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My own vocation story started with a priest and a chalice.  While watching him say mass, I saw in his eyes a glint of love for what he did and who he served.  He had just connected us all with Christ through this sacrament, and it was clear he loved it.

I’ve been fortunate to know many good priests over the years, many good shepherds, and they are all unique reflections of THE Good Shepherd.  Sadly, as our first reading points out, not all shepherds are good shepherds.  Some have gone so far as to “scatter” the Lord’s sheep, but the passage also faults shepherds that failed to care for the sheep.

With all the negative news lately it can be tough to be Catholic.  The crime and the cover up weren’t particularly Christ like.  Yet there is a good reminder here: the problem of faulty shepherds is ancient.  God alone is worthy of our worship and our respect, and other shepherds are quite a mixture.  And there is a promise that after God has taken care of those shepherds, he “himself” will gather the sheep and appoint new shepherds “so that they need no longer fear and tremble, and none shall be missing, says the Lord.”

Passages like this challenge me when I read them, to be better, to rise to the level of those good shepherds I looked up to so much while I was growing up.  Yet I hope I am not alone.  When trouble arises, some are disgusted and they leave.  Some are determined to ignore it, pretend it didn’t happen, pretend that there are no bad shepherds.  Yet in the middle there arises those who are called to bring healing, those who see the problem and try to fix it.  Those who still want to be shepherds, because the work of caring for others still must be done.  This is the new generation of vocations.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

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Saturday, July 28th, 10AM-4PM, St. Maximilian Kolbe Cottage.  Boys formal shirts, vests, ties, girls evening gowns, shoes – perfect for proms, theater, formal events. No prices over $3.00!! All donations go to St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.  Contact Jean Marsick for more information (585) 599-6469.

Sunday, July 22nd

11AM Mass in East Pembroke

Fr. Dan will say Mass under the tent!

Mass will be followed by the Parish Family Picnic

Come for Mass and stay for some food and fun!

Picnic

Sunday, July 22nd is our Parish Family Picnic! The picnic will be held in East Pembroke on the lawns behind the church after the 11AM Mass. Lunch will be served at 1:00PM. The Parish will supply the meats, condiments and drinks for lunch and you are asked to bring a dish to pass. There will be a bounce house for the kids (adult supervision required) and lawn games. Father Dan is looking forward to visiting with everyone and having some fun!!

Our Parish Forty Hour Devotion in honor of our Patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose Feast Day is August 14th.

The Forty Hour Devotion will begin after 7PM Mass on Thursday, August 9th in the East Pembroke COTTAGE. There will be continuous Adoration until Saturday, August 11th at 11:30AM with Benediction and closing Mass at Noon.  Please sign up to spend at least one hour with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Our Savior and King. The sign-up sheets are in the back of each church. We ask that our parishioners commit to certain times to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended. All timeslots must be filled. Confessions will be available on Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm and on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9PM in the East Pembroke Church.

What is the Forty Hours of Devotion? The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament day and night in continuity, during which time people take turns uninterruptedly in adoration. What can I expect during an hour of Devotion? Sometimes we can be intimidated to go to Adoration. It is not because we fear being with Jesus in prayer but rather we have never been taught what to do in an extended period of prayer. Is it alright to read, pray a Rosary, or reflect upon the Scriptures? Or do I have to sit there – not moving or making a sound, staring at a gold monstrance with a Host inside? While visiting our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, we can pray in a variety of different ways. You may come and pray the rosary, the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours, meditate, read scripture or the life of a saint and pray with him/her (perhaps St. Maximilian Kolbe), pour your heart out to Christ and adore him, ask for forgiveness and intercede for others or just spend some quiet time with our Lord.

The Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole.  In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever.

It’s not too late to sign up!

VBS is July 23rd – 27th, 9AM-Noon – Come learn about Daniel! We will venture back in time and follow Daniel on his journey with God. $5 donation per child, or $10 per family Come join us!!

All children age 3-12 are welcome!  Registration is open at http://www.bit.ly/stmaxcamp and we are still looking for volunteers of all ages!

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Grief Support Group will next meet on Wednesday, July 25th, at 6pm in the East Pembroke Youth Center.  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, the list can go on and on – basically we will talk about any kind of loss you are experiencing. Sharing loss and grief will help us begin to understand and heal. Spread the word, all are welcome. There is NO COST to these meetings. Let us all help each other. For more information contact Peggy Mead at (585) 201-7067, Bettina Lesh or contact the parish office.

 

Neighborhood

Invite Jesus to your neighborhood! Would you like to host a St. Max Neighborhood Mass? Fr. Dan will come to your neighborhood/backyard/home and celebrate Mass with you and your friends and family. Contact the Parish Office to schedule a date with Fr. Dan and then invite a group of your friends and family. No group is too big or too small. Celebrate Mass or a special occasion and perhaps share a meal afterward.

A wonderful way to share the word of God!

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