Say “Yes” on Commitment to Parish Life Sunday
Commitment to Parish Life Sunday is a celebration of ministry and an invitation to discern the gifts and talents God might be calling you to share. During the weekend of November 15 and 16, we thank our dedicated volunteers and seek to re-energize and re-engage our parish community. A Ministry Fair will be held in the gym following each Mass where parishioners can meet representatives from various ministries, ask questions and learn about opportunities. Refreshments will be served.
Where Jesus Walked – IMPACT Scripture Meditation
Imagine being part of an event that happened 2,000 years ago! Teens in grades 9 -12 are invited to join a new IMPACT Scripture Meditation called Where Jesus Walked on Sundays from 5 – 6 p.m. prior to the Lifeteen Mass. Scripture Meditation is a prayer form bringing members to a loving awareness of God with a calm, relaxing state of mind. Participants will be invited to become part of a gospel scene that places them within a biblical event. Each prayer service has an opening activity to set the tone, introduction, scripture reading or dramatization and closing prayer. Our next session is Sunday, November 2 in the Youth Room in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Donna Vazquez, assistant youth director, at email@example.com.
Bishop Malone will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our parish on Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. in church. A mandatory rehearsal will be held for all confirmation candidates and their sponsors (or a parent if the sponsor cannot attend) on Sunday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. also in church. Specific details have been e-mailed to all those families with a confirmation candidate. If you have not received this e-mail, please contact Holly Hooton(688-0599) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Reconciliation Preparation: Information has been sent out to all those families with children eligible to prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation in December 2014. If you believe your child is ready (please refer to eligibility requirements on the website) but did not receive information in the mail, please contact Holly Hooton at 688-0599 or email@example.com by Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 if you would like your child to prepare this year. If your family misses the deadline, they will be invited again in the Fall of 2015.
Donna Vazquez Named Assistant Youth Minister
Donna Vazquez has been appointed assistant youth minister. Donna has been a member of the Family Faith Formation staff for the past eight years and brings enthusiasm and strong faith to her new position. She will assist with Lifeteen, EDGE and IMPACT and launch new programs this fall including an IMPACT Scripture Meditation Group and IMPACT Connections for 7th and 8th graders. “My goal is to light a fire within these kids and raise their level of faith within their homes, communities and schools,” she said.
St Mary’s IMPACT annual fall retreat will be held on October 24 to 26 at Camp Turner in Alleghany State Park. All teens in grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and grow in the Spirit. Please contact Ryan or Donna in the Youth Office for more information.
Seminarian Joins St. Mary’s
The St. Mary’s community will assist in the education and formation of a seminarian intern from the diocese on St. Catharines, Ontario. We welcome Gregory Schmidt is in his sixthyear of studies for priesthood at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. He will be with us for approximately nine months as part of his field education assignment. While here, Greg will learn about ministering in a busy suburban parish, and about the many ministries we offer here at St. Mary’s that make our parish so vibrant. Greg will be mentored by Fr. Yetter and will work with our parish life coordinator, Rosemary LoJacono. He will also spend time in getting to know St Mary’s school as well as our Faith Formation Program.
St. Mary School Receives $23,700 Grant for STREAM
St. Mary School has received a $23,700 grant from an anonymous donor for the STREAM program. STREAM is the Catholic response to the national STEM movement (science, technology, engineering, math) and adds religion and art to a holistic approach. St. Mary’s is one of 10 pilot STREAM schools in the Diocese.
Grant funds will be used to purchase microscopes, slides, equipment for essential experiments, virtual dissection kits, lab tables, robotics equipment, iPads, software, digital cameras and art supplies. A current classroom will be converted into an expanded science lab.
According to Joseph Roaldi, assistant principal, St. Mary School, this generous gift will allow St. Mary’s to become a leader in STREAM education. “Our goal is to create a unique learning community where students engage in project and problem-based activities to develop vital, age-appropriate skills such as critical thinking.”
Outreach for Hurting Mothers
Have you or a mother you know recently lost a child – either through miscarriage, stillbirth, or post-birth? The Daughters of Mary, a Catholic moms group at St. Mary’s, has a prayerful outreach called Gabriel’s Graces for moms hurting from this loss. With confidentiality, we prayerfully support these mothers (and their families) in their time of sorrow. She does not need to be Catholic, a parishioner, or even local. For more information or if you would like to submit a name for prayers and/or outreach, please contact Hope at 633-9525 or Angela at 989-9893. Also, we are looking for others moms who would like to join us in prayer and/or outreach. There are no meetings to attend or age limit to joining us in prayer. Please contact the above or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to join Gabriel’s Graces!