Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Fourth Sunday of Lent invites us to move forward on our journey of faith towards Easter. In today’s Gospel, we hear a section of Jesus’ night encounter with Nicodemus in Jerusalem, the place of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Jesus is trying to bring him to the light of God’s love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Lent is a profound journey at the level of the heart from our darkness to God’s light manifested in Christ’s total self-giving for us! “This is the verdict, that the light came into the world” (Jn 3:18). I pray that all of us as one community may walk these days towards Christ’s light, so that we may be transformed at the Easter mysteries into the Light of the world (cf. Mt 5:14). 

Everything that happens on our journey to God comes from Him and leads us to a deeper relationship with Him. The Devil constantly brings us thoughts of discouragement and evil desires, so that we may abandon our journey. With the help of the Church, the Word of God, the sacraments and our brothers and sisters, we can arrive to our final destination: the joyful victory of Christ.

During this Lent, we pray that we may continue to persevere on our pilgrimage of faith towards the Paschal Mystery of Christ, in the company of Mary, Queen of Peace, all the angels and saints, and our brothers and sisters in the faith!

In this time of Lent, in which the Church invites us to Pray, Fast, and Give Alms, I encourage you to take seriously the new prayer initiative for our new Parish Center. We have a goal to pray 1,000,000 Rosaries and/or Divine Mercy Chaplets as a parish family, for the success of our building project. We are so close to reaching $4 in our Capital Campaign, and so close to  reaching our $5 million goal. I am extremely grateful for everyone who has made a pledge and everyone who is working to make this happen. However, the most important thing to do is to pray, so that the Lord may open our hearts and lead us in this project of faith.

In Christ,

Fr. Felix P. Medina-Algaba,

Jesus Cleansing the Temple! Baptism is Christ's Cleaning that makes us Holy Temples of God

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On this Third Sunday of Lent, we as a parish community celebrate together the First Baptismal Scrutiny of our brothers and sisters going through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). We pray for them, as they prepare to embrace Christ's life in the Church. This reminds us that since
Early Church times, the Christian season of Lent has always enjoyed a strong baptismal character. For many centuries, the character of this season was almost totally marked by the Catechumenate (our RCIA of today): the process of Christian initiation into the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. This was a time of formation of three or more years which had its culmination in the great Easter Vigil. 

The time of Lent was the time of immediate preparation for the reception of these sacraments, a time of intense formation and conversion, not only for those entering the Church, but for the entire Christian community. We Christians need to see the time of Lent as a time to  rediscover, revive and renew our own Baptism, to reawaken the baptismal grace given to us, and to experience our total incorporation into Christ in our daily lives.

A great example of a Baptismal catechesis is found in today's Gospel of Jesus' cleansing of the Temple. Our Baptism is a cleansing of all our sins. Lent is a cleansing, through Penance, of all our impurities. How does Jesus get our lives ready for the new and eternal life of Easter? He comes to clean his house! Though it might seem to us that He is angry and has lost control, in reality Jesus is washing his Temple, the Father's house, our lives clean from sin. That's why the question for this time of Lent is simple: If Jesus comes to me today, to my Temple, to my life, to my body, what does he find? Who is the real god of my life? What do I truly desire with all my heart, mind, and
strength? Where am I spending my time? What does Jesus see today in place of the true worship of God, a house of prayer, or a marketplace? Have perhaps things other than God become my first concern? Is my relationship with God a business for my own gain?

“His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me” (Jn 2:17). To get to Easter we need zeal, that is, enthusiasm, true attention, love and care for the things of God, for the holy things, for what's true and valuable. Love requires something very simple: that we throw other things away. Love for God's house requires change and cleansing, that we overturn the tables of the money changers! Lent is the time to throw away all the junk that right now takes the place of God. It's the time to renew and strengthen our Baptismal vocation. At Mass, we give up our lives to God and to each other, united to the one eternal sacrifice of Christ.

There is parallel here at Queen of Peace between the cleansing of God’s temple, which is our life, and the rebuilding of His house, which is our new parish center. The spiritual building of our faith and love are the entire purpose of Christ's ministry, and they are the purpose of our new parish center. I am deeply grateful to all of you who have made a pledge, perhaps deciding to give something up in your life in order to put this mission, to put God first. We only have a short way to go to reach our $5 million. We are so close it is important to keep up our momentum. if you have not made a pledge yet, please make sure you do. Also, talk to your friends and make sure they have made a pledge.

In front of the total gift of God to ourselves in the Eucharist, we place our time and treasure, our securities and plans, at the feet of the One who truly loves and purifies us. Let us keep each other in prayer as we walk this beautiful journey of Lent with our Lord! 

In Christ,

Father Felix P. Medina Algaba


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Baptismal life needs to grow and be constantly nourished. Lent is the time to prepare ourselves to renew our Baptismal promises. The tradition of the Church keeps the Transfiguration for the Second Sunday of Lent. We hear in the Gospel of this Sunday that “Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves” (Mk 9:2). We see in this
transfiguration a parallel with Jesus at the agony of Gethsemane, in which he takes the same disciples - Peter, James, and John - and goes away to pray, right before the suffering of his passion and cross. The Transfiguration is a necessary preparation for the mission, for the cross, and the suffering that was going to be the mission of Jesus and is the mission of all his disciples.

Another parallel event of the transfiguration is the Baptism of the Lord. “Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, ‘This is my beloved Son. Listen to him’” (Mk 9:7). Remember that when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan, “A voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Mk 1:11). The transfiguration is a way to see with faith, that is, to encounter the risen Jesus at the other side of the cross. We can only experience the resurrection as we go through the sufferings of our Lenten penances doing two things: rediscovering our baptism and listening to the voice of Christ. How do we rediscover the joy and beauty of our baptism and listen to the voice of Christ? By listening to the preaching of the Gospel.

In order to enter into the mission the Lord has for us, that entails suffering, the cross, sacrificial love, giving our life, Jesus takes us, like the disciples, to discover his glory, and experience his resurrection. We need to go away like Peter, James, and John so that Jesus may reveal to us the glory of his crucified Love to the point of death, and we may experience the new life of Christ beyond death, eternal life. As a parish, that means that we need to become missionary. We need to constantly renew our beautiful and joyful encounter with Christ. Many of us still do not encounter and see the Risen Lord in a personal way. The purpose of our building project, the purpose of all the activities we do is to go to the peripheries, as Pope Francis constantly repeats, to bring our brothers and sisters to that encounter with Christ.

I would like to invite you to pray about and to be a a part of a time of a missionary effort we are about to begin at Queen of Peace. We are beginning Faith Formation Catechesis for adults and youth 13 and older. These catechesis, or talks, are not just about more knowledge. They are an opportunity to listen to God’s voice and to begin to rediscover our Baptism. I ask you to be open to listening to the witness of people who have experienced the action of God concretely in their lives. The team giving the catechesis - made up of myself, seminarians, couples, and single people - is simply giving what was once given to us, an announcement that created a change of
direction in our lives. For me, that was returning to the Church, reconciling with my parents, and realizing my vocation to the priesthood.

The catechesis will take place Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Room, starting this week. Give God an opportunity to speak to you in a new way. Today, we are not where we were before in our life; when we took Catechism classes; or when we learned the faith many years ago. To receive Jesus Christ proclaimed is to receive life!

In Christ,

Fr. Felix P. Medina-Algaba, Pastor


As we begin together our Lenten journey, I would like to offer some brief reflections about this
penitential time of healing and conversion. The Lenten Season, which runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, is the period of preparation for the renewal of our baptismal promises at Easter. It is a time to discover that the fundamental enemy of every Christian is sin. Once we identify our true problem in our own sins, aided by the sacramental grace bestowed by our Mother Church, we fight the good fight of faith armed with the powerful weapons of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Not by chance, the character of this liturgical season has always been deeply marked by the catechumenate (RCIA), that is, the process of Christian initiation into the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The time of Lent is the time of immediate preparation for the reception of these sacraments of initiation. It is a time of intense formation, not only for those
entering the Catholic Church, but for the entire Christian community. Lent is our great opportunity to rediscover, revive and renew our own Baptism, to reawaken our baptismal grace, to experience our total incorporation into Christ and to his Church in our daily lives. It is a time of conversion, of return to the way of the Lord, and of reconciliation with and service to our brothers and sisters.

We can't journey the path of Lent on our own. We belong to a community of faith which walks together towards the Risen Lord as the sign of God's saving presence in the world. Just as sin wounds our relationship both with God and with our neighbor, our Lenten sacrifices bring us closer to God, but also to our parish brothers and sisters. Our faith requires
concrete incarnation through real, personal and actual Christian deeds done to those we share our life with. During these days of purification and renewal, let us recall that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

Currently, God is giving our parish family a wonderful opportunity to come together with our brothers and sisters to put into practice the power of our Baptism. God has given us the mission of building a new parish center, which will enable us to build up the Body of Christ. I hope that as we partake in the three pillars of Lent – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – we may remember
this mission God has entrusted to us; that we will listen attentively to the Word of God and spend more time in prayer, asking the Lord for guidance and listening to Him. That we will fast from the things that keep us from Him – gossip, our selfish plans, etc; and that we will give of ourselves to our fellow brothers and sisters and to the many people in this world who desperately need to hear the Good News and have an encounter with Jesus Christ. Almsgiving is not giving the leftovers, or giving to feel good about ourselves. It means putting others’ needs before our own. I am truly grateful to everyone who has put the great need of our parish center before their own, making sacrifices in their lives to give for the New Evangelization. through Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament, Confession, daily meditation of the Scriptures, supporting the needs of
our brothers and sisters, courageous giving, joining one of our parish ministries, etc.

In Christ,

Father Felix P. Medina-Algaba