*February 9, 2021
NOTE FROM FR. IVAN
We have received some very specific guidelines from the Diocese regarding Ash Wednesday, The Season of Lent, and Easter. Today I will focus on Ash Wednesday. As we get closer to Palm Sunday and Holy Week we will prepare you for any changes to our usual traditions.
This has been a very difficult year for all of us who have been living through this pandemic. My prayers are with all who have had sickness within their families, and especially for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. We will soon be approaching Easter when, one year ago, so many restrictions were placed upon all of us and upon our Churches.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17th, we will have Masses with the distribution of ashes as follows:
8:00 AM St. Joseph’s Church
5:15 PM St. Joseph’s Church
7:00 PM St. Mary’s Church
Ashes will be distributed following the homily at each Mass. However, because of Covid-19, we are unable to impose the ashes on a person’s forehead in the usual manner. Instead, we will be following the European custom of sprinkling ashes on the crown of each person’s head. We will come to each of you in your pews to impose the ashes in the same manner as we distribute Holy Communion. If you wish to receive Ashes, please stand as the Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister approaches you, and bow your head to receive your Ashes.
As usual, we do follow the normal guidelines for Abstinence and Fasting throughout our Lenten Journey.
Abstinence: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
Fasting: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
ADDITIONAL REMINDER: Due to COVID-19, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days remains in place until otherwise announced.
I wish everyone a prayerful Lenten Journey.
*December 12, 2020
If you see Fr. Ivan be sure to wish him a Happy birthday.
Happy birthday, Fr. Ivan!
*December 4, 2020
Note from Fr. Ivan
This weekend we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
"Prepare the way of the Lord" was the message of John the Baptist and the message of the Gospels. We do not enter into God's kingdom by accident or by default. It is like anything else in life, if we want something worthwhile or want to accomplish anything worth accomplishing, we need to prepare.
John the Baptist is not talking about preparing our house, or our gifts, or our meals, or our celebrations, which we always do at this time of the year and are great traditions. He is talking about preparing our hearts.
Let us all resolve to do our best throughout Advent to prepare ourselves and our hearts for the coming of our Lord Jesus at Christmas.
As you know, Fr. Bob and I have been celebrating Daily Masses and all Weekend Masses at both St. Mary's and St. Joseph's. However, I am sorry to advise you we will not be celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses in Church with our parish family. This was a difficult decision for us.
Most of our neighboring parishes are not celebrating Christmas Masses and we were concerned we would have very large crowds. As you know we always have standing room only at most of our Masses on this holiday and we would be unable to follow our guidelines of social distancing. We do not want to have to turn anyone away.
We will be live-streaming Mass at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve proceeded by a concert beginning at 3:40 PM. We cannot bring our choir together because of the pandemic, but the usual concert will be played by our Choir Director, Mark Hoerbelt, with his daughter, Madison as featured soloist. Please join us live on Facebook or find us on YouTube or on our Parish Website: www.resurrectionbatavia.com.
We will continue our regular weekend schedule on Saturday, December 26th.
Please watch your mail in the next week as I am once again sending a letter to all our parishioners.
May the Lord continue to bless you throughout this Advent Season.
*December 1, 2020
Welcome to our new bishop, Bishop Michael William Fisher!
More information regarding our new bishop can be found on the Buffalo Diocese website here: Welcome Bishop Fisher.
*November 28 & 29
Road to Renewal: Bishop Scharfenberger's Pastoral Letter
Our Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has issued a Pastoral Letter to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of our diocese. The letter is being mailed to registered Catholic households as well as being made available at all of our parishes and Catholic Institutions in time for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020. The purpose of the Pastoral Letter is to provide the spiritual foundation for our Diocesan Road to Renewal Initiative. Everyone in our diocese is encouraged to read the Pastoral Letter and to spend time reflecting and sharing with one another the significance of this call to renewal in the Diocese of Buffalo.
*November 20, 2020