Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – February 5, 2023

FIRST RECONCILIATION – Last Saturday, January 28 and this Saturday, February 4, 81 students from St. Celestine School and the Religious Education Program at St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish will receive their First Reconciliation. This is their first time coming to seek God’s love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and I hope they will come again as many times as they need it, in order to continue to experience God’s forgiveness in their own lives. I would like to thank Ms. Ruthanne Swiatkowski, our Director of Religious Education, and the teachers who have taught and prepared our students for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please keep them in your prayers as they are preparing to receive their First Communion in May. I would like to highly encourage the parents to please cooperate with us by bringing your children to Mass every Sunday in order for them to understand and participate more fully in the Eucharist. There is no point letting your children receive communion if they don’t know what is going on at the Eucharist and with whom they are receiving. Parents are the first educators for children and as Pope Francis said: “Do not forget that the greatest inheritance that you can give your children is FAITH.”

NATIONAL SCHOOLS WEEK – Last week, we started National Catholic Schools Week which starts the last Sunday in January and runs all 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.

Last Sunday at our 11 AM Mass, we kicked off Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” It 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, teacher’s aides, support staff, room parents, Parents Club, School Board and committees, volunteers, and the good, caring people who I have probably neglected to mention. 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. Let us do everything we can to keep us safe during this year.

MAINTENANCE UPDATE – If you were at St. Cyprian church for the last few weeks, you probably felt the church was freezing and the radiator at the choir side was leaking with water on the floor. The boiler in the basement of the church was broken. We were aware of that and tried to get it fixed right away. As you know, it’s not easy to order parts and during the winter time most of the heating companies are very busy. I apologize for the inconvenience and we tried our best to fix the problems as soon as possible. If you were at St. Cyprian church last week, you could feel the difference. The boilers in the basement of the church have been fixed. We added a new thermostat in the sacristy and the heat has been working now in church. The radiators have been fixed and we are still waiting for the parts to install the new radiators in the vestibule. We also replaced two furnaces in the rectory of St. Cyprian. We try our best to make sure everything will go smoothly. We also put in the new sound system at St. Cyprian with the new amplifier and new choir microphones. Thank you for your understanding and your continued support to our parish community.

LENTEN PASTA DINNERS – Lent is almost here. Ash Wednesday is February 22. This year, we will bring back the Lenten Dinners after a three year break because of the pandemic. A lot of parishioners have asked for this. Please save the dates for Friday February 24, March 10, and March 24 for the Lenten Pasta Dinners from 5 to 7:30 PM. It is a good opportunity to come together as a community to have a simple meal and camaraderie.

We will need a lot of volunteers to make these dinners a success. Watch for information in the next bulletin for how you can help.

May God bless you and your loved ones!

In Prayer,
Fr. Paul Cao
Pastor of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish