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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.
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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.