The following is a letter from the Erie County Surrogate regarding the intent to repurpose Upon this Rock funds originally earmarked for the operations of Chirst the King Seminary but now, rather for "Formation" expenses associated with the training of seminarians, diaconate and students of lay ecclesial programs:
Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc.
(“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment
campaign. The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for
making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary
(“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing
an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined
that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it
impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended
purposes. However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are
donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent
with original intent by the New York State courts. For many years, CKS provided education and
formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond.
Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of
Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds
can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the
Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.
If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested
modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an
email to [email protected] Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be
provided to the Court. You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter
of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be
available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any
filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.
*February 16, 2021
Thank you, Music Director Mark Hoerbelt, and the Resurrection Parish Choir as we start Lent.
*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.
Sincerely, Fr. Ivan
*January 8, 2021
NOTE FROM FR. IVAN
I wanted to let everyone know that this weekend, January 9th and 10th, our 5:30 Mass is unable to be life-streamed for all at home. We plan to be back on schedule next weekend. All of our Masses in Church will be said as scheduled.
Please know that all of our parishioners are in my prayers daily as we try to get through this Covid-19 pandemic.
May God bless you all.
NOTE FROM FR. IVAN
As we look forward with joy to the birth of our Lord, Jesus, on this Christmas Day we also must celebrate in a far different way than we have in the past.
Due to the pandemic, many will be celebrating without their families and will not be attending Mass in our churches; but we must remain strong in our faith and follow the guidelines to hopefully avoid contracting the Covid virus. This has been a very unusual year for all of us, and now that the vaccine is becoming available we will hopefully be able to get through it safely.
With the help of Deacon Henry, Elyn & Erik Moscicki, and Mark Hoerbelt, I will be celebrating Christmas Mass through live-streaming beginning at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Our Mass will be proceeded by our usual Christmas Concert beginning around 3:30 PM. I hope you will be able to join us on Facebook, YouTube, or on this website.
I would like to thank Fr. Bob, Deacon Tom, Deacon Henry, Mark Hoerbelt, the Parish Staff, St. Joseph’s Sodality, Our Lady of Batavia Knights of Columbus, our Amigos, and Tom Trescott, as well as all of our Parishioners. I am very grateful for all of the help and support you have given to both me and Resurrection Parish throughout the past year.
On behalf of Fr. Bob, Deacon Tom, Deacon Henry, and our Parish Staff, I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.
You are all remembered in my daily prayers and Masses. I will continue to pray for your health and safety during these difficult times.
*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.
I regret having to advise our parishioners that I am taking a pre-emptive measure and canceling our weekend masses for November 21st and 22nd, as well as on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th. Weekend and Thanksgiving Masses will be online through Facebook and our website as usual.
We have been notified by the Health Department that 5 members of a family attending a funeral last week have tested positive for Covid-19. As we have been strictly following all of the recommended guidelines by the State and our Diocese such as wearing masks, social distancing, limiting the number of people attending, movement around the church, and disinfecting the entire interior of the church after EVERY Mass, I believe we are doing the best we can to stay safe. In addition, we have notified the Diocese regarding our situation. However, we cannot know for certain that everyone entering our church is healthy.
We will be temporarily closed to have some extra cleaning done and continue to disinfect every day (even though no one will be in the church).
I hope everyone will feel comfortable returning to Mass on the 28th.