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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.

 

Christmas on Broadway
Friday December 9
Doors open at 5 PM
Dinner served beginning at 5:30 PM

Performance will follow.

 

Holiday Mass Schedule

CHRISTMAS EVE 
4:00 PM Church 
4:05 PM Parish Hall 
7:00 PM Spanish Mass 
10:00 PM English Mass 

CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 AM Church
9:00 AM Church
10:30 AM Church
12:15 PM Spanish Mass
NO 5:00 PM Mass

 

 

 

 

 

Message from our Pastor

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  We are asked to prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus into our life. We have to open our eyes and mend our ways to see our God who walks in our streets and who passes by us every moment of our life. I recall the story of a mother whom I happened to meet one day. She lived in an Assisted Living Center.  She lived there for a few years. She had a routine that others shared with me: every morning she walked up to the window, raised the blinds up and looked out through the window, hoping to see her only son coming one day to visit her (that never happened). She looked for him as each car stopped by, asked for him to each person that passed by. She waited and waited at the window, from dawn till dusk and from dusk till dawn. It went on like that for years and years until her death. Something had gone wrong in that mother-son relationship and the son cut her out of his life ‘forever’. The estranged son abandoned his old and sick mother in that residence; he never returned to say a ‘hello’ to her. She poured out her grief before me. I could read the hurt feelings between the furrowed lines on her face. She wished if her phone had rung once that her son was trying to reach her. That never happened. She was being judged by everyone who passed by. ‘Who caused the relationship to be severed’ or ‘whose choice was that?’ I couldn’t do anything for her. I was helpless. Did I fail to solve the differences?

Why do we fail to resolve differences in our life? How many parents/ children/brothers or sisters wait at their windows to hear a ‘hello’ from their ‘once’ beloved ones’? How many of the phones stopped ringing in our homes because no one wanted to talk to each other anymore? When we cut somebody out off our life, we cut God out of our life.  It is our false ego that justifies our rude behavior. We have to learn to forgive. Otherwise we are not Christians.

Once again we are looking for Christ at this Christmas. We can’t find Him because we look for Him in the wrong manger. We look for a God outside of our life. Our God’s name is Emmanuel, which means ‘God- with- us’. Our God lives among us. If God is with us, if He lives among us, couldn’t that deserted mother at the Assisted Living be ‘the God’ whom we look for at this Christmas? Couldn't it be possible our God passes by us every day and we won’t recognize Him?

Advent connects the God who took flesh in the past and the God who is to come in the future to judge us, to ‘this God’ who now walks in our street. To live our faith inside our homes and outside is very challenging. Sometimes we become so closed in. We want an Advent to take us out for a walk. As we walk we will meet our God. Our God is with us.

A Happy and a prayerful Advent to all!

Father Sebastian

Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Jesucristo,

Hoy es el primer Domingo de Adviento.  Se nos pide que preparemos nuestros corazones para acoger a Jesús en nuestra vida.  Tenemos que abrir nuestros ojos y emendar nuestras maneras para ver a nuestro Dios que anda en nuestras calles y que pasa por nosotros en cada momento de nuestra vida.  Recuerdo la historia de una madre que conocí un día.  Ella vivía en un Centro de Vivienda con Asistencia.  Ella vivía allí hacia unos años.  Ella tenía una rutina que otros compartieron conmigo: cada mañana caminaba hacia la ventana, levantaba la persiana y miraba hacia afuera, con la esperanza de ver venir a su único hijo que viniera a visitarla algún día (lo que nunca sucedió).  Ella lo buscaba según cada coche se paraba, y le preguntaba a cada persona que pasaba por él.  Ella esperaba y esperaba en la ventana, desde el amanecer hasta el anochecer y desde el crepúsculo hasta el amanecer.  Paso así durante muchos años, hasta su muerte.  Algo había ido mal en esa relación de madre e hijo y su hijo la corto afuera de su vida ‘para siempre’.  El hijo alejado abandono a su madre, vieja y enferma en esa residencia; y nunca volvió  a decirle ‘Hola’.  Ella derramó su sufrimiento ante mí.  Yo podía leer los sentimientos heridos entre las líneas de ceño en su cara.  Ella deseaba que su teléfono sonara alguna vez, y que su hijo tratara de llegar a ella.  Pero eso nunca paso.  Ella era juzgada por todos los que pasaban.  ‘¿Quién causo que la relación fuera cortada’ o ‘quien fue el que la escogió?’   Yo no podía hacer nada para ella.  Estaba indefenso.  No pude resolver las diferencias.

¿Porque fallamos en resolver las diferencias en nuestra vida?  Cuantos padres/hijos/hermanos o hermanas esperan en sus ventanas para escuchar un ‘hola’ de sus amados. ¿Cuantos teléfonos pararon de sonar en nuestras casas porque nadie se quería hablar más?  Cuando cortamos a alguien de nuestras vidas, cortamos a Dios afuera de nuestra vida.  Es nuestro ego falso que justifica nuestro comportamiento injusto.   Tenemos que aprender a perdonar.  De lo contrario no somos cristianos.    

Una vez más estamos buscando a Cristo en esta Navidad.  No lo encontramos porque lo buscamos en el pesebre equivocado.  Buscamos a Dios afuera de nuestra vida.  El nombre de nuestro Dios es Emanuel, que significa ‘Dios-con-nosotros’.  Nuestro Dios vive entre nosotros.  ¿Si Dios está con nosotros, si Él vive entre nosotros, no podría ser esa madre abandonada en la Vivienda de Ayuda Asistencial, ‘el Dios’ a quien buscamos en esta Navidad?  ¿No puede ser posible que nuestro Dios pasa por nuestro lado todos los días y no lo reconocemos?

El Adviento nos conecta a Dios que tomó carne en el pasado y el Dios que vendrá en el futuro para juzgarnos, a ‘este Dios’ que ahora anda en nuestras calles.  Para vivir nuestra Fe dentro de nuestras casas y afuera es muy difícil.   A veces nos cerramos.  Queremos un Adviento que nos lleve a pasear.  Mientras caminamos, nos encontraremos con nuestro Dios.  Nuestro Dios está con nosotros.

Feliz tiempo de Adviento en oración para todos.

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.

 

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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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