A few weeks ago I asked all of you to consider increasing your Sunday contribution by at least $3 per week. I have been very happy to see the results as many of you have done as I asked. I even received a note in the collection the last week saying, "$10 extra every week won't hurt. I was listening." I am so glad that parishioner was listening! And thank you all very much.
I want to let you know what we have already done with the increased collections. First, you see we have a new drinking fountain in the vestibule; the water lines in the other one kept getting clogged and it cost to clean them out. Also, the roof area in front of the church, over the bathrooms, was leaking when it rained. We have re-roofed that area, as well as a classroom roof in the school that leaked. The roof at the Capilla was leaking and has been repaired. The air conditioner in the 8th grade classroom was old and finally died. We have been able to put in a new A/C that is more efficient and uses less electricity. We continue to put in LED lights whenever possible which also are more efficient and last longer than regular lights.READ MORE
The fathers of the Second Vatican Council wisely warned us in their pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World:
"Holy Scripture, with which the experience of the ages is in agreement, teaches the human family that human progress, though it is a great blessing for man, brings with it a great temptation. When the scale of values is disturbed and evil becomes mixed with good, individuals and groups consider only their own interests, not those of others.READ MORE
One of the great joys of the Easter season is the welcoming of new members into our family, into the Body of Christ. Also in this season we welcome into fuller communion through the gift of the Holy Spirit many of our younger members. Next week our parish family will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and welcome into Communion those who have been preparing these past two years. What a great joy for our community!
Please remember to pray for all of our confirmandi and those who will receive the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time.READ MORE
Pope St. Leo the Great, who died in the year 461, wrote, "In the gospel of John the Lord says, 'In this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other.' In a letter from the same apostle we read, 'Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God; he who does not love does not know God, for God is love.' "
This is a good reflection for us during this Year of Mercy: Is our love visible? Which, according to St. Leo the Great means: Is God visible through us?READ MORE