The Spiritual Life of the Parish

07-05-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear Parishioners,

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.

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The Spiritual Life of the Parish

07-05-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear Parishioners,

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.

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End-of-Year Review

06-21-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear Parishioners:

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.

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Parish Update: May 17

05-17-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear Parishioners,

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.

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Parish Update: May 3

05-03-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear Parishioners,

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.

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Parish Update: April 12

04-12-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

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.

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Parish Update: April 3

04-03-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

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.

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Parish Update: March 23

03-23-2020From the PastorFr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL

Dear OLPH Faithful, Padre here…peace be with you. What a week! Don't lose hope. In the midst of these uncertainties, it is my prayer that you find the opportunity to be with your family (a good) and are reinforcing your life of prayer (for a greater good). The Lord is always with us.

I want to share with you five important topics:

First of all, I would like to share with you that on Friday March 13th, I went in for surgery (Ouch!) I knew before hand that it will be a complicated surgery but like always, I was placing my life in God's hands so I went with peaceful confidence. The difficulty of the surgery came when I woke up from the anesthesia and found out that the Holy Mass will not be celebrated in public around the entire diocese. Oh no! was my first reaction (as well as probably yours). That is more painful than any surgery. However, in an effort to protect all our parishioners especially those with weak immune systems, the diocesan suspension makes sense. Back to the topic, although the surgery went well, the recovery time as you are aware, is always more difficult than the surgery itself.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

12-29-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH parishioners,

Christmas is here! There is always a special joy in our hearts to welcome Our Savior Jesus Christ. On behalf of the whole OLPH family (parish/school /capilla) we would like to wish you a blessed and joyful Christmas.

Challenges

We the school and parish staff as well as our many volunteers are working together to be good administrators with the resources that we have. As you have noticed, in the last six months, we have had some challenges with our building structures that needed repair. Among them, five A/C unit systems broke down and caused unexpected expenses but the Lord is always good to us and we were able to fix them.

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Parish News

10-06-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Deal OLPH Parishioners,

I hope this letter find you well. I think this is one of our favorite times of the year without a doubt.

Safe Environment

Let me begin this letter with a Safe Environment update. Previously we paused the program because we were waiting for new instructions coming from the diocese related to this program. Now that the diocese has released their final statement on this topic, we invite all volunteers to come back and finish their renewal. Our goal is to do everything we can to provide a safe environment for our kids. If you need help, we will be glad to provide that for you. Please contact Luz May at our Safe Environment office: 480.432.2528 and she will be glad to guide you through the process. Thank you for your willingness to serve.

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