How will the Light Rail proposal affect our community?

10-25-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

I have been a little surprised that so few of you seem to be aware of the Light Rail proposal to go through downtown Glendale. This proposal, depending on the final route, could have a major impact on both our parish and school. One of the options is to go across Lamar, which would definitely hurt our Capilla.

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Rosary Sunday/Ministry Fair

10-18-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Next Sunday is Rosary Sunday in our diocese. Every year we choose a different devotion to our Blessed Mother as the theme for Rosary Sunday; this year, the theme is: Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Of course, we also honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of our diocese, as well. Since our capilla is Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are doubly blessed this year. Please plan on attending at least part of the afternoon honoring our Blessed Mother, and our patroness under both titles.

Also next Sunday, we will host a Ministry Fair along with our cursillistas’ “Taco Sunday”. This is a great opportunity to see some of the many activities in our very busy parish and maybe feel called to help out in one ministry. Volunteering in a ministry is one way to grow in your relationship with Christ, and a great way to know more members of our community.

Pax,
Fr. Mike

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Thank you to Valente Hernandez!

10-11-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

I think an earthquake is about to hit our parish, or some type of disaster! Valente Hernandez has been working in our maintenance department for over 40 years. He has decided to retire as of the end of this month. Valente knows where every underground pipe is; he knows the history of every building on our property. His knowledge is irreplaceable.

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Our Holy Father, fully and faithfully Catholic

10-04-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

With the Holy Father’s visit to the United States, I often heard people say, “I’m not Catholic but I really like Pope Francis,” or “I really admire Pope Francis even though I am not Catholic.” I always wonder what they mean. Do they mean that I like him or admire him because he says things I like or agree with?

What about when he says something that they don’t agree with? I heard Catholic congressmen say they were not going to the session in Congress when the Pope spoke because they didn’t want to hear his political views. They say he is too political. That’s funny, because that is just what the Pharisees said about Jesus! I guess that puts the Pope in good company.

Our Holy Father is fully and faithfully Catholic. When asked on the plane from Cuba to the United States he answered, “Would you like me to proclaim the Creed to you? I say it every Sunday.” Pope Francis reminds us that the Catholic Church is bigger that any of us understands; it is traditional, doctrinal, and pastoral. The Holy Spirit seems to give us popes that emphasize whatever aspect of this great Church that needs to be emphasized at the time.

Pax,

Fr. Mike

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Spiritual Works of Mercy

09-27-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Last week I spoke to you about the Corporal Works of Mercy in our Catholic tradition; today I would like us to also look at the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

If we can include these in our prayer lives, and in our daily lives, maybe our world will be in a better place.

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Reflecting on the Corporal Works of Mercy

09-20-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

As most of you know our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for an extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning December 8 this year. Part of our focus needs to be on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy that are an important part of our Catholic tradition. In the past few years these have not been taught well, or we have not paid much attention to them. Maybe that is why our world is in the condition it is in today.

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Priest Convocation

09-13-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Every year the bishop calls all of the priests together for a convocation. This is a time for the bishop to talk with us all about issues that he feels are important, and it is a time of continuing education as we bring in an important speaker for the week. Next week is our convocation, so we will be in Flagstaff, Monday through Thursday. As I write this, we do not have a priest to cover the 6:15am Mass, so please listen to the announcements carefully.

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Raise Your Children in the Practice of the Faith

09-06-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Parents, when you baptized your children, you promised to raise them in the practice of the faith; at the baptism ceremony you were taught that you are the primary teachers of your children in the practice of the faith. This is a solemn responsibility, and the Church assists you in fulfilling your responsibility. Growing in the faith is a life-long process; it does not end with First Communion or Confirmation.

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Back to School

08-30-2015From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Our school has opened and I am sure you all know how happy I am to have our children back. I am especially happy because we have close to 50 new students, many of them from our parish community, so I know them already. Our school is one of the blessings I receive as your pastor.

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Our School Renovation

08-23-2015From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

You have heard me talk about the wonderful blessing we have received from the Shea Family Foundation and Shea Homes.

Our school has been renovated and is looking beautiful, and it is much more safe and efficient for our students and staff. Many of you have already commented on the fence around the school field: what an improvement for our school, parish, and for the surrounding community!

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We are a people of hope

08-16-2015From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Clarissa Quiring, the Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life for our diocese, recently wrote, “The recent news surrounding the videos about Planned Parenthood and the harvesting and trafficking of baby parts is painful to witness, and certainly the horror and sorrow that these videos incite can leave us heartbroken and hopeless.”

I want to announce that a nationwide week of prayer is scheduled from August 22-August 29. Bishop Olmsted will be giving us a call to prayer as a Diocese soon. On August 22, there will be rallies held nationwide to call attention to Planned Parenthood and their selling of baby parts. The rally at the Glendale Planned Parenthood will be from 9am to 11am. For more information go to: protestpp.com.

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Summer is almost over!

08-09-2015From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Summer is almost over! Ok, not the heat, but school is starting soon and all of our activities are beginning to start up for the year. Many of you will be surprised at the incredible work done by Shea Homes in our school. As we begin to plan for the year, there are a couple of things that I need to let you know.

First, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning in Advent. Because of the condition of our world and the hatred and violence that affects us all, Pope Francis is asking us to focus in a special way on the mercy of God, and how we show that mercy to others.

This means that the Holy Door at the St. Peter’s Basilica will be opened and special activities and pilgrimages will be planned. There is already a committee of priests planning events for our diocese. I am asking all of our groups to think about the idea of mercy and to incorpo- rate this into their plans for the year.

In addition, 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help being given to the Redemptorists by the Pope with the request that this image be promulgated throughout the world. Of course, our Lady’s help is one of mercy.

Pax,

Fr. Mike

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Pray for Vocations

08-02-2015From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I am sure that, like me, many of you are still remembering and rejoicing in the ordination and first masses of Fr. Fernando. Actually, last week when I returned from Mexico, Bishop Olmsted called to ask how the first masses went; our bishop was excited, too.

Of course, we still have John Nahrgang in seminary from our parish, but...who else? Who will be the next one to enter seminary? And more, who will be the first woman to enter consecrated life from our parish? All of that depends on you and me; we must be praying and encouraging our young men and women to give their lives to God. I always tell young people that they should not think, “what do I want to do with my life” but to think, “what does God want me to do with my life?”

We also must be encouraging men to consider the permanent diaconate. I am happy to report that Bishop Olmsted has accepted Martin Gallo as a candidate for Holy Orders as a permanent deacon. Please pray for Martin as he begins his formal education as permanent deacon.

Pax,
Fr. Mike

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