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Jesus calls all people to Himself, even the children. How is Jesus asking you to help others to find Him? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Dan or Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535.

Dear Holy Spirit,

Please help those who hear Your call only as a whisper, that they may know that it is You calling them to service. May You fill those You call with the grace and courage to respond to Your whisper. I will pray, encourage and support those whom You have chosen for priestly and religious vocations.

Amen

Please pray for all seminarians, especially Seminarians Bill Papaj.

If you would like to send a letter or encouraging card to Bill Papaj while they are in the Seminary, the address is:

Christ the King Seminary

711 Knox Road

P.O. Box 607

East Aurora, NY 14052

Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? 135 men had this same feeling and are now serving as deacons in our diocese. If you are feeling this desire, God may be calling you to find out more about the Permanent Diaconate!  Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or rstachura@rochester.rr.com to register and/or for further information.

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“I hate divorce” – Malachi 2:16

I think most of us would agree with Malachi. Divorce is a messy painful process that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Yet, for some of us, the alternative is worse. In the present day, the Catholic Church allows people to separate and even “divorce” in the eyes of the state. You can still receive communion if you do. Remarriage, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. That’s when you need to talk to the diocese about annulments. (https://www.buffalodiocese.org/trbl-annulment)

However, before we can apply Jesus’ teaching in our own day, we have to learn what it was like at the time. In Jewish law, a husband could divorce his wife, but she couldn’t divorce him. She also couldn’t get married again without his permission. Rabbis were split about what reasons a man must have in order to have a divorce. My bible commentary states “according to the Mishnah the school of Shammai gave it a strict interpretation as sexual misconduct on the woman’s part, whereas the school of Hillel said “Even if she spoiled a dish for him” and Rabbi Aqiba said “Even if he found another more beautiful than she is.”” (Sacra Pagina, Mark, 296) YIKES. Polygamy too, although less common in Jesus time, was still allowed. In other words, everything tilted in the favor of the husband. When he was also the one bringing in the money and she had no real dowry to offer to a second husband, there was very little justice in marriage and divorce in Jesus’ day. This is one reason Jesus speaks positively of the husband and wife as “joined,” like they are two oxen pulling a cart together. Side by side, equal. This lifts up women to the same level as men, and brings back ideas of equality that were present in “the very beginning” in Genesis.

As it turns out, Rome was a little better for women. In Roman culture, it was possible for a woman to divorce her husband. This is balanced, but Jesus rejects this too. He is not just putting men and women on equal footing, but encouraging peace between them, a peace that can require sacrifice from both sides.

How literally do we take this teaching? Is it an ideal goal or a divine law? Paul seems to think there are exceptions: “If the unbeliever separates, however, let him separate. The brother or sister is not bound in such cases; God has called you to peace.” (1 Cor 7: 15). We’re probably not going to solve that today. But I think it’s safe to say that for marriage to succeed as Jesus outlines it then it has to work by both spouses pulling together in unity, not with one lording it over the other.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

As Fall arrives, we start to get the craving for a hot home-cooked meal, but wouldn’t it be even better if someone else did the cooking?

 Harvest

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Harvest Dinner is just what you’re looking for! A hot meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, beets, green beans, sweet breads and more all served family style, will be waiting for you on October 21st, Noon-2PM at the Social Hall in East Pembroke. $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, under 5 are free. Also stop at our Country Store for crafts, baked goods, produce and more. All proceeds will be used for the needs of the Parish.

Raffle tickets for the Harvest Dinner Raffle are available in the back of church. Father asks each family to try to sell 3 tickets at $5 each. Please pick the tickets up as you leave today. You may return them to the Parish Office, in the collection or the day of the Dinner. Thank you!

St. Maximilian Kolbe Grief Support Group will begin meeting again in the spring. This is an informal get-together to share the loss of a spouse, loss of a child, loss of a parent, loss of a marriage, etc., basically we will talk about any kind of loss you are experiencing. Sharing loss and grief will help us begin to understand and heal. Please feel free to call Peggy Mead at (585) 502-5416 any time if a one-on-one is needed or if you want to “just talk”.

 

Do you shop Amazon? Did you know that if you simply go to Smile.Amazon.com instead of just Amazon.com you could donate .5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice? St. Max is now a registered charity. Simply follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-0784098 and you will automatically be giving .5% to our parish. To search for our parish by name enter: St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish of Corfu NY.

The Social Club is busy making plans for the St. Max Night Out on Saturday, November 10th! Dinner will be prepared by the Whistle Stop Café and music provided by Red Creek Band. Tickets have been distributed to our ticket sellers and also are available at the parish office. Tickets are $25 each and include a drawing for grand prizes of $500, $200 and $100 with 20 other cash prizes of $25 and many door prizes.

You won’t want to miss it!

Please join us for this silent, prayerful protest of the killing of pre-born babies amounting to more than 50 million children in the US alone since abortion was legalized here in 1973. This year our participation in the National Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 7th from 2PM-3PM in the center of Corfu.  We will gather at the Corfu site of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church at 1:45PM to pick signs and place assignments on the 4-corners of Main St. and Route 77. For questions or information call Elle Fronckowiak-585-762-9955 or LifeChain.Net

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