Pastor's Page 2019-07-14
Jul 12, 2019
- How time have flight by … It’s not been that long, but it’s ONE YEAR Anniversary of the death of a very long-time parish staff – Judy Ricciardi, wife of Deacon John, who had worked at our parish, St. Gabriel, for a total of 31 years. Most of everyone in our parish had met and knew Judy and relied on her for many years. We, indeed, have missed her presence, dedication and many gifts not only at the parish office but many different ministries that Judy has involved and mastered for our parish community over the last 31 years.
Deacon John and his family are invited everyone in our parish to a Mass of Judy’s first anniversary of her death at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 20 at St. Gabriel Church and with a reception to follow.
Again, our deepest condolences to Deacon John and all of this family on this first anniversary of Judy’s death; we thank God for the gift of Judy’s life and ministry to God’s people here at St. Gabriel and continue to pray for her soul, her family and the seeds of ministry that she has started will continue to bear fruits in the future.
- This 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, once again, we encounter Luke’s Gospel story in chapter 10:25-37. It is powerful, for it speaks of the power of love that transcends all creeds and cultures and "creates" a neighbor out of a complete stranger. The parable is personal, for it describes with profound simplicity the birth of a human relationship that has a personal, physical touch, transcending social and culture, as one person binds the wounds of another. The parable is a pastoral, for it is filled with the mystery of care and concern that is at the heart of what is best in human beings. The story is primarily practical, for it urges us to cross all barriers of culture and community and to go and do likewise!
- Another big event was celebrated last Saturday, July 6. The communal prayer of the Rosary with multi-languages in the Church, exposition of Our Lady of Santa Maria ‘n Kamalin banner and the prayer procession around the church’s parking lot, the Liberation Remembrance Mass from the Chamorro’s Community and a huge reception in the Community Room to accommodate everyone on this special occasion.
A special word of thank to our Guamanians Club and Chamorro parishioners from St. Gabriel and neighboring parishes of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Holy Trinity, St. Nicholas (Gig Harbor) and Sacred Heart in Lacey and other visitors …for a special spiritual value of the celebration and a welcoming reception filled with joy, friendship and good foods.
- 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 Trip.
- Vacation Bible School at St. Gabriel Parish is open for children age Pre-K through 6th grade this coming week: From Monday July 22 to Friday July 26. The schedule each day begins with - 5:30 PM (optional dinner for kids and families) and 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (program for the day). For more information, please call Religious Education Office (360) 876-2834.
- Summer Mission Trip – our High School Youth Group has completed a week of Mission (July 7–12) in working with other Youth Groups in Burlington, Washington last week. There were a lot of hand-on experiences from farming to serving people in needs. Like the Gospel story last week, our Youth Group was sent out for Mission to live and spread the Good News of Jesus. They now have a lot of stories to share with friends, family and parishioners.
- 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.
Fr. Phuong Hoang