Eng Esp Mary Immaculate
Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

The Transfiguration of the Lord


The Transfiguration, 1480 by Bellini, Giovanni

Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three
tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
St. Matthew 17:4

Pastor’s Message

It is with praise and thanksgiving to God that our community celebrates twenty five years of priestly service of Fr. Walter Paredes. Some of you may not know this, but I first met Fr. Walter when I was still a young seminarian and he used to help at my home parish of St. Louis of France in the city of La Puente. Since then, I have been inspired by Fr. Walter’s love for his priesthood and the people he has served here in the Archdiocese. I never thought that our paths will cross again here at Mary Immaculate.

I am really grateful for his pastoral support, fraternal guidance and friendship during this time. We are truly blessed by his priesthood and pray that he may continue to be a source of God’s love for many more years to come. Let u not forget in our gratitude to all of those who in one way or another have been the source for his priestly vocation. In a special way, we thank Fr. Walter’s mother Yolanda Trujillo, who has been his force to sustain this vocation and who is now from heaven sharing this joyous occasion. For it is through the celebration of the Eucharist that we all become one in Jesus Christ the High Priest.

Once again, thank you Fr. Walter for your priesthood, friendship and support. We wish you many more years of blessings and spiritual fruitfulness. Thank you Father Walter!

Blessings,
Fr. Abel Lora, Pastor

Readings for the Week

Monday: Nm 11:4b-15; Ps 81:12-17; Mt 14:13-21
Tuesday: Nm 12:1-13; Ps 51:3-7, 12-13; Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25 — 14:1, 26-29a, 34-35; Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-23; Mt 15:21-28
Thursday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26
Friday: Dt 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-16, 21; Mt 16:24-28
Saturday: Dt 6:4-13; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; Mt 17:14-20
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85:9-14; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: The Transfiguration of the Lord
Monday: Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time; St. Sixtus II and Companions; St. Cajetan
Tuesday: St. Dominic
Wednesday: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Thursday: St. Lawrence
Friday: St. Clare
Saturday: St. Jane Frances de Chantal; Blessed Virgin Mary