Church of the

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059


✝️ This weekend our regular Mass schedule in the church will take place.  All attending are asked to wear a mask and continue social distancing.  We will continue to record and upload Sunday Masses to our webpage and on YouTube Annunciation325 for those who are especially vulnerable or simply uncomfortable attending public liturgy. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place.Daily Mass at 9AM has resumed, masks and social distancing are required.  
✝️ The church building is now locked after 9AM Mass.
✝️ Our youtube channel is annunciation325, or find us on facebook under Church of the Annunciation.  
✝️ Church envelopes can be mailed to the office, dropped in the lock box outside the office door or ring the office door and if someone is available they will answer the door.  
✝️ The Parish Office is now open by appointment only.  
Call 683-5254 or for an appointment. 
Face coverings must be worn when entering the office, no more than 2 visitors per appointment.  Some transactions may be done by phone, mail, and email.

✝️ All parish functions and meetings which use our facilities are still postponed until further notice.


✝️ Priests, Deacons and Eucharistic Ministers are requested by the Bishop not to bring the Eucharist to the homebound for the safety of both.  The exception is for priests who may attend to those who are dying.  Please continue to pray for the homebound and those who bring that precious gift.


Please make prudent, common sense decisions to limit your personal exposure and the possibility of infecting others.  Let us continue to pray for one another.


✝️ Our MISSION which was scheduled for July of this year will be postponed until 2021.



July 7, 2020


Dear Friends in Christ:


We have been re-opened for a month. I thank all our parishioners and guests who are wearing face masks and maintaining physical/social distancing. I am hearing directly or indirectly from some parishioners who comment that I am stressing the pandemic/safety measures and taking away some of the joy of coming to Mass. I am also hearing from some that we should be implementing more safety protocols like one door entry, assigned seating, roped off pews, 6 feet floor markers, usher directed dismissal and instruction on how to wear the face mask properly. I can appreciate both points of view. As pastor I must balance the two perspectives. We are appealing to the common sense and good will of those who come for Worship. I will continue to remind people at Mass of our safety procedures. Whether it be a weekday or weekend Mass there are likely persons new to the congregation who will be grateful for the guidance and all of us need to be reminded. How many of us find ourselves walking back to our cars to get a face mask before entering Tops or Wegmans? 


After consulting with those who coordinate our Friday Adoration I am pleased to announce that we will resume night and day Adoration in August in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Night Adoration will resume on Friday August 7th, 8 PM to 6 AM, and Day Adoration on Friday August 21st, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM. (Abbreviated hours on the third Friday of the month will allow for professional cleaning of the church, bathrooms and Selbert Hall before weekend Masses.) Adorers are asked to wash/sanitize their hands, wear face masks and maintain physical distancing. Because of the size of the chapel, Adorers are encouraged to pray quietly before the Blessed Sacrament to lessen the possibility of transmitting Covid-19. 


We are preparing for our summer Pickup Picnic on Saturday August 15th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with Wendel’s BBQ Chicken and our Famous Chowder. Chicken will be $12 and Chowder will be $8 per quart. To ensure availability of Chicken and/or Chowder you can order and prepay online on our webpage:, scroll down to the bottom right, click “Online Giving”. Presale orders must be picked up by 1:00 PM. Online presale ends on Friday August 14 at 5 PM. You can also drive up, order and pay that day. It will be our 83rd Summer Picnic with a new twist or turn. Drive-up, takeout and picnic at home! 


Traditions have been put on hold this summer because of community concern over coronavirus. Fireworks Displays on the Fourth of July were cancelled although, by the sound of it, some locals had their own fireworks. Our Summer Mission 2020, July 11 – 18, has been canceled. Mission by its very nature is a spiritual and social event. I thank Marie & Dave Hehr and Christine & Lauren Carlin, Lead Couples, for making a prudent decision and informing the Mission Team. Although our Summer Mission has been cancelled, we continue to pray for the renewal of our Catholic faith and for the Holy Spirit to impart and activate gifts and virtues that are needed during this time of uncertainty and fear. We pray to be blessed with the “fireworks” of the Holy Spirit.  


“Enkindle in us the fire of Your Love.”  


Fr. Gene Ulrich 





Now more than ever we ask you to please consider ONLINE GIVING. For all of our safety Annunciation ushers WILL NOT pass the collection baskets. Online Giving also limits exposure for our counters and clerical staff that work with money, checks and envelopes. 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 you can please stop using money and writing checks and 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




The following prayer for Spiritual Communion may be helpful when watching a televised MASS:


My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.



Prayer for the Selection of a New Bishop

Merciful Father,

you gave us shepherds as successors of the apostles

to guide and govern your church.

We implore your Holy Spirit

to guide the selection process as a new bishop

is chosen to lead our diocese.

May he be a pastor filled with holiness and compassion

who will foster healing and a greater love of your name.

Allow our hearts to be open to the candidate of your choosing

so that, together as disciples of Jesus,

we may continue to build your kingdom. Amen.



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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 JUNE:  

Canned Tuna


for JULY: 
Canned Ravioli

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.


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