Jesus crossed boundaries throughout his ministry, geographically and spiritually. We find Jesus reaching out to a Canaanite woman in the gospel for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. She is a descendant of one of the ancient enemies of Israel. Even though she is a gentile, she calls out to Jesus, addressing him as, “Lord, Son of David.” She went outside of her own boundaries seeking help for her tormented daughter. Jesus, crossing his own boundaries, healed her.
In Switzerland, we find many cultures and languages whose differences can act as boundaries which can either separate us or bring us closer. Here in Good Shepherd people from all corners of the world join us to share in what brings us close together: Jesus Christ, who is found in the Celebration of the Eucharist. An important part of our community is the Philippine Catholic Mission (PCM).
Crossing Through Switzerland
The Steyler Missionary, Fr. Antonio Enerio, joined us in 2015 and has been celebrating Mass in the Philippine style every third Sunday of the month. His ministry has taken him to all parts of Switzerland as he famously stated, “the train is my office and dining room, sometimes it is even my bedroom.”
After two years in Baar at St. Martin’s Parish, Fr. Antonio was appointed Chaplain of the Philippine Catholic Mission in Switzerland in 2012. On Sunday, August 20, 2023 in the Mass at 18:00, we will say good bye to Fr. Toni as he leaves Switzerland to cross new boundaries. As of August 1, 2023, Fr. Julipros Dollotallas will be the new Chaplain for the PCM. Please join us to bid farewell.
Fr. Kurt Schaller & Karen Curjel for the Team of Good Shepherd