“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Talking about Hell is always an uncomfortable subject.  Besides being something we’d like to avoid (and we wish everyone avoided) it calls to mind the image of a good God who willingly tortures people, when he could “send them” to a nice place instead.  But that is not what Hell is.

In today’s reading Jesus puts the focus on Heaven instead of Hell, calling heaven a king’s wedding feast.  Showing up for such a party sounds easy, but time and time again people have some place they would rather be.  Can’t we be happy and NOT be at the wedding party?

“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection, if you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Hell is simply the state of not accepting God.  I myself hope that people are given a final chance to change as they enter a life without time, but it’s not guaranteed.  Better to embrace life now.

My final Lewis quote simply says that “the doors of Hell are locked on the inside;” that is, Hell is not a place we are sent to suffer, but rather that miserable as it is it will someday be the only place we could hide from God.  We aren’t sent there.  Those who go simply prefer it to the way Heaven is.

 

 

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Our parish Book of Life will be displayed at the front altar during the month of November as a remembrance of all souls that have begun a New Life with Christ. If you wish to make a family page or update your present page, you may take your existing sheet or pick up a new one. You are invited to include on the page the names of your deceased loved ones. Those of you that want to do graphic work with your computer are welcome to do so. The sheets are due back by November 1st, which is All Saint’s Day.

Any names submitted on the back of the All Souls offering envelope or on an updated or newly created family sheet will be prayed for each day during the month of November in the Prayers of the Faithful.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Grief Support Group will next meet on Wednesday, October 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 Davis at (585) 201-7067, Bettina Lesh or contact the parish office.

God our Father forgives us our sins with open arms. Who will preach this Good News of reconciliation? Consider service as a priest, deacon, brother or sister. 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!  THE AUGUST 2017 PRIEST OF THE MONTH IS OUR VERY OWN REV. DANIEL J. SERBICKI!

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.

You are invited . . .

Day of Reflection: Fatima

When:    Saturday October 21, 2017 during afternoon and early evening hours.

WhereChrist the King Seminary

What:     Come for a Day of Reflection and gather for food, prayer, social, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, a living rosary at dusk around the pond with Rev. John Adams.

Fr. John will be returning on October 18th from his retreat visit to Fatima, Portugal as he is blessed to celebrate the anniversary of the last appearance of Our Lady at this sacred site and the Miracle of the Sun that occurred 100 years ago on October 13, 1917. Come and join others around the Diocese for what can be a unique opportunity for spiritual growth. Meet in the Main Chapel on Campus for Introduction and Schedule.

Day of Reflection Tentative Schedule:  (subject to change due to weather, etc.)

1:00pm to 1:45pm         Greeting and Introduction:  Significance of Our Lady of Fatima to Our Everyday Life (St. John Vianney Chapel [Main Chapel])

1:45pm to 2:15pm         Reflective Prayer – The Apparitions:  God Visited His People (Our Lady of the Lake statue on the grounds of Christ the King Seminary)

2:15 pm to 2:30pm        Procession from the Lake to St. Vincent Dorm Chapel with Our Lady of Fatima Statue Exposition/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

2:40pm to 3:45pm         These Hundred Years: Fatima, Remembering and Sharing through DVD musical/film   (CKS Auditorium)

3:45pm to 4:15pm         Time of Personal Reflection (Time of relaxation, meditation and “Taking Sabbath” on the grounds of CKS)

4:15pm to 4:30pm         Benediction (St. Vincent Dorm Chapel)

4:30pm to 5:20pm         Vigil Mass (St. John Vianney Chapel [Main Chapel]

5:30pm to 6:15pm         Dinner, Campus Center

6:25pm to 7:00pm         Procession with Our Lady of Fatima Statue and Living Rosary around Lake

7:00pm to ?                   Social (Coffee, cold drinks, pastries at Campus Center)

** Note: You can join us for all or part of the Day of Reflection. However, if you are coming to the Dinner, Vigil Mass and/or concluding Social, please indicate your attendance through RSVP to Fr. John.  Please respond with name and the number coming through:  Email: Jadams@cks.edu or CKS phone voicemail:  716-655-6406.

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 15th, Noon-3PM 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 Dinner Dance

November 11th

Doors open at 5:30PM – Dancing at 8PM – Midnight

East Pembroke Social Hall – 8656 Church Street, East Pembroke, NY

featuring the live band ~ Crash Cadillac

Tickets $25 each. Includes a drawing for grand prizes of $500, $200 and $100 with 20 other cash prizes of $25. Contact the Parish Office for tickets or more information (585) 599-4833.