May 17, 2020 2:20 pm

From the desk of Fr. Peter: Message 1 of 2) Good morning dear parishioners, I hope you all are staying safe and strong at this uncertain time of our lifetime. Know that God is with us all and His peace is upon us.
As we are still celebrating Christ’s resurrection this Easter season, may His joy and wonders fill your heart.

Today, the sixth Sunday of Easter and also the last Sunday before Ascension, Christ in a very touching and unique way gave the apostles his pathing words as read in the gospel of Jn. 14: 15-21. He said to them: “if you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always…. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you…. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” These are powerful and critical words from Christ to the apostles and by extension to all of us. Last words of parents or loved ones to their children when they are on the borderland between heaven and earth are unforgettable, they carry a lot of weight, spirit and power. Those words stays with the person all his/her life. I was privileged to hear such words from my father while on his dying bed. I never knew that would be my last conversation with him but probably he knew because he could be seeing more than me at the time. He said to me, “Peter (while he held my hand), whatever happens to me please keep your eyes on where you are going. Know that you have my support and blessings.” These words from my father mean a lot to me everyday because I remember them everyday. Those are words of hope, encouragement and blessings. Maybe you received such words from you parents; they mean a lot. Mine led me through my life in the seminary, through ordination and still today. I hear such words from time to time when I visit dying parishioners; their encouraging words for me, what they would want me to tell their children, and how much they loved their faith and God. (see message 2 of 2)