To “Live the American Dream” often was described as that time in which a family could own a piece of land and build or purchase their own house to raise their family. According to a visiting lecturer at UB, it appears it
has evolved over time to be defined as the opportunity to amass large sums of wealth and retire to Florida along with many other older citizens where one can live off their remaining days eating meals at casinos and spending down their personal treasuries. The visiting lecturer took issue with this “vision for the future.” In a similar sort of way, the preaching of John the Baptizer also took issue with the people of his day, and suggested tangible ways they should prepare for the coming of the Messiah of God. “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise” Luke 3:11. John’s guidance also included many moral changes one may need to make in life in order to live more justly; that is in right relationship with God and all human beings, thus preparing one well to receive the Messiah of God within their hearts. In the same sort of way the visiting lecturer at UB challenged his audience to not abandon their families, local communities, and even church families, but to invest and mentor the next generation how to better their own lives. In American history, industry giants, John D Rockefeller Sr. and Andrew Carnegie, among others, realized that they can’t “take their wealth with them,” and took
the initiative to reinvest into our society and began major projects of philanthropy challenging their peers to the same spirit of investment and support. During this Advent Season, let us know the true joy of giving by our participation in the many ways our church reaches out to others during this holy season.
WE’LL LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON FOR YOU…. In most of all Catholic Churches throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, confessions will be available every Wednesday during our Advent Season from December 2nd to the 23rd from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. At each of our three churches: St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence, and Nativity we’ll be leaving the “Lights on for YOU!” Come and prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of our Savior worthily and well.
AN ADVENT RETREAT, celebrating the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis, “Jesus, heal us body, mind and spirit” will be held at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 E. Delavan Ave. The retreat begins Sunday December 13 at 6:30 PM with a discussion of God’s Mercy and Compassion, ANOINTING OF THE SICK with guest Fr. David
Bellittiere who is well-known for his healing ministry to those xperiencing serious illness, cancer in particular, and for his devotion to St. Peregrine. Fr. Ron Sajdak is expected to join Fr. David to facilitate Anointing of those attending. Monday December 14 with reflections on how we have responded in Mercy and Compassion with RECONCILIATION AND PRIVATE CONFESSIONS. Our final evening is Tuesday December 15 with reflections on our response to God’s Mercy and Compassion and ends with HOLY EUCHARIST Principal celebrant, Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun."