Mission Statement

We are a Parish belonging to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. We are under the pastoral authority of the Most Rev. Richard J Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, and His Holiness, Pope Francis I. Our Mission is to "to make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). This is accomplished by preaching of God's Word and living according to that Word as it is contained in the Sacred Scriptures and the Divine Tradition and as it is understood and interpreted by Magisterium of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. We gladly use the power and authority that Christ has given to His Catholic Church to make disciples by teaching and forming people in the faith (Catechesis), reaching out to others seeking the Truth (Evangelization), any by encountering Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ in His inspired and inerrant Word and the Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Most Holy Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Matrimony. We encounter, even in these days the Risen Lord Who died and rose for our salvation, and Whom we now experience through these Holy Sacraments, His Word and the fellowship we share. Christ demands that we show others the mercy He showed us, and realizing the importance of living out this mercy and charity for our neighbor, our Food Pantry provides food and help for others in their necessities (Outreach) with the hope that those who show mercy will receive mercy (Matthew5:7). Recognizing also, the importance of human contact, warmth and fellowship, which are so important to spiritual and human growth, we build the bonds of unity and fellowship through parish groups and social events in order to promote and strengthen human development, friendships, mutual support and union as brothers and sisters in Christ our God.

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: Mr. Steven Quebral
Organist: Mr.Lorenzo Qurbral

Parish Secretary: Ms. Christine Kalinka
Parish Council/Finance Group: Richard “Chip” Andrzejewski, Stan Nowacki, Larry Bracikowski,
Chris Liebler, Pat Widzinski, Pat Restall, Susan Senker
, Gary & Joan Walters
Food Pantry Coordinator: Dennis Hughes
Parish Catechists:
Jude Pachan, Sr. M. Anthonille, CSSF, Jackie Kramer, Kathy Skarupinski, Joanne Wright, Thomas Wright, and Nancy Sobecki
RCIA Coordinator: Fr. Richard Poblocki
Buildings and Grounds: Pat Restall, Susan Senker
Church Upkeep Committee: Gary Walters & Joan Walters, Sacristans; Marcia Stachewicz, Timothy Jason, Walter & Jeanette Kindzia and Jackie Kramer

How to Reach Us:
Fax Number................................716-893-1099
Religious Education......................716-896-1086

Email: sjrectory@roadrunner.com

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

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

Ministry to the Sick & those unable to attens Mass: Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion visit the sick on a weekly basis. To have someone put on the visitation list simply call the Rectory! The Priest will make hospital or home calls. If the ill person wants 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 hours away from death before calling the Priest! A sick person receives the maximum benefits of the Sacraments and Last Rites WHILE THAY ARE STILL CONSCIOUS!

Sunday Masses:
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.

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.

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

Sacrament of the Anionting of the Sick: Administered during Mass at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of every month except July/August. Mass of the Holy Spirit every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:60pm.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: These attest to another priest that you are able to be a sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation. To receive a Letter of Recommenation you must: be 16 years of age or older; have made your First Communion, be Confirmed, be registered at this Parish; attending Mass every week and required Holy Days; and if married: you must be married by a Catholic Priest in a marriage recognized by the Church.

TO HAVE YOUR BABY OR CHILD BAPTIZED: Congratulations on the birth of your new baby or the adoption of your new child! We are always happy to welcome new members into the Body of Christ. Church law requires a baby to be baptized within a few weeks of birth. Parents should be registered with the parish and attending Mass weekly and on all required Holy Days. There is a Baptism preparation meeting for first time parents and those less than diligent in attending Mass. We will welcome and be happy to work with any sincere person who would really like their children to be baptized. It is no problem to baptize older children or to receive into the Catholic Church any children you have that may have been baptized in another denomination. We also welcome any adult who wishes to receive Baptism. Call the Rectory to make arrangements, to set up a date or to have your questions answered!

GETTING MARRIED: Congratulations on getting engaged! Getting started is simple: The Buffalo Diocesan Guidelines require an engaged couple to contact the parish Priests at least six (6) months prior to their intended wedding date. Preparing to get married involves two short meetings with the parish Priest, taking some form of marriage preparation, and since the use of artificial contraception is a Mortal Sin each time it is used, couples are required to take a Natural Family Planning (NFP) course at one of the local Catholic Hospitals. Couples "living together" risk a higher divorce rate than those not living together--and so, in certain cases, pre-marital counselling may be suggested. No matter what the situation a couple is in--we welcome and will do all in our power to assist any sincere couple who wishes to enter into a life-long and faithful Marriage.
RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTIONS: Relegious Education classes run from mod-September to mid-May annually.Grades 1–5 meet from 9:00am—10:00am on Saturdays. Grades 6-9 meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30- 7:30pm. Confirmation celebrated in the 10th grade and meets from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Special Needs Children are Welcome! We have a catechist who works exclusively with special needs kids! Call our Religious Ed. Office for details (893-1086).
TO REGISTER: We welcome new parishioners! Simply call or visit the Rectory to join. If you are moving, joining another parish, changing your phone number or address, or if there is a change in your marital status - please let us know.
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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