"And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." - Matthew 16:18

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Pastor's Message


Fr. Cole's Message for July 5, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

After a long hiatus both worship sites are back open! Praise God! It is so wonderful to gather once again around the altar of God as a faith community to offer God our praise, worship, thanksgiving, and petitions. Everyone is in a different spot these days. Some find many of the safety precautions burdensome and unnecessary, while others are still very hesitant to gather in groups. For those who have not yet come back, whenever you are ready, we are here for you! Our Mass will continue to be posted online for the month of July and we will continue to reevaluate where things are at as we move forward.

A very special thank you to our custodial staff Ron and Tara who have been with us for the past two years and who are moving to Kansas. We wish you the best of luck and many blessings upon your new venture. May our Lord guide your steps as you continue to follow his plan for your lives. We are tremendously grateful for all your service and hard work to our parish community.

I had the opportunity recently to speak with Msgr. Moran. It was great to touch base and connect with him for the first time as he served for so many years at our St. Bernard site. He told me jovially to let you all know that he is “still alive and doing well.” He also wanted me to tell you that he did have a bout with cancer but is doing okay.

This coming week, I will be away from the parish, thank you to all our priest celebrants who are helping out. Any concerns and questions can be addressed to our office manager Amy. As a parish community, whether we agree or disagree, I just wanted to close with something that I read on Facebook for us to ponder. It is from Rev. Ken Braddy which I thought was pertinent as we still navigate these uncertain times.

Why I Wear A Mask At Church

Jesus has called me to love my neighbor.

There are vulnerable people in my congregation.

The virus is real and it is dangerous.

If I’m wrong, there’s no harm.

If I choose not to wear a mask, people could get sick and possibly die.

So, I choose to wear a mask as a way to serve, as a way to love,

and as a way to do my part to protect the most

vulnerable people in our congregation.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Cole


Fr. Cole's Message for June 28, 2020

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP

UPDATED June 19, 2020

As we have been slowly working to resume public worship first at our St. Peter site, we are now ready to resume the regular weekend Masses schedule at our St. Bernard site beginning on Saturday, June 27. We are still permitted only 25% occupancy at both sites. Confessions will be heard at the regularly scheduled times beginning the weekend of July 4/5 in Reconciliation Room at St. Peter’s and the Crying Room at St. Bernard’s. Please remember this is a slow process and that we are not simply ‘going back to normal’ but are asked to follow the guidelines below:

 Based off our current attendance numbers/reservations we are not yet approaching 25% capacity at our St. Peter’s site for any Mass. With the opening of St. Bernard’s, this will further spread out those who are currently comfortable attending Masses.

 This being the case, NO Reservations are required at either site.

Masks are required for all persons over the age of 2 and are to be worn throughout the whole of the liturgy. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available.

 Seating will be every other pew. Family units may sit together and social distancing between all others must be observed. Seating is not permitted in the Ushers or Crying Rooms.

 Missalettes have been removed and congregational singing has been temporarily discontinued limited only to the Mass Parts (i.e. Alleluia, Holy Holy, Mystery of Faith, etc.).

 Ushers will dismiss each row for the distribution of Holy Communion. Please follow the floor markings to observe social distancing. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood and communion on the tongue is not permitted.

 Following Mass, dismissal will take place by pew to facilitate social distancing upon exit.

 Fellowship and socializing after Mass is highly discouraged at this time.

 If you are vulnerable, feel ill, or not comfortable gathering please stay home. Mass will continue to be posted on our Website and Facebook throughout the month of July. Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays.

~ Fr. Cole & Your Parish Reopening Committee ~


Fr. Cole's Message for June 21, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

It was so nice to be able to begin Masses this past weekend! How appropriate in God’s unfathomable design that we gathered for the first time celebrating the sacrament of unity on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi! Thank you everyone for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we continue to follow diocesan and governmental safety directives.

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day and thank God for our fathers, grandfathers, Godfathers both living and deceased, we will have a special blessing over our fathers following the Universal Prayer. To all fathers in our parish, thank you for all you do for your families, for your sacrifices, for modeling the faith, and for your love. Have a blessed and happy Father’s Day!

As we move forward, we are working behind the scenes in preparing to open our St. Bernard site. A very special thank you to our custodial staff, John, Ron, and Tara who are tirelessly working to keep our facilities clean and sanitized.

It has been a long and bumpy road this academic year but our students, teachers, and parents did it as this school year comes to a close. Thank you to all our youngsters for your hard work, I look forward to seeing you next year! Thank you to all our faculty and staff for making the absolute best out of a difficult situation, we truly have a fabulous school and are well positioned to give each child the attention they need and deserve. Congratulations to all our students graduating and moving up this week. I look forward to celebrating with you and hope you have a wonderful and safe summer!

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Cole


Fr. Cole's Message for June 14, 2020

As we slowly open our doors for Mass, please review these guidelines for the safety and well-being of all parishioners. Your patience and continued understanding is appreciated.

With the allowance of churches to open at 25 percent capacity, we will begin to resume our normal liturgical schedule beginning first with our St. Peter site. Daily Masses will be offered publicly beginning Wednesday, June 10 and our weekend Masses remain scheduled on Saturday at 4:00pm and Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am. Confessions for the month of June will be on Friday’s from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the ushers room at our St. Peter site. Please remember this is a slow process and that we are not simply ‘going back to normal’ but are asked to follow the guidelines below:

** WEEKEND MASSES REQUIRE A RESERVATION **

 Please visit our website or call the rectory at 716-754-4118 to reserve a spot. We have a maximum capacity of 160 per Mass. Reservations will be considered on a first come first serve basis.

Masks are required for all persons over the age of 2 and are to be worn throughout the whole of the liturgy. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available.

 Seating will be every other pew. Family units may sit together and social distancing between all others must be observed. Seating is not permitted in the Ushers or Crying Rooms.

 Missalettes have been removed and congregational singing has been temporarily discontinued limited only to the Mass Parts (i.e. Alleluia, Holy Holy, Mystery of Faith, etc.).

 Ushers will dismiss each row for the distribution of Holy Communion. Please follow the floor markings to observe social distancing. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood and communion on the tongue is not permitted.

 Following Mass, dismissal will take the same format of the Communion Procession as each pew/family unit will be invited to leave in an orderly fashion while proceeding immediately to the exit.

 Fellowship and socializing after Mass is highly discouraged at this time.

We are so excited to reopen our St. Peter site and look forward to when we can open St. Bernard’s. Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust. “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” Gal. 6:9

~ Fr. Cole & Your Parish Reopening Committee ~