Letter from the pastor
Dear Friends in Christ,
As you know we held our pastoral council elections last weekend, and I think congratulations are in order to Melissa Moore, Rosendo de la Cruz, Martha Meza, and Juan Carlos Gaytan for being elected to ODS Pastoral Council. Also I would like to recognize Jim Lavery and Terry Krohn as my new appointed members of ODS pastoral council. On behalf of all ODS parishioners, thank you for your two-year commitment. I also would like to thank Beth Facemyer for her willingness to serve on the council.
On another note, as Sacred Scripture so beautifully states, “O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks”. So here we are quickly approaching another Thanksgiving Day. A day celebrated with the eating of gorgeous food and watching of parades and football, and spending time gathered around family and friends. However most importantly it is a day that should always be directed to giving thanks to God for the countless blessings he has poured upon us in our lives. So Happy Thanksgiving!
As Catholics, we experience a Thanksgiving Feast every time we participate in the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. The Eucharist, meaning literally “Thanksgiving”, is the source and summit of our faith; it is our true thanksgiving. This Bread from Heaven is the foreshadow of the Heavenly Banquet Feast of the Lamb. May we always long to participate in this heavenly feast!
Thankful for the Eucharist, our faith, the sacraments, etc., I find myself echoing the words of St. Paul, “I will give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus.” As your pastor, I am truly thankful for all of you and the faith and grace that have been poured upon each of you. Together may we always strive for holiness and never cease to give God thanks! Again Happy Thanksgiving!
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson