Pastor’s Message

June 13, 2017

I welcome you to the pages of this website.  There is a wealth of information in these pages that will help you to get to know our community, to participate in our community, and to give us the privilege to serve you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!  The Catholic Church wants to be a welcoming community, and we at Blessed Seelos take this call very seriously.  We believe strongly that everyone has a place in the Church of Jesus Christ and that there is no better commitment than the one we make to God and to work for the building of His Kingdom in a world that very much needs His presence.  May God continue to lead you and guide you as you read, watch, and use our website. May it be a source of peace and strength to you.

We are very excited at this time with our new parish anniversary book that you can purchase for $45.00 by calling our office at 504-943-5566.    There is a special donations tap you can access for easy payment of your donation!  May God bless you abundantly!

 

 My Article for the Bulletin

(June 11, 2017 - Holy Trinity)

Mi Artículo para el Boletín Parroquial

(11 de junio del 2017 - Santísima Trinidad) 

Today we reflect on the very mystery of God, what the doctrine of the Church calls the Holy Trinity.  This mystery states, as we learned early in catechism, that there is one God, but that there are three persons in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It was always a challenge to figure out what this meant.  Is it one or three?  Of course, that is precisely the mystery involved when it comes to God, since this is a teaching that we could not have reached on our own, but it had to be revealed to us.  This revelation took place through the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who never taught a course on the Trinity, but shared with us through his prayer, actions, and words what this mystery was about.  Who can know more about God than God Himself in the person of His Son?  Notice how in that simple question the whole mystery is exposed.  Who do you pray to when you talk to God?  Maybe you have never thought about that.  Most people are very comfortable praying to Christ.  Others always pray to God the Father.  Few pray directly to the Holy Spirit.  All three prayers are legitimate and what you will notice is that you can say some things to the Father that you cannot say to the Son and vice versa.  The same with the Holy Spirit.  The mystery we celebrate today challenges us to say a prayer to the Holy Trinity.  It is not easy.  Try it!

 Hoy reflexionamos en el misterio de Dios, lo que la doctrina de la Iglesia llama la Santísima Trinidad.  Este misterio nos dice, como aprendimos en el catecismo, que hay un solo Dios, pero tres personas en Dios: Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo.  Siempre era un reto entender esto.  ¿Es un solo Dios o tres?  Ese es precisamente el misterio, ya que esta enseñanza no la podíamos saber por nuestra cuenta, pero requiere una revelación.  Esta revelación ocurrió a través de Jesucristo, quien nunca enseñó un curso sobre la Trinidad, pero compartió con nosotros a través de su oración, sus acciones y sus palabras el significado de este misterio.  ¿Quién puede saber más de Dios que Dios mismo en la persona de su Hijo?  Noten como esta simple pregunta nos expone el misterio.  ¿A quién usted le reza cuando habla con Dios?  Quizás nunca ha pensado en esto.  La mayoría de la gente se sienten cómodos hablándole a Cristo.  Otros siempre rezan a Dios Padre.  Pocos rezan directamente al Espíritu Santo.  Estas tres oraciones son legítimas, y lo que van a notar es que hay algunas cosas que le pueden decir al Padre que no le pueden decir al Hijo y viceversa.  Lo mismo con el Espiritu Santo.  El misterio que celebramos hoy nos reta a hacer una oración a la Trinidad.  No es fácil.  ¡Trátelo!

  Comments:

 Hope your summer is getting ready to have a good start.  Know that you are in our prayers and I appreciate very much all your support!

 

Espero que estén listos para comenzar un buen verano.  Sepan que están en nuestras oraciones y que aprecio mucho todo su apoyo.

 

 In Christ,

 Fr. José

 Very Rev. José I. Lavastida

Pastor