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Retirement Announcement

Our faith tells us to always trust in Jesus, especially as we consider the future.

After serving as pastor of St. Mary’s for the past 23 years, I will retire effective August 31.

I place my trust in Jesus that he will guide my journey and the future of St. Mary’s. It has been a blessing to serve the St. Mary’s parish community and witness the inspiring faith journeys of thousands of parishioners through the years.

We have accomplished many wonderful things together as a parish community – building the new church, building the Parish Center, and supporting one another during joyful events and tragedy. I have always been humbled by the generosity, hard work and compassion of our parish family.

I anticipate that Bishop Richard Malone will appoint my replacement sometime in August, and the new pastor will be in place in September at the start of a new fiscal and school year.  Fr. Andrew will be extremely helpful during the transition.

I am grateful for your support, friendship, and dedication to our Catholic faith. I will continue to pray for you. I ask for your prayers for the new pastor and for me as I begin this next chapter.

Confession – The Sacrament of God’s Love!

Lent is the most opportune time to go to Confession.

St. John Paul II said:  “(It) is a particularly appropriate time to awaken and form the conscience.
It is precisely at this time that the Church reminds us of the overwhelming necessity for the sacramental Confession, so that we can all live Christ’s resurrection, not only in the liturgy, but also in our own soul.”

In the Sacrament of Penance, we meet Jesus Christ. It is a meeting which is always unique and always different.
In it Jesus Christ welcomes us as the Good Shepherd. He heals our wounds; He purifies us and strengthens us.
Jesus is the center of this Sacrament.

So, do not be afraid! Come! Let us celebrate our Parish Penance Service on the 26st of March, at 7pm.
In Confession, the soul receives greater light from God, and an increased strength. It is free!? Jesus already paid great price – His life. Come, come to the source of God’s Mercy.

A Good Confession

Please do not say: “I do not need to go to Confession, because I haven’t broken any of the Commandments.”

Better asked yourself in the silence of your heart: have I kept the Commandments?’
What do I mean?
Have you honored God’s Holy Name?
Have you kept holy the Lord’s Day?
Have you loved and honored your parents?
Have you sought to preserve and defend life, from conception to natural dead?
When was the last time you told your wife/husband that you loved her/him?
Have you shared your goods with the poor?
Have you defended the good name of anyone?
When last did you put yourself out to help a neighbor?

This is the right direction, to do a good examination of our own conscience.

-Fr. Andrew

Parish Penance Service is Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in church.  

Auction Gala is April 21

Spring for Success is April 21, 2018 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Planning for this special night is in full swing. Please take a moment to look over the volunteer opportunities that are available.  Please consider donating your talent and experience or tap into your community connections to ensure this event is a success for the St. Mary’s Faith Community.

Click on the following link to learn about volunteer opportunities for the Auction:

2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Did God Say that Only White People Were Created?

These have been difficult days here in our country after the events in Charlottesville, VA, controversy regarding the words from President Trump and additional demonstrations around the country.

Our population in East Amherst/Clarence is predominantly Caucasian, so we do not have the history of racial discrimination that has affected a huge portion of the citizens of the United States.

In the book of Genesis it is written “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them” Gn.1′ God didn’t create just white but all people. I was impressed with actor Morgan Freeman when he said he looks at a person “not as a white person or black person, but a person.”

It is terrible that a group of Americans who are KKK, neo-Nazis or white supremacists give the impression that a majority of Americans share their beliefs. Most Americans certainly know and appreciate the words of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

While our country has come along way regarding race relations, we still have a ways to go to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for the rights of all people of this country.

We need to do whatever we can in this little piece of the world here in the Amherst-Clarence area to make sure that we treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect. We then reflect what God has created us to do.

– Fr. Yetter

August 24, 2017

Would you like to become a champion?

Please join our parish family on Monday for a spiritual training.

I don’t know one winner reaching up for gold medal without proper training, exercise and hard work including “painful” consultations with a coach. This is a great opportunity; after telling our best coach-Jesus, about our failings in confession, listening to His advice given in His name by a priest, being absolved, we can start again, with a new strength.

Let us run together for the best reward, which is Mercy of God, and joyful, spiritual celebration of Easter.

Come! Monday April 10 at 7 p.m., to church.

Come! To our parish family Penance Service.

Come! Let us run together and win this race together.

-Fr. Andrew, April 7, 2017

Would you like to become a champion?

Please join our parish family on Monday for a spiritual training.

I don’t know one winner reaching up for gold medal without proper training, exercise and hard work including “painful” consultations with a coach. This is a great opportunity; after telling our best coach-Jesus, about our failings in confession, listening to His advice given in His name by a priest, being absolved, we can start again, with a new strength.

Let us run together for the best reward, which is Mercy of God, and joyful, spiritual celebration of Easter.

Come! Monday April 10 at 7 p.m., to church.

Come! To our parish family Penance Service.

Come! Let us run together and win this race together.

-Fr. Andrew, April 7, 2017