Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Masses 2015

We invite you to join us:

Thursday, December 24th
   4:00 pm  (with Children's Pageant 15 minutes prior)
   10:00 pm (music begins one-half hour prior)

Friday, December 25th
   10:00 am
   11:30 am

St. Benedict's is located at the corner of Main Street and Eggert Road, Amherst, NY.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe


Every December 12th, the Church celebrates Mary under the title of "Our Lady of Guadalupe"

On December 9th, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego and asked him to buld a church on the site of the apparition. The famous image of our Lady of Guadalupe is actually the image left behind by Mary on the tilma (cloak) of St. Juan Diego.

It is estimated that over 9 million indigenous people of Mexico became Catholic due to our Lady's appearance there. Our Lady of Guadalupe is venerated throughout the world, but particularly among Mexicans. Under this title, Mary is the Patroness of the Americas - South, Central and North. In addition to being the patroness of the Americas, our Lady of Guadalupe is also the patroness of the Pro-Life movement. It is the only apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary that shows her as an expectant mother.

St. John Paul II visited Mexico City in 1979 (he had just been elected pope in October of 1978). In fact, this was the first papal overseas trip for St. John Paul II. He would become known for his apostolic visits to numerous countries after his visit to Mexico. Pope Emeritus Benedict XIV has also visited the site.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Mexico and the shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in coming months.  He wrote these words in 2014 about Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. On this occasion, I wish to greet the brothers and sisters of this continent, and I do so thinking of the Virgin of Tepeyac. 
When she appeared to St. Juan Diego, her face was that of a mestiza (mixed race) woman and her clothes were full of symbols of the indigenous culture. Following the example of Jesus, Mary is close to her children. She accompanies them on their way as a solicitous mother, and shares the joys and hopes, sufferings and anxieties of the people of God, who are called to form part of all the peoples of the earth.
 The appearance of the image of the Virgin on the tilma of Juan Diego was a prophetic sign of an embrace, Mary’s embrace, of all the inhabitants of the vast American lands, both those who were already there and those who came after.
This embrace of Mary pointed the way that has always characterized America: a land where different people can live together, a land capable of respecting human life at all stages, from birth to old age, able to welcome immigrants as well as the people and the poor and marginalized of all ages. America is a generous land. 
This is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and this is my message, the message of the Church. I encourage all inhabitants of the American continent to have open arms like the Virgin Mary, with love and tenderness. 
I pray for all of you, dear brothers and sisters across America, and please pray for me, too. May the joy of the Gospel be always in your hearts. May the Lord bless you and the Virgin be with you.

A prayer for the Memorial of our Lady of Guadalupe:
God of power and mercy,
you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac
with the presence of the Virgin Mary at Guadalupe.
May her prayers help all men and women
to accept each other as brothers and sisters.
Through your justice present in our hearts,
may your peace reign in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

St. Peter's Episcopal & St. Ben's serving together!

Last year, Bishop Franklin (of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York), and Bishop Malone released a Pastoral Letter encouraging members from both Dioceses to work together in addressing problems of poverty, discrimination, and other societal ills. Two parishes took that letter to heart.

Deacon Bill Hynes of St. Benedict’s and Deacon Tom Tripp of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church met during that awful 2014-15 Buffalo winter, and started a dialogue.

Maura MacDonald with
one of our Chinese Guests!
Both parishes mainly serve the Eggertsville-Snyder-Tonawanda areas directly northeast of the city. After several joint meetings between the deacons and lay people of the two parishes, it was decided to birth the collaboration with a Pre-Thanksgiving meal for ESL students that met regularly in the St. Peter’s building. Diana Leiker, an Episcopal Postulant [Diaconal Candidate], put the program together, after hosting two prior St. Peters’ dinners for the students during the summer months. This was part of her social ministry project for the Episcopal Diaconal Formation Program.

The joint dinner was held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and was hosted by members of St. Peter’s vestry, plus those of the Outreach & Community Life team. St. Benedict’s had 18 people in attendance, led by their Salt & Light Group, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Deacon Hynes, and Father Robert Mock. St. Peter’s was represented by the parishioners mentioned above, several youth, and the presence of the Rev. Ann Markle, Deacon Tom, and Postulant Diana Leiker.  Several ESL students and their instructor rounded out the estimated 40 attendees.

The dinner began with thanksgiving blessings in several faith traditions that led into the traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The ESL students spoke to the gathering about their own versions of ‘Thanksgiving” in their cultures. Everyone was invited to participate in their own personal art project, and a musical sing-a-long of traditional American songs closed out the evening.
The evening was filled with much of cross- informational talk between the laity of the parishes, plenty of interaction with the ESL students, and of course- plenty to eat.

Postulant Diana Leiker

We hope that this event was the beginning of a meaningful collaboration between Christian congregations to further welcome strangers to our shores, while working with refugee agencies such as Vive La Casa, Journey’s End and Catholic Charities.

The clergy of the two churches also decided to plan and hold a joint Vespers Service in January to further solidify our future efforts.  It will take place at St. Peter's January 24th at 6pm.  All are welcome.

[taken, with minor additions, from http://episcopalwny.org/early-thanksgiving-party?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+episcopalwny%2Fnews+%28Episcopal+Western+New+York+News%29]

Seminarian Peter Bassey

A welcoming gift for ESL families

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Help the needy THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS breakfasts

Hello Vincentians and Friends

As many of you know, St. Benedict's Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has supported Little Portion Friary by serving breakfast to their guests on Thanksgiving and on Christmas morning.

Vincentians and other Parishioners generously donate their time to prepare breakfast items to help make these holidays a bit more special for those less fortunate.

Donated items are delivered by you at  8:15AM holiday morning in the St. Ben's parking lot in order for the delivery and serving by others at 9AM at the shelter.

Please contact us at the emails or cell numbers below if you can prepare a breakfast item.
We will separately seek a few volunteers to help with delivery, with prep at the Friary that morning and to serve the breakfast.

Fred: 864-3166 fadelfm@aol.com

Mimi: 208-3255         mf188@aol.com

Below are the breakfast items needed. If you're interested in sending something not listed, please let us know. We would like to stay away from sugary baked goods as Little Portion receives many donated doughnuts and sweets. Breakfast Items that can be frozen or kept a reasonable period in refrigeration are a good idea.

Listed are 4 egg items (scrambled or  egg bake). If you're interested in providing an egg bake but don't have a recipe there are several online- BUT please replace or skip cheese and pork additions, for dietary and religious reasons.

General info: There are approximately 8 women and 18 men plus some volunteers on the premises. They eat in separate dining rooms so we divide the items among the two dining rooms accordingly. Breakfast is served at 9:00 am.

Fred & Mimi will meet food providers in the Westfield parking lot at 8:15 Thanksgiving morning. People providing the hot items should bring them hot. The Fadels will leave for Little Portion by 8:30, in order to arrive in time to serve on time. The guests (residents) are responsible for clean up.

If you have a cold item or fruit you would like to drop off ahead of time, contact us.

Items needed:

1. Eggs/Egg Bake*: 
2. Eggs/Egg Bake*: 
3. Eggs/Egg Bake*: 
4. Eggs/Egg Bake*: 
5. Bagels – dozen: 
6. Bagels – dozen: 
7. Bagels – dozen: 
8. Cream cheese –3 bricks: 
9. Orange juice – 2 gallons: 
10.Orange juice – 2 gallons: 
14.Whole fruit: 
15.Whole fruit:
16.Whole fruit:
17.Whole fruit:
*egg bake in an approx 9x15 disposable tray
**potatotes: McDonald style hash brown cakes,or other breakfast potato styles

A> Let us know which item & its number that  you would like to donate. Include a second choice if your first item is already spoken for.

B> Indicate for which holiday (please select only one holiday) We will contact you if that holiday is already spoken for.

C>Include a  tel number (& preferred email address if different from the one on file) if we need to reach you. 

D>Please don't hesitate to call with questions or comments. 

Yours in Christ,

Fred and Mimi 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thanksgiving themed meal for ESL Community

St Peter's Episcopal Church (205 Longmeadow)


St. Benedict's Church (3980 Main Street) 

will host a Thanksgiving themed dinner at St Peter's Church November 17th from 5-8pm (dinner served around 5:30pm). We are hoping for approximately 50 people total (ESL members and volunteers).

ESL stands for English as a Second Language. Our Eggertsville community has a significant population of ESL people. This dinner will not only provide a Thanksgiving-themed meal, but it will also give the ESL group members a chance to practice speaking English.

Donations are greatly appreciated such as sweet potatoes recipes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, carrot cake, pumpkin bars, cranberry sauce or whatever Thanksgiving related item you would like to share.

RSVP by November 8th to Maura MacDonald at sixmacs85@gmail.com or by phone 832-5429.  Let us know what you are bringing as well. 


Our service with St. Peter's was prompted by the joint Pastoral letters of our Bishops -- R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of WNY and Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Representatives of our parishes have been meeting and praying together since that first joint Pastoral came out.  Here is the first Joint Pastoral Letter - http://bit.ly/1yWaItr 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mini Health Fair with our Flu Clinic Oct. 11

Mini Health Fair

St Benedict's Nurses will be hosting a mini health fair during  the Flu Clinic on Oct 11, 9am -1pm

FREE hearing tests by Diversified Hearing Services (a parishioner). 

Department of Senior Services (a parishioner) for resources and New York State's Health Plan Marketplace (insurance options for those under 65). 

A health information table will be available. 

Plan to stop by.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Flu Shots here Oct. 11

FLU SHOTS will be given by Catholic health nurses at St Benedict's after all the Masses on Oct 11. From 9am to 1pm. This is no cost, please bring  your insurance cards if you are insured.

Appointments are required. To make an appointment call Health Connection at 447-6205.

Their nurses will also do blood pressure checks and cholesterol checks free of charge.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mercy - Absolution for the sin of abortion

Below is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, followed by a Catholic News Service story, which provides much-needed context to the Holy Father’s letter:

Statement of Bishop Richard J. Malone

After consulting with the Canonists of the Chancery, I have confirmed that the faculties granted to all priests of the Buffalo Diocese include the faculty of remitting the excommunication attached to the procurement of abortion. This has been the case in our diocese since the 1980s during Bishop Edward Head’s tenure. By extending this faculty to every priest throughout the world, Pope Francis is reminding us of the limitless power of God’s mercy and compassion.

I know that the priests of our diocese will continue to welcome all those who wish to receive God’s forgiveness and continue on their path of conversion. In anticipation of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo has scheduled another day of Hope and Healing for those touched in any way by abortion. This will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Christ the King Seminary; details are available on the diocesan website: 

Catholic News Service:  For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

"The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails," while many other women believe that "they have no other option" but to have an abortion, the pope wrote in the letter, released Sept. 1 by the Vatican.

The pressures exerted on many women to abort lead to "an existential and moral ordeal," Pope Francis said. "I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision.”

When such a woman has repented and seeks absolution in the sacrament of confession, he said, "the forgiveness of God cannot be denied.”

Although church law generally requires a priest to have special permission, called faculties, from his bishop to grant absolution to a person who has procured or helped another to procure an abortion, the pope said he decided "to concede to all priests for the jubilee year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.”

Pope Francis urged priests to welcome to the sacrament women who have had an abortion, explain "the gravity of the sin committed" and indicate to them "a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters the pope's letter "highlights the wideness of God's mercy" and is "not in any way minimizing the gravity of the sin" of abortion.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pope Francis Visit to USA 2015 WNY media coverage

Papal Visit 2015

Click for a link to the schedule of Pope Francis' 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America.

Time Warner Cable News will provide complete coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S. on various media platforms. 

Channel 199 will air non-stop papal coverage, including daily recap shows and national call-in shows from September 20 through September 27th.

Channel 1020 has begun on-demand coverage, including pre-visit preparations, documentaries and previous papal visit programming, and will continue through November 30th. 

The cable outlet will feature coverage with a local perspective on their news channel as well as a special papal visit section on their TWC news app. 

Visit http://www.twcnews.com/papalvisit, beginning September 1st for a video chronicle of the Pope's visit.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bible Study 2015 Wednesdays at 7pm

Bible Study

Faith formation should be a life long process. Learning about one's faith does not stop  when one receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.

What better way to continue to learn about God but through the scriptures.

Do you ever question how the Bible can speak to you in this present age? Every Wednesday night @ 7pm,resuming on Sept 9th, a small Bible Study group gathers to heard God's words in the Tobin Room of the school. 

We are learning about how Paul's Letters speak to us. Sessions are designed so you don't need to attend every class. We welcome anyone even if they could come once a month. 

For more information call Carol Mathner @ 633-1693

Monday, August 24, 2015

Flu Clinic here Oct. 11th



Details coming soon!

Flu symptoms make you feel miserable. Learn more about the main flu symptoms so you can treat these early on. Also, find out when to call the doctor about flu symptoms.

Is it a cold or flu? How can you tell the difference? Discover the specific warning signs of cold and flu, and learn the best ways to treat cold and flu symptoms.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

You're invited! Food Truck weekend mornings @St. Paul's

Cruisin’ Crepes Food Truck will be out front of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main Street, every weekend starting July 18th though September 7th at 8am- 12pm. 

The parishioners and guests of St. Benedict's are cordially invited!

Cruisin' Crepes have hearty buckwheat crepes, such as the Mediterranean, to sweeter egg crepes, such as with Nutella.

You can find them at www.facebook.com/cruisincrepes, or call them at 341-3949 with questions.

St. Paul Lutheran Church (4007 Main Street) is conveniently located right across the way from the St. Benedict School parking lot.   See you there!

can't miss the 1962 International Harvester Metro!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope Francis' Journey to the USA September 2015

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

          4:00 p.m.    Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews

          9:15  a.m.  Meeting with President Obama at the White House
          11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral
          4:15  p.m.  Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilicia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

          9:20  a.m.  Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
          11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
          4:00 p.m.   Depart from Joint Base Andrews
          5:00 p.m.   Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
          6:45 p.m.   Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral

          8:30  a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
          11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
          4:00  p.m.  Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
          6:00  p.m.  Mass at Madison Square Garden

          8:40  a.m.  Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
          9:30  a.m.  Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
          10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
          4:45  p.m.  Visit to Independence Mall
          7:30  p.m.  Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

          9:15   a.m.  Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
          11:00  a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
          4:00  p.m.   Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
          7:00   p.m.  Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation 
          8:00   p.m.  Departure for Rome

Friday, June 19, 2015

Forthnight for Freedom 2015 preparations

In preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness, which will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ staff has once again prepared materials that you may use to celebrate the Fortnight. This year’s theme emphasizes the link between religious freedom and bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel, keeping in mind the sacrifice of so many martyrs for the faith, both past and present.

During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. In the secular calendar, we anticipate that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule at some point during the Fortnight (likely around June 29) on four cases concerning the legal definition of marriage in the United States.


The materials below are publicly available (in English and Spanish) through the website www.Fortnight4Freedom.org, so please feel free to distribute widely or provide website links:

1. 14-Day Study Guide on Dignitatis Humanae (note that this is the 50th anniversary of the “Declaration on Religious Freedom” from the Second Vatican Council)

2. Parish Guide to celebrating the Fortnight (including 14 suggestions)

4. A series of examples of International Religious Freedom issues

9Prayers of the Faithful (part of the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty)

10. Holy Hour Template (also part of the Call to Prayer)

Social media can also be an effective tool during the Fortnight; I would encourage you to use all  communications tools that you have access to in order to effectively spread the message in support of religious freedom.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Safety from our Nurses

From the Desk of St Benedict's Nurses    

As the Summer Season begins, we want to share with the families of St Benedict's some websites to keep children and all family members safe.

Summer Weather Safety & Survival

Teach Your Kid Well: Bicycle Safety Issues

How to Teach Young Kids to Swim

Red Cross Home Pool Safety

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Social Media workshop -Deacon Bill


Networking with Heaven 2.0
Learn to Use Social Media for Evangelization 

Register today -  by Email or call716-847-8393.  It is FREE!  Try out the team at 7PM on:  
  June 9th - St. John Paul II, Lakeview 
June 11th - Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster
June 15th St. Joseph, Gowanda  
June 16th - St. Leo the Great

This workshop will equip Catholic social media users to create a network that proclaims Good News to all with ears to hear. Participants will learn the essentials for creating a social ministry team, hear about the policies and standards for ethical and safe operation. Participants will learn how to align the megaphones of social media to get the Word out. Participants will discuss powerful ways to mobilize Catholics on the digital continent. Participants are expected to already be active in some way on social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc).

According to Pope Francis faith is not something that we possess. It is something that we share. 'We are all in the "sharing business'.  Catholics represent the single largest religious group using social media. Why isn't our message heard - 24/7/365, everywhere and anywhere via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube? Even as newcomers to the digital continent we have cause for great confidence, because Pope Francis is already one of its most influential citizens. Let's join him in this evangelizing purpose.
Audience: Pastors, principals and the various parish web managers and social media administrators - business manager, school administrator, youth program administrator, faith formation administrator, etc.

Presenters: Jeremy Dolph (Facebook fanatic and youth minister, SS Peter and Paul, Hamburg), Gregg Prince (Department of Communications, Diocese of Buffalo), Deacon Bill Hynes (Tweet-master at St. Benedict Parish and religion teacher extraordinaire at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute), Maureen Poulin (Lifelong Faith Formation, Diocese of Buffalo and Dennis Mahaney (Office for Evangelization and Parish Life, Diocese of Buffalo).

NO COST:  The expenses are paid by a grant from Our Sunday Visitor and the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Shoulder & Knee Pain - from our Nurses!

From the desk of St Benedict's nurses:

Do you suffer from shoulder or knee pain? Has it restricted your movement or prevented you from participating in activities that you enjoy? Catholic Health is sponsoring a free dinner program entitled, “Ask Us Anything About: Shoulder and Knee Pain?” on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.
Join nationally recognized orthopedic physicians Dr. Keith C. Stube and Dr. Michael A. Parentis for dinner and an in-depth discussion on knee and shoulder pain, looking at the causes, pain reduction therapies and surgical treatment options for you to consider. The program is free and open to people of all ages, however, seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot, call (716) 447-6205 or register online atwww.chsbuffalo.org/events.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Walking Day - April 1st

From the Desk of St Benedict's Nurse

Lace up your sneakers! Celebrate National Walking Day on April 1st. Take a walk and, most importantly, make a commitment to be physically active on a regular basis. 

A brisk walk for 30 to 60 minutes per day is recommended for health and weight management.

Walking benefits your brain power, improves your mood and help ward off depression, and allows you to connect more deeply with your spiritual side and with your loved ones.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

from Our Nurses - sodium awareness


Get the scoop on sodium! March 16-22 is World Sodium Awareness Week. Eating less salt can lower your risk of high blood pressure and improve your heart health. That's why we invite you to pledge to reduce the sodium you eat. Find wonderful resources for you and your family at sodiumbreakup.heart.org/pledge

Monday, March 9, 2015


Holy Week Schedule 2015
Directions to St. Benedicts - 

Holy Thursday 
 9:00 am Morning Prayer (Lauds)
 5:00 pm Shared Supper 
 7:00 pm Mass 

Good Friday 
 9:00 am Morning Prayer (Lauds)
12:00 pm Passion of the Lord 
 6:00 pm Stations of the Cross 

Holy Saturday 
 9:00 am Morning Prayer (Lauds)
3:00 pm Blessing of the Baskets 
 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Easter 

Sunday Masses 
8:00 am 
10:00 am 
11:30 am  

Monday, February 16, 2015

From St. Benedict's Nurses...Women's Heart & Vascular Health

From desk of St Benedict's Nurses:

CATHOLIC HEALTH  is presenting the seminar:

Ask Us Anything About Women's Heart & Vascular  Health

Heart disease is the #1 health risk women face. If you or a woman you love has heart disease, has suffered a cardiac event or is at risk for one (high blood pressure,cholesterol, diabetes), this seminar is for you.

This is a FREE event with complimentary dinner and parking provided.
Please call 716-447-6205 to register of visit chsbuffalo.org/events

Join nationally-recognized WNY cardiac physicians, women's health experts and specialists in cardiac rehabilitation for an in-depth discussion on women's heart health. Hear about the best ways to keep your heart healthy, plus the latest on  treatments and detection for WNY women.

Join us Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:30pm -7:30m
Millennium Hotel
2040 Walden Ave
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Saturday, February 14, 2015

14/15 Feb 2015 Due to extreme cold, Catholics will not be held to Sunday Mass obligation

Due to extreme cold, Catholics will not be held to Sunday Mass obligation

With the coldest temperatures of the winter forecast for this Sunday, Bishop Richard J. Malone is advising Catholics to exercise extreme caution when it comes to attending Mass. 

“The safety and well-being of everyone is paramount,” Bishop Malone said.  “People need to use their best judgment when it comes to venturing out into subzero temperatures, brutal wind chills and heavy snow.  For those reasons, Catholics will not be held to the Sunday Mass obligation.  It is also important that we comply with local travel restrictions and advisories that may be in place.”