Fifth Sunday of Easter

05-19-2019Pastor's Letter©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"I give you a new commandment: love one another." With these words, Jesus sums up the law and the prophets in one concise phrase. Love one another. After 2,000 years, you'd think we'd have it figured out by now! But all too often we fail in this commandment. Perhaps we mistake "love" for mere "common decency." Perhaps we've been betrayed, or our own visions of love have been tarnished or misrepresented in our lives. Blessedly, Jesus doesn't leave us without a guide.

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Christ is Risen... Time to Renew our Commitment and our Faith

05-05-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

Dear family in Christ,

Easter Season is the time spread out our arms and embrace a season of RENEWAL OF FAITH. We are call to go out to spread the good news to all the world.

Let us cry out: HE IS ALIVE….. The TOMB is EMPTY!!!!

For the coming 50 days we are going to walk in joyful celebration seeing our Church grow in number and becoming strong. We are going to culminate with Pentecost with the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Call, invite, and prepare your heart for new gifts from above. The Lord needs your freedom, your will to accept HIM into your heart.

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CAUTION

03-24-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

Dear Children of God,

I want to personally informed you that some “unknown persons” has been using my personal name, email and other cell phone numbers requesting several amounts of money or some other type of monetary transactions to some bank accounts.

PLEASE, disregard these requests, (take a note of the phone number and emails) and block the contact person and if possible give a call to law enforcement and make a report.

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ACCEPTABLE TIME…. Lent time of GRACE..!!!

03-06-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Family in Christ;

We began this liturgical time to growth spiritually and to move near God. Self-Discipline and restrain from our appetites, helps to detach our personal weaknesses from this world and to attach in a better way to the Heart of Jesus. Lent helps to focus not in ourselves but in Christ, His message, the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. Lent helps us to look up to heaven and to understand that we are passing from this world. Our lives are short and we should live holy lives.

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New Time... Ordinary, but Extraordinary!

01-20-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Beloved family in Christ,

The Lord in his Divine Providence provided for you and me to be here in this New Year 2019. Every human person, every family, every corporation and organization have plans and set goals to fulfill for this new year.

As believers in Christ, we should have had our own plans, hope and dreams. Life continues moving ahead and with God’s help we should move forward to seek Christ within ourselves and in our neighbor. Christ is the Light of the World and came to set our lives free from slavery of sin to His wonderful life. His invitation continues being the same: “Come to me those who labor and I will give you rest”.

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YOU ARE CHRISTMAS!

12-24-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Navidad eres tu cuando decides nacer cada día y decides dejar entrar a Dios en tu alma.

El pino de navidad eres tú, cuando decides resistir a los vientos de la vida, te mantienes firmes y no te dejas caer.

Las campanas de navidad eres tú, cuando llamas, congregas y buscar reunir a todos.

Tú eres la luz de navidad, cuando decides iluminar con tu vida la vida de los demás, con la bondad, la paciencia, la generosidad, y la alegría.

Los ángeles de Navidad eres tú, cuando anuncias y cantas al mundo un mensaje de paz, de justicia, de alegría.

La estrella de navidad eres tú, cuando conduces a alguien al encuentro del Señor.

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Keeping our Eyes Fixed on Jesus, our Savior and Lord

11-04-2018Pastor's LetterBishop Thomas Olmsted

The main problem we face in the Church today is cover-up by members of the hierarchy of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy. We have, in addition, not had an adequate system of accountability in place for bishops who have offended, i.e. for those bishops who have sexually abused children and/or sexually harassed adults.

The ability to adequately correct misconduct by bishops and cardinals is aggravated by the lack of anything in place at the present time to address this grave scandal in an effective and thorough way. Effective ways are needed to face squarely the years of cover-up of these atrocities by bishops and members of the Holy See in Rome. To put these in place, we bishops need to do what we can in our own dioceses, and then at the level of each national conference: we also need the leadership and close collaboration of the Holy Father.

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Keep Moving Forward

09-23-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Family in Christ;

Transformation and renewal……Yes!!! Those 2 words are the theme of our life in our parish community. As you noticed there have been several changes in our worship space and in great expectation to see one day all accomplished. We have been so blessed in different aspects of life. Our families, our schools, our jobs, our society, and our Church. All of those areas where we move and do our lives have been touched by God’s presence.

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A Generous Collaboration

06-10-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez

Dear Family of St. Augustine Church,

Blessings to every one of you and your families. Summer is here and it is a good time to make some changes in our parish and weekend Celebrations. It has been a couple of years since we implemented our 2nd Collection. This decision was made after serious discussions and truthful considerations among members of the Pastoral and Finance Councils.

Desires were to help out our parish funds and make improvements in grounds and buildings. We did it as much as we could. So, having mentioned that, here are some upcoming projects that I need you to keep in mind and to be proactive:

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