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Santiago de compostela current events

Thoughts from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

August 2, 2020

 

Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always.

 

First, allow me to give on behalf of our Parish Family my appreciation for all those who have given so much of their time and talents in making sure that we are able first of all to gather and worship especially at the Eucharist and the Holy Hour of Adoration. It is also through their efforts that we are able to finally celebrate the reception of the Sacraments of our RCIA for our Adults. Last weekend we had a set of children receive their First Holy Communion. It was a very refreshing sight to behold more so inspiring and spiritually uplifting especially during this time of seeming hopelessness.

 

Let me just acknowledge the singular effort of one of our parishioners who is one of our newly “voluntold” coordinators for our Church Environment. Marlon Agbayani has single-handedly provided us with the Altar where we can worship together. He was able in very expedient manner execute and concertize my ideas for our Altar for Worship. He also provided us with the “painting like” frames of the Statues of our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph and Santiago de Compostela. I wanted to bring the familiar sight of our Sanctuary to all of us who worship in the Pavilion.

 

I also appreciate the cooperation and support of our Faith Formation Coordinators, Catechists and parents who made sure their child/children will receive meaningfully our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Our Youth Ministry also had an opportunity to gather and pray together last Sunday via zoom.

 

This weekend we are given the opportunity to help children-students who need school supplies to be encouraged to attend school whether “in-person” when it is allowed or online whichever will be safer for our beloved children.

 

All these are incarnation of what Jesus said in the Gospel: “Give them food yourselves” v.16 We are called to be pro-active and dynamic in the practice of charity – attending to the needy, to those who need hope – to feel loved and cared for. As Jesus asked his apostles what they have to feed the multitude; we are asked to share of the gifts we have to uplift the lives of others and also to make them experience the love of God. So let us heed courageously what our Lord challenged His disciples to do – to manifest God’s love to those who need it the most especially during these difficult times in our lives as Christians – bearers of Christ to others. God bless and take care.

 

Love and prayers,

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval