The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of August:

  • Universal: That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
  • For Evangelization: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

I know that each of us was stunned last week by the sudden and tragic deaths of Lord and Lilibeth Balatbat. As I write this, I still do not have any additional information concerning the medical progress of the children or about the final arrangements for the parents’ funeral.

As I learn more, more concrete actions on the part of the Parish can be considered. Many times the immediate outpouring of emotion and assistance are in abundance. Then, all of us return to our “life as usual” patterns. Often we feel uncomfortable with the bereaved in the time following the funeral.

In actuality, it is during this time that bereaved individual need the most assistance. So, let us continue to be sensitive to the needs of this family without being invasive of their private needs. Let us continue to pray for the spiritual, emotional and physical healing of the children.

In the mean time, the summer is rushing away. July is gone and August is upon us! Our combined Jubilee Committee has not rested during this summer but has been at work in the planning stages of our 100th and 50th Anniversary celebrations. We are now at the cusp of the celebration phase. This Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Maria Room of OLM, our master dancers, Sev and Ofie Baal will offer dance classes to get you ready for our Jubilee Celebrations. Are the summer barbeques beginning to show in places you would rather not discover? Here is an opportunity to engage in some healthful and fun exercise and brush up on or learn some dance steps.

The AC will be on; the music will fill the room! All we need is YOU! See you on Tuesday at 7:30 in the Maria Room. If you have dancing shoes, bring them – and a partner too!

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

Attention Parents of Children Who Celebrated 1st Communion This Past Springtime

Some of our celebrants’ families ordered photo remembrances from Adriana Austin Studio. Many of these photo packets are still in the Parish Office awaiting reclamation. If yours in among them, please pick they up either before or after the Sunday Mass your family participates in.