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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

 

June 13, 2021

 

Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always. Today had it not been a Sunday – the Lord’s Day we would be having the Feast of one of my favorite Saints: St. Anthony of Padua. He has always been an advocate to me of being guided to find that which is lost – I have often prayed to him not just for materials things that get misplaced or lost but even for people who are in a situation where they feel “lost.” My prayer has always been for St. Anthony to intercede that the person may find a way back to our Lord Jesus – where he will feel accepted, protected, strengthened, and loved. One more Shrine will be added to our Walkway of Prayer and that is the Shrine of St. Anthony an Eagle Scout Project of Scout Daniel Coelho.

 

We are all aware how we are slowly but surely emerging from the constraints that the pandemic has brought into our Parish Life. Our Parish Ministries are beginning to move into in-person meetings. I do really appreciate their efforts to adjust to the limitations of the Parish Hall space configuration while we are waiting for the new Dividers to be installed.

 

There has also been changes to our Liturgical Devotions: Our Adoration Hours remain at 7:00 pm on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays; on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be after the 6:00 am Mass (this gives an opportunity for those who do not drive at night a time to be with the Lord. Holy Hour has been cancelled on Saturdays and Sunday to give way to Sacraments and Parish activities that may be scheduled now that we can have more activities for our Parish Family. We are also in the process of having the Healing Mass on the Second Saturday of the month as we used to have before the pandemic.

 

As we emerge from the dark days may we always bring with us the light of our Lord’s love. Let us be the evidence that indeed He is Risen as a testament of the Covenant of God Our Loving Father. Let us manifest this in our consistent participation in opportunities to love: our Food Drive this coming weekend, our welcoming spirit in our Liturgies especially the Holy Eucharist, in engaging with the numerous Parish and different Liturgical Ministries.

 

Allow me to acknowledge the efforts of Felipe and Emma Mozqueda and Hispanic Leadership in the recent Worship -Concert Night led by Athenas and her husband Tobias. I also applaud the efforts of our Knights in their Blood Drive which I was told is very crucial in helping maintain the Blood Bank supply of Red Cross Orange County Chapter. Deacon Dan and Allison Diesel also deserves our felicitations on their 40th Wedding Anniversary this day. Let us remember to always give thanks for all these blessings and most of all for the kind, generous and caring hearts of our parishioners.

 

May the foretaste of the Kingdom of God be seen in how as a parish family we incarnate our Mission Statement – inspiring people to exclaim that indeed Jesus Christ is Risen – alive in the hearts, spirits and lives of the Parish Family of Santiago de Compostela. God bless, take care and be safe

 

Love and prayers,

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval