From The Pastors Desk
,As we approach the beginning of summer, we are invited to not only take necessary time for ourselves, but to spend more time with the Lord. Although summer gives us the opportunity for vacation, we must never take a vacation from the Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to be able to have the opportunity to be with the Lord on Sunday. Each of our scripture readings for Mass today speaks to us of the great love God has for us, his children. In a particular way, Jesus speaks to us from a loving tone, the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. In a very special way, we pray for vocations to the priesthood, that more young men will hear the call from the Lord to be priests modeled after the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Christ was sent by the Father to free us from our sins and lead us to the kingdom of eternal life. As we prepare to enter these weeks of summer rest and relaxation, we pray that God will continue to give us the strength and courage we need to follow his son, Jesus closer to the eternal kingdom of heaven.
Welcome Back Father Joel
This week we welcomed back Father Joel Cariaso from the Philippines. Father Joel will be with us for about 3 weeks. Both Father Franklin and I are grateful that he is with us to help with the celebration of Mass. Next month we will welcome Msgr. Tony and Father Bonsu for the remaining summer months. Both Father Franklin and I plan to take some time to be with family and friends this summer.
Happy Father’s Day
Today is Father’s Day. On behalf of the entire parish community, we would like to wish all the father’s here present for Mass a happy and blessed Father’s Day. Each of the father’s will receive a small token of our appreciation for them as fathers in the image of St. Joseph, foster father of Christ the Lord.
Throughout the month of June, we will congratulate those who will be graduating from schools of learning. If you or a family member will be graduating, please see the signup sheets at the doors of the churches. Please indicate their names, schools and degree. Their names will be placed in the parish bulletin the weekend of June 24/25.
This Monday, June 19 is known as Juneteenth. It is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Last year, it became a federal holiday. The parish office will be closed this Monday. We continue to pray for peace and justice within our society, that we all may live in harmony with one another.
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox
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