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Letter from our pastor

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have begun the last month of the liturgical or Church’s
year; and these last days invites to reflect on the Last Day,
the end time, and therefore eternal life. We, as a Church, do
this within the context of the dogma, or reality, of the
Communion of Saints. The Catechism of the Catholic Church
in numbers 960-962 states: “The Church is a “communion of
saints”: this expression refers first to the “holy
things” (sancta), above all the Eucharist, by which “the unity
of believers, who form one body in Christ, is both
represented and brought about” (LG 3). The term
“communion of saints” refers also to the communion of “holy
persons”  in Christ who “died for all,” so that what
each one does or suffers in and for Christ bears fruit for
all. “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of
Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are
being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together
forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion,
the merciful love of God and his saints is always [aCentive] to
our prayers” (Paul VI, CPG § 30).
In this way, the triumphant Church, the Holy Ones in heaven
intercedes for us the Pilgrim Church, and we intercede for the
ones who are being purified, all in the bond of Love of Jesus
Christ, in which we enter through our baptism. What this
communion of Saints does for us, is to keep us always looking
for the eternal life, and longing for Heaven so that all
our actions are directed towards God our Ultimate End. We
will notice in our Sunday liturgies that the lessons or readings
will gradually increase in intensity towards the realization of
the end times, not with the purpose of scaring us, but simple

to reminds us how to remain alert and prepared for when Master comes.
We begin the journey today, as we are reminded of the Law
of the Lord and enjoin to live it faithfully. The last Sunday of
the liturgical year is the celebration of Christ the King and so
the year ends with insistent warning for us to keep vigilant
and prepare. Which is the same way in which we begin the
year in Advent. Let us take advantage of these days that
already help us to begin to enter in to the spirit of longing for
the Lord.
I continue to be grateful for the generosity of the community
in your Sunday contributions, the special collections and the
building fund contributions. May the Lord continue to bless
you abundantly.
Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Jose Bautista, Pastor, JCL.