From the Pastor’s Desk 04/26/2015
Apr 30, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The image of the Good Shepherd was the favorite icon of the early Christian communities. This Good Shepherd gave His life for us. He, without sin carried the Cross to redeem us from our sins and heal our wounds. He protects us so that no evil can take us from the palm of His hand.
“There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” This is the joyful news that makes us sing with the psalmist: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” Great is the mercy of God who makes us His children: “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.” To understand our similarities, we must be open to enter a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ; only then we will be able to grasp the concept of eternity.
“I know him in whom I have believed.” God has given us enough evidence of His love to trust Him. In Jesus Christ, the Father calls us to our ultimate vocation: To be children of God. Today the Church invites us to pray for priestly and religious vocations. We should always pray that the father will send good workers to the field. We must also remember that God has never abandoned his Church. Let us pray to God for good and faithful servants: men and women with generous and joyful hearts who are worthy of God and neighbors.
You are also pastors of a small flock entrusted by God to your care and must have the same sentiments of Jesus. It is not easy to give your heart like Jesus did in a society where anything goes, voluntarist and hedonist. It is not easy to follow the path to a better and simpler life unless we are empowered by the Word of God.
Before the summer begins I will include a monthly financial report in our bulletin so that you can be informed about our finances. We are also preparing a short video or power point presentation, so you can have the opportunity to see how your contribution is used to advance our ministries here at the parish.
Please pray for our young people who will be confirmed on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 PM. A list will be provided so that you can pray for each of them. The First Communion will be held June 6, 2015 at 10 AM. I would also ask you to pray for our parish festival to be held June 7, 2015 and please reserve that day so we can celebrate our faith in community. Together we can do great things for the glory of God.