The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

12-27-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

After all of the wonderful celebrations of Christmas and the Holy Family, it is so easy to relax and fall back into our “normal” lives. Please remember that Christmas is a season, not a day, and that it continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Maybe even more important, this week we will celebrate a very important feast for us: the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Since our Lady is our patron- ess, both under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at our church and our Lady of Guadalupe at our capilla, we should not neglect this wonderful feast. Of course, it is also a Holy Day of obligation.

I know it is New Year’s Day! Maybe you want to sleep late and there are those football games, but we are talking about our Mother! Remember, we have a vigil Mass at 5:30pm on New Year’s Eve. What a great way to begin the New Year: with our Lord at Mass.

I hope to see all of you at one of our celebrations.

Merry Christmas,
Fr. Mike

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Anticipating with great joy the gift of our God

12-20-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

As we bring our Advent season to a close we prepare to celebrate with great joy the gift of our God, his son Jesus. At the same time we remember all of the gifts that Jesus gave us in His life, death and resurrection. I hope that we are all filled with joy and anticipation at this great feast. I always look forward to midnight Mass; it is so special to celebrate with those who choose to begin the Christmas season at this most holy hour.

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Giving the Gift of Catholic Education

12-13-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Most of you are aware that our school has been growing fast these past couple of years. This is in part due to our ability to help families with their tuition through scholarships given by Catholic Education Arizona (formerly CTODP). In this season of gift giving will you give the gift of Catholic education to one of our students by designating some of the tax dollars to CEA? In this Year of Mercy we focus on our helping those in need, your CEA gift is a great way to participate fully in our Holy Father’s Year of Mercy.

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The feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother

12-06-2015From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

Howdy,

Next Tuesday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother. Her conception was and is a special gift from God. Next Tuesday we receive another special gift as Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to begin the extraordinary jubilee Year of Mercy. In all dioceses in the world, bishops will also open special doors next Sunday. Bishop Olmsted will designate a door at the Cathedral of SS. Simon and Jude and Bishop Nevares will designate a door at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona as holy doors for our diocese.

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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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