Led by our Shepherd & Pastor Fr. Joseph Rogliano, the parishes of St. Mark and St. Rose of Lima serve the spiritual needs of Roman Catholics from North Buffalo and beyond. Linked since the Fall of 2010, the parishes operate independently, however over time, they are gelling into a North Buffalo Community of Faith. If you are seeking a place to find spiritual fulfillment, we encourage you to visit one of our parishes for a weekend mass. We believe you will find a vibrant community where all are welcome and where you will find yourself quickly at home.
Message from our Pastor
Dear Parishioners, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thank all of you for your generous contributions to November Food Drive. All foods collected were delivered to the Food Bank of WNY this past week. Thank you again for such an amazing effort. Thanks also to Anne Gaulin, Dawn Warsaw and Tony Maggiotto for presenting us with a wonderful evening last Sunday at St. Rose. The refreshments, the music, and the amazing basket raffle items all added up to a wonderful holiday evening. Over 160 people attended, which was a jump from last year, and I am certain that this event will quickly become a holiday tradition. If you missed it, I encourage you to put it down on your calendar as soon as it is announced for next year.
The annual collection for the Retired Religious will be held next weekend, December 10th and 11th. There will be a special second collection at all masses that weekend. As always, thank you for your constant generosity to this campaign.
The Advent Booklets are now available at all the church entrances. Please take one home with you, so that you may enjoy these reflections throughout the season of Advent. If you would like to take an extra for a loved one, please feel free to do so.
Also, as our season of Advent continues, we celebrate “Leave the Light on For You”, as we offer the sacrament of Penance at extra times throughout the season. Next week’s confessions will be held at St. Mark’s from 5-6 p.m., for those interested.
This weekend, on Sunday, December 4th, we welcome UNYTS for a holiday blood drive. Blood is desperately needed at this time of year, so if you are able to, you may donate blood from 9:30-1:30 this Sunday in the St. Mark gym. Please consider helping those who are in great need of blood.
Finally friends, we welcome Fr. Andrew Lauricella, the vocation director of the Diocese, who is moving into the St. Rose rectory. Our friend, Fr. Justus, has moved to St. Anthony Parish, downtown. Please note, however, that Fr. Andrew is not assigned to our parishes. He generously offered to say masses for us on occasion, but his full time job with the Diocese is Vocation Director. Welcome, Father Andrew! The Christmas and New Year’s schedule for masses will be available next weekend at all of our church entrances. Have a blessed weekend, everyone. May Christ our Savior guide our hearts, and fill us with love.