In the Rite of Baptism for Children, after the water Baptism the children are anointed with the oil of Chrism. The ritual text reads: “He (God) now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. Amen.” Christ Jesus, most perfectly, fulfills His role as Priest in that He gave up His life freely for us; as Prophet because he spoke His heavenly Father’s word to us; and as King because He sits at the right hand of God our Heavenly Father and governs His Body here on earth, the Church. In the second reading this weekend from the first letter of Peter it states: “Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 2:5. At our own Baptisms, we have been called and anointed with the Holy Spirit to join Jesus in His threefold mission. Sharing in the “priesthood of the faithful” we too are called upon to offer prayer and daily sacrifices to the throne of God. Sharing in the Prophetic Role of the faithful we are to know, understand, and boldly speak God’s word to our world in the marketplaces of our lives. Sharing in the Kingly role we are entrusted to govern our families with the values of God’s Kingdom and promote Justice and Peace to our world. To the extent we are able to fulfill our calling others will come to realize, as the scripture declares, “You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1 Peter 2:9. Let us strive to live up to our lofty calling.
THE DIOCESE OF BUFFALO PRIESTS’ CONVOCATION in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place from Tuesday, June 6th until Thursday, June 8th 2017 at Christ the King Seminary. This yearly gathering of Religious Order and Diocesan Priests offer fine opportunities of rest, relaxation, renewed friendship, support and also theological continuing education. Please pray for our priests. Please be advised that our bishop has granted permissions for our parishes to conduct “Communion Services” within parishes on those days of the convocation according to need.
A CONFERENCE IN ROME Fr. Ron will be joining members of Nativity Parish in attending the Charismatic Pentecostal conference in Rome hosted by our Holy Father Pope Francis from May 31st to June 4th. Fr. Ron will be taking some time for vacation before this and will be out of the parish from Wednesday, May 24th to the end of the Priest’s convocation here in Buffalo, Thursday, June 8th.
ROOF PROGRESS UPDATE - We have all the necessary Resolutions of the Board of Trustees of our Church that gives us permission to sign the work contract for our roof replacement. We have been approved for a loan from Northwest Bank that will cover most of the cost of the work. Currently we are on the calendar of the contractor that is to begin work later in May. We have raised just under $55,000 of the $95,000 that we need thus far. Thank you to all who have stepped up to the plate and contributed.
ANOTHER COMMUNION OF FAITH WORSHIPPING AT ST. LAWRENCE – Mid March we welcomed Pastor Dillis Wall and the “Manna From Heaven Ministry” that has agreed to utilize our beautiful church space. Pastor Wall and members of her family joined us for our “Good Friday” pilgrimage around the neighborhood. Currently they meet each Sunday at 1:30PM in the Church and Parish Hall. Another small communion of faith is in dialogue with us. They wish to come in on Sundays from 9AM to 11AM as well as conduct a public Bible Study program in the Church and other activities. Both of these groups, by their contributions for the use of our space, will enable us to better manage our loan payments for the roof replacement over the next few years. If and when we have occasions to meet each other and cross paths, please welcome them to St. Lawrence.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES will be having a whole Mortgage Burning Weekend of celebration beginning on Friday, May 19th as the Holy Name Society conducts evening prayer, a special awards presentation, and a wine & cheese jazz reception at St. Martin de Porres. Saturday, May 20th gathers parishioners and supporters for a basket raffle auction luncheon at the Hamlin House in downtown Buffalo. On Sunday May 21st we welcome Bishop Malone to St. Martins to celebrate with us as we burn our seventeen year mortgage and complete our commitment that began at the dedication of our new church building March 11th 2000. A reception will follow. All are welcome to the celebrations.