Pastor’s Letter | Ascension Sunday

Posted on May 19, 2023 View all Pastor's Letter

Dear brothers and sisters

This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we are offered a word of salvation like we have never been able to imagine. The Lord Jesus has not only risen, defeated  death and sin, but also has been taken to the glory of God! But before making that return to the Father, he has sent his disciples to evangelize all men to believe in Him, in order to get there where He is. “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:15-16).

This salvation that is given to us consists, finally, in living the very life of God, as the Gospel according to Saint John tells us: «This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and whom you have sent, Jesus Christ» (Jn. 17,3). But what is given out of love must be accepted in love in order to be received as a gift. Jesus Christ, then, whom we have not seen, wants us to offer him our love through our faith, which we receive by listening to the word of his ministers, whom we can see and feel. Let us feel loved and sent by the Lord and commit ourselves to be true proclaimers of the Gospel.

The 60th anniversary celebration is coming up, as I have announced we will have a potluck, we will all bring something to share, if you want to share something please access our website and visit the celebration site and there you can let us know what dish you will share. You can also call or come to the parish office and we will be happy to help you. I hope that we all bring a little and share it and thus grow our parish communion.

The first communions have already concluded and many of our children now have the privilege of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, what a great grace; For this reason, I want to invite the children to consider being altar servers, we need more altar servers, this year we will lose several of our altar servers because they are going to university, they have grown up and it is time to start a new stage in their lives, as their pastor I thank you for all the help and service you have provided to the parish. Now, it is time for the new generations to replace them. I invite parents to encourage their children to participate in this great ministry, to be servants of the altar of the Eucharistic sacrifice. If you have any questions about it, do not hesitate to contact us at the parish office.

Last Thursday, May 18, Father Paul Berghout was celebrating 27 years of priesthood, it was truly a great grace, it has already been several years of service to the Lord and to the Church; I invite everyone to offer a prayer for the priestly ministry of Fr. Paul who is a great blessing for the parish, his great heart and love for the sick in our parish inspires us. Congratulations Fr. Pablito.

Finally, I invite you to continue praying the Rosary, for the intentions of the Holy Father and those of our Bishop Burbidge in this jubilee year of our diocese, dedicated to our Lady.

I hope you have a week blessed by our Lord and his Mother the Queen of Apostles.

Fr. Alex