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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church Welcomes You

Serving West Pasco for 100 Years

Parish Mission Statement
Formed by the Word of God, and nourished by the Sacraments, we the servant community of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, blessed by our diversities, are bound in the Spirit by love, to reach out, respect, and embrace all people.

 

 

 

Annual Pastoral Appeal 2017 theme is "Rejoice in Hope". Commitment weekend was February 18-19. Envelopes are available at the exits. You are welcome to place your pledge/payment in the regular offertory collection. Be sure to mark it for APA 2017.

At this time, June 23, 2017, 320 parishioners have pledged $78,365.11 to the APA, Rejoice in Hope.  Our goal this year is $122,321. 

 

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Message from our Pastor
 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

Jesus said to his apostles:
"Whoever does not take up his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me.”

Years back, when I did not know much about this world and people, he called me to follow him. I was so excited to follow him because I knew him well as a miracle man; feeding the thousands, curing the sick, bringing back the dead to life. I thought following him would make me the happiest man in the whole world; I would get all I wanted. In my zeal I then heard only two words: “Follow me”. As time passed, I learned ‘Following him’ was not going to be easy. I had many questions to ask him. Then all on a sudden the rest of the words rang in my ears. There was something more to add to what I had heard earlier; about a ‘cross’ I had to carry and also the command to follow in ‘his footsteps’; both I conveniently discarded. I heard only what I wanted to hear. Since then my journey turned tougher. In my foolishness I thought, since it was he who called me, shouldn’t it be my Lord’s responsibility to carry for me my cross? Now I realize, after so many years of anger and frustration, that his word was to help me only when I waver. It was my job to carry my own cross. If I won’t do it, I am not worthy of my Lord and I would never inherit any share with my Lord. If he carries my cross what right do I have to claim any merit?

I remember, when I was a kid, how I helped my father to water the plants. I carried buckets full of water and I didn’t want my father to help me. When he insisted I allowed him only to touch the brim of the bucket. So after watering the plants I said to all, “See, I did it all by myself; father only walked with me.” They all laughed. I looked at my father’s face. He didn’t say anything; just smiled. Later, when I grew up a little, I knew that it was not me but my father was carrying the heavy bucket and that it was not father but I was only touching the brim of the handle. How foolish I was. How stupid we are to complain against God who really carries our heavy burdens. We are only touching the edge of the cross. It is he who bears the weight.

Then what is this ‘cross’ that I have to carry; the illness, frustrations, rejection, poverty etc. ? No, I don’t think so. The cross my Lord asks me to carry is ‘my unconditional obedience’ to him; my total surrender to the will of God. My ‘cross’ is living ‘the Prayer’ my Lord taught me: ‘the Our Father.’ Everything that I have to do is in this prayer. Doing the ‘Will of his Father’ was the cross my Lord had to carry. My Lord carried it; and he died on that ‘Cross’; a total obedience to his Father. Now it is my turn to follow in his footsteps. My Master’s ‘Cup’ is mine too. Though how bitter it could be, with his grace, I will drink to the last drop of it. No servant is greater than his Master.

There is joy in my journey. I am following my Lord like how I followed my mother when I was a kid. I tagged along wherever she went. My mother always had her eye on me. When I slipped over the pebbles she raised me up; when I got distracted, she waited for me.

God’s blessings,

Father Sebastian

Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Jesucristo,

Jesús le dijo a sus apóstoles:
“Quien no tome su cruz y siga mis pasos no es digno de mí.”

Años atrás, cuando yo no sabía mucho acerca de este mundo y la gente, Él me llamó a seguirlo.  Estaba tan emocionado a seguirlo porque yo lo conocía bien como un hombre de Milagros; alimentando a miles, curando a los enfermos, resucitando a los muertos.  Pensé que siguiéndolo me haría el hombre más feliz en todo el mundo; conseguiría todo lo que quería.  En mi afán, escuche solo dos palabras: “Sígueme”.  Paso el tiempo, aprendí  que “Siguiéndolo” no iba a ser fácil.  Tenía muchas preguntas de preguntarle.  Entonces, de repente el resto de las palabras  sonaron en mis oídos.  No había nada mas de añadir a lo que yo había oído antes; sobre una ‘cruz’ que yo tenía que cargar y también el comando de seguir  ‘sus pasos’; las dos palabras, yo las descarte convenientemente. Escuché solo lo que yo quería oír.  Desde entonces mi camino se volvió más difícil.  En mi locura, pensé, ya que fue Él quien me llamó, ¿no debería ser la responsabilidad de mi Señor cargar con mi cruz? Ahora me doy cuenta, después de tantos años de enojo y frustración, que Su palabra iba a ayudarme solo cuando yo titubeara.  Era mi trabajo cargar mi propia cruz.  Si no lo hago, no soy digno de mi Señor y nunca heredaría mi parte con mi Señor.  ¿Si el carga mi cruz, que derecho tengo en reclamar ningún mérito?

Recuerdo, cuando era un niño, como ayudaba a mi padre a regar agua a las plantas.  Yo cargaba con cubos llenos de agua y no quería que mi padre me ayudara.  Cuando el insistía, yo le permite que solo tocara el borde del cubo.  Así que después de regar el agua a las plantas le decía a todos, “Ven, lo hice todo por mí mismo, papi solo camino conmigo.”  Todos se reían.   Miraba la cara de mi padre.  Él no decía nada; solo que se sonreía.  Después, cuando crecí un poco, sabía que no era yo, sino mi padre que cargaba el cubo pesado y que no era mi padre sino yo el que estaba tocando el borde de la manilla.  Que tondo fui.  Que estúpidos somos quejándonos contra Dios quien realmente carga nuestras cargas pesadas.  Solo estamos tocando el borde de la cruz.  Es Él quien lleva el peso.

¿Entonces, cual es la ‘cruz’ que tengo que cargar; la enfermedad, las frustraciones, el rechazo, la pobreza, etc.?  No, no lo creo.  La cruz que mi Señor me pide que cargue es, ‘mi obediencia incondicional’ a Él; mi entrega total a la voluntad de Dios.  Mi ‘cruz’ es vivir ‘la Oración’ que mi Señor me enseñó: ‘el Padre Nuestro’.  Todo lo que tengo que hacer está en esta oración.  Haciendo ‘la Voluntad de Su Padre’ fue la cruz que mi Señor tubo que cargar.  Mi Señor la cargó; y murió en esa ‘Cruz’; una obediencia total a su Padre.  Ahora es mi turno de seguir sus pasos.  La ‘Copa’ de mi Amo, es mía también.  Aunque amarga sea, con Su gracia, beberé hasta la última gota.  Ningún siervo es mayor que su amo.

Hay alegría en mi camino.  Estoy siguiendo a mi Señor como seguía a mi madre cuando era niño.  La seguía por donde quiera que ella fuera.  Mi madre siempre tenía su mirada sobre mí.  Cuando resbalaba sobre la gravilla, ella me levantaba; cuando me distraía, esperaba por mí.

 

 

 











 

 

 

 

 

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Masses

Daily Mass:
8:30 a.m. (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 a.m.,
12:15 p.m.(Spanish),
5:00 p.m. (English-Teen Mass)
Holy Day Vigil: 4:00 p.m. and
7:00 p.m. Spanish
Holy Day: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 11:00AM to Noon and 3:00 -4:00 pm.  You may schedule an appointment. 

 

 

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A Welcome Message from our Pastor, Father Sebastian

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ, 

We warmly welcome all of you to the first Catholic church in West Pasco County. Together with “Our Blessed Mother” we gather at the Table of her Son, Jesus to get nourished and to proclaim His message of love in words and deeds.

We invite you to be a part of our loving Community being present at our Eucharistic celebrations and other events. Every First Friday at 5.00 p.m. is our Family Dinner Time in the Parish Hall. We gather to know one another and to build up new friendships. This year we started the St. Lorenzo 5 Star Breakfast Buffet.  Dates are published in the bulletin.  You must try it as it is the "best in town".

Please visit this magnificent Church adorned with colorful stained glass entrance doors, windows, Carillon Tower, Stations of the Cross and the Doves of Peace; stay here in solitude to get blessings upon you and your family through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.

We look forward to seeing you!  May God bless you.

 

 



 

 

 

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