“I am safe, my child is safe and we have a whole new beginning.” That is what one mother shared after being helped by basic emergency services and the Rapid Rehousing Program at Catholic Charities. Your gift to the 2019 Appeal keeps mothers and children safe, stable, and together. 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. Help your neighbor find hope.

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Not long ago we heard about Jesus’ vocation as foretold by Isaiah. Today we hear of St. Paul’s vocation to spread the good news of Jesus to people far and wide. What is your vocation? 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.

The Legion of Mary is a group of men and women devoted to the Marian call. There are 2 different groups and meeting times offered at our parish.  Active members get together once a week to pray the rosary and choose works of mercy and charity. They go in two’s to visit the sick at hospitals or nursing homes and take communion to the homebound. Some members visit Victorian Manor in Batavia every month and take some residents to appointments. If you are interested in joining The Legion of Mary, contact Ruth Gear at (585) 343-0645, Jean Waite at (585) 815-3171 or Cindy Gloss at (585) 297-5680.  You can also be an auxiliary member who prays the rosary and Legion prayers every day at your convenience for the intentions of the Legion without having to attend meetings. New members are always welcome.

LENT BOOK GIVEAWAY

Fr. Dan will be hosting a book discussion beginning on Monday, March 11th at 7PM and continuing every Monday evening during Lent at the Parish Center in East Pembroke. In the book, Making Sense out of Suffering, author Peter Kreeft observes that our world is full of normal lives that have been touched by seemingly random and pointless suffering. He then describes his own wrestling match with God during his quest to make sense of pain and suffering. If you are looking for insight into the mystery of suffering, this book will provide both clarity and comfort.

If you would like a book, please stop by or contact the parish office to get your copy. Books are available now and will also be available the night of the discussions. There are plenty of copies of the book, you do not need to attend the discussion in order to get a book. Everyone who wants one is welcome to a book. There are some books in the back of church, please help yourself.

Making Sense out of Suffering

Spiritual Adoption

December 2018 – September 2019

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5).

“I’ve got elbows! You should see me practice bending and flexing them. I also have a sense of balance thanks to my inner ear, which is already being formed. It’s never too early to begin my daily exercise routine even though I’m only about an inch long! Mom would be surprised to know all the things I can do. She hasn’t even felt me yet!”

And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. ~ Matthew 18:5

Fr. Dan and the St. Maximilian Kolbe Celebrate Life Committee

ProlifeWith the unfortunate passing of the Reproductive Act we want to highlight some of the great organizations that are offered in this area:

All Babies Cherished Pregnancy Assistance Center is a Christ centered organization and is willing to share the Word of God through words and deeds.

The center provides emotional support, encouragement, guidance, life skills and parenting, as well as of an array of other classes, and practical assistance to mothers and fathers, as well as on-going family support as needed during pregnancy and the first three years of the child’s life.

 

Mother Teresa Home supports homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people who are in need of basic necessities like food and shelter. The goal of the program is to teach young mothers parenting skills, education, health and much more to help with their long-term economic independence.

It is a sanctuary for those who need a fresh start.

Mother Teresa Home

“I am safe, my child is safe and we have a whole new beginning.” That is what one mother shared after being helped by basic emergency services and the Rapid Rehousing Program at Catholic Charities. Your gift to the 2019 Appeal keeps mothers and children safe, stable, and together. 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. Help your neighbor find hope.

RCIA Classes Offered this Summer

Students and Adults wishing to join the Catholic Church or continue their preparation for a sacrament they may have missed are invited to call Sr. Barbara at the Parish Office (599-4833) for information on our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Sister will be beginning classes here at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish this summer and welcomes anyone who may be interested in attending.