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English or Spanish 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
anytime by appointment with a priest
Monday – Friday: 6:45a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
VIGIL SATURDAY MASSES
5:30 p.m. (English)
2018 ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL – THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE
Last Sunday during the ADA pre-pledge talk, I greeted LUCILLE BIANCO before the 8:00AM Mass and told her I was going to talk about her favorite topic, the Annual Diocesan Appeal. She perked up and gave me a big smile. After my talk there was silence and then I heard one parishioner giving an applause. It was Lucille. THANK YOU for being our ADA CHAIRPERSON for as long as many can remember since the time of Fr. Cooper up to about 6 years ago while serving at the same time as A VOLUNTEER PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER and OFFERING COUNTER COORDINATOR with D.D. Bott.
Next I would like to thank JOE AND DARCEE VANDENBURG who served as ADA CHAIRPERSONS following Lucille for about 6 YEARS. Joe and Darcee would also share their own personal spiritual journey trusting in God’s generosity in response to theirs. In their second year we almost got the first place reaching our ADA goal before the 52 other parishes. Almost always since then we were in the top 5 or 10 in the Diocese. They retired as Chairpersons just last year so they could devote more time to their other ministries especially at Our Lady of Peace Parish and Home School Group.
This year we welcome our new ADA CO-CHAIRPERSONS who generously accepted our invitation: (1) MINETTE CHAN, (2) DENNIS VILLANUEVA (who has been the Chairperson of the Finance Council), and (3) FR. PAUL CUONG PHAN, our Parochial Vicar. They will be speaking at all the Masses on this ADA Pledge Weekend. We will give you all our support as we did to Lucille Bianco and Joe & Darcee Vandenburg.
GOD HAS A BIGGER SHOVEL!
After Christmas, I heard God speaking to my conscience telling me to give the $40 I received as Christmas gift to one of the dedicated parishioners who is always there to help especially at a Sunday Mass. I told Him, “Okay Lord, I know you will surprise me with your generosity” half jokingly challenging Him to give me back in return. Less than two weeks later, I could not believe receiving a gift of $50 and then of $250 from unexpected sources. I told God I was humbled by his quick bigger response.
This was a smaller version of what R.G. LeTourneau experienced. He was an Industrialist who dedicated his life to “being a businessman for God.” He did not start wealthy but was faithfully giving his 10% to the Lord’s work through his Church. Then he became so successful designing and developing his own line of earth-moving equipment. He made nearly 300 inventions and had hundreds of patents in his lifetime. As he succeeded financially, he increased his giving to God through the money he gave to his Church to the point where he was giving 90% of his income to the Lord’s work! When asked why he was giving so much he said, “I shovel out the money, and God shovels it back – but God has a bigger shovel.”
Please take this opportunity again to be generous by making a pledge to support the Lord’s work in the Annual Diocesan Appeal and experience God’s generosity to you. God has a bigger shovel not just of material but also of spiritual blessings.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICIAL OFFERING.
Fr. Oscar D. Tabujara, Pastor
“St. Athanasius church is a gathering place of worship and community for the parish family. We come together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to live our Christian life, with and for the people of God, through sharing, learning and service.”
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.Matthew 7:13-14
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.Mark 12:30
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!Amos 5:24