Church of the

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059


✝️ 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 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.






Erie County has reinstituted a mask mandate (11/23/21) in indoor public locations.

Please wear a mask coming to, during and leaving Mass. Masks can be taken off for reception of Holy Communion.  Please also wear a mask if you are attending the Mike Randall performance on Sunday November 28th.


November 23, 2021


Dear Friends in Christ: 


Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent means “coming.” When we light candles in our Advent wreaths at home and in church, we commemorate in faith the coming of Jesus long ago in Bethlehem; we anticipate in hope the coming of Jesus in glory at the end time; and we celebrate in love the presence and coming of Jesus in our lives today. There is an Advent-Christmas book and gift sale in Selbert Hall before and after Saturday and Sunday morning Masses. At 2:00 PM, in church, Mike Randal presents/performs, “A Christmas Carol 2021.” On Advent Monday mornings and evenings (11/29, 12/6, and 12/13) parishioners and friends are reflecting on the book, “The Redemption of Scrooge.” Our Advent Penance Service is scheduled on Thursday December 9th at 6:30 PM with confessions until 8:30 PM. May Advent be a season of light as we welcome Christ.    


Fr. Gabriel Scarfia, OFM got sick at the very beginning of 8:00 AM Sunday Mass on November 14th.  Parishioners helped Fr. Gabe into the sacristy and called Emergency Medical Responders. He was taken to the hospital to make sure everything is OK and for testing. You can send a get well card to the Friary at SS. Columba and Brigid Rectory, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, New York 14204-1920. Keep Fr. Gabe in your prayers for healing and for return to Annunciation in good health. We wish him the traditional Franciscan greeting: “pax et bonum” – “peace and goodness.” 


The Thanksgiving-Advent-Christmas Seasons give us the opportunity to express our gratitude to God in our kindness to others. Ladies in Shawl Ministry have crochet/knitted prayer shawls and lap blankets for the sick and shut-ins that are available on a table in Selbert Hall. Our Family Faith Formation program has coordinated a blanket appeal to keep folks warm at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. You will see the Stars of Bethlehem on our glass doors and partitions. Once again Mary Kay Schaub and her team of helpers are making this traditional parish appeal. Check the back of the Stars and the bulletin for more details. Two missions are requesting $20 gift cards. Other Stars will have particular names with gift suggestions. These gifts should be wrapped and labeled. 


Janet Hegedus and Ladies of Annunciation contacted Catholic Charities to offer help for Afghan refugees being resettled in WNY. Shoes and boots for snow are needed. Kindly consider donating GENTLY used boots in all sizes for children, women and men. Please mark the boot size for sorting and distribution. Place your boots in the designated containers in Selbert Hall. Donations can be made this weekend November 27-28 and next weekend December 4-5. The contribution of these shoes and boots will express the warmth of our hearts in support of people displaced from their homes. 


Florian Markowski stopped by the office with an obituary in the BN about Sister Beatrice M. Venditti, OSF. She was 91, a classmate of Florian and she attended Annunciation Catholic Grade School. Her name then was Margaret. Later she became a Sister of St. Francis with a long career caring for children, teaching, and in pastoral and associate ministries. We are grateful for all the girls and boys who received their education and faith formation in our elementary school and in our religious education programs and who have gone on to live their Catholic faith with fidelity and integrity in the Church and the world.   


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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Food Donation

for November
Peanut Butter
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 is having the wisdom to understand that everything we have is a gift from God.

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