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
As of September 22nd
Masks are now mandated for all participants in the liturgy, especially when
in close proximity to those of other households (for entry, exit, and when receiving Holy Communion). When seated, participants may “relax their mask” if they feel comfortable to do so.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OLP!!
Stations of the Cross
First Fridays at 7:00PM
October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd
Please join us at 7:00pm, in the church, as we recall the Passion of our Lord by participating in the Stations of The Cross. We encourage you to consider taking just 30 minutes out of your schedule to not only reflect upon, but also thank, Jesus for the sacrifice He made for us then and the mercy we receive from Him every day.
WINE TASTING WITH AN ITALIAN FLAIR
Saturday September 25th
Unfortunately, we have to postpone the Wine Tasting until next year. If you purchased tickets, you will be reimbursed. If you donated wine, gift certificates, etc., they will be used next year for the event. We are so sorry to have to cancel, but mark your calendar for next year, September 17, 2022.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Saturday October 2nd at 1:00pm
The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is October 4th. Saint Francis has always been associated with his love of nature and of animals. It is a wonderful Catholic tradition to offer the Blessing of Animals sometime around the Feast of Saint Francis.
A special Blessing of Animals will be offered near the shrine next to the Church.
We look forward to seeing you … and your special pet animals for this Blessing!!
Volunteers Needed For Our Parish 100th Anniversary
From the desk of Fr. Walter
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
What happens when we are caught with our hand in the proverbial cookie jar? Our face turns red, our head drops, our eyes are cast down, and we are silent. So we can readily identify with the disciples’ silence in the face of Jesus’ asking them what they were discussing.
Twice in this Gospel the disciples are reduced to silence. First, they are afraid to tell him that they have been arguing about who among them is the greatest. The first silence indicates a stubborn resistance to accept the demands of what they hear; the second silence indicates that they intuitively understand how far they have strayed from what Jesus is teaching them. The disciples spend the rest of their lives coming to understand what it means to follow Jesus and serve him through the least among us.
We ought not be discouraged or too hard on ourselves when we shy away from the demands of dying to self in order to serve others, especially the least among us. The disciples didn’t get it either! But they learned. Eventually they gave their lives and now live in the fullness of life Jesus promised. Like the disciples, Jesus gives us the room we need to grow and come to deeper understanding what it means to be his faithful followers serving others.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message
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.
Youth Ministry News
Respect Life Prayer Service
Sunday October 10th
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]
Diocesan Marriage Celebration
You are Invited…..
Couples celebrating their 50th 60th and 70th Wedding Anniversaries
The Diocese of Buffalo and the Office of Pastoral Ministries wishes to honor couples who will observe their 50th, 60th and 70th wedding anniversaries and recognize the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, challenges and comforts in daily married life. On Sunday, October 24 there will be a special Mass at 10:30AM at St. Joseph Cathedral where couples will renew their marriage vows. Following Mass the opportunity to take photographs with the anniversary couples will take place in Our Lady Chapel (located to the left of the main altar) with a brunch after Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church Center, 160 Court St., Buffalo behind Buffalo City Hall.
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.
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 September 26, 2021
- Sunday: Nm 11:25-29 / Ps 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 [9a] / Jas 5:1-6 / Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
- Monday: Zec 8:1-8 / Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23  / Lk 9:46-50
- Tuesday: Zec 8:20-23 / Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 [Zec 8:23] / Lk 9:51-56
- Wednesday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a / Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5  / Jn 1:47-51
- Thursday: Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11[9ab] / Lk 10:1-12
- Friday: Bar 1:15-22 / Ps 79:1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9  / Lk 10:13-16
- Saturday: Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 / Ps 69:33-35, 36-37  / Mt 18:1-5, 10
- Next Sunday: Gn 2:18-24 / Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 [cf. 5] / Heb 2:9-11 / Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12