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Incredibly, it’s just two weeks until Advent begins. That means next Sunday is the last Sunday of the year, and as we near the end of the year, the Church asks us to reflect on the end of the world.

On some level, people argue about the world ending. Will Jesus come in a very literal way and end everything, or not? Yet oddly, I don’t think it really matters which side you take. Whether by a miracle or a natural death billions of years from now, this material world will certainly end. You and I also will, miracle or not, someday end our time here. At most, we can extend it for a few years through healthy eating or exercise. And when things draw to a close, we will face Jesus.

This is by far the most important reflection as we near the end of the year. The fact that nothing lasts forever, not a flower, not us, not the mountains. We all have our time in the sun, but even the sun itself fades. Yet as sobering as that is, for those who are ready, we will outlast the flowers and the mountains and the sun itself. You have never seen anything more durable and long lasting than your fellow human beings. As cold sets in and the year draws to a close, we are not looking around us in fear. We are looking ahead in hope to what comes next. To the child in the manger. To the God who opens the door for us, and promises a place of safety. If we are just vigilant and avoid becoming drowsy.

Is it enough though, just to worry about ourselves? If people are the only thing that survive, then how we treat one another is enormously important. If earth is a ship that will always sink, there’s no room in the lifeboats for luggage. The Scriptures constantly remind us that wealth crumbles and beauty fades, and Jesus encourages us to “store up treasure” in heaven. Connecting others with God is the wisest investment we can make.

 

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

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How blest are we to be heirs of the one eternal kingdom! As heirs, we have each been given unique gifts and talents, and have unique roles to play for the kingdom. What is YOUR role? 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.

Indian Falls Methodist Church is looking for help with the Live Nativity Drive-Thru at the Pembroke Town Park that will take place on December 1st, 5PM-7PM. They are looking several dozen cookies to distribute during the event. The cookies must be made in a kitchen approved by the Health Department, so a group of St. Max women will be at the Hall in E. Pembroke on Wednesday, November 28th baking cookies. If you can help, bring your recipe and ingredients and come for a fun afternoon. The baking will start at 11AM and lunch will be served. Contact Cathy T. at 599-6456 for more information.

There will also be a cookie exchange on Saturday, December 15th (more information to follow) so this would be a great time to make an extra batch to share at the exchange!

The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at 9AM in East Pembroke. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, you are invited to bring a loaf of bread which will be placed on the altar and blessed during Mass.  If you would like to bring extra loaves for someone who cannot make their own or to be donated, it would be gratefully welcomed.

Please join us – All are Welcome

Annual WIGL Holiday Craft Event

Saturday, December 1st, 10AM-Noon at the E. Pembroke Hall

Instructors: Linda Nalbach and Joyce Kohorst

Crafts: Fresh tabletop evergreen tree and fresh evergreen door swag

Cost for both: $3.00

Supplies to Bring: Fresh evergreen boughs, garden gloves and pruning shears.

Light Refreshments will be served.

To sign up Call: Linda Nalbach at 7962-9199 by November 28th.

Part of belonging to a faith community means more than attending church once a week! Building on our faith , we hope to share our lives and the spirit of Christ’s joy with each other, to help make us stronger in faith and always closer to what Jesus “calls us” to. For that reason, we have monthly fun functions that are geared to the whole family, or to single people! Come out, share in some fun, meet the rest of your fellow parishioners, or just come and check us out! You’ll be glad you did.

 UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Tues. after 8AM Mass, Legion of Mary, Spouse of Joseph & Monday, 3:30PM, Legion of Mary, Mystical Rose                                                                                                              Adoration, most Wednesdays, 7:40pm to 8:30pm, C                                                                       Thurs. after 8AM Mass, Litany to the Holy Face of Jesus                                                      Every Wed, 9:30-11:15AM, Women’s Bible Study, Cottage                                                      First Wed. Catholic Women’s Discussion Group, 9:30AM, EP Cottage

Sunday, November 18th – Community Thanksgiving Service, 3PM, Corfu Church

Mon, November 19th – Movie Night & Discussion, Clare & Francis, 6:30PM, EP Social Hall

Tuesday, November 27th, 8:45AM – WIGL prayer shawl gathering, EP cottage

Nov. 24th – Dec. 2nd – Operation St. Nicholas Collection

Wed., November 28th, Cooking Baking, 11AM, EP Hall

Sunday, December 9th–Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa, Hall

Monday, December 10th – Building & Grounds, 7PM, C

Monday, December 10th – Social Club, 7:30PM, C

Sunday, December 16th – Live Nativity, 7PM, EP Hall

Thursday, January 6th – Blood Drive, EP Hall

Have a special anniversary or event coming up? Invite your friends and family to celebrate a special Mass with you ~ Fr. Dan will come to your neighborhood/backyard/home. Contact the Parish Office to schedule a date with Fr. Dan.

We have many events planned for the coming year, so plan on joining us in our faith community for fun and laughter. ANYONE and EVERYONE is welcome to attend our events. Check out news on our website closer to the date listed for more details, or call our office with any questions you may have.

This year the Thanksgiving Community Service will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 3PM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Corfu Church. Five area churches will come to give thanks to our Lord. A representative of each local church will be speaking. Please plan on attending this service and giving thanks to God and our neighbors.

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