Monday, December 18, 2017

December 2017

We officially completed training with a retreat at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes and were commissioned on Sunday, December 10th during Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Los Angeles.  The Mass was beautiful and was followed by a great Christmas party attended by family, friends and fellow LMH volunteer and staff.  All in all, a wonderful day.
We are sad to announce we will not be leaving in January as planned and hoped for as there have been some VISA issues.  However, prayers are that February will see us begin our journey. 
In the meantime, we are staying at the Mission House in Los Angeles.  There are some projects that are keeping us busy and, we hope, will be helpful to LMH.

We wish everyone a Blessed Advent and Christmas Season. 

O Jesus, we surrender ourselves to you, take care of everything!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Reflection and Thanksgiving

As we near the end of training for Lay Mission-Helpers, it is time for reflection and thanksgiving.

We look back on the year as one of momentous decisions made with prayer and discernment.
More importantly, we are thankful for our family and friends. 

We thank our children and grandchildren for the love, support, excitement and enthusiasm they have shared with us throughout this year.   They have helped make this process one of joy while sharing some of the sadness we feel at leaving them for three years.  Our sisters and their families, as well as dear friends who are like family, have been indispensable, sharing love and laughter; just letting us know they are with us. We are thankful for our great nephew, Jonas, who has adopted us as his missionaries for Awana. 

The priests and so many friends in our lives have been very important and have walked with us on our journey to this point and, we know, will continue to hold us in their prayers. 

We are also thankful for the past Lay Mission-Helpers who have held us in their prayers, for the LMH staff, those who have taught the classes and for Patti Wetzel who has shared her life with us these past few months at the Mission House.  We also thank Fr. Anthony, Fr Alan and the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist for their warm welcome and support.

God has blessed us so abundantly and we thank Him for the wonderful people he has placed in our lives.  They will all be in our prayers for the months and years to come.

O Jesus, we surrender ourselves to you, take care of everything!