Resumes the weekend of June 5-6
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, and we encouraged you to use your prudential judgement throughout this pandemic to determine if it was unsafe for you to attend Mass. This remains true.
However, for 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, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass now resumes, effective the weekend of June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in our dioceses.
Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 6:30, 8:00 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
Based on prevailing guidance from health officials or an individual’s
medical professional, masks are now optional, but may continue to
be worn at the discretion of the individual. Individuals are encouraged to maintain a reasonable distance from members of different households.
SUMMER CASH RAFFLE RETURNS!
The men of the Holy Name Society announce the return of our annual
Summer Cash Raffle! Tickets are $20.00 and will be available in the
Narthex after Mass beginning the weekend of June 12th & 13th.
$1,700.00 in cash prizes will be awarded including a $200.00 EARLY BIRD
drawing to be held Sunday, July 11th following the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
All other prizes including the $500.00 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded on Saturday, August 14th.
ONLY 200 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD! DON'T MISS OUT!
From the desk of Fr. Walter
JUNE 20, 2021
TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We live most of our days on the surface; we tend to take things at face value. It often takes a “storm” to shake us up and make us delve deeper into who we are and where we are going on life’s journey. So, too, does the “violent squall” in this Gospel story challenge the disciples to move from their surface understanding of who Jesus is to the deeper faith in him that discipleship demands.
Disciples take Jesus into their boat “just as he was.” How was he? Very tired and very human; he fell asleep. But also very divine and very powerful; he calmed the storm. Jesus, for his part, took the disciples just as they were – still not fully understanding who he was. In this story of the storm at sea Jesus reveals just who he was and leads the disciples to become more fully who they could be – disciples with deeper faith in him.
Like the disciples, we must learn to leave the crowd and take Jesus with us in our “boat” – on our life’s journey. When violent squalls come up, waves break over our boat, frightening us. Jesus can seem asleep until we cry out to him. As with the disciples in the Gospel story, so it is with us: in the storms of our life, Jesus quiets us and teaches us to “be still” and come to deeper faith in him.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message
CONGRATULATIONS TO MAUREEN MCEWAN
Through conferral of the SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER AWARD, our Diocese celebrates the tradition of recognizing Catholic laity who help spread the Gospel message of Christian charity and service throughout our parish faith communities. In this year of Saint Joseph, patron of both the Universal Church and our Diocese of Buffalo, we are presented with an extra special opportunity to recognize those who epitomize the spirit of Saint Joseph, who as our Holy Father proclaimed, “helped us see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day.” and in doing so, play “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”
MAUREEN MCEWAN has been selected to receive the Lay Award of Saint Joseph the Worker in recognition of her devotion and unselfish labors for Our Lady of Peace Parish in Clarence, NY. Maureen has served our Parish as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan, Altar & Rosary Society Member and Coordinator of the Parish Prayer Chain Ministry. Congratulations to Maureen and our thanks to her for her many years of service to God and to her many brothers and sisters of Our Lady of Peace Parish.
Maureen was presented with a special award and Decree from Bishop Michael Fisher during our 4;30 PM Saturday Parish Mass on May 8’th.
God’s blessing to you, Maureen!!
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!
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.
This Sunday, June 13th, we invite you to join us in offering a spiritual bouquet to St. Joseph, seeking his intercession and thanking him for his fatherly care. We invite you to share with us your prayer intentions to be entrusted to St. Joseph. We also encourage you to offer a spiritual bouquet to St. Joseph in your own homes, using or adapting the suggestions in this sample activity guide: usccb.org/joseph-spiritual-bouquet. If you participate from home, please consider sharing pictures with our parish family. We would love to see them! Send your pics to [email protected]
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 Church
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 June 20, 2021
- Sunday: Jb 38:1, 8-11 / Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 [1b] / 2 Cor 5:14-17 / Mk 4:35-41
- Monday: Gn 12:1-9 / Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20 and 22  / Mt 7:1-5
- Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18 / Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 [1b] / Mt 7:6, 12-14
- Wednesday: Gn 15:1-12, 17-18 / Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 [8a] / Mt 7:15-20
- Thursday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10 / Ps 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 [6b] / 1 Pt 1:8-12 / Lk 1:5-17
- Day: Is 49:1-6 / Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15 [14a] / Acts 13:22-26 / Lk 1:57-66, 80
- Friday: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 / Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5  / Mt 8:1-4
- Saturday: Gn 18:1-15 / Lk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50 and 53, 54-55 [cf. 54b] / Mt 8:5-17
- Next Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 / Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 [2a] / 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062821.cfm
- Mk 5: 21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43