May the Love of Christ keep modeling your heart like His for the upcoming year. I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. Maybe in your life you have lost a family member or a friend due to Covid. We share your sadness with empathy and have dedicated extra prayers and masses for all our beloved ones that are no longer with us. However, the intention of this message is to share with you a message of hope.READ MORE
It is my joy to share with you our greatest news of the year. By the grace of God and the care of our beloved Lady, we officially have started on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, last Monday the 9th, the internal beautification of the church. That day, the three readings talked about the beauty of the temple; the transcendental temple as well as the physical temple. After 47 years of not having a major change in the entrance of the temple, now the time has arrived. The beautification will cover the vestibule, women’s restroom, men’s restroom, the cry room, the janitor’s room and the storage room.READ MORE
May the peace of Christ be with you.
It is my prayer that you are doing great. I would like to begin this update by thanking you for your commitment to the parish, your support and contributions. Your commitment to our parish has encouraged us to bring hope to our parishioners. As I am aware that many of us cannot come back yet, allow me to update you on our ongoing projects.
For the second straight year, we haven’t stopped making necessary improvements to our parish. Can you imagine what our parish will look like 20 years from now? Just to give you an example. Please thank our maintenance team because they have been working diligently to continue with the beautification of the church. As you can see in the picture below, you can identify refinished pews. They look like new. The beautification of the restrooms and vestibule, will most likely begin the first two weeks of November. We’ll keep you updated.READ MORE
May the Lord keep you in good health. For all of you who cannot come to our beautiful church, we can tell you that we have been missing you.
In order to reach you and integrate you in what is happening at our parish, let me share with you that we have purchased a HD Live stream camera and I am excited to let you know that it has arrived! For all of you who like technology the camera is a PTZ Optics 20X 3G SDI. This will give us the opportunity to transmit better picture quality for you to enjoy our transmissions and to reach our beloved parishioners with fragile health.
Talking about cameras, let me share the good news that we also have acquired two more external cameras that point to the west parking lot of our parish. We did this to add an extra security layer to the people who come to the adoration chapel (which is still closed) and school entrance. In addition, for your safety and peace of mind, we have enrolled our parish into the Neighborhood Watch Program launched by the Glendale Police Department.READ MORE
May the good Lord find you with peace.
This second part of my letter has to do with the spiritual life of the parish. After being here for a year, I am a witness to the faith of all of you. Your respectful participation in Holy Mass is admirable. I do not want to pass this opportunity to thank all our volunteers, lectors, EM’s, greeters, and everyone else who are directly involved in the Mass. Also, we would like to thank all our different parish groups who have been the living soul of the parish. In these difficult times, we pray for all our parishioners who have health difficulties and for our donors who help us to sustain our parish. It is my hope that one day we will get back together.READ MORE
I hope that you are doing great during this challenging times. Today I would like to share some encouraging news.
Today, I would like to talk about the tangible/ material things. It is almost one year since Fr. Christopher and myself arrived at this beautiful community. We, along with Fr. Mario, all our deacons, parish and school staff, committed parishioners, donors and volunteers began last year with all the energy to make our parish a better house of prayer for giving Glory to God. Even in the midst of this pandemic, we haven’t stopped working for you and we continue making improvements for our beautiful parish.READ MORE
I would like to begin with a petition. Please pay for the residents of Glencroft retirement center as they have been suffering from cases of Covid19. May the Lord soon stop the spreading of the virus and may Our Lady intercede for them.
In a more positive approach, I would like to share with you the good news that last Sunday we started giving communion to our parishioners who were watching our 10:00 am mass via social media. Approximately around 160 to 200 parishioners came to receive the Eucharist. I was so moved to see the love you have for the Lord. It was great to see those who came. On the same note, let me share with you that we will gradually open our church with more masses. We will do it in phases. According to the diocesan directives, right now, we can only accommodate less than 25% of the church capacity. So in order to do this, now we start offering three masses on Sunday: 8:00 am mass in English; 10:00 am streamed mass bilingual and 1:00 pm mass in Spanish. All here at the main church. But have patience with us because we only can accommodate limited parishioners.READ MORE
May the peace of God be with you. Happy Easter!!
Today I would like to share with you that the good Lord loves you with infinite love. He, more than us, is thirsty for your love and patiently awaiting for the time He will have communion with you. He, more than us, is awaiting eagerly for your return to Holy Mass like a father awaits for his absent children. So thank you for your patience but we believe that many good spiritual things will come out of these restrictions.
Today I would like to cheer you up. We at the parish and school, and with the help of many volunteers, are working tiredly to serve you better. Let me begin by updating you on the good things that we are currently doing. We want to see how are you doing and see if there is anything we can do for you. We did this by setting up a group of volunteers that had the task to phone call our parishioners. Yes we have done many phone calls. Even a man from New Mexico received a phone call from us and he was very appreciative although he has never been at our parish. I think it was the Holy Spirit. In case you haven’t received a call from us, please let us know and we gladly would like to check on you.READ MORE
Dear OLPH Parishioners,
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your families. First of all, how are you doing? It is our hope that things are going well in your family and we insist that you take care of yourselves by not overstressing. Keep in mind that stresses is the door to other illnesses. Please know that we are constantly praying for you and your family members and remind you that if you need anything from us, you should not hesitate to contact us.
Did you have the opportunity to see the Urbi et Orbi papal blessing on TV? Through this blessing to the Universal Church the Pope implores the mercy of God upon us. In case you didn’t see it, I would encourage you to do so; it was so beautiful. You can find it in any trustworthy website related to Vatican media. Something I noticed was that after the blessing, people had the opportunity to experience the peace of Christ and the trust in God during these challenging times. As I was listening to the Pope’s homily, you and your families came to mind. Our family members who because of their jobs are risking their lives to save the lives of others. Those that are on the trenches. Be assured that we have been praying for them on a daily basis.READ MORE
Dear OLPH Parishioners,
We greatly appreciate your prayers and the sacrifices you are doing in financially supporting our beloved parish. We are trying very hard to be good administrators with the current assets. We have been cutting expenses in all the departments and even making adjustments in some of our salaries. (The priests in the entire diocese have volunteered to cut their paychecks in order to be in solidarity with the faithful who are struggling financially.) For those of you struggling to put food on the table, remember that we have St. Vincent de Paul to help you. And finally, we have implemented a positive attitude of helping each other with small sacrifices.READ MORE