Church of the
Annunciation

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059

716.683.5254


✝️ Eucharistic Ministers are asked to wear a mask when distributing the Eucharist.   

✝️ Reception of Holy Communion

The Erie County Mask Mandate has returned.  The policy of the Diocese of Buffalo regarding reception of Holy Communion has not changed. For the safety of others, Communicants are expected to receive Holy Communion in the hand. A person wishing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue must ask the priest or deacon after Mass.   

✝️ Confessions will be heard Saturday 4 PM until 4:45 PM in the Church Library.  

✝️ Church envelopes and contributions can be mailed to the office, dropped in the lock box outside the Parish Office door, placed in the basket by the Tabernacle or ring the office doorbell during the week.  The office hours are 8AM to 4PM Monday to Friday.
 
✝️ The Parish Office encourages the use of appointments.
Call 683-5254 or pmb.annunciation@gmail.com for an appointment for documents or to arrange to have a Mass said for a loved one. Some transactions, but not all, may be done by phone, mail, and email.
 
 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR DIOCESAN LETTER ON MASK MANDATE DECEMBER 10, 2021

 

Erie County has reinstituted a mask mandate in indoor public locations.

Please wear a mask coming to, during and leaving Mass.

 

January 25, 2022

Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle 

 

Dear Friends in Christ:

 

January 30 to February 5, 2022 Is Catholic Schools Week. We recognize the contribution and success of Catholic Schools in providing safe, in person, quality education and faith formation. It will be a week of school Masses, open houses, and special events for students, teachers, administration, staff, families, parishioners and community. Check out www.wnycatholicschools.org for more information and the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund at bisonfund.com for financial assistance. Annunciation Church provides tuition assistance to neighboring Catholic Elementary Schools for students whose families are active in our parish.   

 

Wednesday February 2, 2022 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas Day commemorating Mary and Joseph coming to the Temple for Mary’s purification. She offers two turtle doves. Jesus is presented or consecrated to the Lord like Hannah did with her son Samuel (1 Samuel 1:24-28) during a sanctuary service at Shiloh. Simeon and Anna are inspired at the temple and foresee Jesus as the hope and salvation of Israel (Luke 2:25-38). Simeon’s prayer becomes Compline, Night Prayer, in the Liturgy of the Hours. “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory for your people Israel.” Candles will be blessed during the 9 AM Mass. Wednesday 2/2/2022 is also World Day for Consecrated Life. According to St. Pope John Paul II its purpose is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels” as well as “to to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering themselves to the Lord.” Many people are living consecrated lives without knowing the name and without recognition. They offer their day, its joys, sorrows and sacrifices, to God and pray for God’s grace and strength to sustain them. 

Thursday February 3, 2022 is the feast of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, early in the 4th century. He is associated with healing of ailments of the throat. Throats will be blessed during morning Mass. “Blessing of Throats” is a sacramental. According to the Catechism of the Church sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare one to receive grace and dispose a person to cooperate with it. For the faithful, Sacraments and sacramentals sanctify almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all Sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. Blessing of throats and prayers for healing are appropriate at this time of care and concern.    

I received an invitation and announcement from Deacon Tim Chriswell, Director of Deacons, regarding interest in becoming a Permanent Deacon. “Do you feel you are called to serve Christ in a deeper way? Do you want to know something about the Permanent Diaconate? If you are a male between the ages of 30 and 55 and have asked yourself this question, please join us on Saturday February 12 from 9am – 12 noon to talk, pray, and discover more about the Permanent Diaconate with no commitment. We will gather at St. Rose Retreat Center, 217 Winston Rd. Buffalo, NY 14214 - Please RSVP to Deacon Howard Morgan at hmorgan@buffalodiocese.org and let him know you are coming.  God is calling you, will you follow?”

Fr. Gene Ulrich

 

 

 

ONLINE GIVING has really helped sustain the parish during the chaos of the Covid pandemic. During our shut down Online Giving saw a number of new givers and we are deeply appreciative of your intentional giving in a time of real need. If possible please consider Online Giving. A basket will be near the tabernacle for cash or check contributions if this is the way you decide to donate. Thank you very much for your consideration.

 

If you wish to pray the Rosary with another voice the following links will provide you with that opportunity:

 

CLICK HERE to pray with a video of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

 

CLICK HERE to pray with a video of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

 

CLICK HERE to pray with a video of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

 

CLICK HERE to pray with a video of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

 

 

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Click here for the Diocesan Code of Conduct for Employees and Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

 

 

NOTICE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BUFFALO

 

Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc. (“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment campaign.  The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary (“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes.  However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the New York State courts. For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond. Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.

 

    If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to donor.info@frcdb.org. Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court.  You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021. 

 

 

 

 

Mass Schedule

Weekday Masses:

9AM

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

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

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Food Donation

for December
Canned Fruit
 
There is also a need for 64oz. Juice and Soup
 
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

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