14 Holy Helpers Parish

Welcome to Fourteen Holy Helpers!

Summerfest 2024

Summerfest is returning again to 14 Holy Helpers! Summerfest 2024 will take place from Thursday August 1 through Sunday August 4. Our plans for this year include:

  • Great entertainment … bands like Nerds Gone Wild, The Yachtfathers, and Hit N Run
  • Delicious food … Grilled Pork Chop and BBQ Hamburger dinners, Homemade desserts in our Bake Sale, Grab and Go items like Hot Dogs, Burgers, Sausages, and Fries
  • Chances to win cash, theme baskets and other prizes from our games
  • Kids Zone to provide entertainment for our younger children
  • Chalk Art contest to spotlight the artistic talent that we have in the area

Additional information with dates and times for Summerfest is available … Summerfest 2024 Info Flyer LINK.

….. Last year we sold out every dinner for each night of Summerfest. Make sure that you get your dinner by purchasing online in advance of the sales at the door.
….. We are offering a special ONLINE only price for theme basket tickets which reduces the cost of each sheet of theme basket tickets by 60%. Do yourself a favor and jump on this ONLINE offer right now.
….. Sponsors are very important to us as they demonstrate their support for our parish to every parishioner and visitor to Summerfest. Businesses along with individual people, families, and memorials have stood up for 14 Holy Helpers in the past. Join them this year by becoming a sponsor for Summerfest 2024 using our online page.
….. Sign up for our Chalk Art Contest

Summerfest ONLINE purchases for dinners, sheets of theme basket tickets and sponsorships can be done at … Summerfest 2024 ONLINE sales LINK.

Chalk Art Contest
Our contest has been growing every year. Show off your artistic skills or just come and have a good time drawing. Draw as an Individual or as a Family. Drawing will start at 10am on Saturday, Aug. 3 and end at 3pm. Details are on the Information Flyer … Chalk Art Info LINK. Pre-registration is required. Fill in and return the sign-up sheet as soon as possible … Chalk Art Sign-up LINK.

***** VOLUNTEERS *****
We need your volunteer support in order to make this another successful event at 14 Holy Helpers. Many hands are needed and we need to know that you will join us. In the following link you can scroll through the available spots. If you have limitations in time or in capability (need a sitting job) just indicate that in the notes. If you can’t make it during Summerfest, we have set up/prep jobs and take down/clean up jobs that need to be done.

Sign up to volunteer at Summerfest … Volunteer LINK. Questions or concerns about volunteering … email summerfest@14hh.org or call Ginny 716-512-3221 or Tom 716-449-1143.

More information about Summerfest 2024 will be published as it becomes available. Come back here to our website for the latest details.

We’ll see you at Summerfest 2024!

Diocesan Rightsizing and Reshaping Process

On Thursday June 13 the Southern Erie Vicariate received recommendations from the Diocese for restructuring the Families of Parishes in the vicariate. Fourteen Holy Helpers is a member of Family of Parishes #7 which is included in the Southern Erie Vicariate.  The main recommendations from the Diocese presented on Thursday for Family #7 are:

  1. Merge St. John XXIII with Queen of Heaven and sell the entire St. John XXIII site
  2. Merge St. John Vianney with Queen of Heaven and sell the entire parish campus of St. John Vianney
  3. Merge Fourteen Holy Helpers with St. Gabriel utilizing Fourteen Holy Helpers as a second worship site.

Additional details and supporting data provided by the Diocese for these recommendations is available at … Family #7 Restructure LINK.

For Fourteen Holy Helpers this means that our church will remain open as a functioning Catholic Church. We expect that the buildings on our campus will remain open and be operational as long as we support and maintain them. As was explained to us, the objective of our merger was to share and consolidate administrative resources with the parish that we merge with.

The Diocese was clear in stating that these are recommendations only at this time. Family #7 has an opportunity to suggest an alternative proposal.  That alternative must come from the Family, not individual parishes, and is under strict parameters as to the suggestions made. The complete listing of recommendations for the entire Diocese has been posted on the Diocesan website … Recommendations LINK. Scroll down the page. On the left side just after the announcement text you will see an oblong bubble box with two links … Diocesan Recommendations (entire list of recommendations) and Listing by Vicariate (listing of families in a vicariate with links to the recommendations).

Fr, Greg Faulhaber leads our family. He is currently working on a plan to meet within the family to review the recommendations and determine if any alternative proposals will be made. We will be part of those discussions and will keep you updated as to their progress. There are also many questions on the table about the impacts of the merger and details as to how we will operate in the future.  As we have answers to the questions you will be informed as well.

Be encouraged that Fourteen Holy Helpers Church will remain open. We truly need your continuing support and participation in our services and parish events as we need to demonstrate the viability of operations at Fourteen Holy Helpers.  Further information will be provided through the bulletin, our parish website, our parish Facebook, and emails.

Earlier on Tuesday, May 28 the Diocese of Buffalo in a televised press conference announced the plan to address “The Need to Rightsize and Reshape the Diocese of Buffalo”.  The plan will primarily meet the need through the “merger” of parishes and closing of some worship sites in the Diocese.    Between now and the end of August, the Families of Parishes in the Diocese will be working with the Diocese on identifying the specific parishes and worship sites impacted. The announcement of those mergers and closings is planned for early September 2024. Thursday’s meeting was the first step in that process.

The Diocesan announcement in May included a Fact Sheet and FAQ Listing that are available on the Diocesan Website at … Rightsize and Reshape Plan LINK. These documents are also available through our website at … Fact Sheet LINK and FAQs LINK.  For those who were not able to watch the televised press conference we are making the slide deck presented during the press conference available at … Press Conference Deck LINK.

UPDATE: A Parishioner Meeting was held in the Church on Thursday, June 27. Questions and responses resulting from that meeting are presented in the notes at the following link … Parishioner Meeting LINK.

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 Administrator, Kate Wypij, 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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