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
COVID – 19 UPDATE: GUIDANCE FOR PARISHES
COVID-19 is now “a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” under New York State’s HERO Act. The CDC has also indicated that New York State’s rate of transmission is “high.”
Therefore the Diocese of Buffalo has updated guidance for parishes in this area and has for the time being mandated, until further notice, the following for those attending Liturgical services:
--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.
--Basic hygiene remains important. If a person does not feel well, has a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees, or is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should stay home and seek medical attention.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OLP!!
October - Month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In honor of our Blessed Mother Mary, the Altar and Rosary Society will recite the Rosary prior to the 4:30 Mass, at 4:00pm every Saturday in October.
Public Square Rosary Recitation
Sunday, October 17th at 11:00 AM
This local rally is one of more than 20,000 to be held across America under the sponsorship of ‘America Needs Fatima’, to celebrate the 104th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal.
We will offer a Rosary to ask Mary to save America. It will be a public display of our faith and a public reparation for the Culture of Death in our secular society. We hope to reach out to fallen away Catholics and invite non-Catholics to learn of the Rosary.
Call or text Mark Morgante to let him know if you will participate in the Rosary (716-491-8469).
We will meet in front of the church after the 10:00AM Mass (11:00AM ) near the Crosses of the Unborn.
Stations of the Cross
First Fridays at 6:30PM
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.
MASS OF ANOINTING
The Catholic Church professes and teaches that the Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments of the New Testament, that it was instituted by Christ our Lord, mentioned in Mark(6:13) and through James , the apostle, recommended to the faithful and made known: “Is there anyone sick among you? Let them send for the Priests of the Church and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven.”
A “Mass of Anointing” will be offered here at Our Lady of Peace Parish on SUNDAY….. NOVEMBER 7TH AT 12 NOON.
All those who attend are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Anointing / Healing.
OUR LADY OF PEACE 100TH ANNIVERSARY
From the desk of Fr. Walter
OCTOBER 10, 2021
TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Possessions in themselves are not bad; the difficulty comes when our possessions begin to possess us and run our lives. We buy a seventy-two inch flat screen TV, and then need to buy an alarm system for our home because we are afraid it may be stolen. We buy the latest computer program upgrade, and then want to buy a new computer. It never ends. Possessions can so quickly possess us.
In the gospel giving up possessions is a metaphor for the total surrender of self. In order to follow Jesus, we must give ourselves completely to him; no earthly possessions can be allowed to stand in the way.
In order to follow Jesus faithfully, we need to minimize those possessions that distract us and multiply those possession that help us give ourselves more completely to Jesus. For example, we need to increase the time and energy we spend doing good, deepen the concern we feel for others, strengthen those relationships that help us grow in love, and increase our knowledge and understanding of people and situations. Accruing these possessions ought to never end; they are by nature what we give away for the sake of others and what solidifies our discipleship.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message
Youth Ministry News
Respect Life Prayer Service
Sunday November 14th
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]
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.
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 October 10, 2021
- Sunday: Wis 7:7-11 / Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17  / Heb 4:12-13 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101021.cfm
- Mk 10: 17-30 or 10:17-27
- Monday: Rom 1:1-7 / Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 [2a] / Lk 11:29-32
- Tuesday: Rom 1:16-25 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 [2a] / Lk 11:37-41
- Wednesday: Rom 2:1-11 / Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9  / Lk 11:42-46
- Thursday: Rom 3:21-30 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6  / Lk 11:47-54
- Friday: Rom 4:1-8 / Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 [cf. 7] / Lk 12:1-7
- Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18 / Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43  / Lk 12:8-12
- Next Sunday: Is 53:10-11 / Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22  / Heb 4:14-16 / Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45