Pastor's Page 2019-07-07
Jul 12, 2019
There is a definite link between the first reading from Isaiah (Is 66:10-14) and the reading from the gospel of Luke (Lk 10:1-12, 17-20) for this Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Isaiah's poetry celebrates the long-awaited return of Israel from exile and imagines their triumphant return to the nurturing arms of Jerusalem, the Holy City and Mother of all cities. In Luke's gospel, Jesus, like Israel, is also journeying toward Jerusalem, where he, too will be welcomed by the city– but then rejected. It is in the holy city of Jerusalem that Jesus will inaugurate the new kingdom of God by his passion and death.
In the Mission sending of the seventy-two from the Gospel story, Jesus confirms that through his disciples, and those who would come to believe in him through their word, his peace and the news that “the kingdom of God has come near to you” would be proclaimed to the world. At their joyful return, despite rejection, Jesus rejoices at their success in the submission of the evil spirits in his name: the message is never to cease, never to give up. As the kingdom of God is gradually being established, evil in all its forms is being defeated; the dominion of Satan over humanity is at an end.
- I hoped that you also had a wonderful celebration of July 4 (Independence Day) this past week. What a great day to remember and celebrate the reality of who we are as a nation and as a people to continue to set high the value of Freedom, Peace and Justice. We pray that God continue to bless our nation and form our world to the values that we hold dear in our heart.
- Summer activities in our parish are also reminding us with program for children in Summer Vacation Bible School and for Youth Program with Summer Mission Trips.
…At St. Gabriel Parish, Summer Vacation Bible School is open for children from Pre-K through 6th grade. For more information, please call (360) 876-2834 or check our parish website.
…Youth Mission Trip: High School Mission Trip 2019 Youth Migrant Project Burlington, Washington July 7-12, 2019. For more information, please call (360) 876- 2834 or check our parish website.
- It’s not too late to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal this year; please see the reporting through the indication with the “thermometer” in the entrance of the Church for the update. “Thank You” for many families who continue to support our parish in the Annual Catholic Appeal this year by turning in your envelops already”; please join with your fellow parishioners to support the ACA by returning your completed envelops. Any amount, small or large, will help our parish goal.
- Come and join the Guamanian Club of Bremerton & Vicinity and the Chamorro community from our Parish to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam. This celebration will be held at St. Gabriel Parish on Saturday – July 6, 2019 with a Rosary at 5:30 PM; 6:00 PM Procession and Mass at 6:30 PM. All Are Welcome to attend the Reception after Mass, Pot Luck style, bring your favorite dish to share at the Community Room.
- First Alert!!! Both of our bathrooms upstairs will be closed on the weekend of July 27 & 28 for long awaited construction for a few weeks. More information will follow later.
- Also, remember to mark your calendar for a Parish Annual Picnic which will be on Sunday, August 25th after the 11:00 AM Mass.
- While enjoying the “Summer rest”, please don’t forget our parishes – St. Gabriel and Prince of Peace. Also, consider Summer Bible School for your children; please check the bulletin for more details.
Fr. Phuong Hoang