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First Sunday of Lent 

By Fr. Gary Spencer

2019-03-22 00:00:00

Well, it’s Lent already. I was going to say something about how times flies, but then I decided that I didn’t want to act my age. Lent is a time when we deprive ourselves of an abundance of food, and certain creature comforts, and increase our prayer lives. We do this to imitate Jesus who spent 40 days praying in the desert without food to eat, or a bed to lie down on. And, not only was Jesus without any food or creature comforts, He was tempted by the master con-man, Satan.

Jesus was taken into the desert by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil as an example for us. Although Jesus is God the Son, he was also human, just like us, and therefore, the devil thought he had a chance to temp Jesus by lying to Him, and by appealing to the human ego. I can just hear the devil, “Come on Jesus, if you’re supposed to be the Son of God change these stones into bread. You have to be starving, not eating for forty days? So, change them. It should be easy for you IF you are truly the Son of God.” It’s almost like a double dog dare, and we all know that a dare is a challenge to the ego. But Jesus doesn’t fall for that old trick. Jesus quotes Scripture telling Satan that one does not live by bread alone.

Satan, the great liar, tells Jesus that he, the devil, has been given power and glory over all the kingdoms of the world, and that he will give them to Jesus if Jesus only worships him. Satan may have the power to temp everyone in the world, but he certainly has no glory. He is a liar, and every bad thing you can think of, and knowing this Jesus rebukes him again using Scripture. “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and Him alone shall you serve.”

Satan tries one more time, again hoping to appeal to the ego with a dare. But, again, Jesus uses Scripture to trash the devil’s dare, and St. Luke tells us that the devil then takes off for awhile.
Jesus fasted and prayed while in the desert to prepare Himself for His ministry and His destiny, and in doing so gives us an example to follow as we prepare to contemplate His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. So, for these remaining 36 days of Lent we too are to fast and pray, and be tempted by the devil. That’s right, Satan will temp us because he knows that when people fast they become weak, and it is the weak he preys upon. But, we have a way to combat this creature of the dark. We can call upon our allies in the fight against evil. Our true friends who will support us and strengthen us, and those allies are; Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

No doubt about it, we can be weakened by fasting, but we can be strengthened through prayer, and through the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and the Word of God. Knowing the Word of God through the Holy Scriptures is very important in combating the devil. That is exactly what Jesus used in the desert and was able to drive the devil away. So if we study the bible, we too can learn the powerful words needed to stop that worm from Gahenna from tempting us.

Another weapon we have to fight the devil is the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the true bread from heaven and will strengthen us spiritually and bodily so that when we are weak from fasting from earth grown food, we can soldier on strengthened by God’s heavenly food.

Yes, we will be tempted this Lent. Whenever the devil sees an opening, he goes for it, so let us prepare ourselves to fight back. Attending Mass on Sunday is a pretty powerful weapon against Satan. But, to be fully prepared we must do more. We must pray to Our Lord every day. Whether it be the Our Father; a prayer we compose ourselves; or we can pray the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Bitter Lamentations, the Office of Hours, etc., but we must pray and pray often if we are to survive the onslaught of the devil. We must receive Jesus in the Eucharist whenever we can because this is the most powerful weapon we can use against the evil one. And we must never forget that we are sinners, and therefore must recall our sins, confess our sins, and be truly sorry for offending God by our sins.

Doing all these things in imitation of Jesus will bring us closer to God, and will prepare us for that most holy day of the year when we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who, by His Resurrection, gives us the Hope of the life to come.

Septuagesima / 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

By Fr. Gary Spencer

2019-02-20 00:00:00

The readings for this week seem pretty intense, direct, and slightly confusing, don’t they? In today’s Gospel reading it sounds as if the Lord will condemn anyone who has money, who has food, who laughs, and who people speak well of.

In our first reading the Prophet Jeremiah says that if we put our trust in humans we will be cursed. And St. Paul tells us that if our hope has been for this life only we are the most unfortunate of all people. These are all terrible warnings, and they sound so strict.

So, according to these readings are we to believe that anyone who has food, has money, laughs, trusts others, or are spoken well of by others are doomed to the abyss? I don’t think that is exactly what is meant to be conveyed here. For instance, if you attend a team building workshop from your place of employment, and they do that exercise where you are asked to stand on a chair or table then just fall backwards to be caught in the arms of co-workers, will you then be cursed by God? After all, you put your trust in human beings. No. What the Scripture passages are telling us is that we must be aware of our inner attitudes, and how we relate to others.

It is human nature to want things like money, food, laughter, to be liked, and to trust others, but sometimes we are tempted to go too far. There is a temptation for us to sometimes want to get what we need and to forget about our neighbors who are in need. The general consensus in the world today is that money buys happiness. If you or I are to be happy we must have a lot of money, a big house, the most stylish clothes, and a new car. As for food, look at us. Most of us are tempted to supersize that burger and fries and go to the restaurant that gives us so much food that we could make two or three meals out of one serving. To eat snack foods that are nothing but empty calories. And how much food do we waste? It’s almost as if the industrialized world has a new slogan or motto, and that motto is MORE! We are deceived into thinking that we need more money, more cars, more and bigger rooms in our houses, and more food on our plates when we go out to eat.

This is all the work of the evil one. We are being tricked into thinking that having more will bring true happiness. We are being fed lies, and we are believing them. Empty promises that lead us away from God.
As for laughter; Laughter is not a bad thing. It is good for body, mind, and soul. Laughter is only bad when it comes at the expense of others.

As I have said before, God wants us to be happy. What we cannot forget is that God has made our human hearts to be happy only when they are filled by God. That is: Only when they are filled with Love. Can a greedy person ever be truly happy? How can one be happy when all one thinks about is having MORE! That mentality overtakes the greedy person’s thoughts constantly and they are never satiated.

So my sisters and brothers, we must fill our hearts with love! Love for God and love for neighbor, and we will be blessed. Love will instill within us the humility to put others before ourselves. The love of God will fill our hearts and because we are loved by God we will be capable of loving others. Remember, blessed are they who love, for they are of God.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - C

By Fr. Gary Spencer

2019-02-13 00:00:00

When you hear the word, “missionary” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Some priest or nuns, off somewhere in Africa, or some other remote place in the word, living among the native population teaching the pagans about God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? I’ll bet you never picture yourself as a missionary when you hear that word, do you?

We are all called to be missionaries for Christ to spread the Good News and grow His Church. That’s an easy thing to say, but it is harder to do; to go out and tell people about Jesus and His Good News of salvation. Sounds easy, but many Christians, especially Catholic Christians, are afraid to make that commitment. I think there are two main reasons why Catholics are hesitant about being missionaries and evangelists. The first reason is that many Catholics think that it is the priest’s job to be the missionary and the evangelist in their church. And, secondly, that the people most of us are familiar with who do this type of work are not always seen in a good light.

Nowadays, the image of missionary and evangelist are brought to us via the cable channels. We see these televangelists on TV, most of whom are fundamental bible preachers. We see some who forcefully lay hands on people and the people drop to the ground, or gyrate convulsively, and that looks strange to us. We have heard other preachers say that they know when the world will end, and we hear them say things that are just not true,  such as the world is only 6000 years old. When we hear these things, more often than not, we think these people are charlatans or just wacky, and we think that if we try to spread the Good News people will think we are wacky too.

We may want to tell others about Jesus being present in our lives through the Holy Eucharist and through the Word of God, but we are afraid.

Well my sisters and brothers, Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid.” We are all pretty sophisticated people, and can express ourselves fairly well w/o yelling, or threatening anyone, or being insincere. So, here’s one thing we can do -  we can tell others about how God loves us without being afraid to do it. The first thing we must do is pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Jesus once told His Apostles, “…do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Mt 10: 19-20.

We don’t need to be a Billy Mays type of pitchman to tell others about Jesus Christ and His Church. All we have to do is think about how God has worked in our lives, and pray to the Holy Spirit for the courage to speak out, and the right words will come. Our Creator wants everyone to believe in a God who loves us and wants us to be happy, loving, and helpful people.

For some charlatans who use God for their own gain, well, they will have to face the music when their time comes, and for the sincere preachers on TV, they will reap their reward as well.

But for us, if we keep the Commandments of Love, and have the courage to cast our nets out over the unchurched, the unloved, the needy, or anyone who is living without God in their lives, we will be right with God.

All of us need to be missionaries for Christ. So, my sisters and brothers, Do Not Be Afraid! Pray to the Holy Spirit for help, and in a mild tone and with a humble heart, speak to any and all who are in need of God’s love, and henceforth you will be fishermen and fisherwomen for Christ. Amen.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

33th Sunday in Ordinary T

2019-02-08 00:00:00

This is a strange time we live in. People don’t seem to get along like they used to. Used to be people had more trust in their neighbors and gave one another the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. That trust in neighbor seems to have flown out the door. It seems just about every week there is a story in the news about neighbors calling the police on each other for ridicules things like having a barbeque at a public park, or because someone is not speaking English, or because of how someone is dressed or because of their attire.

On a lesser scale we see arguments erupt between friends over the smallest disagreements. And talking politics nowadays will definitely bring out the nasty in people.

On second thought maybe my memory is faulty. Maybe it just seems like people used to be more friendly and trusting. Looking back throughout recorded history it is amazing, and sad really, how people have treated one another. A look back through time reveals that people have been treating one another poorly, rudely, and very often with cruelty and malice since history was first recorded. Jesus too experienced this sort of treatment right in the town where he grew up. Part of the problem stems from people jumping to conclusions instead of calmly thinking things out. I know I have been guilty of doing this, and it’s something many of us need to change.

The people in the synagogue in Nazareth made some hasty decisions regarding Jesus too. They figured that they knew who Jesus was, and decided that he couldn’t possibly be the fulfillment of the prophesy of Isaiah. Isn’t he the son of Joseph, they asked? So how could he possibly be anything more than that kid we knew growing up? The carpenter’s son.

They jumped to a quick conclusion and in doing so missed out on a ton of love and grace they could have received had they just opened their minds and hearts to Jesus. They had closed hearts and closed minds, so they could neither give or receive love or knowledge, and all the blessings that come with them. I have a bumper sticker that reads, “Minds are like parachutes – they only work when open.” I would guess that hearts are like that too!

Therefore, in order for all of us to be better Catholic Christians, we must never close our minds to the voice of God or neighbor, and we must open our hearts in order to give, and receive, love.

Ch. 13 of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we heard part of it in our second reading, tells us what love is, and is not, and gives us the ideal way to relate to others.

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Reading this beautiful description of love reminds me that I fall short of loving as I should love. / All of us can see how well, or how badly, we measure up by omitting the word, “love,” in this passage and inserting words for ourselves in its place. Here’s how it goes: I am patient and kind; I am not jealous or boastful; I am not arrogant or rude. I do not insist on my own way; I am not irritable or resentful; I do not rejoice in wrong, but rejoice in the right. I bear all things, hope all things, endure all things.

Does that describe you? I know I fall short. If this little test doesn’t describe you then ask Jesus to help you love the way He loves. Ask Him when he is present here this morning in the Holy Eucharist. But to hear His answer we must open our hearts and minds. God will help us to be better people because He loves us more than we can ever imagine.

This week, keep the description of love in your thoughts and try your hardest to love as Jesus wants us to. Being a good Christian is a full time job, not just something we do on Sunday, so instead of trying to shove Jesus off of a cliff we must open our arms and embrace Him, and His love will lead us on the path to eternal bliss.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - C 

By Fr. Gary Spencer

2019-02-08 00:00:00

St. Paul tells us that we are all part of the Body of Christ. We are all different, just as all parts of the body are different, yet we are one body, the Church; just as all parts of the body collectively make the structure we call human beings. We nourish and grow our bodies by consuming food. When there is no food we search it out. We know, almost instinctively, that we need to eat to live, and so we grow, shop for, beg for, or scavenge for food to grow our bodies, to maintain our bodies, or to just stay alive.

But what about our minds. Our minds need food too. Sitting in front of the television staring mindlessly at the screen all day long can addle our brain. Sure there are a few shows on TV that enlighten us, but for the most part it’s junk.

One of the best ways of nourishing our brains, that is, our minds, is to read. Of course, there is trash on the bookshelves too, so we have to be careful what we read in order to nourish our mind, just like we have to be careful what we watch on TV so our mind doesn’t shrivel up. Therefore, we have to ask ourselves, what is the most nutritious thing I can read to keep my mind healthy? Well, one nutritious and uplifting thing we can read is the bible, the Word of God. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Jesus all knew that Scripture feeds and enlightens the mind, that’s why they not only read and knew the Scriptures themselves, but read it to the people as well. That is why we hear the Sacred Scripture every time we attend Mass, and other liturgy.

St. Luke assures his friend, Theophilus, that he can be certain that the teachings he received from him are accurate and true. Thus, we too can be certain that what we learn in the bible is true. For example, Jesus tells us that His Body and Blood is the true food of heaven, and that by consuming it we can have eternal life. And His Body and Blood is, of course, the Holy Eucharist, a food so special that we are careful not to drop even one crumb of it because it is so precious. It is food for our soul, just as scripture is food for our mind, and so we must be careful with it.

A famous preacher and Church Father of the third century, Origen, expressed it like this, “You receive the body of the Lord with special care and reverence, lest the smallest crumb of the consecrated gift fall to the floor. You should receive the word of God with equal care and reverence lest the smallest word of it fall to the floor and be lost.”

St. Gregory wrote, “The Bible is a love letter sent by God to his people in which we can perceive the heart of God.” And, St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

But please, don’t just depend on nourishing your mind when you come to church. Your mind is always working, so it needs to be nourished everywhere and all of the time. We can do this by reading the bible at home. I would also suggest that you get what’s called a Catholic bible commentary. These commentaries help us to understand what is being said by the author. We, as Catholic Christians, do not interpret the bible literally. For example: Many times in the Gospels we hear Jesus take about “stiff necked” people. What mental image do you get? If it is of people who have to turn their whole upper body to see what’s at their side, then that is the wrong image. When people are referred to as being stiff necked in the bible what is meant is that they are stubborn; they won’t listen to what Jesus has to say. Two thousand years ago in Palestine people used to deal daily with donkeys and camels, two animals that, if you are trying to get then to go somewhere by tugging at their reins they just stiffen up their neck and won’t budge. They are very stubborn animals! That’s just a very general explanation of not taking everything we read in the bible literally. Instead, through centuries of study we stand by the historical interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments to help us understand the Word of God.

So, take some time everyday to read the Scriptures. Either read the scripture reading of the day, or just open your bible and read part of a Book, or part of a Gospel, or read part or all of one of the epistles and let God’s word just stuff your mind with food for thought.
Not only does God’s Word feed us, spiritually and mentally, it can also open our hearts and free us from the ego, from the “me” first attitude so many people try to thrive on today. The problem with that is that by feeding the ego we are just filling ourselves up with empty calories; not making us healthy, but killing us slowly.

So, read and listen to God’s love letter to us everyday! Do it alone, or with your family, but do it. It’s a win-win proposition that allows us to grow closer to God, closer to our family, and keeps our mind strong and healthy as well.

Good News of Great Joy! (Christmas Eve) 

By Fr. Gary Spencer

2019-01-12 00:00:00

I have good news of great joy! Today a savior has been born! I see many of you are smiling. You’re smiling because you know the importance of this day, and you feel comfortable because you’re hearing this message from me, your pastor. But imagine if you were one of the shepherds out in the fields on a calm, starry night some two thousand years ago – nothing like tonight I might point out. But there you are tending your sheep herd with some of your fellow shepherds when all of a sudden an angel appears out of nowhere to proclaim a most wonderful message. I don’t know about you, but I probably would have been shaking in my sandals. Meeting face to face with a being from the Spirit world in the dead of the night I wonder if I would have froze, or ran. According to the scripture the Angel of God calmed the shepherd’s fears and then told them the Good News that a Savior has been born. Imagine this: So there you are; assured by the Angel that you are in no danger, and you are told about a baby born in Bethlehem who would save humanity from its sins. OK, so now in my mind I’m standing there out in the field feeling pretty good after hearing this joyful proclamation, when just as suddenly as the Angel appeared, there appears “a multitude of Heavenly Hosts with the Angel.” So not only does an angel appear to you, but then the whole night time sky probably lit up with this multitude of Heavenly Hosts praising God. It’s no wonder that when the shepherds finally locate the stable where the Savior was lying in a manger that they fell to their knees in prayer and adoration. I wonder what their lives where like from that moment on?

We are blessed, as Catholic Christians, to have Jesus physically with us, body, blood, soul, and divinity, in our tabernacles, and every time we celebrate Mass. Yet, I wonder how many of us actually believe He is truly with present? Remember, Jesus told us through the Gospels when he broke and blessed the bread and the cup He said, “This is my Body. This is my Blood. He didn’t say this is sort of like my body, and this is a symbol of my blood. No. He said this is my Body. This is my Blood. And, because Jesus is the truth, you can rest assured my sisters and brothers that He is truly here. And not only Him, but when we celebrate Mass the Angels and a multitude of Heavenly Hosts are here too. They are here right now because Jesus is here with us. But while they don’t manifest themselves visually to us, if we open our hearts to God’s love, we can feel their presence right here among us.

I have a request; an experiment, if you will. Please just close your eyes for a minute. Forget about whatever has been picking at your mind. Try to free yourself from all earthly cares. Now feel God’s love enveloping you. He’s here right now, and He loves you. Can you feel His presence? (OK, open your eyes.)

So let us join in with the multitude of Heavenly Hosts this night and give praise and glory to God! To God who sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die here on earth so we could attain the Kingdom of Heaven. 

And let us pray: Thank you Lord for giving us this babe who was the only babe ever born to die. Born to save all the people of Faith. We thank the Blessed Mother Mary who said yes when the angel ask her to be the mother of our Lord, and who, as a frightened teenage girl, gave birth in a barn with only her husband and some animals to aid and comfort her. We thank St. Joseph who cared for, protected, and loved Jesus as his own. And we thank the angels and the multitude of heavenly hosts who are with us tonight to celebrate this monumental event – the birth of the Wonder-Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

"Joyfully Remembered, Already Missed!" 

Bishop Thaddeus Peplowski 1936 - 2018

2018-01-25 00:00:00

The Right Rev. Thaddeus S. Peplowski, Bishop Emeritus of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church, died Friday in the Macauley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after nine months of declining health. He was 81

Bishop Peplowski was born on Nov. 4, 1936, in Albany, the son of Joseph and Sophia (Zalenski) Peplowski, and baptized in the Polish National Catholic Church. As a youth, he received his Catholic education at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Albany and his formal education in the Albany public education system.

He entered the Savonarola Theological Seminary, in Scranton, PA, in September 1954, and completed a four year course of study. He was ordained to priesthood on May 15, 1958 by Most Rev. Leon Grochowski. His first assignment was, ironically, at the parish he is serving presently, the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, which he served for nine years. Of his first assignment in Buffalo he stressed involvement with the youth of the parish, and organized a strong Youth Club of whom members are still very active in the parish.

After leaving Buffalo he was assigned to All Saints Parish in Rome, New York and St. Joseph Parish in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, until 1971. After those assignments he organized the St. Barbara Parish in Houtzdale, PA, and stayed there until 1990 when he was assigned to the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral in Buffalo which he served until his retirement in 2012.

He was elevated to the office of Monsignor (Senior Priest) in July 1982 by Most Rev. John Swantek and served as the dean of the Central Deanery of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese. He was elected a bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church at the 19th General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church in Toronto, Canada. On Nov. 30, 1995 he was consecrated bishop by Most Rev. John Swantek, and installed as Ordinary of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh diocese on the same day at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral.

During his time as priest and bishop, he was responsible in organizing several parishes that include St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Canada in 1969, St. Barbara Parish in Houtzdale in 1970, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Lilly, PA, in 1995. Later he organized St. Martin & Rose Parish and Annunciation Parish, both in San Antonio, TX, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Mesa, AZ, Transfiguration Parish in Mt. Pleasant, PA, in 2003, Our Lady of Good Health in Dallas, TX, and St. Anne Parish in New Millport, PA, with the last two in 2008.

He has performed mission work at St. Thomas Mission in Tyrone, PA, Blessed Sacrament Mission in Fayetteville, NC, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Denver, CO, and Holy Cross Mission in Pe Ell, WA. Mission work was also performed in North and South Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Canada. Mission work over ten years was done with the Nordic Catholic Church which had eight parishes in Norway where he served as its Missionary Bishop.

He instituted many items of importance, that exist to this day, such as the National Youth Convocations, first held in Buffalo in 1964, Altar Boy Retreats, Diocesan Basketball Tournaments, Youth Tours to Poland where he served four times as Youth Chaplain, the Diocesan Holy Mount Retreat Program, and helped to establish the bi-annual Music Workshop of the United Choirs of the PNCC.

His other activities in the Polish National Catholic Church are: representative in the Old/Orthodox Dialogue Commission, which produced the book, “Road to Unity,” served for six years on the Dialogue Commission with the Roman Catholic Church, which produced “Journeying Together in Christ,” signed a Convenant agreement between the Buffalo Roman Catholic Diocese and the PNCC Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese with Bishop Edward Head, taught Liturgy for five years at the Savonarola Seminary, and authored a “Handbook on Liturgy” in 1981, for students and priests of the Polish National Catholic Church. He then was appointed to chair the PNCC/Orthodox Dialogue Commission.

He directed a Polish Cultural Program in Houtzdale which included weekly Polish language and pisanki classes. He directed Polish dance groups that performed in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, in Poland, in the State Education Building in Harrisburg, PA, and many other performances in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and at the rededication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty. While serving on the board of directors of the Polish National Union for eight years the Bishop Hodur Center was built, and a new office was constructed.

However his biggest achievement, as far as his present parishioners are concerned, was the building of the multi-million dollar cathedral complex, located on Broadway in Lancaster. His foresight, courage, guidance, and inspiration were essential to the successful completion of this project.

During his 50 years in the priesthood he has traveled extensively, and has visited Poland fourteen times, Holland, Germany, Italy on several occasions, Switzerland, England, Greece, Turkey, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He has had an audience with Pope John Paul II in 1992 and met with the Patriarch, Bartholomew II in Istanbul, Turkey. At one time Bishop Peplowski had a private pilot’s license, and wishes he still had it to help him in his journeys.

His many recent awards include the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier Recognition of his spiritual guidance to Polonia in 2002, the Polish National Union of America award in recognition of many years of dedicated service in 1999, the Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies (Roman Catholic) Ecumenical Award for outstanding work for God, church and community in 1993, the 1991 Am-Pol Eagle Citizen of the Year Award in the religion category, the 2005 Am-Pol Eagle Citizen Award in the heritage category, and the Buffalo Bisons and the Polish Community of WNY award of Polish American Citizen of the Year award in 2006. He is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who in 2006-2007.

On June 7, 2008 Bishop Peplowski was honored at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, in Lancaster, the See of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese, bishop, pastor, and spiritual leader on his 50th anniversary of priesthood. He retired in 2012.

The parishioners of Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral know how blessed we were to have Bishop Peplowski as our pastor and spiritual leader. While our hearts are deeply saddened in his passing, it was our greatest honor to know and love him.

God bless you Bishop Peplowski or Bishop Pep as we fondly referred to him, you will remain forever in our hearts!