I want to let everyone know what I have already been hinting at in various ways – my time in the parish is coming to an end. Next week is the first session of our Provincial Chapter. It is during the second session of Chapter (begins July 14th) a decision will be made about who will be the Pastor and then that name will be submitted to the Archbishop for his acceptance. So in other words, time will tell who will be coming – nothing is firm at the moment.
My last day in the parish will be August 3rd. I have been with you for more than 8 years. Over a year ago, I began a discussion with my Religious Superiors sensing that my time was coming to an end but with no firm decision. I invited them to consider me for Ministry in the larger picture of our Order – meaning missionary work. The conclusion of this discussion is that I will be going to Aberdeen, Scotland. This is at the invitation of Bishop Hugh, Diocese of Aberdeen. He is asking that the Friars open a Conventual Friary at the Campus Ministry Center of the University of Aberdeen. The University has many international students. The Friary will care for the Roman Catholic, Campus Ministry of the University. The Friars were present in Scotland at the time of St. Francis (13th Century), in great numbers. With the Reformation we were suppressed. The opening of this Friary not only represents, in addition to a new Ministry, the first Conventual Franciscan Friary in all of Scotland in 500 years. I’ve been asked to both lead the Ministry as well as be Guardian of the new Friary. My commitment will be for 4 years.
On Sunday, August 3rd at the 11:30AM Mass, Fr. Ray will celebrate his last Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Please join the entire community in sending him off to Scotland with a Mass and reception in the hall after the Mass. If you would be interested in helping with this reception, please call Jodi at the Parish office.
I have two more weekends with you. I’ve completed 8 years. It has gone quickly. I notice especially the children that I Baptized and how they have grown. This has been a very good period in my life in many ways. Initially, before I came, my Provincial told me to go and get the Church project going, completed and to get it paid for. Through your continued support, we were able to do that as well as continue to renew the entire property. Every room on the property has been touched and renewed. I am grateful to Rick Lopez who was my Project Manager during every project and repair. As you have heard me say – you need to continue. Everything has been paid for – we are debt free. But please remember, maintenance is an ongoing issue. Please be as supportive of the new Pastor as you have of me. Thank you for journeying with me during these 8 years.
A quick update on our Solar Project. From my point of view, it has been very successful – environmentally, religiously and financially. We produce in a year, 100% of our energy usage. We still have a bill to pay (leave it to the electrical company) but it has been greatly reduced. We are now completing our third year of this project. We have produced over 325 MWh. If my calculation is correct, 325MWh will power the average home in the USA for 30 years. We have saved at least $75,000 on our electrical bill. At this rate our breakeven point will be 8 years. Our Solar Panels are warranted for 25 years –and there should be many more years of production. Going GREEN makes sense in many ways.
It is time to register for our Family Religious Education Program. This includes preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
RCIA begins in September. Are there people in your life who would like to become Catholic or people that you might invite to become Catholic? Your invitation may be what is needed.
Our Religious Education program involves the entire family on their faith journey. Registration is from July 1 to July 31 for Grades K through 8 & Confirmation Year 1 & 2. For more information, please visit this page or contact the Religious Education Coordinator — Toni Noaker: email@example.com
Livier has served Our Lady of Guadalupe faithfully for 15 years!!!! We are grateful and we have been blessed. Livier and her family are relocating. Our Prayers go with you Margarito, Alondra and Alexis! God Bless you!
“Vaya Con Dios”
Livier ha servido fielmente a la Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe por 15 años. Estamos muy agradecidos con ella, tambien su presencia nos lleno de muchas bendiciones. Livier, Margarito tu esposo y tus hijas, Alondra y Alexis estaran en nuestras oraciones!
Next weekend (July 19-20) is our monthly Hand’ N’ Hand Food Drive. Please bring your non-perishables food donations and place them in the baskets at the back of the Church. We also accept monetary donations (cash, grocery store gift cards, and checks made out to Hand’ N’ Hand). Many thanks for your generosity, and may God continue to bless you throughout the year.
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Thank you for the warm welcome, prayers and generous response to my appeal for our mission in Quito, Ecuador. If anyone would like more information about how to contact us to come and experience our work firsthand, please go to our website: workingboyscenter.org and you will find all the information you need. Thanks you again!
Sr. Cindy Sullivan, BVM