Read by clicking on this link: Bulletin-08-01-21
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th is on a Sunday and is not a day of obligation this year. In keeping with the tradition of the blessing of flowers they will be blessed at Masses the weekend of August 7 and 8.
Remember your loved ones who have passed away, for special occasions (birthdays/anniversaries), and for those who are ill. Weekend and week day Masses are available. The Mass stipend is $15 per Mass. Please contact the rectory to schedule your intentions or you can click on this link: http://www.saintjohnkanty.com/mass-intentions/. You may also place your intentions, with the stipend amount, in the collection basket or mail in your intentions.
Weekday Masses are held in the church Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend!
Visit www.roadtorenewal.org for the latest updates and to stay informed about the Diocese of Buffalo’s Road to Renewal.
Why do we need renewal now? Our church needs to respond to the changing signs of the times and revitalize. Many factors have led us to this point and require us to renew the way we look at our parishes and how they minister to our people. The R2R is about revitalizing our parishes so that they can thrive in the future because of collaboration and cooperation. The R2R looks to bring the gifts of clergy and laity together to strengthen our mission moving forward.
Where is Jesus in the Renewal? The R2R means that we have to take a hard look at ways in which our Diocese and parishes have not responded to the mission of Jesus. The Renewal must be about introducing people to Jesus Christ, inviting them to become missionary disciples and journeying with them on their pilgrimage towards heaven. Our Renewal must be about saving souls! All of us can be better at this and our Renewal will help in our efforts.
How does the Renewal impact my parish? Parishes are where ministry is lived. When our parishes are strong and vibrant, our church is strong and vibrant. The Renewal’s focus is to strengthen our parishes by working together to develop collaboration among parishes in a family. The Family of Parishes model allows parishes to work more collaboratively and capitalize on what each parish’s strengths are. When we work together we are able to accomplish more of Jesus’ mission. A Family of Parishes are parishes that are grouped together with a shared pastoral plan (mission) that they work together to accomplish. By working together, resources and staffing are focused on the pastoral plan for all of the parishes within the family.
Will all parishes be affected by the Renewal? Every parish has gifts and talents to offer. Each parish will be participating in the Renewal and will be part of a family of parishes. Since all of us are part of the Roman Catholic Church, this is an opportunity to recognize the larger church at work. When we work together, we not only share in a common mission but we make up the larger Body of Christ.
Fr Bryan Zielenieski, Vicar for Renewal and Development, provides biweekly updates on YouTube about the R2R…be sure to watch them at the above link!