When Karen and her husband, John, found themselves living in a hotel without food and money and expecting a baby, they knew they needed help. Not knowing where else to turn, they came to Catholic Charities. “From the moment we walked into the Catholic Charities office, they helped us,” said Karen. “A social worker helped us get a meal and some groceries right away.” Catholic Charities also collaborated with other agencies to secure Karen and John temporary housing and set up a food supply so the two wouldn’t go hungry as they got back on their feet. “We really didn’t think we were going to make it,” Karen added. “But Catholic Charities helped us. Catholic Charities will help us. Catholic Charities helps everyone.” Help families like Karen and John find hope with your 2019 Appeal gift. You can select your new gift designation option when making a secure donation online at www.ccwny.org/donation or by calling Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400.

 

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?

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 20th, Noon-2PM at the Social Hall in East Pembroke. $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, under 5 are free, take out is available. 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 will be available in the back of church next week. 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!

Come and check out the new format of our Bible Study. Each Wednesday starting September 18th 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.

You are invited to be a part of the biggest Rosary Crusade in history to offset the sins of abortion, euthanasia, Satanism and the growing rate of drug addiction and suicide among young people – our nation desperately needs a supernatural solution.

At Fatima in 1917 the Blessed Mother told people to pray the rosary for world peace. On Saturday, October 12th at Noon thousands of Catholics will pray the rosary in a public place to stop America’s terrible moral decay. St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will pray the Rosary in front of the Corfu Church along West Main Street. Please join us and pray for our Nation.

On Thursday, October 3rd, Justin Loeber, a 2017-18 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow and current Pembroke social studies teacher, will be presenting an informational lecture on the Holocaust, in the Pembroke high school library at 6:30pm.  He will be talking about the work that he does in conjunction with The Holocaust Museum, the Genocide Studies class that he teaches at Pembroke Central HS, but the bulk of his discussion will center around the life and death of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Auschwitz Death Camp located in Oświęcim, Poland. 

Join the WIGL ladies sewing colorful and youthful pillowcases for foster children in Genesee County.

Saturday October 5th at 10AM in the East Pembroke Hall. If you do not sew, you can assist with ironing or cutting.

The Old Testament is largely about family.  God is described as the God of “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” and the stories are mostly about their children.  One of Abraham’s concerns is that he’s not going to be able to have any children, and having very large numbers of children is seen as a blessing.  Yet today, Jesus, who normally has a message of peace and love encourages us to hate our families.  Why?

The focus of the passage is on dedication, on the resources it might take to build a tower.  The tower is expensive, the war is expensive, and it’s worth considering if you can afford it before you start. Likewise, following Christ will be expensive, in its own way.  If it leads to division inside a biological family, then it’s still worth it.  The point is the new family that Christ is forming, the family of the Church.

I wish I could say that things are always peaceful inside that family, that everyone always gets along, that everyone always does the right thing.  Like many families, we fall short of what we should be.  And like the families in Jesus’ time, we can be divided on what God wants us to do.  It is tempting in those times to trade away our sense of Jesus’ mission for a kind of truce with our brothers and sisters or parents.  But we must never trade away our consciences like this.  Above everything else is our loyalty to Jesus Christ and who he has called us to be.  It is difficult to carry the cross, especially when it leads us into conflict with those we love and respect.  Yet we are devoted to higher ties than flesh and blood now, a baptism of water and a calling to be something better.  Not a brotherhood of priests, but a brotherhood of people dedicated to doing the right thing.

Peace ~ Fr. Dan

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, Corfu

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

August 19-23 – Vacation Bible School, 9AM-Noon, EP

Thursday, August 22nd – WIGL Prayer Shawl Gathering, 7PM, Cottage and Tuesday, August 27th, 8:45AM, Cottage

Sunday, September 8th – Spiritual Adoption Baby Shower

Monday, September 9th – Building & Grounds, 7PM, EP

Monday, September 9th – Social Club, 7:30PM, EP

September 22nd – Diocese of Buffalo Anniversary Mass, 10:30AM, St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Thursday, October 3rd – Holocaust Lecture, 6:30PM, TBD

Saturday, October 5th – Animal Blessing, 1PM, Corfu

Sunday, October 6th – First Day of Faith Formation Classes, 9:45AM, EP

Tuesday, October 8th – Red Cross Blood Drive, EP Hall

Sunday, October 20th – Harvest Dinner, Noon, 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.