Please read Friday’s Press Release from the Diocese of Buffalo concerning Mass attendance, which also gives options for live streaming of Masses from several local churches…
Bishop Scharfenberger dispenses Catholics from Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation due to Coronavirus threat.
In light of the serious health risks to vulnerable populations posed by the novel coronavirus, and to prevent widespread infection, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger temporarily dispenses the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus threat. Until further notice, Catholics of the Diocese of Buffalo should use their prudent judgment as to whether or not to attend Mass. Older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, and family members of such individuals should take special care in discerning the best course of action to avoid exposure to large groups of people. At this time, Mass will continue to be offered publicly as announced or scheduled, contingent on emergency governmental restrictions regarding larger gatherings.
All other parish events and larger celebrations, including Confirmations and Lenten penance services, must be postponed until the end of March out of an abundance of caution. Further guidance will be provided regarding April and May as developments become clear.
Those who wish to continue to attend Mass on weekdays and weekends are encouraged to seek smaller gatherings in order to adhere to emergency provisions issued by the County Executive and the Commissioner of Health of Erie County, NY that restrict assemblies to less than 250 persons.
Based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Erie County Department of Health has issued the following guidelines:
• STRONGLY recommends cancelling all events with 250 or more people in attendance.
• Recommends that people seriously consider avoid attending any event or location with 50 or more, especially if it involves individuals from outside of Erie County.
• STRONGLY recommend that all people over the age of 60 and those with chronic medical conditions do not attend such events.
• Length: for the next 2 weeks; reevaluate as needed.
For more information and available options to watch Masses via live stream please click the following link:
Read our weekly bulletin at this link: Bulletin-3-15-20. Note especially the information on Pew Rent and Catholic Charities, which will no longer take place in Kanty’s Kitchen.
Our Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale with Basket Raffle continues this weekend in Kanty’s Kitchen. We will be open Saturday from 2-5 p.m., one hour earlier than usual. Our Sunday hours will be 9:30-noon. We have a lot of pierogi in our freezers, as well as placek made fresh on Friday, so come on down for some of your favorite Polish comfort foods!
takes place at 3 p.m. Sundays during Lent at Saint John Gualbert Church. Take time to attend this beautiful Catholic devotion containing many hymns that developed out of Poland in the 18th century. The devotion is primarily a sung reflection and meditation on the Passion of Christ and the sorrows of His Blessed Mother. The devotion consists of a three-part cycle, subdivided into five unique parts. In case you are unable to attend Gorzkie Zale but would like to hear the music, go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=-RaIaSEVMc0
You may not know it, but Saint John Kanty Church has seating for just over 1200 people! This will give you plenty of room to still ‘have your own space’ while attending Mass during the Coronavirus threat , so please think about being with us!!