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As the buds start to come out and flowers bloom after months of hibernation, I take back my word. Much as I like the chilly temperature, there’s nothing like spring. I’ll leave winter behind and set my gaze in the springtime of life.  

If you’ve been following the daily Lenten readings closer than ever, you must have noticed and presumably, enjoyed the drama of the new world to come envisioned in Isaiah 65 on Monday, the river of life that freshens the dead sea (stagnant water) in Ezekiel 47 on Tuesday, the urge to come out and show yourselves in Isaiah 49 on Wednesday, among others. During lent, all roads lead to Jerusalem, the Holy City, the place God chose to dwell, the vision of peace. We’re merely following Jesus in our devotion to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.



This Friday, the Catholic Community comes together in a solemn ritual of Lenten penitential service, a religious act necessary in life to lift our burdens, to ease our pain and hurts, to bring out our deepest concerns, to forgive our sins and listen to the words of absolution: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins, through the ministry of the church, may God give you pardon and peace, I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” As you know, penance in Hebrew means ‘return’ while ‘change of mind and heart’ in Greek. If we put them together, that would mean, (leaving a former life behind and turning our mind and hearts) to God. I will be joined by Fr. Marco Basulto, and Fr. Arnold Noriega (Retired).



Last Week, I finished the Confirmation Interviews at the Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Bernard. I had a great conversation with the kids mostly about the content of the Bishop’s letter, chosen confirmation saint, godparent/sponsor and the completed service hours/projects. Now, it's St. Luke's time. 

Below is the photo of the Lenten Mission at St. Luke presented by Fr. Greg Adolf. 


Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who passed away last week especially, Sandra Molina and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.   

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.  




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