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Ken-Ton Parishes Spread the Word through Seminar on Matthew

The seminar, “Matthew: The King and His Kingdom” will be presented at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda, on Saturday, Nov. 13, as part of a collaborative effort of Ken-Ton parishes to bring the Word of God to the community. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Edward Sri (left), a professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver and a visiting adjunct professor at Benedictine College.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” said Zach Presutti, pastoral associate at St. Paul Parish in Kenmore. “It’s a collaborative effort among the Ken-Ton parishes and the Diocese of Buffalo. The pastoral associates have been meeting for years and wanting to get together to provide something for the community. Since Matthew is prominent in next year’s Scripture, starting with Advent, that is our focus.”

Building on the foundation laid in The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, this seminar focuses on Jesus as the fulfillment of the promises of the Old Testament. It also touches on Jesus’ establishment of the Church as the kingdom of heaven on earth. It is set in the context of Jesus’ Jewish culture and aims to help individuals understand the universal truths of the Kingdom of God.

“This seminar presents the life and teachings of the Savior, Jesus Christ, through Matthew,” Presutti said. “It is set up for people like Joe and Jane Catholic, not set up for theologians or biblical scholars. It’s set up so Catholics can become more aware and more in touch with Jesus in the Scriptures.

“I hope the Word comes more alive for them when receiving the Eucharist because it’s a living Word. It still has relevance today. It’s real – the living Word of God and the presence of Jesus. That’s one of my favorite things about this – people will learn how the Word of God is active and present in their lives today.”

The seminar welcomes anyone who would like to learn more about Scripture.

“It is open to Catholics and to those of other faith traditions,” said Sister Jolene Ellis, OSF, pastoral associate at St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore. “We realize that we are stronger together. We will have people coming from all different parishes, all different backgrounds and different dioceses for this Scripture study.”

“The Scripture unites us,” Presutti said. “It’s what we’re all about. It’ll be great to have other faith traditions attend. We want to continue working together.”

The check-in for the seminar will take place from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 13. The seminar will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $25, which includes workshop materials and lunch. St. Amelia Parish will be providing the box lunches consisting of sandwiches, fruit and beverages. The Woman’s Sodality group from St. Paul and the Neumann Guild from St. John the Baptist will provide baked goods for dessert. Childcare is available. A bookstore will offer relevant reading for purchase, and the dynamic speaker, Dr. Sri, will be available for book signing.

Sri is the author of several books including “Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew” and “Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture.”

Sri will also host a free talk about the rosary in Scripture on Friday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda.

“People have been asking for an opportunity to learn about Scripture,” Presutti said. “This seminar puts emphasis on understanding Scripture and bringing it to our lives today. Even if you have taken the Matthew study before, it would enrich what you have already studied. It enhances the idea that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises of the Old Testament.”

For more information contact Zach Presutti at zach@stpaulchurchken.org or 716-875-2730, ext. 18.


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