From Fr. Parker:
Nearly a month has passed since my ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ . . . what amazing grace! The ordination rite at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and my first Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Bernardine were incredible experiences of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Ordination, however, was not the finish line; it was only the starting line. My six years in seminary formation and my thirty-three years in formation with my family and among you were preparation for the race that is set to start on July 1.
Every few years, beginning with Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights, I will gain a new home at parishes across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Yet, St. Bernardine of Siena Church will forever remain my first home. St. Bernardine is home because of each of you: you are my family. Thank you for accompanying and embracing me for thirty-three years. Thank you for your prayers and for encouraging me in vocation. Thank you, above all, for your witness of faith in Jesus Christ. I have been an adopted son to so many of you, and to hear you now call me “Father” is humbling, and I pray that I will live up to that precious title.
St. Paul articulates well the sentiments of my own heart for this community of faith: “I thank my God every time I remember you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3–5). The Lord Jesus chooses very fragile earthen vessels to carry on his ministry in his Church. Please pray for me that I might persevere in communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ with conviction and joy from now until my last day.
Fall in love with Jesus. Stay in love with Jesus . . . and that will decide everything.
Many blessings in Christ,
Fr. Parker Sandoval
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