What’s New

Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation will be on Friday, November 1st at 10AM at our East Pembroke Site (Confessions and Adoration will be offered after Mass). Mass will also be at 7PM at our Corfu Site.

Welcome Home ~ To St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish

We would like to thank our WIGL Ladies (Women Increasing God’s Love) for all that they do. Several women of our parish get together and make prayer shawls and baby blankets for our newly baptized babies, welcome baskets for our new parishioners, organize craft days, movie nights and do many acts of service to reach out to our community as a whole. We are grateful to have such a compassionate group of women in our parish. They meet the 4th Tues. & Thurs. of the month, in the Cottage in EP. For more information on WIGL contact the Parish Office at (585) 599-4833.

Just in Time for Christmas Raffle

$400 Gift Card to Amazon

$5.00 donation

Drawing at the St. Max Dinner Dance on November 9th.

Tickets available at the Parish Office or a parish event.Making the holidays easier for families in need!

Ladies, join us on Saturday, November 16th, 10AM at the East Pembroke Social Hall and make a beautiful holiday silk screen chalk sign for your home or use as a gift. You will have the option of either a round or square 10” sign. There will be stencils and colors for you to choose from (time permitting you can paint on both sides). Cost is $20.

Reservations are required to ensure we have enough materials. Please call Nancy Pratt (716) 474-2992 by November 8th. A light lunch will be provided.

St. Max Night Out ~ Dinner, Music & Prizes

November 9th

Doors open at 5:30PM, Dinner served at 6:30

East Pembroke Social Hall

8656 Church Street, East Pembroke, NY

Dinner catered by Whistle Stop Café

featuring the live band

Crash Cadillac

Tickets $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!

(Note ~ Social Club has decided to discontinue our Spring Raffle so this is your only chance to win the big money!)

Contact the Parish Office for tickets or more information (585) 599-4833.

Come and check out the new format of our Bible Study. Each Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:15AM in the East Pembroke Parish Center the DVD “The Footprints of God” by biblical scholar and convert to Catholicism, Steve Ray, will be shown and discussed. This inspiring presentation shows the spirit, people and places of salvation history in both the Old and New Testament. It was filmed on the historical locations of the biblical events and is “closed captioned”. David and Solemn will be the focus of the first session on the 18th. Please consider joining us. For more information or questions call Elle Fronckowiak (716) 474-0152 or text Janet Brzezniak (585) 203-5111.

This week, a scam went around churches of the Buffalo area.  Someone was looking through bulletins it seems, and then posing as me they sent a text to any cell numbers they found there.  They tried to get codes for gift cards.  Hopefully you are all ok.

At the same time, my own phone has been blowing up the last few weeks and months with scam and spam calls.  Often my phone will report I am being called by “Robo Caller,” which is helpful.

It’s amazing to me how stubborn and persistent some people are in running these scams!

Today’s gospel talks about persistence as well, but does it in a humorous way.  Instead of the widow being scammed by persistent conmen, she herself shows her persistence in pursuit of justice.  Instead, it is the judge who is corrupt.  Yet in the end, she is so persistent he gives her what she is owed because he’s afraid he’s going to get a black eye at the hands of this widow.  Easy to imagine!

In Luke’s gospel, Jesus has been warning the disciples that his kingdom is not going to be coming for them right away.  The justice that they long for is going to be delayed.  However, it is very important that they don’t stop trying, that they don’t stop praying.  It’s so rare that we find success on the first attempt in anything, in business or school or a hobby.  So it is with faith and with prayer.  Even if we’re awful when we start, even if it doesn’t seem to do anything right away, eventually our prayers will move heaven.

The close of the gospel suggests a second change our prayers cause though: “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” When we pray regularly, we become stronger.  Our faith increases.  Prayer may change heaven but prayer also changes us.  It gives us peace, and a clearer sense of what we are asked to do as Christians.

There’s no particular way that Jesus asks us to pray today.  “Pray always” doesn’t mean every single moment of every single day, but it does mean every day, “day and night.”  Ask him for help.  And thank him for the help we have received.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

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