Recent Messages From Fr. Tri

Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Message from Our Pastor, Fr. Tri
July 24, 2020

Dear parishioners,

I just have some friendly reminders. Sadly, as you know, the new cases of covid-19 are increasing now, it has risen to 200 and almost 300 a day. It is worries me a lot. Especially now that we are having public Masses and we are celebrating First Communion for our children and Confirmation for our youth. We need and we must do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus especially when we have celebrations here in our church. None of us want to have our church closed again. PLEASE, PLEASE always follow all the requirements such as wearing a mask church (cover both mouth and nose), social distancing, and avoiding socializing after Mass.

Another reminder is that we still have plenty of room in the church for all Sunday Masses. Our attendance has not reached our 25% capacity. So, if you know anyone that wants to attend Mass, please let them know, also remind them of the requirements.

All liturgical ministers, the lectors, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, choirs, and altar servers are cancelled for now. According to the directives of the archdiocese, at this time we will not have choir or altar servers at our Masses. We do not want to put pressure on or make anyone feel obligated to go to Mass. So, we have the deacon of the Mass or his delegate pick a volunteer attending the Mass to serve. If you want to serve, please come early and let the deacon know that you are available to serve.

Another plea for help. About 2 weekends ago, we had problem with our cooling systems, we found out that we must replace 2 compressors in our 2 big AC units. It will cost us about $12,000.00. Another costly project that we want to get it done is a good live-streaming system. It will cost us about $24,000.00. With the current situation, we may need to do the live-streaming for a while and it is good to have our Mass available for the homebound as well. We ask you to be a little bit more generous if you can, so that the church may complete these two projects.     

Thank you for your cooperation and may God bless you for your service.

Fr. Tri


A Message from Our Pastor, Fr. Tri
June 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

It is so great to see some of you at Mass. So far everything is going very well with all the Masses; not many complaints about wearing a mask or sitting apart from each other. I guess this will continue to be the new norm for awhile. Thank you for your gracious cooperation.  It makes it easy and joyful for our ushers to do their ministry. We all know and understand the reasons. So far we have not reached our 25% of occupancy.  If you are feeling comfortable to venture out, please come join us for the celebration of the Holy Mass. There is still plenty of room.  On behalf of the parish, I want to thank our ushers for their ministry and dedication to serve us. If you are interested in serving as an usher, please talk to one of our ushers. We need more ushers; some of our ushers serve at all Masses on Saturday and Sunday. We don’t want to burn them out.

A little sad news is that Ramon Martinez, our head of the Altar server ministry, is leaving the ministry. I want to thank Ramon for his wonderful and attentive leadership to our altar servers and their families. He has done a great job. We will miss him greatly. May God bless and reward him and his family for his service and dedication. Please say thanks to him whenever you see him.

Fr. Tri 


A Message from Our Pastor, Fr. Tri
May 20, 2020


Dear Parishioners,

All Praise and thanks to our Almighty God.

We have seen a little light at the end of the tunnel, but we are not out yet. So keep the prayers going and doing everything in our control to stop this horrible virus. I know that those things we are being asked to do are uncomfortable and we do not like to do them. These are the sacrifices and offerings which we offer to God for our own well-being and of others. Please consider doing them as gifts and sacrificial offerings and unite them to the suffering of our Lord on the cross for our salvation.

This past weekend we began to have Masses in a limited way and with many requirements. We added one more Mass for Saturday and one for Sunday by changing the 5:00 pm to 4:00 and 6:00 pm to accommodate and give more space. We are doing the best we can to arrange the seating and to disinfect the church for our safety. I ask you for your cooperation when you come to church. These are the requirements of the archbishop and of the conference of the Catholic Bishops of our country. We must abide to these. If you do not feel comfortable, please follow Mass through live streaming. The dispensation for not attending Mass on Sunday is still in place.

I am so proud and happy to see the faith, the love, and the charity we have demonstrated throughout this time. Please keep them coming; the world and our church continue to need them more and more each day. Many thanks to all of you. We could not survive without your love and support. Thank you for your prayers, your understanding, and your patience with the situation. Thank you for your financial generosity and support of our parish. It is amazing to see you coming by our church just to drop off your donations, mail donations in or donate online. It is not just about money, but that you are thinking and have concern for our parish. We also have a great group of volunteers and staff who come almost every day to get the necessary things done. Many thanks and God bless you all.

Words cannot express my appreciation to all of you for your love and support of our parish. I know that you are doing these not for thanks or appreciation, but for your love of God and of the church, and of our parish.  May God bless and reward you for your generosity and your love. I hope to see you when you feel comfortable and safe to come to church.

Fr. Tri


March 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

May God’s blessing, healing, and comfort be with you and your family.

I want to give you some updates of the parish. It has been about a week since everything shut down (but it seems much longer than that). I want to let you know what is going on in our parish. We want to keep our daily life and spiritual activities as normal as we could.

+  We pray a rosary at 7:30 am, followed by a private Mass every morning which is live streamed at 8:00 am. We also have a live stream Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 pm.

+  We will continue to keep our regular confession schedule:

  • Tuesday 7:30 am to 8:00 am
  • Wednesday 7:30 am to 8:00 am and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Friday 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 3:00 to 5:00 pm

+   Eucharistic Adoration

  • Monday—Friday  9:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm 

Most of our facilities are closed except the church and the rectory, however we still have to maintain them. Thank God, we finally have the sewer line of the church and the rectory running again after an expense of more than $20,000.00 for professional work.

All of our religious education classes for children, youth, and adults are cancelled. Also all youth activities and different groups activities, classes, and meetings are cancelled. The good news is that our dedicated teachers are working with children and parents to get them ready for their sacraments through email. Many thanks and God’s blessing to them.

Our staff is still working either in the office or at home to keep the parish going. Thanks be to God all of them and their families are doing well. Our deacons are doing well also.

Even though most of our facilities and activities are closed or cancelled, our bills and mortgage expense continue. We cannot pay them without our Sunday collection and donations. I ask you to continue to make your regular Sunday donation. This is possible through online giving here on this website, through regular mail, or by dropping it in the Sunday Collection box in the church. I understand that we are all going through a tough time financially, but I have to ask you for your help to keep the parish going.

I am sorry to let you know that there is no change in the decision of the Archdiocese on cancellation of Masses and services. I will let you know if there are any changes.

Please continue to keep connected with our parish and lift each other up in our prayers.

Through the intercession of St. Joseph, our Blessed Mother and St. Jude, may God Bless and protect all of us.    

Fr. Tri


March 14, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I hope and pray that you all are doing well. Please take care of yourself, be safe and do whatever necessary to stop the virus.

In the midst of sadness and fear we realize how important the Eucharist in our life. I feel empty as if I just lost someone, like a funeral. People literally cried when we heard that all Masses and services have been cancelled. I was really moved to tears as well, to see some of our staff and one of our deacons broke down into tears when they heard the news. This reminds us that we should never take for granted being able to receive our Lord every Sunday and/ or everyday.

So these are some of the things we will do:

Our Masses and prayers will be broadcasted on our Facebook page, website or both.

The following services are live-streamed and available all day:

* Saturday 4:30 pm Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

* Saturday 5:00 pm Mass

* Sunday 8:30 am Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

* Sunday 9:00 am Mass

* Monday—Friday 7:30 am Holy Rosary

* Monday-Friday 8:00 am Mass

Individual Confession in the Church will continue as usual:

* Tuesday 7:30 am to 8:00 am

* Wednesday 7:30 am to 8:00 am & 6:30pm to 8:00 pm

* Friday 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Eucharistic Adoration will be in the CHURCH as follows:

* Monday to Friday 8:45 am to 10:00 pm

* Saturday 8:45 am to 4:00pm

* Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Even though our Masses and other services are being cancelled, please continue to stay connected to our parish through our Eucharistic Adoration, our Facebook and/or our website. Even though our parish office is closed, some of our staff will be in the office to answer phone calls and email during our regular office hours. We continue to ask you to pray to our Lord through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Jude, our patron during this very difficult time.

When we are missing and yearning to receive our Lord, please make “An Act of Spiritual Communion” as follows:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Fr. Tri


3/13/2020

Dear Parishioners,

I could not imagine the sadness and even some anger over the cancellation of all Masses and service. I share the same feeling. We know this is necessary and we must work together to stop this horrible virus. We must band together stronger in prayer and in faith. We cannot let fear or anger control us. We must do whatever necessary to keep us safe and stop the spread of the virus. Even though we cannot gather to celebrate our Holy Eucharist, we can join together to pray in spirit in our own homes. Do not let this affect our faith. Our faith is in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, whether we can gather together or not. The sadness and anger that all of you heartfully exhibit, shows how important and essential THE EUCHARIST, THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD TO US. Consider this is the test and our thirsting and yearning for our Lord is himself. Thanks be to God for our thirst and yearning for Him. 

              I also ask you to keep our Archbishop and all our church leaders in prayer. They have to make very difficult and unpopular decisions for the safety of all of us.

              I am waiting for further directions from the Archbishop, so we can make some plan for our parish. I will let you know soon through our Facebook and website. Please pray through the intercession of Our Lady and St. Jude. 

Fr. Tri

 

 
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