We the church of Ss. Columba-Brigid are a welcoming, inclusive, multicultural Catholic community inspired by the Holy Spirit to celebrate the Risen Christ in how we worship, love our neighbors, and work for justice in our daily lives.
Saturday 4 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. (Spanish)
Sunday 11 a.m.
EXCEPT: On the last Sunday of the month,
instead of having two Masses, one in Spanish and one in English,
we come together for one bilingual Mass at 10 am.
You can find this Sunday's Mass readings online by clicking here for the Magnificat website, or click here for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website or click here for the readings in Spanish.
An Act of Spiritual Communion for those unable to attend Mass in person:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Dear parishioners and friends of Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish, and St. Ann's,
As you may have seen already on several news sources (Buffalo Business First, Buffalo Rising, Broadway-Fillmore Alive), the diocese is close to finalizing a deal to sell St. Ann's. We were all caught off guard yesterday by the news being made public, since the diocese and I were waiting until the deal was further along before making a public statement. Three times in the past few years we thought we might have a purchaser for St. Ann's, but each time it fell through. Last year a prospective purchaser came forward, and we have been working with them as their interest has become more and more serious. We are under a non-disclosure agreement to not reveal the potential purchaser. Some key points in the articles are that the site would be anchored by a community center and health care facility, and that plans call for a $22.5 million renovation of the church and its adjoining properties. Unfortunately the article includes what appear to be some factual errors, including the uses for some of the buildings and even the date of the church's construction. Click here to see the article. Assuming the sale is eventually completed, Ss. Columba-Brigid would be reimbursed for all the expenses we have made related to St. Ann's, including utilities, emergency repairs, landscaping, taxes, etc. Anything left over would go to the diocese, but that would probably not be enough to fully reimburse them for their expenses over the years. We expect that when the sale is completed the purchaser will have public meetings involving the community about their plans for all four buildings--the church, rectory, school and convent. We will also have a meeting, perhaps via Zoom, for persons interested in what will happen to the interior of the church. No decisions have been made yet about what will happen to all the religious artifacts, including the altars, statues, tabernacle, etc. St. Ann's former parishioners and friends will be invited to that meeting. I wish to thank everyone, especially our Parish Trustees, Parish Staff, members of our Finance Council, and members of our Parish Council, as well as the St. Ann's community, for being so helpful and supportive during what has been a very complicated, difficult and emotional process of figuring out the best future for St. Ann's. In the meantime, I ask for your continued prayers. It does look like we can avoid what would have been the worst case scenario, demolition of St. Ann's. If you would like to reach out to me, please do so. If you have questions for the diocese, please contact Joe Martone at 716-847-8743.
Men's Group and Women's Group
Please join us at our next men's group and women's group meetings at Ss. Columba Brigid! We meet once a month to share faith, sing songs of praise and pray for each other. We begin together with an opening prayer and songs of praise. Then we split up for our separate meetings. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm in the church hall. Any questions, please call Deacon Jerry at 863-4800. We hope to see you there!
Diocese of Buffalo participates in Pope Francis call for world-wide Synod
The co-Leaders of the Synod, Deacon Don Weigel and Carrie Frank are excited to announce Synod sessions to be held during the Month of May. In addition, we will continue our Synodal journey with sessions in each Parish Family during the Summer and Fall. Those interested can register for one of the following Diocesan-wide sessions:
- Catholic Health, 144 Genesee St., May 14, 10:30 AM for Anyone
- Zoom, May 16, 7PM for Anyone
- UB Newman Center, May 16, 7PM for Women
- St. Benedicts, May 17, 7PM for Young Adults
- Immaculate Conception, May 19, 6:30 PM for Anyone
- The St. Leo Church Parish Center of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Niagara Falls, May 23rd, 6:30 PM for Anyone
- St John Paul II Parish Community Room, 2052 Lakeview Rd, Lake View, NY, May 24th, 7:30-9 PM for Young Adults
- Catholic Health, 144 Genesee St., May 24th, 5:30 PM for Anyone
- UB Newman Center, May 31, 7 PM for Anyone
Click here to download a flyer regarding the a listening session of the Synod for the African American Community on Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 pm.
Registration is requested and capacity is limited at each session to accommodate a synodal experience.
Go to https://www.buffalodiocese.org/synod/ to register and for the latest list of open sessions.
Road To Renewal
Road to Renewal Process: Fr. Jud, Deacon Jerry and the parish's lay leaders who have been involved in the diocese's Road to Renewal process will do our best to keep the parish informed with the latest Road to Renewal news. Click here for an explanation of the need for the Road to Renewal process. You can also find out the latest Road to Renewal news at the diocesan level at roadtorenewal.org
At some of our meetings we have discussed the six Church pillars that will be examined through this process: Liturgy, Spiritual Life, Forming Disciples, Outreach/Inreach, Stewardship and Administration. Below is a list of the items that fall beneath each of the six pillars.
Now You Can View Masses Via Our Website
Now you can view Masses via our website by going to the View Mass Online page or the LIVE video section on the Home page. You can also view previously recorded Masses.
Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license X-729593. All rights reserved.
Family Faith Formation
Family Formation is a family-based learning program that helps families grow in the transforming love of God by understanding and living our Catholic Faith. Family Faith Formation is offered one time per month during the school year. All are welcome!
Our next class is Sunday, June 26th starting at 8:45 am
The class will end just prior to our bilingual Sunday Mass at 10 am
Everyone is invited to attend - people of all ages!
Come learn about our faith and meet other people from the parish
Sacrament Preparation Classes
Family Faith Formation - We have Family Faith Formation one time per month. Adults, kids, families, single people and married couples are all welcome. Come learn about our Catholic faith!
First Reconciliation - We offer First Reconciliation classes in March-April for children in grade 2 or higher.
First Communion - We offer First Communion classes in May-June for children in grade 3 or higher.
RCIA for Children - We offer RCIA for Children in March-April for children who have not been Baptized and are over the age of 7.
Confirmation - We offer Confirmation classes at various times of the year for those in grade 10 or higher as well as young adults or anyone else seeking this Sacrament. Our next class will begin this September.
If you have any questions regarding these programs, please contact Deacon Jerry at 863-4800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosary Online via Zoom
You are invited to pray the Rosary from your home via a Zoom call as follows:
- All are welcome to pray the Rosary together
- Every Monday evening beginning at 7 pm
- Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking here
- Are you new to saying the Rosary? Click on the buttons below for easy to follow instructions:
Until further notice, we will not be having Adoration on first Fridays. If a group of at least four parishioners is willing to organize a group that can be responsible for setting up and attending Adoration, we would be happy to resume montly Adoration. Please contact Fr. Jud or Paula if you are interested.