We have started the month of September and that means that summer is close to be over and it’s time to change our routine. All the children and teens have returned to school and have begun to focus on their education. I hope you all had a good summer and that family life has brought you closer together and that you have been able to rest as needed to start this new chapter of the year.
Today, Jesus indicates to us the place that our neighbor should occupy in our hierarchy of love and tells us about following Him should characterize our Christian life; it is an itinerary that goes through various stages in which we accompany Jesus Christ with our cross: « Whoever does not carry his cross behind me cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:27). The Christian life is a continuous journey with Jesus. In present time, many theoretically sign up to be Christians, but in fact they do not travel with Jesus: they stay at the starting point and do not start the journey, they leave soon, or they make another trip with other companions. The baggage to walk in this life with Jesus is the cross, each one with his own; but, along with the quota of pain that falls to us as followers of Christ, the consolation with which God comforts His witnesses in any kind of trial is also included. God is our hope and in Him is the source of life.
Speaking of the parish setting, it is with great joy that I share with you that the profit from the Parish Festival was $34,000. It was worth the effort and all the work we did as a parish family. Thank you very much for all your effort and your participation. This being our second parish festival, we have had a great achievement! I hope that the next festivals will be much better than this one.
I would also like to announce that as of August 29th, Sarah Calvino is our new music director. We welcome her as she continues working with our volunteers and our choirs so that they continue to vibrate as they have done so far. Sarah welcome to our parish officially and as an official part of our staff.
Finally, I want to share with you a very big concern that I have and it is related to the adoration chapel; we need many volunteers who can commit to do an hour of adoration. There are several hours in the day that are not being covered, and members of the staff have to do it. Please, I ask that if you have made a commitment to spend an hour with the Lord, please do so, or at least let us know so we can find someone to replace you. I hope that at the ministry fair we can catch more volunteers. Please think about giving an hour with Jesus in the Eucharist a week.
I wish you a Happy Labor Day! Enjoy it with your family and friends.
God bless you,