All three communities of faith, St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, have celebrated young one’s receiving their First Holy Communion. Admittedly all the parishes have experienced the nervous energy of the day: the special new clothes, the presence of Godparents and other relatives in church, the anticipation of a party afterwards, and maybe even some First Holy Communion Gifts. But hopefully each community of faith also experienced some moments of quiet solitude as Jesus in His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, was received by our youngsters for the first time and by most of us in our weekly time of worship. In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus said: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” John 14:23. Today we hear Jesus’ last supper prayer for all of us as recorded in John’s Gospel: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” John 17:20-21. These moments, after the reception of Holy Communion, is just that, a time of Blessed Communion. It is a time to bring to the Lord our deepest needs, to seek His blessing on our loved ones in need. It is a time to thank Jesus for walking with us and praise Him for all we have been able to accomplish with His assistance. It is a time to bring to Jesus all of our fears and even our deepest hopes and prayers for the future. Don’t let anything distract you and rob you of the intimacy that God extends to us through the Blessed Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
WE STAND TO WELCOME THE WORDS OF JESUS IN THE GOSPEL Each and every week we stand and sing “Alleluia” giving God praise and worship for His Son Jesus and the words of His teaching we are about to hear. Since the first Sunday of the Resurrection of our Lord, we have been challenged to remain standing after the Gospel until the Gospel Book is enthroned with dignity. This is a sign of respect for the Words and Teachings of Jesus that we have just heard proclaimed. As your Pastor I kindly request that we continue this practice. After the Gospel Book is enthroned, we are seated as our priests and deacons break open the meaning of the teachings for our assembly each Sunday. Thank You…..Fr. Ron.
OUR SISTER COMMUNIITES of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence will be joining Nativity on Sunday, May 15th in the afternoon for the joint concert program being organized by Fr. Daniel. Over the past year a few of our parishioners have made an effort to visit and get to know our sister parishes. In today’s bulletin you’ll find some color pages that describe a few elements of our sister parish communities. We rejoice in our common Catholic Faith and in the diversity of its expression within all of us who are truly the “Body of Christ” here in Western New York.
MAY SHE REST IN GOD’S PEACE The parish community of St. Martin de Porres praises God for the gifts and talents over these many years, shared with us by our talented and most generous of spirit percussionist and soloist, Mrs. Monique McKissick. For many years she mounted the drums and even at the same time sang God’s praise at St. Martins; skillfully offering her gifts and talents to our Lord Jesus. Throughout her journey with cancer, she’d bounce back again and again to reclaim her position of praise. Last Sunday, May 1st, Ms. Monique followed the song of the master drummer and was received into the arms of Jesus in the Kingdom. May she rest in Peace. May her three children who grew up in our presence find in her an advocate in the Kingdom. May her mother and grandmother continue in their lives of faith and devotion. Ms. Monique we love you. Join now the heavenly choirs in praise and worship before God’s throne.