Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – April 11, 2021

DIVINE MERCY – This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, which is Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope Saint John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000 declared: “It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday.'” So, we have this celebration as a result of the life and holiness of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905—1938). She is one more proof of what can be accomplished in only a short time on earth. Beginning on February 22, 1931, Our Lord began appearing to St. Faustina and revealing to her a wonderful message of God’s mercy for all people. This simple, uneducated but courageous woman was given a great mission by God, a message that our world desperately needs to hear.

At one point, Our Lord spoke to Sr. Faustina and said: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world.” And again: “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death, I Myself will defend it as My own glory.”

During the pandemic on the first Friday of each month at 3 PM at St. Celestine, we have a Holy Hour when we pray the Divine Mercy chaplet.

Let us pray to Jesus Our Savior for peace in the world and especially that the pandemic will be over soon. Let us pray that we may trust totally in God’s love and mercy for us. Have a Blessed Easter, filled with joy and hope!

WORDS OF THANKS – I would like to thank so many of you who came to celebrate Palm Sunday, the Holy Triduum and Easter Sunday. One thing I have realized as a pastor in this parish is the dedication and service of so many people who have worked tirelessly to make our community of faith strong and vibrant especially during the last few weeks of Lent and Easter. Now, I am not sure even where to begin thanking the many people who made the days so very beautifully and spiritually uplifting. But here is a partial list of the generous individuals who worked extremely hard so that our celebrations might more easily raise our hearts and minds to God:

  • Jeanne Schneider and Linda Santelli and the sacristans, and all the volunteers who helped to decorate during the Easter Triduum.
  • The many volunteers and ushers who helped before and after masses and services including sanitizing and cleaning up.
  • Craig Kamptner, Jeanne Schneider, the cantors, and all the musicians.
  • Ruthanne Swiatkowski and the RCIA Team.
  • The prayerful ministry of Bishop Jeff Grob, Father Brendan Guilfoil, Father Fil Ngwila, Deacon Mike DeLarco, and Deacon Miguel Negron.
  • Hugo Lugo and Kim Hagerty for providing information for the website, Facebook, Instagram, and bulletin.
  • The generous efforts of the parish staff—on a daily basis!

I apologize if I missed anyone. Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart and may God reward you for all your good work!

I also would like to thank you for attending the liturgies or watching the livestream during Holy Week and Easter – especially to thank you for your generous donations and support to keep our parish running smoothly during this difficult time.

GOOD NEWS – The number of Covid–19 cases has declined a bit and many people have already received the vaccine. The Archdiocese has allowed lectors and ushers to take collections and hand out bulletins. I have seen more people feeling more comfortable being in church now and that’s great news. We still have to follow all the protocols and procedures to create a safe environment for everyone coming to church.

DAILY AND 4 PM MASSES – We have added two more daily 8 AM Masses – Thursday at St. Cyprian and Friday at St. Celestine. We are also preparing to bring the 4 PM Mass back to St. Cyprian some time in May. We need more volunteers to help us reopen that mass. Please call the Rectory or Pastoral Center if you would like to help. Please check our bulletin or this website for more updates.

May the Risen Christ always bless each of you and your families!

In prayer,
Fr. Paul Cao
St. Mother Guerin Parish Pastor