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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

The Pope Comes to America!

Get ready for Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States. Most priests and many people are anxious to hear what he has to say about our country and the world as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Some people of the world think that he is too “liberal” in his thinking as he speaks about climate change and migrants/refugees who are affecting Europe and the United States. It seems that some people are just waiting to criticize what he says. President Obama recognizes him as an important spokesperson for the world, but he certainly does not agrees with the President on every topic, especially his support for abortions. The President and the Pope share many of the same ideas on climate control. The Pope, though, is writing from the point of view – God’s view – of taking care of creation that as it says in the book of Genesis that what God made was “very good.”

As Catholics, we will be looking for his views on family life and relationships. He is coming to our country to attend the World Meeting on Family Life. As of today (Sept. 16) I don’t know what specific issues he will be addressing, but he will certainly support the sacrament of marriage as between a man and a woman. He is willing to address issues on divorce and remarriage for Catholics and homosexuals in the Church community, but I don’t believe he will make major changes in church teaching. He will present the Church as being more understanding and compassionate as he announces the Holy Year of Mercy beginning on December 8. We will have to wait and see how this pilgrimage will go!