Each time election season comes around candidates promise to do more with less; cutting the wasted monies in government. The same promises are made when it comes to public education especially in failing school districts. People often think that throwing money at a problem will solve it yet it is a proven fact that Catholic Schools produce better results with much less funding. In the Gospel of Matthew 21:18-22, the evangelist recalls an event when Jesus came to look for fruit on a blossoming fig tree. All He found were beautiful leaves but no fruit. Jesus then said: “May no fruit ever come from you again” and the tree withered. This weekend’s passage includes another story of Jesus about a man with a productive vineyard who invests very much money and does all he can to increase his harvest. His efforts pay off but those he placed in charge wanted the profits all for themselves. The tenants forgot their role and whom they work for. The role of the Temple in Jerusalem was to offer a place where God can meet His people by sacrificial offerings and prayer but it turned into a self-sustaining business for those who worked for it. The Scribes, Pharisees, and others forgot their purpose: preparing for and recognizing the Messiah of God. They didn’t want anything to change for they were benefiting from the way things were. We are faced with the same challenge within our spiritual lives. Are we just going through the motions of belief? Is our faith and worship producing the fruit that we should? I share with you a few steps I came across that we can take to grow into a mature, fruit bearing faith. “Do what God has placed before you with perseverance and faithfulness. Exercise your faith in the little things. Faith is like a muscle. It needs exercise. Learn to walk by faith in every area of your life. Learn from others. Be teachable. Serve others. Be a blessing. Sow your life into those around you. Be prepared to step into new opportunities that stretch you. Expect challenges and opportunities along the way. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. The deeper you go in your relationship with God, the more He can widen your sphere of influence. Let Him promote you. You won’t need to promote yourself.”
ROTA: REACHING OUT 2 AFRICA 2017 Fall Newsletter is available in the bookracks at the doors of the Church. Featured in this issue is the story of former “Lost Boy” Fidele Dhan’s son Diing, ROTA friends that Fr. Ron reunited with during his trip to Rome, a progress report on new wells being erected at schools in Masaka Diocese, and a welcome to missionaries to Buffalo. You are welcome to take a copy.
LOW GLUTEN HOSTS are now available at every weekend mass here at St. Lawrence. Please make your need know to us before mass begins. Thank you.
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ST. MARTIN DE PORRES will host the Diocesan Revival sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity’s Diocesan African American Commission. A Revival is about giving us the opportunity to get spiritually lifted, to get revived in the Spirit. The Revival 2017 will be held Oct. 9-11, beginning each night from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Oct. 10, is being planned with and for the teens and young adults of our diocese. Adults are also welcome on that day. All are welcome to come and enjoy the music and the preaching by Father R. Tony Ricard, the campus minister and chair of the Theology Department at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
NATIVITY PARISH seeking someone with compilation skills who can formulate and synthesize summarized articles under the title: “Timeline-Needs Assessment regarding the catastrophic shortage of RC priests in the US and worldwide.” Must be detail oriented, have e-mail and strong “Microsoft Word” skills and is willing to volunteer for this service that will entail a onetime effort for about fifteen to twenty hours. If interested please contact Mary Ann Endres at 716-631-8091 or firstname.lastname@example.org