- YouTube Channel for Live Streaming services and recordings of prior services … LINK
- Portal to Audio recordings of services and events … LINK
- Fr. David’s blog and podcasts … LINK
- St. Joseph, Our Guide website for support when you need help … LINK
Fall Fest 2020
We’re all disappointed that Summerfest was a victim of the Covid pandemic this year. In spite of the extremely difficult year that we have all endured we do have some things for which we should be thankful. Fall Fest 2020 will give us an opportunity to relax for a moment to catch our breath … enjoy a great meal … and take a chance on winning some great raffle prizes or a theme basket. Simple joys maybe, but so necessary at this time.
Enjoy our Polish Platter Dinner on Friday, September 18. We sell out of these dinners every year at Summerfest. Be sure to buy your dinners tickets in advance online at this website … and save some money in the process.
Theme baskets and a fantastic Fall Fest Raffle are planned for drawing on Sunday, September 20. Theme basket and raffle tickets will be available throughout that weekend. Bring your non-perishable food items and household cleaning products. Donate them during Fall Fest and your family will receive a free book of raffle tickets. Your donations will benefit our local West Seneca food pantries.
More details … links to purchase your dinners … go to Fall Fest 2020 LINK.
Mass Schedule for Weekend of August 1 – 2, 2020
Saturday 4:30 pm
… Hall: Fr. David Bellittiere
Sunday 8:00 am
… Church: Fr. David Bellittiere
… Hall: Fr. Emil Swiatek
Sunday 10:00 am
… Church: Fr. David Bellittiere (live streamed Mass)
… Hall: Fr. Emil Swiatek
Sunday 12:00 pm
… Hall: Fr. Robert Mock
Update on Sacraments of First Penance, First Eucharist and Confirmation
Please keep our young people in your prayers as they make their First Communion on Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 23rd!
Lord Jesus Christ, bless the children coming forward to receive Holy Communion for the first time.
May this day be the step toward a life-long
love of the Eucharist.
Give them a hunger for this sacred food so that they turn to you for comfort, guidance, and wisdom
as they grow into full discipleship.
Thank you for their innocence and goodness.
May their hands, extended in anticipation of your body and blood, inspire all of us to cherish this sacred Sacrament. Amen.
Saturday, August 15th, 10:00 am & Sunday, August 23rd, 1:30 pm – First Communion Mass will be open only to the families of the First Communicants. We will live stream the Masses so the whole congregation and out of town family members can attend “remotely”.
Fr. David is continuing to work with Sharon Voigt, our Director of Religious Education, to formulate a plan for Confirmation. We are hoping to schedule the Sacrament Masses for Confirmation very soon.
Public Masses have resumed at 14 Holy Helpers. To maintain public safety and limit the spread of the virus, we have instituted a number of measures in concert with guidelines from governmental agencies and the Diocese of Buffalo.
- Mass Schedule: the weekend Mass schedule has changed to Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am, 10 am, and 12 pm with Masses in both the Church and Parish Hall. Please check this website weekly as the times and locations of the Masses are subject to change. The weekday Mass schedule will remain the same with Mass only in the Church.
- Mass Attendance Capacity: to accommodate social distancing we are required to limit the on-site attendance at Masses to 25% of the location capacity. Weekend Masses will be limited on a first-come basis. You may select the location you prefer until it has reached capacity.
- Changes in Mass procedures:
- Only Communion by Host will be available with distribution only to your hand.
- No missals will be distributed in Church.
- Singing by the musician and cantor only.
- Offertory collection should be dropped in baskets available at the entrances.
- No physical contact during the Sign of Peace
- Safety Procedures:
- Masks will be required to be worn by everyone over the age of 2 years.
- Cooperate with volunteers who will be available at the weekend Masses to greet and seat you.
- People will be called by row for Communion and to leave the Church.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances for your use.
- For the Church, only handicapped people should use the side entrance. All others use the main entrance.
More details are available in a flyer that was mailed to parishioners on June 16. That flyer is also available here … ReOpening Public Mass flyer LINK.
Please note– the dispensation from Sunday Mass is still in effect. If you are sick, have any symptom of COVID-19 or are uncomfortable returning at this time-please stay home. We will continue to live stream a Mass every Sunday at 10:00 am (please note the new time). The live stream Mass will be available for viewing at any time afterward. Audio recordings of Masses are also available for your use through our website.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we implement the guidelines from the Diocese and local government. Please know that this is a fluid situation and we are open to suggestions for a smooth transition to public worship.
Volunteers Needed for Public Masses
As Fr. David notes in his blog, “… We need volunteers who will work with our Ushers as greeters, helping seat parishioners, directing communion and an orderly dismal. We need volunteers also to completely clean the Church and Hall after each mass. Thank you to those who have volunteered, but we still need more helping hands. If you are willing to help with any of these tasks, please contact the Rectory preferably by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 674-2374.” For Fr. David’s complete message you can access his note at … Fr. David’s blog LINK.
Chapel up High
A 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 a 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 lotat 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.
As noted below, the Shrine of Mary is also open for you to light a candle. When you stop by to visit our new chapel we invite you to also stop at this shrine to Mary.
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”.
Continued Financial Support for the Parish is Needed
This period of time when we have been required to cancel public Masses and all parish events and services should certainly be considered one of the most difficult periods in the 156 year history of our parish. We have tried to maintain some level of services while making them available through social media and this website. Even through this time of decreased activity, a number of expenses continue to be incurred … utilities, insurance, maintenance, and payrolls to name a few.
Without public Masses and the weekend collections we have seen an almost complete stop to the revenues needed to sustain the parish. We need you to continue your financial support of 14 Holy Helpers. Several options are available to deliver your weekly or monthly donations to our parish:
- Drop off at the Rectory. Even though the staff is working remotely from their homes, please use a sealed envelope to drop off your donation at the slot to the right of the outer door at the entrance of front entry hall of the Rectory.
- Postal Mail. You can use the postal mail service to send in your donation. Use an envelope of your own or just add a stamp to the address flap of the regular donation envelopes which we have provided to parishioners.
- Electronic Donation. Two options are available for electronically providing donations to 14 Holy Helpers parish. Both provide the ability for one time donations as well as setting up recurring donations for your convenience. They can be found near the bottom of the far right column on our Home Page
- On-Line Giving (Vanco): This service allows you to provide one time or recurring donation payments using either a credit/debit card or automatic withdrawals from a checking or savings account.
- PayPal: This service also allows you to provide electronic donations to our parish. If you are a PayPal member you can submit the donation from your PayPal account and even set up automatic monthly recurring donations. Non-members may still submit one-time donations through PayPal using their credit/debit card.
While challenged with the need to maintain social distancing we are trying to continue to provide you with the services you need to sustain our faith. Your continued financial support is so important to sustain our parish during these difficult times. Of course as always, our willingness to support you is never dependent on your ability to provide financial donations or the level of those donations. Let us know how we can help you.
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 February 28, 2020 the Corporation of the Diocese of Buffalo petitioned the Federal Court for Chapter 11 Reorganization status. An information booklet is available that outline the Diocesan position and recent actions in this matter … Diocesan Reorganization booklet. The Diocese of Buffalo has created a resource page on their website which provides additional information in regard to the reorganization … LINK to Diocesan Reorganization page. That page also contains links to resource documents including a number of documents filed in Court as part of the Ch. 11 request.
On-line giving to 14 Holy Helpers is processed through a new 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.
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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