FROM THE DESK OF FR. PASCUAL
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“And the two of them shall become one flesh.”
Genesis 2: 24
The verse quoted above from our First Reading this 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time presents the original plan of God about Marriage. It is validated by the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel. He makes it clear the indissolubility of marriage when he says that what God has joined together, no human being must separate. In Marriage, God unites man and woman in an unbreakable bond of loving intimacy and togetherness.
One of the highlights of Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to the United States was the World Meeting of Families. He recognized the value of families and posed an inspiration to us as a nation and the whole world what it takes to bring up a family. He had this to say,
“Before he created the world, God was in love, because God is love. The love he had within himself, the love between the Father and the Son, in the Holy Spirit, was so great, so overflowing – I’m not sure if this is theologically precise, but you will get what I am saying – that love was so great that God could not be selfish. He had to go out from himself, in order to have someone to love outside of himself. So God created the world. God made this wonderful world in which we live and which, since we are not too smart, we are now in the process of destroying. But the most beautiful thing God made – so the Bible tells us – was the family. He created man and woman. And he gave them everything. He entrusted the world to them: “Grow, multiply, cultivate the earth, make it bear fruit, let it grow”. All the love he put into that marvelous creation, he entrusted to a family.” (Address of the Holy Father at the B. Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia on September 26, 2015)
Marriage has to be seen in the light of what God intended to be in the beginning and in the light of the dignity of the human person. It entails commitment, fidelity, truthfulness, respect and unity. It is knitted in love, strengthened by it and nourished by it.
There are many attempts today to change the view on marriage. But Christian tradition maintains its position based on the teachings of Christ and not based on human understanding and acceptance of marriage. This Sunday’s readings invite us to ask ourselves and our society and to look for ways to strengthen and value Marriage and the Christian family.
Rest in peace, Pam Andrews!
Deacon Efrain’s wife, Pam Andrews, passed away on September 21st. Pam had been a great company of our beloved deacon not only in marriage and family but also in their mission to OLGC Church. She took part in different ministries like a Lector or Reader at Mass, Filipino Ministry, RCIA and many more. She had touched many in our community with her enthusiasm to teach the Catholic Faith. She showed strength and courage to battle with her illness. She knew that when her time had come to surrender everything to the Lord.
The Funeral Mass will be on October 20th to be presided by Bishop Larry Silva at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at Mililani Cemetery at 1:30 PM. Please join me in offering our prayers for her eternal repose. Let us also pray for Deacon Efrain and family that the Lord may console them during this time of testing and pain.
OLGC Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish would like to express gratitude to all our volunteers. A Dinner Gathering will take place at Hawai’i Okinawa Center located at 94-587 Uke’e Street, Waipahu, HI. Your continued help and assistance in the different ministries where you take part in make our parish vibrant. You make the sacrifice to help despite your busy time with family and work to help our Parish Ohana.
I would like to thank our Cohesiveness Committee through the leadership of Deacon Efrain Andrews in coordination with our Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee in organizing this event. I am looking forward to be with you on this night and have a fellowship with members of our community. Big Mahalo to all!
Ohana Homebound Ministry
On behalf of the Ohana Homebound Ministry (OHM), I would like to thank those who signed up to volunteer to help in this ministry. After the presentation and sharing of experiences of members of the OHM last Sunday, many of you heeded the call. The Ministry is also asking for referrals. If you have a member of your family, who wants to be visited, please give the office a call so we can coordinate with the members to come to your home. In this way, we are able to reach out to your families and extend the message of love, care and support of our church, our Lord and our Blessed Mother.
Mahalo to our Golfers and Sponsors
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our organizers, sponsors and golfers who supported our 2nd Annual OLGC Golf Tournament. It was indeed a great day to have fun, fellowship and food. The proceeds of the event will help in the tuition assistance program of our parish to our school. Our teachers themselves enjoyed the day. They were serving a lot of energy snacks and drinks while the game was on. Our principal, Cindy Olaso is also extended her gratitude to all. We hope to see you again and will keep everyone posted for the next Golf Tournament.