Church of the

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059


We are in the “dog days ofsummer.” I wrongly assumed the saying comes from the hot days of summer when dogs lie around in theshade to avoid the sun and heat of July and August. Instead, it turns out, “dog days” coincide with the “dog star” Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks andRomans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before thesun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or catastrophe. Even in the ancient world there was fear of disaster. 

There is another way of viewing summer from a spiritual point of view. Mark Buchanan is a Protestant minister and an award-winning author who often quotes Catholic saints and writers. In his book “Spiritual Rhythm – Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul,” Mark encourages us to be sensitive to the “weather of our hearts.” In comparing spiritual changes within to the seasons of the year, Pastor Mark shows us what to expect from each season and how embracing these rhythms allows our spiritual lives to prosper. 


Our annual summer picnic weekend is done for another year. The wonderful volunteers and the good weather made it another successful event.  Our next social event will be a German night, watch for updates!

 -Fr. Gene


Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses: 

Saturday 5:00 PM, 

Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM

Sunday 5:00 PM (Mid-September to Mid-May) 

Check the bulletin each week for daily Mass schedules.


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

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