A current marketing strategy states that most people have to hear something at least seven times before they take notice. Most people have to hear something at least seven to ten times to remember the message. The miracles performed by the hand of Jesus in the Gospel of John functioned as signs from God that Jesus is worthy of notice. Over and over they were testimonies of God directed toward people so that they would listen to the Good News Jesus came to share. Many of those who followed Jesus for some time were able to “put the pieces together” and come to faith in Jesus as Messiah. Many of the temple officials wanted Jesus to come out directly and proclaim Himself as Messiah but He would not. One cannot come to faith just because someone tells them information. Belief comes from deep within one’s self. “You do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me” John 10:26-27. In the preaching of Paul and Barnabas, they observed something unique and strange. The Jews, who had the expectation and longing for the Messiah of God, were not able to “put the pieces together” from the life, the miracle signs and teaching of Jesus in order to come to faith in Him. However, the Gentiles, who didn’t share the generations of longing for a Messiah, began to believe. “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles” Acts 13:47. In many and varied ways, God continues to speak to us about His Son Jesus. Many messages come in one ear and out the other. Blessed are we when the message can take hold of us, embrace us and bring us to faith. May you hear the voice of the Good Shepherd speak to you today.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES YOUTH MINISTRY proudly but sadly said goodbye to Mr. Mark Smalls Jr. as he took an employment position in Brooklyn, NY. The last few years we have been very successful with our youth outreach. We are excited to announce that Jenaro Aken has accepted the part time position of Youth Minister at St. Martin de Porres. When Jenaro was in high school he was a youth employee assisting in maintenance. He completed his formation and was confirmed in faith with our parish. Since those days he attended ECC, graduated from Canisius College with his BA and recently completed his Master’s Degree from UB in Political Science. We welcome him on Pastoral Staff at St. Martins.
FULL MEMBERSHIP IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH includes being Baptized, Confirmed and nourished with the Holy Eucharist in our faith. We are aware that circumstances sometimes prevent some from being fully initiated at times within their lives. Others from different denominational faiths worship with us though never having being initiated as Catholics. If you desire to complete your initiation as a Catholic it is never too late. Please contact our Church Office so that we may begin a conversation with you.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS – Sunday, April 17. The purpose of this observance is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt. 9:38; Lk. 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. This day presents an opportunity to pray for and acknowledge the priests, deacons, seminarians and those in or pursuing consecrated life whom are members of your parish family. In a special way we lift up our seminarians Moses Ikuelogbon and Denning Achidi and pray that God continue to give them strength and perseverance in their vocations to the priesthood.
SECOND ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL EVENT in support of the ministry and projects of St. Martin de Porres ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 7:30PM to 10:00pm at D’Youville College Center, 329 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Enjoy African food, music, and culture presented by a diverse group of African youth and young adults. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 students and are available in our three church’s parish office. Thank you….Jenaro Aken, Event Chairperson.
ST. LAWRENCE “RAISE THE ROOF” CAMPAIGN Driving by St. Lawrence since last fall our neighbors have seen blue tarp covering the roof of our church. This was a necessity to prevent further damage from water leaks within our church building. However such an action pushed our hand to a roof replacement project. St. Lawrence parishioners, friends and supporters are encouraged to “Buy a Shingle” for $50 to help raise the needed funding to replace our worn roof. Contact the St. Lawrence parish office at: 716-892-2471 to receive more information.