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St. James Fiesta

In light of tomorrow’s Fiesta, I’ve been friends with the Weather Channel checking out more often than not and hoping for a change. Good Lord, much as we love rain in this part of the valley anytime of the year, do something to bring your people together in a fun-loving, friendly and prayerful atmosphere,  please? As the song goes, “rain down your love and mercy to us, your people and not what Mother Nature brings on monsoon.   
After the 8:00am Mass, I will have the privilege of blessing the grounds to kick off the Fiesta and let it rolling. I was told, food is usually ready by 9:00am, which means, the 8:00am churchgoers can stop by for breakfast and maybe, brunch and come back for dinner. I’ll suspend my diet for the time being, bring my appetite (perfect timing after 3 masses) and have a little bit of everything. I heard food is selling like hot cakes. Hopefully, we don’t run out.

By the way, the success of the Fiesta is made possible, of course, by the dedication and commitment of a few volunteers (special mention Knights of Columbus) and the financial support of the parishioners and sponsors, the guidance and protection of God in whom we bow in adoration and beg for a good weather and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that sets our hearts on fire, letting us be of service at the disposal of the entire community, juggling between work, family and personal life, Church, sports and what not. Amen. 

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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