FROM THE DESK OF FR. PASCUAL
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions”. Luke 12: 15
Wordweb Dictionary defines greed as, “excessive desire to acquire or possess more, especially more material wealth, than one needs or deserves.” By definition itself, we can already see the danger in a person’s life when overwhelmed with greed. Not only that greediness can cause too much attachment to material possession but also makes a person too selfish and always discontented. The desire to acquire more material wealth leaves out the more essential things in life like family, health, goodness, care, faithfulness, faith and more. St. Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Colossians, “think of what is above, not of what is on earth.”
Jesus invites us to really look deeper into ourselves what are our priorities in life. In as much as we entrust ourselves to the graciousness of God, Jesus calls us to work as best as we can to support ourselves, our families and all those who are in need. Our task is not to enrich ourselves and forget others just like the rich man in the parable who built a bigger storage to keep all his riches for himself. But rather, when we know that we are gifted with such goodness, we open our hands and give out of generosity those who are poor and needy. They can be a family member, a neighbor or even someone whom we do not personally know.
When that day and time will come that we present ourselves to God, do you think that He will value us because of what we have here on earth? Or even because of how much we have given to be recognized by others? What I think is that, He does not value us this way but by how we can truly be rich in love of Him and share our gifts with generosity of heart. The only thing that we could carry and able to present to Him is who we are. No luggage, no storage but only ourselves.
Back to School
Our School Opening will be this coming Monday, August 1st. Our teachers and staff with the new principal, Mrs. Melanie Chinen had their in-service sessions and spiritual retreat just this week. After much preparation and prayer, they are now ready to welcome our children for School Year 2016-2017. May I ask all of you, parishioners of OLGC, to pray for our children, teachers and staff and support our school, financially and spiritually. Let us also pray for their parents and guardians so that they may continue to support their children.
When classes are in session, please make sure that we follow our traffic guidelines so we can keep everyone safe in our area. As we often say, drive with Aloha!
Parents’ Orientation Meeting for Religious Education Classes
Parish Religious Education Classes is once again at hand. First day of classes will begin on August 14th, 2016. In lieu of this coming religious education year for our children, I am calling all parents whose children are enrolled to our parish program to be present on August 13th for the orientation meeting. This is very important for you, their parents to attend so that whatever questions you may have will be clarified. As parents or guardians, know that you have the primary role to teach the faith to your children. We are here, the Religious Education Team, to assist and journey with you so our children will grow deeper in their relationship with God, Family and His Church.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all our Volunteer Catechists. Thank you for embracing the mission that God has called you to do for our parish and our children. You are giving a big sacrifice of your time with family and life’s demands. God bless you all for your kindness and care for the children.
Lay Witnessing Talk by Rose Sumida on July 10, 2016 at the 8:30 A.M. Mass.
A member of the Altar Server Ministry, Lector Ministry, Parish Pastoral Council, OLGC School Board, Respect Life, Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (PABS), Religious Ed, Youth and Family Ministry (YAFM)
15 years ago when I professed my commitment to return home to the Catholic Church, I had no idea what was in store for me and my family, or the slightest inkling where the new path would lead us.
My name is Rose De Jesus Sumida. A wife to my best friend for 20 years, a mother to 5 amazing children, a St. Francis Hospice Volunteer, and a friend to many.
It was because of a priest named Fr. Jack, whose joyful disposition that told me Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish was the right place for my family. Soon after I enrolled in the RCIA program, everything was falling into place. Little did I know; God’s plan was in full gear. It was Fr. Jack who renewed our wedding vows, baptized our children and presided at the 2002 Easter Vigil Mass when I received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. This new path now had a purpose, “I have called you by name, you are mine.” -Isaiah 4:3
After receiving the Sacraments, one of the last RCIA classes was a turning point for me and my peers. I will never forget Deacon Efrain Andrews pacing back and forth, arms crossed and with an intimidating stern voice, if I remember correctly, he said, “Now, it is your responsibility to share your gifts of time and talent.” I remember hearing someone say “Lector”. But how could this be, the room was dead silent listening to Deacon. Then I heard it again. “Lector.” This time I rolled my eyes and slouched in my chair. At that moment I knew what I was being called to do. I have to tell you, I prayed about it. I even begged God to change His mind because I had a phobia of talking in front of people. Well, God did not give up so I surrendered. Even after 14 years of reading the word of God at the ambo, it’s always like the very first time where I’m nervous and pray that all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, hear His voice and not mine.
Saying YES, to the Lector Ministry caused a ripple effect in being called to serve. So currently I wear many hats here at OLGC, still as a Lector, Altar Server Ministry Coordinator, Parish Pastoral Council Member, OLGC School Board Member, just to name a few. I get asked many times, how do you do it? When do you have the time and the strength? I believe when God presents an opportunity or invitation and you say, yes, simply trust God, and He will only give you what you can handle. The joy I feel is sufficient enough knowing I am giving back the talents God has given me to my parish community.
With that being said, as a parent it is my responsibility to lead by example. It is a blessing a hundred fold to witness my children to be inspired in generously giving of their time, talent and treasure in their respective ministries. My oldest son who is now a Junior at Marymount California University, continues his ministry as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at their weekly school Mass. Thanks be to God.
My husband and I pray, that not only a family who prays together, but who also serves together, stays together and gain a greater intimacy with God and to love and serve one another. Because, serving God starts in the home.
I am truly forever grateful and humbled that my beloved priest, the late Fr. Jack Niland, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, instilled in us the Franciscan Values and Charism which is the reason for My Family’s Joyful Life of Service and is centered around The Prayer of St. Francis.
Let this powerful prayer help you to reflect and pray to be an instrument of peace, one who sows: love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy through Stewardship in your home, parish community and in our world. (Daniel P. Horan, OFM)
So the next time someone asks you to join a ministry, remember… it is God asking you through His chosen instrument...
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us. Thank you.