Church of the

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059



The Second Week of Advent


A “jeopardy question” in a recent NY Times was: name of the first apostle called whose feast day determines the date of the First Sunday of Advent. The answer is: “Who is St. Andrew?” His feast day is November 30th. In the Gospel according to St. John (the Evangelist), John the Baptist points out Jesus: “Behold the Lamb of God.” Two of the disciples of John the Baptist follow Jesus. Jesus asks: “What are you looking for?” They reply: “Where are you staying?” Jesus says: “Come and you will see.” Andrew, one of the two disciples, does spend time with Jesus and then he goes and gets his brother Simon. Jesus nicknames Simon: “Peter.” In John’s Gospel Andrew will identify the boy with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish that Jesus uses to feed the multitude. Andrew will let Jesus know that there are “Greeks” wishing to see him. It is a crucial moment for Jesus when “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” St. Andrew seems to be the one who brings people to Jesus. During the Season of Advent we welcome Jesus who came long ago, who will come as the Son of Man in glory, and who comes to us disguised in the least of our sisters and brothers who long to see Christ.  


“Stars of Bethlehem” is a program in our parish that gives us an opportunity to provide a gift of joy to persons and families in need at Christmas. You can take a star home with a description of the requested item and then bring your gift back the weekend of December 8 – 9. The sanctuary will be filled with presents wrapped and unwrapped.

Your gift may be the only present someone receives.

Like the boy who offers 5 loaves and 2 fish to Andrew who in turn presents them to Jesus, our gifts offered in faith, hope and love will brighten the celebration of the birth of Jesus

for those who experience the coming of Christ. 


Click here to read the Church of the Annunciation's letter to Bishop Malone


Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses: 

Saturday 5:00 PM, 

Sunday 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM

Sunday 5:00 PM 

Check the bulletin each week for daily Mass schedules and Holy Day times.


Confessions are heard each Saturday at 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

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Donation in the Big Blue Barrel for DECEMBER:

White Kitchen Garbage Bags

Thank you for all you have done! Please continue to be generous.  

FISH can always use paper or plastic garbage bags.

Please protect the barrel - it is not for disposal of garbage.


Stewardship is having the wisdom to understand that everything we have is a gift from God.

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