14 Holy Helpers Parish

Welcome to Fourteen Holy Helpers!

Christmas Cookie Sale

Our Ladies Sodality is once again working hard to bake their delicious Christmas Cookies. The sale will be held before and after all Masses over the weekend of December 10 & 11th. in our Parish Hall. We’re planning on a supply of our famous cuccidati cookies, your choice of vanilla plain or anise flavored decorated Christmas cutouts, and selections of assorted Christmas favorites.

Don’t wait until the sale to place your order! You can order your cookies and pay for them online now to make sure that your favorites are available. At the sale you only need to stop and pick up your order.

For details on the cookies that we are planning to offer as well as links to place your order … Christmas Cookie Sale LINK. The last day to enter your pre-sale orders online is Wednesday, December 7.

Advent and Christmas Events Schedule

Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Church
… The Light is on For You Confessions

Sunday, November 27th – First Sunday of Advent

Friday, December 2nd – Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, 5:00 – 7:30 pm in the Church 
… Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place and there will be time for personal prayer.  At 6:30 pm the Benediction Service will begin with music, Scripture reading, prayer and ending with being blest with the Blessed Sacrament. 

Saturday, December 3rd – Family Faith Formation, 9 – 11am in the Hall

Sunday, December 4th – Second Sunday of Advent
… Weekend Masses

Tuesday, December 6th – Sodality of Our Lady Christmas Party, 6pm at Creekside Banquet Hall.
… All are invited to the annual Christmas party. The cost is $35 per person. Please submit payment to the Rectory by Monday, November 28th.

Saturday December 10th, 3 – 6pm & Sunday, December 11th, 8am – 1pm – Sodality of Our Lady Christmas Cookie Sale, Meeting Room #1 in the Hall
… Annual sale of home baked Christmas Cookies in the Parish Hall.

Saturday, December 10th – “Do You Hear What I Hear?” 9am(with the Religious Ed kids)  and 5:30pm (after 4:30pm Mass) in the Hall.  
… A fun time to get together, learn about your favorite Christmas Carols and sing along. Bring a goodie to share and enjoy some festive fun with your friends and family from Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Sunday, December 11th – Third Sunday of Advent
… Weekend Masses

Sunday, December 11th, Bambinelli Sunday, after all Masses.
… Bring your Baby Jesus to be blessed at Mass. After Mass we will wrap Baby Jesus and He will be the first present you open on Christmas Day!

Sunday, December 11th at 9am Mass, Family Mass, Confirmation Student Commitment. Coffee Hour in the Hall will follow Mass – ALL ARE INVITED!

Sunday, December 18th – Fourth Sunday of Advent
… Weekend Masses

Sunday, December 18th, Story Time Sunday at 9:00am Mass

Monday, December 19th, Advent Penance Service, sessions start at 3pm and 7 pm, many priests available

Saturday, December 24th and Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Eve and Day!

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm in the Hall with Family Choir and Children’s Pageant
4:00 pm in the Church
7:00 pm in Church with Interpreter for the deaf
9:30 pm Choir prelude to mass
10:00 pm Mass in Church

Christmas Day (all Masses in the Church)
7:30 am Mass
9:30 am Mass
12 noon Mass

*** NOTE … A printable schedule of these events are available at … Advent Schedule LINK

Road to Renewal

All of the five parishes in our Road to Renewal family of parishes is being asked to provide parishioners who will represent each parish in regard to the pillars of parish life. There are 6 Church Pillars: Liturgy, Spiritual Life, Forming Disciples, OutReach / InReach, Stewardship & Administration. These are the 6 key areas of the Church that require constant planning, monitoring and evaluation within each Family of Parishes and will create the Family Action Plan.

As we will soon begin the Road to Renewal process, our parish will need 6 to 12 people to represent the parish in the different pillar meetings with 1 or 2 people per pillar group.

Please consider stepping forward to represent 14 Holy Helpers in one of the pillar groups and help shape the creation of our Parish Family Action Plan. Additional information on the renewal program is available on this website at … Road to Renewal LINK. Contact the Rectory with any specific questions and express your interest in representing our parish … call at 716-674-2374 during business hours or email to Rectory @14hh.org.

Worldwide Catholic Synod

These results have been shared with Bishop Mike and Diocesan Leadership for their use in guiding our Diocese. Bishop Mike has expressed his hope that Synodal practices will continue in our Diocese. That report along with other supporting materials is now available for you to read at www.buffalodiocese.org/synod.

What do you think about the future of our Church?
Pope Francis requested that the worldwide Church hold Listening Sessions in each Diocese. Here in Buffalo over 800
people participated in 35 Sessions. During the last 5 months the Synod team from our Diocese conducted 35 Listening Sessions and created a 10-page report which was submitted to the USCCB.

Reports from Dioceses across the country will be combined and submitted to Rome for use in the Synod of Bishops in 2023. They will develop a document for our worldwide Catholic Church. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide our Synodal journey.

Chapel up High

14HH Chapel Up High v2A Eucharistic chapel has been organized at 14 Holy Helpers to make it easy for you to be in the presence of our risen Lord while maintaining social distancing precautions. A consecrated Eucharist has been placed in a monstrance in the sun room on the second floor of the Rectory. This new chapel is available for you to stop by in the parking lot to spend 14HH Chapel Up Higha little time with Jesus and say a prayer in the privacy and safety of your car. This chapel will be lit for easy viewing so you may stop by the parking lot at any time during the day or night. There will be no inside access, so use your car, and PLEASE respect social distancing norms to help stop the spread of the virus.

Prayer Line

Fr. David has set up a Prayer Line phone number … (716) 675-2592 … accessible 24 hours per day. He records a few prayers and gives us a few thoughts to help us deal with these difficult times. The prayers are periodically changed so call for the new prayer whenever you need to “pray with a friend”.

Support those who Support Us

We have been blessed to enjoy the support of our local business community over the past year. They have provided our parish, and the events and services we produce, with money, products, and services donations. Through their generous donations we have been able to generate needed revenue to work toward our mission and serve the local community.

Due to the recent coronavirus health crisis, many businesses have been forced to either temporarily close or operate in a restricted environment. Even those not as directly impacted have had to operate in a new world of social distancing, working environment cleansings, or managing a remote work force. Our supporting businesses stood up to help 14 Holy Helpers when we called … Businesses that Support 14 Holy Helpers LINK. Please consider supporting them with your patronage when you are in need of the goods or services that they provide to the community. Thank them and let them know that 14 Holy Helpers appreciates their support.

On-Line Giving

On-line giving to 14 Holy Helpers is processed through a program managed by Vanco Payment Solutions.  Vanco is a large on-line payment processor for faith based organizations and is used by a number of parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo. As a PCI Level 1 compliant service provider they are dedicated to protecting the security and privacy of our donors.

Making your payments on-line is easy.  You can access our on-line system by clicking the blue Offering button found in the right hand column of our Home Page (see button below).  You have the option to set up a donor profile to save your information for multiple donations … or make a one time donation without setting up a profile.  Donations can be made via credit card or ACH withdrawal from a checking or savings account.

The system is available now.  Call the Parish Business Manager, Rick Donovan, at the Rectory (716) 674-2374 with any questions.

Parish Pictorials

We have started to collect the history of our parish life through photographs. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with us please contact our Webteam. Our current collection can be seen at the following link … 14 HH Pictorial.

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