Mission Statement

WE are a Roman Catholic Parish that is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo NY. We are under the spiritual and pastoral authority of the Most Rev. Richard J Malone Th.D., Bishop of Buffalo, and His Holiness, Pope Francis I. Our purpose is to "to make disciples" in obedience to the command given by Our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). Our parish carries out Our Lord's Command by training our parish members in the Catholic Faith as it has been handed down to us by the Scriptures, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Through catechetical formation and adult catechesis, people are formed in the ways of following Christ. We experience Christ exercising His Lordship and saving power through the sacred preaching and the holy Sacraments celebrated here. We answer the Lord's demand that His mercy be lived by assisting others in their spiritual and material needs--especially through our parish food pantry. Since human contact and interaction is essential to spiritual progress, our parish also provides many opportunities for fellowship so that friendships, mutual cooperation, and the spiritual growth that results from them may be furthered.

PARISH STAFF
Pastor:
Fr. Richard M. Poblocki

Pastoral Associates:
Deacon Bob Badaszewski
Sister Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF

Parish Trustees:
Richard "Chip"
Andrzejewski and Stan Nowacki

Director of Music:
Organist:


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


 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
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.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Rectory.........................716-893-1086
Fax Number................. .716-893-1099
Religious Education........716-893-1086

Email: sjrectory@roadrunner.com

PARISH BUSINESS HOURS
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.

 

 

 

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

DAILY MASSES
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m.
First Friday Masses: 8:30 a.m. (Benediction follows) and 6:30 p.m.

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION MASSES
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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
First Thursday of every month, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- unless otherwise noted

PARISH DEVOTIONAL LIFE
Novena to St. Joseph: Wednesdays after 8:30 a.m. Mass
First Saturday Mass: 12:00 p.m.

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

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

HOLY SPIRIT MASS & PRAYER GROUP
As announced in the Bulletin

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
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!

HOME 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.

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, NY 14048;
BY EMAIL: Jacqueline.joy@ccwny.org

DO YOU THINK GOD MAY BE CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST?
Contact Fr. Andrew Lauricella, our Diocesan Vocation Director. Fr. Andrew can be reached by phone at (716) 847-5535
By Email at alauricella@buffalodiocese.org.

 


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