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On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm, Catholic Men's Fellowship is sponsoring this free event on Mental Illness in the Lecture Hall. All are Welcome!
Discussion topics will include:
- Increasing Awareness/Reducing Stigma
- The Role of the Church/Parish/Congregation
- Resources and Training Opportunities
- How You Can Make a Difference
- Carla DiCandia, MPA, Manager, Community Outreach, St. Joseph Health, Mission Hospital
- Gena Gadient, St. Joseph Worker Community Benefit, Mission Hospital
- Michael Donaldson, Director, Office of Pastoral Care for Families in All Stages, Diocese of Orange
This 9-Day Novena to the Holy Spirit will be held May 6 through 14, 2016, from 6pm to 7pm in the church. The Novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Novena is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love of God so needed by every Christian. All are Welcome!
May 8th is a celebration of all mothers. On behalf of Obria Medical Clinics, roses will be given as a thank you for your free-will donation to the cause of Life. Your donation will provide significant financial support for all of the Respect Life Centers and Clinics that provide shelter and support for women with crisis pregnancies.
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.
26 April, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
I lost an inspiration, Bishop, Leader, Pastor, Founder, Father and later friend when Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, OCD, DD went home to God this morning, April 26, 2016 at around 6:42 am (Philippine Time). When one loses a significant person there is a tendency towards remembering, reminiscing the gifts and treasures one has been given in relation with the lost loved one.
“To think and feel with the living Church.” These are Bishop’s word imprinted in my heart regarding how to be a true servant, a priest and minister to God’s people. These words have guided me all throughout my priestly life. He also taught me that this principle becomes only meaningful and relevant if there is love. Divine Love from a heart that is filled with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. As I mature in age, I realize now that it takes a lifetime to fully learn and respond to this philosophy of life.
When Bishop Labayen ordained me 26 years ago, one of his words of advice to me is to strive to be faithful. All the others that you need he said: “Let that be the work of God, he will make it happen.” He has been more than a father to all those whom he guided, mentored and even fought for as a Carmelite Bishop.
A few years ago he wrote a book whose theme was: “the heart of the revolution is the revolution of the heart.” I believe this is what the Gospel is all about. Opening our hearts to the movement of the Spirit and Gospel message brings about a resolve to be a disciple and experience a transformation in our lives. I do hope and pray for the grace to keep this “revolution” in my heart alive as a priest.
God be willing I will be able to travel and attend his Funeral Mass so I can pay my respects and honor him. I beg for your understanding and indulgence if I will be away from our Parish for a few days. God bless and take care.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval