BAPTISM: A baby should
be baptized in the first few weeks after they are born.
Parents registered with the parish and regularly attending
Mass simply have to call the Rectory to set the date. First-time
parents are asked to meet with the Pastor to go over the
ceremony. In order to avoid any problems, we strongly recommend
that parents should be familiar with the requirements for
Sponsors before they ask anyone to be a godparent!
is a life-long commitment between one man and one woman
that lasts until death. 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!
SCHOOLERS 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 belong 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 by:
PHONE at (716)895-3010;
IN WRITING: Catholic Charities, 425 Main Street, Dunkirk,
BY EMAIL: Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.