Masses resume this weekend, November 28-29!!!
Late on November 25, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion in the case of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York vs. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York. The 5 to 4 decision pertains to the state’s ability to restrict capacity in houses of worship.
Please wear your masks and maintain six feet of physical distance from those outside of your household at all times.
Religious Education Update
Beginning November 22nd, all in person religious education classes are suspended. Parents, please check your e-mail for information on at-home instruction.
If you haven't picked up your books, call the Rectory Office, Mondays and Fridays, between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00noon.
If the good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise...we will see you all back in the classroom on January 10th, 2021!!!
Monday 8:00 am
Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 & 8:00 am
Friday 6:30 am
The Church is open for:
Private Prayer: Mon, Tue, and Thur 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.
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Youth Ministry Wreath Sale
Our Youth Ministry is holding this year's wreath sale, with help from the Holy Name Society.
Click on the link below to download the order form. Thanks for your support of our Youth!!
Christmas Giving Tree
Adopting a Family for Christmas will be a little different this year.
Our Giving Tree is up in the narthex, with paper angel ornaments containing gift requests.
Due to COVID-19, the requests have changed:
Sister Ann Helene, from St Katherine Drexel in Buffalo, is asking for gift cards that will be given to inner-city families to do their own Christmas shopping.
Sister Johnice, from the Response to Love Center, is requesting zippered or snapped hoodies, and size FULL blankets.
Gifts should be dropped off under the Giving Tree (UNWRAPPED), by December 13th
Fr. Walt’s Weekly Message
NOVEMBER 22, 2020
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
Some breeds of goats and sheep are nearly indistinguishable from each other – goats look like sheep, and sheep look like goats. And Jesus is indistinguishable from those among us in need – Jesus looks like the “least,” and the “least” look like Jesus. On the day of final judgment Jesus will distinguish between those faithful ones who have cared for him and those unfaithful ones who have not.
No one knows when the day of final judgment, the day when Christ the King returns in all his glory, will occur. Yet we do know a day of judgment: every day. Judgment is according to what we do or do not do - right now, here today – for the persons in our midst. Today, every day, Jesus is present in the human beings among us in need. Yes, judgment occurs right now, here, today.
How critical our choices and actions are today! At the same time, how comforting it is to know that the judgment upon our choices and actions today is not a final one! We must reflect on our daily living and judge for ourselves whether we are being faithful or unfaithful. If found unfaithful, we must choose to change. When we judge ourselves rightly, then we need not fear Jesus’ final judgment. He will count us among his faithful ones and invite us to share his eternal glory.
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.
Christmas Mass Times
In order to accommodate all who would like to join us in celebrating Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Peace this year, we are adding a Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve. The Mass schedule is:
Christmas Eve Vigil:
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
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.
Parishioners are encouraged to complete the survey below.
Calendar of Events
- Father Walter Szczesny, Pastor
- Deacon Art Sullivan, Permanent Deacon
- Sister Barbara Bogden, Pastoral Care/Outreach/Bereavement/RCIA
- Anne Marie Ratzel, Religious Education Coordinator
- Ann Houseman, 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 November 22, 2020
- Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 / Ps 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6  / 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28 / Mt 25:31-46
- Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 / Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6] / Lk 21:1-4
- Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19 / Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 [13b] / Lk 21:5-11
- Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4 / Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9 [Rev 15:3b] / Lk 21:12-19
- Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a / Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5 [Rev 19:9a] / Lk 21:20-28
- Friday: Rv 20:1-4, 11—21:2 / Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a [Rev 21:3b] / Lk 21:29-33
- Saturday: Rv 22:1-7 / Ps 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7ab [1 Cor 16:22b] / Lk 21:34-36
- Next Sunday: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 / Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19  / 1 Cor 1:3-9 / Mk 13:33-37