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On the weekend of May 21st and 22nd, we will be taking a second collection for the purpose of assisting parishes in the Diocese of Orange that exhibit ongoing needs that cannot be paid for by their ordinary income and have urgent needs. All money donated to this collection is put into a restricted fund that will be administered by a group consisting of laity and clergy of the diocese. Parishes in need will apply for grants from this fund to be used for their specific needs. Your generosity is appreciated.
On Saturday, May 21st from 7pm to 11:30pm, join the Knights for Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and Poker. $40 per person gets you in the door, including appetizers. Prizes will be raffled at the end of the night, with opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas, a new television, and other items. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics, Obria Medical Centers, Youth Charities and Scholarship Program. Contact Mike Ulibarri for more information.
All adult volunteers are invited to this year's sports themed Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, June 4th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the parish hall. Our Ministry Leaders are distributing invitations, however if you have not yet received an invitation even though you did serve the parish in some capacity this year, please click on the image for your invitation. We are asking everyone who plans to attend RSVP no later than May 25th.
Our parish priests are currently hearing confessions each Friday evening from 4pm to 6pm, in addition to our Saturday confessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, upon their availability. We will generally have both priests available unless one is otherwise engaged in another obligation.
18 May, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
Wednesday last week as I was winding down in preparation for my day-off: I opened a letter from Bishop Kevin Vann. There were two letters inside and after reading the second one; I said to myself: “It is Official! I will be the Pastor of Santiago de Compostela come July 1st as the Decree of Assignment states. The appointment is for six years - the regular term of a Pastor in a parish.
The past weeks have been a time of prayer and reflection for me to discern the will of God. I prayed at the tomb of Bishop Labayen, my mentor, spiritual father and friend to intercede for me should Bishop Vann decide to appoint me. Thank you for also making it easy for me to decide because for the past two years I have experienced your love and support. Our praying, working and fellowship as a parish family have been sources of my strength and inspiration.
Now that “it’s official” I am humbly asking all the more for your prayers because I will need a lot of graces to carry out my responsibilities. There is not a day that passes without its set of challenges and difficulties, yet somehow things sort themselves out, especially when I try to have God’s love and way of loving first and foremost in my heart.
We are all in this together and I am committed to our parish family Santiago de Compostela. I pray that you are with me as we begin the “official” journey we need each other to truly carry out our Discipleship and Stewardship.
The Letter of Assignment states: “May you join yourself with Christ in the recognition of the Father’s will and in the gift of yourself to the flock entrusted to you.” May this be true for all of us who make up this wonderful parish family of Santiago de Compostela.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval