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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church Welcomes You

Serving West Pasco for 100 Years

Parish Mission Statement
Formed by the Word of God, and nourished by the Sacraments, we the servant community of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, blessed by our diversities, are bound in the Spirit by love, to reach out, respect, and embrace all people.

 

 

 

Annual Pastoral Appeal 2017 theme is "Rejoice in Hope". Commitment weekend was February 18-19. Envelopes are available at the exits. You are welcome to place your pledge/payment in the regular offertory collection. Be sure to mark it for APA 2017.

At this time, March 20, 257 parishioners have pledged $62,760.11 to the APA, Rejoice in Hope.  Our goal this year is $122,321. 

 

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Message from our Pastor
 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

‘Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.’

Life is a journey; we walk it along with so many people. Friends and foes walk with us. It is sad to say that we very often fail to recognize many of them who walk with us. We may misread good friends to worst enemies and vice versa. It happens. One of the shocking experiences I had was that when a couple who, after their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary, approached me to help them with their separation.  They had grand and great grandchildren. They too were surprised. After fifty-five years they found out something that did hurt their love for each other. One of them said to me, “Father, all these fifty-five years I didn’t know that…”

At one of my pastoral visits, I met an elderly man in one of the Assisted Living Facilities who had lost his vision. As we talked I came to know that he was a millionaire, and as he gradually became blind, his ‘loyal’ lawyer for many years, got his signature on different papers and took away all that he had. My friend told me, “Father, he was with me more than forty years; I trusted him and entrusted him with all my finances, and I didn’t know that…”

Each of us may have a similar story to share.  A mother who feeds her children would never know that her children would one day abandon her. Siblings who grow together would never know that one day they would stop loving each other.  

My question is, ‘how well do we know others?’ People aren’t always who we think they are. I know it well from my own personal experience. Many of our friends are not good inside. Jesus knew Judas would dip his hand into the dish with him and then would later betray him. Jesus knew Peter and others would run away at his arrest (Matt. 26.). Still he loved them and kept them with him; a great lesson Jesus taught us to follow. Jesus could because he was God and he knew their thoughts, but we are not. So we can’t foresee a betrayal. But we have to learn from Jesus the art of loving our foes; because they are with us always and everywhere.

Why did I say all these things; any connection to Jesus’ trip to Emmaus? I don’t know. One thing I know, his own disciples did not know Jesus well enough to say he is God.  It could be because their focus was more on his miracles and healing than on who he is. When our heart is on earthly things, we won’t see heavenly things. But one simple thing I admire; the disciples’ nobility to invite a stranger to have dinner with them. (Many of us don’t have that goodness.) It was at the sharing of their table that they recognized Jesus. If they hadn’t invited him, they would never have known ‘Him’ with whom they were walking all their way home. How many of us might have missed a great friend like Jesus along our way? Remember, we are all heading towards our home; our Eternal Home. We need a friend there who would recognize us and welcome us to that ‘Heavenly Banquet’. Nobility brings blessings.

Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Jesucristo,

‘Jesús se les acercó y comenzó a caminar con ellos,
pero los ojos de los dos discípulos estaban velados y no lo reconocieron.’

La vida es un viaje; caminamos juntos con tanta gente.  Amigos y enemigos caminan con nosotros.  Es triste decir que muy a menudo fallamos en reconocer muchos de ellos que caminan con nosotros.  Podemos malinterpretar a buenos amigos a peores enemigos y viceversa.  Ocurre.  Una de las experiencias impactantes que tuve fue cuando una pareja que, después de su aniversario de boda de cincuenta y cinco años, se me acercaron pidiendo ayuda con su separación.  Tenían nietos y bis-nietos.  Ellos también estaban sorprendido.  Después de cincuenta y cinco años, encontraron algo que le hizo daño al amor por el uno al otro.  Uno de ellos me dijo, “Padre, todos estos cincuenta y cinco años yo no sabía que…”

En una de mis visitas pastorales, conocí a un hombre anciano en una de las Facilidades de Acilos de Vida Asistida que había perdido su vista.  Mientras conversábamos, me entere que él era un millonario, y como el perdió su vista poco a poco, su abogado ‘leal’ por muchos años, consiguió su firma en diversos documentos, y le llevó todo lo que tenía.  Mi amigo me dijo, “Padre, él estuvo conmigo más de cuarenta años; y yo le confié todas mis finanzas, y yo no sabía que…”

Cada uno de nosotros podemos tener una historia similar para compartir.  Una madre que alimenta a sus hijos, nunca podría saber que sus hijos algún día la iban abandonar.  Hermanos/hermanas que crecen juntos nunca podrían saber que algún día podrían dejar de amarse el uno a otro.

Mi pregunta es, ¿“como de bien nos conocemos el uno al otro?”  La gente no es a veces lo que nosotros creemos que son.  Yo lo sé muy bien por mi propia experiencia.  Muchos de nuestros amigos no son buenos por dentro.  Jesús sabía que Judas sumergía su mano en el plato con él y luego más tarde lo traicionaría.  Jesús sabía que Pedro y los otros correrían al él ser arrestado (Mateo 26.). Pero todavía les amaba y los mantuvo con él; una gran lesión que Jesús no enseño a seguir.  Jesús, podía porque él era Dios y el conocía sus pensamientos, pero nosotros no lo somos.  No podemos prever una traición.  Pero tenemos que aprender de Jesús el arte de amar a nuestros enemigos; porque ellos están con nosotros siempre y en todas partes.

Por qué les digo estas cosas, hay alguna conexión al viaje de Jesús hacia Emaús?  No sé.  Una cosa sí sé, sus propios discípulo no reconocían a Jesús suficientemente bien para decir que él es Dios.  Podría ser porque su enfoque era más en sus milagros y la curación, que en quien él es.  Cuando nuestro corazón está en cosas terrenales, no vemos las cosas celestiales.  Pero una simple cosa yo admiro; la nobleza de los discípulos para invitar a un extranjero a cenar con ellos. (Muchos de nosotros no tenemos esa bondad.)  Fue en el intercambio en su mesa que ellos reconocieron a Jesús.  Si no lo hubieran invitado, ellos nunca lo hubieran reconocido a ‘El’ con quien andaban todo su camino a la casa.  ¿Cuántos de nosotros perdemos un gran amigo como Jesús en nuestro camino?  Recuerden, todos vamos hacia nuestra casa; nuestra Casa Eterna.  Necesitamos un amigo allí que nos conozca y nos acoja a ese ‘Banquete Celestial’.  La nobleza trae bendiciones.

Que Dios los bendiga,

Padre Sebastián

 

 











 

 

 

 

 

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Masses

Daily Mass:
8:30 a.m. (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 a.m.,
12:15 p.m.(Spanish),
5:00 p.m. (English-Teen Mass)
Holy Day Vigil: 4:00 p.m. and
7:00 p.m. Spanish
Holy Day: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 11:00AM to Noon and 3:00 -4:00 pm.  You may schedule an appointment. 

 

 

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A Welcome Message from our Pastor, Father Sebastian

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ, 

We warmly welcome all of you to the first Catholic church in West Pasco County. Together with “Our Blessed Mother” we gather at the Table of her Son, Jesus to get nourished and to proclaim His message of love in words and deeds.

We invite you to be a part of our loving Community being present at our Eucharistic celebrations and other events. Every First Friday at 5.00 p.m. is our Family Dinner Time in the Parish Hall. We gather to know one another and to build up new friendships. This year we started the St. Lorenzo 5 Star Breakfast Buffet.  Dates are published in the bulletin.  You must try it as it is the "best in town".

Please visit this magnificent Church adorned with colorful stained glass entrance doors, windows, Carillon Tower, Stations of the Cross and the Doves of Peace; stay here in solitude to get blessings upon you and your family through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.

We look forward to seeing you!  May God bless you.

 

 



 

 

 

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