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News from Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:54

Ministry of Reader. Fras. George Valdivia and José Arredondo joined 15 other candidates to receive the Ministry of Reader at Redemptoris Mater, the seminary for the Neo-Catechumenal Way in Kearney, New Jersey, on February 23. Archbishop Bernard Hebda, new coadjutor of the Newark Archdiocese, presided at the Mass and the installation of Readers; Frs. Michael Rafferty, local prior, John Gruben, vice prior, and Felix Daganta, prefect of students, concelebrated along with many other diocesan and religious priests. After the ceremony all enjoyed light refreshments in the dining room of the seminary.

Ministry of Reader (l to r): Frs. John Gruben, OAR, Felizardo Daganta, OAR, and Michael Rafferty, OAR (back), Fras José Arredondo, OAR and Jorge Valdivia, OAR, with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, February 23, Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance, 2014. The Pius X Guild sponsored its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance on the evening of March 8 in the Tagaste Guild Hall; there were some 140 people in attendance. Traditional Irish-American fare was prepared by the Celtic Kitchen of New Milford, New Jersey. Guild president Peggy Evans coordinated the evening. There was a grand cake to celebrate the March birthdays of Fr. Charles Huse, as well as (in absentia) Br. Joseph Joly, and guild member Antoinette Martucci. Music was provided by the house “music man,” Mr. Joseph Nappo.

Vocational Retreat. The Tagaste community hosted a vocational retreat weekend for four candidates who have expressed interest in the Augustinian Recollects, March 28-30. The four young men, who hailed from places as close as the neighboring town of Spring Valley, New York, and as far away as Miami, Florida, arrived on the evening of March 27. The retreat opened the following morning with words of welcome from Fr. Michael Rafferty. Retreatants joined the community for common prayer, meals, and recreation. Presentations were given by Fr. John Oldfield on the “Charism of the Order,” and by Fr. John Gruben on the “Constitutions and the Liturgy of the Hours.” Fr. Michael gave a personal testimony and conducted individual interviews along with Fr. Felix Daganta. The professed students also shared their vocation stories with the retreatants. Over the weekend the community along with the retreatants enjoyed a new movie on the life of Pope Francis, followed by a lively discussion. Fr. Fredric Abiera joined the community for dinner on Friday evening, and Fr. Joseph Gallardo, Prior Provincial, was present for Evening Prayer and dinner on Saturday. The retreatants also participated in Lenten Stations of the Cross, Sunday Liturgy, and a Holy Hour with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament conducted by Frs. Michael and Felix that brought the retreat to a close. After a final lunch together, the retreatants departed. Fr. Michael contacted each of the retreatants after they returned home and found that all had enjoyed their weekend at the Monastery and the experience of Augustinian Recollect community life.

Tagaste Vocational Retreat (1 to r): Frs. John Gruben, OAR, Michael Rafferty, OAR, Felizardo Daganta, OAR, and John Oldfield, OAR, with retreatants, March 28-30, 2014.

Admission to Postulancy/Novitiate. Fr. Provincial, Joseph Gallardo, formally admitted Andrés Lopez to the postulancy in an evening prayer service at St. Cloud Monastery on April 3. Afterward Fr. Provincial treated the members of the Tagaste and West Orange communities to a wonderful dinner. On April 14, he admitted postulant Andrés to the novitiate for 2014-15.

Father Provincial, Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR (c), assisted by Frs. Michael Rafferty, OAR, and Felizardo Daganta, OAR, admit Andrés Lopez (l) to the postulancy at St. Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey, on April 3.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:35
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:26
News from Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Santa Ana, California PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:19

40 Days for Life

On March 1st at 12pm, Bishop Kevin Vann, Ordinary of the Diocese of Orange, presided at the Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of the Pillar to pray for the dignity of human life and the protection of the unborn. This Mass was organized by the Diocese of Orange and marked the beginning of the annual prayers for human life during the 40 days of Lent.

In his homily, the bishop invited the faithful to pray for the end of abortion, in particular during the 40 days of Lent. He encouraged those present to go out into the abortion clinics and pray peacefully for the protection of the unborn. The silent witness of the faithful in those abortion clinics is a powerful witness of our faith and a constant reminder that life is to be protected.

After the Holy Eucharist, the bishop spent a few moments with the faithful taking pictures and preceded to the parish rectory for lunch.


Cause of the Servant of God, Bishop Alfonso Gallegos

On May 30, Frs. Samson Silloriquez and Eliseo Gonzalez, traveled from Oxnard to Sacramento. On May 31st, they celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento and prayed before the tomb of the Servant of God, Bishop Alfonso Gallegos. They later proceeded to meet with Bishop Jaime Soto, Ordinary of the Diocese of Sacramento, updating the bishop on the progress of the cause of Bishop Gallegos. They presented him with a copy of the Positio Super Virtutibus, the documentation on the life of Bishop Gallegos, to be presented to the Congregation for Causes of the Saints in Rome on June 25.

Bishop Soto was pleased to hear of the progress made with the cause of the Servant of God. He also sent his greetings to the community of Augustinian Recollects.

Fathers Samson Silloriquez, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, present the Positio Super Virtutibus to Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento.

Fathers Samson Silloriquez, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, before the tomb of Bishop Alfonse Gallegos, OAR.

Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:30
News from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Santa Ana, California PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:40

Installation of a New Pastor

On Sunday, January 12, Bishop Kevin Vann, Titular Bishop of the Diocese of Orange, presided at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in which he installed Fr. Marlon Beof, OAR, as the new pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Concelebrating were Fr. Ed Poettgen, Deanery Dean, Recollect fathers Alfredo de Dios, Jose Antonio Arias, Eliseo Gonzalez, Francisco Sandoval and Robert Huse. Deacon Ulises Feliciano, OAR, and Br. Mario Alvarez, OAR, and parish Deacons Domingo Garza and Miguel Gonzalez assisted also in the Liturgy. Fr. Binh Nguyen, Secretary to the Bishop and Diocesan Director of Clergy Personnel, served as the master of ceremonies. Approximately a thousand people which included parishioners, Fr. Marlon's family and friends attended the celebration. A reception followed both for the parishioners after the Mass of Installation.

Bishop Vann and the concelebrants during the Eucharistic Prayer.

Parish Missions

As part of our Lenten Season Activities, there was a Parish Lenten Mission (Retreat) from March 31- April 4. Deacon Miguel Gonzales took charge of the Midday talks and Fr. Salvador Gonzalez who came all the way from Michoacán, Mexico, celebrated the Masses and gave the talks in the evening. Frs. Marlon, Alfredo and Jose Antonio celebrated the morning and midday Masses and heard confessions throughout the Missions. As expected by many, the Church was packed during the five days of the Lenten Missions.

Easter Vigil

Fr. Marlon, pastor of the parish and community prior, presided at the Easter Vigil Celebration with Frs. Alfredo and Jose Antonio as concelebrants. Deacon Miguel Gonzalez assisted in the celebration. Preparations were made weeks before together to ensure it would be celebrated with due solemnity. The Church was standing room only; an estimate eleven to twelve hundred attended the Vigil Mass. The celebration lasted for about two hours, but the parishioners were happy and appreciative of the Liturgy. The choirs of the different Masses combined to make one large choir to sing during the Mass. Five RCIA candidates were baptized during the celebration.

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Feast of the Divine Mercy was solemnly celebrated; it also marked the Canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. At three o'clock in the afternoon, a special Mass was celebrated. Fr. Marlon presided the Mass assisted by Deacon Miguel Gonzalez. After the Mass there was a procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Church to the parking lot. Along the way of the procession, five altars were placed to honor the Blessed Sacrament and a decade of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy was chanted. Back inside the Church, Benediction was celebrated. It was a successful event, well participated in by those who attended numbering about eight hundred people. After the Liturgical celebration, everybody was invited to an early dinner. The members of the Divine Mercy Apostolate helped organized the lovely reception following the Mass.

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:02
News from Cristo Rey Parish, Los Angeles PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 21:24

ELECTRICAL WORK in the church to meet code requirements and out of safety concerns was completed in mid-January and daily Masses held in the parish hall during this week. The parishioners were informed that the funds for this work were the result of their generosity from the mini-festival in November for the Feast of Christ the King. They appreciated being informed of the scope of the project and many recalled their family members being involved in various aspects of the construction of the church. March 12 was the 70th anniversary of the dedication of the church and this date was marked with prayers for the living and deceased members of the parish.

THE ANNUAL APPEAL of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles began in mid-February and by the second week the parish had met the assigned goal for this year.

AN ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP of 40 teenagers in the Second Year Confirmation program, accompanied by the catechists and group leaders, participated in a weekend retreat from March 7 – 9 at Camp Hollywoodland located in Griffith Park.

THE COMBINED CELEBRATION of the 70th anniversary of the dedication of the church and the upcoming 75th anniversary of our establishment as a parish included the painting of the interior of the church during the week of March 17th. Following the Sunday evening Mass, an enthusiastic group of parishioners helped to remove all of the statues to the classroom area so that the work could begin the following morning and several members of the Guadalupanas arrived during the week to give a much-needed cleaning to each of the images. Even though a good amount of time was spent in making repairs to the walls, especially in the choir loft and sacristy areas, the project was completed during the week. The parishioners are very appreciative of the work that has been done.

Parishioners were enthusiastic in carrying statues from the Church for cleaning as part of the interior painting.

15 TEENS AND ADULTS received First Communion on Sunday, April 6th as part of their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Teens and adult members of the parish on the day of their First Communion.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 15:34
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