"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 September 27, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

You may have heard announced at Mass last week or saw in the media that Bishop Sharfenberger has launched a Road to Renewal Initiative. While I had a regional Zoom Meeting with the bishop and priests, I found and still find, the objective a bit vague. My takeaway is that Diocesan Renewal Task Force is beginning by listening to the ideas, concerns, and needs in the diversity of regions that compose our diocese from which will come guidelines and ways to collaborate as parishes to strengthen ministries. I invite you to join our region’s session that is talking place on Zoom this coming Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. As soon as the link becomes available, I will be sure to post it on our website and Facebook Pages. I invite you to check out the website www.roadtorenewal.org for more information.

For simplicity and clarity, I just wanted to point out some important dates that are coming up:

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30-8:30pm – Road to Renewal Regional Zoom Meeting

Friday, October 2 at 8:15am-8:00pm – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Hour for Life begins at 7:00pm

Saturday, October 3 at 11:00am – Pet Blessing on the Rectory Front Lawn

Sat./Sun. October 3 and 4 – Respect Life Sunday and Second Collection for Pro-Life Month benefiting our five local St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers and the Mother Theresa Home

Sunday, October 4 at 3:00pm – Parish Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Thank you all for supporting the wonderful ministries here at St. Peter’s Parish, know you are loved and appreciated. Our parish is the amazing place that it is because of your presence, engagement, and prayers. It is announced at the end of every Mass to “Go” and may our focus always be on brining others closer to Christ as we work to build the Kingdom of God!

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Cole

Fr. Cole's Message for September 20, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

Another busy week filled with lots of excitement! This Sunday I have the wonderful pleasure of attending the first Mass of a good friend of mine, newly ordained Rev. Christopher Emminger, which will take place at his home parish of St. Amelia’s in Tonawanda. I will be sure to tell Fr. Sibby you all said, “Hello!” On Monday I am thrilled to have what is now the second opportunity to meet many of our teens preparing for Confirmation for their Confirmation Interviews. Also Monday evening our School Board will be meeting as we work our hardest to maintain the high standards of our beloved St. Peter’s School. A special thank you to all of our School Board Members who are so dedicated and supportive!

As a parish community let us surround all of our First Communicants in prayer. They have certainly persisted in the virtue of patience having had to delay reception of this beautiful, life-sustaining sacrament. I look forward to finally being able to celebrate this special day with them and their families this coming Saturday as they receive the physical body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord into their lives for the first time!

Finally, I would like to highlight two special prayer services coming up. October 4th is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi which is being supplanted this year by a Sunday. Remaining in the spirit of St. Francis, however, we will have our Blessing of Pets on the rectory front lawn Saturday, October 3rd at 11am. Bring Fido and your mask! October is also Respect Life Month. To conclude First Friday Adoration, our Respect Life Committee will be hosting a Holy Hour for Life beginning at 7:00pm Friday, October 2nd which will conclude with Benediction.

As always if you have any questions or need absolutely anything, do not hesitate to call me at the rectory or send me an email at [email protected].

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Cole

Fr. Cole's Message for September 13, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

As I write this on Wednesday, September 9th, we have just welcomed over 190 students back to school. It was so great to see all the cars and busses pulling in and watching our youngsters come back after such a long time away. Our academic year began with a live virtual blessing of all our teachers and students. Let us pray that they have a joyous, inspiring, and safe year!

Things are beginning to really move full steam once again here at St. Peter’s Parish – though with numerous safety procedures. Our Pastoral Council is meeting this Monday, Finance Committee Tuesday, this week will be the first full week of school, and I have been meeting with the Diocese Buildings and Grounds Department and various contractors to put a plan in place for the exterior work that needs to be done on our historic rectory. Thank you for your ongoing support to our Capital Campaign that makes this possible!

This coming Saturday, September 19th I will be attending the Diocese of Buffalo Ordination Liturgy presided over by our apostolic administrator, Bishop Scharfenberger. Rev. Mr. Christopher Emminger and Rev. Mr. Denning Achidi will be ordained to the priesthood. Four men will be ordained transitional deacons and six will be ordained to the permanent diaconate. Let us keep all our ordinandi in our prayers! We are so blessed that these men have answered God’s call and may the Holy Spirit guide and sustain them in their ministry. As the Diocese of Buffalo celebrates ordinations this coming Saturday, let us remember that it is up to all of us to foster a culture of vocations here at our parish. It is the responsibility of every young Catholic to seriously consider what God is calling them to do, as only with God do we find true and lasting fulfillment. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” Jer. 29:11. Future priests and religious come from nowhere else than the pews you sit in!

Have a happy and blessed week!

Fr. Cole

Fr. Cole's Message for August 30, 2020

St. Peter Parish Family,

I would like to express once again my heartfelt thanks to Sharbel Simon who did such a wonderful job filling in for us as interim organist at our St. Peter site. Thank you for leading our community in worship and praise to Almighty God! We wish you the best as school resumes and know you always have a place with us here at St. Peter’s!

A very warm welcome is extended to our new organist at our St. Peter site, Bradley Wingert, who is beginning this weekend! I am so excited for him to join our ministerial team and aid us in lifting our hearts, minds, and voices, to our Heavenly Father through our most supreme form of prayer – The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Our Pastoral Council has recommended to me this past week what they feel would be an appropriate Mass schedule. I have accepted their recommendation and they will be announcing their conclusions at Masses this weekend. Having heard from many of you at our Town Hall Meeting and journeyed with the Pastoral Council, I can attest that this decision was not hastily made. Numerous factors needed to be and were considered, foremost, how to best serve the needs of all our parishioners while being able to sustain ourselves as a one priest parish. As many of you know the need for this decision has existed for some time under previous pastoral leadership and I am truly happy that much consensus has been reached in its rendering.

Changing the Mass schedule is one of the hardest decisions a parish family, a Pastoral Council, and a priest must make because everyone is affected. The Mass is why the Church exists and is the reason why we are here! I thank our Pastoral Council for their leadership, and I thank all of you for your understanding as we adjust. I do strongly believe with the recommendation that I have been given, that as one parish with two sites, our community is well positioned to move into the future!

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Cole