• Robert Dwyer

Pastor's Letter June 7th (Trinity Sunday)

Updated: Jun 24

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. God has revealed something to us about himself, that he is a community in unity, a community of love. Next week we will

celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).


Last Sunday (at the Pentecost Vigil Mass at 5 PM on Saturday), we celebrated the Baptisms of 10 people and the Confirmations of 19. The newly baptized are called Neophytes (“the newly planted ones”.)


Please continue to pray for our Neophytes who received Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist for the first time at Pentecost this year instead of the usual time at the Easter Vigil

due to Covid:

  • Jayme Hunchuck

  • Arturo Sierra

  • Katherine Chavez Cano

  • Alan Christopher Hercules

  • Klenir Ricardo Velasquez Salazar

  • Genesis Sofia Vasquez Varela

  • Angel De Dios Segura Rodriguez

  • Aileen Hercules

  • Katherine Varela

  • Patricia Flores Alarcon


and our Candidates who came into Full Communion with the Church:

  • Danielle Contreras (who received her Sacraments on Easter this year)

  • Austin Wingfield

  • David (Tres) Wolfford III

  • Mayra Cano

  • Sonia Elias

  • Suani Elias Andino

  • Joel Lincona Andino

  • Miguel Alarcon

  • Marie Ester Benitez

  • Santos Argueta.


Thank you to their Godparents, Sponsors, RCIA/RICA leaders: Julie Dawley, and Deacon Ramon, and RCIC leaders: Dora Castro, Linda and Steve Hemler, Kelly Wilton and Pat Reed. Thank you also to the host of volunteers who walked alongside all of our Catechumens/Elect and Candidates throughout the different phases of preparation of Christian Initiation. As a parish we welcome you and invite you to pray about where God is calling you in our community to serve.


Graduates were invited to attend the June 7, 11:30 AM Mass and the 2 PM Mass today: we congratulate the students who registered with us, some of whom will able to attend, and ask God’s blessing on all their future endeavors:

  • Karl Quiambao

  • Robert Warnick

  • Alex García Rayon

  • Joseph Prince

  • Jacqueline Resau

  • Kimberly Resau

  • Nicholas DiGuilio

  • Jensen Armstrong

  • Andrew Canavan

  • Emily Koberlein

  • Jacob Flemming

  • Rachel Tocker

  • Jillian Sasso

  • Joseph Karstetter

  • Adele Masson

  • Camille Klemann

  • Liam Addy

  • Austin Wingfield

  • Maricruz Hernandez

  • Jose Argueta-Benitez


  • we also recognize graduating AltarServers:

  • Adele Masson – 8 years

  • Camille Klemann – 5 years

  • Emily Koberlein – 7 years (also Lector – 4 years)

  • Sarah Hatfield – 7 years

  • Sebastian Thasan – 7 years

  • Kim Resau- 7 years

  • MariCruz Hernandez, 9 years


And those who served in music ministry:

  • Jacob Flemming

  • Maricruz Hernandez

  • Caine Ingerski

  • Adele Masson

  • Kevin Mungia

  • Kim Resau

  • Jillian Sasso

  • Trinity Wenk

  • Thomas Windsor


A grateful THANK YOU to these wonderful Altar Servers and music ministers who blessed our parish with their time and talent and helped glorify our Lord with their gifts!


Please join us on Saturday, June 13th, at the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 PM, for a fond farewell and special congratulations to Fr. Augustine Tran. He will also be celebrating

his 16th anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood. He has been assigned to St. John Bosco in Woodstock and Our Lady of the Shenandoah in Basye, as Parochial Vicar. Following Mass, we hope to share some fellowship (perhaps in our parking lot so as

to maintain physical distancing) but still maintain our social ties.


We have returned to our normal schedule of Masses. We only had about 30% of our building’s capacity in attendance at our Masses last week, about 75 to 120 people in one or other of our four Masses. There is certainly room for more people. We encourage you to return if you are in good health and not at risk. You are encouraged to sign up online.


We are forming committees for several feast day celebrations: the Corpus Christi procession on June 14, 12:30 PM and the celebration of our parish feast day, the Feast of the Precious Blood on Saturday evening, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. (We will see what we will be allowed to do once we see what the physical distancing norms will be by then.) Please contact the

office if you want to be a part of these special events for our parish.


Looking forward, we will be celebrating The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi) on June 14. We invite four families (two, each, from our

English- and Spanish-speaking communities) to sponsor and help set up one of the four outdoor altar tables on the edges of our property (north, south, east and west) where I will be stopping to pray, hear the Word of God, and bless our parish (and county) with the Blessed Sacrament. Please call the office to reserve a station and go over the details. The procession will take place at 12:30 pm between the 11:30 AM and 2 PM Masses.


We are grateful to our parishioners who are able to continue to support the parish during this time as we still have all of our payroll expenses. Thanks to your generosity, we are up to

about 40% of our usual income.


Our parish food pantry, “St. Joseph’s Table”, continues at our Old Rectory and is open from 10 AM to 12 PM on Saturdays and 4 to 6 PM on Wednesdays. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact the rectory. We also are receiving donations of non-perishable food or gift cards at the rectory office from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. St. Joseph’s Table helps ALL members of our parish, both English and Spanish speaking. As part of our works of Mercy we are all called to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and give drink to the thirsty. If you need any assistance, let us know.


The dates for our re-scheduled First Communions will be: Saturdays, July 11, 18 and (a bilingual Mass) July 25. Please contact the CCD Office with your preferred date. We need to

spread the children out equally among the three dates, and the number of guests might be limited to maintain physical distancing.


Vacation Bible Camp is coming in July. Under the direction of Kelly Bennett the children will be able to participate in: Totally Catholic: Rocky Railway! Through life’s ups and downs, Jesus' Power Pulls Us! See the bulletin for upcoming details and volunteering opportunities and contact kbennett@pbcconline.com with your interest.


Let’s continue to pray for one another during this pandemic, and the anxiety and economic uncertainty that surrounds it. Let’s also pray for an end to racial hatred, and justice for all, as we pray for an end to the social unrest and rioting that has taken place in our country. Let’s ask God for the grace and the strength to respond to evil and hatred with the love of Jesus Christ.


Shalom,

Fr. Kevin

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