Holy Child & St. Martin Episcopal Church
777 Southgate Avenue, Daly City, California 94015
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes, Vicar
Cellular 650-534-5831 E-Mail: RevLeonardOakes@gmail.com,
Dear Members and Friends of Holy Child and St. Martin,
Grace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
This is to announce to you and invite you to our Lenten “Bisita Iglesia” Seven Churches visitation on April 17, 2014.
This idea was suggested by Fr. Armando De Mesa, our Concordat brother from Holy Infant Jesus of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) in Fremont CA.
In this coming season of Lent, Holy Child and St. Martin Episcopal Church in Daly City has embarked on a program of visiting seven (7) Churches in the Bay Area as part of their Lenten retreat. This program was inspired by Acts 19:10, “all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks”. As the leader of the Asian church, Paul was targeted by Roman authorities and exiled to Patmos (Revelation 1:9). While on the island, Paul received his apocalyptic vision about the spiritual situation of seven Asian churches as well as about the future of the church and the world. The order of the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea follow a route that a messenger would naturally follow in visiting the cities. During Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, many churches were established in Asia.
We will journey to our contemporary church visitation. We have hired a Bus that will take us to this Seven (7) Churches in the Bay Area. The maximum capacity is 54. This is open to all faith on a first come first served basis.
Suggested Churches to be visited are:
St Mary The Virgin SF,
St. Gregory’s of Nyssa SF,
First Unitarian Universalist SF,
Mission Dolores SF,
St Luke’s Episcopal Church Van Ness SF,
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Brotherhood way SF,
St. Paul’s Burlingame and St. Matthew’s Episcopal in San Mateo.
The Dean of Grace Cathedral, The Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw has spread her wings to welcome us at 9:30 am that day! The Rectors of St Mary The Virgin SF, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church SF, St Gregory’s of Nyssa and St. Paul’s Burlingame have open up their sacred spaces to welcome us. We are awaiting for the response of the other Churches.
We have set the date for April 17, 2014. This being on Holy Thursday, after visiting all seven churches, we will be culminating the journey at Holy Child and St. Martin in Daly City for the washing of the disciples feet.
Would you help us realize this vision in our quest to reflect upon our faith journey with Christ in our own contemporary understanding?
If so, begin making your reservation with Fr. Leonard at:
or call (650) 991-1560
The Rev. Leonard Oakes, Vicar
Since we don’t have a newsletter to update you all of our upcoming activities, I would like to use this email group to update you of them. I would like to invite you also to visit our church website from time to time to view them at www.hcsmdalycity.org
January 5 – Children’s Sunday
January 10 – @ 6 PM, Youth Choir Practice
January 12 – Feast of the Holy Child, Jesus – Daly City Mayor David Canepa visits HCSM Health and Wellness – Dr. Jeff Gee, Hypertension and Diabetes Health Education
January 15 @ 6:30 PM – Health and Wellness Volunteer meeting
January 20 @ 9 am to 1 PM – Feeding the Homeless (led by Youth and Young adults) Community service hours awards here.
January 26 @ 12:30 PM – HCSM Annual Meeting, election of officers and committee
February 1 from 8:00 am to 5 PM – Bus trip to Thunder Valley Casino at $18 with $20 refund. Free breakfast and snacks.
February 9 @ 5:30 PM – Valentine’s Dinner for Seniors, Couples and Singles. Church
February 10-20 – Fr. Leonard’s Trip to the Holy Land
March 4 – Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras @ 6 PM, Church
March 5 – Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent
April 5 – Bishop Committee Retreat
April 12 – Choir Retreat
April 13 – Palm Sunday
April 14-19 – Holy Week (Foot washing (Thursday); Good Friday(Friday); Easter Vigil (Sat)
April 17 – “Bisita Iglesia” Church Visitation to Seven (7) Bay Area Churches. Sign up now.
April 20 – Easter Sunday
April 21 – Fr. Leonard’s Trip to the Philippines
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Fr. Leonard Oakes
May God bless us all.
Greetings and welcome to Holy Child and St. Martin Episcopal Church located in beautiful gateway to the Peninsula, the City of Daly City, California. We are a community of warm and loving people from a diverse culture and family backgrounds united with one accord to uphold “One Faith, One Hope, One Baptism, One God and Father of All.” We uphold the dignity of all human being and the community that surround us. We share our love to everyone by doing the will of God to the least of our brothers and sisters and by reaching out to the needs of the poor, the oppressed, the homeless, the destitute, the lonely and the less fortunate. Like the Holy Child Jesus who embraces us with his cloak of Love, Peace and Joy, so we too must share those blessings to others. Similarly, like St. Martin of tours who covered the needy with his cloak, and San Martin De Porres who worked for the poor and the orphaned, so we also must be reflective to do the same to everyone who needs them.
God continues to bless Holy Child and St. Martin in so many ways. Amidst so many rich gifts and experiences the Lord teaches us today, just as he taught his first disciples, telling all to focus only on the tasks he gives each to do. This sets the stage at the outset of our Health and Wellness Ministry. As Holy Child and St. Martin welcomes all people of different backgrounds, culture and faith, we are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit and the action of God in the lives of all the faithful.
The Lord has promised good things for us for the years to come. He has called us to tend His sheeps among the uninsured and less fortunate in the community. Let us continue to focus on cultivating the seeds of faith sown by the very gifts God has given us by reaching out to the community through our Health and Wellness program in giving free monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, lungs, weight and health management and education to our community.
We are reminded to be very conscious of the sacrifices of those who have sowed the original seeds of faith in the hearts of the institutions who provide their services to similar people like: The Diocese of California, Seton Medical Center’s daughters of charity, San Mateo Health Department, Clinic by the Bay, Rota Care,New Haven health and Hospice Care Inc, Physicians for a National Health Program, Doelger’s Senior Center, Peninsula Clergy Network, New ALLICE Alliance, Bayanihan Center of SF, Philippinie Association of University Women-USA, Saturday Afternoon club, the City of Daly City, Pacifica and Colma, Kaiser Permanente Filipino Nurses Association and many others. Those who come, see and being empowered by our holistic approach through Body, Spirit and Mind are hoped to share the same to those who might need them.
While we recognize the needs of humanity, we are also called to recognize the needs of the rest of God’s creation, by honoring and respecting their presence. We recognize that we are interdependent in the balance ecology of nature and with such, we have a responsibility to take care of each other.
I call upon you all, in the name of God who supplies all our needs, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to tell others to Come, See and be empowered with the great sign God is doing in our midst here at Holy Child and St. Martin. Let us indeed serve as the Gateway to God’s wonderful Vineyard in this community and the world.
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes, Vicar