Quarterly Newsletter: February 2024 Edition

From our Pastor, Fr Cole Webster: “There is too much going on to miss! I look forward to seeing you and your guests throughout this holy and life giving season! Please know that you are always welcome to join us in any of our Greater East Buffalo Family of Parishes!!”

Our Lenten Pierogi & Placek sale with Basket Raffle and Easter Candy Sale (chocolates by St Adalbert’s) is in full swing Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmer’s cheese pierogi and ‘kraut pierogi are available: $12 for six large pierogi. Our delicious placek is available for $7. We have many nice gift cards with other items in our basket raffle. We are also selling St Adalbert’s Last Supper chocolate bars in both milk and dark chocolate.

Palm Sunday is the last day of our sale. The Basket Raffle drawing will take place as well as a 50/50 split. Your support is appreciated!


Life Begins with Coffee! Join our two week coffee fundraiser, in progress now through March 4. Order online at this link:https://www.greatlakescoffeeroasters.com/. Click on the ‘Fundraising’ tab. Click on ‘Active Fundraisers’, then click on ‘St John Kanty/St Adalbert Church’. The password is SAINT (must be all caps), then select the item(s) you want to purchase. Each item requires the customer to input the parishioner receiving credit for the sale (first and last name; for St John Kanty: Jennifer Haas; for St Adalbert: Arlene Ventura). IMPORTANT: During checkout select ‘Fundraiser’ as the shipping option. Our coffee fundraiser runs 2/19-3/4 (ends at 11:59 p.m.) OR stop by the Pierogi & Placek sale taking place in the rectory weekends from 10-1 by March 3. In addition to a light and medium roast, flavors such as maple bourbon, salted caramel and sponge candy are available in 1 pound bags or as K cups. Coffee is from Great Lakes Coffee Roasters, a local business.



Upcoming events:
• St. Adalbert Feast Day Mass with Chopin Singing Society on Saturday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Adalbert
• Meat Raffle May 3
• Mother’s Day flower sale sponsored by the Rosary Society.


Visit the Greater East Buffalo Catholic Family During Lent and Easter…We welcome you to as many of these events as you can attend!

Stations of the Cross: 6 p.m. Friday
February 16 at St Adalbert
February 23 at St John Gualbert
March 1 at St Katharine Drexel
March 8 at St John Kanty
March 15 at Corpus Christi
March 22 at St Adalbert

Fish Fry Fridays at Saint Katharine Drexel
4-7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 135 North Ogden St. Dine in or take out!

Gorzkie Zale on Sunday
St Stanislaus: 1 p.m.
St John Gualbert: 3 p.m.

The Life in the Eucharist (LITE) program consists of presentations based on theological themes rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church. It comprises an integral approach to the Eucharist rooted in the celebration of the liturgy and our lives with a deeper, more involved appreciation in the abiding presence of God through prayer. The program is a series of stories, teachings, small and large group discussions, witnesses, skits, songs, prayers, laughter and humor presented on each of the five themes: God’s love as Nourishment, Reconciliation, Transformation, Abiding Presence and Communion with the Suffering.

All sessions start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday

February 21: Corpus Christi Kolbe Center
February 28: St Katharine Drexel School Hall
March 6: St Stanislaus Adamski Center, lower
March 13: St Katharine Drexel School Hall
March 20: Corpus Christi Kolbe Center

Lenten Penance Service
March 14. 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St John Gualbert: Confessions available.

Holy Thursday

5:00 p.m.: St Adalbert – Adoration only
6:30 p.m.: St Stanislaus & Corpus Christi at CC (bilingual)
6:30 p.m.: St Katharine Drexel & St John Kanty at SJK
6:30 St John Gualbert

All parishes open until 10:30 p.m. for Adoration

Good Friday

12 Noon: Stations in English at St. Stanislaus
3:00 p.m.: The Passion of Christ at St Katharine Drexel & St. John Kanty at SKD
3:00 p.m. The Passion of Christ, St Stanislaus & Corpus Christi at StStan’s (bilingual)
3:00 p.m.: The Passion of Christ at St John Gualbert

Holy Saturday Blessing of Easter Baskets

11:00 a.m.: Corpus Christi
12 noon: Corpus Christi
12 noon: St John Gualbert
12 noon: St John Kanty
1:00 p.m.: St Stanislaus
2:00 p.m. St John Gualbert

 Holy Saturday Vigil

8:00 p.m.: St Katharine Drexel & St John Kanty at SKD
8:00 p.m.: St Stanislaus & Corpus Christi at CC (bilingual)
8:00 p.m.: St John Gualbert

Easter Sunday

7:00 a.m. St Stanislaus (Resurrection Procession Polish)
8:00 a.m. Corpus Christi (Resurrection Procession English)
9:00 a.m. St John Gualbert (Polish)
10:15 a.m.: St John Kanty
10:30 a.m.: St Katharine Drexel
11:45 a.m. St John Gualbert

Dyngus Day

St Stanislaus: Doors open 11 a.m.; music from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. $15 cover charge
Corpus Christi: 11 a.m. Easter Monday Mass; 12-5: $5 w/adult: Kid Friendly Event with bounce house, games & activities; 12 noon-11 p.m. Dyngus Day (over 21): $15 admission. More info:  www.corpuschristibuffalo.org


Apartments at the Lyceum: This project is getting near completion…drive by to see the exterior progress! All 42 apartments are rented. Follow our website and Facebook page for a date announcement for the grand opening tour and reception to view the transformed Lyceum!



Boy Scout Troop 107 will celebrate their 95th anniversary in 2025. If you know of a boy interested in scouting, encourage them to join our troop…their leaders are the best! Troop 107 meets on Tuesdays at St Katharine Drexel Parish Hall. Contact them via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Troop107. Also follow their FB page for information on their annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 7!




Important information to stay in touch: Receive news about SJK by going to our website https://www.saintjohnkanty.com/ (go to the lower left hand corner) and entering your email address. You can also follow our Facebook page by clicking on the Follow Page link.

 You are invited to follow our Greater East Buffalo Family website at https://www.eastbuffalocatholic.org/, which also has a link to all of the parishes in our Greater East Buffalo Family as well as other important information.


Ways to support Saint John Kanty/Saint Adalbert Parish Community

Annual Easter Fund Campaign. We are initiating an Annual Easter Fund campaign to assist in meeting our necessary expenses. What is the cost of running our church? Many people have worked hard to successfully reduce operating costs. However, as with all of us: utility and maintenance costs have increased. The annual cost of insurance alone is $31,000! The annual fund drive will help in our goal to balance our budget. We could balance our budget with a weekend collection of $1,500. Please consider setting up online giving on a recurring weekly or monthly basis and if blessed abundantly…consider increasing your present offering.

Easter Flowers. Each Easter we ask for our parish community to help underwrite the cost of flowers for the holiday.

Votive Candles. We are offering lighting of votive candles with your prayer intention by mail and online. For a $5 donation we will light a votive candle and your prayer intention will be stated at Mass with a blessing on the second Sunday of each month. The candle will remain lit for three days. You are encouraged to attend Mass on Second Sunday!

Special Lighting Project. We will be installing energy efficient lighting on the church exterior. The estimated cost is $3,300, which would pay for itself in an estimated 21 months. This is a much-needed project that will update the church to illuminate its beauty in the neighborhood and enhance security. Support the Special Lighting Project by going to https://www.saintjohnkanty.com/donate/, clicking on Saint John Kanty Parish Buffalo and enter ‘support the Special Lighting Project’ in the Note box.  

Purchase 50/50 tickets at the Pierogi & Placek sale or phone the church rectory (716 893-0412 between 8:30-11): one ticket $5; three tickets $10. (Winner will be drawn on Palm Sunday).

If you would like to support our Annual Easter Fund Campaign,  donate for Easter flowers, or light a votive candle, go to https://www.saintjohnkanty.com/donate/ for a list of opportunities.

Please also consider setting up online giving on a recurring weekly or monthly basis and if blessed abundantly, consider increasing your offering. 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: (1) https://www.saintjohnkanty.com/contact/, (2) email to stjohnkantybflo@gmail.com, or (3) USPS mail to 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo NY 14212

_______I am homebound and would like a copy of the bulletin mailed to me

_______I would like to speak to Fr. Cole personally or over the phone

_______I am interested in having my marriage blessed

I would be interested in the following activities (circle any that apply): Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Church Decorating, Helping at Special Events, Gardening, General Grounds Cleanup, Sacristan, Making Pierogi/Placek

NAME__________________________          PHONE NUMBER____________________          EMAIL__________________________




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