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Recognizing Sister Patricia Burkard for Her Commitment to The Brothers of Mercy

Recognizing Sister Patricia Burkard for Her Commitment to The Brothers of Mercy

Sister Patricia Burkard recently retired as the Chairperson of the Governing Board for The Brothers of Mercy. The Board, management team, employees and volunteers thank Sister Pat for her years of dedicated service to the Campus and wish her the best in her retirement. Below is an overview of her distinguished career that was full of community service. Over the years, Sister Pat emerged as a respected voice in the Franciscan Community. Ultimately she became General Minister for two terms. She...

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Saluting Brother Matthias Moller Upon Retiring from the Governing Board

Saluting Brother Matthias Moller Upon Retiring from the Governing Board

Brother Matthias Moller recently retired from The Brothers of Mercy Holding Company’s Board of Directors after 15 years, although he remains on the Board of The Brothers Congregation (officially named Brothers of Mercy Mary Help of Christians). It is always interesting to see how a member of the Brothers community first became a Brother! Brother Matthias’ had a late religious vocation after spending years in the business world and domestic travel. Eventually circumstances in Brother Matthias’...

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Screwtape Letters  

Screwtape Letters  

 (This concept is C. S. Lewis,’ though creatively adapted).  Satan needed to hire a devil to be second in command and there were three devils vying for the spot.  He asked them a question to test their ability.  “What would you do to bring about the destruction of souls?” The first devil approached Satan and said, “I would tell them to suck all the marrow out of life and live life to the fullest.  Don’t worry about the right or wrong.  Eh!  Let that stuff take care of itself.” Satan only...

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Homily for Week of June 9

Homily for Week of June 9

In the first reading, we hear of the fall of humanity.  As a result, separation enters the universe, separation within, but also, separation from God.   First, there is separation between God and humanity.  This happens when man and woman doubt God’s sincerity.  They disobey, because they don’t trust God.  “The forbidden fruit must be pleasing,” they say to themselves and eat. Before the fall, there had been unity between God and humanity and all of nature.  Though, according to the catechism,...

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Sacred Heart Home Employees Honored in Leading Age New York Art Competition

Sacred Heart Home Employees Honored in Leading Age New York Art Competition

The 2024 Leading Age New York Conference Art Exhibit Competition received 226 pieces from 46 member facilities form across the state. Michelle Vandervoort and Raymond Milkowski, Sacred Heart Home employees, had their submitted artwork chosen to be part of the top 70 that make up the traveling exhibit for the rest of year year. Michelle also received an Honorable Mention award for the competition! The exhibit was first unveiled at the May Leading Age New York Conference in Saratoga Springs. It...

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Outpatient Rehab Clinic Client of the Month ~ Alvina Cometto

Outpatient Rehab Clinic Client of the Month ~ Alvina Cometto

Q: How did you hear about our clinic? My son and daughter-in-law used your services first. When I was injured in 2019, I thought I would come to you as well. Q: What made you choose The Brothers of Mercy for your outpatient therapy needs? It is close to home and I’ve always had ties to Brothers. There was an ad in the paper in the ‘70s for a position at Sacred Heart Home so I wrote a letter to The Brothers. Brother Hugh hired me as an accounting clerk. In 1974, he made me interim Administrator...

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Nurses Week Shines Light on Rewarding, In-Demand Careers

Nurses Week Shines Light on Rewarding, In-Demand Careers

Health care organizations commemorate National Nurses Week from May 6-12 to recognize the expertise, dedication and invaluable contributions of the five million registered nurses in the United States. May 6 is Nurses Day and May 12 honors the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The American Nursing Association selected this year’s theme as "Nurses Make the Difference" to celebrate the varying roles of nurses and their positive impact on our lives. Nurses always...

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Father Tom’s May Reflection ~ The Soul

Father Tom’s May Reflection ~ The Soul

The Soul    We think we know ourselves, yet most of us admit we don’t know much about let’s say . . . computers.  When you look at the inside of a computer, it’s made up of tiny instrumentation, yet in a few seconds, you can connect with somebody on the opposite side of the globe.  Amazing!  Computers are such mysteries.    Yet, when you think about it, who created a computer?  A person or a group of persons.  Yet who created you?  God.  So how much more are you a mystery, a wonder to behold...

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Father Tom’s May Reflection ~ Ascension

   In the Gospel, Jesus says something startling.  He says whoever believes and is baptized, will be saved. Does this mean that all we have to do is believe mentally in Jesus saving us and we will be saved?  In fact, some protestant denominations believe if you accept Jesus as your personal savior, you are already saved.  What do we believe as Catholics?  Well, we believe it’s not that simple.   First of all, when Jesus says, “Whoever believes and is Baptized will be saved,” what does He mean...

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Father Tom Roman’s April Reflections

   False Gods      I think when we hear of the Israelites worshipping false gods, we say “How could they be so silly?  Don’t they remember all the miracles?”  We can’t imagine worshiping a bronze calf!  Yet actually when you stop and think about it, anything we put in front of God is a false God.  So, we do struggle even today with false gods.  I thought of four brackets.  The first bracket involves things that are intrinsically evil like the seven deadly sins.  When they gain control of our...

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Getting to Know Lenore Maurer at Sacred Heart Home

Getting to Know Lenore Maurer at Sacred Heart Home

Q: Where did you grow up? Buffalo Q: What was your hometown before coming to Sacred Heart Home? Buffalo Q: Do you still have family members or relatives in Western New York? I have one cousin. Q: What are some of your earliest memories of the former Sacred Heart Home? I did not live in the former Sacred Heart Home, but I was the first Administrator of the Trier Woods Senior Apartments! Q: What activities do you enjoy doing? Embroidery Q: Have you gotten to know some of your fellow resident...

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Profile of Margaret “Mary” Honer, Sacred Heart Home Resident

Profile of Margaret “Mary” Honer, Sacred Heart Home Resident

Q: Where did you grow up? What was your hometown before coming to Sacred Heart Home? I grew up in North Buffalo. Before coming to Sacred Heart Home, I lived in Tonawanda. Q: Do you still have family members or relatives in Western New York? I have two daughters, a grand-daughter and a great-granddaughter. Q: What are some of your earliest memories of the former Sacred Heart Home? 50 years ago, Brother Fidelis would come to my home on his bike to care for her father. Eventually her father moved...

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