"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

Pastor's Message

Fr. Cole's Message for March 13, 2022

St. Peter Parish Family,
Each year the Diocese of Buffalo honors parishioners for their dedication and service to our Church. This year I am pleased to announce that William
Taczak will be receiving the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker conferred by Bishop Fisher this Saturday, March 19th at St. Joseph's Cathedral in recognition
of his devotion and service to our parish community. Bill has been a parishioner here at St. Peter's for 42 plus years. Currently, he is one of our two parish trustees, serves on our Pastoral Council, Finance Council, is the sacristan for our Saturday vigil Mass, a collection counter, Eucharistic Minister, and Adult Altar Server. Over the years Bill has gone above and beyond his parish responsibilities in service to our community. Anytime he has been asked, he has helped count
money for school fundraisers, drove i school lunches that were prepared at Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, has volunteered at the Grilling with Grandpa's event, and helped with parish spaghetti dinners. As our Lord teaches in Matthew's Gospel, "Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good
deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." On behalf of our parish community, thank you Bill for letting your light shine, our community is stronger because of all
you have done and continue to do for us!


Fr. Cole's Message for January 30, 2022

St. Peter Parish Family,

I hope that 2022 has gotten off to a good start for you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, I know for many it began with sickness with the Omicron variant spreading so easily. Yet being relieved to hear that many are returning to full health, I couldn’t help but think over all the positive experiences we have had. As we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, I was blown away from your enthusiastic desire to bless your home with chalk and incense. We couldn’t keep enough out and had to put out more the following week!

The following week we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord and as a reminder of our own incorporation into Christ’s body, we were sprinkled with holy water at Masses and given some to take home. Remember that we have large holy water receptacles at both worship sites for the refilling of bottles. A powerful sacramental to use during private prayer, to fight against illness and evil, and for blessing others.

Congratulations to all of our 10th Grades that are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They formally committed to finishing their sacramental preparation as we celebrated their Rite of Enrollment at the 4:30pm Mass on January 8th. It was such an uplifting experience to have them all together at the same Mass as we lifted our hearts and minds in praise and worship united as one body in Christ!

We are now reeving up for First Communion preparation with our recently held parent meeting. Under our new faith formation format, parents will be discussing the importance of the Eucharist directly with their children as they break open the scriptures and dive into Biblically based activities. If you are expecting your child to receive their First Communion this year but have not been to a parent meeting, please call our Faith Formation office.

A busy start to the beginning of the year and now onto all the excitement that Catholic Schools Week brings!

In Christ’s Peace,
Fr. Cole

Fr. Cole's Message for January 2, 2022

St. Peter Parish Family,

I hope that you all had a Spirit-filled and joyous Christmas celebration with family, friends, and loved ones. The Word made Flesh, Jesus the face of God, Son of God and Son of Mary, there is no apt words to adequately describe the profundity of the true meaning of Christmas. What is a spiritual insight we have gained that has drawn us closer to Christ? As I was reflecting on that very same question, I was overcome with a profound sense of gratitude. Thankful to God for all the people he has put into my life, for their expressions of love, for my vocation that has led me to pray and celebrate Christmas with all of you! So thank you for being YOU, for your dedication to worshipping the One God, living and true, for your words of support, and for making our parish the amazing place that it is! How truly blessed, and humbling, it is to be your pastor.

Speaking of gratitude, a very special
THANK YOU to all who helped to prepare for Christmas and for the liturgical ministries which bring reverence and allow Masses to flow smoothly. Thank you to all who exquisitely decorated both of our worship sites, I know it is a tremendous amount of work to prepare our environment but so worth it when it lifts so many spirits heavenward. Thank you to our fabulous choirs both at St. Bernard’s and St. Peter’s, our Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, and Sacristans, Masses would not be nearly as beautiful if it wasn’t for your ‘yes’ to serve in the capacity you do!

As we begin a New Year, we begin this year by celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, when Jesus was revealed to the Gentiles testifying to the universality of His mission. As our Lord came to serve all, how can we give our all back to Him? In this season of resolutions, let’s come up with a spiritual one first to give our loving Father the priority that is His due!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Fr. Cole

Fr. Cole's Message for December 19, 2021

St. Peter Parish Family,

Something that strikes me about the Advent and Christmas seasons are the many contrasts. As the temperatures drop outside, the warmer our homes become as flannel blankets come out and fireplaces are lit. In winter we seem to live in continual darkness with the sun setting as early as 4:30/5:00pm. Yet in church the light of our Advent wreath gets brighter with each passing week, and at home, our trees and houses are often decorated with a plethora of lights. Finally, life outside goes dormant. Trees shed their leaves, plants lose their flowers, and animals begin a long season of hibernation. On the other hand, on the inside life flourishes. Trees are brought in, families gather, and Christmas concerts and shows abound. Cold versus warmth, darkness versus light, dormition versus vitality, winter indeed is a season of contrasts.

A familiar verse that we often hear this time of year is John 8:12. “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” This, my friends, is the essence of the Christmas message. As we celebrate Christ’s rebirth in our hearts, the trajectory of our life ought to change. Our lives should be lived in contrast as we turn from the darkness of life without Christ to one that is flooded with his guiding light. Where in our lives do we need His light to penetrate? Are we weighed down by anger, engulfed in sadness, lacking direction,

exhausted with trying to keep up with society’s expectations, or confused by the world’s various ‘truths’? Our Savior, born as a babe, but mighty in power, invites us to come to the manger with open hearts so that we can follow the light of life.

As we rededicate our lives to Christ this Christmas, I pray that we experience His healing, wholeness, guidance, and ultimately, His strength to boldly live our life in contrast to the world, for we have been “called out of darkness into his wonderful light”

(1 Peter 2:9)!

On behalf of all of us here at St. Peter’s Parish, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a faith-filled
New Year!

In Christ’s Peace,
Fr. Cole