Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – July 25, 2021

THIRD ANNIVERSARY – On July 1, 2017 St. Celestine and St. Cyprian parishes combined into one parish. This July is the third anniversary of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish. As I said three years ago, change can be difficult for many of us. It’s like moving to the new neighborhood or changing your job or having your first child. It can be exciting but we have to be open to adjusting to the new reality. I remember when I came to the U.S. and left behind everything in my home country. I had to learn the new culture and get to know new friends. I had to learn a new language in order to communicate with others. I had to be open and accept the changes. It took time. I think it’s the same thing with our new combined parish. We all have to be open and be willing to change; hopefully for the better.

When I look back after three years, I realize that it wasn’t easy at the beginning. We struggled with communication and tried to work together to build unity and collaboration. We formed a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) consisting of some staff members and representative of parishioners from both worship sites. The SLT has worked very hard these three years to set a vision for the parish. Our goal is to bring more young families to church and build a unified, vibrant parish. Our priority is evangelization and Alpha is the focus.

We are a little over halfway through the pilot Alpha program which will return in September after a year and a half pause because of COVID. Ruthanne, our Director of Life Long Formation, has been preparing to form a Youth Group for our parish. Lois DeFelice and Mary Krewer have been working on ideas for Liturgical Renewal to be sure we have a welcoming and vibrant liturgy. I have asked Fr. Moises, our new associate, to help with liturgy and the youth group. He is very excited to be here and willing to help with anything.

I want to thank all the members of our Senior Leadership Team and Parish Pastoral Council for their hard work and dedication to helping our parish grow in unity and love. We will celebrate our Patron Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Sunday, October 3 to mark our third anniversary as a combined parish.

MORE TO CELEBRATE – We are half way through summer and we have been blessed with good weather. We are back to normal after more than a year and a half lockdown with COVID. I have seen many of you back in church and I am happy to see you. You still remember the Taste of the Parish which usually takes place at the beginning of September. This year we will not have the Taste, but we will have an outdoor Mass in the parking lot with a BBQ following with a DJ and entertainment to welcome you back. We will set up tables outside and serve hot dogs and hamburgers. Please save the date: Saturday, August 21 for a 5 PM outdoor Mass in the St. Celestine parking lot followed by a barbecue. Please pray for good weather.

We will bring back the Mass on the Grass and BBQ at St. Cyprian on Saturday, September 18 at 4 PM. More details soon.

We will also host a Carnival at St. Cyprian on August 27, 28, and 29. More details soon.

It will be a lot of fun to end the summer after the long lockdown with a chance to meet together. Let us continue to work together in order to “do God’s will as a unified parish, and to foster an intentional relationship with Jesus through worship, witness, service, discipleship, and community” (our Mission Statement).

May St. Celestine, St. Cyprian, and St. Mother Theodore Guerin intercede and pray for us!

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