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Mission Statement

We are a Parish belonging to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. We are under the pastoral authority of the Most Rev. Richard J Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, and His Holiness, Pope Francis I. Our Mission is to "to make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). This is accomplished by preaching of God's Word and living according to that Word as it is contained in the Sacred Scriptures and the Divine Tradition and as it is understood and interpreted by Magisterium of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. We gladly use the power and authority that Christ has given to His Catholic Church to make disciples by teaching and forming people in the faith (Catechesis), reaching out to others seeking the Truth (Evangelization), any by encountering Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ in His inspired and inerrant Word and the Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Most Holy Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Matrimony. We encounter, even in these days the Risen Lord Who died and rose for our salvation, and Whom we now experience through these Holy Sacraments, His Word and the fellowship we share. Christ demands that we show others the mercy He showed us, and realizing the importance of living out this mercy and charity for our neighbor, our Food Pantry provides food and help for others in their necessities (Outreach) with the hope that those who show mercy will receive mercy (Matthew5:7). Recognizing also, the importance of human contact, warmth and fellowship, which are so important to spiritual and human growth, we build the bonds of unity and fellowship through parish groups and social events in order to promote and strengthen human development, friendships, mutual support and union as brothers and sisters in Christ our God.

PARISH STAFF:
Pastor: Fr. Richard M. Poblocki
Pastoral Assoc.: Sr. M. Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF & Deacon Bob Badaszewski
Parish Secretary: Ms. Christine Kalinka
Religious Education Coordinator: Ms. Mary Dubreville
Parish Music Ministry: Mr. Steven Quebral, Director
Mr.Lorenzo Qurbral, Parish Organist; and The St Josaphat Parish Choir
Parish Trustees: Mr.Larry Zamojski and Ms. Diane Marek
Parish Catechists:
Ms. Jude Pachan, Sr. M. Anthonille Tyczkowski, CSSF
; Ms. Jacqueline Kramer, Ms. Mary Dubreville, Ms. Kathy Skarupinski, Ms. Joann Wright, Mr. Thomas Wright, Ms. Nancy Sobecki and Fr. Richard Poblocki
Parish Advisory and Finance Board: Larry Zamojski,
Diane Marek, Richard “Chip” Andrzejewski, Larry
Bracikowski, Chris Liebler, & Pat Widzinski

Buildings and Grounds Committee: Ms. Pat Restall, Ms. Susan Senker, Mr. Gary Walters, Ms. Joan Walters and Mr. Timothy Jason
Groups and Organizations: Homeschoolers' Activities, Maybells (A Social Group for Women); Pro-life Committee, St. Josaphat Parish Choir, St. Josaphat Parish Senior Citizens Group, St. Josaphat's Travel Club, St. Vincent de Paul Society (Food Pantry/Outreach), Women of Grace, Ushers Society and Youth Group

How to Contact Us:
Rectory.......................................716-893-1086
Fax Number................................716-893-1099
Religious Education......................716-896-1086

Email: sjrectory@roadrunner.com

Chesterton Academy..................716-895-8100

Rectory Office Location and Hours:
Our rectory is located on 20 Peoria Ave., in Cheektowaga N.Y. (14206). The Office is open:
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Rectory office is CLOSED on Saturday, Sunday, Holy Days and Legal Holidays. Sick calls anytime.

Ministry to the Sick: Eucharistic Ministers visit the home bound on a weekly basis. For the "Last Rites", please call the priest while your loved one is still conscious and able to confess and receive Holy Communion for the Sick and Dying.

Sunday Masses:
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Daily Masses:
Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m.


Holy Day of Obligation Masses:
Vigil of Holy Day: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Holy Day: 8:30 a.m, 4:30 p.m and 6:30 p.m.

Confessions:
Saturday 3:00pm. - 4:00pm.
Anytime on request

Sacrament of the Anionting of the Sick: Administered during Mass at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of every month except July/August. Mass of the Holy Spirit every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:60pm.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: These attest to another priest that you are able to be a sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation. To receive a Letter of Recommenation you must: be 16 years of age or older; have made your First Communion, be Confirmed, be registered at this Parish; attending Mass every week and required Holy Days; and if married: you must be married by a Catholic Priest in a marriage recognized by the Church.

TO HAVE YOUR BABY OR CHILD BAPTIZED: Congratulations on the birth of your new baby or the adoption of your new child! We are always happy to welcome new members into the Body of Christ. Church law requires a baby to be baptized within a few weeks of birth. Parents should be registered with the parish and attending Mass weekly and on all required Holy Days. There is a Baptism preparation meeting for first time parents and those less than diligent in attending Mass. We will welcome and be happy to work with any sincere person who would really like their children to be baptized. It is no problem to baptize older children or to receive into the Catholic Church any children you have that may have been baptized in another denomination. We also welcome any adult who wishes to receive Baptism. Call the Rectory to make arrangements, to set up a date or to have your questions answered!

GETTING MARRIED: Congratulations on getting engaged! Getting started is simple: The Buffalo Diocesan Guidelines require an engaged couple to contact the parish Priests at least six (6) months prior to their intended wedding date. Preparing to get married involves two short meetings with the parish Priest, taking some form of marriage preparation, and since the use of artificial contraception is a Mortal Sin each time it is used, couples are required to take a Natural Family Planning (NFP) course at one of the local Catholic Hospitals. Couples "living together" risk a higher divorce rate than those not living together--and so, in certain cases, pre-marital counselling may be suggested. No matter what the situation a couple is in--we welcome and will do all in our power to assist any sincere couple who wishes to enter into a life-long and faithful Marriage.
RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTIONS: Relegious Education classes run from mod-September to mid-May annually.Grades 1–5 meet from 9:00am—10:00am on Saturdays. Grades 6-9 meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30- 7:30pm. Confirmation celebrated in the 10th grade and meets from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Special Needs Children are Welcome! We have a catechist who works exclusively with special needs kids! Call our Religious Ed. Office for details (893-1086).
TO REGISTER: We welcome new parishioners! Simply call or visit the Rectory to join. If you are moving, joining another parish, changing your phone number or address, or if there is a change in your marital status - please let us know.
BECOMING CATHOLIC IS SIMPLE AND EASY: We welcome all unbaptized adults seeking Baptism, baptized members of Non-catholic Church communities who wish to be received into the Catholic Church; baptized adult Catholics who need to “catch up” on their Sacraments and older children who were baptized in a Non-catholic Church! Baptized Christians of other Churches do not have to wait until the Easter Vigil to be received into the Church - you can be received into the Church as soon as you are able! Don't hesitate or feel embarrassed-we're thrilled to be able to welcome you into the Catholic Faith!

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