FROM THE DESK OF FR. PASCUAL
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“But you man, Man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness” 1 Timothy 6: 11
Our outlook in life is oftentimes determined how we perceive or handle material elements. Say for instance, riches. Last Sunday we heard Jesus making strong statements, “you cannot serve both God and mammon.” Jesus admonishes us what or who should be our priority in life. In this present world we live in, materialism has crept into the endeavors of the day. People have been bothered a lot in their eagerness to make life easy that would result in missing the most important or essential matters. People pursue riches with passion that causes pressure, anxiety, hopelessness, frustration, lost of faith and more.
Why would we exhaust such energy when in the end we could be regretting about it and have thought otherwise? This is the situation that the rich man in the parable experienced. Lazarus who was just in front of the rich man’s door was rewarded to be in the bosom of Abraham. The rich man was in the netherworld. We could probably make a good guess that if only the rich man tended to the needs of Lazarus, treating him with righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness both could have been in the bosom of Abraham. But, it did not happen. Lazarus was separated from the rich man.
We may indeed be enjoying the luxury of life in this world. We may even have all the riches we have but if these riches are not used correspondingly to what is intended for, we may end up like the rich man. Much more for the person who enriches himself or herself exploiting the poor, as in during the time of the Prophet Amos, that soul could wander around and never get to experience the joy of the Kingdom of God. So, Paul exhorts us pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we need to rethink our ways, our values, our longings and our goals. Pope Francis reminds us to gaze at the face of Jesus who is the face of the mercy of the Father. For if we embrace Him totally, everything changes not only our lives but also our families, our nation and our world. When we do so, we find peace and joy in life.
Pilgrimage to the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
The Jubilee Year of Mercy Celebration is almost ending. It will end on the Solemnity of Christ the King which is on November 20th. Every Diocese all over the world had set a Door of Mercy that every pilgrim would enter to experience entering into the mercy of God. The place of the Door of Mercy is set at the Cathedral-Basilica in downtown Honolulu. To participate in this spirit-filled event in celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we will have a parish pilgrimage this coming Saturday, October 1st. We are expected to arrive at 10:00 AM, to have a guided tour of the Cathedral, Sacrament of Reconciliation to be administered and celebration of the Holy Mass at noon. Deadline for sign-up will be this Monday, September 26. We need the count for bus transportation and for a simple luncheon meal.
Lay Witnessing Talk by Martin Paul Osorio on September 10, 2016, 5:00 P.M. Mass
A member of the Hospitality Ministry and the Spirit and Grace Choir
My name is Martin Paul Osorio and I have been a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for 19 years. I was born on January 30, 1994 in the Philippines in Tarlac City, Tarlac and was given the blessing of moving to the island of Oahu when I was only three years old. I now currently live with my mom, dad, and little sister in Pearl City. I am currently attending University of Hawaii at Manoa and working to get my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my loving mother, Rogeline, my supportive father, Corazon, my adorable little sister, Pamela, and of course, the guidance and strength from our Lord Jesus Christ.
In my opinion, Stewardship is a way to thank God for the many gifts and blessings he has given me and to share these gifts with everyone. I am here today to share my road to Stewardship and how that has helped me to grow as a better person and how it has increased my love for the Parish and its parishioners.
I was first introduced to Stewardship when I was a freshman in high school. I enrolled in Confirmation One at Our Lady of Good Counsel in 2009 to solidify and confirm my Catholic faith. I was taught that Confirmation wasn’t the end and that you continue to be active in church. I learned about the different ministries and how we can contribute our time to the church. In my mind, I was also thinking that joining a ministry would be a great way to earn community service hours. I decided that I wanted to join the Usher Ministry, now known as the Hospitality Ministry, during the 11 o’ clock mass on Sundays. In all honesty, I just wanted to fulfill my community service hours for Confirmation so I didn’t have to worry about it later. I was taught by the leader of the Hospitality ministers at the time, Phil, and learned everything to know about being part of the ministry. A year has passed and I was on my way to finishing Confirmation 2 and was still part of the Hospitality Ministry. I believe that without the support of my fellow Hospitality ministers and the Parish community, it would have been very difficult for me to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. I realize that after I have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, God wanted me to continue serving as a Hospitality minister and to this day, I am still a part of the Hospitality ministry. I am now the leader for the Hospitality ministers for the 11 o’ clock mass on Sundays. My years as a Hospitality minister has been such a blessing because I was able to meet new people and it allowed me to share my time, talent, and treasure to the Parish community. Just recently, my sister and I joined a newly formed choir called the “Spirit and Grace Choir” led by Carmen. In the beginning, I was very hesitant in joining because I would not call myself a singer, but Carmen insisted on trying it out. After a couple practices, I started to really enjoy being with the choir and thankful to be given the opportunity to sing for the Lord. The Spirit and Grace Choir sings on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and we are always looking for parishioners to join our choir.
I invite you all to pray on it and think about joining a Parish ministry. I will also keep all of you in my prayers and may God provide you His guidance and support as He has done for me. I would like to thank Father and everyone for allowing me to speak and share my Stewardship journey. Thank you.