Next weekend is our annual diocesan Teen Congreso. I know, it sounds like it is in Spanish, but it is bilingual. There will be offerings in both English and Spanish.
Parents of teens, I would remind you that you are still responsible for the faith formation of your children...even your teens. So often I hear from teens that they feel separated or like their faith is not strong enough. Usually, when I ask when they stopped attending faith formation it is in junior high or even earlier. When I celebrate confirmations as a Dean, I always remind the parents that confirmation is not graduation, children must continue to learn as they grow.READ MORE
I have to admit that I am one proud father! Actually, we have many proud fathers and mothers, and grandparents and godparents, too. Over 200 of our young people have been sealed with the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confirmation, and then they received Holy Communion for the first time. We can all be proud of these young members of our family at Our Lady of Perpetual Help!
Even more (yes, there is more!), Monday evening our 8th graders will graduate and move on to high school. It is always a little sad for me because I enjoy seeing them every day at school, but it is time to send them off and they are well prepared. Again, I am one proud father!READ MORE
Last year I asked you all to consider increasing your Sunday offering by $3 per week. Many of you were able to do that and you saw our Sunday collection increase this past year, not as much as I asked for but it did increase. So what did we do with the money?
Of course we have our regular bills: payroll, utilities, etc. Also this year we repaired the leaking roof at the Capilla, and part of the roof in our church. Remember we have some old buildings that always need repairs: Fr. Mario's bathroom had to be basically re-done because of plumbing problems, also the plumbing/sewer in the Notre Dame Center needed major repair. The compressor in one big A/C unit in the hall had to be replaced, and there are always smaller old A/C units that give us trouble. Those are just the big items.READ MORE
For the next two weekends we celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with many of our young people. Please remember to pray for all of our confirmandi in the coming weeks.
This is also a good time to reflect on our own confirmation. Our church teaches that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual seal by which we are conformed to Christ and made more fully members of His Church. Is this true in our lives? Do we reflect this Holy Spirit on all we meet daily? Remember, Christ himself was anointed by this Holy spirit when he was baptized by John, and then He was sent forth for the work of ministry, to pour out on the earth the fire of the same Spirit.READ MORE