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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2014
Grand Jamaica – A Great Success!
I want to thank each and every one who supported our first ever Jamaica. It was a huge success! Hundreds of people participated, including families, enjoying great entertainment, food and drinks. It was possible, because of the many individuals who spent countless hours working so hard to get everything ready for the feast – THANK YOU! Special thanks to Mary and Florencio Garcia for coordinating all the preparations and leadership. We were blessed to have volunteers from our parish ministries: Ladies’ and Men’s ACTS, Altar Society, Knights of Columbus, Altar Servers, Blessed Sacrament School, Girl and Boys Scouts, Parish Staff, those who worked at the booths and all the generous sponsors. A very special “thank you” also goes out to Precinct 1 Constable Rudy Rodriguez and his Deputies for the wonderful job they did securing our grounds.
I recognized people at our Jamaica who were once members of our parish who perhaps had left town and are back home again. This, more than anything else, made all the hard work very worthwhile.
Someone recently suggested that perhaps we did need to make a Jamaica. Instead, for us to go back and ask parishioners again to make a donation that would add up to the equivalence of what we would have made at a Jamaica. Soon after, one of the Pastors of those parishes where they have annual Jamaicas reminded me that the main reason the parishes organize these Jamaicas is not just for monetary purposes (though we need it for our construction project), but to reach out to a wider community within our neighborhood and remind them that we are here and invite them back to our Parish community of Blessed Sacrament. I truly believe that this was the Lord’s will of which we have accomplished with His blessing.
The full report of the Jamaica and raffle winners will be announced in next weekend’s bulletin.
God willing, this weekend I will be in Rome, and I promise to keep all of you in my prayers, especially at the Holy Mass.
God bless, and see you on the second Sunday of November.