Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – July 3, 2022

WORDS OF THANKS – Totus Tuus last week was a great success. Twenty three children attended during the day and ten teenagers in the evening. The children have learned a lot about Jesus. They have learned how to pray, and how to sing. They also spent time in church for mass, Holy Hour and had a lot of fun together. I have never seen a group of kids participating in church, singing well together during Mass, and getting bonded together before. One of the kids at the end of the week came to ask me if we could have it again next year.

I also have seen so much energy and enthusiasm from the Totus Tuus Team Missionaries as they engaged with our children. They gave their all and had a big influence on the children. One of the teens at the end of the program wrote to the missionaries: “I just wanted to say that this past week has been really fun because of you guys. I really didn’t know what to expect when my mom told us to join this thing, but it was certainly better than what I was expecting. I hope you guys continue to inspire many kids or teens to help with their faith because I certainly learned more about Jesus and the Church.” I am glad that Totus Tuus has helped our children to learn more about Jesus and the Church and hopefully has helped them to grow closer to Christ.

Totus Tuus would not have been successful without the help of so many people. I would like to thank the five leaders of the Totus Tuus Team Missionaries: Lucien, Rafa, Mary, Rachel and Crystal, and many thanks to Fr. Moises, Ruthanne Swiatkowski and all the volunteers. I also would like to thank Paulette and Ray Maraviglia for hosting the missionaries in their home preparing breakfast for them everyday. Thanks also to the Maraviglias, Ruthanne, Willie and Jeannie Chouloute, and Lynn Schmidt for providing dinners for the missionaries. May God bless you for all you do!

CLICK HERE to see pictures of the Totus Tuus Event.

INDEPENDENCE DAY – Monday we will celebrate the 4th of July, Independence Day. We are blessed to live in a free country and we should thank God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon our country. We are so grateful for the many people who have served our country in order to keep us safe.

To live in freedom is certainly one of the greatest gifts we possess as citizens of the United States of America. To be able to move about freely without restriction or restraint; to be able to worship God openly and with joy; to be able to express our opinion without fear of repercussion – so many things that we simply take for granted. Perhaps we should pause more often to reflect on what we possess.

Please join us at the 8 AM Mass on Monday, July 4 to pray for peace in the world especially for our country and to pray for police officers, fire fighters, and the men and women serving in the military.

Let us ask the Lord’s continued blessings as we celebrate Independence Day on Monday:

God, source of all freedom. this day is bright with the memory of those who declared that life and liberty are your gift to every human being.

Help us to continue the good work begun long ago. Make our vision clear and our will strong: that only in human solidarity will we find liberty, and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth.

Turn our hearts toward the family of nations: to understand the ways of others, to offer friendship, and to find safety only in the common good of all.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God bless you and your loved ones!

Happy 4th of July!
Fr. Paul Cao
St. Mother Guerin Parish Pastor