As I look forward to our celebration of Thanksgiving, I am aware of so many things for which we have to be thankful. Just this past year or so, we have grown and celebrated so much. In February we celebrated the 70th anniversary of our parish community. What a rich history! Bishop Olmsted was here to celebrate with us; he even stayed at the reception until most of the people (and the food) were gone.
Of course, we were recently chosen by our diocese to host the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. I was amazed at the incredible devotion that was evident all night.READ MORE
The Diocese of Phoenix has announced a new leadership program, Tepeyac Leadership Initiative, to help develop Catholic professionals to advance the mission of the Church and to serve the common good in our secular society. There are many professional leadership training programs, but al seem to be secular in orientation. Catholic leaders must be able to defend our Church teaching and to lead according to Gospel values and morals.
The program will begin in February, but the application process will close November 30 for this first group. Men and women are invited to apply. The sessions will be on Tuesday evenings for 5 months. The cost of the program is $600.READ MORE
Festival!! Next weekend is our parish Unity Festival. Unfortunately, I will again miss it since I will be in Mexico with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos for their quinceañera celebration, and to see the damage done by the earthquake. You know I will miss you all...and especially the food!
Our festival is very important for our parish community. Yes, the money helps, but more important is seeing our family come together. It is always so good to see former parishioners and students.READ MORE
The visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was such an honor and grace for our parish family! I truly hope that most of you were able to celebrate with us. Someone said to me, "I thought our 70th anniversary was a great event, but now this!" Yes, it has been quite a year!
Please remember that now is not the time toreturn to "life as normal" after thevisit. With gracecomes responsibility. It is important that we rememberthe message of Our Lady at Fatima, and the wordswe heard when her image visitedus. Our lives mustbe changed so that our country and world can seethat change andfollows.READ MORE
The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be with us until about 10a.m. tomorrow (Monday) morning. The church will be open all night for your convenience to come and spend time with her. The Blessed Sacrament will also be exposed on the altar.
This is a wonderful chance for families to come together to pray the rosary or whatever prayer you would like. Some of our parish groups may want to come and pray together as well. There is no organized prayer at any time so whenever you want to come is OK.READ MORE
I think you all know how important Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is to me; they are like family as much as you are like family. I want to thank all of you who have sponsored children in the past and those who sign up this weekend. Even if you cannot commit to sponsorship, your prayers or donations help so much.
Last month there was that terrible earthquake in Mexico. It was close to our two main houses with our schools. Thank God none of our children, staff or volunteers were hurt. However, there was severe damage to many of our buildings; it will cost millions of dollars to repair everything. As of now, many of our children are eating outside because the dining hall and kitchen are not safe. Thank you to all who donated to help NPH during this crisis.READ MORE
You have heard me talk about my "children" at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, next weekend we have scheduled a Sponsorship Weekend. You will have an opportunity to talk to staff and volunteers from our local office, to see pictures of some of the pequeños, and to learn more about them. Some of our parishioners who have visited one of the homes will be there as well to talk with.
Our home in Mexico was hit hard by the recent earthquake. Thank God, none of the pequeños, staff, or international volunteers were hurt. That is not true of many of the buildings. If you would like to help us with re-building there will be an opportunity as well to donate.READ MORE
You have all heard me talk about Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos many times. I hope you have seen the pictures of the children being sponsored by members of our parish.
This week there will be children from El Salvador visiting our diocese; they are hosted this year by St. Theresa parish. On Wednesday there is a school mass for those schools involved in helping NPH and the visiting children will play the music. Our 7th and 8th grade classes will attend that Mass.
Also, the weekend of October 14-15 we will host a Sponsorship Weekend after all of our masses. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the staff from our local office and from our parish members who have visited NPH Mexico. If you have visited and want to help, please contact Mrs. Lucero at the school office.READ MORE