In the midst of the troubled times of the Church and Diocese due to the sexual abuse scandals, the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church-Buffalo
present this program of learning, reflection, and inspiration as expressed through word, music, and song. The parish extends an invitation to our friends and neighbors of all faiths and surrounding neighborhoods to gather together in order to "move forward" and celebrate the good and positive things the Church is doing today.
The Adult Faith Formation Committee of Blessed Sacrament Church - Buffalo is pleased to announce the Church on Fire: Stay With Us! program. In the midst of the troubled times of the Church and Diocese due to the sexual abuse scandals, the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church-Buffalo present this program of learning, reflection, and inspiration as expressed through word, music, and song. The parish extends an invitation to our friends and neighbors of all faiths and surrounding neighborhoods to gather together in order to “move forward” and celebrate the good and positive things the Church is doing today.
The five lectures and three concerts will run over the next five months from March-July 2020. Last April, the Catholic Church and the world suffered a tremendous loss with the burning of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. An article written by Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck called attention to the parallels between the disaster of the fire at the Cathedral and the reality that the Catholic Church was, itself, burning since the beginning of the sexual abuse crisis in 2002. As the cathedral fire burned, the Paris Fire Brigade chaplain, Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier, ran into the building to save the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament.
With the Church on Fire event series, organizers hope to emphasize the Church’s duty to follow Fr. Fournier’s example by running into the fire instead of standing by and pretending it isn’t burning, recognizing their responsibility to those who have suffered under this crisis, and giving their parishioners and community the chance to share their thoughts on how to heal and move forward in a positive direction.
“St. Vincent de Pincent de Paul – Then and Today: Reform of Ecclesiastical Leadership”
Presented by Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, CM
Thursday, March 5, 2020: 7:00 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
Fr. Rooney will explore the implications of St. Vincent’s work in clergy preparation, ongoing formation, lay-clergy collaboration and the criteria for the selection of bishops in the contemporary Church.
"St. Francis of Assisi - Then and Today: 'Rebuild my Church'"
Presented by Rev. Ross Chamberland, OFM, Ed.D.
Thursday, March 19, 2020: 7:00 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
In this lecture, Fr. Chamberland will explore our Catholic, sacramental, imagination as we discern how God calls us, too, to rebuild His Church.
"St. Ignatius of Loyola - Then and Today: Ignatian Spirituality"
Presented by Rev. Thomas Slon, SJ
Wed. April 1, 2020: 7:00 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
Fr. Thomas Slon will explain what is unique about Ignatian Spirituality and why it might be especially helpful to us in our time, as we face our own Church crises. The evening will offer opportunities to experience these methods of prayer and to engage in conversation.
"Women in a Wounded Church"
Presented by Sr. Magaret Carney, OSF, STD
Sunday, April 26, 2020: 3:00 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
A practical program for the advancement of women into significant leadership roles in the Church is sorely needed - and now! Does such a program exist? Are there examples of efforts that have been successful in advancing women into new roles in church institutions? Today, in the wake of the renewed sex abuse revelations rocking the Church locally, this work has taken on new urgency. How are women forming networks and linkages that will result in real change? Where does the spiritual energy and strength come from when women face what appear to be insurmountable obstacles to equality in the life of the Church we love?
"River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey"
Presented by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Monday, May 11, 2020: 7:00 pm at Shea's 710 Theatre
Sr. Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions.
"A Resurrection Concert" The Choir of St. Louis Church
Thursday, May 7, 2020: 7:30 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, March 29, 2020: 3:00 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church
"Icons and Legends"
Vocalis Chamber Choir
Sunday, July 12, 2020: 7:30 pm