One most fundamental e of our experience of human life is the joy of sharing food together. Sometimes we join together in our favorite restaurant but most times it is an invitation to come to one’s home and rest a while. We begin our visit with some liquid refreshment and conversation; catching up on life stories since we last had met. Then there is the invitation to the dinner table where the conversation continues but along with the enjoyment of the contribution of a well prepared meal. Finally there is a bit of rest before the final course, the dessert. Concluding our meal and at an appropriate time we bid our “goodbyes” and look forward to our next meeting. As Catholics, each and every weekend we are invited to gather together for the joy of sharing heavenly food. We may be called upon to adjust our life’s schedule so that we can attend this most important time for our lives. We greet each other as we enter and often at the beginning of our sacred meal. We catch up on our spiritual life’s journey by hearing readings from the Sacred Scriptures and main points to learn are often highlighted in the homily. We join together is what we commonly believe and then bring our needs to this spiritual table as we offer a “Universal Prayer;” praying for the needs of our Church, our world and our very lives. We then offer what we have brought to the celebration by way of our tithing and sacrificial gifts. These are joined with the bread and wine provided and become part of our spiritual sacrifice and offering. Once a meal is prepared it is set aside to cook and/or bake and so too our offerings are set upon the altar and we hear those words of Jesus over the bread and over the cup. When concluded we step forward to receive our portion and return to our seat to savor and enjoy our meal. When I’m on retreat I often will eat my meals in silence. What that does is it assists me in really tasting the meal I am consuming and to be ever more grateful for my daily bread. In a similar way at Eucharist we need time to savor the presence of the Lord; enjoy His Company and be fed with this heavenly bread. When invited to someone’s home I often try to clear my calendar so as not to insult my host by having to leave early to get to yet another appointment. So too, within the community of the faithful, except for extraordinary reasons, we should not experience “take out,” or eating and leaving before dessert and the conclusion of the meal time. Finishing our spiritual feast we pledge to meet again. The Eucharistic community of St. John invites us to be mindful of what we do as we gather each week. It is Jesus who invites; it is He who gives Himself as food and drink. Let us recognize Him, honor him with our donation of time, talent and treasure. Let us be nourished, fed and strengthened for our weekly Christian walk of witness. Amen.
A FEAST DAY THANK YOU to one and all who worked so very hard on this year’s major fundraiser for our parish community. Special thanks to event chairperson, Chris Blachowski, her husband Bruce, event supporter Shelly Schratz & Company as well as our dedicated parish staff and membership. Celebrating who we are and our purpose in the wider community began with a clothing give away in front of our church. Many thanks to Patricia Dyer and her volunteer crew who shared what had been contributed to our care with our neighbors. May St. Lawrence continue to shine blessings upon all of us who worship and gather in his spirit within our church.
UPON THIS ROCK has yielded its 2nd installment back to our Parish of St. Lawrence. We received $3,040 directly deposited into our accounts which represents 35% of the total of what has been contributed since the end of December last year. Thank You to all who made a pledge during the “Upon This Rock” campaign and continue to be faithful in your contributions. Please remember to use the envelope provided to you in your mailing and remit your contributions directly to the “Upon This Rock” office. As we indicated during the campaign, these funds have been moved into our Roof Payment Account in order to continue our timely payments on our new roof loan. Many thanks to our faithful contributors to Upon This Rock!
GOOD NEWS The Parish Communities of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence are pleased to announce the Ordination to the Order of Deacons for our seminarian Moses Ikuelogbon. It will take place on Saturday, September 15th at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. The joint parishes of St. Martins and St. Lawrence would like to host a reception following the Ordination Mass. More details on how you can contribute to the feast will follow. Let’s keep Moses as well as the six others to be ordained to the Transitional Deaconate and the eight Permanent Deacon Candidates in our prayers. Blessings to one and all.
RELOCATION NEWS In preparation for the separation of the “Linked Parish Experience” of St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will begin my relocation from the St. Lawrence residence to Nativity Parish Rectory aiming to be completed by September 1st. In reflection, what a blessing my sixteen years of ministry at St. Martin de Porres and six years at St. Lawrence has been for me and all who shared this incredible journey. May God fill our hearts with gratitude and continue to shine His light and gifts of discernment as we continue the journey. Though the “Link” for our clergy staff will no longer be in place, our “Sister Parish” experiences we pray will continue. May this Lord bless us all…… Fr. Ron.
Sister Parish Activities
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES will gather at Como Lake Park, Gazebo Shelter, on Sunday, August 19th to celebrate the annual Parish Picnic. Mass will begin at 12Noon. All are requested to contribute Foods, Desserts, and/or beverages for sharing among the multitude gathered. Prayer, food, music and dancing all will make our gathering a celebration. Members of our Sister Parishes are most welcome to join the festivities.