FROM THE DESK OF FR. PASCUAL
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Lord, teach us to pray…”
Luke 11: 1
Jesus just finished praying. One of his disciples requested from him to teach them how to pray. Jesus responded by teaching them the “Our Father”. Not only that he taught them this prayer but also he taught them in a manner where they know who they can pray to. Jesus revealed to them his Father and through him they could also claim Him as their Father who is all good and caring Father. That their prayer can lead them to further the coming of the kingdom, that His will be done, the gift of forgiveness, and deliverance from the final test.
The prayer Our Father may have become ordinary for us. How many times during the day we pray this beautiful prayer? Maybe for some, at least we pray or sing this at Mass on Sundays. When it becomes ordinary and the frequency of praying it, one way or the other we lose one of the most important elements of praying. That is, to establish a deep relationship with God. If we try to realize how we pray, we oftentimes lay down what we ask of God to give us. We get frustrated at times when we know that our prayers are not answered. We lose hope and stop. But our Readings on this seventeenth Sunday also remind us of persistence in praying. Like Abraham, he kept on pleading to God to spare Sodom from destruction and death if he finds people who are innocent. Abraham never got weary pleading to God and God listened and granted his prayers.
Is praying just mere saying words? Or is praying our way of realizing ourselves in the presence of God and knowing what we really need to pray for? When we pray, do we also have a sense that God also uses us to answer the prayers of those who are in need? When God gives us such an abundance, do we also learn to share what He has given us? When God forgives us from our sins, do we also forgive those who wronged us? The Our Father is a very profound prayer. A powerful prayer that stirs the mind and heart to change our lives for God, for our neighbor and for ourselves.
Donations to our Church
Many of you have been so generous whenever a Parish Ministry asks for your support. Know that I am very grateful for all the help that you give. With the IRS regulations and as per Diocesan Finance Office policies, effective immediately, we can no longer include non-cash donations to the parish in your tax statements. This includes food donations to our Outreach Food Pantry and other donations that are given to us with a store receipt. Upon request, we will give you a blank non-cash donation acknowledgement letter where you will be asked to attach your receipts for tax purposes. Thank you for your understanding and for your generous donations to the Church!
Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love Quotes
#39: “I think, for example, of the speed with which people move from one affective relationship to another. They believe, along the lines of social networks, that love can be connected or disconnected at a whim of the consumer, and the relationship quickly ‘blocked’… We treat affective relationships the way we treat material objects and the environment: everything is disposable; everyone uses and throws away, takes and breaks, exploits and squeezes to the last drop. Then, goodbye.”
Lay Witnessing Talk by Rose Galera on July 10, 2016 at the 6:30 A.M. Mass.
A member of the Lector Ministry, Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (PABS) and
the Health Ministry
Born and raised in Hawaii and living the Aloha Spirit that is as Stewardship, is a gift of Life from God.
Aloha has two definitions, “Alo” means the center or heart of the universe, “ha” is the breath or spirit of the Creator. All that we have in life is part of that gift. The giving, receiving, gratefulness and love of it all.
I am Rosita Galera and have been an OLGC parishioner for 30 years. I was blessed with loving and caring parents as the 6th child of a family of 12, with Humble Beginnings. With faithful parental guidance, at an early age of 10, I received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation 3 years later.
Today, I am blessed with a family of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Manny and I were first married in 1954 and remarried in 1987 at OLGC and thus it was then that my OLGC Stewardship journey began, with the Liturgical Ministry as a Lector, proclaiming the word of God. Proclaiming Scriptures has become an important and joyful part of my life weekly.
Manny died in 2005 and his Celebration of life was held here at OLGC. He is truly missed and yes it was a rough time for me. A professional cleaning colleague, friend and mentor from North Caroline, sent me a card expressing her care and sympathy and strongly advised me saying, “Rose do not have Pity Parties. God will see you through,” and thus in 2006 to this day, I enhanced my stewardship journey with PABS, Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Ministry giving of time every Saturday morning at our OLGC Chapel. PABS is a Sacrament that provides for me a closeness with Jesus in the Eucharist and helps me also to overcome the feeling of loneliness as a widow and a Kupuna. Yes, God has seen me through. Stewardship helps me to recognize all the blessings and miracles experienced in my life. Very simply, it is gratifying to be Merciful and Joyful.
Stewardship is about how we share our gifts with our family, friends, in the workplace, with our beautiful parish community OLGC and the world beyond. I have been Blessed by God with what I feel has been a fruitful life with an enriching professional career. A profession of “Cleanliness next to Godliness.” Returning the "first fruits" to God means placing the Church ahead of other interest.
I have always believed in the affirmation written by Eleanor Roosevelt; that, “The purpose of life is to live it, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer Experiences” Thus the importance of Stewardship, in a balanced joyful life that is a gift from God. All that we have in this life is part of that gift. Stewardship reinforces this belief and reminds us that our time, talents, treasures and resources are the gifts through which we show our love and appreciation to God.
I highly encourage and challenge you as OLGC parishioners, to prayerfully reflect on the values and importance of our Catholic faith and our OLGC parish community in your lives, and how you use your gifts from God. Stewardship is about being grateful of the gifts you receive from God.
Mahalo for letting me “Rejoice in the Spirit of Giving” and sharing my story with you this morning. Have a Beautiful and Blessed day!