A little something from Fr. Lieu...

Every once in a while someone asks me what it’s been like to be a priest in these rather turbulent and challenging times.  Almost always, I find myself telling them how awesome it is to be able to minister to people in the name of Jesus Christ, and how humbling it is when people invite me to be with them at the pivotal moments of their lives---moments of birth and death, moments of growth and pain and heartache, and moments overflowing with love and joy.

And, then, when time and honesty permit, I share with them some of the frustrations that come from my own human limitations as well as the frustrations that I sometimes feel ministering in the church that never seems to move quite as quickly, or to act quite as wisely or courageously as I think it should---a church that preaches social justice very well but doesn’t always live it; a church that champions equality for everyone but still play favorites; and a church that calls us all to holiness but doesn’t always act so holy as it does so.

From the Desk of Deacon Andrzej Sobczyk

The Real Work of Christ

When I returned from overseas where I was caring for my mother, and caught up with the news, I felt like the bottom had fallen out of my world. Reading about sexual abuse scandals in the worldwide church made me angry, and I was appalled about the details from Pennsylvania. It was awful and beyond belief. As gruesome as the details were, the worst part for me was the cover up by the bishops; their primary concern being for other clergy and the institution, rather than the victims who were marginalized, shamed, and silenced.

From The Desk of Deacon Willy

WHO IS A DEACON?

A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came "to serve and not to be served.” The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church. 

All ordained ministers in the Church are called to functions of Word, Sacrament, and Charity, but bishops, priests and deacons exercise these functions in various ways. As ministers of the Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach, and teach in the name of the Church. As ministers of Sacrament, deacons baptize, lead the faithful in prayer, witness marriages, and conduct wake and funeral services.  As ministers of Charity, deacons lead in identifying the needs of others, then marshaling the Church's resources to meet those needs. Deacons are also dedicated to eliminating the injustices or inequities that cause such needs.

From the Pastor's Desk

  • Today, will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The 2018 theme will be "Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry at the 12:30pm Mass. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.

  • If you did not get a copy of the statement from Bishop Patrick McGrath, Our Path to Reconciliation and Healing, you can read it in this bulletin or its entirety on our parish web site. Click the “News” section.

  • First Friday Adoration will become Every Friday Adoration A number of parishioners support our desire to offer adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday (9am – 5pm) beginning this month. We will use Garden Room A as our place of prayer. Of course, we need a couple of people to commit to one hour to accompany our Blessed Lord. As our Holy Father has instructed us: this is an opportune time to commit ourselves to prayer and fasting to heal and re-build God’s Church.

A Message from Kevin Bernaga

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

As Fall approaches and the school year begins, I cannot help but reflect on how eventful our Youth Ministry has been this past Summer.

Beginning mid-June, a group of our youth joined the 250+ others from all over the Diocese of San Jose for the annual Diocesan Youth Retreat. The retreat was 5 beautiful days in South Lake Tahoe where we were able to grow in faith and community with peers from other parishes.

The week after the retreat, our parish’s Vacation Bible School Program kicked off and continued for two weeks. This year’s theme was “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus”. This year, we had a record-breaking total of 110 registered participants, surpassing last year’s record of 105. We hope to continue to grow the program and minister to even more children next year!