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    My Dearest Parish Family,


    God be with us always.


    I am writing to introduce the message from Kanoe-Claire Martin who is responding to our appeal to "Reaching Out-Loving our Neighbor." We have spoken about it several times in our Santiago Speak every Wednesday. May it be a start of people stepping up to be there for others. As I also mentioned before our St. Vincent de Paul President Paul Mondello volunteered to be the repository of people willing to volunteer to help those in need with their particular skill or ability. Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity of heart. God bless and take care.


    Love and prayers,

    Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval

    Pastor


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    St. Vincent de Paul Contact Information

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    SVDP/Reaching Out Hotline (949) 460-4220

Thoughts from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

August 1, 2021

 

Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always. A Blessed Month of August to everyone.

Let me begin by expressing my heartfelt gratitude for the magnanimous show of loving support and participation during our Celebration of the Feast of our Patron: Santiago de Compostela – St. James the Great (the Apostle). It was a whole day of a joyful gathering and fellowship. By estimate, around 1,600 (not that I am keeping count) or more parishioners took time to be with one another for a meal and encounter one another. All these made possible because people have been very generous stewards of the gifts we have to make “Celebrate Santiago Celebrate” a huge success. Thank you - Dave for coordinating it and all those who made significant sacrifices to prepare everything to the take down and cleaning up after the whole affair.

 

Our Music Ministry was able to provide entertainment for our gathering making it enjoyable and lively. It was nice to see people linger and even take time to personally engage with one another something that is missing from our lives even before the pandemic isolated us from each other. Gratitude to St. James for the time we had to “Rejoice in the Lord            always, I say again rejoice!”

 

I am praying that we will continue to have more opportunities for gatherings that enhance our being a parish faith community and family on a journey as disciples. Here is an enumeration of activities that can continue to foster fellowship and togetherness. We have advertised a two successive art for kids” event starting this Saturday and the next. August will bring to us Movie Nights every Thursday starting August 5th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We will also have “An End of Summer Event” on Saturday, August 21st for all our Religious Education Program Families, and their children. It will be a whole day of activities for the whole family sprinkled with a lot of faith.

 

Let us remember the opportunities for stewardship and charity always abound in our Parish. We will be re-igniting our Ark of Prayer Tent. It is a place we dedicate so those who need prayer can come and spend a few grace-filled moments with a prayer-partner. We are open for those who feel a calling in their hearts for this ministry.

 

In the Gospel, we need to search for how we can find Jesus in our lives and share Him with others through our witness, worship, and ministry. I do hope that in your prayers and conversation with God you will be intentional in your search for the gifts you can share. May this last             summer month bring you inspiration in your hearts on how you can be more engaged parish family members through our various ministries. God bless, take care and be safe.

 

Love and prayers,

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval