Dear Parishioners and Friends,
While clean-up efforts continue here in the local area, and life seems to be returning to a routine for many (our parish school finally had its first full week of classes since its official “First Day” back in mid-August!), the road to recovery will be long and arduous for those who experienced severe damage from the floods. Please know that our parish and Archdiocese is available to help those who need assistance both now and in the future. Be mindful of your neighbor’s needs and do not hesitate to provide or direct them to the resources they need in the weeks and months ahead.
Next Sunday is a great day for our parish: we will celebrate the Solemnity of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, our Patroness! According to a church document called “General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar,” the “title of a particular church” is a “solemnity” in that church (par. 59, no. 4), and it outranks […] the Sundays in Ordinary Time (“Calendar,” par. 59, nos. 5-6).
What that means is that the Memorial of St. Theresa (October 1) becomes a solemnity in parishes, like ours, named St. Theresa. The color of the vestments, the readings, and the prayers are all special for that day (you won’t find them in your pew missal). We will also have a parish celebration with refreshments after the 8:00 am & 10:00 am Masses. I hope to see you there!
I encourage you to make a special effort to attend daily Mass during the novena period, which started this past Friday. If you cannot join us, however, you can still pray during those days the following prayer (at any time):
O Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, see what confidence I have in you, and welcome my intentions. Intercede for me with the Blessed Virgin Mary, who came to smile on you when you were suffering. Look on all those undergoing distress and trials and also on all those who pray to you: I unite myself to them as my brothers and sisters.
Through the graces we desire, if it be the Lord’s will, make us stronger in faith, hope, and love on this road to eternal life. May we be assisted at the moment of death so that we may pass from this world into the peace of the Father and know the eternal joy of being children of God. Amen.
(Continue with one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be)
Praying that God continues to bless you and your families, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Eurel Manzano
Great news: we are more than 60% of the way to meeting our Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) goal for 2017! Thank you!
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