2013 has been a year of blessings for St. Patrick Church. As we start the new year 2014 we should all pause and count the blessings of the past year and then give thanks to God. We are grateful to have Fr. Dan Maguire and Fr. Eamonn Donnelly as our regular supply priests. I am particularly blessed by their willingness and commitment to serve our parish community since I don't have a full time parochial vicar yet.
The collaboration and cooperation of our Pastoral and Finance Councils resulted in the launching of our new website, completion of the new roof and a successful fund raising project: Raffle Mania 2013. Kudos to them and especially to the co-chairs of our fund raising project, Jun and Emy Pasion. I am grateful to our parish organizations and many individual parishioners for their hard work in selling the tickets. Certainly we are also grateful to those who purchased tickets and gave donations for our roof replacement project. Now, we can pray for the rain.
Last but not least, we thank God for our many parish volunteers for keeping our various ministries and programs running. Early last year we had a beautiful celebration of the Holy Week. Our parishioners and visitors were happy that we continued our Hospitality Sundays and Filipino Breakfast. There are more or less 90 students in our Religious Education Program and we are off to a good start for the current school year. Nine catechumens are enrolled in our RCIA program and we commissioned 18 new Altar Servers. We continue to serve the less fortunate among us through our weekly sandwich making by our volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Patrick Conference. Once again we had a successful celebration of the nine-day Misa de Gallo. Most of those who participated finished the novena masses. Because of this preparation we had a joyful and meaningful celebration of Christmas. The beautiful Christmas decorations added color to our celebration of the birth of Jesus. Thanks to our Liturgy and Environment committee.
May the Lord Jesus continue to bless us during this Christmas season and may his blessings enrich our parish community here at St. Patrick's in the New Year.