Church of St. Josaphat Bishop & Martyr

20 Peoria Avenue

Cheektowaga, New York 14206

(716) 893-1086

Fr. Richard Poblocki, Pastor



Weekly Bulletin- This Week at St. Josaphat


Living the Catholic Faith is serious business. Our lord commanded His Catholic Church to "make disciples" (Matthew 28:18 ff.). As part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, we aim to do our part:

* Our Religious Education Program is geared to instruct our young people in what to believe, how to live the Commandments of God, how to receive the holy Sacraments and how to pray. We offer on-going spiritual formation for our adult members.

* The Catholic Faith as it is found in the Scriptures, Divine Tradition of the Church and its Magisterium are preached and taught in its beauty and completeness.

* Since the Lord Jesus exercises His Lordship and continues His work as our Redeemer through the holy Scaraments, each Sacrament is celebrated here in strict accord with the Roman Ritual.

* Because human warmth and contact are essential to spiritual growth, we offer many opportunities for fellowship.

* Because Our Lord demands deeds of mercy, we assist others in their need through our parish Food Pantry and any other help we can give.

* At St. Josaphat's, top prioity is given to those who are truly serious about practicing the Catholic Faith. The Mass and homily take as long as necessary to give God what is owed to Him in worship, and to feed souls hungering for God and attaining growth in our Catholic Faith.

Fr. Richard M. Poblocki
Deacon Bob Badaszewski
Sister Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF

Parish Trustees:
Andrzejewski and Stan Nowacki

Parish Council/Finance Group:
Richard Andrzejewski, Stan Nowacki,
Larry Bracikowski, Chris Liebler, Pat Widzinski, Pat Restall, Susan Senker


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.

Fax Number................. .716-893-1099
Religious Education........716-893-1086


Our rectory is located on 20 Peoria Ave., in Cheektowaga N.Y. (14206).
Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 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.




Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.,
Saturday 11:00 p.m.
First Friday Masses: 8:30 a.m. (Benediction follows) and 6:30 p.m.

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.

First Thursday of every month, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

First Friday Mass: 7:00am & 8:00am
First Saturday Mass: 12:00 p.m.
Prayers to St. Joseph: Wednesdays after both morning Masses

Saturday 3:00pm. - 3:45 pm.; by request
Anytime on request!

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

Bible Study
First & Third Tuesdays at 7:30pm

Men's Fellowship Group
Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 7:30pm


CELEBRATING 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!

GETTING MARRIED: Marriage 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.

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;

Contact Fr. Andrew Lauricella, our Diocesan Vocation Director. Fr. Andrew can be reached by phone at (716) 847-5535
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