Mass Times/ Hours
8:00 am and 10:00 am
Monday 8:00 am
Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 & 8:00 am
Friday 6:30 am
Beginning Monday January 11th, weekday Masses will be held in the Parish Center, until sometime after Easter.
Saturdays 3:30-4:00pm, and on request
The Church is open for:
Private Prayer: Weekdays until 3 pm
Eucharistic Adoration: Wed 8:30 am-6 pm
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.
Installation of Bishop Michael W. Fisher, 15th Bishop of Buffalo
Please be aware of our prayers for you as you begin your new journey. We pray that the Holy Spirit comes down upon you as you serve as our Bishop, and we look forward to you coming here someday to celebrate Mass with us!
From the desk of Fr. Walter
JANUARY 17, 2021
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
In today’s Gospel, the first disciples are invited to “come and see” what is before them, to realize who is in their midst. The same invitation is extended to us, Jesus’ disciples in the here and now. The challenge of discipleship / prophecy is to discern and respond to that call within our own lives, in the context of our own experiences. Jesus calls us to “come and see”; to realize the presence of God in the goodness and generosity around us. And Jesus calls us to follow him: to focus our attention on the needs of others rather than our own wants, to find purpose in bringing joy into the lives of others rather than in the pursuit of the things the world deems as important.
Regardless of our social standing or lifestyle, regardless of where or how we live, God is present in every moment of our lives. Whether we are movers and shakers on Wall Street or live from paycheck to paycheck, we can make God’s reign a reality in our own time and place through our faithfulness to the Gospel values of servanthood, reconciliation, justice, and peace. We are called to bring others to Jesus, to show others all that God has done for us and help them realize their own gifts and potential for greatness. As John and Andrew and Philip introduced the Messiah to their followers and family, we are called to point to the Messiah in our selflessness and our commitment to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message!
Fr. Walt shares insights from the Installation Ceremony of Bishop Michael Fisher
Lay Formation Opportunites
Words with Wine & Virtual Luncheon!
Please join St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry for two wonderful opportunities in January. Or share this with a friend or fellow parishioner!
The Diocese of Buffalo formation program has teamed up with St Bernard’s School of Theology to offer degrees for lay people and permanent deacon candidates. They also have many other opportunities available for learning.
Words with Wine!!
Join our St. Bernard's virtual community as we discuss the classics and faith.
Our next session will be led by adjunct professor, Apolonio Latar, STL,
who will lead a discussion of Oscar Milosz's play, Miguel Mañara,
and how it and other works of art have inspired and generated the charism of Communion and Liberation.
Msgr. Luigi Giussani, the founder of Communion and Liberation, was a man, in the words of Joseph Ratzinger,
"wounded by the desire for beauty" and "kept the gaze of his life, of his heart, always fixed on Christ."
One of the best ways to understand his charism is through this play that he particularly loved.
Join us as get to know Msgr. Giusanni through an exploration of Oscar Milosz's play, Miguel Mañara!
WHEN: Thursday, 1/21, 7:30pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
SIGNUP LINK : https://stbernards.regfox.com/www
Virtual Luncheon with Matthew Brown
Questions about continuing formation at the lay or diaconal level?
Do you want to know what you can learn and where you can get it from?
Join Mr. Matthew Brown for a ‘Virtual Luncheon” to discuss education opportunities.
* Our brand new certificate programs
* Our financial aid process
* Taking or auditing one course for personal enrichment or continuing education
* Or just wanting to learn more about our distance learning program as we continue to monitor Covid-19
WHEN: Thursday, 1/26, 12:00-1:00pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
SIGNUP LINK : stbernards.regfox.com /dobvirtualluncheon
Never miss a weekly bulletin!
Religious Education Update
Classes resume Sunday, January 10th.
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
Calendar of Events
The Road to Renewal
The Catholic Faithful, priests, deacons, religious, parish administrators and school leaders of the Diocese of Buffalo have embarked on a journey to reinvigorate Catholic faith, more fully optimize parish and diocesan resources, and increase the impact of our varied ministries throughout Western New York.
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Connect! Sunday Reflection
Sunday Reflection for January 17th
- 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, Parish Secretary
- Trudy Wargo, Traditional Choir & Music Director
- Lizz Abt, Youth Choir Director
- Karen Abt, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Website manager
Readings for the week of January 17, 2021
- Sunday: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 / Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 [8a, 9a] / 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011721.cfm
- Jn 1: 35-42
- Monday: Heb 5:1-10 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / Mk 2:18-22
- Tuesday: Heb 6:10-20 / Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c  / Mk 2:23-28
- Wednesday: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / Mk 3:1-6
- Thursday: Heb 7:25—8:6 / Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 [8a and 9a] / Mk 3:7-12
- Friday: Heb 8:6-13 / Ps 85:8 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 [11a] / Mk 3:13-19
- Saturday: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Mk 3:20-21
- Next Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [4a] / 1 Cor 7:29-31 / Mk 1:14-20