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Sep 5, 2019

Dear Parishioners:

  • LATEST NEWSPope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, and Coadjutor Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has automatically succeeded him as head of the Archdiocese of Seattle. The changes were announced September 3 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.  For more information, please read from our Archdiocese website:
  • As we come to worship God this weekend, we’re fully remembered the Anniversary of September 11, 2001 and we lifted up those who have died to the almighty God and ask our Risen Christ to remember His promise ofeternal lifeto our deceased brothers and sisters and healing for the surviving family’s members. May the remembering of this anniversary event draw us closer together as a nation who stand for freedom, liberty and justice and as a faith community who always remembered “the sacrifice of the victim of September 11”.
  • Today’s Gospel passage of Luke 14:25-33, contains a collection of sayings that are peculiar to Luke. Luke has Jesus speak about the demands of discipleship.  He gathers three sayings and two parables.

Both parables highlight the need to use wisdom in assessing the cost of discipleship.  Both the tower builder and the warring king must calculate the costs and study the risks before making a final decision.  The disciple must know that following Christ requires an allegiance that will always be the highest priority.  To accept the person of Christ is to accept his Cross as well.

Also, the first reading from the Book of Wisdom 9:13-18, as Christians we need not oppose human progress nor reject comforts and pleasures.  The believer must assess these within the delicate balance of wisdom and life.  Today’s first reading challenges us:  does our happiness come from the mere acquisition of possessions or from sharing and interacting with God and neighbor? 

  • Please be generous to The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection to be taken at all the Masses next weekend September 14 & 15. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development allocates fund to community projects to support the efforts of low-income people seeking to change the social, political and economic conditions that perpetuate poverty. 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development - Working on the Margins

*LEARN about those living in poverty. *ACT and spread the word about poverty by passing along this flier. *CONNECT with the work of CCHD by supporting the collection. *PRAY for those who benefit from this collection. 

  • If you ever been asked to share or explain your faithand hesitate of how to start …!!! Come and join with “other inquirers” to learn, share and refresh the gift of our Catholic faith. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult) Team is ready to begin preparing for the people who God call and through the help of all the parishioners of our parish community to recommend for exploring or renewing or deepening in the Catholic Faith.  Please talk to the RCIA Team Members – look for those who are wearing a name-tag indicating they are a member of RCIA Team at Mass.  OR, please check the bulletin in regard to any Religious Programs or call the Religious Office for more information.
  • Welcome back everyone! We’re gathering back again after a long summer and begin anew for the “School Year and a Liturgical Year” as a community of faith here at St. Gabriel Parish.  Please check the bulletin for information in regard to the opening of different programs in our parish community.

Christ’s Peace,
Fr. Phuong Hoang


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