Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy:
Last weekend I wrote a word of welcome to the De Gorostiza baby into our community. But there were two other babies who were baptized a week before that, so I want to congratulate those two babies: Riley Carr and Abigail Duan. (It is better late than never!) Let us keep them, with their parents and godparents, in our prayers as well. May these children grow, with everybody’s guidance, in holiness and love of God and neighbors.
Congratulations also to our two newly-wed couples: Mr. & Mrs. Jasem and Christine Arceo and Mr. & Mrs. John and Rachel Payumo! God bless you and your families.
Our Blood Drive and Health Fair this past weekend went very well. It was another big success. Kudos to the Wellness ministry and those who volunteered to be there and help facilitate everything. A Job well done! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I also thank those who donated blood. God bless your generosity to save lives of others. Thank you to the vendors as well. May God bless your businesses.
Another successful Live Christ, Share Christ seminary has just concluded last Saturday. God bless all those who are involved with that and the participants.
On another note, I am aware that each one of you is taking your time off work for vacation and relaxation. In this heat we all want to go away and cool off. For those of us who stay and do our Christian obligations to come to our church community may have noticed that the air-conditioning is not blowing enough air. That is because some of the compressors of our air-conditioning units are not working. They are seventeen years old and one by one are dying. That means we need to replace them. And you know what does that mean. We need nine thousand dollars for that. On top of the air-conditioning condition we need also to do two other things (as you know it already): the ceiling and the roof. The roof will cost us eighty thousand dollars and the ceiling will be twenty thousand. I leave that to you with a prayer that with your generosity we will be able to fix all of these problems so that our worship will be comfortable in this building. I have to get used to this kind of headaches as a pastor. I don’t think it will end? I can rest my head for a couple of weeks because Jojo, my custodian and maintenance director, is away to enjoy his well deserved vacation. Just to let you know, almost everyday when I come in my office he has something to tell me about things that are in need to be fixed or repaired or replaced! God really please help us!
Other than that I guess we can go on with what we are doing? I am so amazed at the outpouring of God’s blessings on our community. It is amazing to that a lot of you became actively involved in many ministries and financial support. Please don’t stop doing that. Thank you so much!
Please pray for the sick:
Paul Calefati, Elaine Staltari, Othelia G. Laurena, Jean Karycinski, Dorothy Darcy, Erlinda Jacinto, Presentacion Sorio, Leonora Loyola, Eric Bautista, Lilian Kryczkowski, Ellen Iorio, Jessica Pavone, Ian Malesiewski, Ruben Catipon, Angela Salvador, Clarita Salvador, Teresita Cordon, Vincent Mastria, Maria Svaligmac, Bill Macchi, Craig Rutkowski, James Seaman, Makenzie Cadmus, Manuel J.Juson, MD, Gina Marquez, Rose Maschucci, Maurita Reyes, Daniel Tamayo Santos, Marie Ronzitti, Lucia Vanderburg, Betty Scerbo, Philip Scerbo, Alejandra Ancheta, Cindy Popolo, Mario Banaag, Oscar Alladin, Antonio Roldan, Ricardo Valdes, Erma Chidichimo, Esperanza Galarza, Carmen Tuazon, Nick DeBello, Susan Ranola Rivera, Conrado “Boy” Tanada, John Broderick, John Hnath