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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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    SVDP/Reaching Out Hotline (949) 460-4220

LETTER from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

May 22, 2022

 

Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always. As we continue with a longer Easter Season I pray and hope that the light of God’s grace and the joy brought by our Risen Lord continues to keep you hearts on fire with hope, peace, and love.

 

For two weekends or more, our parish will witness the reception of the Eucharist for the first time for our children who with the support of their families and the dedication of our Coordinator Lyanamar, Alicia our assistant, the Catechists and volunteers have reached this milestone in their faith life. We pray that this occasion would deepen the relationship of their family with our Eucharistic Lord and keep them engaged in their faith.

 

I am three days away from reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – I have walked every day since I started from Lisbon, Portugal last April 21st. Allow me then to share this

                              “Musings Along the Way”

                             “Bom Dias or Buenos Dias”

One of the things I decided as I began my Camino is that I will try to greet as many people as possible who I pass by, encounter, or come across: “Bom Dias (Portuguese) and Buenos Dias (Spanish).

 

I wanted this greeting to be one of my expressions of gratitude for God’s blessing that I can go the Camino de Santiago Portuguese Costal at my age with my health.

 

Most were pleasantly surprised by the greeting . . . a response by way of the same words or version of it, a nod, a smile, a wink, a thumbs up, a wave . . . many other vocal and other expressions of appreciation.

 

Some seemed indifferent perhaps questioning what is good in this day, others intentionally ignored, others looked blankly, and others just went about their way.

 

I persisted and at each opportunity brought with the greeting the goodness of life – simply because it is a gift from God who loves us unconditionally and has proven it infinitely.

 

However, we must be open, accept, acknowledge, and share the Divine Love given each of us in our waking hours - this way the Divine grace can abide and intensify in each of our lives.

 

This week Scripture challenges us with the Psalm proclaiming: “Let all the nations praise you!” We must imbibe the dedication of the Easter people to proclaim the Good News to all by our very lives even just by the greeting of “Have a good day” “Bom Dias” or “Buenos Dias.” God’s love provides us a with different perspective in life and living. It encourages appreciation for what each day brings, an anticipation for the encounter with grace shared, received, or given.

 

I am appealing to those who were invited to our Women’s Welcome Retreat – may you find it in your hearts to say yes and may this yes be enriched by the Spirit who infuses with Gifts of Grace all who take part in this endeavor. God bless, take care and be safe.

 

Love and prayers,

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval