Although we as human beings have an incredible drive toward independence, yet at the same time we admit that total solitude in all things is undesirable. When we receive some terrific news we seek someone with whom to share it. When we encounter times of extreme grief it is of great assistance to confide in another realizing that we are not alone in life’s journey. On a purely physical plane we are drawn to persons of the opposite gender in order to propagate the human race. On an emotional and psychological level we discover who we are by what we are not, that is the other; possessing different yet complementary ways of thinking, perceiving, problem solving etc. Even when the writers of the First Covenant texts were seeking to ask those fundamental questions of why things are the way they are, they recognized the holiness and uniqueness of the way we are wonderfully made. On a spiritual plane it is recognized: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” Genesis 2:24. Jesus recognizes this original intent of God’s will when faced with questions about the Law of Moses allowing divorce. It is from these texts that we, the Church, perceive the presence of God’s love for us reflected in this most fundamental and union made holy by God’s blessing. As stated in the Rite of Holy Matrimony: “What God has joined, no one must divide.”
LITURGICAL PRESIDER SCHEDULES….. The months of August and September were filled with transitions and some uncertainty however now our clergy team is in place and routines are now being established. Thank you for your patience. St. Lawrence Parish’s full schedule is available on our parish’s “Google Calendar.” Beginning this weekend, we will also be listing the presiders of the upcoming Sunday’s Eucharistic Liturgy within our Bulletin.
NEXT SUNDAY, OCT 11TH at the 10:00AM Mass we will take the time to acknowledge and honor Andrew Pitizi and Ms. Olga Valenta for their many years of dedicated service to our St. Lawrence Parish community. After growing up with us, and working as our employee, Andrew has secured full time employment as a Youth Minister at St. Benedict Parish on Eggert Road. After years in the Food Pantry, Ms. Olga has moved on with her life as well. God’s blessings be to them both. They will always have a home with us here at St. Lawrence.
ST. LAWRENCE DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD for the first time was bestowed upon two former graduates of St. Lawrence School. Mr. Anthony Amigone Sr. and Ms. Sharon Lanza received beautiful Icon plaques of the image of St. Lawrence. Members of the NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo, St. Monica Campus were on hand and participated in the Eucharistic Liturgy in the entrance procession streamers, altar server ministry, and the “Daughters of Music” offered a David Haas song: “We Are Called” as a communion meditation. The NativityMiguel School along with the parish provided a light luncheon reception with tours of the renovated school following the Mass.