At a previous parish assignment, during the Advent Season, our Church ministry team solicited thirty families and/or Church groups who would be willing to travel to homes of new refugee families within Buffalo and share with them some of our own Christmas Traditions. Different classes within our Catholic School collected various pieces of decorations for Christmas trees: lights, ornaments, tinsel and garland, etc. A local benefactor donated thirty live Christmas Trees and Wreathes. Other groups provided the tree stands and tree skirts. These were all organized into thirty Christmas kits. The parish families and groups came together for an orientation and on a particular weekend began securing their Christmas Kits and visited the families. It helped that most of the refugee families were Christian and came from areas of the world where evergreen trees were scarce. We pulled our group of parishioners together after the experience and they shared some incredible stories detailing unique experiences of their attempts to jointly decorate the Christmas trees as well as the apartments. They also shared the stories of their host family’s incredible hospitality and the wonderment of all the children who participated in the event. Many found the Lord in these newfound friends from all over the world. Today’s feast is a testimonial of people from different cultures and lands discovering and recognizing the uniqueness of Jesus the Son of Mary, the Son of God most high. Because of the Gospel Jesus came to preach and the uniqueness of the times in which we live, we are challenged to recognize the face of God as well as the gifts of God in the strangers who walk among us. As Mary and Jesus welcomed those of other lands to recognize Emmanuel, God with us, may we welcome the stranger and recognize Emmanuel, God with us, in them. May the Blessings of Epiphany we with us all.
CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY The CCCB: Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo will sponsor “Christmas in the City” a family concert of Christmas Celebration that will be held this weekend on Sunday, January 3rd 2016 in Blessed Trinity Church at 317 Leroy Ave. Time from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM. Come and support our wonderful choirs and music ministries of St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence, Ss. Columba Brigid and Blessed Trinity and relax with us in an Epiphany moment in this beautiful sacred space. Please bring a finger food to share.