First Bulletin Letter to Parishioners

Dear Friends, 

Today begins a new chapter in the life of this parish community, now celebrating its 10thanniversary year since its founding.    For each one of us a change in pastor is never easy, but God always blesses us abundantly if we place our trust in him.   I come today as a disciple of the Lord Jesus, as one called and sent to follow him and to “preach the Gospel” (cf. 1 Cor. 16:15) and to deliver to you “what I also received” (cf. 1 Cor. 12), our faith in Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead and in the Eucharist, the Supper of the Lord.     I am humbled by the many warm words of welcome and grateful to God for our new journey together in faith.  

A priest assigned as a pastor of a parish comes with a mission entrusted to him of service.  The Lord Jesus sends him forth to wash the feet of his disciples, “not to be served, but to serve” (Mk. 10:45).   Placing my faith in God and the ministry to which he has called me, I come to serve this parish and all its needs.   To all the families of this community, the expression of the faith in the domestic church, I hope to be a servant to you, to encourage your growth in faith and love of each other.    Those who are sick are joined in a special way to the Crucified and Risen One in their suffering.  I hope that we always take special care to bring the consolation and healing warmth of Jesus to you.  To the children, the youth and young people of this parish, the joy of our community, I especially look forward to helping you come to know and love the Lord and embrace your call to greatness.   I come to strengthen each of you in your faith and grow together with you in the joy and love of the Lord and his Church.   I look forward to getting to you know you, to hearing from you, and working side by side with you as we build up the kingdom of God in this neighborhood. 

We have a mission entrusted to all of us, to continue the growth of this community of believers, to realize one day our dream of building a church, and to cultivate the work begun by the priests who served you before me.   In a particular way I wish to express my gratitude and yours to Fr. Paul Hesse for the years of faithful leadership with you and his help in this transition.   We must always remember that we are a communion of faith and love, united by the Eucharistic Lord to the Church. 

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds, enliven our hearts with joy, and strengthen our resolve to be the beacons of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.  I ask you humbly for your prayers and patience as I begin my ministry as your shepherd and together we can walk humbly in faith and love.  I entrust you to the Divine Mercy of God and the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians and St. John the Baptist our heavenly patron. 

 In the Lord Jesus,
Fr. Vasquez

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