Continued Financial Support for the Parish is Needed
This period of time when we have been required to cancel public Masses and all parish events and services should certainly be considered one of the most difficult periods in the 156 year history of our parish. Even through this time of decreased activity, a number of expenses continue to be incurred … utilities, insurance, maintenance, and payrolls to name a few.
Without public Masses and the weekend collections we have seen an almost complete stop to the revenues needed to sustain the parish. We need you to continue your financial support of 14 Holy Helpers. Several options are available to deliver your weekly or monthly donations to our parish:
- Drop off at the Rectory. Even though the staff is working remotely from their homes, please use a sealed envelope to drop off your donation at the slot to the right of the door at the top of the stairs inside the front entry hall of the Rectory. Don’t bother to ring for someone.
- Postal Mail. You can use the postal mail service to send in your donation. Use an envelope of your own or just add a stamp to the address flap of the regular donation envelopes which we have provided to parishioners.
- Electronic Donation. Two options are available for electronically providing donations to 14 Holy Helpers parish. Both provide the ability for one time donations as well as setting up recurring donations for your convenience. They can be found near the bottom of the far right column on our Home Page
- On-Line Giving (Vanco): This service allows you to provide one time or recurring donation payments using either a credit/debit card or automatic withdrawals from a checking or savings account.
- PayPal: This service also allows you to provide electronic donations to our parish. If you are a PayPal member you can submit the donation from your PayPal account and even set up automatic monthly recurring donations. Non-members may still submit one-time donations through PayPal using their credit/debit card.
While challenged with the need to maintain social distancing we are trying to continue to provide you with the services you need to sustain our faith. Your continued financial support is so important to sustain our parish during these difficult times. Of course as always, our willingness to support you is never dependent on your ability to provide financial donations or the level of those donations. Let us know how we can help you.
Support those who Support Us
We have been blessed to enjoy the support of our local business community over the past year. They have provided our parish, and the events and services we produce, with money, products, and services donations. Through their generous donations we have been able to generate needed revenue to work toward our mission and serve the local community.
Due to the recent coronavirus health crisis, many businesses have been forced to either temporarily close or operate in a restricted environment. Even those not as directly impacted have had to operate in a new world of social distancing, working environment cleansings, or managing a remote work force. Our supporting businesses stood up to help 14 Holy Helpers when we called … Businesses that Support 14 Holy Helpers LINK. Please consider supporting them with your patronage when you are in need of the goods or services that they provide to the community. Thank them and let them know that 14 Holy Helpers appreciates their support.
Parish Update as of March 30, 2020
Parish Events and Services ….. Parish events and services have been canceled or postponed until further notice due to the need for social distancing during the coronavirus health crisis. The Church and Adoration Chapel are closed for visitation to limit the potential for spread of the virus at those facilities. Public Masses have been canceled by the Diocese until it is safe for people to assemble in public groups. We are hoping to open the Church for individual prayer and visitation on Palm Sunday weekend.
Shrine of Mary is Open ….. The Shrine of Mary outside the Church under the portico facing Union Rd. will be open to say a prayer or light a candle. Please do not enter if someone else is in the shrine. Wait until they have finished and left the shrine.
Mass Intentions Honored ….. Fr. David continues to celebrate a Mass every day without congregants. The Mass is celebrated in remembrance of the intentions that you have previously arranged. Your Mass intentions will be honored during this Mass.
Sunday Masses Recorded for Your Access ….. Fr. David plans on recording the Sunday Mass that he is saying privately. These Mass recordings are published on this website … 14 Holy Helpers Audio Recordings LINK. They are available for listening online at your PC or tablet or for download for later listening if you prefer.
Rectory Availability ….. Be aware that the Rectory is following the New York State directive for business office closure. While the Rectory staff is not available in the office, they are working remotely from their homes. Please feel free to call the Rectory at (716) 674-2374 and leave a voice message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours if you have any questions. The staff will respond to messages and notes as soon as possible.
Weekly Bulletin is Online ….. The Rectory intends to publish the weekly parish bulletin in an electronic format only until public Masses resume. All of our parish bulletins are available online through this website … 14 Holy Helpers Online Bulletin LINK. In addition to the current week’s bulletin you will see a number of issues from prior weeks if you have missed picking one up at Church.
Daily Prayer Line ….. We have set up a phone number you can call to hear a Scripture quote and prayer from Fr. David, 675-2592. Fr. David will be changing the message regularly.
Help Line ….. We have set up a resource for you to call when you have a problem or concern and do not know where to turn for help. If you need to talk to a priest or someone about the grief of a personal loss you can call here for assistance. Details on the 14 Holy Helpers Help Line are on this site … 14HH Help Line LINK.
Diocesan Coronavirus Guidelines
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger announces that there will be no regularly scheduled public Masses in the Diocese of Buffalo until further notice due to an abundance of caution and growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. The complete text of that announcement is available at the following link … Mass Cancellation.
Additionally, the Diocese of Buffalo has created a page on their website with guidelines for parish liturgies and events in response to the spread of the coronavirus … Diocese of Buffalo Coronavirus Guidelines.
As noted on the page, “… Efforts locally and nationally are focused on containment of the virus and the advice in this document is written for those circumstances. If the situation changes, detailed guidance will be produced and communicated. The Guidelines will, of course, be kept under continuous review.”
The Diocese has also provided a list of parishes that Livestream Masses. You will be able to hear a Mass on your PC over the internet. The list is available at the following link … Livestream Link.
Parish Wide Meeting
On Monday, March 2, at 7:00 pm in the parish hall, an open parish wide meeting was held. Fr. David gave an overview of the Diocesan bankruptcy filing along with his assessment of the current impact to our parish and some key Diocesan organizations like Catholic Charities and Upon this Rock. Following his presentation he opened the floor to questions from those in attendance. Questions were asked about the bankruptcy as well as other topics of concern to our parish. A Meeting Recap is available for your review … Recap of 02-Mar-2020 Parish Meeting.
On February 28, 2020 the Corporation of the Diocese of Buffalo petitioned the Federal Court for Chapter 11 Reorganization status. An information booklet is available that outline the Diocesan position and recent actions in this matter … Diocesan Reorganization booklet. The Diocese of Buffalo has created a resource page on their website which provides additional information in regard to the reorganization … LINK to Diocesan Reorganization page. That page also contains links to resource documents including a number of documents filed in Court as part of the Ch. 11 request.
Masses Available Over the Internet
Well over 20,000 people have taken advantage of the recording of selected weekend Masses that are available to you over the internet. Audio recordings are available for download for listening on your computer or for podcast access to an MP3 player. Masses are available for access with additional recordings being added regularly. If you use an RSS reader, that subscription service is also available. There is no charge for access to our Mass recordings. Interested? Go to 14 Holy Helpers Audio Recordings for more details.
Are you an iPod user? Download our Masses to your iPod from Apple iTunes for FREE! A link is available on our Audio Page.
On-line giving to 14 Holy Helpers is processed through a new program managed by Vanco Payment Solutions. Vanco is a large on-line payment processor for faith based organizations and is used by a number of parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo. As a PCI Level 1 compliant service provider they are dedicated to protecting the security and privacy of our donors.
Making your payments on-line is easy. You can access our on-line system by clicking the blue Offering button found in the right hand column of our Home Page (see button below). You have the option to set up a donor profile to save your information for multiple donations … or make a one time donation without setting up a profile. Donations can be made via credit card or ACH withdrawal from a checking or savings account.
The system is available now. Call the Parish Business Manager, Rick Donovan, at the Rectory (716) 674-2374 with any questions.
We have started to collect the history of our parish life through photographs. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with us please contact our Webteam. Our current collection can be seen at the following link … 14 HH Pictorial.
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