- 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
… Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be held on Monday and Tuesday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass. They will also be held on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:00 pm in the church. The Friday night stations will also e live streamed to YouTube and Facebook.
… Lenten Packet: A packet of materials has been prepared for your prayerful use during Lent. The packet contains prayers, reflections, instructional materials, calendars, and a family activity game. You can find the Lenten Packet on this website at … Lenten Packet LINK. You may also be able to obtain a printed copy of the packet after weekend Masses and through the Rectory.
Sunday Mass Change
Until further notice we will need to combine the Sunday 8:00 am Masses into one service. That combined service will be held in the Hall with its larger capacity to accommodate more in-person Mass attendees. The need to reduce the number of Mass services is due to the unavailability of one of our weekend assistant priests for a period of time. We will continue to evaluate our Mass schedule based on the availability of priests to celebrate them.
The new weekend Mass schedule effective 2/21/21:
Saturday: 4:30 pm Hall
Sunday: 8:00 am Hall
10:00 am Hall & Church
12:00 pm Church
There is no change to our weekday Mass schedule. It is still Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 am in the Church and Wednesday 7:00 pm also in the Church.
St. Joseph Chaplet … Seven Sundays of Devotion
An effective means of obtaining special graces through the intercession of St. Joseph is to honor his seven sorrows and seven joys by the practicing the Seven Sundays devotion. The Seven Sundays in honor of St. Joseph are observed by receiving Holy Communion in his honor on seven consecutive Sundays, and on each Sunday the prayers in honor of the Seven Sorrows and the Seven Joys of St. Joseph are recited. Those prayers are on the St. Joseph, Our Guide website at … St. Joseph Chaplet LINK. This devotion may be practiced at any time of the year, but especially on the seven Sundays preceding his solemnity on March 19th.
This year the seven Sundays before March 19th are listed below. Fr. David recorded the prayers for each Sunday. You can follow along with him by simply clicking the audio LINK:
- Sunday, January 31 … First Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, February 7 … Second Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, February 14 … Third Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, February 21 … Fourth Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, February 28 … Fifth Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, March 7 … Sixth Sunday audio LINK
- Sunday, March 14 … Seventh Sunday audio LINK
Consecration to St. Joseph
This year the Diocese of Buffalo is sponsoring a “Consecration to St. Joseph” starting on Feb. 15, 2021. To show your commitment to St. Joseph “… you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy.” For more information and access to consecration materials use the following link … DOB Consecration to St. Joseph LINK. For an easy to read and follow booklet available for use in the consecration … Consecration to St. Joseph Booklet 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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