Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – January 17, 2021

Wednesday January 6 was a sad day for our country as we saw the violence happening at the U.S. Capitol. Cardinal Cupich sent out a statement against the violence and the rioting at the Capitol. He said: “What has been unfolding at the Capitol today should shock the conscience of any patriotic American and any faithful Catholic. The eyes of the world look on in horror as we suffer this national disgrace.”

Pope Francis also condemned the violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. Let us pray for peace and healing that we will be united as one country and work together to promote peace and justice. Here is his prayer for peace:

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!” “With war everything is lost.” Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division,” “hatred,” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother,” and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! Amen.

PAULINE F. CORDELLOn Monday January 4, Bishop Jeff Grob celebrated the funeral mass for a long–time dedicated parishioner, Pauline Cordell. Fr. Dominic Clemente and I concelebrated the Mass. Pauline was very involved in the Arts and Environment committee at St. Celestine for over 20 years. She was an exceptional liturgical artist and had helped to decorate inside and outside the church for all the liturgical seasons especially Christmas and Easter. Our church always looked very elegant and beautiful which made our parishioners look forward to coming to church during Christmas and Easter. She spent many hours preparing and always made sure everything came out perfectly. She was a perfectionist and wanted the best – decorated and the most beautiful church in the whole world. I remember the time before Easter was the most stressful time for Pauline. She had to stay up late until 2 AM on Good Friday to finish the Easter decorating in Church and get ready for Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil. See examples of her work on this weekend bulletin.

I am sure nobody can replace her – we will always remember her for her dedicated ministry. Pauline also made all the Easter Candles for many years at St. Celestine and when last year she couldn’t make it because of her health, she donated the money to buy the Easter Candle. Pauline was very generous with her time, talent and finances to our parish. She was a good model of faith and a great disciple of Christ. Let us give thanks to God for her 82 years on earth, her dedication to making the church beautiful, and pray that she will now join with the Lord for eternity in Heaven.

As Jesus said: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” May she rest in peace!

May the Lord bless you and St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish!

Be safe and stay healthy!

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