Immersion trips for youth groups help young men and women understand and learn Catholic Social Teachings, faith and service in action, prayer and reflection on Sacred Scripture. The youth realize it is not about coming together for an event but a process that requires a full commitment.
Response to Love Center was blessed in hosting youth groups in the month of July.
Groups came from Michigan, Missouri, West Bend Wisconsin; their residence was the Harvest House in South Buffalo. Commuting each morning to the Response to Love Center they were greeted with encouraging words and prayer by Sister Mary Johnice.
Kathleen Majchrzak our volunteer coordinator gave the volunteer youth their service projects for the day. The experience was prayerful with a spiritual sharing and reflection at the end of the day, while enjoying some local cuisine like Buffalo style pizza and wings.
It was also an opportunity for the Sisters, Sr. Catherine, Sr. Rose and Sr. Johnice to share their vocation story and lead in a reflection on their individual and communal call and response with their “YES” to serve God and the mission of the Church, leading by example, as Francis of Assisi said;
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
July 28, 2015
Response to Love Center Hosts a Rich Product’s Community Service Day.
The Response to Love Center had a wonderful opportunity to partner with Rich Products.
The Buffalo headquarters hosted over 200 leaders from their offices around the world. The week long conference included a Community Service Day that served many purposes – team building activities and a way for their associates from different states and countries to get to know one another and serve together; a platform for them to learn about Buffalo; and the benefit of bringing back what they learned to their own regions.
16 Rich Products volunteers from China, Kenya, Georgia (USA) and the Buffalo area learned about the mission at Response to Love Center. They engaged in the dining room, food pantry, special projects and client interaction.
All who were part of the day’s event were inspired by the “Felician Threesome,” Sisters Mary Catherine, Sr. Mary Rose, and Sister Mary Johnice; the staff and volunteers hospitality and the client’s joy.
In gratitude, Rich Products presented a donation of $1000 for the needs and services of the mission at Response to Love Center.
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As the warm months are now here we would like to offer our clients summertime type foods such as Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, salads etc.
That said we really need Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns. If you have a summertime event, picnic or Bar-B-Que, and find you have more than you need please consider a donation to help us feed the people in our dining room with some healthy fun summertime food.
This year’s 6th annual Response to Love fundraiser is based on a quote from Mother Teresa – “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
The event will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo (Walden Ave. Cheektowaga, NY) starting at 5:30pm.
SAVE THE DATE! PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE NOW!
Single Ticket $150
Table of 10 $1500
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SM Johnice Rzadkiewicz was the presenter for the last in a series of four Women’s Retreats on Sunday, May 3, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in Buffalo, NY.In her presentation on “Discipleship,” she challenged each of the 44 women and several sisters present to listen to the Lord as he calls them to follow him as disciples.
But what does it mean to be a disciple? Sister Johnice developed the understanding of discipleship by looking at various Scripture stories including Noah, Moses, Abraham and St. Paul. She also shared the stories of St. Francis, Dorothy Day, and Felician foundress Blessed Mary Angela. She defined a disciple as “a pupil, a listener, one who comes to be taught.”
She said, “As disciples, our role is to respond to the Spirit and take the learning to heart. There is a price to pay in this response – one has to surrender one’s own self and interest to grow in relationship with God. To respond to God’s invitation to be a true follower, one has to love God more than anyone or anything else.”
During the afternoon session, Sister Johnice spoke about a “Holy longing, a restlessness inside each heart.” She invited Michael Gilhooly, who works with her at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, to share his personal story of his return to the faith. His involvement in the Center helped him realize that everything he has is a gift from God and he celebrated God working in and through him.
Quiet time followed, with questions for reflection which were later shared in small and large groups. A visual reflection entitled, “I Will Come to You in the Silence” and a Prayer for Discipleship concluded the day.
SM Angelette Helak said, “The retreatants left with uplifted hearts and spirits, already looking forward to the upcoming retreats in the fall of 2015 and into 2016.”
A special Thank You to the team from Oishei. The Oishei Foundation top management team came to volunteer on April 15, 2015.
Two years ago the Oishei Foundation was responsible for the bulk of the financing for our new elevator. At Sisters insistence the “Come and See” idea was realized when we were blessed with the top management team joining us, volunteering to run the dining room and working in the thrift shops.