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    May 15,  2010     


St. Mary’s Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church of San Jose

Celebrates the Year of the Priest

          Celebrating the year of the priest declared by the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, to commemorate 150th anniversary of St. John Vianney, St. Mary's Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church organized a pilgrimage to Mission San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel, CA, and San Carlos Cathedral of Monterey, CA.

108 people participated in this pilgrimage. They departed from the church at 9:30 a.m. in two buses, and the pilgrimage was started with  prayer. 

          The first stop was at  Mission San Carlos Borromeo,  also known as Mission Carmel. The group visited and prayed in the church mission church and at the grave of its founder, Blessed Junipero Serra. The people were very deeply moved to see the very simple room where he lived.

           After the visit of the mission, the group went to a very nice restaurant and enjoyed lunch together.   Then they had free time in downtown Carmel until 5:00 p.m. 

          From Carmel the group of pilgrims went to Monterey where they attended the Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Yoshia Sana in the Cathedral of San Carlos, which is more than 200 years old. 

          In his homily, Rev. Yoshia Sana  talked about the year of the priest and the life of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests.   He asked the parents to encourage their children who feel that they are called by the Lord the priesthood or religious life. The Mass was served the subdeacons and the choir of our church.

          May the Lord help all the priests of  his Church, and give us more workers for his vineyard.