Pastor’s Letter | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 25, 2023 View all Pastor's Letter

Dear parishioners:

Last weekend has been one of great joy and enthusiasm for the entire parish, because we were able to celebrate once again our patronal feast in honor of our Lady Queen of Apostles, Father Kevin Walsh, who presided over the Eucharist and encouraged us in his homily to love and trust our mother Mary more. The Holy Mass was the main celebration, but along with the spiritual celebration we also had the third Family Festival, which, thanks to God and everyone’s work, was a complete success; we have rediscovered the talent and gifts we have in the parish. A thousand thanks to all the volunteers for the effort, dedication and above all the unity to organize this festival of faith and friendship.

It gave me great joy and pride to work with you, all our living forces work in harmony to carry this out. We have shown that unity makes us strong: Staff, the Filipino community, Knights of Columbus, young adults, women’s group, the grill fathers, (men’s group), Missionaries of Jesus, Prayer Group, Legion of Mary, Marriage Encounters, and all the parish ministries and volunteers, we are happy and tired together so that everything was a success, I say THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORT AND YOUR LOVE FOR THE PARISH. I want to highlight and thank our brothers and sisters of the Vietnamese, Korean, Peruvian and Polish communities for accepting to prepare these new delicious dishes, God reward them for their efforts. Also the games for children had a special highlight and many prizes for them. I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest.

I still don’t have the exact numbers of the profit for the whole festival, because we are still processing everything. I hope to share it with you next week, but I anticipate that it has been very good. I am very grateful to all those who participated in the raffle, selling tickets and also those who bought them, your collaboration is well received and appreciated; I also congratulate the winners, Joaquin Perez $1,000, Nicholas Grenier $1000, Barbara Figueroa $1000, our very own Queen of Apostles School $2,000, and the grand prize winner was Dilhani Siriwardane, $4,000, thank you very much for your participation. Thank you very much for the effort, we did it together and we will continue to do better events thanks to the unity and love of our Reina de los Apóstoles parish.

Finally, I officially welcome all the children of our school. Last Wednesday the 23rd, they started their school year. I was happy to receive them and bless each one with holy water; when I see their joy and enthusiasm it gives me hope because I see the future of the church and society reflected in them. The school is a precious ministry that our parish has, for this reason we must work tirelessly to provide a good spiritual and intellectual formation. As a Catholic school we are obliged to form our students with a vision of God and that in the future they will be torches that illuminate and attract more Christians to the church and holiness. I ask that we continue to pray for our parish school.

I have you in my prayers

Fr. Alex