June marks the end of our fiscal year (financial year) and usually the end of many of our regular activities. What a great way to end this year--with the ordination of one of our own sons, Father Fernando Camou.
Our Finance Council and Parish Council have both approved our budget for next year. On the surface it looks bad, with a $37,700 deficit; however, this includes some capital expenses that I talked about in my letter last week. We have been saving for these so we have the money already.
As I have mentioned before, I prefer not to keep asking you for second collections to do the work we need to upgrade our parish. Rather, I trust in your generosity in giving thanks to our God with your tithe. By being careful with our expenses we have been able in the past to save some money to do the work we need done.
Thank you for your faithful generosity; God has indeed blessed us and our response to our God shows our trust that He will continue to bless us.
In the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke writes, "the Holy Spirit spoke to them, 'Set apart Barnabas and Saul for me to do the work which I have called them.' Then, after they had fasted and prayed, they imposed hands on them and sent them off."
Next Saturday, the Holy Spirit will call, through Bishop Olmsted, our own Fernando Camou to be set apart to do the work which God has call him. On Friday evening, at the cathedral we will pray in adoration, and if you want you can fast as well. On Saturday morning the Bishop will call Fernando and along with the elders (the priests) he will lay hands on him. Then Fernando will be sent off from us, to Avondale, to St. Thomas Aquinas parish to begin his work.
First, however, Fernando will celebrate his first Masses, in English at 10:30 and in Spanish at 12:30, here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Of course, as is our tradition, we will celebrate in the parish hall after both Masses.
Please keep Fernando and all of our seminarians, and all of our young men and women discerning vocations in your prayers this week.
Pax, Fr. MikeREAD MORE
The long awaited day is coming...hopefully the second coming of Jesus-yes! But I am talking about the ordination of Fernando Camou, our parish son. He will be ordained in two weeks, on Saturday, June 27, at 10am in our Cathedral. If you do not believe the Holy Spirit is working, remember that June 27 is the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help! When I reminded Fernando of this he was surprised and very happy.
Because of the ordination we will not celebrate the feast day as a solemnity in our parish, hoping that most of you will attend the ordination. We will have our regular Saturday morning mass at 8:30. Also, since the diocese has a holy hour at the Cathedral on Friday evening to pray for vocations, and because we have so many young people considering vocations in our parish, we will not have a Friday evening mass. Please plan to attend the Holy Hour at 6:30pm in the Cathedral.
Also, I ask that you begin praying for Fernando as he prepares for this important day, all for all of those discerning vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, or the consecrated life. If you have not heard, (Fr.) Fernando will be assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Avondale.
Next weekend our diocese will host our first ever bi-lingual Youth Congress, "Set the World on Fire", at the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building. There will be many exciting speakers, including Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares, and some great music, including our own Youth Minister, Basilio Salinas. It runs Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. This is a special time for our youth to gather to celebrate our faith and the real presence of Jesus in their midst.
Parents, please make sure that your youth know about this important event and encourage them to attend. You can get more information on our website, or on the diocesan website. The cost is only $10 for all three days.
Students, please invite your friends, even if they do not attend church regularly. This is a wonderful chance to evangelize as our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks us to do.