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.
--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!!
Let us Pray for an end to Abortion
Tuesday, November 30th, in the Church
The Supreme Court is scheduled to debate abortion on Dec 1, 2021 when they hear the Dobbs vs. Jackson case. There is a chance that the final decision in this case could overturn Roe vs. Wade, giving control of protecting life back to the states.
Catholic Vote Education Fund is encouraging parishes across the nation to pray for an end to abortion during their Eucharistic Adoration sessions.
Our Lady of Peace will participate in this effort by adding Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday November 30th to the regularly scheduled period on December 1st.
Please sign up for the Tuesday session at the Adoration Sign-up Book or drop a note in the collection basket during Mass.
For more information the the Court Case and national effort see: https://catholicvote.org/dobbs
For more information on local efforts contact Mark Morgante 716-491-8469.
Stations of the Cross
First Fridays at 6:30PM
October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd
Please join us at 6:30pm, 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.
ALTAR AND ROSARY
CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE
DECEMBER 18 & 19
A VARIETY OF COOKIES MADE BY THE LOVING HANDS OF OUR
ALTAR AND ROSARY MEMBERS
$20/TRAY OR $10/BOX
AFTER ALL MASSES
IN THE NARTHEX
From the desk of Fr. Walter
NOVEMBER 28, 2021
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Today we begin a new liturgical year. Marking time through the liturgical year is an important part of our Christian journey, as it allows us to more deeply align our hearts and minds with Christ and enter more fully into the paschal mystery. It is important to remember that the waiting we experience now during this time of preparation for the coming of God is intimately connected to not only Christmas, but also the entirety of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
In the second reading, Saint Paul prays that God will make God’s people “increase and abound in love.” While it is easy to speak of this love in a general sense, this is a good time to consider explicit ways in which our community and world need to grow in love for each other and in love for God. This is not a time for shaming or rebuking, but for inviting ways to cultivate the love Paul describes.
The Gospel today reminds us that as Christians, we wait for something more than the celebration of the historical coming of Christ at Christmas. Jesus tells his disciples that a day will come when all must stand before the Son of Man. Like the disciples, we too wait for the coming of Christ at the end of time where sin, fear, and injustice will be no more. The waiting is an important part of the twofold nature of Advent.
Fr. Walt's Weekly Video Message
Youth Ministry News
OLV Basilica and Botanical Gardens!!
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.
“The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human
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.
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 November 28, 2021
- Sunday: Jer 33:14-16 / Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 [1b] / 1 Thes 3:12—4:2 / Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
- Monday: Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Mt 8:5-11
- Tuesday: Rom 10:9-18 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Mt 4:18-22
- Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 / Mt 15:29-37
- Thursday: Is 26:1-6 / Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a / Mt 7:21, 24-27
- Friday: Is 29:17-24 / Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 / Mt 9:27-31
- Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26 / Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
- Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9 / Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6  / Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3:1-6