Finally it looks as if spring has sprung in Buffalo. With the warmer weather comes the need to clean our yards from all the snow torn leaves, branches, and brush that fell from the trees. The high winds we endured fell many large branches which this year will not come back to life. They won’t enjoy the return of the sap that gave them new growth because they are severed from their source. Jesus uses this powerful image in His teaching from the Gospel of John: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” John 15:5. This Gospel lessons includes the images of pruning and the purpose of it all: to bear much fruit. Throughout our lives we work hard on trying to stay connected to the vine. Sometimes we interpret that as the commitment to faith and worship each Sunday on the Lord’s Day. But that in itself is not sufficient. Throughout our lives we encounter periods of pruning and challenges that often will test our faith. We hope and pray we survive these. But in the end bearing fruit is the goal. We hear what happens to the branches that don’t bear any fruit: “He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit” John 15:2. Staying connected cannot be a mechanical reality but a relational one. We have to know He whom we choose to follow. We have to learn His teachings well and begin to live them authentically in our everyday life. Only then will we be able to bear fruit that will make our Master Teacher proud of us. As we embrace the newness of spring, let us also embrace the newness of renewed relationship with Jesus our Savior and Lord.
PASTOR’S TRAVEL As founder and director of ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa, I have the great opportunity to occasionally travel to mission countries to begin, supervise and/or dedicate the completion of various mission projects. For the last few years ROTA has been lending support to a gentleman from Kenya who has been studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Torit in Southern Sudan. Because of the tribal conflicts plaguing Southern Sudan, Deacon Richard Oduor will be ordained in Nairobi Kenya by the retired and former Bishop of Torit, his lordship Paride Taban. Having hosted Bishop Taban during his visit and stay in Buffalo as well as supported Deacon Richard through the years I have been invited to attend his ordination. I will be leaving our country on Monday, May 7th and return two weeks later on the 22nd of May. While there in Kenya I will also make a brief visit to our mission friends in Masaka Uganda and Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa. I will be in Masaka for the dedication of a completed project to assist the Diocesan Priests. Please pray for my successful and safe mission travel. Thank You…… Fr. Ron.
THE PASTORAL MINISTRY TEAM of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, located at 8500 Main Street, Harris Hill, NY welcome all Charismatic/Pentecostal Catholics to worship with our community of faith four times a year on every Fifth Sunday. All are most welcome on Sunday, April 29th at the 5:00PM Mass. Music ministry will be provided by the People of Praise Christian Community. Let us gather to express our joy in our Risen Christ and Lord.