Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you. With this same greeting, Jesus greets the eleven disciples and His mother in all His appearances after His resurrection; a sign that the life, joy and light that His resurrection brings must cause peace, harmony and tranquility in the life of all Christians. Easter is precisely that, to meditate on all the greatness that His resurrection gives us. As Christians, we must see the will of God in everything and realize that we must fall in love with the life that Jesus brings us. We must expel the fears, complexes and traumas that the crosses in our lives have caused us. Living in peace and harmony is having a life according to the resurrection of Jesus. Live and rise because Jesus is alive.
Last Tuesday, Bishop Burbidge visited our parish and administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 45 of our youth from our parish; I invite you to pray for them so that now that they have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they strive to be good Christians. At the same time, we congratulate them for their perseverance in the formation they have received during these two years; I invite their parents to continue forming them in the faith.
I want to congratulate all those who made a commitment in the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal, thanks to you the diocese can continue with its pastoral programs. As Queen of the Apostles Parish we are so close to reach the goal that was set for us, we only need the 8%, to comply with it. I encourage those who have not done so to make their pledge today. If we reach our goal, it would be the first time in many years that we would achieve it. I count on your support.
Also, in the coming weeks I will inform you about how the Capital Campaign process is going and the following projects that are pending. By the end of May we will prepare a report on all this, you will receive this via email or perhaps by mail, we will inform you about it soon. I also encourage those who are new to our parish and want to support us, you are welcome to get involved and continue to rebuild and repair some areas of our parish.
Last Sunday, I blessed the new image of the Divine Mercy; as you may have noticed, two new arches were built, and this is to give more solemnity to the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe. I appreciate all the good comments; I am going to bless the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th. I also thank the donors, Mrs. Carolina Hernández who donated the altar of Divine Mercy and our brothers from the Knights of Columbus for the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe. May Jesus and Mary bless you.
Finally, I want to ask those who wish to support me with donations for the purchase of flowers and plants to be planted in the parish gardens. I would like the parish to have many flowers to become an even more welcoming place. If you are interested, please call the parish office.