A BRIEF REFLECTION FROM BR. CHARLES DEFOUCAULD: ...... "From the moment in which we begin to judge anyone, to limit our confidence in him, from the moment at which we identify the person with what we know of him and so reduce him to that, we cease to love the person and he ceases to be able to become better. We should expect every-thing of everyone. We must dare to be love in a world that does not know how to love."
THE THREE YEARS OF BEING A LINKED PARISH with St. Lawrence, St. Martin de Porres, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishes will be coming to an end. In Bishop’s Malone’s words: “It is our hope that in the not too distant future the “link” formed in faith will be able to be celebrated; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary would continue with its own pastor, and the Central City Parishes of St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence, Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba Brigid will work to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keep all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister has been invited to the Central City Task Force that the Bishop has created. She, along with Ron Thaler, and Dennis Mahaney had been charged with the responsibility of setting up public town meeting in each of our four parishes so as to review the accomplishments of our parish ministries, desires of each parish for their own future, discuss the vitality of each parish and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our Central City Parish Life. The following meeting dates have been set to begin at 7:00PM at the following locations and dates: Wednesday, July 18th 7pm at SS. Columba Brigid, Tuesday, July 24th at 7PM at St. Martin de Porres, Wednesday, July 25th at 7PM at St. Lawrence and Tuesday, August 7th at 7PM at Blessed Trinity. Each parish will host their own parish family to pray, discuss and discern together. As Bishop Malone has said: “Please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”