Annual Marian Day Procession

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Our annual Marian Day procession and Mass was a most solemn, joyful,
and well-attended evening with the wind blowing strongly and refreshingly
against our faces as we praised God in His wonderful graces and in
His gift to us of Our Blessed Mother. This was my first year to be a part
of our Marian Day procession and liturgy and I was overcome with the
goodness of it all and the unity experienced was palpable. After the procession
and immediately prior to the Eucharist, balloons by the hundreds
were released into the air. Fr. Anthony Hung Tran, O.P., my good brother
and friend, who preached, asked that I release the first balloon boquet with
prayers attached. I did release the bouquet and it flew right smack into the
nearest tree, whereupon one in the congregation retrieved the bouquet’s
ribbon and sent it on its way to the heavens. It takes a village to help send
a bouquet of prayer-laden balloons into the sky!

May God continue to grace our beloved community of Holy Rosary
with the extravagance we have received in our diversity. AMEN!

In The Holy Spirit,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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Solemnity of the Ascension

 

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Jesus said: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 This Solemnity
of the Ascension affirms that we, as an Asian, African, European,
& Latin American community of faith here at Holy Rosary, process out
from the Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ to further witness to Him
as did those who actually witnessed the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.

We also witness to the love of God in our mothers who have carried
us since conception and nurtured us into becoming faith filled witnesses
to Christ Ascended. Thank You, our dearest mothers, for your loving
acceptance of God’s mission to give life as God wills. We are grateful for
the times we were joyful and you encouraged our childhood crayon art
drawings, and also for the times when you taught us prayers as well as
for the times when we were sick with a fever and you helped to make
us feel better. Our Blessed Mother Mary joins us in celebrating you in
following her way of motherhood.

In Christ ascended,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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