Mission Statement

WE ARE A PARISH belonging to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo NY. Under the pastoral authority of the Most Rev. Richard J Malone Th.D., Bishop of Buffalo, and His Holiness, Pope Francis I. Our purpose is to carry out the Command of the Lord Jesus, "to make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). We strive to fulfill Our Lord's Command by preaching the "Good News" that God desires that all come to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and rejoice with Him forever in heaven. Disciples are made and formed through the indoctrination of our children in the ways of our Faith and with the on-going formation of the young and adults. We experience the real and living Presence of Jesus as He exercises His Lordship over us, and as He makes Himself known to us through the preaching of His Word and as we come to experience Him through the holy Sacraments. Our Food Pantry and meeting others spiritual and material needs allows us to share with others the Mercy we found in Christ. The human need for contact, friendship, understanding and fellowship can be found in the various groups and organizations in our parish that help foster human development so necessary for making spiritual progress. For those who are interested in Him, Jesus invites them by saying: "Come and see!" (John 1:39). With His very same words, we invite you!

Fr. Richard M. Poblocki

Pastoral Associates:
Deacon Bob Badaszewski
Sister Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF

Parish Trustees:
Richard "Chip"
Andrzejewski and Stan Nowacki

Director of Music:

Parish Secretary:
Ms. Christine Kalinka

Parish Bookkeeper:
Ms.Sue Kobel

Parish Council/Finance Group:
Richard “Chip” Andrzejewski, Stan Nowacki,
Larry Bracikowski, Chris Liebler, Pat Widzinski, Pat Restall, Susan Senker


Grades 1 - 5 meet on Saturdays from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Grades 6 - 10 meet on Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Fax Number................. .716-893-1099
Religious Education........716-893-1086

Email: sjrectory@roadrunner.com

Our rectory is located on 20 Peoria Ave., in Cheektowaga N.Y. (14206).
The Office is open:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Note: The Rectory office is CLOSED on Saturday, Sunday, Holy Days and Legal Holidays. Sick calls anytime.




Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m.
First Friday Masses: 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Vigil of Holy Day: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Holy Day: 8:30 a.m, 4:30 p.m and 6:30 p.m.

First Thursday of every month, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

To St. Joseph: Wednesdays after 8:30 a.m. Mass.
To St. Josaphat: November 4 - 12

Saturday 3:00pm. - 3:55 pm.
Anytime on request

Administered after all Masses of the second Sunday (and Saturday Vigil) of the month; also on request.

6:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb 1 & 15; March 1 &15; Apr 19 only; May 3 & 17; June 7 & 21; July 5 only; Aug 2 only; Sept 6 & 20; Oct 4 &18; Nov 15 only; Dec 6 only

6:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent except First Friday and Good Friday

BAPTISMS: Babies are to be baptized within a few weeks of birth. Parents must be registered parishioners for at least six months and attending Mass weekly and on all required Holy Days.

GETTING MARRIED: The Buffalo Diocesan requires engaged couples to contact the parish Priests at least six (6) months prior to their intended wedding date. Marriage Prep involves meeting with the Priest, completeing a Marriage Preparation Program; and completeing a full Natural Family Planning (NFP) course, since the use of "birth control" or contraception is always a Mortal Sin. Couples "living together" before marriage won't be turned away, but they must not take Holy Communion. To do so is to commit a Mortal Sin of sacrilege. Registered and active parishioners going to work or attending school outside the area are welcome to celebrate their weddings amoung family and friends here.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: You must: be registered at St. Josaphat's and attending Mass every week and required Holy Days. You must be 16 years of age or older, be baptized, have made your First Communion and be Confirmed. Married persons must be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. We will not issue Letters for former parishioners for up to six months after leaving the Partish. We are not able to issue Letters to anyone who once went to school here, or once belonged here.

VISITS TO THE SICK & THE LAST RITES: Call the Rectory to arrange a visit by one of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Priest visits hospitals or homes to administer Confession, the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick, and Communion or Viaticum - Communion for the dying. Please DO NOT wait until the person is unconscious or in their last moments before calling the Priest!

TO JOIN OR WHEN LEAVING THE PARISH: Register by either visiting or calling the Rectory! Those moving or transferring to another parish should inform the Rectory, so that we can make the proper notations in our records. Letting us know if there is a change in your phone number, your address, or if there is a change in your marital status allows us to serve you better.

BECOMING CATHOLIC IS SIMPLE AND EASY: We welcome all unbaptized adults seeking Baptism, baptized members of Non-catholic Church communities who wish to be received into the Catholic Church; baptized adult Catholics who need to “catch up” on their Sacraments and older children who were baptized in a Non-catholic Church! Baptized Christians of other Churches do not have to wait until the Easter Vigil to be received into the Church - you can be received into the Church as soon as you are able! Don't hesitate or feel embarrassed-we're thrilled to be able to welcome you into the Catholic Faith!


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