My dear Parishioners,

I have recently heard confessions for our children… In our conversations during Confessions I asked most of them the same questions? “Do you think your
parents really love you? How do you know they love you? “
they all answered different ways to show me that they all know they are loved by their mother and father. I continued to ask them: “What should we do to re-pay them for this love?”

I am moving to listen to them when they said: “We must love them back by doing good for them and listen to them!” How clever and how thoughtful they are. Let’s listen to Father Patrick M Briscoe O.P. this week:

It’s so easy to forget the primacy of God’s action. It can seem that so much falls to us. As leaders, teachers, and decision-makers in our communities, we feel the pressure of being honest and faithful stewards of the Lord. And yet that is what we are: stewards.

Our ministries and apostolates belong first to God, not to us. We hear in Sacred Scripture this Sunday, “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us…” (1 John 4:10). Our initiatives, our projects are responses to God, who first moves, and acts, and loves.

And this is not merely the shape of Christian ministry; rather, it is the shape of Christian life. Every Christian is called to respond with zeal, with fervor, with love, to God, as God loves first. St. Augustine writes, “Behold, how we have an
exhortation to love God. How could we love Him unless He had first loved us? If we were slow to love, let us not be slow to love again."

God’s love beckons. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us return love with love.

In Christ, the True Vine. Fr Michael Ho P.P.



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Father Michael.

 


Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness.

At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace. Amen.

 


Fr. Michael Ho Huu Nghia, Parish Priest