Family Faith Formation Celebrates Easter Season with Holy Sacraments

Family Faith Formation Celebrates Easter Season with Holy Sacraments

Month: June 2019

Our Family Faith Formation Office wrapped up a busy Easter Season as they prepared many children, and a few adults, for the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. If you have been a parishioner here at St. Mary’s through an Easter Season, you know this is another beautiful time of year to attend our Masses.

“Ninety students celebrated receiving their 1st Eucharist during our Masses”, commented Christina Egleston, Sacrament Coordinator. St. Mary’s integrates the Sacrament of 1st Eucharist into our Mass intentionally. As this Sacrament is another Initiation into the Church itself, St. Mary’s believes all should be present to welcome and congratulate our new Communicants as they celebrate their very special day.

Preparation for 1st Eucharist has had some wonderful changes in the last year. The new program offers a fresh, exciting, engaging and fun method to learning about our Catholic Faith and The Eucharist.  Communicants can prepare with a parent in their own home, both home and Sacrament Preparation Session, or come to all the Sacrament Preparation Sessions offered here at St. Mary’s Parish Center. These sessions are hands-on lesson activities, supervised by Christina. With all of the options mentioned, there is great flexibility to schedule Sacramental Preparation for the busy family.

Our Confirmation Mass was celebrated on Sunday, May 19th, by the Reverend Peter J. Karalus, Vicar General, Rev. Robert W. Zilliox JCL, Rev. Andrew Kozminski, Parochial Vicar and Deacon Rick Stachura.

Over 120 Confirmation Candidates were Confirmed on this beautiful day. Michael Morrissey and his band, led the music ministry and one of our own Confirmation Candidates, Conner Stroth, was featured by playing the saxophone. Connor frequently plays in the band at our Sunday 6 p.m. Masses.  Many other Confirmation candidates participated in different parts of the celebration as well; Gift Bearers, Ushers, and the Prayers of the Faithful.

Rev. Karalus spoke to the candidates on major milestones in our faith’s history by taking us back through a “Catholic time travel” in his homily.  He highlighted the faith milestones on Jesus’s journey in life, pointing out that in each of these milestones; Jesus was living the life that God had asked of him even in His youth.  Jesus did not wait to fulfill His discipleship until the end of His life. His choices along the way, from very early on, were to speak up, and get involved. Using this analogy, Rev. Karalus, commented; “that a disciple of Christ is not something that you will achieve in the end of your life or you should wait to become as you get older, you are a disciple of Christ now, and have been since your Baptism. Do not wait to get involved in doing good in the world around you and in your parish.  Step up, make those choices and live the life of a disciple right now.”

After blessing each candidate and renewing their Baptismal promises, he offered many meaningful comments and reflections that made a wonderful difference in their holy celebration of Confirmation.

If you would like to learn more about our Sacramental Preparation Program, our Faith Formation program here at St. Mary’s, or how to form your faith at any age on your journey in life, contact, The Family Faith Formation Office @ 716- 688-0599.Registration is now open for faith formation 2019-2020!

 

We Need Your Feedback-Parish Communication Survey

We Need Your Feedback-Parish Communication Survey

Month: June 2019

Now that we have collected your updated emails,  we will be sending our parishioners a survey asking for your feedback on our parish communications.  This will be sent out to the parish on Monday, June 17th. We thank you in advance for your kind reply as we are excited to improve on how we share the latest news and events with you! We are hoping for 100% parish participation so we can fully represent all our St. Mary’s faith family as we analyze our results and improvements for future communications.
If you do not receive our survey,  you may participate by filling out the survey link listed below. 
This Communication Survey will be open for your feedback through Sunday, July 7th!   

From the Pulpit… Trinity Sunday Message to St. Mary’s Fathers

From the Pulpit… Trinity Sunday Message to St. Mary’s Fathers

Month: June 2019

Deacon Rick shared his homily on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th, at the 9 a.m. Mass. This same day is a special day in our Liturgical calendar when we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Below is an excerpt from Deacons homily delivering a message to our fathers on how they can be assimilated to the Blessed Trinity in the context of Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

” Consider this; our fathers are creators in their own way, They, with the help of their wife, create life, the children they bring into this world. But it is also important for fathers to create an environment where love and peace and learning are in great abundance in their families and homes. They do this by being an example to their children and loving and supporting their wife in raising their children. This is how our fathers emulate God the Creator.

We know that family life is not always easy. Challenges occur that take parents to the breaking point. Relationships are tested. Children push the limits of a father’s patience. But, we as fathers need to be the redeemers in our families, showing compassion and understanding in these difficult situations. We need to offer forgiveness with unconditional love to our children and wives and extended families for the disappointments that will happen. We as fathers emulate God the Redeemer when we forgive without wanting anything but unconditional love in return.

And considering the Holy Spirit as Sanctifier, we as fathers have one job that we need to do, to get our children and wives to heaven. We need to be the sanctifier in our families by modeling what good Catholic Christian men are. We need to show our children that practicing our faith everyday is not an option. It has been shown in studies that children who have a father as a strong faith figure will be faithful to their religious tradition. We as Catholic fathers need to influence our children, and for that matter our wives and extended families and community, to practice their faith and not let the vocal minority, who would like to see religion removed from every facet of our public lives, rule the day. As Matthew Kelly puts it, BE BOLD, BE CATHOLIC!

So, today Dads, let’s not forget our duty to our families, by being the creator of a nurturing home environment, the redeemer by forgiving the transgressions of our children, and the sanctifier by not only praying for your family, but being an example by practicing your faith in all that you do!”

 

 

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Month: June 2019

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