The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of July:
- Universal: That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
- For Evangelization: That amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.
Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:
Hello OLM and OLS and Happy Independence Day Weekend to all!
I am back!
I cannot believe that it had only been three years since I said goodbye to you but at the same time it also seemed like I have been gone forever. Really, I never dreamed that I would be returning so soon. I never dreamed that I would return as your pastor! What I have discovered over the past few months is that it was God’s dream. I am so grateful to God for that dream. It is so true that “God’s ways are not our ways nor His time is our time.”
As I write this first letter to you, I’m taking a quiet time with the Lord, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life and ministry for just a couple of days. And in this solitude I’ve been strengthened by God’s Words. And one of the passages I come across and hold on to during this time, reflecting on my transition, is the Divine Promise of Assistance from the beginning of the Book Of Joshua: “As I promised Moses, I will deliver to you every place where you set foot. … I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be firm and steadfast, so that you may give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers I would give them. Do not swerve from it either to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you go. … Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:3-9)
I thank you for welcoming me back very warmly. It is nice to see you all again, smiling. I’m so looking forward to working with our two wonderful priests, Father Tom and Father Ryan, with Father Butchie who helps us on the weekends, together with our parishes’ staff (OLS and OLM) who are no strangers to me and of course with all of you.
This Weekend is not only a milestone in the ongoing history of the United States of America; it is also a milestone in the ongoing history of our beloved parishes. Today begins a new chapter in our history.
As we begin together, I beg your prayerful support as I learn to be your pastor. I have never done this before. It took a lot of prayers and reflections on my part in saying YES to this. And I will still need more of it. So much of this is new to me and I am a bit overwhelmed and nervous. One of the sayings attributed to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is “Together we can do great things for God.” I know that together WE, the Parishes of Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows WILL do great things for God, TOGETHER!
Again, I need your prayers and support more than anything. Please drop a good word for me every time you pray. I entrust myself to God, to you and to Mama Mary.
REMEMBER, PRAY FOR ME EVERY DAY and I WILL PRAY FOR YOU!
Love and Prayers,
We Are Living Stones!
I express my gratitude to all who have enabled us to reach 60% of our goal in both our parishes. I reach out to all who have decided not to participate to reconsider. Repeatedly, in recent messages, Pope Francis reminds us to be a MISSIONARY CHURCH: that is we have to be less myopic view in our outlooks and more global stance in our thinking and actions. The funds generated at both OLM and OLS will assist in the MISSION of both our parishes and our Archdiocese. Thank you for your commitment to this endeavor.