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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 salavation, and Whom we now experience through these Holy Sacrements, 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 spititual and human growth, we build the bonds of unity and fellowship through parish groups and social events in order to promote and strenghten human development, friendships, mutual support and union as brothers and sisters in Christ our God.

Pastor: Fr. Richard M. Poblocki
Pastoral Assoc.: Sr. M. Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF
Parish Organist: Lorenzo Qurbral
Parish Trustees: Larry Zamojski and Diane Marek

Parish Advisory and Finance Board: Larry Zamojski,
Diane Marek, Richard “Chip” Andrzejewski, Larry
Bracikowski, Chris Liebler, & Pat Widzinski

How to Contact 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: Eucharistic Ministers visit the home bound on a weekly basis. For the "Last Rites", please call the priest while your loved one is still conscious and able to confess and receive Holy Communion for the Sick and Dying.

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 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m.

Our parish Church is open for prayer at these times throughout the week:
Monday-Friday: 7:15am - 10:00am.
Saturdays: 11:00am - 5:30pm.
Sundays: 7:00am - 1:00pm.

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. - 4:00pm.
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 CHILD BAPTIZED: Congratulations on the birth of your new baby or the adoption of your nre 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. It sometimes happens that good and sincere people may not have been attending Mass but now they realize they want Baptism for their children. Call us! We are happy to work with any sincere person or couple. It is also NOT a problem to be baptized or received into the Faith for older children. We also welcome any any adult who wishes to receive Baptism. Simply contact the Rectory and ask for Fr. Rick.
GETTING MARRIED: Congratulations on getting engaged! Since Marriage is a loving and life-long union between one man and one woman that can be dissolved only by death, we want your marriage to get the best start it can get! We will do everything possible for your wedding to be beautiful , happy and holy. How to get started: Start by calling the Pastor!
The Buffalo Diocese asks engaged couples to contact the parish Priests at least six (6) months prior to their wedding date. Marriage preparation consists in meetings with the Pastor, and we offer a wide range of options for pre-marriage preparation for those whose work or school schedules make conventional meeting times difficult. Since the use of "artificial birth control” is a Mortal Sin, all couples approaching the Sacrament of Marriage are asked to complete a Natural Family Planning (NFP) course at one of the local Catholic Hospitals. We recgonize that sometimes good and sincere people may not have been attending Mass or practicing the Faith as they ought and yet they wish to be married in the Church; do not be afraid to approach us! We will help you to get things set up. It's not a problem if you haven't been confirmed or you haven't received any of the Sacraments after Baptism - with enough time we can help you out with all of this so that on your wedding day you'll feel at home and be able to receive the Sacrament with joy!

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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