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We, the faith community of Infant of Prague Parish, united in the Holy Spirit celebrate the presence of Christ in Word, Sacrament, and each other.  We strive to build up the kingdom of God in a spirit of fellowship and service.  We welcome all to journey with us as we continue to mature in our faith by our worship of God and our reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need.

                              

 

             


 

 

Father Bill Quinlivan's new album promises to bring joy to listeners.

Father Bill Quinlivan's new album promises to bring joy to listeners.

Father Bill Quinlivan, prolific writer, musician and minister, has done it again with a new CD out in time for Christmas. Titled "Jump for Joy," this is Father Quinlivan's eighth CD. Having published "Made to Praise Him" in 2014 and recently been named pastor of two parishes in Buffalo, you might wonder how he does all this.

Father Quinlivan writes his prose and music simultaneously. "I was always doing both at the same time. My books are more reflective thoughts on the songs." He enjoys creative expression through music, but also through the written word. His two books are centered on lyrics from songs written over the years, even though the songs had no melody at the time. The books are solitary and reflective, giving him time to think through and look for ways that God has been moving in his experiences. "When you stop and have to tell someone your story, you hear your story and you start to realize how blessed you've been," he said.

The title song was written several years ago, and was inspired by the story of the visitation. "When Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, and the child in Elizabeth's womb jumps for joy, that's John the Baptist. When we come into an encounter with Christ, our lives jump to a whole new level, too," said Father Quinlivan.

The CD cover photo has a different inspiration, though, brought to fruition on a recent trip to Austria. Father Quinlivan describes how the photo came about from "jumping up in the air to try and click my heels together like Julie Andrews does in 'The Sound of Music' on the very same path where she walked." It took a few tries to get the shot right, he said, adding, "I have the pulled tendons in my right knee to prove how many times I had to jump in the air."

A duet called "Abandonation" was recorded with Bob Halligan Jr. from Ceili Rain, a Celtic rock Christian band from Syracuse. Born in Buffalo, Halligan has been a successful songwriter and accompanies Father Quinlivan, trading lead vocals and playing electric guitar. "This is the most rock sounding you'll ever hear from me," said Father Quinlivan.

One song is inspired by Bernie Fine, a close friend from Florida. Fine and his wife, Nancy, had invited Father Quinlivan and the Voices of Mercy from St. Luke's to come and do some healing ministry. While married to a Catholic spouse, Bernie was Jewish. "He probably knew and had heard more homilies, and more teaching, than most other people who are not of the Catholic tradition," said Father Quinlivan. When Nancy Fine informed him that Bernie's illness was progressing, it prompted Father Quinlivan to write a prayer called "Shalom." The Fines always sign their written correspondence to Father Quinlivan with the Hebrew word for peace. "It's the first time I ever wrote a faith-based song that is not merely Christian. It actually has the Jewish kind of Old Testament vibe," he said.

Joining Father Quinlivan on "Shalom" is David Meyer from the band Kindred. Meyer plays cello and is joined by Cory Dusel playing violin. "Live strings," said Father Quinlivan.

Also appearing on "Jump For Joy" are Sydnie and Joanah Perkins, sisters whom Father Quinlivan knew from his days at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. He noticed that the sisters had really good singing voices, but they never had a chance to sing together. "I thought it would be fun to have them involved because I've known them a long time," he said.

Father Quinlivan will be performing a 7 p.m. Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 28, at St. Martin of Tours Parish in South Buffalo, with several other musicians.

The CDs are available for $15 at the Catholic Union Store, the Catholic Store at the Southgate Plaza, Tara Gift Shop on Southgate Road, Buffalo, and the parish office at St. Martin of Tours.  

 

                     

 

 

TEACHING ON CREMATION: Because cremation continues to gain in popularity and is becoming much more common among Catholics, Bishop Richard Malone has asked us to share with our parishioners the most recent teaching of the Church on this option. Pope Francis has directed the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to publish new instructions reaffirming teaching that the Catholic Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces, such as a church or an area set aside for burial. The Church does not allow for the cremated remains to be placed in a residence, nor are they to be scattered in the air, on land or at sea, or preserved in mementos, such as jewelry or other objects. Church teaching also prohibits cremated remains from being divided among family members. Cremation was permitted by the Catholic Church in 1963 and incorporated into Canon Law in 1983. Catholics need to understand the Church teaching that surrounds cremation and burial of cremated remains, so there are no misunderstandings at the time of death. Call Catholic Cemeteries at 873-6500 or visit www.buffalocatholiccemeteries.org for more information regarding cremation burial. Your attention is also directed to the March issue of our diocesan Catholic newspaper, the Western New York Catholic, for additional information.

                      

              

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our parish seminarians.....MICHAEL JOHNSON AND ERIC EGGERT

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MICHAEL JOHNSON

Second Theology 
Home Town:  Cheektowaga, NY
Home Parish:  Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga, NY
Education:  Community College of the Air Force-A.A.S. Information Systems Technology; Buffalo State College-B.A. Philosophy, Minor in Religious Studies
Work Experience:  Public Safety Dispatcher-Grand Island Fire Company (2014-2016) & Town of Tonawanda (2005-2011); Ambulance Dispatcher-AMR (formerly Rural/Metro Medical Services) (2014-2016); Coordinator of Spiritual Life-St. John the Baptist Parish, Lockport (2013)
Honorably discharged U.S. Air Force Veteran, served from 1995-2003

Fourth Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Parish:  Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga, NY
Home Town:  Cheektowaga, NY
Education:  St. Mary's High School, Lancaster
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The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers two locations (Amherst and West Seneca) and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 5:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.
 
 

 

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RCIA classes ongoing throughout the year......

Do you know anyone wondering about the church?  "Why do Catholics do that?"  Do you or someone you know need to be confirmed?  RCIA, the rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the answer and the beginning!  Please call the parish center to register and for info...634-3660.



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Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am & 10:30 am
Weekday Masses:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am
Confessions:
Saturday 2:30-3:30 pm and after any daily Mass on request
Anointing of the Sick:
After any daily Mass on request and the last Monday of the month at the 8:30 am Mass
First Friday Adoration:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm