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Message from the Bishop of WNY Re: DACA

I am deeply saddened by the decision of the Justice Department to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  I believe this is a betrayal of the dream of America. 

I spent some of my time on my recent sabbatical visiting sites in Philadelphia and New York City where some of the great scenes of the founding of our nation took place.  I was moved again and again by the vision that our founders had of America as a place where people from all over the world could find home.  I deeply believe in this vision for America.  I am proud to call myself a patriot. My patriotism is grounded in the early vision of this country as a home for all who sought a place where they could belong, thrive and build a better life for themselves and for their children. 

Our country would be much poorer without the energy, vision and work of generations of immigrants.  The story of Alexander Hamilton, which has become well known, illustrates the contributions of immigrants from the very beginning of our nation.  No one who lives in Western New York today can deny the benefit that immigrants from Italy, Poland, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece and many other countries brought and that today immigrants from China, India, Thailand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries, continue to bring to our nation and our region.

For me the issue comes back to the idea of home.  For those known as dreamers, who were brought here as children, the United States is the only home that they know.  The concept of home is one deeply rooted in all of humanity.  There are few things more important than having a place to call home.

As the Attorney General said, the ultimate authority in this area lies with Congress.  I encourage everyone to be in touch with your Congressional representative and make your views on this important issue known.

As for me, in my capacity as a citizen of our great country, I will be encouraging my representative to ensure that DACA is made the law of the land.

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin
Bishop of Western New York
September 5, 2017

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THIRD ANNUAL BASEBALL OUTING
VIVE + BISONS BASEBALL = A GREAT SUCCESS!!

On Wednesday, July 26th, 14 of our parishioners took 25 residents of Jericho Road’s Vive la Casa to the Buffalo Bison's game against the Durham Bulls.  We met at Vive at Wyoming Street and East Ferry at 6:15 p.m., and arrived at the stadium in plenty of time for the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Our guests were men, women and children from Burundi, Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Rwanda.  Their languages include Arabic, Kongo, Kurundi, Lingala, Swahili, Urdu, French, Spanish, and English.  It was their first experience at a baseball stadium, and they were eager to ask questions and learn about this strange game.  They had no problem joining in the cheers and clapping, as well as enjoying all sorts of nutritious refreshments, such as Sahlen’s hot dogs, Italian sausage, cotton candy, butter spuds, sno-cones, Coke, Sprite, popcorn, peanuts, and ice cream.  Their combination of genuine joy and gratitude was terrific and somewhat humbling for us. 

The Bisons generously donated all the tickets.

Many thanks to Donna Doyle, Ann Dutton, Merle & Stephanie Foraker, John & Peg Moffitt, Deb Vranich & Tracy Howland, Taylor & Charlene Minx, and Martha Robinson & Kathy Stelter.

Next season’s Bison's schedule will be released soon!  This gives us lots of time to plan for next year, and enable as many of us as possible to enjoy this wonderful and heartwarming community experience.

Naturally, the Bison's won, 8-3!

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Ecclesia - Building a new congregation

Our Bishops have asked us to go out into the community to do Jesus’s work.   One of the ways SJG is doing this is through our mission of engaging the people of the streets of Buffalo. Every Sunday at 1pm, we meet at Fireman’s Park across from the Greyhound Bus Terminal on Ellicott Street downtown.  We provide food, snacks, socks, and other needed items to the “congregation” we are forming. We had our first “service” with our new congregation on Easter Sunday.  

Women's March - January 21, 2017

A number of parishioners from SJG participated in the Women's Marches that occurred on January 21, 2017 in various locations. The Mission and Vision of the Women's March on Washington - We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Seneca Falls NY, is the place where the first women's rights convention was held on July 19-20, 1848.