I had an opportunity this past week to relive an event of my childhood by attending the new version of the movie Ben-Hur. I believe the original version of the movie was the first movie I ever attended as a youngster. The story was indeed captivating with the main focus upon Judah Ben-Hur and his Roman adopted brother. But woven within the plot of the movie was the beginnings of a very humble yet profoundly important ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus used every opportunity to teach a lesson to his disciples and even the crowds who followed him. Luke Chapter 14 recalls an event on the Sabbath when Jesus was invited to a reception at a leading Pharisee’s home. It appears to be a friendly invitation rather than a plot to catch Jesus. While at the event Jesus uses what he observes to teach a two part lesson. One part of the lesson revolves around humility and not looking for attention and recognition in public but accepting it humbly if bestowed upon you by your host. The second lesson was focused upon true generosity in giving and sharing. When giving a banquet Jesus says, “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” Luke 14:14. We thank you Jesus for teaching this lesson to us, not only by your words but by the actions of your very life, death, and resurrection.
FR. MARK ITUA’s new address: Christ our Hope Parish, 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 at Nativity so that we from all three parishes can express our thanks to him for his ministry among us this past year. More information is forthcoming.
FR. RON’S VACATION WEEK will begin Monday, August 29th and include travel to meet up with some friends and end with a Mission Appeal visit to a Diocese of Albany Parish Community on Labor Day Weekend.
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: www/sites.google.com/site/stmartindeporresrcchurch/home
NATIVITY PARISH PATRONAL FEAST DAY… will be celebrated on the weekend of September 10th & 11th. This will include special readings for all the weekend masses, an outdoor recitation of a Rosary for our Country after the 9:30AM Sunday Mass and a procession that will begin at the Grotto (East End of the Front Parking Lot) at the start of the 11:00AM Sunday Mass. A Pot Luck Picnic Celebration will follow the 11:00AM Mass. Our Sister Parishes are encouraged to join us and enjoy the company of our sisters and brothers as we celebrate together. More details will be provided by our Pastoral Associate Amy Vossen-Vukelic.