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Simple and Solemn Profession at Tagaste Monastery PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 02:52

The weather forecast was not very promising that day, August 27, 2011. The hurricane Irene was making its way to the north along the East coast, and was expected to reach New York that Saturday afternoon. But in spite of the gloomy anticipation for the arrival of the hurricane outside, inside Tagaste Monastery, the friars were enthusiastically preparing for the Simple Profession of Fra. Jose Arredondo and the Solemn Profession of Fra. Jorge Mateos. Within the celebration of the Mass, which started at 10:30 AM and officiated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Gallardo, O.A.R. (Prior Provincial), Fra. Jose and Fra. Jorge both professed the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence their Augustinian Recollect brothers, classmates, professors, SAR members, AR sisters, Guild members and friends. The seminarians of the Adorno Fathers awed the congregation with their beautiful voices during the Mass. After the Mass, there was a light lunch at the Guild Hall to continue the celebration. It may have been a tense and rainy day in New York because of the approaching hurricane, but inside Tagaste Monastery, it was a “sunny” day as Fra. Jorge and Fra. Jose freely and joyfully gave their future to God and to the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 05:22
St. John’s Parish PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:28

This current year is an anniversary year for St. John’s Parish in the Bronx. For the past 125 years, the parish has served the spiritual needs of the popular neighborhood located in the northwest section of the Bronx. The date has been appropriately remembered in a series of events organized by Fr. Joy Zabala, the parish staff, and the Parish Council. An appreciation dinner was celebrated for the volunteers on the parish committee as well as for the priests and religious who had served in the parish or who were alumnus of the school. To culminate the events of the year, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, will be principal celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving at the parish on Oct. 2, 2011.

Cristo Rey Parish PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:02

An overhaul has been going on for some time at Cristo Rey. One after another, various projects of repair and replacement were undertaken beginning in late 2010 and are still in process. Beginning with termite control in both church and rectory, new roofing in the church, rectory and parish, were followed by up-grading the electrical and plumbing systems. Upon completion of infra-structure repairs, attention was given to the exterior with the painting of the buildings. The final touch was the asphalting of the two parking lots.

The drive for material up-dating has been supported by the parish which has also seen a considerable growth of the religious education program of the parish. Emphasis has been given to preparation for the sacraments. There are 77 young adults in a two-year program of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation and 28 adults enrolled in RCIA. An interesting “sign of the times” is the fact that these are English-speaking, a fact noticed by the Regional Bishop.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:04
News from St. Benedict PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:54

Ministry at St. Benedict Parish includes availability for civic services requested by government agencies. Fr. McGuire was recently called upon to provide the invocation prayer for a meeting of the First District of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. He was prepped beforehand concerning the non-denominational character of public prayers. He performed the service to the satisfaction of the five member Board who unanimously expressed their approval by awarding him a certificate of appreciation which states, “The County has been honored by your presence and your prayer on this occasion”.

St. Benedict meets its goal! A goal of $58, 608.20 had been set for the parish for the annual Archdiocesan “Together in Mission” campaign. The purpose of the campaign, established 19 years ago by Cardinal Mahony, is to provide assistance for those churches and schools in the financially disadvantaged areas of the Archdiocese, some 35 parishes and 53 schools. Based upon results to date, Fr. McGuire could report that the fund drive has been a “resounding success”. There have been 645 pledges totaling $98,542.25 of which $31,110.25 has already been collected. Excess monies collected in these campaigns are returned to the parish.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:59
Fray Juan Jose Alfaro, OAR’s Ordination to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 September 2011 19:34

Coming into a Megapolis like Mexico City can be a little intimidating, especially when is your 2nd visit to that city and you don’t know it at all and then taking a taxi that pronounces it doesn’t know the part of the city your are telling him to take you to.  But I made it anyways, (good thing we asked for directions, and having a cell phone in hand is worth millions when you most needed it).  It was all well worth it, because I was able to attend the ordination of one of our brothers to the priesthood.  Under the watchful eye of our Lady of Lourdes Fray Juan Jose Alfaro, was ordained in Mexico City at Our Lady of Lourdes’s parish on July 31st at 1:00PM.  It was a wonderful celebration officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Carlos Briseno, OAR, Auxiliary Bishop of Mexico City and one of our own. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:49
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