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.
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.
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.
During the past month, the parish has been busy with different activities. Among them were the retreats, confessions and celebrations of First Communion and Confirmations for CCD and RCIA students. We also had classes for wedding preparations. The different parish groups and parish ministries have their busy schedule as well as with retreats and formation classes. Frs. Marlon, Alfredo and Jose Antonio share the different responsibilities in the ministries and also agreed to be spiritual directors of the different parish groups and parish ministries.
Together with the warmth and generous parishioners who serenaded them with mañanitas and prepared good Mexican food for everyone, the fathers celebrated their birthdays in the parish. Frs. Alfredo de Dios and Jose Antonio celebrated their seventieth birthdays on February 9 and May 13 respectively. Fr. Marlon celebrated his forty-sixth on May 19. Long life and God bless!
New Pastors Program
From May 12-16 Fr. Marlon attended the second part of the New Pastors Workshop held in Serra Retreat House in Malibu, CA. He joined Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez and close to forty other priests from Region XI, of the diocese. The purpose of the workshop is to let the new pastors and administrators get acquainted with the duties of being a Shepherd/Administrator of their respective parishes. The first part of the workshop was held in Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA. Fr. Christopher Smith, Episcopal Vicar and Rector of Christ Cathedral in the diocese of Orange, is the Director of the New Pastors Program.
Frs. Marlon Beof, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, with Fr. Christopher Smith, Director of New pastors Program.
Frs. Marlon Beof and Alfredo de Dios attended the Annual Retreat for the West Coast members of the Province held in Oxnard, CA, from May 26-30 while Fr. Jose Antonio Arias attended the East Coast Retreat in Stony Point, New York
First Communions and Confirmations
More than three hundred and seventy CCD students received their First Communion this year during the Eucharistic Celebrations on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, and on Saturday, June 1.
On Wednesday, May 28 at 5:00 PM, Bishop Kevin Vann presided at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Confirmation of a hundred and thirty one candidates. Fr. Marlon assisted Bishop Vann in the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Among the concelebrants were Frs. Alfredo de Dios and Jose Antonio Arias, OAR. Fr. Binh Nguyen, Bishop Vann's Secretary, served as the master of ceremony assisted by Deacons Domingo Garza and Miguel Gonzalez.
After the event, the Parish catered a dinner for Bishop Vann and Fr. Nguyen as well as for the priests, deacons and directors of the Parish Catechetical Program.
On Sunday, June 8, during the Eucharistic Celebration at 1:00 PM, fourteen RCIA candidates received Holy Communion for the first time and also received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Fr. Marlon presided at the Celebration and, as delegated by the Bishop, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Fr. Marlon Beof, OAR