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What separated St. Thomas Aquinas from his contemporaries was that he relentlessly asked questions and sought answers. He practically had more questions than answers which eventually produced voluminous writings (Summa Theologiae), considered as one of the greatest theological works in history. If he were alive, he would have millions of followers in social media. As someone in the academe, he loved to field questions about God as in anything under the sun. For him, a saint  is someone who is ready to accept failures and mistakes. All ministers in some way fall short of God's expectation. Before he died, he humbly admitted that inspite of all his glorious achievements and honors gained, they are all but straw before the unfathomable mystery of God's love. St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, pray for us! 

This Sunday, the feast of the presentation of the Lord in the temple overrides the fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time because of the significance of the fourth joyful mystery. Once again, we contemplate on the depths of this reality which tells us that obedience to the law of God is essential to religious and spiritual growth. It's about fulfilling the sacred duty to bring and present the incarnate Christ-child in the house of the Lord in accordance with the law and tradition. 

We pray for the migrants and refugees, those in harm's way, victims of drugs and opiod epidemic, the homebound, the sick, the terminally ill and the dying.  

In observance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), we pray for all the victims of this horrible crime. 

We pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.

Mercedes "Merci" Leyva, Rosa Rosales Hernandez, Miguel Valenzuela

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.