In every sport that relies upon a team of people, the game’s outcome is dependent upon the skills, talents, and performance of all the players each in their respective positions of responsibility. In neighborhood games often we may have one player miles ahead of the others in skill and talent who, for the good of winning, will just take over and perform everyone’s job just to score the point. The ideal of team work demands that all apply their talent and ability collectively. They have to be “all in” as far as their dedication. Isaiah’s prophecy from chapter fifty, our first reading this weekend, speaks of his own calling and how God prepared and equipped him for his ministry. “The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back” Isaiah 50:5. Isaiah is “all in” to God’s message no matter the cost. In the Gospel of Mark Jesus takes a bit of a survey from his inner circle about what people in the crowd are saying about Him. Peter proclaims that the inner circle believes that Jesus is the Messiah of God. Jesus then begins to reveal the sad but accurate truth about what His mission will involve; His rejection, death and resurrection. No one would wish that upon Him especially the twelve and so Peter expresses their collective thoughts to which Jesus takes the opportunity to teach that the requirement of God’s Kingdom is to be “all in” with God’s plan not our own personal desires and agendas. To be “all in” requires us to deny our very selves in many ways and turn and follow God’s will; no matter the cost. Help us Lord to hear your voice and to be “all in” to your will for our lives, our church, and Your Heavenly Kingdom.
SISTER PARISH DEVELOPMENTS In the last meeting of the Central City Task Force recommendations were made and approved by Bishop Malone. Fr. Peter Ekanem has been named Administrator of St. Martin de Porres and Fr. Christopher Okoli, full time Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sisters Hospital has been named Administrator of St. Lawrence effective September 25, 2018. Both will reside at the St. Lawrence Rectory. May the Lord bless them and our parishes of St. Martin de Porres & St. Lawrence.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DEACON MOSES IKUELOGBON whom we welcomed to preach at the 12 Noon Mass on Sunday, September 16th here at St. Lawrence. May the Lord continue to bless Deacon Moses on his pathway to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Thank you to all who made our joint parish celebration of Moses’ ordination a great success. Blessings to all.
ON THE SEPTEMBER 22nd 23rd WEEKEND ST. LAWRENCE WARMLY WELCOMES Mr. John Ojuok, a seminarian from Christ the King Seminary studying for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, NY who will speak at all the masses. The second collection will be dedicated to the formation initiatives and support of our local seminary. May the Lord continue to supply our needs.
SISTER PARISH NEWS………
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH The fifth Sunday of the month Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is pleased to welcome all Charismatic / Pentecostal Catholics to join us in worship at our regularly scheduled 5:00PM Mass. Music ministry will be provided by the People of Praise Christian Community. Let us gather to express our thanks-giving and praise of Our Lord.