Dear Parish Ministers:

I extend my prayers for a blessed Christmas.  This year, the weather forecast of the impending storm may hamper the joy of gathering in our churches to pray and celebrate as planned. The expected high winds and lake effect snowfall may create unsafe travel conditions over the Christmas weekend.  No one should risk their safety or the safety of others during this storm.

If your parish has live-streaming capabilities, make sure the equipment is in working order and be prepared to utilize it.  Publicize your live-streaming schedule as widely as possible using social media, your parish website and other means.  If your parish does not have live-stream capabilities, you may direct parishioners to the Diocese of Buffalo’s website list of parishes with live-streaming capabilities:

Also encourage neighbors to check on the well-being of their neighbor who may be in need of assistance due to the storm.  As the weekend approaches, any further developments or guidance due to the storm will be emailed to you.

With every personal good wish and prayer, I am

Faithfully in Christ,

      Most Reverend Michael W Fisher

      Bishop of Buffalo