For many generations before us many people were born, lived, worked, and died all within one community. Because transportation was difficult, roads were sometimes non-existent and safety not ensured many people stayed close to home. The more opportunities common people had to experience being a “foreigner” in a foreign land, the wider their appreciation for what they had as well as their growing care and concern for others around the world. My own mission travels assisted me in appreciation of the simple things in life: uninterrupted electric power, street lights, paved roads, easily accessible clean water, and even flush toilets. It also assisted me in assisting my new friends in foreign lands through Mission work. In our weekend Biblical Text from 2 Kings, it is Naaman, the foreigner, who has to humble himself to follow the directions of Elisha, the Man of God, and wash in the dirty waters of the Jordan river seven times to be cleansed of his leprosy. Once cleansed, he returns to the Man of God to proclaim: “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel” 2Kings 5:15. It is the foreigner, the Samaritan, who recognizes the gift of healing and needs not to go to the priest but returns to Jesus to thank Him. Each year our local community welcomes hundreds of refugees from other countries; foreigners using other languages, dressing differently and worshiping differently than us. As a society we have several options. We can isolate and abandon them, allowing our ignorance and suspicions of them to grow or we can enter into relationship with them, learn from them and they from us; assisting in their integration into our American society and ways of life. The choice of the believers in Jesus is certain, “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35.
FR. MARK ITUA, former Associate Pastor of Nativity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres will be the guest celebrant of the 5:00pm Mass at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, October 16, 2016. A light reception will follow in the Paa Center. Let us gather and congratulate Fr. Mark on his new Administrative appointment.
THANK YOU FR. DANIEL who, from his last trip, brought home from the Vatican in Rome an Apostolic Blessing for each of our Three Churches: St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We thank Fr. Daniel for carrying us in his heart during his 1st year celebration of his priesthood. The official proclamation will be displayed within each of our church communities. Blessings to you Fr. Daniel.
CATHOLIC ACTION ITEM….The American Medical Association (AMA) is considering changing its decades-long position against doctor-prescribed suicide to one of "neutrality." Opposition by such national and state professional associations has been critical to preserving laws against physician-assisted suicide. The retreat from opposition to "neutrality" by the state medical association in California was a key factor in the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide in that state. Therefore, it is critically important that the AMA be urged to maintain its opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia. Physicians and other medical professionals are the most credible individuals needed to contact the AMA and urge continued opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide. They can speak with authority about what this change will do to the healing profession and how it will undermine trust between doctor and patient. Please urge physicians you know who are opposed to doctor-assisted suicide to contact the AMA via this alert as soon as possible. In addition, all individuals -- who are all health care consumers -- should also urge the AMA to maintain its opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide. Please send a message to the leaders of the AMA with your message today. www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center Go to the following link and press the “Take Action” button.
ST MARTIN DE PORRES GOSPEL CHOIR will celebrate their Annual Anniversary Gospel Choir Concert TODAY, Sunday, October 9th beginning at 5:00PM. St. Martin de Porres is located at 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo. The cost of tickets for the concert remains: $5 each. Come and share in the Joy of the Lord!