Mary: Model for Deacon

05-15-2022From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. John J. Barbella

I want to begin my remarks this week with thanks to God for the ordination of Paul Flor and Francisco Jaurides to the diaconate. These men are known to many of you, as they have been members of our parish for many years. Their ordination is the culmination of several years of study, spiritual growth, and pastoral education.

Next Sunday, both of the new deacons will assist Fr. Gilbert at the 1pm Spanish Mass. Following the Mass, everyone is invited to mercy Hall for cake and coffee and to celebrate with Deacons Paul and Francisco and their families. Even if you cannot attend the Mass (or went to an earlier one) you are welcome to stop by Mercy Hall that day.

It is fitting that these deacons are ordained in May-the Month of Mary. The word deacon means servant, and Mary is the perfect model for anyone who aspires to serve God. Recall, that, when the Archangel Gabriel brought her the news that God had chosen her to be the Mother of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, Mary answered: “I am the servant of the Lord.” My prayer for Deacon Francisco and Deacon Paul is that each of them will likewise place themselves at God’s service every day of their lives.

Speaking of the Month of Mary, remember that we will have our parish May Crowning at the 11am Mass next Sunday, May 22. All of the children who received their First Holy Communion are invited to wear their First Communion outfits and join the procession and crowning that day. I hope many families will attend that Mass and many of First Communicants will take part in this beautiful and inspiring Catholic custom.

On Mother’s Day, many of you were kind enough to ask about my mother. I went to see her last Saturday evening. We went to dinner at a local diner she enjoys, and had a very nice time. It was great to spend the time with her, and celebrate Mother’s Day a bit ahead of time.

I want to thank everyone who increased their offering recently. You may recall that, rather than have an annual parish Appeal this past year, we simply aimed to increase the regular weekly offering. I am happy to report that due to your generosity that effort has been very successful.

We began the Increased Offertory in October 2021. Since then, we have experienced an average weekly increase of $2,309.96. Believe me when I tell you this is a big help to our parish, and that I cannot possible thank all of you enough. Thanks also to those who could not increase the financial offerings, but have increased their prayers for our parish. We appreciate it very much.

Please remember to pray for me this week, at least a Hail Mary a day. You are in my prayers every day. Please also pray for peace. We have been praying the Rosary for peace before most of our Saturday night and Sunday Masses, and hope you are praying it at home, too.

Have a great week!

Fr. John