Saturday Sermon and a Special Mass

4 Jun

The priesthood is not really so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others. 

~Thomas S. Monson


This evening at 5 o’clock Mass at St. Gabriel the Archangel, Father Martin said his first Mass as a newly ordained priest. His time at St. Gabriel’s while a seminarian and studying for the priesthood was made complete today as he shared his first Mass with his St. Gabriel family. It was a special evening, with a beautiful reception afterwards.

Everyone could tell Father Martin was a little nervous, especially when he failed to turn on his microphone right at the start, and stumbled on a few readings, and his voice quivered a few times while speaking from his heart. The one thing that I noticed the entire time was, a very distinct smile that never left his face. He was thrilled and honored, not only to be a priest, but to share that moment with friends and family. 

During Father’s homily about the Pentecost, which we celebrate this weekend, he focused on Mary, the mother of Jesus. He said that Mary, like all mothers, had helped guide his life, as she helped guide her son’s life and the apostles afterwards. I thought that was a nice tribute to his mother and all mothers.

Father Martin Castañeda on the far right. His first Mass as a newly ordained priest.

There was a lovely reception afterwards, and yes, I asked Father Martin join me in a selfie. The good news is, I can always go to confession and ask for forgiveness. (A little Catholic humor.)

Look at that smile. A very happy man of the cloth and collar.

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