Pentecost Sunday

The Apostles are in the pit of darkness - behind locked doors, in isolation and fear, reeling from a deep sense of loss and pain because of their Mater’s death and the collapse of their dreams and ambitions. But the risen Christ appears to them, bringing them peace and reconciliation. He shows them the wounds of his passion as identifying marks and as signs of life’s triumph over death. Jesus then commissions the Apostles to the whole world and breathes on them the Holy Spirit who will transform them from frightened disciples into courageous Apostles. We celebrate the descent of the Hoy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke sets Pentecost 50 days after Easter. Luke uses the images of strong wind and tongues of fire to present Pentecost. He is asserting the powerful action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Apostles and the positive change that can usher in renewal and rebirth. The Apostles take the courageous journey from selfish ambition to genuine self-giving. Their ld life is burned by the fire of the Holy Spirit and new life comes not only upon them but also upon the Church. Both the First Reading and the Gospel talk of the coming of the Holy sprit in connection with the disciples’ mission. This marks the start of the Church. Pentecost, then, means, the birth of the Church. Its etymology tells us that the Church is a community of believers called by God for a mission with the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. Like the Apostles, we need to permit the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives by constantly remembering His holy presence and behaving well; and by praying for His daily anointing so that we may fight against our temptations and control our evil tendencies, evil habits and addictions;

Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

Peter has just been given an important task to feed the lambs and tend the sheep, yet his mind wanders off to John, Peter expresses a curiosity that hints of jealousy: “What about him?” Do they share an equal responsibility and hazards of the mission? But Jesus tells Peter: “follow me.” There is a shift of focus from John to Jesus. Peter’s concern is not to compare himself with John or the other disciples. His priority is to fulfill the plan and purpose of Jesus. Jesus has a unique path marked out individually for each one of us. There should be no reason for comparison or competition. Every task given to us, great or small, is equally important to the spread of the Gospel of our Lord. Jesus’ response to Peter’s question: “what about him?” implies that what is important is not to be curious about what the future will bring but to serve the Lord faithfully each day, keeping to the way He has marked out for each one of us. Let us always remember that just like Peter and John, each believer has his or her unique role in the Church; and It is our duty to bear witness to Christ by surrendering our lives to Christ on the altar of service for the people of God and by offering ourselves as humble instruments in the hands of Christ. .

Dear Friends,

We wish to thank all of you who have been mailing in and dropping off your donations to St. Paschal. You have made it possible for us to continue to pay our bills as usual in March so that we can keep our parish open. We ask that you will continue your donations so that we can continue to keep our parish operating in the coming months. We pray that this crisis will be over soon so that we can all gather together again in the House of Our Lord. We are here in the office for anything that you may need so please do not hesitate to call. Please call Donna at St. Catherine's at 434-374-8408 if you cannot reach anyone at St. Paschal's. We are praying for all of you and your families to be safe from this virus. May the Good Lord keep us all in His Tender Loving Care! God Bless You Always, Fr. Ongen and Fr. Richard

Oratio Imperata/Prayer

God our Father,

we come to You in need to ask for Your protection against the 2019 N-Corona Virus,

that has claimed lives and has affected many.

We pray for Your grace for the people tasked with studying the nature and cause

of this virus and its disease and of stemming the tide of its transmission.

Guide the hands and minds of medical experts that they may minister to the sick

with competence and compassion, and of those government and private agencies

that must find cure and solution to this epidemic.

We pray for those afflicted may they be restored to health soon.

Grant us the grace to work for the good of all and to help those in need.

Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen

Mary help of all Christians, pray for us

St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us

St. Roch, pray for us

St. Peter the Apostle, pray for us


Mission Statement for our Pastoral Council

We the Parishioners of St. Paschal Baylon visualize ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ,  Savior of the World, to bring together our communities, to help our Parishioners grow in faith and to spread the Gospel of life through education and good works. 

We come together to share God's word in scripture, at Mass, in homilies and in prayer, charity and service. We also come together to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we put love into action by caring for the needs of the sick, the poor and the alienated. We commit oursleves to developing and nurturing faith formation among all Parishioners through common worship, education, service and fellowship.

We express our faith by good examples, by love and concern for all God's people through prayer, charity and service each and every moment of our lives.