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Vatican Corner 01-24-2021

The Vatican announced on January 13, 2021 that Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and that the Vatican’s program of vaccinations has begun. The program is entirely voluntary and the vaccine being offered...

Pastor’s Desk 01-24-2021

On last Saturday early morning (January 16th) I was informed that Mrs. Maria Silva wife of Fernando Silva had passed away. The immediate thought that came to my mind was, ‘What a great loss to our parish.’ Yes, indeed, she was one of the great pillars of our church....

Vatican Corner 01-17-2021

The Virgin Mary our Blessed Mother has had a special presence in the Americas for over five hundred years. Christopher Columbus named his flagship the Santa Maria. The Spanish and French missionaries, who came along with the explorers introduced Mary to the native...

Pastor’s Desk 01-17-2021

One day Francis of Assisi invited one of the young friars to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young friar was so honored at receiving such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. They paused beneath a tree and Francis stooped to return a...

Vatican Corner 01-10-2021

Most historians agree that the early Christians did not use lighted candles, torches or lamps during ceremonies for the first 3 centuries. They tried to avoid anything that might resemble the way Romans used lamps in their sacrificial rituals. But in the 4th century...

Pastor’s Desk 01-10-2021

Origin of baptism: Neither John nor Jesus invented baptism. It had been practiced for centuries among the Jews as a ritual equivalent to our Confession. Until the fall of the Temple in 70 A.D., it was common for Jewish people to use a special pool called a Mikveh --...

Vatican Corner 01-03-2021

In a new book entitled “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future,” Pope Francis avoids complex discussions of church doctrine and theology and instead tells stories from his own life, and gives his views on the crises facing the world, from the coronavirus, the...

Pastor’s Desk 01-03-2021

Little Amy was looking through the family album and found a picture of a man sitting behind a cow. All that was visible was the man’s legs and feet. When her photographer uncle who owned a photo studio came to visit her mother Amy told him, “This is the only picture...

New Year’s Masses

Our New Year's Mass Schedule has Arrived!In-Person Parking Lot Masses: January 1st @ 9:00am (English) and 11:00am (Spanish)Livestreamed Masses: December 31st @ 6:00pm (Spanish) and 8:00pm (English) on our Facebook.Please join us in the Holy Celebration of the Blessed...

Vatican Corner 12-27-2020

In his new Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender, loving, father, a father obedient to God, an accepting, and creatively courageous father, a working father, and a father in the shadows. The Pope’s letter was written...

Pastor’s Desk 12-27-2020

On what basis the Church began to celebrate Christmas on 25th December. It is based on the assumption that the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zachariah occurred during the feast of Yom Kippur, around September 25th, placing the birth of John after...

Vatican Corner 12-20-2020

Everything known about Saint Joseph the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary comes from Scripture, and it is not a lot. The Gospels from Luke and Matthew both say Joseph was a descendant of David, the greatest king of Israel. The angel that first tells Joseph about...

Pastor’s Desk 12-20-2020

Years ago a psychologist named Thomas Holmes developed a scale for measuring stress. He assigned numerical values to events that cause stress such as the loss of job, moving to a new city, a new relationship. Dr. Holmes even included Christmas on his stress list. He...

Vatican Corner 12-13-2020

At the Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Dec.6, 2020, Pope Francis said there is no pandemic or crisis that can turn off the light of Christmas. Referencing the Vatican’s recently erected Christmas tree and the Nativity Scene that is soon to be assembled,...

Pastor’s Desk 12-13-2020

Valesa – a Nightmare is a docu-drama which was written in Poland under a pseudonym and then smuggled out of the country. It tells the story of political prisoners like Lech Walesa. Near the end of the play a prisoner priest, who usually offers a solitary Mass, is...

Vatican Corner 12-06-2020

Knelling before Pope Francis, one by one, at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica on November 28, 2020, eleven of thirteen senior churchmen, including two U.S. citizens, received their red biretta hat, cardinal ring and scroll, becoming new members of the...

Pastor’s Desk 12-06-2020

Being a *ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST* is ranked among the four most difficult "professions" in the world. This is because a ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST must be at the same time: Preacher,  example, advisor, former, planner, minister, visionary, director, mentor, friend, nanny,...