Do you remember the first time you may have experienced being loved by someone other than a family member? Do you remember thinking: “What can she/he possibly see in me?” Even though we may have had a face full of zits, were rather clumsy with our new found height, or didn’t do anything to deserve such attention, someone expressed a desire to love us. For what? For who we are? That can’t possibly be right? What a blessing it is to be loved by someone. In our spiritual lives we also need to arrive at that first time experience by our ever present God. When we become fully aware that God loves us personally, even though we haven’t earned it; even though we have denied Him throughout our life; even though our actions may have offended Him…. What a blessing that is for us. That becomes like a treasure buried in a field that we’ll do anything to continue to possess. Or it becomes like that pearl of great price that we sell everything to purchase. That is the same experience of St. Paul who though he hunted down people who believed in Jesus to put them in prison, God still reached out in love to him in order to “win him over” and make St. Paul a fierce disciple and apostle. That ever growing relationship with God allows us to converse face to face with God Almighty much like Moses had the opportunity throughout their relationship. What a blessing is waiting for us if we are but open to receive it; hungry for it; willing to humble ourselves and admit that we need Jesus within our lives.
PARISH CONVERSATIONS with Fr. Ron will take place following the 4:30PM Mass at 5:30PM and before the 10PM Mass at 9:15PM on Saturday, September 17th and following the 12Noon Mass on Sunday, September 25th. This will be a time to “check in” on different matters that concern our parish life together. Please make plans to attend. Thank You.
DIOCESAN PARISH FINANCE AUDIT Routinely within the Diocese of Buffalo financial audits are conducted. They usually occur just after the first year a new pastor is assigned, or after two terms of a pastor’s ministry. Their purpose is to inspect the parish’s financial holdings, procedures for doing business which include: bill paying, collection of receipts, recording and accounting for funds given in the Sunday collection, inspection of bank statements and checking account balancing, payroll procedures, record keeping, as well as inspecting all parish accounts that utilize the “non-for-profit” Religious Institution Federal Tax ID number. After a thorough inspection a written report is produced and given to the pastor as well as the head of the Finance Council with comments and recommendations for better financial procedures moving forward. A few weeks ago, St. Martin de Porres just completed a Financial Audit. St. Lawrence completed one just a year ago, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will engage in one this month of September. We thank the Bishop’s office of Finance and Management for their responsible oversight of our non-for-profit corporate dealings.