Bulletins - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
Rectory: www.nativityharrishill.org • School: www.nativityofmaryschool.org
The Second Sunday in
Ordinary Time
January 19, 2014
CHURCH BUILDING
8500 Main Street
Williamsville NY 14221
RECTORY
(mailing address)
4375 Harris Hill Road,
Williamsville, NY 14221
632-8838 • Fax: 632-7898
Pastor: Msgr. Frederick D. Leising
Office Hours
Mon.- Fri.: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat.: 9 AM - Noon
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION,
YOUTH MINISTRY
8550 Main Street,
Williamsville, NY 14221
634-3130
Director: Mary Ann Hoag
SCHOOL
8550 Main Street,
Williamsville, NY 14221
633-7441
Principal: Cherie Ansuini
Grades Pre-K 3-year-old
through 8th grade
Parish Mission Statement
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic
faith community. Centered and
formed by the Eucharist, we seek
to learn and to live the Gospel
and to lovingly grow through service to one another and to all
God’s people.
A Pro-Life Parish
The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
M ASSES
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8, 9:30, 11 AM, & 5 PM
Holy Day: See the bulletin
Weekdays: 6:30 & 9 AM
Saturdays: 8 AM
CONFESSIONS
Saturday: 3:30 to 4:15 PM
Penance Services: TBA
Daily: after each weekday Mass upon request.
BAPTISMS
Baptisms are on Sundays at 12 noon or during any weekend liturgy. Call the Parish Secretary to schedule a Baptism.
To have your first child baptized, parents-to-be are asked
to attend a Pre-Baptismal meeting. These sessions are on the
second Tuesday of every month. Please call the Parish
Secretary in the rectory to make arrangements for these
classes.
M ARRIAGES
Arrangements should be made in person only, at least six
months prior to wedding date desired. Pre-Cana instructions
are necessary. Contact one of the priests.
WEDDING M ASSES
Friday: After noon.
Saturday: 12 Noon, 2 or 6:15 PM
SICK CALLS - ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Contact the rectory when needed.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Thursdays 8–9 PM, September - May
First Fridays 9:30 AM–Noon, September - May
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY
PARISH STAFF
PASTOR - Rev. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, PH.D., Ext. 307
Email: [email protected]
RETIRED PRIEST IN RESIDENCE - Rev. John J. Leising, Ext. 308
Email: [email protected]
DEACON - Tom Friedman - Ext. 2
Email: [email protected]
PASTORAL ASSOCIATE
Kathy Fonte, Ext. 9 (Mon. - Thurs.)
Email: [email protected]
BUSINESS M ANAGER - Maureen Orgek, Ext. 311
Email: [email protected]
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Pat Grabowski, Ext. 5
Email: [email protected]
PARISH SECRETARY - Bonnie Martin, Ext. 4
Email: [email protected]
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC - Robert Volkman
PARISH TRUSTEES - David Rogers, Nancy Dobson
PARISH COUNCIL OFFICERS
Chair: Megan Connelly; Vice Chair: Vic Martucci
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
Phone: 634-3130; Email: [email protected]
DIRECTOR - Mary Ann Hoag
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Maureen Rademaker
YOUTH MINISTER - Stephanie Moss - 634-3130
[email protected]; web site: www.nbvmym.com
OFFICE HOURS
Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sat.: 9 AM to 12 Noon
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL - Cherie M. Ansuini - 633-7441, Ext. 302
Email: [email protected]
SCHOOL SECRETARY - Melanie Bream - 633-7441 ext. 301
[email protected]
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT - Courtney Frisch, 633-7441 ext. 317
Email: [email protected]
NEW PARISHIONERS
Register in person or call the Pastoral Associate at the rectory.
FACILITIES M ANAGER - Otto Misso • 810-0538
Email: [email protected]
RESPITE CARE VOLUNTEER
TRAINING
On Wed., Jan 29, Hearts and Hands Respite Care will
offer a Volunteer Training, “What a Hearts and Hands
Volunteer Needs to Know About Respite Care.” It will be at
1 PM at the Central Office, 50 John St., Akron, NY.
Respite care is service which involves visiting a care
receiver at their home, for the purpose of making sure they
are safe while day-to-day care givers take a break from
their responsibilities to recharge their batteries. If you’re
interested in providing this special kind of volunteer help,
plan to come to this training that will help you learn what
you need to know. To register, or for more information,
please contact Sandy Barillari, Program Director, at 4068311. Not mandatory, but open to all.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
IMPORTANT 2014 DATES
First Reconciliation - 11:30 AM in church
Saturday, January 25 Nativity School & Monday classes
Saturday, February 1 Sunday classes & Home School
NATIVITY YOUTH MINISTRY IN BRIEF
Service Opportunities
SAT., JAN. 25, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM: Nursing Home Visit
– Service Opportunity - RSVP by Mon., Jan. 20
SUN., JAN. 26, 5 PM: Teen Mass
January Events
*MON., JAN. 20, 7-9 PM: HS Monday Night Mayhem
*SUN., JAN. 26, 6-8 PM: HS Sunday Night Party
For more information: Contact Stephanie Moss email at
[email protected] or call 634-3130; or go to the
Website: www.nbvmym.com.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
JANUARY 19, 2014
FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19, 2014
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Mon., Jan. 20 - St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr;
St. Sebastian, Martyr
6:30 •William “Butch” Brinkworth - Bill Reville
9:00 •Marie Gaulin - Lee & Julie Wortham
•Esther Kieffer - Dolores Petty
Tues., Jan. 21 - St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr
6:30 •Mary Ann Kaminski - Dorothy Hobart
9:00 •Esther Kieffer - Jim & Judy Huber
•Lisa Wagner - Deborah Principale
Wed., Jan. 22 - Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of
Unborn Children
6:30 •Mary Ann Kaminski - Dorothy Hobart
9:00 •Edward Jankins - Stan & Lin Wojcik
•Intentions of Tom Shrader - J. Radoszewski Family
Thurs., Jan. 23 - St. Vincent, Deacon & Martyr
6:30 •John “Mike” Hens - Bill Reville
9:00 •Marcella Jakubowski - Arlene Nikiel
Fri., Jan. 24 - St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and
Doctor of the Church
6:30 •All Souls Day Intentions
9:00 •Arthur Dobson
Sat., Jan. 25 - The Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle
8:00 •Arthur Dobson
4:30 •Edward Anstett - The Family
•Charles Riederer - The Opper Family
Sun. Jan. 26 - The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings for Today: Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Psalm 27;
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23
8:00 •Chuck Bonafede - Mary Dietrich
•Kathleen Hallock - David Hallock
9:30 •Robert Thielke - Mary, Donna & Carol
•Josephine Astalfa & Jolene Rappa - Wayne Astalfa
11:00 •Arthur J. Dobson
5:00 •Barry Buermann - Emily Buermann & Bill Doyle
Please note: This will be the last week that Nativity will offer a 6:30 AM weekday Mass.
WEEKEND MASS PRESIDERS
for January 25 & 26, 2014
Sat.
Sun.
4:30
8:00
9:30
11:00 5:00
FDL
WJS
WJS
JJL
JJL
FDL is Msgr. Fred D. Leising
JJL is Fr. John J. Leising
WJS is Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan
MASS
9:30 AM 8 AM 4:30 PM
Borcik, Bumbalo,
Starck, Toneck,
Wende
Laudisio
E. Afshani,
Levea
Attea, Beardi,
Coffey,
Visone x 2
Samson-Powers
Farolino
Gibson
Ehrenreich
Jobes,
Meli
5 PM 11 AM
MINISTRIES FOR JAN. 25 & 26, 2014
Eucharistic
Ministers
Lectors
Servers
Hammer, Urban
Mazurowski,
Morgante, Ogilvie
Poczik
Heffler
Kleinmann
Grable, Reynolds,
Seifert,
Volunteer x 2
Youth Mass
K. Fox,
Meosky
Miknis,
Miller, Misso
Neill,
O’Connell
THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Please pray for the deceased benefactors of the parish
and all who have gone before us marked with the
sign of faith.
THE SICK
Please remember, in your prayers,
the following who are ill: Pat Ball, Jim
Bonn, Sue Cornelius, Amy Craig, Tom Downing, Maureen
& Timothy Gallivan, Natalie Garcia, Dr. John Giardino, Nils
Hjalmarson, Maria Jordan, Bill Karl, Jennifer Lapp, Julia
Malloy, Kathy McHugh, James Migliore, Sr., Kathleen
Minwell, Ruth Nowak, Angela Riordan, Dorothy Unetich,
Joan Wopperer.
Note: Please contact Kathy, 632-8838 ext. 9, to have a loved one placed
on the prayer list. Names will appear for three months. If their condition
continues to warrant our prayers, please call Kathy and we will gladly
include them in three month increments as long as necessary.
NATIVITY GIFT CARD NEWS
Thank you to all parishioners for participating in our
school's Gift Card Program during the Christmas season!
We will be resuming our regular Sunday morning sales
schedule. Do you go to a certain store every month? Use a
gift card (purchased from us) to do your regular shopping.
The parish/school benefits. We sell cards after Sunday
morning Masses. Let us know during the week what you
need. We will have it ready for pickup on Sunday morning.
We have a few Delta Sonic/Applebees Basic packages
left. The Applebees certificates are good through the end of
March. These would make great Valentine's Day gifts!
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
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WILLIAMSVILLE, NY
THE PASTOR’S VIEWPOINT
n Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Diocese
of Buffalo held a press conference at Notre
Dame Academy in South Buffalo. This event
concluded a process of consultation and
assessment of all parochial and regional Catholic schools
in our eight county diocese.
In this bulletin in recent weeks, I shared with you this
process and its many components. Mrs. Cherie Ansuini
and I have attended numerous meetings in this process,
providing all the requested data about Nativity School
while listening to that same data being shared by six other
schools in our cluster.
Our cluster parishes are: St. Mary, Swormville; Christ
the King, Snyder; St. Leo, Sweet Home; SS Peter & Paul,
Williamsville; St. Benedict, Eggertsville, and St. Gregory
the Great, Williamsville. Enrollment, finances, buildings,
local demographics predicting future numbers of students
available, state test scores, etc. were items considered in
this process.
The ideal model for a long-term viable Catholic
school was one with an enrollment of around 400 students
and the facilities to accommodate them, including the
most recent technologies. Accessibility of such a school
and quality of education were key assessment norms.
The unavoidable truth of this process is the fact that
the available number of children in Western New York is
declining significantly. All government/public school
districts are experiencing these facts. Families are smaller,
incomes are stagnant, yet local school taxes rise to meet
legacy costs and insurance needs.
Catholic school tuitions are pricing potential students
from our marketplace. Without assistance many families,
while desiring a Catholic school education, simply cannot
see themselves paying both government
school taxes plus annually increasing PASTORAL
tuition bills. A growing home-schooling SHARINGS
community also impacts our Catholic schools.
So, to keep costs contained, yet quality enhanced,
fund raising, tuitions, and parish support must face
challenges. With all this and more in mind, the Diocese
of Buffalo is proceeding to revitalize its network of
Catholic schools so as to provide quality options into the
future.
Nativity was informed at 11 AM on Wednesday,
January 15, that we will remain in operation. However,
our future remains precarious if we do not continue to
grow our enrollment, contain our costs, and market
ourselves to a larger constituency.
I want to express my gratitude to Mrs. Ansuini, our
faculty and staff, along with our Nativity Catholic school
parents, all of whom have worked so very well,
especially in these last few years, to make Nativity
school such a desirable culture. Courtney Frish, our
parish Advancement Director, has been invaluable in
working with school parents to market our school.
Only through these efforts do we continue this
ministry. Only through even further efforts will we
nurture and sustain it. None of us can, with certainty,
predict the future. What we can do is to offer our best
efforts for parents and children who treasure the gift of a
quality Catholic School.
I will now be challenging our Parish Council and our
Finance Committee to respond to our circumstance with
all the competencies they possess. Your own
involvement through these consultative bodies is
welcomed.
AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC FOR SENIORS
YOUTH MINISTRY STOCKHOLDER
MASS & DINNER
Fr. John Leising will present a piano concert for
Seniors (all ages are welcome) on Tuesday, January 28, at
2 PM in the East Wing of the church. The easiest access
will be through the East entrance (parking lot side). The
concert will last under an hour and a half. Some seats in the
East Wing are padded, but most are not. You may want to
bring a cushion.
After introductory, prayerful music, Fr. John will
present “A Taste of Light Classics,” “What They Were
Singing When You Were Born,” “From the Piano Bench”
and Eric Coates Piano Stylings.
The Youth Ministry Stockholder’s Mass & Dinner
which was originally scheduled for Friday, January 3, has
been rescheduled for Saturday, February 8. Mass is at 5
PM, followed by dinner in the School Cafeteria at 6 PM.
If you are a Youth Ministry Stockholder and are able to
attend on this rescheduled date, please contact Stephanie
Moss in the Family Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Office
by Monday, February 3, via email ([email protected]
hill.org) or phone (634-3130). We hope you can join us.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
JANUARY 19, 2014
NATIVITY PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 23, 2013 MEETING
Members in attendance: Msgr. Fred Leising, Fr. John Leising, Kathy Fonte, Jim Beardi, Linda Beardi, Megan Connelly,
Vic Martucci, Bob Poczik , Jerry Sentz
Not Present: Deacon Tom Friedman, Kathy Carmichael, Russ Buckley
1. Opening prayer by Msgr. Fred.
2. Brief overview of Strategic Planning process for parishioners present.
3. Overview/updates of Strategic Plan priority areas:
a. Revitalized Evangelization and Education
i. Brief overview of points in the strategic plan
ii. Update on action items in plan:
1. Committee has had further conversations with Youth Minister about outreach to young adults
2. A very successful outreach has been made to seniors through an Afternoon of Reflection. Those
attending expressed their ideas and concerns. Daytime programs are preferred.
3. Parish has participated in cluster discussions of parochial schools in the area guided by diocesan
representatives. A report has been submitted to the diocese. Action will be taken in January.
b. Outreach to Others – review of the plan
c. Needed Human Resources
i. Recommended changes are in process
d. Needed Financial Resources
i. Three year rolling budget has been prepared. Will be updated annually.
ii. Fundraising campaign will take place early next year.
4. Minutes approved from last meeting (motion to accept by Jerry, seconded by Vic).
5. New Business: Diocesan recommendations for Catholic Schools are expected on January 9. This will be one of the
topics of the next meeting.
Next meeting: Monday, January 20, 2014, 7 PM, Msgr. Paa Center.
All parishioners are welcome to attend.
MJD 11/26/2013
NATIVITY PARISH COUNCIL
Social Justice
AGENDA FOR MEETING MON., JAN. 20
7 PM, MSGR. PAA CENTER
“LIGHT A CANDLE FOR LIFE”
1. Opening prayer
2. Update on Catholic Schools (Msgr. Fred)
3. Identify potential resource needs from priority areas:
a. Revitalized Evangelization and Education
b. Outreach to Others
4. Impact of the above on Human Resources and
Financial priority areas:
a. Do any of the proposed new directions or activities
require additional staff or staff time? If so, what
kinds of additional staff time or staff might be
needed to carry out those new directions or
activities?
b. Do any of the proposed new directions or activities
require new skill sets that might call for
professional development for staff and that should
be reflected in position descriptions for future
recruitment? Please define those new skill sets.
5. Last meeting minutes – accept?
6. Action Plan updates (if any)
7. New Business
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LEAPRINTS
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Everyone is invited to place a candle in
PEA
the front window of their home at
sundown on January 22. The candle
serves as a reminder of the millions of unborn babies who
have been aborted since the Supreme Court decision of Roe
vs. Wade in 1973.
PRO-LIFE BENEFIT BANQUET
St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Third Benefit
Banquet
Wednesday, February 12 - 6 PM
at Classics V - 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst
$40 per person; Students, $35
Reservations only
Reservations accepted until Feb. 3.
Guest Speaker - Bryan Kemper
For more information or to make reservations, contact the
Office of Pro-Life Activities, 795 Main St., Buffalo, 14203,
847-2205.
You can also make a reservation by sending your name(s),
address, phone number, email, and a check made out to St.
Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, to the above
address before Feb. 3.
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY
CATHOLICISM
A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE FAITH
THE FIRE OF HIS LOVE: PRAYER
AND
THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 7 TO 9 PM
MSGR. PAA CENTER
REFRESHMENTS AT 6:30 PM
The Parish’s Adult Education Committee invites you to continue or join for the first time on an exciting journey based
on the acclaimed documentary film series Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith. This series explores not only
what Catholics believe and why, but also displays in breathtaking visual detail the richness of the Church’s global culture.
At each session in the series, you will be invited to view a video presentation of the Church’s essential teaching and
travel with Father Robert Barron around the globe to see the Faith in the depth of its beliefs and practices. Through guided
questions, reflection and sharing, you will be invited to explore more deeply our shared Catholic faith and its application
to our daily lives.
In the next session in the series on Jan. 22, Father Barron helps us to begin to comprehend the nature of prayer and the
power of prayer. He invites us to “sit at the feet of a series of masters and try to catch some of their wisdom in regard to
this mysterious and alluring act of raising the mind and the heart to God.” Father Barron maintains that we will understand
this kind of communion only through careful attention to the lives of some of the people who have practiced it. So in this
session, we will look at the prayer life and revelations of Thomas Merton, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Augustine
and Aquinas. It should help all of us to better understand the nature and power of prayer in our life, and is sure to be a
fascinating and moving session you won’t want to miss.
N B Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School - Open House
Next Sunday, January 26 • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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*In the case of cancellation because of weather, the Open House will be Wednesday, January 29, 5 -7 PM
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Pre K 3 - Grade 8
Extended Day Program
Financial Assistance Available
Special Education Teacher
Sports Programs Grades K - 8
Sacramental Program
Weekly Mass together as a School
Community Service Projects
Afterschool Clubs & Organizations
High School Prep Grades 7 & 8
Family Atmosphere
Give your child the gift of an exceptional private education. At Nativity your child will be an
individual, not a number. Come to our Open House and see how your child can excel at Nativity.
Founded in Faith • United in Family • Joined in Service • Enriched in Wisdom • Celebrated in Success
Nativity of Mary School ~Values for Life
“I believe Catholic schools are integral to the future of our Catholic Church. Our Catholic Schools are producing confident,
faith-filled leaders who are well prepared to compete in today's challenging world” - Bishop Richard Malone