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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
POLICY: Because a significant
amount of our parishioners home school their children, our
Religious Education Program is designed to easily accommodate
the needs of our home schooling families. HS families can
simply attend the parish Religious Education Program; or;
they may teach their kids themselves and have their children
take part in the Parish's First Penance, First Communion
and Confirmatiom (after the child is interviewed by the
Pastor); or; the Pastor will gladly provide a Letter of
Permission (after interviewing the child) for those HS families
who wish to celebrate the Sacraments with the HS Group they
TO REPORT ABUSE:
Bishop Malone has appointed
Ms. Jacqueline Joy to assist anyone who has experienced
sexual or other kinds of abuse. Jackie may be contacted
PHONE at (716)895-3010;
IN WRITING: Catholic Charities, 425 Main Street, Dunkirk,
BY EMAIL: Jacqueline.email@example.com
YOU THINK GOD MAY BE CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST?
Fr. Andrew Lauricella, our Diocesan Vocation Director. Fr.
Andrew can be reached by phone at (716) 847-5535
By Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.