Our Lady of Czestochowa

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Dear Parish Family,

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a journey.  We wont’t be in a car or an airplane.  We won’t ride the bus or our bikes.  This will be a journey of our hearts.  It’s LENT and we’re on our way to Jesus!  Of course, Jesus is already with us.  Always!  But even though the Lord is a part of our lives, do we always listen to him?  Are we as close to him as we could be?  Do we know his peace and mercy all the time?

Are we present to Jesus with our whole heart?

Probably not.  And that’s because we’re bad.  That distance isn’t because God is hiding either.  It’s just because we’re still on our way.  We’re still growing.  We’re learning how to listen.  We’re learning about our sins and weaknesses.  We’re learning how to admit our mistakes and be forgiven.

Our LENTEN journey is a special time to learn and grow with Jesus, walking with him in the fullnes of life at EASTER.  He’s waiting.  Jesus invites us to come to him with our whole heart.  So let’s be open with ourselves in walking the journey and understanding what and why Jesus did these things for us.

 

Shalom,
Fr. Gary

LENT

Abstinence: 

All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday, are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting:

 All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a singe full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

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Each Friday at 7:00 pm during Lent beginning February 19, we will be having Stations of the Cross.
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Upon This Rock:

We received $10,052.84 for our January 2021 payment from Upon This Rock.  It continues to be very important that pledges are honored so we will continue to receive future payments.

We treated our entire complex (church, rectory, convent, school, hall and ministry center) with a sanitizer / antimicrobial protection treatment in December 2020 & February 2021 from ChemDry of West Seneca.  We also renovated the second floor of the ministry center.

We are hopeful with future money to continue to work on our wish list: repairing the steeple on the church, painting the interior of the church, repairing the back parking lot, new windows for the school, chairs for the parish hall.  There is and always will be a need to upgrade and /or improve our complex.

Once again, your continued support is critical to Our Lady of Czestochowa – thank you for your support to Upon This Rock.

~ Father Gary

Upon This Rock:

Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc. (“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment campaign.  The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary (“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retrat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS.  Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  CKS’s closure will make it impossible  for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes.  However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the New York State courts.  For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond.  Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court of the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.

If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc. attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to donor.info@frcdb.org.  Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court.  You may also make a formal filing in the legal procedding entitled Matter of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020.  In order for your submission to be available for the Court’s decision, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing , no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.

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