The Intercession of St. Martin de Porres

This is the story that my mother, Dr. Norma Torres, shared with me when I was about ten years old.

When she was about eight months pregnant with me, she went with her mother and sisters to the airport to see my father, a young professor of dentistry, off as he left for a week of conferences in Santiago, Chile. My mother felt so sad that dad was leaving, even for that short time that she cried inconsolably.  As she and her relatives were returning from the airport, she started to feel abdominal pain. Since the pain continued to increase, instead of going home they decided to head to the clinic.

Unexpectedly and earlier than anyone would have imagined, she had gone into labor. Soon after the delivery, mom’s doctor, Dr. Armand Stricker, began to worry because the new born wasn’t able to breathe and was turning blue. In the waiting room, my grandmother and aunts were notified that the child may not make it due to respiratory complications. In the midst of these circumstances, they all began to pray. Meanwhile, after performing CPR on me and after quite a scare, Dr. Stricker was able to get me breathing. He then gave the good news to all in the waiting room.

My mother always reminds me that, during those moments of uncertainty, my grandmother had quietly asked for the intercession of St. Martin de Porres and made a promise to him if the baby survived. Since that day Martin is my middle name and my grandmother, Esmeralda, fulfilled her promise on the day mom and I were released from the clinic.

To be continued on November 30.

In Christ,

fr. Juan, OP

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Second Round of Parish Assemblies

Today, we have our second round of parish assemblies following each Mass. The purpose of today’s assemblies is to seek your approval of the parish mission statement and goals, which the pastoral council drafted since the time of our first parish assemblies on September 13 and 14. We also hope to spend some time with you today brainstorming ideas on how we can achieve our goals. Each assembly will take an hour. You are cordially invited to attend one of them, even if you did not sign up to do so on Goal Sign-up Sunday. To the degree that parishioners own the pastoral plan and help to put it into action is to the degree that it will help us grow as a parish and become more active in our faith. I hope we can count on your participation—if not in attending one of today’s assemblies, then in helping implement the plan later on.

After today’s assemblies, the pastoral council will meet to ponder the ideas from the weekend and turn some of them into objectives, which will help us achieve our goals. The council hopes to release to the parish the entire pastoral plan—together with its mission statement, goals, and objectives—by the end of January. Implementation will then begin at that time and is expected to take five years to carry out.

Again, I hope to see you at an assembly today. May God bless you, and please continue praying for the success of our pastoral planning process.

—Br. Ian

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