Our Annual Bazaar is Here!

Dear Friends in Christ: This is it!  This is the weekend of our annual parish bazaar.  For several hours, thousands of parishioners, neighbors and friends will all enjoy a wonderful day of fun, fellowship and of course, food!  I sincerely hope that you will be part of the festivities and enjoy a fantastic day.  A word of warning:  Watch out for the long lines at the funnel cake booth and the pupusas booth!  They are two of the perennial favorites and worth the wait, but all of our food booths have delectable offerings for every taste.  Officially, the bazaar is only...

Is God Calling You to Serve?

Dear Friends in Christ: A priest friend dropped by to visit the other day and was astonished at all of the activities going on at the parish on a weekday evening. Now my friend is pastor of a large and vibrant parish, but he was still amazed with all of our activities. Sometimes, because we are so close to everything and used to everything, we can forget how blessed we are with so many activities and offerings. Our many programs and ministries are indeed a blessing, but they do not just happen by themselves. Every activity takes the commitment, involvement and...

Continuing the Vision

Dear Friends in Christ: We are now entering an exciting phase in our building renovation project. The steel going up for the new bell tower and the marble floor being laid can now be seen. Soon the mosaics and the liturgical furniture will be installed and the new parking lot is nearing completion. There is still a great amount of work to do and it is going to be few more months before the project will be completed, but we can see things taking shape. As we move forward and eagerly look ahead, it is important for us to remind ourselves...

Communication and Evangelization

Dear friends in Christ: As pastor, one of the biggest challenges I continually face (and there are more than just a few) is how to communicate effectively with more than 15,000 parishioners every week. If you will indulge me, I would like to list some of the obstacles to this one task. First, there is only one of me and more than 15,000 of you! Then there is the difficulty of me being at every Mass, meeting, class, event and function. My recent illness showed how limited I am. Conversely is the fact that not all of our parishioners show up...

Remembering 9/11

Dear Friends in Christ: Today we remember the nearly 3000 victims of the terrorist attacks on our nation by Al-Qaeda on 9/11/01. We honor the memory of those who perished as a result of the hate-filled terrorists’ despicable acts. We recall with gratitude the heroism and selflessness of the first responders who lost their lives. We remember and honor our military men and women who have died and those who have been wounded in the War on Terror. We continue to pray for the safety and protection of all of our military personnel who are serving to protect our nation and...