We have many parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid who belonged to St. Ann's Parish at Broadway and Emslie. We recently received word that the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeal, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone’s 2013 decree to close St. Ann's “retains its original force,” as the Diocese of Buffalo has announced.
Now that the Vatican has ruled, the decision to close the church is final. We will do all that we can, within the confines of safety and feasibility, to remove all sacred and artistically significant artifacts. We hope to save the most significant elements of the Shrine of St. Ann for relocation. We will announce its new home in the diocese in the coming months.
We pray for all the Friends of St. Ann's, and affirm that they are always welcome at Ss. Columba-Brigid.
Many visitors will be coming to Ss. Columba-Brigid over the next six weeks to see Fr. Roy's Nativity sets on display. That means our parish hall, and some of the classrooms, will be in use during that time for the display. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding! While so many visitors are here, let's make them feel welcome, and if they are from the area, invite them to join our parish for Mass or other events.
Are you a teen or adult who would like to be baptized, be confirmed, or make your First Communion? Would you like to learn more about what the Catholic Church teaches about justice, peace and care for creation? Would you like to learn more about, and share, your faith? We will be offering a 12-week course starting December 7 where you can do all this. Please contact Fr. Jud or Leo Reiter about this opportunity.
We were happy to have many visitors at Mass on Oct. 29. Please keep inviting people to join us!
Please continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico and other areas affected by natural and human-caused disasters.
Our parish secretary, Karen, is now staffing our office from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Franciscan friars in the United States have issued a statement in support of our Dreamers. If you are a Dreamer or would like to take action to support them, please see Fr. Jud. Click below for more information from The Franciscans.
Click below for a YouTube video from Bishop Malone in support of the Dreamers:
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
You are invited to join with our brothers and sisters at SSCB Parish family as we offer the opportunity to spend quiet time with the Lord each First Thursday and Friday.
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We are asking everyone please DO NOT PARK in the circle at the main entrance! That area is a turn-around, not a parking area. In case of a medical emergency, first responder vehicles need access and mustn't be blocked. In addition, we ask that you do not park in the Handicapped area closest to the Friary (the former rectory) or in the large spot in front of the St. Vincent DePaul Donation Box. Family Promise has a very large van that is best accommodated in that spot. Thank you!
Family Promise of Western New York is located in the Sister Karen Center, one of our former school buildings at 75 Hickory Street.
The mission of Family Promise is to unite religious and other organizations in responding to the needs of homeless families in our community. Uniting heart and hands of all denominations, the network provides a way for homeless families to receive temporary shelter, meals, and assistance while seeking their own independence. It's more than providing shelter, meals and support. This means that we are keeping entire families together while they work toward finding a home to call their own.
You don't have to be a member of Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish to get involved. If this is of interest to you, there are many ways to get involved with the work of Family Promise. Some of them would only take up a couple of hours of your time, one single time, during a family's stay. If you think that you could do even one simple, yet God-like, task to help our visiting families in the future, please let us know. To volunteer or if you want more information, go to http://www.fpwny.org
We have the use of Rosetta Stone for all those who may be interested in learning Spanish! Doing it the interactive way, you can progress at you own level of comfort. Come and try it!