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.   We will continue to livestream Mass on Saturday at 5PM on both our Youtube Channel (Annunciation325) and Facebook page (Church of the Annunciation) and it will appear on our parish webpage later that day for those who are vulnerable and cannot attend public liturgy. 

✝️ 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.


On July 31, 2021, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo deposited a disbursement of $16,760.74 into our parish bank account. This will bring our total disbursements thus far from Upon This Rock to $158,263.91. These funds are designated to support our parish case elements specified in our Master Plan of Improvements including refrigeration & freezing in Selbert Hall, Committal Chapel & Cemetery Expansion, new Pavilion/Storage Facility and paving of Parish Office/School Parking lot and driveways. We thank all those who have contributed to Upon This Rock that benefits Catholic Ministry in WNY and the local parish. UTR pledge payments are made to the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese and not to the Diocese of Buffalo. Learn more about the Foundation at    




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.







August 3, 2021


Dear Friends in Christ: 


Over a year and a half ago, we surveyed our parishioners to get a sense from you on how we are doing as a Catholic Community. The returns identified positive dimensions of parish life including nourishing the faith, celebrating liturgy, fiscal stewardship and handling the clergy abuse crisis. The survey also identified opportunities for growth including use of social media, involvement of children/teens, engagement in social/life issues, and safety/health concerns. Our Pastoral Council has created Focus Groups to respond to these opportunities and to keep our parishioners informed. 


The Safety/Health Focus Group has been meeting to assess our situation. Members of the committee are examining our preparedness for a medical emergency, a safety threat and utility malfunctions. Already things are happening. On advice of a pediatrician, play things in the Toddler Room have been removed to lessen probability of young children placing things in their mouths. A map is being drawn up with photos to locate utility turnoff valves and circuits with contact tele numbers. Approval has been given for surveillance cameras outside the church, Selbert Hall and the pavilion. Already, surveillance cameras have been installed for the cemetery. The church attic is being cleaned to lessen any fire hazard with ready access to furnace and air-conditioning pumps, fans and gages. Instruction cards on medical emergencies with accompanying adult and pediatric First Aid have been attached to our AEDs in the church and Selbert. A survey will be taken to gather more information about our parishioners with training in various safety, related health skills and law enforcement. We intend to communicate our safety/health initiatives within the assembly on a forthcoming awareness “Safety Sunday”.    


We are so grateful for our ushers and greeters who provide welcome and vigilance. We are scheduling a special meeting for veteran and prospective new greeters and ushers on Monday August 23rd at 6 PM in Selbert Hall. The Safety/Health committee will share our preliminary discussion/efforts and seek their input and expertise on how to fashion a best practice “to do list” for hospitality, health and safety. We will also talk about scheduling future dates for required CPR-AED and First Aid training. As we emerge from the diminishment of the pandemic, ushers and greeters will play a key role welcoming folks back.  


Our Summer Picnic Weekend August 13-14-15 is one weekend away. Come join the fun. Enjoy the Car Show on the grass, DJ Music, Food and Refreshments at the Pavilion on Friday 5 - 9 PM; Drive-up take out Wendel’s BBQ Chicken and Famous Chowder in the Selbert parking lot on Saturday 11 AM - 3 PM/Sold Out; and bring a lawn chair for 11 AM Sunday Mass in/around the Pavilion followed by Food, Drinks and Live Music - Dan McPartlan’s Other Band 12 - 2 PM. Boy Scout Troop 325 will be serving hot dogs hamburgers and soda on Friday & Sunday; doing fast car service on Saturday; and clean up after each event. Thank you for returning your Special Picnic Donation envelope and the Ladies Sodality Raffle Tickets. Winners of the authentic Amish Quilt and St. Joseph Workers’ handcrafted Porch-Glider & Birdhouse will be drawn on Monday August 16 to make sure all tickets have been received. Tickets are available at the parish office, in church and on the picnic weekend.  


The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has deposited a disbursement of $16,760.74 into our parish bank account. This will bring our total Upon This Rock disbursements thus far to $158,263.91. We thank all those who have contributed to Upon This Rock that benefits Catholic Ministry in WNY and the local parish. Funds are dedicated to our Master Plan of Improvements. 


Fr. Gene Ulrich




Picnic Volunteers Needed
Help is need for the chicken and chowder drive thru on Saturday August 14th. Setup is at 9:30am and we start selling from 11:00am until sold out. We need help with assembling and packaging dinners, traffic control, and general cleanup after. Anyone wishing to volunteer please call
Bill Markowski (chicken dinner) evenings at 716-652-1911 or 
Larry Komendat (chowder) at 716-998-4313.   
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



Click here to read:


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


Click here for the Diocesan Catholic Directory















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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for August
Canned Baked Beans
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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