Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I truly hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and you got to spend some time with family and good friends. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in my 25th Anniversary celebrations. There were so many people involved that it would be impossible for me to thank everyone individually – that’s not a cop-out but the truth. My family and friends, who travelled, felt so welcomed that they wanted to stay but I said, “No, go home, these people are all mine.” But seriously, thank you for helping them feel so at home. To all our sponsors who placed an ad in the booklet and to Villa Mannino’s for the wonderful food – it was very much appreciated.
On the theme of ‘appreciation’ many of you may be aware that Jac Madson and his daughter, Julie, have retired from the music ministry. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Jac and Julie for their dedication and commitment to St. Mary Parish and in more recent times, Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. You have added so much to our celebration of the liturgy, may that be our weekend celebration of the mass, funerals, weddings and our Easter and Christmas celebrations. An appreciation event is being organized for the near future.
I am delighted to announce that Alfonso Gonzalez is now our Music Coordinator for both St. Mary Church and Holy Assumption. If you have any questions regarding music please contact Alfonso. Three new members to our team are our organists John Reed and Gabrielle (Gaby) Reed and our new cantor, Tina Fernandez. Welcome to Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. We all hope your time with us will be rewarding, renewing and always spiritually uplifting.
Moses, as his life on earth is coming to an end, pleads with his people to “heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law.” Jesus is asked how can one inherit eternal life? Jesus asks, “What is written in the law? The man answers, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told him that he answered correctly, but the man had another question, “who is my neighbor?” In the gospel we hear Jesus’ answer but what would your answer be and what would my answer be? Does it reflect the answer Jesus gave?