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Thursday, May 30, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Have you ever asked someone to pray for you? Oftentimes, I have overheard someone say: “I’ll remember you in my prayer.” What a great idea. I wonder though if these individuals really remember that someone in their prayer or is it just a sentiment that they feel at the time. Occasionally, when people ask me to remember them in prayer, if possible, I lead them in prayer right at that moment. I don’t want to take the chance on forgetting to mention them at prayer later. Can you imagine having Jesus pray for you to His heavenly Father? In this weekend’s Gospel narrative from John the Evangelist, Jesus, again, is at the last supper. He is praying for His disciples and not only them, but for all of us who will come to believe because of their incredible witness to Jesus life, death, and resurrection. Jesus prays for our unity. He prays for His disciples to be one with Him and He with God His heavenly Father. He also prays for us that like the early followers of Jesus, we too may have the courage to stand up for the Lord and the values of His Gospel, within our time. Stephen, one of the first deacons to serve our assembly of believers spoke powerfully of Jesus divine life with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He had the courage to do so even amidst the animosity of a crowd, which didn’t wish to hear the message. As they took actions to lead to his suffering and death Stephen, like Jesus his teacher, forgave them of their sin and commended his soul to God. This past weekend eight men were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ. I admire their courage to be able to take on responsible leadership through Holy Orders in a church so broken like ours in this day and age. No priest ever receives the gift and takes on the responsibility of Holy Orders for money and job security. But even now at the lowest level of respect afforded our ordained leadership due to the reality of the sins of our brothers and clerical leadership, these Candidates still have had the courage to say “Yes” to the Holy Spirit’s invitation. They receive their strength most assuredly from the prayers of Jesus for them to the Father. May the prayers of Jesus for his disciples and His prayers for us in our faithful assembly today, continue to be our strength and provide the endurance we need to continually repent of the sins of our collective past, as well as provide reparation and healing to those afflicted and abused. Just as Jesus suffered humiliation and embarrassment due to the torture of His cross, may we embrace our own humiliation and embarrassment due to our collective sins, suffer with Christ so as to die with Him and be raised with Him to a new life. Come Lord Jesus. As we, with the early Church, await a new Pentecost, bring your healing Spirit to those who suffer from the sins by our hands,Bring your creative Spirit among us to give birth to new life for our Church through this purging fire of our repentance.
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.
A NUMBER OF ALUMNI SHOWED UP AT NATIVITY to celebrate the Cougar Club Picnic that was held Tuesday, May 21st for students registered for 2019-2020, PK3 - 1st Grade Classes. The gathering offered a close up, hands on view of Fire Fighting equipment from the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Department with alumni Marco Cucinotta and Daniel Cucinotta. Joe Hamilton, another alumnus, kept the crowd entertained with his magical skills as “Checkers the Inventor.” Joe just graduated from Canisius with a degree in Entrepreneurship Thanks folks for your care and support of your Alma Mater. At Nativity School, our 8th grader Amy Hamilton continues to score in various National Acrobatic Competitions achieving level 9 and moving to the highest level10, competing next year. Becki Digby, a seventh grader and member of our School Choir has joined a try out to sing the National Anthem at the WYRK Toyota Taste of Country 2019. You can hear her at: www.wyrk.com click on the “Taste of Country” tab and look for “Help choose the TOC 20 Anthem singer. At Nativity, we are proud of our youth……
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asks for our support of the 2019 Catholic Communications Campaign. In this day of seemingly free social media, communications in many countries still rely upon conventional means. Pope Francis said, "Communication has the power to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion, and thus to enrich society." There is an envelope in your packet for this cause. If you wish to contribute please use this donation envelope or place your designated donation in a plain envelope marked: “Catholic Communications Campaign” and place them in the main collection next Sunday, June 9th. Thank you for your generosity.