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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


    Introduction Letter


    St. Vincent de Paul Contact Information

    svdplf@gmail.com

    SVDP/Reaching Out Hotline (949) 460-4220

Thoughts from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

January 23, 2022

 

My Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always. A Blessed and Joyful Sunday of the Word of God to you all.

 

I am writing this way before we engaged and followed the “Motu Proprio” of Pope Francis to dedicate this Sunday. Thank you for listening and responding to our suggestion to bring your Family and Home Bibles to be blessed. I also appreciate seeing our children identify themselves as one of the characters in the Bible in a creative way. Our gratitude for those who made sure our kids receive prizes for their parents’ efforts and their willingness.

 

Hopefully the importance we give the “Word” of God – especially our Lord   Jesus in our lives by reading and             reflecting on a Scripture verse daily. I pray that the Bible Verse you received at the Sunday of the Word Masses will get you into a good start of how the Bible can be an integral part of your spiritual life. You can always start with what we already have which is the small black book that provides reflection on the daily Gospel.

 

You can take it further by investing in a subscription to Magnificat or any other Catholic publication that provides deeper reflection and introspection on God’s Word. Then the Word of God will then be part of how we find guidance on our lives, choices we make and the strength for the journey as disciples and stewards of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Next week we are having the second collection to support our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry to provide assistance to families in need. I appreciate the commitment of the members of our Vincentian Conference members in their ministry. I see them most often in a conversation with the family who come for help in our Church Plaza. Thank you for incarnating what St. Teresa of Avila describes in her writing that is made into a song: “Let me be your servant, let me walk your way. Guide me on your path; give night the light of day . . . give me ears to listen, give me eyes to see, give me words to speak and show your face to me.”

 

Let this Sunday mark our commitment to pray that we are given the grace to continue pursuing the mission that our Lord Jesus has shared with all of us his disciples. In the Gospel, he manifested the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah about the Messiah. May people experience the presence of God’s love when they encounter us. God bless, take care and be safe.

 

Love and prayers,


Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval