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Back Third Sunday of Easter
Thursday, May 2, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Many of us feel most comfortable when events occur as we expect them. Each Sunday’s Eucharistic Liturgy follows the same pattern and feels comfortable; readings, musical selections and even vestments change, but the ritual remains the same. During Holy Week, the Liturgies change and are not the same which causes many of us to squirm a bit, wondering why we’re not doing things the same way. Many of us may feel a bit uneasy, if we are always in spontaneous situations that are often unpredictable. In this weekend’s Biblical lessons, the disciples return to a craft they know so very well, fishing. While they applied all their skill and know-how at the optimal time, they caught nothing. Returning toward the shore disillusioned, they are greeted by a stranger on the beach who advises them, even though close to shore, to cast their nets on the starboard side of the boat. Many of them most likely were thinking, “yeah right this close to shore?” However, this act of obedience led to an amazing sign that inspires the Beloved disciple to proclaim, “It is the Lord!” It is no wonder, that many such “signs” accompanied Jesus throughout his life. The reality of this miracle, “catching of fish” must have triggered the Beloved Disciple’s profession of faith. After finally pulling the filled nets to shore, the stranger offers them breakfast. The bread is blessed, the fish distributed. The disciples ate what was provided and it is recorded that none of them “dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord” (John 21:12). As time went on the disciples continually tried to understand the Resurrection. They were challenged to leave their pre-conceptions behind and recognize the “signs of the Lord” working in and through others. They began to encounter new ways of “seeing the Lord!” We too, are challenged “to see the Lord.” When we encounter that experience of being in the right place at the right time, do you think that is just a coincidence or could it be a “sign” of the Lord’s will for you? May we recognize and witness boldly to the many ways that Jesus still walks among us. May we boldly proclaim: “I have seen the Lord!” Thanks be to God…Amen!
THERAPY/SERVICE ANIMALS Two families have come forward seeking permission to attend Holy Eucharist with their “therapy/service dogs.” In these two cases we have granted permission so that our individual church members would be able to attend and worship with us. Thank you for bringing your needs to light.
COMMENTS FROM A GUEST …To Fr Ron & Staff…Your staff has been most welcoming to us, as we have been attending Mass at your church for the past ten weeks or so. Our church, St. Greg’s has undergone an extensive “overhaul.” Praise God it has been completed and is absolutely beautiful! While we will return to St. Greg’s from time to time, we will also comeback to Nativity. Again special thanks to you, Fr. Daniel, Amy, your ushers for the warm welcome.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MANY HANDS that made our Holy Week Services, so very special. We are always grateful for our Liturgical Art & Environment people, who faithfully changed our church decorations from Ordinary Time, through Lent and especially multiple times during Holy Week. Special thanks as well to the multiple musicians, cantors, choirs, and ensembles that continually enhanced our experiences of Christ’s death and resurrection. Special shout out to many of our youth, who were featured in the wonderful “Shadow Stations of the Cross” on Good Friday Evening. Where would we be without the faithful assistance of our Ushers, Hospitality Ministers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Deacons, Pastoral Associate and Priests. To the many who assisted our facility crew in cleaning, resetting and organizing our worship life: Thank You. Finally, Thank You to all who contributed to our flower decoration purchases in memory of your loved ones. As St. Paul would say, “We give thanks to God every time we think of you.” ……….Fr. Ron
NEVER FORGETTING THOSE ABUSED IN OUR DIOCESE… At our Nativity Parish Communal Penance Service during Lent, April 10th we focused on our corporate sin of neglect, commission and omission of our Catholic Community. With sorrow we remembered the pain so many had experienced at the hands of those whom they trusted the most. Following our Diocesan example, we lit a purple candle and prayed a prayer of remembrance and healing. For the whole year this purple candle will keep vigil with our prayers of intercession for those who have been abused as well, as all affected by this tragedy. The Purple Candle is located on the shelf to the left of the Altar Sanctuary. The prayer is printed and mounted upon the wall behind the candle….. Let us Pray….
O Merciful Father, Your Son in Love stretched out his hands upon the cross to embrace us. Embrace and heal our brothers and sisters who carry the wounds of abuse inflicted upon them.
Heal Your Church broken by this betrayal of trust. Cleanse and sanctify Your Clergy that they may radiate the selfless love of Your Son.
Strengthen and call the people of the Church throughout Western New York to a new dawn of hope and grace in your Holy Spirit. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord…. Amen