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Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Blessing
April 16, 2016
By Fr. John Privett, SJ


The Gospel tells us that it is not good to pour new wine into old wineskins lest the old skins burst; nor are we to patch old clothes with new cloth lest the old garments fall apart. Well, over the past few years, under the watchful gaze of Devcon Construction and Project Manager Fr. Chuck Tilley, we have done just that - we have poured new wine into this old wineskin of a building and added some new patches - and the building has not burst or torn. In fact, this old building and all of us who live and work here stand proud, relatively healthy, and very grateful to all of you for your generous support of the Generations Campaign.

Today, I pray God's blessing on all of you, our friends and benefactors, you made the pouring of new wine into this venerable old building possible. We, all of us - Jesuits and staff - ask God to bless you and your families.

I also pray God's blessing on all the staff in the California Province Advancement Office who, over the past four years, went out to the highways and byways with tin cup in hand and asked for your support. May god bless you, Advancement folks, and your families.

Next I pray God's blessing on all our staff - there are 80 Jesuits here and it takes more than a village of staff persons to care for us. May God bless all our staff and their families.Finally, I pray God's blessing on this wonderful old wineskin of a building, may all who live here, live with great gratitude for you, our benefactors, and with great gratitude to our God who, as we say in the marriage liturgy, looks after us in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives.

In the name of all of us West coast Jesuits, I make this blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.





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