Msgr. Sean Ogle is presently serving as chaplain for a wonderful group of young adults known as the Blessed Frassati Fellowship, a ministry of the Capuchin Friars of the Renewal, founded by the late great Fr. Benedict Groeschel. These are a community of young professionals who meet regularly for prayer and social, and annually take on a missionary trip to assist with manual labor in a mission country. This year, Msgr. Ogle has accompanied them to Peru to rebuild homes near Lima.
What follows is a diary of their first few days as written by the group’s leader:
We would like to let you know that we arrived safely in Lima Thursday night, July 30th . We have been at the camp for three days now and have enjoyed beautiful lodging and great hospitality from the Fraternas. We have also been able to visit the local town and be a part of projects helping the community. We have been visiting the families and building homes for those we meet. We are able to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the laughter and chatter of the children currently staying at the camp... except for the men whose quarters are on the other side of camp and are awoken by a local rooster.
The first day, July 31st, we spent as a group bringing sand and cement bags up a very steep mountain (about the length of football field) by forming an assembly line. This was to start building one of the four homes we will be constructing during our time here. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted, covered in sand and looked as if we'd all jumped into a pool with our clothes on.
On Saturday, August 1st, we split up into 4 groups and started working on the 4 homes in different capacities (laying the floor, constructing the wall frames, etc.). One of the women even made a huge (and delicious) bag of popcorn for the team constructing her home.
Tomorrow, Sunday, August 2nd, we will have the privilege of celebrating Mass with the community and spending the afternoon playing football and doing other activities with the children.
The humility and warmth of the people here is humbling, convicting and inspiring. Although some of the families we've met live in desperate circumstances, their hospitality and desire to give us even in their needs is an immeasurable gift we are growing to realize we can never repay. It challenges us to ask ourselves if we ever give from our needs or just from our surpluses. The people here truly know and live a love of sacrifice and it is a blessing to have this encounter with them.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.
Frassati Missions Team
On Thursday, July 16, over 300 parishioners joined in celebrating our parish’s 174th anniversary with a multi-lingual mass in honor of our patroness, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our main celebrant was Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, Pastor and concelebrated by Parochial Vicar, Father Joe Pham. They were assisted by our two Spanish deacons, Manuel Barahona and Ruben Mendez. The beautiful floral arrangements and the shrine in this picture were created by the Spanish Novena Group. A reception followed in the Parish Institute. Pictures by Nina Carullo are posted in the Photo Gallery. Click here to view the entire album. Video at YouTube
Please join us to celebrate the parish patronal feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Thursday, July 16th with a multi-lingual mass at 7:30PM.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, glorious Queen of Angels, channel of God's tenderest mercy to man, refuge and advocate of sinners, with confidence I prostrate myself before thee, beseeching thee to obtain for me [insert your request here]. In return I solemnly promise to have recourse to thee in all my trials, sufferings, and temptations, and I shall do all in my power to induce others to love and reverence thee and to invoke thee in all their needs. I thank thee for the numberless blessings which I have received from thy mercy and powerful intercession. Continue to be my shield in danger, my guide in life, and my consolation at the hour of death. Amen