2018 Vincentian Charities Dinner
The Our Lady of Angels Association 100th Anniversary Dinner was held on June 7, 2018. Thank you to all of the benefactors and attendees for making it such a wonderful evening. The Association honored (from left to right): Barbara Skowronski, Joan Penzotti, Doreen and Tom Hofschneider, Andrea Sirianni, Jim Allen, James and Mary Glynn. Father O’Brien – Executive Director of Our Lady of Angels Association.
The proceeds from our Annual Event are used to support the works of the Association, one of which is to help fund the Vincentian Charities Grant Program. This program is funded by the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission. Vincentian Charities offers grants to charitable organizations which work to assist the poor and the needy.
One such grant was awarded to the Niagara Falls South End Housing Initiative (SEHI). A partnership of 25 community partners and residents under the leadership of Niagara University’s Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement, the object of the initiative is to revitalize housing in the South End of the city to support $50 million dollars in economic development investments. By refurbishing the existing homes and looking at new housing units, the neighborhoods gain “curb appeal” to possible investors and expand mixed use development throughout the South end of the city. Almost 42 percent of the people living in this area of Niagara Falls are living in poverty; among the most in Niagara County and among the highest rates in the state. On May 16, 204 community volunteers participated in “Rock the Block” performing minor repairs, landscaping and blight removal to 35 houses, vacant lots and 10 alleyways.
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Weekly Message From the Director
Dear Friend of Our Lady of Angels,
I share with you part of a sermon by St. Proclus of Constantinople taken from a Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Let the heavens rejoice from above, and let the skies rain down justice, for the Lord has had mercy on his people.
Christ was born of a virgin and took his flesh from her, as well as his will, in accord with God’s plan of salvation: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Thus the Virgin became the mother of God. She is both virgin and mother, for she gave birth to the Word incarnate without knowledge of man.
Yet she retained her virginity because of the miraculous way Jesus chose to be born. She is the mother of the divine Word insofar as in his human nature he took flesh in her, and thus united to this flesh he took he came forth, in accordance with the will and the wisdom of God, the author of miracles.
He was as he now is, and he shall ever remain so. Yet he became man for our sake. Loving man he became a man, not being one before; but remaining God he became man without any change. And so he became like me for my sake, becoming what he was not, yet retaining all that he was.
He became man, finally, to make our sufferings his own and thus prepare us for adoption as sons, to win for us that kingdom, into which, I pray, we may all be made worthy to enter by the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit has glory, honor and power, now and forever. Amen.
Devotedly in Our Lady of Angels,
Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.