Church of the

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059


✝️ Lay ministers are invited to resume their assigned ministry -- if they feel safe to do so. Eucharistic Ministers are asked to wear a mask when distributing the Eucharist.   

✝️ Reception of Holy Communion

There is growing concern for the rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. 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 and if someone is available they will answer the door.  
✝️ The Parish Office encourages the use of appointments.
Call 683-5254 or 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.




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.








September 14, 2021


Dear Friends in Christ: 


Listening attentively this weekend, we will notice our Scripture Readings on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time express similar concerns about jealousy and envy which poison the human heart and are so divisive in our relationships. The author of the Book of Wisdom shows us envy and jealousy of wicked people directed against a just person. In the Letter of St. James we learn of envy and jealousy causing conflict and war. In the Gospel according to St. Mark, the disciples are arguing among themselves about who is the greatest and closest to Jesus. 


Envy is desiring what other people have. Jealousy is about what we have and our worry that someone will take it from us. Jealousy is often disparaged as a vice but there can be a positive dimension of jealousy that safeguards what is precious, true and good, for example, God’s jealousy for us! Envy and jealousy are capital sins because they deaden the soul. Envy blinds us to the good things in our lives. Jealousy sees another person’s success or relationships as diminishing to ourselves.  Envy and jealousy seldom just remain in our minds and hearts. They influence our actions. The virtue of thanksgiving lessens the grip of envy. A generous spirit lessens the possessive inclination of jealousy. 

Ember Days on the Church calendar refer to three days set apart for fasting, abstinence, and prayer during each of the four seasons of the year. It is an opportunity to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach us to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy. The Latin “quatuor tempora” or “four times” in German becomes “quatember” and then simply “ember.” Ember Days for the Autumn Season 2021 are September 15, 17 & 18. Pope Francis urges our participation in the ecumenical commemoration “Season of Creation” that began on September 1, 2021 and ends on Monday, the 4th of October, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” begins with the opening verse of Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creation: “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle we are reminded that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. There will be a Blessing of Animals on Saturday October 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM in our pavilion on Girdle Road across the street from the cemetery. 


As we continue to cope with coronavirus, there is the added concern about catching the flu. Independent Nursing Care will be administering Flu Shots this weekend in the meeting room between the church and Selbert Hall on Saturday September 18th from 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM and on Sunday September 19th from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. 


On Monday September 13th, here at Annunciation, Fr. Bryan Zielenieski, Director Diocesan Renewal, met with our Eastern Erie Pastors and Parish Reps on the Road to Renewal to review the proposed alignment of 21 vicariate parishes into 4 Families. Our Family will include Annunciation, Elma; St. Vincent, Springbrook; Immaculate Conception, East Aurora; St. George, West Falls; and St. Joseph, Holland. Parishes will maintain their autonomy with Trustees, and Pastoral and Finance Councils. At the same time, Parishes within a Family will work closely together to achieve a greater degree of cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support. We ask our Blessed Mother, under her title: Mary, Un-doer of Knots, to wrap her protective mantle of love around our diocese and to bring our intention to her Son, Jesus Christ and to send God’s Holy Spirit to guide our way. 


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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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 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

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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