I’ve been heartened by a number of meetings I have had with individual members of the parish over the course of the past week or two. These meetings have not only given me the chance to get to know these people better, they also help me get to know the community and some of the needs being articulated. One common thread that I observe being expressed is a desire for more opportunities for us to come together both spiritually and socially. I want to all to know that I’m listening, and I want to encourage more of you to make an appointment with me to share your hopes and dreams.
This coming week, from Monday to Friday, I will be attending a new pastor’s workshop being put on by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The workshop is part of a yearlong program for new pastors, and I pray it will help me be a better shepherd for all of you.
I feel very blessed to be here, I’m very grateful for the warm welcome you have all extended me, and I look forward to the continuing journey ahead.
God’s peace, Fr. Kirk
Dear Prayer Line members. It was exactly a year ago I wrote to you, asking for your prayers for my 17 year old granddaughter, Claire Fontanella, who lives in So. Carolina with my daughter Danielle's family. You may recall Claire was diagnosed with an invasive fast growing melanoma in the center of her back, and it had in fact, entered some of her lymph nodes in her armpits. This was not a sun-caused melanoma but rather a fast growing kind frequently associated with adolescents and young adults. Because my son-in-law has family in New York, they were able to take...Read more
The Centennial Year for St. Thomas Aquinas is coming to an end. Our Parish is planning a get-together potluck marking the past 100 years of serving the people of the Ojai Valley and also looking forward to the next 100 years. This celebration will also commemorate the Feast Day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, which falls on January 28th. Please mark your new 2020 calendar and plan to attend:
POT LUCK LUNCHEON Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:00 p.m. in the Aquinas Center
Please bring a dish to share by your last name: Hot Dish: A-G Salad/Cold sides:...Read more
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