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New Year Greetings

      ST. HELEN OF THE CROSS

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

 

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR

With God, all things are possible! Matt 19:26

 

January 2, 2019

 

 

RE: A New Year and many wonderful opportunities forthcoming

 

Dear Parishioners:

 

Happy New Year to each and every one of our parishioners! As we begin this new year, it is my hope and prayer that 2019 is filled with much love, joy, and peace to you and your loved ones.

 

As Pastor of St. Helen of the Cross Roman Catholic Church, there are some wonderful developments taking place here at our blessed parish community for 2019 and I would like to give you all an update.

 

As we begin 2019, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the various ministries of St. Helen of the Cross who made our Christmas celebrations so beautiful. I would like to thank our Altar Society, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America, and Pastoral Council for all their many efforts in preparing our altar, Christmas tree, and our parish nativity scene. I also want to thank our CCD teachers who made our children’s Mass so special! They did a lot of hard work and much thanks to them.  

 

In preparing for this new year, I wanted to give an update on some of our upcoming building projects we are implementing here at St. Helen of the Cross. Building projects assist us to beautify the parish, maintain the overall integrity of the building, and at the same help reduce costs over time as we begin to upgrade various elements in our parish home.

 

As to date, we have submitted a grant to the Roman Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Tucson seeking a grant for two items, which needs some upgrades: brand new energy efficient windows, and secondly an upgrade to our current parish sound system. These projects are subject to completion assuming we are awarded the grant.

 

In light of this reality, there will be many giving opportunities for families to sponsor windows and/or assist with sponsoring the upgrade to our sound system.  We will be replacing all 17 windows in the parish church with dual pane energy efficient windows. These new windows should assist us with reducing cooling and heating in the years to come.  

 

Additionally, we are so thankful to our many families and friends who in the recent past have donated so generously to our parish to maintain its needs. The plaques of pasts donations from our families will be taken down and placed on a plaque and be placed in our parish hall for all to see.

 

As we move forward in this new year, may we make it the best one of our lives now and forever!

 

God bless and may we always be vigilant in our prayers and worship of the Lord!

 

Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,

 Rev. Alonzo M. García, Pastor

St. Helen of the Cross Roman Catholic Church

Vocation Week Prayers

 

October 30, 2018

 

RE: Vocations Week and Prayers for conversion of souls

 

Dear Parishioners:

 

“I love you, Lord, my strength.” This is a profound and beautiful response that the psalmist’s response in our reading for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is also the time for Vocation awareness week in which we are called to recall the great love that God has for us and the love that we have for Him. We are called in love to serve Him and His Church. In truth, we were created to receive God’s love and to share that with the entire world in which we live. It is this love that enables us to respond to the Lord’s call to serve Him whether we are married, single, or whether some men are called to priesthood or the religious life. We are called this week to reflect upon this deep mystery of God’s love and strive to live out our vocation and encourage others to also live out their vocations with gratitude and love in which the Lord has given to us all. May we as a parish family work collaboratively to call our young to consider a Vocation to the priesthood and religious life and at the same time, strive to form holy and good marriages which fosters this great service of love to our parish community and ultimately to the world!

 

I would like to take this time to thank our parish Knights of Columbus and our Catholic Daughters of America for cooking breakfasts and making dinners for the seven young men who attended our Vocation Discernment week last weekend here in our parish hall. You all made the retreat run smoothly with the service of great food and the TLC used in the preparation of the meals! The young men raved about the food, the hall, and the overall environment here at St. Helen of the Cross. Thank you all very much for all that you do on behalf of the Lord and on behalf of our parish community of St. Helen of the Cross!

 

On another spiritual front, we can see that the current state of affairs in our country and the world in which we live, is in terrible disarray with so much war, anger, bigotry, and hatred on all levels. These events can seem so overwhelming and can cause all kinds of stress that we can seem lost, paralyzed, and even depressed at all the negative and dark events we see taking place world-wide in our modern times. It would seem that our modern approaches are not working and so I believe that as your Pastor, we need to use some ancient wisdom of our past to assist us to heal the ills of our modern world of today. 

 

We as a parish community will initiate prayers at the foot of the altar after Mass. The purpose is for the conversion of souls world-wide and the protection of our families from the evils of the world, we live in. These prayers that we will be saying after all Masses are the Leonine prayers created by Pope Leo XIII who recognized that the influences of the devil were very real and had manifested a great attack against the Church that Jesus Christ Himself founded.

 

The prayer formats are in your pews and hopefully this will not extend our Mass too long. Thank you in advance and let’s continue to pray one for another! God bless and keep you always! Peace and all good!

 

Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,

Rev. Alonzo M. Garcia, Pastor