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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

 

July 12, 2020

 

Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always.

 

This weekend we are grateful to God that we are able to finally celebrate at the Holy Eucharist the Rites of Christian Initiation for the Adults and Children who have undertaken the journey with our parish family for many months. This would have been celebrated traditionally during the Easter Vigil. Although we may not have the opportunity to welcome them in the usual manner before the pandemic but I am sure we can include them in our prayers and Masses.

 

Hopefully the current challenging situation will inspire them to intentionally seek a meaningful way of being actively engaged in their faith and pastoral life in the parish. If you recognize them please do extend Congratulations, words of welcome and even invitation to our ministries even though it is right now practiced in a limited manner except for the Hospitality Ministry which bears much of the responsibility to make sure we are safe, sanitized and               protected from transmission of the virus.

 

May we also be united in prayer that the seeds of sanctifying grace may fall into the fertile ground of their hearts. For all of us who have received the sacraments quite some time ago, may we continue to allow the grace and Spirit of God to continue nourishing the “seeds” of faith, hope and love. Together with our newly initiated may we be witnesses of hope and love during these difficult times.

 

I find meaning in the many inconveniences and hardship I accept given our situation in what St. Paul said in Romans 8:18 “Brothers and sisters: I consider the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” Such assuring words that all that we offer have meaning in the Divine perspective. Even the pain of accepting the demise of a loved one in any given circumstance is not without hope because they are as our faith emphasizes at home with God our Loving Father.

 

We have quite a number of Funeral Masses and Celebration of life within these two weeks. May I kindly ask that we remember the families of our departed parishioners and keep them in our prayers. Let us see with the eyes of faith that they are now peaceful, joyful, full of divine love and resting in God. Let feel with the heart of love that our sorrow may not overwhelm us. Let us hear with hope ringing in our ears believing that our Lord Jesus invited them to “Come and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you by my Father.”

 

Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to all who continue to make sacrifices and who go to great lengths that we may continue to open our Church for worship with congregation. You are our inspired stewards of God’s love and concern for all. Let us continue to manifest our love for one                    another by making sure we are safe, healthy, happy and holy. God bless and take care.

 

Love and prayers,

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval