|November 23, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 20 • Oakland, CA|
| Holiday Guide
Fremont pastor pens a book on humor, inspiration
"I've always used humor in my homilies," says Rev. Mathew Vellankal, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont. "Good humor brings the attention of the people.
There are jokes, he said, about all the sacraments, and "birth, life, death, resurrection."
"I preach at all the important occasions of one's life," he said.
If he has a favorite joke among the 178, he's not saying.
In addition to his keen sense of humor, Father Vellankal is known for performing magic shows, often as fundraisers for good causes in parishes around the diocese, as well as the Drive-Thru Prayer ministry that he began last year at Holy Spirit.
Father Vellankal has served at Holy Spirit since 2006. He has been to 65 countries as an international youth chaplain. He holds bachelor's degrees in philosophy, history, theology and education, and a master's degree in education.
The book is available in the Holy Spirit Parish Gift Shop in Fremont, the Cathedral Shop in Oakland, and at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle versions. Additional information is available at www.humortoinspiration.com.
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