85 Dakota St Buffalo, N.Y. 14216
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.
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.
Welcome to Holy Spirit Church
We would like to welcome all who have recently joined Holy Spirit Parish.
If you would like to register please call the rectory (716)875-8102
to have the registration form mailed to you.
Now with our NEW LIVE STREAMING CAPABILITY,
we are able to live stream every mass down into the church hall.
This will allow social distancing so that more people can attend the masses.
Fr. Joe and the Eucharistic ministers will bring communion down stairs after communion is received in the church.
Even though things are starting to open up, keeping everyone safe is still at the top of our priority list. WE will still be sanitizing the church after each mass.
Thank you to all the Volunteers that help us after each mass.
And those who volunteer to help out after a funeral or wedding!
Your help is Greatly Appreciated!!!
2020 Christmas Eve 11:00pm Mass with
Living Nativity at Holy Spirit
Holy Saturday 2021 Blessing of
2021 Corpus Christi Procession through the neighborhood
2020 Holy Spirit Manger Scene. NOTE: Black Lab observing all masking protocols.
Easter Vigil Mass 2021 began with Lighting of the Paschal Candle outside
60th Anniversary Renewal of Vows at Parish Picnic 9/11/21
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU !!
COME BACK SOON !!!!!!
September 15, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
Yes, yet another edition of the “Covid-19 Letter to Parishioners”! And I hope this letter finds you doing as well as any of us can be during these most unusual of times. At this point I would presume that most of us who are eligible have been vaccinated. There are others who have underlying health conditions which have prompted their physicians to advise against a vaccine at this time. And, of course, at least of this writing, children under the age of 12 have not yet been able to receive a vaccine.
Our churches in the Diocese of Buffalo were permitted to re-open for the public celebration of Mass in mid-June of 2020. So, at this point, we have been gathering for Mass again for the past 15 months. I continue to follow the protocols that were mandated for the safety of all. Some of these protocols may have been relaxed at other churches, but I have continued to keep them at Holy Spirit, because my top priority is to maintain an environment where we can worship together, receive Jesus in Communion, and support one another during these trying times, while at the same time promoting the health and peace of mind of us all. Social distancing from non-household members continues to be our norm in church, as well as the wearing of masks when we are entering the church, going up for Communion, returning to the pew from Communion, and when we leave the church at the end of Mass. While in the pew, mask use is optional, but not required. Also, the church is thoroughly sanitized after each and every Mass. Also, thanks to our new audio/visual connection, the Mass celebrated upstairs in the church is simultaneously broadcast downstairs in the Church Hall for additional space and social distancing. Communion is then brought to all who are gathered downstairs. I am grateful to all our parishioners who volunteer in countless ways to help Holy Spirit to be the caring and welcoming community that you and I treasure so profoundly.
As of this writing, I would say that approximately half of our parishioners have returned to weekend Mass. I am hoping that more will soon. The truth is that I miss seeing you! There are signs of some return to “normalcy;” or perhaps we will come to see it as a “new normal.” For example, Religious Education classes resumed this past Sunday, September 12th. Attendance was much better than it had been last year, understandably. As is true in their weekday classroom settings, mask use is required at Religious Ed. On the other end of the age spectrum, our parish’s seniors group, the Free Spirits, has been meeting monthly downstairs in the Church Hall, as well as for a few excursions.
This past Saturday, September 11th, we held our first Holy Spirit Parish Picnic in two years, since we were unable to do so last year. We rented large tents which were set up in the Dakota parking lot and began the picnic with the Saturday 4:00pm Mass outdoors. I was amazed at how well attended it was, perhaps the best ever. Perhaps people just want to be able to safely gather again after so much isolation and fear. And it was certainly a safe environment – outdoors, shaded from the sun, and with a strong wind to keep the air circulating! Taking up the collection was a bit challenging, as an envelope or two became airborne, but only temporarily! A couple of the younger members of the congregation quickly sprang into action, retrieved the envelopes, and returned them to the basket! Obviously, they are in training to be future Ushers! During the Mass, Adelmo and Dorothy Nati renewed their marriage vows, since that very day was their 60th Wedding Anniversary! My own 34th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination was the next day, September 12th. The Mass itself was beautiful; but then again, every opportunity to celebrate our faith in Jesus is beautiful.
After Mass, a freshly-grilled picnic supper of hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, baked beans, pasta salad, potatoes and green beans was served, followed by homemade cookies and a very large cake from Romano’s Bakery. We had hired magicians to perform a magic show for us after dinner. I must say that I have absolutely no idea how they did what they did: a table floating in thin air, people chained and in locked treasure chests suddenly appearing outside of the chest…it was entertaining and intriguing for both young and old alike! And, of course, after the magic show there were some games of Bingo. So many helped to set up, serve, and clean-up afterwards that it was truly an amazing experience of life here at Holy Spirit. We are in the process of scheduling more special events to welcome back any who have not yet returned to our parish since the pandemic began. If you do not have any underlying health conditions and yet are among those who have not yet come back, please call me if there’s anything I can do to reassure you that it is safe for you to do so. Or, just simply come back!
At the same time, as you may have read in the newspaper or seen on the television news, the Diocese of Buffalo is planning to change the structure of parishes throughout the Diocese, so your presence here may be more important than you realize.
But most of all, I just wanted to bring you up-to-date on some of our recent events here at Holy Spirit. To those who have already returned to Mass here, I thank you for all you are doing to help the parish and one another. To those whose health permits you to return, but whom I have not seen for these 18 months since the pandemic began in March 2020, I miss you, think of you often, and pray for you always!
And, a few pictures, and a cartoon…
Sincerely in Christ,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU
we would like to extend a great big thank you to all those who helped out with our Parish picnic this year.
Without you it would not have been the success that it was!!
We would also like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy lives to join us at this years picnic. After such a tough year it was great to see so many friendly faces that we haven't seen in quite a while!
Free Spirit News
The Free Spirit's Meet
On the 2nd Thursday of
at 12 noon!
(doors open at 11:30 am)
55 and older
Please come and join us for Fun & Friendship!
Holy Spirit Food Pantry
Our Food Pantry is open on
Thursdays from 9-10 am & 5-6pm.
* Our Food Pantry is a once a month food pantry
*Please bring proof of address
* Picture ID
*And a referral is needed from a case worker
or parish priest after your first visit.
We service the 14216 & 14207 zip codes
Some of the things included in our monthly bags are
Cereal, rice, pasta, canned fruit, canned vegetables, tuna fish,
Mac & Cheese, peanut butter & jelly, jar sauce,
soups, crackers, canned meats, milk & bread.
If you are in need or know someone
who may need a little help
please come and see us on
Thursday from 9-10 am or 5-6 pm.
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
Weekend Mass Schedule
for Holy Spirit and St. Margaret's
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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Please contact Karen at the rectory 875-8102 to give her your email address,
to receive important messages from our parish.
Please continue to pray for each other,
And remember that
are always in our prayers!
2020 Volunteer of the Year
Sr. Katherine Marie Bogner
2020 Altar Server of the Year
Sanctuary lamp burns this week
in loving memory of: