Dear brothers and sisters,
This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we are offered a word of salvation as we have never been able to imagine. Jesus Christ has not only risen, defeating death and sin, but has also 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 to where He is. “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who 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 words 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.
Unbelievable but true, time flies and we are about to finish the school year and in less than two weeks our children will be enjoying their vacation, but first we must congratulate the eighth grade students who will graduate on Friday, June 3rd. I congratulate them and wish them the best, I also invite everyone as a parish to pray for them as they finish another period in their lives; next year they will begin a new chapter in High School. As a Catholic school we feel honored to be able to be part of the lives of these adolescents, and of their future; I ask God to make them honorable citizens who honor our country.
I would like to inform you that our Director of Religious Education submitted her resignation last week. Unfortunately, her time at university does not allow her to work and study at the same time; I have opened the position to hire a new DRE. I wish Clarisa the best in her studies and I wish all the best for her. I greatly appreciate all the effort and help provided during the time she worked with us in the parish. May God guide you in the next stage of your life.
Next Saturday, June 4th, our bishop will confer the sacrament of Holy Orders on 8 deacons; there soon will be eight young priests for our diocese, I invite you to keep them in your prayers. For our diocese it is a great gift, these new priests come to give more joy and dynamism to the pastoral care of our diocese. Let us pray and thank God for the great gift of the priesthood.
Finally, on June 11th we will have a small gathering with our new parishioners after the 5:00pm and 7:00pm mass; I invite all our new members of the parish to participate.
I wish you a happy week. You are all in my prayers,