Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish
You come to this Church not as a stranger, but as a friend: a friend of God and our parish community. Please let us know how we can serve you.
Nourished by the Word, strengthened by the Eucharist, guided by the Spirit, we the People of the Holy Family Parish, in union with the whole People of God, will strive toward the uncondiƽonal love and service of all people.
CELEBRATING OUR 169TH YEAR
HOLY FAMILY PARISHΐΐFOUNDED 2007
ST. JOSEPH'S [1852 - 2007]
Parish Office Hours:
Monday.Thursday: 9:00 AM.3:00pm and Friday: 9:00am.Noon
Daily Mass: Mon.Ï Fri. 8:00am Sat. Vigil: 5:00pm Sunday: 8:00am and 10:30am
Eucharistic Adoration: Every Friday 8:30am.6:00pm in the Chapel
Confessions: Saturday 4.4:30pm in Sacristy
Faith Formation: Sunday: 9:15.10:15am
Baptismal Preparation Classes: are conducted for parents individually. Call the Parish office to register. Baptisms are scheduled with the Pastor, during or after weekend Masses or at a time mutually agreed upon.
Care of the Sick: Please call the Parish Office to have Communion taken to the sick/ homebound. Notify us of those desiring the Sacrament of Anointing
Joining Our Parish: New members are warmly welcomed. Make an appointment to register with the Pastor or secretary by phoning the Parish Office.
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program for those who wish to become Catholic or learn more about our faith. Christian Initiation of Youth program also available. Contact the Parish Office.
Marriages: Engaged couples are to make wedding arrangements at least six months in advance. When you wish to set a date, please call Farther Dick. Pre.marriage sessions are required.
PLEASE NOTE: Do you still want to receive the Bulletin by mail? Now that we are getting back to normal & coming back to Church? If NOT please notify the Parish Office. This would be helpful in saving postage. Thank You.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18Ɍ25, 2022
God of every nation, creator of every human life, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has been made manifest in human history by becoming one of us and one with us. Born in a stable, born in homelessness, he is our King and Lord. The Magi bore witness to the Light of hope coming into the world as they faithfully followed the star, coming from foreign lands in the East, until arriving in Bethlehem of Judea.
The solidarity of God with created humanity in this gift of Epiphany calls us to a life of solidarity with the homeless, the refugee, the weakest and the rejected. We are all human beings worthy of redemption and prepared by that redeeming love to the glory of your Kingdom. Help us, O gracious Lord, to do this in
unity and peace.
A message from our Pastor
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
Once in a while we get a large snowfall or a storm that closes pretty much everything down. It’s an upsetting event for some people but, for most, a very appreciated day. We have a chance to catch up, or just relax, and spend more time with yourself or your family. It’s the unplanned aspect that makes it so joyful for a lot of folks. For me, it’s like a gift I just didn’t expect.
We need “change of pace” days, when we are open to the spontaneity of the circumstance. It would be good for most of us if we had more of these kind of days, where we may be open to God’s wonderful surprises in our lives. So much of our lives are so scheduled out that we don’t even realize what an effect a “surprise day” can do for our well.being. Whether it’s more time to read, or chat with people on the phone or text.message, or chat with God in some prayer time.
Some people schedule in such time in their monthly lives, just to have some special time for that which can uplift our spirits. Spiritual Directors often tell us to place times like this on our monthly calendars. Try it, you may like it!
Your snowbound Padre on January 18th,
January 23 - Day of Prayer for the Legal Protecƽon of the Unborn
We ask that you pray for the respect and protecƽon of life at its earliest and most vulnerable stage. Please God you may conƽnue, closely united with one another, to be a force of renewal and hope in our society. May the Lord help you to work ceaselessly to enable all, believers and nonΐbelievers alike, to understand that protecƽon of human life from concepƽon is an essenƽal condiƽon for building a future worthy of the human being.
Reveal Christ’s Love - On the weekend of January 29 - 30 we will take up the Collection for Catholic Relief Services. Your support gives aid to victims of persecution, natural disasters and advocates for the powerless. Please prayerfully consider contributing to the CRS Collection.
IT’S HERE! July 30, 2021
This brings the total our Parish has received
WITH MORE TO COME
AS PLEDGES ARE PAID
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PLEASE NOTE: Recorded Masses are now available on our parish YouTube channel. These Masses may be edited due to copyright restrictions. They can be accessed by going to YouTube.com and typing Holy Family Parish Albion NY in the search bar. Right now the image is a blue circle with an H in the center. If there are accessing issues, please send an email to email@example.com.
Interested in online giving? It is safe, simple and convenient. If you have questions or would like to sign up for onlinegiving please call Liturgical Publications at 800-950-9952 or click Here.
Now would be a good time to consider a Mass Intention for a loved one. We have many Masses available for booking at this time. Those wishing to honor a loved one during the celebration of Mass, living or deceased, or for prayerful remembrance of anniversaries, birthdays, and other special intentions, may request a Mass Intention. If you are interested please contact the Parish Office for a Mass Request form. A $15.00 stipend for each Mass should accompany your request.
SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTIONS
January 16 . January 29, 2022
The Reis Children and Families
by Mom, Millie
January 23 . February 5, 2022
Shirley & Joseph Zambito
by Daughter Annette
January 30 . February 12, 2022 The Sledzik Family by Lorraine Fortune
The practice of requesting a Sanctuary Light Candle to be offered for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. You may request to have one of the Sanctuary Lamps lit by calling the Parish Office. Like our Mass Requests, the donation to light a Candle is $15. These candles burn for 14 days.
For your convenience
Our 10:30 Mass can be streamed at anytime in the McCabe Room. Please be sure to contact the office ahead of time so the equipment can be set up.
An elevator and nearby rest room make this an option for those who wish to attend Mass but have difficulty getting into the church.
Rather than miss Mass because of active little ones, parents may wish to bring their youngsters to the Resource Room where they can share in the service with them without the constraints of a pew. There is room to move around and a library of children's bible stories for them to enjoy.
All are welcome. Please suggest this to family and friends who may be looking for an opportunity, even temporarily, to attend Mass at Holy Family.
Please pray for all our loved ones who have journeyed into the hands of the God, remembering:
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
David Albanese, Gary Armida, Bob Blackburn, Greg Blodgett, Ann Boe, Amy Bowers, Carolyn Budynski, Patrick J. Burgio, Michael Brune, Alexandria Renee Bush, Laurene Canale, Chris Cioffi, Richard Connelley, Justin Cooper, Mary Coveney, Ryan Cunningham, Fran D’Agostino, Laura Dibley, Mary DiGuilio, Brittany Dodd, Nancy Donahue, Barbara A. Dunham, Paul Fancher, Patty Foote, Gail Forquell, Leah Gaddis, Robert Gadsby, Bob & Rita Galbreath, Betty Geiger, Margaret Golden, Maryann Hildreth, Steve Karas, Sue Kirsch, Gloria Kuhn, Wayne Litchfield, Herman Lorenz, Sally Lusk, Debbie Magliocco, Mark & Susan Mazzatti, Janice McMullen, Gert Metz, Jacoby Miller, Marian Moore, Pat Murray, David Nayman, Gloria Neilans, Mary Jane Nenni, Elizabeth Aldaco Novak, Rita Lang Owens, Isabelle Parvis, Alan Penna, Kim Peltz, Mary Ann Peterson, Carol and Fred Pilon, Linda Rebadowd, Danielle Ries, Carol Riviere, Wendy Sanders, Bill Sargent, Carolyn Sisson, Gary Spitz, John Stirk, Mark Swindon, Lynn Tomasino, Betty Tower, Sue Toke, Lisa Vergiza, Maureen Watt, Pat Weber, Chris Wing, and Nancy Zambito.
The Knights of Columbus will recite the Rosary before the 8AM Mass , starting at 7:20AM, praying for world peace and unity. Come join us. Sunday, January 30th
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN THE ATTENDANCE REGISTER WHEN YOU ATTEND FAMILY MASS AT THE SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE TO THE CHURCH.
A Family Bible Study is beginning this month. Families will receive a newsletter each month with Scriptures passages to read and activities to do together as a family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Next week our Parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this collection provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refuges, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Please give generously to the collection and reveal Christ’s Love to those most in need.
“Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be consoled.” We are looking for volunteers to assist in this most important Ministry of Consolation at Funeral Masses. If this may be something God is calling you to, we are in need of Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Greeters. Please call the Parish Office if interested.
Be a winner! Don’t forget your WARM & FORM lottery ticket(s). A great Christmas Stocking stuffer idea that lasts the whole month long. Donations $5. per ticket with chances to win daily. Tickets available in the Parish Office. Anyone interested in selling Warm & Form tickets in Church or on your own, PLEASE contact the Parish Office, Thank You.
St. Vincent DePaul News: The St. Vincent DePaul building at 315 E. State St., Albion will be open on Monday Evenings at 7pm.
2022 Baby Bottle Campaign.
Please take a bottle, fill it with loose change (paper money and checks are also welcome) and place your filled bottle to the donation baskets at the entrances to the Church or return it to the Parish Office by March 1st. Thank you for your support.
The Care Net Team “Thanks you so much” for all the gifts you donated for Christmas. You are such a blessing to us & our Clients! You are so faithful to our Ministry and we pray God richly blesses you in the New Year.
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Three Reasons Why Roe v. Wade Is Doomed
This article is written by guest author Camille Pauley, President of Healing the Culture.
Perhaps you’ve heard the adage: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
That phrase, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, came to mind as I listened to the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case tests the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that disallows most abortions after the preborn child has reached a gestational age of 15 weeks. The Dobbs case forces the high court to revisit its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which created a national entitlement to abortion.
Most remarkable was the fact that even the justices who support abortion did not attempt to offer a coherent intellectual defense of how Roe was decided. Instead, their defense amounted to an argument that, regardless of its spurious legal reasoning, Roe created a de facto “right” to abortion that people have relied on for nearly 50 years. To overturn it now would be highly disruptive to people who have organized their lives based on the reality that abortion will always be widely available and easily accessible.
The fallacy of this argument was quickly pounced on by other justices, who pointed out the Supreme Court’s previous shameful decisions that supported slavery and segregation in schools. Shameful or not, it’s accurate to say that in our recent past, tens of millions of people “relied” on these abhorrent rulings. They organized cultural and economic institutions that were dependent on court-approved racism. When these precedents were later overturned, there is no doubt it disrupted a certain way of life. Yet it was a way of life based on systematically depriving an entire class of human beings of their natural rights.
Institutionalized racism “fooled” Americans for many decades, but the lie could not be sustained forever. Communism once fooled millions of people in Russia and Eastern Europe, yet it eventually collapsed when it became apparent that the entire edifice was built on a foundation of lies. Similarly, the Roe v. Wade decision is based on reprehensible falsehoods that cannot be sustained for much longer, because they defy the most basic principles of logic, ethics, and justice.
Three Reasons Why Roe v. Wade Is Doomed
Here are three reasons, among many others, why Roe is doomed to be thrown on the ash heap of history.
- Roe violates principles of logic
There are several logical fallacies in Roe, but I will focus on just one: it violates the Principle of Objective Evidence. This axiom tells us that for a claim to be considered reasonable, you must provide evidence that can be verified by others.
However, the Supreme Court ignored this rule on the most important issue at stake in Roe – when does human life begin? The case concerned a Texas abortion law, and the state’s position, as summarized by Justice Blackmun’s majority opinion, was straightforward: “Texas urges that… life begins at conception and is present throughout pregnancy, and that, therefore, the State has a compelling interest in protecting that life from and after conception.”
Instead of honestly evaluating this factual claim, Justice Blackmun and his colleagues in the majority decided it would be convenient to ignore it:
“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”
A recent survey of more than 5,500 biologists from over a thousand academic institutions posed the question of when human life begins, and the overwhelming majority—96 percent—stated that human life begins at fertilization (conception), when sperm and egg unite to form a genetically unique human zygote, capable of self-directed development. While this survey was conducted in 2021, it merely confirms a biological reality that was well-known even in 1973, when Justice Blackmun was pretending that the beginning of human life was a deep mystery. It is painfully obvious that Roe had to ignore scientific evidence to reach the conclusion the justices wanted.
- Roe violates principles of ethics
The Roe decision established a trimester framework whereby the rights of the preborn child were linked to viability – that is, on the possibility of the child being able to survive outside of the womb. In other words, the preborn child is entitled to legal protection only if she has attained a certain level of physical development.
This violates an ethical precept known as the Principle of Full Human Potential. This principle teaches us that we cannot judge the intrinsic worth of an individual or group by the development they have achieved at a particular point in time, but rather on what they are capable of achieving at their highest potential.
In the 16th century, Spanish colonists in the New World justified enslaving the Native Americans because they were seen to be less than human due to their primitive civilization. But civilizations, just like individual persons, do not progress toward their full potential on the same timeline. We could easily conclude that two-year-old children aren’t human beings, if we measure their worth based on their current physical or mental achievements. The same could be said of many disabled and elderly persons. This is the ethical quagmire that underlies Roe, and it doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.
- Roe violates principles of justice
The majority in Roe argued that abortion was protected under the constitution because a woman has a “right to privacy” which somehow emanates from the “liberty right” contained in the constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
However, this conclusion violates the Principle of the Hierarchy of Rights. This teaches us that when two natural rights appear to conflict—such as the life right of a preborn child and the liberty right of her mother—then the more fundamental right should prevail. A right is considered more fundamental when it is a necessary condition for the very possibility of another right to exist. If someone kills you, thus depriving you of your right to life, then your liberty right is a moot point. You cannot exercise your liberty right if you’re dead. Thus, the right to life is always the most fundamental because it is the necessary condition for the other natural rights (liberty and property) to exist. Applied to abortion, we can never say that another person’s rights to liberty or property create a justification to deprive a preborn child of his right to life. This turns the hierarchy of rights upside down and makes civilized life impossible.
Aside from the three discussed above, there are several other principles of logic, ethics, and justice that are violated by the Roe v. Wade decision. You can read about them by clicking here. The more we learn about the unprincipled and fraudulent way Roe was decided, the clearer it becomes that this ruling is on the wrong side of the history. Like racism and communism, it has fooled too many people for too long. But now its day of reckoning has arrived, and it’s withering under scrutiny. You can’t fool all the people all the time.
About The Author: Camille Pauley is Co-Founder and President of Healing the Culture, a non-profit organization that evangelizes and converts people to be deeply, authentically, and permanently pro-life. Founded in 2003 with Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., using his unique curriculum to change hearts and minds and build a culture of life, Healing the Culture has grown into an internationally recognized organization with tremendous influence in the cultural battle over abortion and euthanasia. Camille has over 25 years of experience as a professional pro-life advocate and has inspired, trained, and educated millions on effectively defending the sanctity of human life.