Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – January 30, 2022
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – This week, we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, Open Houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
This Sunday at our 11 AM Mass, we kick off Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of the Gospel.
The success of our school rests primarily with the generous and hardworking individuals who diligently go about every day fulfilling the vision of Catholic education. This great team of collaborators is headed by our principal, Sheila Klich. Alongside her stands a faithful group of committed teachers, aides, support staff, room parents, Parents Club members, School Board, committees, volunteers, and all of the good, caring people who I have probably neglected to mention. Especially during the pandemic, they have had to work and make sure to create a safe environment for our school. I ask you to keep them in your prayers and make sure to thank our principal and teachers when you see them. Our parish is indebted to them for all they do!
I also would like to thank the parents of our school children who see Catholic education as a value and who are financially able to make the sacrifice to send your children to St. Celestine school. Please bring them to church every Sunday to worship and praise our Almighty God.
RITE OF WELCOMING AND ACCEPTANCE – Last Sunday at the 9 AM Mass, we officially welcomed our members of RCIA at the Rite of Welcoming and Acceptance (see picture below). The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those seeking baptism, for those baptized in another Christian tradition who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, as well as for those completing their Sacraments of Initiation. We as the community of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish welcome and affirm the teens and adults in this spiritual journey.
Please keep them in your prayers during this time as they learn about their faith and will receive baptism and full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil: Emely Bravo, Miguel Castorena, Maria De La Luz, Nico DiRosa, Nathan Hernandez, Victoria Lao, Charles Metz, Yesenia Montalvo, Concepcion Santillan, Atziry Olmos Santillan, Omar Olmos Santillan, Christopher Oliva, Nathan Paez, Johanna Ramos, Jordan Sackmaster, Emily Salgado, Adrian Salgado, Joseph Soto, Melanie Urquide, and Jackelin Vilchis Olmos.
Peace and Love!
Fr. Paul Cao – St. Mother Guerin Parish Pastor