Letter from our Pastor – Fr. Tom Pettei Carta de nuestro Párroco

Dear Friends,

You’ve experienced this scene before.  The cashier announces: “Numbers 56 and 57!”  You step forward and pick up your order from the fast food counter.  You know what it is to be called.  It happens at stores, at doctor’s offices, in classrooms, in many different situations.  Some of those situations are easier than others.

But what is it like to be called by God?  How often have you thought of that?  Each of us is called by God.  Maybe the call has not been as dramatic as the call of Samuel, in today’s first reading, where Samuel hears God’s voice calling out to him (and recognizes it with the help of Eli).  Maybe we can’t easily point to a moment of decision like the scene described in today’s Gospel, with the call of the first disciples.  But each of us is called by God.  We have various vocations: whether to priesthood, single life, marriage, religious life, or diaconate.  By our Baptism, we are each called to serve, to witness to Jesus, to follow in his footsteps, called to “see where he lives.”  We are called to follow God’s plan for us.

A calling we all share is to pray and work for peace.  May God’s peace rule our lives and guide our country.

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Tom

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Queridos amigos,

La mayoría de nosotros hemos experimentado esta escena. El cajero anuncia: “¡Números 56 y 57!” pasen adelante y recojan su pedido en el mostrador de comida rápida. Sabemos lo que significa ser llamado. Sucede en las tiendas, en los consultorios médicos, en las aulas, en muchas situaciones diferentes. Algunas de esas situaciones son más difíciles que otras.

Pero, ¿cómo es ser llamado por Dios? ¿Con qué frecuencia han reflexionado acerca de esto? Cada uno de nosotros ha sido llamado por Dios. Quizás el llamado no ha sido tan dramático como el llamado de Samuel, en la primera lectura de hoy, donde Samuel escucha la voz de Dios llamándolo (y reconoce su voz con la ayuda de Elí). Quizás no podamos señalar fácilmente un momento específico de decisión como en la escena descrita en el Evangelio de hoy, con el llamado de los primeros discípulos. Pero cada uno de nosotros es llamado por Dios. Tenemos diferentes vocaciones: ya sea al sacerdocio, a la vida de soltero, al matrimonio, a la vida religiosa o al diaconado. Por virtud de nuestro bautismo, cada uno de nosotros está llamado a servir, a dar testimonio de Jesús, a seguir sus pasos, a “ver dónde vive”. Estamos llamados a seguir el plan de Dios para nosotros.

Un llamado que todos compartimos es el de orar y de trabajar por la paz. Que la paz de Dios gobierne nuestras vidas y guíe a nuestro país.

Paz y bendiciones,

Padre Tom

For any pre-scheduled Mass or Group Gathering, it’s very important that you receive permission from the pastor before you invite a Priest to be a celebrant,  a Deacon to be a preacher or to assist at any celebration and a lay speaker, even one from our Diocese.

No priest, deacon or lay speaker should minister at the Parish without the pastor’s permission.

When Mass has ended, please leave the Church in good order and ensure that the exit doors are properly locked; bear in mind the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thank you and God bless you.

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God bless you all!

Proper attire for Church

We ask that everyone to please dress appropriately for Mass or any other service. Shorts or beach attire are not acceptable, we have air conditioning in the church. Remember that when you are in church, you are in the presence of God.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.