Diocesan Covid Guidelines Updated for Mass Attendees
On 9/22/2021, the Diocese of Buffalo has issued updated COVID-19 parish guidelines related to liturgies (Diocesan Covid Guidelines LINK).
Masks are now required for those entering and exiting the Church and when receiving Holy Communion. The congregation may “relax their mask” when seated if they feel comfortable to do so. Social distancing among people who are not in your household is strongly encouraged.
Eucharistic Ministers & Altar Ministry
As before, masks are required for those distributing the Eucharist. Anyone in the sanctuary should limit close exposure and all should practice good hygiene.
Basic Hygiene Remains Important
If a person does not feel well, has a temperature greater than or equal to 100°, or is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should stay home and seek medical attention.
When present in church, all participants should:
— Exercise coughing/sneezing etiquette
— Limit what they touch
— Limit personal contact such as hugging and hand shaking
— Wash hands properly and often.
The 9/22/2021 Diocesan update did not address other parish functions such as Rectory operations, and parish events. At Fourteen Holy Helpers parish, we recommend following governmental directives and CDC recommendations. Following sensible hygiene practices and wearing masks where reasonable and in close exposure to others are approaches that we recommend for all parish functions. In the future we may need to adjust our parish policies depending on conditions at the time.
Please address all questions and concerns regarding parish policies to the Rectory by phone at (716) 674-2374 or by email to Rectory@14hh.org.
Thank you for adhering to these new guidelines. May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Oktoberfest 2021 Meat Raffle
Everyone is welcome to join us for the Oktoberfest 2021 Meat Raffle. On Saturday, October 16 we’ll be celebrating the Oktoberfest season of Fall in our Parish Hall. Join us for a celebration with your family and friends. You’ll have the opportunity to win steaks, chops, sausages and more during the drawing rounds. Exceptional pre-sale admission ticket savings are available if you buy your tickets now. Save $5 on Individual Admission tickets and $50 on a table reservation for 8 if you purchase in advance. Purchasing information and event details are available on this site at … Oktoberfest 2021 Meat Raffle LINK.
Chili and Macaroni & Cheese Dinners
The Sodality of our Lady is planning some great dinners to warm our hearts and stomachs this Fall. On Saturday, October 23 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm they will be serving your choice of Chili or Macaroni & Cheese in the Parish Hall. You may buy your selections as a dinner with the sides and dessert or as a stand alone To Go order. You will have the option to eat your meal in our Parish Hall or take it home for a later meal. To help our families with children, you will have the option to purchase a child portion meal for children ages 5 – 12, or even receive a younger child portion at no charge for children 4 and under.
Additional details and purchase information is available on this site at … Sodality Chili and Macaroni & Cheese 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.
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 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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