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October 19, 2014

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The first reading from the prophet Isaiah concerns the Persian King Cyrus, called the Lord’s “anointed.” Cyrus     deserves this title because he ended the Babylonian captivity of the Jews. However, Isaiah reminds us that it was God who gave Cyrus his power. He may be a great king, but “I am the Lordand there is no other,” says God (Isaiah 45:5).


Today’s Gospel is also concerned with worldly power. In the passage from Matthew, the Pharisees try to trick Jesus into speaking against the emperor. His famous answer is the perfect reply. Like the kings of old, Caesar can be given the respect due his position, but everything belongs to God.


In the second reading, Paul gives thanks for all who are faithful to Jesus Christ and his gospel. He, too, reminds us that our call and the power to be faithful come from God.

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La primera lectura del profeta Isaías tiene que ver con el rey persa Ciro, al que Dios llama “elegido”. Ciro merece este título ya que acabó con la cautividad de los judíos en Babilonia. No obstante, Jesús nos recuerda que fue Dios quien dio a Ciro su  poder. Quizás sea un gran rey pero, “Yo soy el Señor, y no hay otro igual”, Dios dice (Isaías 45:5).


El Evangelio de hoy también está relacionado con el poder mundano. En el pasaje de Mateo vemos como los fariseos  intentan con artimañas que Jesús hable mal del emperador. Su conocida respuesta es la perfecta réplica. Al igual que los reyes de la antigüedad, el César debe ser respetado dada su posición pero todo pertenece a Dios.


En la segunda lectura, Pablo da las gracias por todos los que son fieles a Jesucristo y su Evangelio. También él nos  recuerda que nuestra llamada y el poder de ser fieles provienen de Dios.

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“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.”                           — Matthew 22:21




    “Den, pues, al César los que es del César, y a Dios lo que es de Dios”.                             — Mateo 22:21




  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


             Our FALL FESTIVAL 2014 which was held last Sunday,  October 12th, was a great success.   Thanks to all of you - my dear friends and parishioners, members of the different parish communities and the academy staff, parents, and students who gave their time, talent and treasure.  The gross proceeds is $54,442.63, an increase from last year’s proceeds of $50,377.45.  This amount will help finance the various programs of our Academy and of the parish, especially our Religious Education program.


Special thanks to the working committee headed by Luz Montemayor, the Finance Council, and leaders of the different parish communities.  


Congratulations to the following winners:


      First Prize ($3,000.00) -  Luz Piamonte

      Second Prize ($500.00 each) -  Mary, Star of the Sea Church (La Jolla) and  Lily Camaclang


All other winners are listed at the back of this bulletin.


EVERY ONE IS A WINNER!  Every one had a good time and enjoyed fellowship with the parish community, the food, games, and entertainment.  I look forward to seeing you again in our future parish events and fund raising activities.


Today is WORLD MISSION DAY.  This is an opportunity for each one of us to take part in the mission of evangelization to all nations.   Let us pray for our missionaries and our Christian brothers and sisters in the mission countries, and let us offer self-sacrifice through our monerary contribution for the propagation of the faith.  Our contributions will help build the Church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, as well as local Mission churches in the most remote areas across the world.   Please, be generous.


Thank you for being a parishioner of St. Michael.


                                                                                                 Fr. Manny Ediza



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