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Our parish priests are currently hearing confessions each Friday evening from 4pm to 5pm, 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.
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12 February, 2017
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
Early this week I was reminded of something I have always believed in, which is: “There are no simple solutions.” Several adages came to mind as well – that “when it rains, it pours,” “your guess is as good as mine,” and “Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” – this is just to name a few.
It started when the rain kept pouring and the leaks in the Rectory Building that I thought were already minimized started acting up again. The Baptismal font stopped flowing again (for the millionth time, phew!) and to top it all – our “super custodian” is on leave to attend to his newly born daughter. Congratulations!
Then, while I was taking stock of the whole situation, we suddenly lost electrical power on the whole Church campus. We called SCE and when they arrived an hour later – they found two fuses blown in their transformer. It was replaced and when we turned the whole system back on – kaboom! Dark yellowish smoke was coming from the metal box in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We turned off the system, SCE replaced the fuses again and then we tried turning on the breakers one by one when again – phoom! Yellow-white smoke came out this time. We traced the “tripping wires” to the ones that lead to the Parish Hall. Sadly, it is no longer under the work scope of SCE but our own “very mature” wires and insulation. Good and bad came out of it – we still have electricity in the Church (Huzzah!) and Rectory (yay for the residents!) but none in the Hall.
With no electricity in the Parish Hall, classes were cancelled as well as other meetings. Then there was the confusion on the delivery of the donated new washer and dyer for the Rectory. The old ones were being “retired” to serve in the Parish Hall so we can do the table mantles and rags there. The pilot of our water heater for the Hall won’t light-up so no hot water there. There were other issues but they paled to the gravity of the ones mentioned.
Standing in the deluge of all these problems – I asked myself what shall I do? A reflective thought came to me – which I believe is Divinely inspired – it said “Do not give up, pray, discern and act.” I thought about this when I read the Scripture Readings, especially the Gospel, that we seem to be on the losing end when it comes to the onslaught of temptation and sin. BUT God’s Mercy only asks for our humility to accept our faults, repent and fill ourselves with the grace and strength of the Spirit.
This is our PSA Appeal Weekend and I do hope that we can humbly ask from you the willingness to share the burdens of supporting and providing for our Parish Family and it’s needs, especially when it “rains and pours.” We have attended to the majority of our “problems” – you may have by chance seen the generator as you came onto the Church campus. We will work for the resolution in the coming days and weeks, but please make us know and feel we are not alone with the pledges – kindly remember that it is about equal giving and not about equal gift. We give from a thankful heart.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval