sandy Coon, Bookkeeper
- Trudy Wargo, Traditional Choir & Music Director