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Masses  -  Weekdays 7:00, 8:15 a.m.   Saturday 5:00 p.m.   Sunday 8:00, 10:00, 11:30 a.m.
1317 Eggert at Main, Amherst,NY 716 - 834 - 1041

Saint Benedict Roman Catholic Church 

Office of Lifelong Faith Formation 

1317 Eggert Road
Amherst, NY 14226

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

To Our  Mothers:

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." -- Jewish proverb

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." -- Lin Yutang

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -- Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington (1732-1799)

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907- )

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." --Author Unknown

 

To Our Grandmothers:

“Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.” --Author Unknown

“Grandmothers are just "antique" little girls”. --Author Unknown

“A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.” --Author Unknown

“Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.” --Pam Brown

“Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.” --Marcy DeMaree

“Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” --Author unknown

“Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” --Author Unknown

“If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!” --Hannah Whithall Smith

“Grandmother - a wonderful mother with lots of practice.” --Author Unknown

“It's such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother - that's why the world calls her grandmother.” --Author Unknown

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” –Proverb

“If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma.” --Teresa Bloomingdale

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love. --Author Unknown

Our address is


1317 Eggert Rd (corner Main St) , Amherst, NY 14226

For a Google map - click here.


Where should I park?

We have plenty of parking at St. Ben’s. Our biggest lot if off of Main Street before Westfield.

We have another smaller lot off of Eggert Road.  This lot is smaller but closer to the church.

It allows easier access to our Eggert Road handicapped ramp.

We have four handicapped reserved spots near the parish garages off of Eggert Road.

 

MASS SCHEDULE:

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00, 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.

HOLY DAYS:
See bulletin for details.

WEEKDAY:
7:00 a.m.
8:15 a.m. (when school is in session)

CONFESSIONS:
Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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PARISH HISTORY

 

SAINT BENEDICT

 

 

OUR MISSION

 

 

FATHER JOE PORPIGLIA

 

MSGR. FRAN WELDGEN

 

DEACON BILL HYNES

FATHER PAUL SABO

 

 

 

FATHER JOE FIFAGROWICZ

 

 

 

 

 

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  • On Feb. 21, Catholics honor Saint Peter Damian, a Benedictine monk who strove to purify the Church during the early years of its second millennium. In his Sept. 9, 2009 general audience on the saint, Pope Benedict XVI described him as "one of the most significant figures of the 11th century ... a lover of solitude and at the same time a fearless man of the Church, committed personally to the task of reform."Born during 1007 in the Italian city of Ravenna, Peter belonged to a large family but lost both his father and mother early in life. An older brother took the boy into his household, yet treated him poorly. But another of Peter’s brothers, a priest, took steps to provide for his education; and the priest's own name, Damian, became his younger brother’s surname.Peter excelled in school while also taking up forms of asceticism, such as fasting, wearing a hair shirt, and spending long hours in prayer with an emphasis on reciting the Psalms. He offered hospitality to the poor as a means of serving Christ, and eventually resolved to embrace voluntary poverty himself through the Order of Saint Benedict. The monks he chose to join, in the hermitage of Fonte Avellana, lived out their devotion to the Cross of Christ through a rigorous rule of life. They lived mainly on bread and water, prayed all 150 Psalms daily, and practiced many physical mortifications. Peter embraced this way of life somewhat excessively at first, which led to a bout with insomnia.Deeply versed in the Bible and the writings of earlier theologians, Peter developed his own theological acumen and became a skilled preacher. The leaders of other monasteries sought his help to build up their monks in holiness, and in 1043 he took up a position of leadership as the prior of Fonte Avellana. Five other hermitages were established under his direction.Serious corruption plagued the Church during Peter's lifetime, including the sale of religious offices and immorality among many of the clergy. Through his writings and involvements in controversies of the day, the prior of Fonte Avellana called on members of the hierarchy and religious orders to live out their commitments and strive for holiness.In 1057, Pope Stephen IX became determined to make Peter Damian a bishop, a goal he accomplished only by demanding the monk's obedience under threat of excommunication. Consecrated as the Bishop of Ostia in November of that year, he also joined the College of Cardinals and wrote a letter encouraging its members to set an example for the whole Church.With Pope Stephen's death in 1058, and the election of his successor Nicholas II, Peter's involvement in Church controversies grew. He supported Pope Nicholas against a rival claimant to the papacy, and went to Milan as the Pope's representative when a crisis broke out over canonical and moral issues. There, he was forced to confront rioters who rejected papal authority.Peter, meanwhile, wished to withdraw from these controversies and return to the contemplative life. But Nicholas' death in 1061 caused another papal succession crisis, which the cardinal-bishop helped to resolve in favor of Alexander II. That Pope kept the Cardinal Bishop of Ostia occupied with a series of journeys and negotiations for the next six years. In 1067, Peter Damian was allowed to resign his episcopate and return to the monastery at Fonte Avellana. Two years later, however, Pope Alexander needed his help to prevent the German King Henry IV from divorcing his wife. Peter lived another two years in the monastery before making a pilgrimage to Monte Cassino, the birthplace of the Benedictine order. In 1072, Peter returned to his own birthplace of Ravenna, to reconcile the local church with the Pope. The monk's last illness came upon him during his return from this final task, and he died after a week at a Benedictine monastery in Faenza during February of that year. Never formally canonized, St. Peter Damian was celebrated as a saint after his death in many of the places associated with his life. In 1823, Pope Leo XII named him a Doctor of the Church and extended the observance of his feast day throughout the Western Church.

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