The month of November is a great month of rejoicing for all our communities of faith. Many of our young from all three parishes will be Confirmed in Faith by Bishop Malone both at St. Martin de Porres and at Nativity Parishes. It is our fervent prayer that as Bishop Malone calls down the Holy Spirit in prayer, the third person of the Blessed Trinity will empower and strengthen the faith of our youth. May they grow in their faith and friendship with Jesus and may they become strong witnesses to that relationship throughout their lives. The first reading from the book of 2Maccabees 7 provides us with a powerful story of a woman and seven sons who profess faith in the First Covenant, the Jewish Covenant forged between God and Moses, even to the point of individual death. Each brother is filled with fierce determination in maintaining the faith of their ancestors. Their determination in the face of torture and death is most admirable. This volume, written 180 to 160 years BC is also filled with hope in some sort of resurrection. “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him; but for you, there will be no resurrection to life” 2Mc 7:14. It is this gift of fortitude and courage that we wish our youth to receive in their Sacramental Confirmation of Faith. Our prayer for them is the prayer of St. Paul this weekend: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage their hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word” 2Thes 2:16-17.
ROOF PROJECT UPDATE so far in our Shingle Campaign and Roof Repair collections we have totaled $24,579 dollars. Our three bids from competent roofing companies have been received. The highest was over $135,000 and the lowest was from a Roof Company that we have often hired here at St. Lawrence coming in at $94,680. Thus our balance due amounts to $70,101. A meeting will be happening on Monday morning with staff of St. Lawrence and representatives of the Bishop’s Office. Your prayerful support is requested.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Malone this weekend during their 9:30AM Sunday Mass. May the Lord bless and strengthen our youth to witness to the faith that has been handed on to us.
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES FROM ST. LAWRENCE will join with Nativity Parish Candidates on Sunday, November 20th as we welcome Bishop Malone at the special 2:00PM mass time. We pray for all our Confirmation Candidates asking God’s Spirit to strengthen them be we witnesses of God’s Kingdom among us.