Pastor's Page 2019-08-25
Aug 21, 2019
As Archbishop Sartain prepares for Retirement
Come join Archbishop Sartain for Sunday Mass and to wish him well as he prepares for retirement!
Sunday, September 1st – 12:00 PM (noon)
At St. James Cathedral
804 9th Ave. – Seattle
A public reception following
- From today’s Gospel of Luke: The real question posed to Jesus is: “Will only a few be saved?” Jesus answers by saying that the initiation is open but the way into the Kingdom is narrow and demands a more than casual interest. The “door of opportunity” will not remain forever open.
To be saved as Christians, we must acknowledge Jesus now as our LORD. From today’s Gospel we learn that Jesus may not recognize everyone who bears the name “Christian,” but he will recognize immediately all those whose lives bear the stamp of “Christian.” Each of us must rethink whatever notions we have of the Kingdom of God, and of who will be saved. Those we think least likely to enter may be the first to do so, and vice-versa. Salvation is a life-long journey, along which we are found and chosen by God. On the journey we become friends with God and with one another, and enter more deeply into the holy mystery of the divine. Furthermore, the whole transformative journey is made in love.
Has anyone ever asked you if you have been saved?
But their question is one that must be dealt with, especially for us Catholics who aren’t often versed in the biblical language of salvation and who are not used to providing an answer to such an essential question. The next time we are asked if we have been saved, we might do well to ponder the idea a bit, and we may be pleasantly surprised at the results of our reflections.
Also, praying for the salvation of others - On August 27, the Church remembers St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine. St. Monica reminds all of us that she is a great intercessor for parents and children in distress.
- It’s here …Parish Annual Picnic Day – Sunday August 25th, after the 11:00 AM Mass at the ground of St. Gabriel. It’s a “potluck style – sharing your favorite dish with fellow parishioners” with plenty of hamburgers and hotdogs available for everyone; reconnecting with parishioners since the beginning of the Summer as we ready to begin to resume our Liturgical Year again with the beginning of another Religious Education Year coming in September.
The Parish Pastoral Council help to coordinate this event with the aid of Knights of Columbus; St. Vincent de Paul; the Religious Education Office with other parish committees, Volunteers Parishioners, with all of their help we were able to execute the picnic plan for this year. A big word of “THANKS” to everyone who make the Annual Parish Picnic a successful event.
- Also, a big word of THANKS - to many parishioners and especially the Filipino’s Club from St. Gabriel Parish who have helped to truly celebrate the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Dennis Sevilla last Sunday, August 18. May God bless all of YOU abundantly.
- If you ever been asked to share or explain your faith and hesitate of how to start! Come and join with “other inquirers” to learn, share and refresh the gift of our Catholic faith. Please talk to the RCIA Team Members. Please check the bulletin in regard to any Religious Program or call the Religious Office for more information.
- While we still in the Summer time, I’d like to take this opportunity to thanks all of our parish Liturgical Ministers – Greeters, Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans, Altar Severs, Church Environment Committee – who have served our parish Liturgical Functions throughout the Summer. I’d also like to thank our parish Religious Education Department, especially, our Junior and Senior High Youth Groups for their Mission Trips to different communities to share and put their faith-in-action and all the volunteer Teachers and Parents who have helped to make this Summer event a special memory.
Enjoy the rest of the Summer’s month with the Blessings of our Gracious God!
Fr. Phuong Hoang