Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Browsing Fr. Rob's Weekly Message

July 18, 2021

Dear Friends,
Last week I spoke about intentional discipleship by embracing our baptism. Like the disciples of Jesus’s day, we too are called forth to go out and serve others. Every Mass ends with a commissioning of going forth in peace and love to serve the Lord.
This past week at the Church of the Transfiguration under the guidance of Vicky Wejko, many stewards/disciples gave of their time and talent to serve the Lord. The week of Vacation Bible School “Wilderness Adventure” was great! All the participants and volunteers really enjoyed themselves. It is always great to see the interaction and enthusiasm of those participating. Thank you to Vicky and everyone who helped make this “Wilderness Adventure” a beautiful success.
Another opportunity for an ALL AGES Vacation Bible School will happen at Saint Catherine of Siena August 16 – 19 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Its theme is “Attitude of Gratitude.” Each night, dinner will be provided to those attending. See more details in our parish bulletins. Everyone from either parish is welcome to participate. It was a delight to see some Saint Catherine young folks at “Wilderness Adventure.”
This is the weekend to share any bicycles you may have that are not being used or perhaps extra ones you are willing to give away. These bikes will go to R Community Bikes. It is a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy adults and children. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those who depend on bikes to get to work, school, training sessions, and for recreation. They are collecting bikes, bike parts, bells, locks, lights, trailers, and car racks. (Does anyone use streamers on handle bars anymore? Dating my childhood.) PLEASE, do not drop off helmets or clothing. They cannot be distributed. So, if you can help, drop off your donations at
Saint Catherine’s Parish Center July 15 and 16, 3:00 – 7:00 PM and July 17 between 9:00 AM and noon.
There are some wonderful crossovers happening at our parishes. We share Parish Staff. We are becoming more and more comfortable attending masses at the two churches. We are seeing participation in the two VBS programs of our faith communities. I have felt positive and prayerful energy since our “clustering.” And, it is because of everyone’s willingness to go out together and Proclaim the Kingdom of God! Thank you everyone for being open to this time of grace and blessing.
We are already halfway through July. Time. It is a gift.
Next Sunday we move to the Gospel of John for four weeks. It reflects on “the Bread of Life” (John 6).
We are so blessed that in faith we know that our “Bread of Life” nourishes us so we can be those intentional disciples/stewards to love and serve the Lord.
Enjoy these summer moments!
God’s love to all,
Father Rob

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