If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during the year 2017, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, October 15th at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. On this day the entire Diocese of Buffalo will join those celebrating their anniversaries in their joy and gratitude to God who has set them among us as a sign of His constant and faithful love. Please contact the parish office as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

As part of the Annual Diocesan Recognition, all couples whether they can or cannot attend the Anniversary Mass, will receive an Anniversary Scroll signed by Bishop Malone. Please contact the parish office if you cannot attend, but wish to receive this scroll.

MAINTENANCE POSITION AVAILABLE AT ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE PARISH

Immediate opening: Part-time, flexible hours. Responsibilities include cleaning of church, basement, classrooms, maintenance of grounds including lawn mowing and general landscaping at Corfu site. Background check and references required. Contact the parish office for more information 599-4833.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Grief Support Group will next meet on Wednesday, July 26th, for the 7PM Mass in the Corfu with a meeting afterward in the Church basement.  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 Davis at (585) 201-7067, Bettina Lesh or contact the parish office.

I’m writing this message from a family reunion in the Adirondack Mountains, so I’ll be brief!  Today’s gospel offers us a promise of something that can feel hard to find: rest.  Trying to follow all of the laws of the Old Testament could be a constant source of anxiety.  It was impossible to tell if you were a “good” person by biblical standards, because at any given time there might be one of the 613 laws you had forgotten or neglected.  This even feeds unhealthy obsessive compulsions and scrupulosities.
The rest Jesus promises is a little different from the rest that can be found by a mountain lake.  It is a rest that comes from reducing the complexity of the law to a love of God, and to loving our neighbor as ourselves.  As long as we do this, there is no need for anxiety when it comes to our salvation.
That said, the view from here is pretty spectacular.  Wish you could all see it, and I look forward to seeing you again!
Peace,
Fr Dan

Sunday, July 16th is our Parish Family Picnic and Welcome Party for Fr. Dan! The picnic will be held in East Pembroke on the lawns behind the church beginning at Noon. 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 meeting everyone and having some fun!!

Fr JohnIt is with such a grateful and joyful heart that I say Thank You to all of you for your well-wishes, kind words, caring and prayers that you shared with and offered for me during my last weeks at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish. The receptions you held during our final weekend together were so thoughtful. I was so happy that we were afforded the time for us to extend our best wishes to each other. I cannot express well enough in words what it has meant to me to spend my time of transition with all of you. Even though I was saddened to leave your beautiful parish family, the Good Lord has forever connected our paths so now we have the opportunity to walk together again to visit, spend time or make contact as we are able. I look forward to our continuing along our shared journey as often as God and we allow.

My contact information is:

Christ the King Seminary

711 Knox Road

PO Box 607

East Aurora, NY  14052

716-655-6406

Jadams@cks.edu

There are many things that claim our focus and energy, but God must be our highest priority. What is the voice of God saying to you? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535.

Also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website – www.buffalovocations.org!

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 and Michael Daum.

If you would like to send a letter or encouraging card to Bill Papaj or Michael Daum 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.