IN MEMORIAM – MSGR. MATT WENDZIKOWSKI: The Parish Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga mourns the death of our faithful Priest and wonderful friend, Msgr. Matt Wendzikowski, also known to us as “Father Sneakers”. Father Matt served the people of the Diocese of Buffalo for over 59 years as a Priest – and almost 19 of those years he ministered here at St. Al’s – as Celebrant at Mass, Confessor, Homilist and Spiritual Guide. Pope St. John Paul II wrote this about the Priesthood: “…the only priest who will always prove necessary to people is the priest who is conscious of the full meaning of his priesthood: the priest who believes profoundly, who professes his faith with courage, who prays fervently, who teaches with conviction, who serves, who knows how to love disinterestedly, who is close to everyone, especially those who are most in need.” Msgr. Matt was that kind of priest. Bishop Edward Grosz in his homily at the Funeral Mass said that Father Matt served with the hands of Christ, walked with the feet of Christ and loved with the heart of Christ. What else needs to be said! To Father Matt’s sister, Terry, and to all his family the Parish Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga extends our sympathy and prayers – as well as our gratitude for sharing Father Sneakers with all of us. May the soul of Msgr. Matt Wendzikowski through the mercy of God rest in Peace. Amen.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Pope-emeritus Benedict wrote: “Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to Him: ‘I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always.’” Have you ever thought of making Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament a part of your spiritual journey? Could you make the time to be silent and still in the Presence of our Eucharistic Lord for 30 minutes a week – or an entire Holy Hour? When driving by the Church could you just stop and go into the Adoration Chapel for 5 or 10 minutes? You will be amazed at how adoration of the Blessed Sacrament changes your day – how much more peaceful and calm you become – how much more aware you are of the Presence of God in your life. How a person spends time in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament is different for each person. Some read the Bible – some pray the psalms – some recite the rosary – some read the lives of saints – some pour out their hearts to Christ – some seek forgiveness – some ask God to bring someone they love back to the Church, Mass, the Sacraments – all sit quietly and just “be” in the Presence of Christ. Here at St. Aloysius Gonzaga we are blessed to have Eucharistic Adoration Monday thru Friday from 1 to 9PM. If you would like more information on becoming a regular adorer or a substitute adorer, just call Frank Guglielmo who coordinates this ministry within our parish (832- 1519). Of course, you are always welcome to just stop by as your schedule allows and your need to be prayerful occurs. “O Sacrament, most holy! O Sacrament, divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”