Mass Intentions

Thursday, November 27
10:00 am
† Mildred and Joe Macias
Friday, November 28
6:15 am
† Ezinne Laetitia Aladi
8:30 am
† Eupracio Pargan
6:00 pm
† Jose Maria and Josefina Amayo
Saturday, November 29
8:30 am
† Roel Batucan
5:00 pm
Bob and Agnes Bonin-63rd Anniversary
7:00 pm
† Sara Delgado
Sunday, November 30
6:30 am
† Aburto-Magaña and Nuñez Families
8:30 am
† Andrea Aldama
10:00 am
OLPH Community
10:30 am
† Rosalyn Fierro
12:30 pm
Jose y Maria Lomeli-Aniversario 30 años
3:00 pm
Jayleen and Julieth Beltran—Birthday
Monday, December 1
6:15 am
† Tomas and Socorro Lopez
8:30 am
Thanksgiving for Health
Tuesday, December 2
6:15 am
† Frank and Frances Luján
8:30 am
† Elisa Marcos
Wednesday, December 3
6:15 am
Caroline Luján-Health
8:30 am
† Carmen Flores

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Icon History

Our Lady of Guadalupe

History, Tradition, and Interpretation of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

 
HISTORY
1.  The Merchant Who Stole “Our Lady”
The Icon of Perpetual Help was painted on the isle of
Crete by an unknown artist between the 14th and the 15th Century.  A Cretan merchant in the 15th century stole from Crete, the icon taking it from a church where it had worked many miracles.  He hid it among his wares and set out westward. It was only through Divine Providence that he survived a wild tempest and landed on solid ground. After about a year, he arrived in Rome with his stolen picture.

It was there he became mortally ill, and looked for a friend to care for him.  At his hour of death, he revealed his secret of the picture and begged his friend to return it to a church.  His friend promised to fulfill his wish, but because his wife did not want to relinquish such a beautiful treasure the friend also died without fulfilling the promise.  At last, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the six year old daughter of this Roman family and told her to tell her mother and grandmother that the Picture of “Holy Mary of Perpetual Help” should be placed in the Church of St. Mathew the Apostle, located between basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.

The tradition relates how, after many doubts and difficulties, the mother obeyed after consulting with the clergy in charge of the church.  The picture of the Virgin was placed in St. Matthew’s, on the 27th of March, 1499.  There it would be venerated during the next 300 years; Thus began the second stage of the icon, and devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help began to spread throughout the city of Rome.


2.  Three Centuries in the Church of St. Mathew
St. Mathew’s church was not grand but it possessed an enormous treasure that attracted the faithful: the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  From 1739 to 1798, the church and adjacent monastery were under the care of the Irish Augustinians who had been unjustly exiled from their country and used the monastery as a formation center for their Roman Province.  The young students found an asylum of peace in the presence of the Virgin of Perpetual Help while they prepared themselves for priesthood.

In 1798, war raged in Rome and the monastery and church were almost totally destroyed.  Several Augustinians remained there for a few more years but eventually they, too, had to leave.  Some returned to Ireland, others to new foundations in America, while the majority moved to a nearby monastery.  This last group brought with them the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Thus began the third Stage of her history, the “Hidden Years” in 1819, the Irish Augustinians moved to the Church of St. Mary in Posterula, near the “Umberto I” bridge that crosses the Tiber River.  With them went the “Virgin of St. Mathew’s”.  But as “Our Lady of Grace” was already venerated in this church, the newly arrived picture was placed in a private chapel in the monastery where it remained, all but forgotten, but for Brother Augustine Orsetti, one of the original friars from St. Mathew’s.

3.  The Old Religious and the Young Alter Boy
The years passed and it seemed that picture that had been saved from the war that destroyed St. Mathew’s Church was about to be lost in oblivion.  A young altar boy named Michael Marchi often visited the Church of St. Mary in Posterula and became friends with Brother Augustine.  Much later as Father Michael, he would write: “This good brother used to tell me with a  certain air of mystery and anxiety, especially during the years 1850 – 1851, these precise words: “Make sure you know, my son, that the image of the Virgin of St. Mathew is upstairs in the chapel, Don’t ever forget it… Do you understand?  It is a miraculous picture”.  At that time the brother was almost totally blind.  “What can I say about the venerable picture of the ‘Virgin of St. Matthew’, also called ‘Perpetual Help’ is that from my childhood until I entered the Congregation (of the Redemptorists) I had always seen it above the alter of the house chapel of the Augustinian Fathers of the Irish Province at St. Mary in Posterula {..}, there was no devotion to it, no decorations, not even a lamp to acknowledge its presence … it remained covered with dust and practically abandoned.  Many were the times, when I served Mass there, that I would stare at it with great attention”.

Brother Augustine died in 1853 at the venerable age of 86, without seeing fulfilled his desire that the Virgin of Perpetual Help be once again exposed for public veneration Elis prayers and boundless confidence in the Virgin Mary seemed to have gone unanswered.

4.  The Rediscovery of the Icon
In January of 1855, the Redemptorist Missionaries purchased “Villa Caserta” in Rome, converting it into the general house for their missionary congregation that had spread to Western Europe and North America.  On this same property along the Via Merulana, were the ruins of the Church and Monastery of St. Matthew.  Without realizing it at the time, they had acquired the land that, many years previously, had been chosen by the Virgin as her Sanctuary between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.  Four months later, construction was begun on a church in honor of the Most Holy Redeemer and dedicated to St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Congregation.  On December 24th, 1855, a group of young men began their novitiate in their new house; one of them was Michael Marchi.

The Redemptorists were extremely interested in the history of the new property.  But more so, when on February 7th, 1863, they were puzzled by the questions from a sermon given by the famous Jesuit preacher Father Francesco Blosi, about an icon of Mary that “had been in the Church of St. Matthew on Via Merulana and was known as ‘The Virgin of St. Matthew’ or more correctly as ‘The Virgin of Perpetual Help’.”

On another occasion, the chronicler of the Redemptorist community “examining some authors who had written about Roman antiquities, found references made to the Church of St. Matthew.  Among them there was a particular citation mentioning that in the church (which had been situated within the garden area of that community) there had been an ancient icon of the Mother of God that enjoyed “great veneration and fame for its miracles”.  Then “having told all this to the community, a dialogue began as to where they could locate the picture.  Father Marchi  remembered ah that he had heard from old Brother Augustine Orsetti and told his confreres that he had often seen the icon and knew very well where it could be found”.

5.  The Reception of the Icon by the Redemptorist
With this new information, interest grew among the Redemptorist to know more about the icon and retrieve it for their church.  The Superior General, Father Nicholas Mauron, presented a letter to Pope Plus IX in which he petitioned the Holy See to grant them the icon of Perpetual Help and that it be placed in the newly built Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St. Alphonsus, which was located near the she where the old Church of St. Matthew has stood.  The Pope granted the request on December 11, 1865.

According to tradition, this is when Pope Plus IX told the Redemptorist Superior General:  “Make her know throughout the world!”  In January 1866, Fathers Michael Marachi and Ernest Bresciani went to St. Mary’s in Posterula to receive the picture from the Augustinians.  Then began the process of cleaning and retouching the icon, the task was entrusted to the Polish, Leopold Nowotny.  Finally, on April 26th 1866, the image was again presented for public veneration in the Church of St. Alphonsus on the Via Merulana.   With this event, the fourth stage of her history began:  the spread of the icon throughout the World.

6.  The Latest Restoration of the Icon
In 1990, the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was taken down from above the main altar to satisfy the many requests for new photographs of the icon.  It was then that the serious state of deterioration of the image was discovered, the wood as well as the paint had suffered from environmental changes and prior attempts at restoration The Redemptorists decided to bring about a general restoration of the icon.
The first part of the restoration consisted of a series of tests and analyses.  The results of these analyses especially a Carbon – 14 test, indicated the wood of the icon of Perpetual Help could safely be dated from the year 1325 – 1480.
The second stage of the restoration consisted of the physical work of filling the cracks and perforations in the wood, cleaning the paint and retouching the affected sections, strengthening the structure that sustains the icon, etc.

Horario de la celebración de La Virgen de Guadalupe
Schedule of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

3 y 4 de diciembre 2014 (Dec 3 & 4)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)

5 de diciembre (Dec 5)
6:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the Church)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)

6 de diciembre (Dec 6)
6:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the Church)
7:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the Church)

7-10 de diciembre (Dec 7-10)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the Church)

11 de diciembre (Dec 11)
6:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)
7:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the church)
De ahi partiremos en procesión a La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. (Procession from the church to The Capilla)
Finalizando este acontecimiento con un drama y ofrecimiento de flores. (Ending the celebration with a play and offering of flowers)

12 de diciembre (Dec 12)
5:00am – Mañanitas en La Capilla (Mañanitas at La Capilla)
6:00pm – Misa en La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mass at La Capilla)

Advent: a time of joyful anticipation

Written by Fr. Michael Straley on November 21, 2014

Howdy,

Next weekend we begin the holy season of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year. Our liturgical cycle begins with a time to prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Christ, to prepare ourselves for the great gift our God blesses us with: His Son.

The Church gives us two great guides through this season: John the Baptist and our Blessed Virgin Mary. Both remind us to prepare ourselves and to wait joyfully. Since Advent is a time of joyful anticipation it is not a penitential season. We will not have a penance service, but we will have some extra times for confession as part of your preparation.

Of course, we will also celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of our diocese. Our novena begins Wednesday, December 3rd. We are trying to make this a celebration of our entire community. While it will be mostly in Spanish, we will have bi-lingual worship aids, and some nights we will pray in English.

Please try to join us for part of the novena, and be sure to make Advent a time of special preparation to receive God's greatest gift.

Pax,
Fr. Mike

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Adviento: un tiempo de gran anticipación

Que tal,

El Próximo fin de semana comenzamos el tiempo santo de Adviento, el comienzo del año litúrgico. Nuestro ciclo litúrgico comienza con un tiempo para prepararnos para el nacimiento de Cristo, para prepararnos para el regalo mas grande con el que Dios nos bendice: Su Hijo.

La Iglesia nos da dos guías grandes a través de esta temporada: Juan el Bautista y la Santísima Virgen María. Ambos nos recuerdan que nos preparemos y esperemos con alegría. El Adviento es un tiempo de anticipación alegre no es tiempo penitencial. No vamos a tener servicio de penitencia, pero si vamos a tener un horario con la oportunidad para la confesión como parte de su preparación.

Por supuesto, también vamos a celebrar a La Virgen de Guadalupe, patrona de nuestra diócesis. La novena empieza el miércoles, 3 de diciembre. Estamos tratando de que esta celebración sea para toda nuestra comunidad. Aunque la mayor parte será en español, tendremos hojitas con oraciones en ingles y español y algunas noches vamos a orar en ingles.

Por favor traten de acompañarnos durante la novena, y asegúrense de hacer del Adviento un tiempo de preparación especial para recibir el regalo mas grande de Dios.

Paz,
Padre Mike

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Free Heating and Cooling Systems

BEGIN, which stands for "Business Entities Getting Involved in our Neighborhood" is helping our community by providing free Air Conditioning systems for 8 deserving families during November and December 2014.

To nominate a family that is struggling with no heating & cooling or for more details, visit hobaica.com/begin.php or call 602-235-0235. Together we can BEGIN to make a difference.

BEGIN, es financiado por un grupo de negocios de Phoenix que tienen el deseo de ayudar a la comunidad. Durante los meses de noviembre de 2014 y diciembre ellos están ayudando a nuestra comunidad proporcionando sistemas de aire acondicionado para 8 familias que lo necesiten. Para

nominar a una familia que esté sufriendo sin calefacción o refrigeración o para obtener mas detalles, visite hobaica.com/begin.php o llame al 602-235-0235. Juntos podemos empezar a hacer una diferencia.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Nov 27, 2014 (10:00a)

You are cordially invited to attend our Mass of Thanksgiving on Thu, Nov 27 at 10:00am. This bilingual celebration will be our only scheduled mass for the day.

Están cordialmente invitados a nuestra misa de Día de Acción de Gracias el jueves, 27 de noviembre a las 10:00am de la mañana en la parroquia. Esta celebración bilingüe será la única misa ese día.

[ Thanksgiving ]

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Dec 3, 2014 to Dec 12, 2014

Horario de la celebración de La Virgen de Guadalupe
Schedule of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

3 y 4 de diciembre 2014 (Dec 3 & 4)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)

5 de diciembre (Dec 5)
6:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the Church)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)

6 de diciembre (Dec 6)
6:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the Church)
7:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the Church)

7-10 de diciembre (Dec 7-10)
7:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the Church)

11 de diciembre (Dec 11)
6:00pm – Rosario en la parroquia (Rosary in the church)
7:00pm – Misa en la parroquia (Mass in the church)
De ahi partiremos en procesión a La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. (Procession from the church to The Capilla)
Finalizando este acontecimiento con un drama y ofrecimiento de flores. (Ending the celebration with a play and offering of flowers)

12 de diciembre (Dec 12)
5:00am – Mañanitas en La Capilla (Mañanitas at La Capilla)
6:00pm – Misa en La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mass at La Capilla)

[ Special Mass/Event ]

Mass of healing and reconciliation for survivors of abuse and their families

Dec 9, 2014 (6:30p)

Bishop Thomas Olmsted and The Office of Child & Youth Protection would like to cordially invite you to gather for a Mass of healing and reconciliation for survivors of abuse and their families on Tue, Dec 9 at 6:30pm, at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix.

Questions: Please call your local parish or the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 602-354-2396.

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