January 18, 2015 – Commissioning ceremony of altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. Saint Benedict Parish commissioned the new altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers to serve at the table of the Lord. A good number of faithful answered the call to serve and were commissioned by Father Francisco Sandoval, OAR, at the 10:30 AM Mass.
February 7- World Marriage Day Dance. World Marriage Day was celebrated with a special blessing in the masses of the day but here at St. Benedict we went a step further and celebrated it with a dance where a large number of couples gathered to dance on Saturday evening.
February 18 – Ash Wednesday – Saint Benedict Church started the Lenten Season with the Ash Wednesday imposition of the ashes throughout the day. The faithful began the holy time of Lent with eagerness and with hope as they had their sights in the Easter Sunday Glory.
February 21 – Casino Night. The Saint Benedict School hosted Casino Night as a fundraiser and once again it was very successful, and it was an opportunity for the school parents and parishioners to mingle and enjoy a time together while at the same time they helped their school. The Commerce City Casino came to our hall and set up the many poker tables where the people played and enjoyed a good atmosphere until 11:00PM.
March 21-22- St. Joseph’s Table. The Italian Confraternity hosted the Saint Joseph’s Table in the Hall both Saturday and Sunday by giving away free pasta and in turn the people turned into shoppers of delicious Italian pastries and plants for the benefit of the Italian Co-fraternity.
Lenten Missions: The parishioners of St. Benedict had the opportunity to get ready for the Holy Days by attending an English and a Spanish Lenten mission from Sunday March 22-26. Father Bill Adams gave the English mission and our very own Father Jorge Alberto Niño, OAR, gave the Spanish mission. Parishioners enjoyed the talks which ended with confessions on the last day of the mission talks.
Holy Week once more was a very special occasion at St. Benedict as the groups came together on Good Friday and put together the live Stations of the Cross. The faithful were deeply moved by their acting and everyone had a very meaningful and spiritual evening in preparation for Easter Sunday.
April 11 – Catholic Men’s Fellowship – Spiritual Warfare Conference. Father Hampch came to St. Benedict to give a retreat on spiritual warfare and called those gathered there to be on guard against the world’s deceptions and to be spiritually prepared to battle evil in the world and in their lives.
April 12- Divine Mercy Sunday. On Divine Mercy Sunday at 3:00 PM the faithful gathered in the church to begin a procession around the block with the Blessed Sacrament, ending in the Church with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and followed by Holy Mass; about 500 people came out for this special parish event.
April 24- Confirmations. St. Benedict was very festive today as the Confirmation class of 2015 received the sacrament of Confirmation administered by the Very Reverend Thomas Curry in the presence of the St. Benedict Community. Bishop Curry encouraged the one hundred youths to take advantage of the gifts of the Spirit and use them well to build up the body of Christ and to make their lives dwelling places of God.
First Holy Communions- School and Parish. The whole community rejoiced at the First Communion of the children that for two years have prepared for this very special moment in their lives. About 200 children began a closer and intimate relationship with Jesus through the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Our hope and prayers for them is that they never grow distant from their Lord who nourishes and strengthens them with His Body and Blood.
May 7- Golden Manor Mass. The community after having been asked by the people of Golden Manor to have Mass there, decided to begin saying Mass there once a month. With this now we say Masses at three convalescent homes in the Montebello area.
May 15-17- Parish Festival. The 2015 School and Parish Festival kicked off with the theme ‘honoring our saints’ and was once again hugely successful. We had a large number of people from the parish and from outside come to support this year’s festival fundraising. Bands played, people danced and rode rides. The school children performed songs. The raffle winning ticket took home 10,000 dollars! We thank all those that came to support our fundraising. May our generous Lord reward your kindness and generosity.
May 31 – Parish Flea Market. The Altar Society prepared the flea market and was so successful that more than 3000 dollars was raised! But more importantly, it brought most of the parish groups and organizations together.
June 6 – Diaconate Ordination of Joseph Flores. On Saturday Joseph Flores and his wife Anita Flores became the newest St. Benedict deacon couple, now joining the veteran couples of Deacon David and Rita Estrada and Alfonso and Alicia Castillo. Welcome to our family Deacon Joseph! The parish community rejoices in having you be part of the family and may your ministry be a long and blessed one!
Mr. Francisco Chávez graduation as liturgist. On Sunday at the 12:30 PM Mass, Mr. Paco Chávez officially became a liturgist at the graduation ceremony at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral. The main celebrant was the Most Reverend Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gómez. Mr. Chávez, who happens to be also a SAR member, is now fully prepared to assist in the liturgy committee.
June 18 – Kindergarten Graduation. The 2015 kindergarten graduation saw 47 new students ready to make the transition to 1st grade. The proud parents and students enjoyed a ceremony prepared by the school faculty at 9:30 AM in the church.
June 19 – 8th Grade Graduation Mass and Ceremony. The eight graders of St. Benedict School celebrated their graduation ceremony with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:00 AM celebrated by Father Sandoval. It was their last Mass together and yet they were very happy because they were going to begin high school soon. Father Sandoval encouraged them to do their best and to continue to practice their faith as they are now more on their own, and they will have to make and take choices that will affect their lives and their faith. He reminded them that God was going to be with them always because He loved them, and they can always count on Him to assist them and help them.