On the silver jubilee of the Arab community parish in Pomona

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On the silver jubilee of the Arab community parish in Pomona

By Fr. Rif'at Bader

Out of love and appreciation, I have the pleasure to congratulate the community of Arab American parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Pomona, Southern California, on the silver jubilee.

Explicitly speaking, the church is the "mother" that brings around her children. This is what I have been seeing during my visit to the church in Southern California and the other sisterly churches in the United States. The spirit of the family prevails in the religious rituals and in spiritual events as well as in social events. The church provides the warmth that can accommodate all its children.
We proudly follow up all relevant news and post them on our abouna.org site. We do not hesitate to post all staff dispatched by our friend, the Holy Sepulcher Knight, Sameh Mdanat.

I would like also to extend my sincere congratulations to our friend the parish priest, Rick Van De Water, who serves as a model to be emulated by the priests with regards to priestly commitment and spiritual life, and by parish families.

I pray that the Lord will promote priestly vocations in this church as is the case with other churches in San Francisco to serve as a sign of the increasing spiritual growth. The presence of large numbers of the faithful to celebrate priestly ordination will definitely serve as a motive for further prayers to attain this invaluable wish.
Best wishes for further achievements.

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