Today we celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary and that group of early Christians gathered around them. The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. Without him we cannot call God, “Father,” or proclaim, “Jesus is Lord.” The Holy Spirit is the substance, the reality of our sacraments; when we pray, he is praying within us. Last Sunday a group of our young people were “sealed” with the Holy Spirit. At the 11 a.m. Mass, Bishop Joseph Tyson confirmed fourteen young men and women from our parish. They are picture below: Alex Laurencio, Adam Fox, David French, Manelin Bacelonia, Ralph Bansale, Stephen Bonar, Catherine Damey, Edward Guevara, Shawn Juarez, James Keppler, Willi Pablo, Elisabeth Rasmusssen, Austin-Monique Subedbia and Guy Trujillo. I would like to thank Fr. Ramon Velasco, Gary Samaniego, Jim Postel and all who assisted with their preparation.
In the week before Ascension Sunday, we had other beautiful sacramental celebrations. One of our fourth grade students, together with her mom, received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. Below is a picture of Shelby and Latricia Wright together with others who participated in the ceremony. Mrs. Wilson’s fourth grade class and school principal Mr. Glen Lutz participated in the Mass. At our school Mass on May 26, we baptized Simon Christopher Corbin, son of Holy Family teacher Christi Corbin. It was a beautiful occassion for all our school children, parents and other parishioners who attended the Mass.
We are in the process of finalizing our school and parish budgets. Please pray for the Parish Council, School Commission and Finance Council which are meeting this Thursday evening. Mr. Ed Williams, from the Archdiocese, will also be with us.
Thank you to all who participated in the Day of Prayer for Immigrants and Hosts. We had a beautiful service with our school children, meditating on the mystery of the Visitation and saying together a decade of the rosary. I am especially grateful to Bishop Eusebio Elizondo who celebrated and preached at the evening Masses.
Fr. Richard Gallagher has invited our parochial vicar to serve as a chaplain on a cruise ship. Fr. Ramon will have a much deserved break from June 7 - 14. Meanwhile, we will have the presence of newly ordained Fr. Peter Mactutis at our 11:00 a.m. Mass on June 11. Sacred Heart Radio will broadcast live, the ordination ceremony on June 10 at 10:00 a.m.