85  Dakota St    Buffalo, N.Y.  14216
875-8102

The Mission of the 
Holy Spirit Parish Community

 

As a family of the Holy Spirit Parish community, we welcome all to our home, Christ's home.  Our journey in Faith brings us together through prayer.  Eucharist celebration, support, love and caring.  

We commit to give generously of ourselves, our time, and talent to one another and to all in our neighborhood.

     May the Holy Spirit guide and comfort us in our never ending journey for peace and strength as witnesses of God's goodness.

October 2020

PRAYER

TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Priest: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

Congregation: And kindle in them the fire of your love.

Priest: Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.

Congregation: And you will renew the face of the earth.

Priest and Congregation:

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,  grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Letter from Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
Office of the Apostolic Administrator

 

                                                                              September 19-20, 2020
My Dear Sisters and Brothers -

 

On this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time we gather together in-person - or with the benefit of live-stream technology - in celebration of God present and at work among us. Yesterday, we celebrated the call of Jesus Christ, accepted and manifested in the lives of two newly-ordained priests, Father Christopher Emminger and Father Denning Achidi, as well as four transitional deacons and 6 permanent deacons. I ask for your prayers and pledge of support for these men that their lives may reveal at all times the boundless grace and love of the Lord who calls each of us in our own way to carry forth His Gospel of truth, of compassion and hope. 

 

As you may now be aware, we have embarked on a “Road to Renewal” here in our Diocese which aims to reinvigorate Catholic faith, to optimize more fully parish and diocesan resources, and, importantly, increase the reach and impact of our varied ministries throughout Western New York. Toward this end, I formed a Diocesan Renewal Task Force this past summer to look at how others in dioceses across the country have faced similar challenges that we now confront with regard to diminished financial resources and reduced church and school attendance, but who have been successful in promoting a culture of co-responsibility among laity, clergy and religious in carrying out the work of evangelization, education and service. 

 

Beginning in the coming days and continuing into October, the Task Force members, along with the Vicars of the Diocese, will be conducting regional consultation sessions in order to gain insight and input from parish leaders, school administrators, and from parishioners across the diocese that will inform decisions about how we will be structured and operate going forward. I want to assure you that there are no predefined conclusions or decisions regarding the way in which regions, parishes and schools will be affected. We are intent on determining how best to preserve individual parish identities as a “Family of Families” - regardless of decisions that may change the way any one parish family is organized and experiences the fullness of Catholic life. 

 

The fact is, never has what we offer as a community of believers been more needed, particularly in light of the devastating, ongoing effects of the Covid-19 threat. As families struggle with the uncertainty of prolonged financial hardship, parish communities must be that place where those struggling to access basic resources have a place to turn, where there is always a shoulder to lean on and where no one is left to walk alone.

 

Please know that we will be communicating regularly about the progress of our discussions and the conclusions that will be informed by them. A special section of our diocesan website will include the most up-to-date information, as well as schedules for the regional listening sessions.  I invite you to participate as much as you can and to share your ideas, voice your concerns and to discern with others how we can best live and demonstrate our Catholic faith here in Western New York going forward. 

 

May our good and gracious God guide and sustain us as we travel this new and promising journey together!
 

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Apostolic Administrator

THE ROAD TO RENEWAL

**UPDATE**

Survey Deadline has been extended

The Road to Renewal is seeking input from throughout our Diocese

and encourages everyone to please participate in their brief online survey at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JLT2LY

Please be sure to participate before the deadline of October 19th.

Thank you!!

A collaborative diocesan-wide journey to renew the purpose,

mission and impact of Catholic Faith throughout Western New York

 

● This is a journey - NOT a program - to reinvigorate Catholic faith, more fully optimize parish and diocesan resources, and increase the impact of our varied ministries throughout Western New York.

 

● A Diocesan Renewal Task Force has been formed that will be conducting regional consultation sessions in order to gain insight and input from parish leaders, school administrators, and from parishioners across the diocese that will inform decisions about how we will be structured and operate going forward.

 

● We seek broad input - and invite parishioners to join the 18 Zoom meetings in the coming days to share insights, ask questions and offer ideas. The diocesan website will list these opportunities prominently.

 

● There are no predefined conclusions or decisions regarding the way in which regions, parishes and schools will be affected. The process is one intended to gain broad input and consultation which will inform decisions that Bishop Scharfenberger will make as interim leader of the Diocese.

 

● Parishes cannot be simply eliminated or “closed.”

 

● As a “Family of Faith” defined by a legacy of sacramental life, which has nurtured a distinctly Catholic identity and where life’s most profound moments have been shared and celebrated, a parish community reflects the very soul of those who belong to it.

 

● We are determined to define how best to preserve individual parish identities as a “Family of Families” - regardless of decisions that may change the way any one parish family is organized and experiences the fullness of Catholic life.

 

● We invite all to participate - to be part of the consultations underway and to help determine a more promising future for Catholic faith and ministry throughout Western New York for generations to come.

Religious Education Classes resume 

Sunday September 20,2020  9:30-10:45 am.

Please contact the rectory at 875-8102 for more information.

Religious Education Classes 

Registration Form for 2020-2021

  

 

     The new schedule of weekend Masses is as follows: (changes are in bold type)

 

Saturday  4:00pm  Holy Spirit

Sunday  7:00am  Holy Spirit

Sunday  8:15am  St. Margaret

Sunday  9:30am  St. Margaret

Sunday  11:00am  Holy Spirit

 

     The 25% maximum of capacity per celebration has prompted me to slightly change our Mass schedule.  You may remember when the diocese requested each parish throughout the diocese to count the number of people at each Mass on a few weekends.  Those surveys revealed that the average attendance at Holy Spirit was considerably higher each weekend than the attendance at St. Margaret.  From a standpoint of capacity (that is, seating), both churches are quite similar; but from a standpoint of capacity used, Holy Spirit was used nearly twice as much.  Therefore, in order to be in compliance with the governor’s 25% capacity ceiling, I have added a 7:00am Sunday Mass at Holy Spirit.  My hope is that some Holy Spirit parishioners who would normally come to the Saturday 4:00pm Mass would consider temporarily coming to the new Sunday 7:00am Mass, and that some who prefer the Sunday 11:00am Mass would please come instead to the Sunday 7:00am Mass.  In this way, each of the three Masses at Holy Spirit can be under the 25% capacity limit.  Besides, practically speaking, in the heat of the summer, coming to Mass at the very start of the day may be in fact quite pleasant. 

 

    

Mass Schedule

(until further notice)

O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of this great nation and Mother of the Church.  In this time of Illness and world wide need we seek your intercession for our human family.  We ask for strength in diversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow.Help us, O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in our loving and compassionate God.  Please watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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