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tvc.dsj.org | June 11, 2019 COMMUNITY 7 Diocese Ordains Three to the Permanent Diaconate By Liz Sullivan In the First Letter of Saint Peter, the faithful are asked to “serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” For three men in the Diocese of San Jose this means the call to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate. On May 18, Armando Brambila, Dinh Chu and Robert Lassalle-Klein were ordained to the Permanent Dia- conate by Bishop Oscar Cantú at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. The Ordination Mass included the laying on of hands by the Bishop and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. “What a delightf ul day,” said Bishop Cantú during his homily. “God continues to bestow many blessings upon the Church here in San Jose.” During the Mass, the Second Read- ing from 1 Timothy 3: 8-14 focused on the importance of the Diaconate. “In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulg- ing in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a Deacon Armando Brambila is vestidad by Father Gerardo Menchaca as his wife Armida looks on. Deacon Robert Lassalle-Klein is congratu- lated by his wife Lynn. Deacon Dinh Chu is vestided by Father Loi. Photos by Oliver Tapia clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as dea- cons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustwor- thy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writ- ing you these instructions so that,” “The Order of the Diaconate is not caught up so much at the altar or the sacristy,” said the Bishop, “but to go out to the margins. That is where Je- sus was, transforming grace that was His presence. You were each called by name. No one else has your story. Each of you brings something unique to the Church.” Bishop Cantú added: “The Church is in the midst of a crisis of credibil- ity. People will listen quite less to a person like me than a person like you (pointing to the three to be ordained). The Church is most grateful you said yes to God’s call.” Beginning July 1, each new Deacon will take up their assignments within the Diocese. Deacon Brambila will focus on a ministry of Charity, Word and Sacra- ment at Our Lady of Guadalupe Par- ish. Deacon Chu’s ministry will be of Charity in the Pastoral Care to Viet- namese on the Periphery, with Liturgi- cal Ministry at Our Lady of La Vang Parish. For Deacon Lassalle-Klein, his ministry will be of Charity in the Pastoral Care to Hispanic Catholics of the Diocese, with Liturgical Ministry at Saint Cyprian Parish. Today everyone is connected by mobile devices and social media but are we using these power tools for our ministries? These sessions will provide how to bridge families and the whole parish together with social media. Catechists, teachers and adminis­ trators will take away ideas and plans implement and teach the faith using these powerful tools. Bring your devices!! Friday, June 14/2019 from 6 to 9 PM San John Vianney Parish (4609 Hyland Ave. SJ, 95127) Saturday, June 15/2019 from 9 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 4 pm Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (5111 San Felipe Rd. SJ, 95135) Photos by Oliver Tapia For more information, and to RSVP please contact Luis Estrada at 408-258-7832 ext 22 or luis.estrada@dsj.org