I will write about priesthood to highlight the 25th anniversary of the ordination of our parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Dennis Odiver.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines a priest as mediator, a go-between, whose work is to unite.  God and man.  The priest in the name of the bishop guides the people of God entrusted to his care and leads them to the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.


As a priest, Msgr. Dennis gathers people and finds fulfillment in his ministry.  He observes to get the feel of the community; then together with the parishioners and lay leaders, he discerns what ought to be done according to the needs of the parish.  It may not be easy for him to do it.  God’s people come in various sizes and shapes with different temperaments and attitudes in life.  As parish priest he discerns with us how, despite our differences, so we can journey together to achieve our common goal.  In our communion, we become united with one God.


Gathering people comes in many ways.  The great gathering, of course, is when God’s people come together in the Eucharistic celebration to listen to the word of God and with the priest facilitating through his homily, discerns how God’s word become alive in the individual’s and community’s day to day life.


We gather to be formed.  On special occasions Msgr. Dennis would invite renowned speakers to develop and to enhance our spirituality.  Formation is not merely imparting the doctrines of the Faith and the teachings of the Church; it is more of imparting attitudes.


It is enabling the person to look at reality through the eyes of the little child born in Bethlehem with hope.  It is taking on an optimism that does not find hopelessness in any situation.


We gather for fellowships, for a time to know each other and be comfortable with one another as we work together.


We gather to pray.  We should remember to pray for our priests whom we expect are always praying for us.  We have to pray for one another.


As our pastor, Msgr. Dennis leads.  The leadership entrusted to him challenges him to be resourceful and creative.  Aware that he cannot be an expert in all aspects of parish community life, he taps talents from within and outside the parish.  It is very consoling for a priest that many parishioners, experts in different fields, are just too willing to put in their share in building up the community.  However, he draws from his own experience as he leads.


Let us pray to our Blessed Mother to keep our pastor, Msgr. Dennis and all her beloved priests and never to allow them to give up in their struggle to be holy priests.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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