Often called the birthday of the Church, we celebrate Pentecost today. The first Pentecost transformed the Apostles from being a frightened group hiding behind locked doors into men on fire about their faith. The Holy Spirit came upon them, the Church was born and the world has never been the same.
It is the voice of that same Holy Spirit that our parish seminarian heard so many years ago. Deacon Parker Sandoval heard God calling him to priesthood and that journey is almost complete. Next Saturday at Our Lady of the Angeles Cathedral, Parker will be ordained a priest with seven of his classmates. Admittance to the cathedral is by ticket only. However, all are invited the following day, Sunday May 31st, to his First Mass here at St. Bernardine’s at 5:30 PM. Dinner will follow in the hall and all are welcome. Come and celebrate!
This is such a great blessing for us. Many of you knew Parker when he was in our school and have followed his career. More of us have grown to know and love him through his excellent preaching since he became a deacon. Let us give thanks to God that from our humble faith community comes this wonderful young man willing to dedicate his life to ministry. And as we pray that more young men will hear the call, we thank the Lord for Father Parker Sandoval.
God bless you,
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