April 2, 2012
A Blessed Palm Sunday to you all!
As we prepare to enter the most Holiest of Weeks, our Office sends many prayers and much support to all of our clergy, religious, and laity who will be celebrating and coordinating the many services and popular devotions within our diocesan community. We also keep in our hearts all of the catechumens who will be received into the Church this coming week. Finally, we wish our Catholic Teachers, administrators, and students a wonderful Easter vacation.
March was a hopeful month not only because of the much needed rain we received, but because of the many ways that we were able to accompany you and witness your own call to be Disciples of Christ. Peter writes, “All believers, through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, are formed into “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Pt 2:9). One great example is our newly developed diocesan Health Ministries, which met early in March with parish coordinators to share their many gifts and also further develop the ministry. If you want to learn more about Health Ministries, we recommend that you read their submission this month as it highlights St. Philip’s Health Ministries program and how it is a wonderful testament of how we can live out the Gospel.
In March we also held our final Confirmation Conference, offered training on Communidades de Base, continued with formation programs, began developing Marriage Preparation Certification, participated in our biannual Regional XI Commission for the Spanish Speaking Meeting in the Diocese of San Bernardino, and traveled to Anaheim for the annual L.A. Religious Education Congress. Traveling to this conference not only allows our staff to receive formation but it also lets us listen to potential speakers we might want to invite and also network with Publishing companies about sponsorships for our various events. We wrapped up the month with our annual Chrism Mass Day of Reflection at Holy Spirit Parish. Thank you to Holy Spirit Parish, our volunteers and our Ministries staff for the many ways that you supported us and helped make this day a success. There are many events and formation opportunities right around the corner so make sure to read on to find out about what’s coming up.
Director of Ministries