Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

We continue to ask for your prayers for Fr. Praveen’s Mother. She continues with chemotherapy. His returning right now will depend on her prognosis, but if all goes as planned, he will be back next Monday. Keep praying.

Next Monday is Memorial Day and we will have a special Mass at 10:00 am. There will be no other activities at the parish on Monday.

Let there be light! At long last we were able to schedule a week where the lights in the church could be replaced. This was a weeklong process. Thanks for your patience.

In today’s readings we are reminded that Christian love is the hallmark of Christianity. We see it lived in the witness of the martyrs. We see it in the example of the lives of the saints. We see it in the holy women and men who live and love daily, making small and large sacrifices for others.

Have a blessed Easter Season.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Blessings to all of you who share in the gift of Motherhood. May Mary guide you in your mothering and be always at your side. Thank you for saying YES to the gift of life.

Saturday, May 11th Bishop Jugis celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with 91 of our youth. May God continue to bless them on this journey of faith, filled with the Holy Spirit. Thanks to Claudia and her confirmation team for their work in preparing them for this sacrament.

The next two Saturdays we will celebrate First Holy Communion with our children. We have much to be grateful for as we count all God’s blessings.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus doesn't just bring us closer to the Father, Jesus puts us directly into contact with God the Father, removing all distance between us. Our relationship with Jesus is an invitation to share in the life of God.

Have a blessed Easter Season.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Please keep Fr. Praveen’s Mother and his family in your prayers. He has returned to India to be with her as she goes through surgery and chemotherapy fighting cancer. His Father died of cancer a number of years ago, so this is difficult for his family.

This Sunday from 9:00 to 2:00 you are invited over to the school parking lot to participate in Driven to Give fundraiser. No cost to you, and all proceeds goes to Immaculata School. Come over, fill out a form on an iPad and if you wish, drive a new Lincoln. We receive money for every questionnaire filled out and more if you drive a car. No commitment or sales pressure.

Saturday, May 11th Bishop Jugis will be here to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our youth. We have about 80 to be confirmed. Let us keep them in our prayers.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus has fed Peter at a meal and as Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist, so he also sends us to follow him, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice. This is our Easter challenge.

Have a blessed Easter Season.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Blessings to all of you during this Easter Season. Today, Divine Mercy Sunday, may God shower His blessings of Mercy upon each of you.

Thank you to all who were involved in making our Holy Week one of prayer and reflection. Our liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday were graced with many blessings. To all of you, the Deacons, our Ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, Music Ministry, altar servers, ushers, greeters, sacristans, AV people, cleaners, all involved in the Living Stations and any I may have missed, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

Thursday is National Day of Prayer. We invite you to make an extra effort to come and spend some time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration from 9:00am to 9:00pm. 2019 theme: Love one another.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun. The Holy Spirit binds us together as a community of faith and strengthens us to bear witness to Jesus’ Resurrection.

Have a blessed Easter Season.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

This weekend at all the Masses we will have a group from Bethlehem selling religious articles. Much of the wood is olive wood from the Holy Land. This is the same group that donated the beautiful icon of the Holy Family hanging in church now. Please support them if you can.

As we come to the end of our Lenten journey, we bring ourselves together as a community welcoming Jesus as on that first Palm Sunday. Let us continue to welcome Him in one another, fulfilling His prayer to us “that all may be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You.”

Throughout Holy Week, we will continue to reflect on the events of Jesus' passion and death. As we meditate on the cross, we ask again and anew what it means to make the statement of faith that Jesus, in his obedient suffering and dying, revealed himself to us as God's Son and brought to fulfillment the Kingdom of God.

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin