Of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark, the shortest, was first to be written and the Gospel of John the last. These precious pieces of writing were skillfully composed from stories, recollections and traditional teachings about Jesus that were shared by eyewitnesses and retold by oral tradition through the decades following the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. These writings, which would preserve these teachings for years to come, were influenced by the faith of the communities that surrounded their authors. Thus each Gospel has its own unique portrayal of Jesus and His ministry. The Gospel of John from which we hear the fourth of five passages from Chapter 6, gives us a glimpse into the very developed early church belief in the sacredness of the “Breaking of the Bread” ritual we call the Holy Eucharist. From the very mouth of Jesus we hear the profound teaching, “unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you’ll have no life within you. He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise them up on the last day” John 6:53-54. Even today when we hear these words thoughts of cannibalism pass through our minds as it did for those who heard this teaching. That is why the early rites of Holy Eucharist were so sacred that all non-believers and those not yet initiated were dismissed after the celebrations of the Liturgy of the Word. Only those who were properly instructed and understood these words in a “Sacramental” and “Mysterious” or “Way filled with Mystery” were allowed to witness and participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. What a gift for us each and every weekend, to come together and profess our common faith, to bow before and proclaim “Amen” to the proclamation “The Body, the Blood of Christ!” Let us always approach the Altar with reverence, recognize and honor our Lord who gave up His life for you and me.
CLERGY STAFF UPDATE As per this writing, Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun has successfully obtained his R-1 Religious Worker Visa and is on “Stand By” status in order to get back to US as soon as possible. We are still awaiting our second Associate Pastor approval and appointment. Until then, our newly retired clergy staff will continue to assist our parishes in their Sacramental needs. Our appointed clergy team will assume full time ministry by September 1st and onward. Please remember to pray for us as we begin this amazing work of God’s Spirit among our three communities of faith.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES ANNUAL POT LUCK CHURCH FAMILY PICNIC will begin with a 12Noon Mass THIS WEEKEND on Sunday, August 16th at the Gazebo Shelter in the center of Como Park. All St. Lawrence parishioners are invited. Prayer in the Park, good shared food, music and dancing along with activities for the children will make our time together, one of celebration. You are most welcome……..
KINGDOM BUILDING – Back to School/City-Wide Youth Summit is being sponsored by St. Martin de Porres Youth and Young Adult Ministry, THIS COMING WEEKEND from Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at the Church located at 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY. Special workshop musical guest: Mr. David Frazier, composer of “I Need You To Survive." These are spirited musical rehearsals on Friday and Saturday with a concluding service of prayer and praise on Sunday Evening. Friday evening runs from 6pm to 9pm; Saturday, from 9am to 2:30pm and Sunday’s Ecumenical Prayer and Praise Worship Service begins a 5pm. The attire for Youth attending on Sunday evening: Denim bottoms and “#IAMVALUABLE” T-Shirt available at www.iamvaluablemoment.org. Come and meet the Lord as the Young Church gathers for prayer and praise. All youth, of all Catholic and Christian Churches are invited to come and share our enthusiastic worship of our One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AT ST. LAWRENCE One of the most common questions asked at each listening session at all three churches was: “Will I be able to understand our International Associate Pastors?” This is a valid and good question. Our International Clergy are working their best with ascent reduction programs. However of the three parishes, St. Lawrence has the most difficult sound environment. There is no soft surface to absorb sound and so the PA: Public Address System bounces the sound around the terrazzo floors, beautiful hard wooden pews, cinderblock walls, and solid ceilings. Even most of we “Buffalo English Ascent Speaking” individuals are challenged by it. We have come up with a possible solution. We have investigated the installation of padded custom fitted seat cushions. These will both add to our own comfort in worship as well as assist our Church Building in absorbing much of the distortion to our sound quality. We have a designated donation to cover almost half the cost and additional matching donation which we hope will challenge yet another additional benefactor we reached out to. Our hope is that this project would be able to be completed by later fall and assist with the quality of our worship experience here at St. Lawrence…….