14 Holy Helpers Parish

Welcome to Fourteen Holy Helpers!

THE JOURNEY . . . A WAY TO DEEPEN YOUR EXPERIENCE OF JESUS

In a few weeks our parish will provide everyone an opportunity to sign up for The Journey, a six-week process of sharing, prayer, and reflection that can help everyone—active parishioner or not—grow in faith.

The Journey brings us into contact with those who knew and encountered Jesus; through videos and sharing, their experience becomes real in our day . . . in our personal lives and in our relationships with God and others.

We hope that many parishioners will sign up and help our parish grow in faith—so that more of our parishioners see themselves as followers of Jesus. 

Small Groups

We will be organizing small groups in this program to promote interpersonal discussions on the program topics and provide support for each other as we work to deepen our understanding and relationship with Jesus. Each group will have a leader whose role is:

1. To create a welcoming atmosphere that gives participants the freedom and encouragement to share faith, one whereby the participants will know that the leader is a facilitator and not a teacher.
2. To keep the meeting on track, not letting it wander into other agendas.

All of you are being asked to consider becoming a Small Group Leader. Why should I become a Small Group Leader? Being a small group leader is a graced ministry. By being a small group leader a person often recognizes more clearly how God is acting in his/her life. Consequently, by facilitating this process the leader helps others to recognize and take ownership of how God is acting in their lives.

We will provide training for all of our Small Group Leaders. Two Small Group Leader Training sessions are being offered. You only have to attend one.
….. Monday, January 30th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in Meeting Room #1 of the Parish Hall — OR —
….. Friday, February 3rd from 9:30am – 11:00am in Meeting Room #1 of the Parish Hall.

The training will be given by Sr. Louise Alff OSF, Evangelization Consultant for the Diocese of Buffalo. Please contact the Rectory by email (rectory@14hh.org) or phone (716-674-2374) for more information or to indicate your interest in this program.


2023 February Family Fun

Our Ladies Sodality is sponsoring a Family Fun event on Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in our Parish Hall.

  • Bring the family to enjoy a delicious Ham Dinner. Individual dinners will be available or buy a Family Pack of 4 dinners and save $5. Purchase your tickets online to make sure that your dinners are reserved before we sell out.
  • You may be lucky and win one or more of the fantastic theme baskets that we will be offering. You can buy your theme basket sheets online or at the event. ONLINE SPECIAL we are offering an online only special where you will receive 4 sheets of tickets for $10. At the event we will be selling 3 sheets for $10. Buy your tickets sheets NOW!
  • Join us for some family fun at no charge. Play some family oriented card or board games. Show off your athletic skills at the cornhole court. Sounds like a good time for all!

Shake off those winter blues. Bring out the family for a great meal and a couple of hours of fun. Meet your friends and fellow parishioners and have a great time.

Details on the event and links to order your dinners and theme basket sheets are available … February Family Fun LINKS


Super Bowl

*** SOLD OUT … Both Squares have been sold out. We’ll notify you of your numbers as the game approaches. ***

While we’re hopeful that our home town Buffalo Bills make it to the Super Bowl this season, there is a lot of football to be played before that big game. Whichever teams end up playing in the big game, nobody can deny the excitement for that game and all the activities that come along with it. Part of the excitement can come if you have your own “square” for the game. This year we have two different groups of squares with each giving you the chance to win for yourself as well as help our parish. For more information or questions, call Ginny at 716-512-5221 or email to drvsstolarsk@gmail.com.


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?
Synod
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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