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Embrace the parish and you save the world

February 6, 2017

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Embrace the parish and you save the world.

 

In the first centennial anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, it is clear that Our Lady invites us to come to Church and invites us to embrace the life of the prayer especially the Holy Eucharist and the Prayer of the Rosary. As Our Lady shared with Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto at Fatima back in 1917, praying the Rosary will save the world.

 

The families, my dear, the children of our families inside our churches is the final battle between God and Satan.

 

Evil wants to break the heart of God by splitting the families away from the church and from the love of God.  By raising holy and prayerful youth for Christ in our parishes and inside your homes you will be embracing God and by consequence you will be defeating Satan and his army.

 

I call upon you all not to be foolish, not prideful, nor arrogant. Come to church, open your heart to the gift of the Divine Grace which forgives all sins and heal all anger. I call upon all families to bring your children to religious education for the Holy Mother the Church speaks the truth in its liturgy, in its religious education, and in its prayers. I call upon you all, as we continue to build our parish, to pay attention to silence instead of too much words, to pay attention to listening instead of too much speaking, to pay attention your heart’s inclination to God who is Life instead of the desires of the flesh and the desires of the power of this world.

 

We see today a message from our Deacon, Rev. Mr. George Karam. I pray that his words of consolation and encouragement will bring to all of us the wisdom of God, the power of unity, and the solicitation of the grade in our hearts so we can all be the Ambassadors of Christ.

 

This week we celebrate the week of deceased priests. Those are the servers of the Eucharist, the Announcers of the word of God, the collaborators of the bishop and the holders of the treasures of the church. I pray for all those who baptized us, for those who married us, served us the Eucharist, taught us about Christ, and buried our dead. I pray for them to remain in the Heart of Jesus, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and, especially, to be loved and cherished as the image of Christ amidst his community of the faithful.

 

God bless us all.

 

Fr Andre Y Mahanna

Pastor

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Reverend Father Andre Y Sebastian Mahanna, Special Patriarchal Delegate and Director of the Office of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue for the Maronite Church, Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles.

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