- YouTube Channel for Live Streaming services and recordings of prior services … LINK
- Portal to Audio podcast recordings of Mass services … LINK
- Fr. David’s blog and podcasts … LINK
- St. Joseph, Our Guide website for support when you need help … LINK
A Win for the Power of Prayer
Over the last couple of weeks our Parish Council at 14 Holy Helpers parish decided to unite in prayer for nine days to beseech Jesus’ help for peace in our country on the day of inauguration for President Joe Biden and all over the world through the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. We asked for everyone to pray with us from your homes by saying the rosary or even a decade each day.
The inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 20 were held in a peaceful manner. Violence like we saw on Jan. 6 at the Capitol was noticeably absent. Granted the presence of a very significant security force was a deterrent. BUT … If you’re keeping score, let’s chalk that day of relative peace up as a win for the power of prayer. Thank you for joining with us in praying for peace.
Parish Calendar This year we have a special calendar featuring the Fourteen Holy Helpers! Each month highlights one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers through a picture of their beautiful stained glass window in our parish along with a brief narrative of their life. These are calendars may be considered a KEEPSAKE COLLECTIBLE item and will be treasured by all. While we received a donation for some of the production and printing costs, a donation of $5 per calendar is needed to cover the balance. If you want your calendars mailed there is a $2 charge per calendar for the postage. More information and a link for online purchases is at … 2021 Calendars LINK. These calendars will also be available in the Rectory during normal business hours.
Snowball Fest 2021
Raffle news … Congratulations to our second winner!! Dorothy Walsh won our second Early Bird drawing held this past Saturday January 16. With her prize of $100 cash and the Bills win later that night we think that Dorothy had a very nice day. We’re counting down the days to our January 31 grand prize draws. Tickets are available from the Rectory if you still need them. There is still time for you to get a chance to share in the $6,000 in cash that will be given out that day. Make sure that they are returned by noon on January 31 to make sure that your tickets are included.
Update … while we had planned to hold some great activities in our parish hall, the continuing Orange Zone pandemic restriction status for our region has led us to decide that the Roast Beef Dinner, Theme Basket, and Baked Goods Sale will need to be postponed. With strict gathering limits for indoor events, we can not put on a successful event that meets the health guidelines. We have always maintained that the safety of our volunteers and customers is our primary concern. No reschedule date has been set for these events at this time.
Snowball Raffle will be held as planned. The Snowball Raffle is covid safe and will be held as planned. No public gatherings are planned for the raffle. If you are a parishioner or previous Snowball patron then you have already received your raffle tickets in the mail. If you need tickets contact the Rectory. Be sure to get your ticket returns in to the Rectory in time for our Jan. 16 Early Bird drawing. Is a $100 prize enough incentive for you?
Returnable Bottle/Can Drive will be held as planned. This is an outdoor event with minimal contact. A truck will be parked in our parish lot for easy drop off and collection.
Full details are available on our website at … Snowball fest 2021 LINK.
Chapel up High
A 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 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 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.
The Shrine of Mary
The Shrine of Mary at the front entrance to our Church 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 and light a candle for your intentions.
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-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.
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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