FROM THE DESK OF FR. PASCUAL
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted” Luke 18: 14
We hear or read in our Gospel on this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time about two men who went to the temple to pray. Both of them, first and foremost, stood in the presence of God and secondly to express their heartfelt presentations of who they were. The Pharisee, with all clearness of conscience presented himself righteously. Not greedy, dishonest and adulterous. He lived his life to be faithful in all respects following the Commandments of God. The tax collector, the other person who went to the temple presented himself to God that he was not living righteously and admitted with all humility and honesty that he was a sinner. He beat his breast signifying remorse and contriteness begging for mercy to be forgiven. All could have been acknowledged well but two essential elements were missed by the Pharisee, HUMILITY and MERCY!
In a world and culture where honor and prestige are of recognition, it could be very difficult not to boast about it. Pride lurks into the human soul and regards other people down low. As such, one cannot even exercise mercy because what matters for that person is himself or herself. The world revolves around him or her to a point of despising others because of one’s righteousness.
This Gospel teaches us so much that we indeed need to present ourselves to God to live our lives for Him. That we need to be faithful to our call as sons and daughters of a loving Father. If we have done so, let us not lure to justify ourselves that we are better than others. Rather, have the humility to live life plainly and continue to set a good example for other people to follow. Know that God sees your motivation and looks deep into your mind and heart. Also, like the tax collector, have the courage to admit faults and beg for mercy and forgiveness. Have the capacity to examine your conscience and adhere to what Jesus calls you to be. Jesus admired the tax collector for he considered him sincere and justified because of his admittance and humility.
As we are nearing to close the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us continue to examine and re-examine ourselves where we are with our spiritual life and relationship with God and with one another. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, continues to challenge and motivate us to live our lives for God. He instills in the hearts and minds of every faithful to tend to the needs of others materially and spiritually. Let us not just limit ourselves doing our spiritual affairs but mindful for others well-being as well.
Memorial Service and Mass for our Beloved Dead
The day to commemorate our Beloved Dead is on November 2nd. Our Parish will have a Memorial Service for our beloved dead who passed away this year from November 2, 2015 to November 1, 2016. Members of families will take part in the Memorial Service at 6:30 PM and Mass to follow at 7:00 PM. If you have an immediate family member who passed away this year, either from Hawaii, Mainland or from other countries, please call the office so we can include them for the memorial service and for a family member to take part.
All Soul’s Day envelopes are inserted in our Parish Bulletin this weekend. Write the names of your deceased members of your family and friends you wish to be prayed for. Starting on October 24, prayers will be offered and integrated in the Mass and any envelopes with the list of names will be in the memorial box placed in front of the altar. Let us all pray for their eternal rest in the Lord!
Lay Witnessing Talk by Jacob Pekelo on October 9, 2016, 11:00 A.M. Mass
A member of the Youth and Family Ministry, Health Ministry and Pastoral Council
My name is Jacob Pekelo and I have been a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) my whole life – almost 45 years. I am married with three children ages 18, 19, and 21. We also have a six-year-old hanai daughter whom my older children take as their baby sister. I was very fortunate to be raised by two wonderful parents, Gordon and Loretta, and older siblings who each had a hand in shaping me into the person I am today. My involvement with the church also had a major effect on my life.
I attended Sunday school at OLGC from 1st grade through my junior year in high school. As a young child all the way through intermediate, I helped my dad and numerous “uncles” during the parish work day held on the second Saturday of each month. Whenever I got in the way of raking leaves, digging holes, or fixing stuff, I was sent to the kitchen to help my mom and “aunties” prepare lunch, usually by washing rice. On Wednesday nights, when my older brother or sister was not available to babysit, I would attend the Charismatic Prayer Group with my parents. On a few occasions in high school, I was asked by Aunty Flo Hermosura to play violin during Mass – one year it was Holy Week and another was during Advent. My senior year I helped with Youth Ministry. After graduation were five years of school, work and play with Sunday Mass attendance hovering around 50%. In December of 1994 I was married and a short while later I became a father. Attending Mass became a priority because I realized that we could not do it alone and that God was the best help around.
Not realizing it at the time, I learned at a young age the concept of Stewardship and the importance of the various ministries in our parish. Although I gave Mr. Priolo a hard time in Sunday school, he was an example of patience and of being strict but fair. I did not enjoy raking leaves or washing rice during parish work day but I learned how to do it. I didn’t particularly enjoy the volume of the music at the Charismatic Prayer Group but learned from Uncle Jim Andrade how energizing the Holy Spirit could be. In high school, playing the violin during the Easter Vigil felt like penance; in retrospect, it probably was. Although taking three young children to Mass was difficult, taking three teenagers was impossible. However painful it may have seemed at the time, all of this was preparation for my current involvement with the church.
My children attended Sunday school at OLGC and received all of their sacraments here. When they were in high school we became involved with the Youth and Family Ministry, specifically, feeding the homeless at the First Step Shelter in Kaka’ako. In late 2014, Aunty Pam Falasco mentioned that she would be needing a CCD teacher because one of her instructors was leaving. My initial internal reaction was, “no ways, not me.” I told Aunty Pam that my schedule was always changing (which was true) but in reality I just didn’t want to. However, a voice told me to pray about it so I did. After much prayer my answer was still “no” but I was open to teaching if my schedule changed. In April 2015 I was promoted, my schedule changed, and since August of last year I’ve been teaching 8th grade CCD. Beginning this school year, it officially became Comprehensive Youth Ministry for Middle School utilizing the Edge resource. Currently I am also part of the Health Ministry and the Pastoral Council.
I am often asked, “Why do you do it?” It is my way of saying thanks to God for all his blessings and to those in the parish who helped me and my family. Stewardship is, “a response we make in gratitude to God for all He has given us. It is an intentional, planned and proportionate sharing of our time, talent and treasure.” I invite everyone to take some time and pray about how to share what they have been blessed with.