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Thoughts from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

February 16, 2020

 

My Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always.

 

I do hope that many followed Koren’s advice to plan well so you were able to have a memorable and wonderful celebration with your significant other. Let us during this month lift up all married couples that they continue to testify to committed sacramental love where they are the ministers to one another. Prayers should also be offered to all whose Pastoral Ministries serve the enhancement, strengthening and formation of Married couples and those who are preparing to receive the Sacrament like the Marriage Encounter and our own Parish Team who presents Marriage in the Lord.

 

I was drawn to reflect to what our Lord Jesus said in the Gospel: “Let your yes mean Yes, and your Non mean No.” I am sure all couple try to abide by this exhortation of our Lord in living out their marital vows. At first take, I would also apply this to our commitment to follow the Will of God and exert effort to say yes to God and no to sin.

 

Resolute Commitment is perhaps what captures the essence of the phrase that Jesus leaves us in the Gospel today. There is even a Scripture verse I remember reflecting on during my seminary days: “No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Our definitive “Yes to God” is manifested in our sincere desire to follow His Will.

 

A great manifestation of our obedience to God’s will is by loving our neighbor and this is clearly shown in our capacity to share, to give as we have mentioned in last week’s letter. This weekend, we are challenging each other to commit in participating in the 2020 PSA. This is in support of the Diocesan Ministries and our Proposed Parish Projects. Since we have just celebrated our 40 years as a Parish Family there is a pressing need to update and upgrade.

 

Let us acknowledge all those who made it possible for our Parish Family to meet our Participation Assessment of $ 133,000.00. The 393 generous people who made the pledge and fulfilled them together with the kind 1,527 people who gave a one-time gift. Sincere gratitude for the $ 208,864.75 we raised together for 2019 PSA.

 

One of our Scouts, Daniel will also be making an appeal for support so he can accomplish his Eagle Scout Project which is the first Saint Shrine in our Healing Prayer Garden adjacent to the New Pavilion. The Statue of St. Peregrine who is the Patron Saint of those who are afflicted with cancer is the first to be enshrined.

 

Hopefully all of us will take this opportunity to resolutely commit to participating in the Diocesan Ministries and provide for our Parish Projects with our PSA Gift. Please do not forget that we are still conducting our Parish Prayer Challenge and the cards needs to be submitted every week during the Offertory. God bless and take care.

 

Love and prayers, 

 

Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval