As our youth come of age especially when they leave the routine of their home and go off to college, they are challenged to begin to care for themselves. You may remember those days of learning how to wash your own clothes and cook a meal for yourself among other things. It’s a matter of taking charge of your life and becoming responsible for yourself. In matters of faith we are also similarly challenged. Many of our youth preparing for Confirmation are challenged in this way but then forget about it after the Sacrament is received. Young couples preparing for marriage often times come to the realization they have never yet registered as an independent member of the church but still ride on their family’s membership. We often follow the routine of the faith life we have been raised within; going to mass each Sunday, receiving the Sacraments etc., going along with the crowd. This weekend’s Gospel message challenges us to reflect upon our practices and ask the question, “Do we really know whom it is we follow?” “And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from” Luke 13:26-27. “Strive to enter through the narrow door…” Luke 13:24. What is the narrow door? Perhaps it is a personal relationship with Jesus? Perhaps its living as an intentional disciple? At the last judgment, don’t find yourself out alone in the cold. “Jesus, I have been taught to follow you by coming to church since I was very young. I’m sorry for the times I have failed to hear your call; the times I failed to recognize your invitation to me. I believe you died upon the cross to forgive my sins. I accept your sacrifice for me. Set free the gift of your Holy Spirit given to me at my Baptism, and strengthened at my Confirmation, that I may recognize you, deepen my relationship with you, and have the strength to follow you with my life. Thank you for inviting me to enter through the narrow door….Amen.”
CONGRATULATIONS FR. MARK ITUA whom Bishop Malone appointed Temporary Administrator of Christ Our Hope Parish in French Creek, NY effective August 16 th , 2016. The parish is comprised of two worship sites: St. Matthias in Clymer and St. Isaac Jogues in Sherman. We wish Fr. Mark well and pray for him and his new flock at Christ our Hope Parish. Fr. Mark’s mailing address: 1762 French Creek-Mina Road, Clymer, NY 14724-9669. At the end of September we will be inviting Fr. Mark back for a 5:00PM Sunday Mass and reception so that we all can express our thanks to him for his ministry among us this past year.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES PARISH ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC will take place this weekend Sunday, August 21 st at the Gazebo shelter of Como Park beginning with Gospel Mass at 12Noon followed by lunch. Everyone is encouraged to bring your contribution to the parish’s community table. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided. ST. MARTIN DE PORRES EVANGELIZATION MINISTRY warmly invites members of our sister parish
communities to come hear "The George Scott Big Band" on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton St. Buffalo 14208. Refreshments will be served and other surprises are planned! Ticket cost is $10 each. Tickets are available in your own Parish Church Office, or by calling the SMDP office at 883-PRAY (7729), sending checks to the Church office marked Attn: Big Band Tix, or by paypal on church website at:
Tickets purchased before August 22 will be also be eligible for a $50.00 cash prize!
NATIVITY PARISH PATRONAL FEAST DAY… on the weekend of September 10 th & 11 th Nativity will celebrate our Patronal Feast Day. This will include special readings for the weekend with a procession at the start of the 11:00AM Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11th and a Pot Luck Picnic Celebration following the Mass. Please make plans to join us and
enjoy the company of our sisters and brothers as we celebrate together.