Pastor's Corner 5-17-20

Pastor's Corner
May 17, 2020

Our first reading shows remarkable growth in the number of believers in Christ—even Samaria had accepted the word of God! The Church in Jerusalem sends Peter and John to them that they might be prayed over with the laying on of hands thereby receiving the Holy Spirit. In the second reading, Peter exhorts us “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” How can we not be people of hope, we believe Jesus rose from the dead! He did this once for all in order to lead us to God. What incredible generosity and fullness of grace has been offered us! Whenever one accepts a loving gift from someone, one assumes a certain responsibility of gratitude to that person. And Jesus tells us clearly in the Gospel, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” 

Reopening information: Unfortunately, this will be already at print before Wednesday’s Zoom meeting with Archbishop Gomez regarding next steps. In other words, “I know nothing!” Trusting that we should be in at least stage three by July, Cassandra and I are planning on confirmations on the evenings of July 6 (first semester teens), 8 (second semester teens) and 10 (adults). Hopefully, this will be firmed up sooner rather than later. 

My Wednesday letter will relate what I learn at the 10 AM meeting that day. Guess it is better to be safe than sorry, but I think worship is essential to human well being! Again, the parish church is closed, but your domestic church is open. Pray regularly every day together. 

May 18th is the liturgical feast day of St. Leonard Murialdo. It usually is used to anchor our annual volunteer appreciation dinner for our active disciples here at St. Junipero Serra Parish. This year no can do, sadly. Nevertheless, all of you are most appreciated every day of the year and will be utmost in my personal prayer that day. You share in the charism of St. Leonard and of the Congregation of St. Joseph, a spirit of extreme confidence in the infinite, personal, merciful and actual love of God and a commitment to service of workers and of youngsters. Remember that we are in God’s hands; we are in good hands! 

Thursday is not being observed in our Archdiocese as the Solemnity of the Ascension. It is moved to next Sunday.

Yours in the Risen Lord,    
Fr. Leo A. Dechant, CSJ
Pastor