Each year during the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, we focus in on the age old traditions about the miracle of the birth of our God in flesh, the boy Jesus. The sights and sounds of the season assist us to rejoice and remember the miracle of the birth of our own children and memories of those precious early years. The chapter of the life of our children that we often don’t recall with such warmth is the budding teenage years as our once cherished little babies grow and take on their own identity. It is then that we begin to sing with Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof: Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older. When did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn't it yesterday? When they were small?” This age old song that sums up the heart of many parents as they slowly watch their babies lose their baby charm and take on the independence of adolescence. It is somewhat comforting to realize that Mary and Joseph were not exempt from this rather normal experience. The Gospel of Luke is the only one of those in our Bible that gives us a window into the hidden world of Jesus’ youthful growth. It is an example of the tug and pull of obedience to earthly and divine authority that Jesus would uniquely have to deal with for a long period of time. The blessings of family is not that everything is perfect at all times, but that we don’t give up on each other while on the journey of our young people growing into adulthood. Holy Family, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, bless our families with your patience, direction and grace.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the committed parishioners of St. Lawrence parish who have given so freely of themselves to the Body of Christ here within our Church family. Thank you for the marvelous ways you welcomed so many extended family and friends throughout these Holy Days of Christmas. Thank you so very much for working so very hard to preserve, strengthen and enable us to grow in the second half of this past year as you welcomed Fr. Daniel and Fr. Mark. Our parish is a Holy Church Family that also needs the committed care of all its membership. Thanks for staying the course and hanging in with us as we continue to grow together and enrich the Church of Buffalo by our unique life together. Prayers for a Blessed New Year of our Lord, 2016………Fr. Ron
THE ST. MARTIN DE PORRES CHURCH FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA is being sponsored by the Holy Name Society on Thursday, December 31st from 7:30PM to 1:30AM at Classics V Terrace Room, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Tickets are $50 per person & include Buffet Dinner at 8:30PM, 4 hour Open Bar, Door Prizes, Hats, Noisemakers and Entertainment. Tickets are available from St. Martin de Porres Church and for your convenience are also available at the Nativity Church Office.
SISTER PARISHES HOLY DAY SCHEDULES
New Year’s Eve Masses/Thursday, Dec 31st
Nativity: 4:30PM – Fr. Mark
St. Lawrence: 4:30PM – Fr. Daniel
St. Martin: 6:00PM – Fr. Ron
New Year’s Day Masses/Friday, Jan 1st
Nativity: 9:00AM – Fr. Daniel
12:15PM – Fr. Ron
7:00PM – Fr. Ron
St. Lawrence: 10:00AM – Fr. Mark
St. Martin: Noon – Fr. Mark