This weekend we focus upon Jesus, the great Rabbi of Nazareth, who tells a most powerful story of two sons of a particular man both of whom are requested to go out into the man’s vineyard. One immediately says “no” but regrets the decision and goes to work for his father, meanwhile another says “yes” but doesn’t follow through. Jesus cleverly asks the question, “Which of the two did his father’s will?” Of course the one who acted on the request. Jesus made the point that tax collectors and sinners, those who initially said “no” to God or they wouldn’t be in their lifestyle “changed their minds” and turned to the Kingdom while the Religious Professionals who claim to do God’s turned a blind eye to John the Baptizer’s preaching and didn’t think it applied to them. After all they were the Religious Professionals. Ever since he has been chosen, our Pope, Bishop Francis of Rome, has caught the attention of all in the world and has brought a very human face and heart to the face and heart of the Church in our world. There are many who don’t like his generosity of inclusion, attention to the poorest amongst us, his seeking out sinners etc. I guess the opinion, like in the time of Jesus, is that he should be paying more attention to his team rather than the “Lost Sheep.” What walls and barriers keep us from enacting the Gospel values that Jesus came to preach and teach. Do we believe that the Gospel challenges are really directed to someone else? Don’t miss any opportunity you may have to be the light of Christ Jesus to any living in the darkness of despair. With Jesus, be their Hope for Tomorrow.
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.
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