My Dear Parishioners,
Happy April! I hope none of you were fooled on April 1st. April is a special month of the year, when all Christians throughout the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus so loved us that He willingly suffered for us, died for us and rose from the dead so that we too, after our earthly suffering and death, will rise with Jesus to eternal life. Suffering and death will have no power over us if today we love Jesus and become one with Him in God’s holy sacraments. Please make every effort to pray daily, to give thanks to God for your body, mind and soul, and to always become one with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus loves you and He is waiting for you to inherit the eternal life of heaven with all the angels and saints.
40 days of Lent are coming to an end, please join us for our parish penance service this Sunday, April 7th at 4pm, in church. Come and go as you please. Please pray your act of contrition before entering for your confession so that others don’t have to wait too long in line. Our guest confessors are Fr. Douglas Campbell (in the west confessional), Fr. Dominic Potnuru (sacristy) and Fr. Benjamin Green (east confessional). Please come to church early to make your own examination of conscience. Examination guides will be available for you. Also, please do your penance in church before heading home so that you will not forget.
In all Catholic Churches, please always be respectful in God’s house by not talking/visiting in church. Church is God’s house and not a social or market place; therefore, no food or chewing gum or playing with your phones at any time in church (yes, you can use your phone in church for scripture readings or other spiritual prayers). On Sundays, please always wear your Sunday best for God to fulfill your Sunday obligation. Shorts and revealing clothes are not appropriate for Holy Mass. No one should wear a hat in church, unless for medical reasons. Also, please be on time for Masses so that you will not be locked out due to security and safety for everyone in church. The code to the single door of the church has been changed. Only those who have the need to enter the church such as for choir practice, cleaning our church and bathrooms, sacristans and homebound ministers, etc. will have access to the church through this single door. For adoration, please use the chapel’s door with it’s separate code.
Love you all and can’t wait to celebrate our Catholic faith with you, Fr. Hien
Building Fund: From everyone in our church family, we want to thank many individuals and families, parishioners and non-parishioners, who have contributed generously to our building fund. Up to date, we are blessed with $168,861.00. Every registered parishioner/family was asked for a suggested amount and if you have not contributed yet, please know that we are still waiting for your gift to our parish so that we can reach our goal of $170,000. We are grateful to you and the following donors: Joseph & Bill Hotze, Donald & Laura Knipp, Melvin & Laura Leiker, Robert & Rebecca Lies, Richard & Cathy Ludwick, Rory & Teresa McCandless, Rex & Sheryl McKnight, Doris Rohr, Greg & Charlene Versch, Delores Williams, Kim Thuy Thi Phan, Mark & Cindy Little, Minh Tran & Huong Truong, Rick & Debra Koehn, Paul & Connie Stone, Vi & Dinh Nguyen, My Dung Phung, Nam & Mary Duong, Ha & Tam Nguyen, Florentino & Enid Tuason, Patricia Crowe, Hao & Trang Tran, Juliet Werdann, Brando & Cuc Dao, Danh & Nhu Nguyen, Jason & Kristen Phillips, Becky Hotze, Khoa Bui, Glen & Benita Cox, Shanda Knipp-Barnes, Floyd Fletcher & Theresa Pitzer, Evelyn Tajchman, Tommy & Alisha Chang, Lucky Market, Annie Trinh, Virginia Simmons, Bill & Terrisa Compton, Mary Warren, Joshua & Carissa Cash, Andrew Meece, Gary & Stacey Guzman & many more.
Father Hien Nguyen