Thank you for all the kind regards to the Josephites and the DMJs on the 200th anniversary of our Foundation in 1817. We have been greatly touched by your warmth and congratulations.
Collaboration has been part of our spiritual and apostolic heritage all that time. Your support and your assistance in our efforts to bring the Gospel more fully into the lives of the young and all families is greatly appreciated and totally necessary. We would not be here today without generations of lay collaboration. Fr Ludo, as our Regional Superior, preached to the community of Josephites on May 1st that we stand not only on the shoulders of giants, Superiors General and so forth, but also on the broad shoulders of all the other community members and our collaborators. We walk in well-trodden footprints hopefully in the right direction!
In the parish we have several important moments happening over the next few weeks of May. All these events need your support with prayer for those receiving the sacraments and those celebrating.
This Sunday 7th is The Divine Mercy Congreso at Fairparks. Last year over 1000 people attended. It is a wonderful expression of faith in the Divine Mercy of God, led by members of the Hispanic community and visiting priests and bishop.
The following Saturday 13th we have two Masses for our First Holy Communion children; always a great joyful moment. This also takes place at Los Alamos on Saturday 20th.
On Sunday 21st we will have the parish picnic starting at noon with Mass. It will also be the celebration of Fr Aidan Peter’s silver jubilee.
On the last Saturday of the Month 27th we will welcome an old friend of the parish, Bishop Tom Curry, to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.
All these events are annual expressions of the life of the parish all of which are important and witness to that vitality of Faith here in the parish.
So parish life goes on, no matter what happens outside the Church, and we remain faithful to God in Jesus Christ by being his mystical presence in the world as Church. This constancy and persistence in celebrating and growing our faith makes St Louis de Montfort a very special place, not only in my eyes but also in the view of many others.
God bless, and as they used to say in years gone by “keep the faith!”
Fr Aidan Peter, CJ