Spirituality

May & Our Blessed Mother

We will have a special live stream service for the crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday May 1st at 3pm on our website: www.StAmelia.com.  Special prayers and Litany of Songs to Mary will take place along with the Decade of the Rosary and the Crowning of Mary.  Listed below you will find the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary prayers along with a special video prayer too. After services, should you wish to...

Weekly Mass Intentions

  MASSES FOR THE WEEK Monday, June 1  8:00 a.m.      All Parishioners Living & Deceased by Fr. Sibby 10:30 a.m.    John & Nancy Maghrak by Family Tuesday, June 2 8:00 a.m.     Sister Sheila Ann Burke by Regina Burke            10:30 a.m.    Rev. Peter Santandreu (Anniversary of Ordination) Wednesday, June 3 8:00 a.m.     Connie Pierro by Rick and Sharon Darisse 10:30 a.m.    Paul Griffin by...

Message from Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

In light of the serious health risks to vulnerable populations posed by the novel coronavirus, and to prevent widespread infection, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has temporarily dispensed the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus threat. Until further notice, Catholics of the Diocese of Buffalo should use their prudent judgment as to whether or not to attend Mass. Older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, and...

Transfiguring Our Spiritual Lives

2nd Sunday of Lent Genesis 12:1-4a2 Timothy 1:8b-10Matthew 17:1-9 The story of the Transfiguration maps out some steps we need to take in our journey of prayer. First, we must climb the mountain; second, we must look upon Jesus; and third, we must go back down the mountain to tell others what we have seen. First, we must climb the mountain. Before revealing his glory to Peter, James, and John, Jesus leads them up a high mountain....

An Anatomy of Sin

  Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7Romans 5:12-19 OR 5:12, 17-19Matthew 4:1-11 Kichijiro is a supporting figure in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 drama/history movie, Silence. In the movie, Kichijiro is a Japanese guide who serves and accompanies the French Jesuits, Frs. Rodriguez and Garupe. The Jesuits go to Japan on a mission to find their lost mentor, Fr. Ferreira, who has been rumored to have committed apostasy. Kichijiro is a cowardly drunkard who denies being Christian and betrays his visitors...

The 6 Characteristics For Lent: MINDFUL

What is it that tempts you the most? Is it an action, a person, or a place? It is something that seems innocent enough, like a food, a drink, or an event? When you really start reflecting, you find that there are many temptations all around. Even if you are strong and never succumb to a certain temptation, it is still there waiting for a weak moment in your life. One difficultly in the life...

What’s The Buzz

When a new store or restaurant opens in the area, there can be quite a buzz. People want to see what the place is like. If the establishment is lucky, a positive word of mouth can spread all over the area. The challenge then becomes keeping that buzz alive. If people start to think that the new place is not as good as advertised or they had hoped, the crowds will dwindle and soon the...

Don’t Live a Lie

One day, my son was explaining to his mother that he felt she had lied to him. It was nothing very important, but he wanted to take this opportunity to share how important telling the truth is to him. He explained that he simply tells it like it is in all aspects of his life. But an hour later, we caught him in a lie! Again, it was not about a matter of life and...

Live a Life of Mercy

February 14, 2020  •   Angie Windnagle For Sunday, February 23, 20207th Sunday in Ordinary Time   Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-181 Corinthians 3:16-23Matthew 5:38-48 Recently, I posted a controversial article on social media, and not surprisingly, I was met with a slew of responses from friends describing ways they either agreed or disagreed with me. It was like a lot of social media debates — one sided, heated, and in the end, somewhat pointless. As I reflected, I...