The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

10-22-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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.

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Thank you for supporting NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos)

10-15-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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.

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Consecration of our diocese to Our Lady of Fatima

10-08-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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.

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Sponsorship Weekend for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH)

10-01-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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.

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Thank you for your faithful stewardship of God's blessings

09-24-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

We weekly print the total of the previous week's collection, and you are very generous, so it can look like a lot of money. Actually, it is. However, we have not told you what our weekly or monthly costs are, and that is also a lot of money.

Our monthly utility bills usually run over $14,000 and our phone bill is about $2000. Yes, it costs a lot to run an active parish. The benefits for our employees, retirement, FICA taxes, and health insurance runs over $30,000 per month.

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Together Let Us Go Forth

09-17-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I hope you heard that last Thursday, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, bishop Olmsted announced a new diocesan capital campaign, "Together Let Us Go Forth, Juntos Sigamos Adelante". I know that it sounds like an incredible task, but we live in hope...and we work hard.

It is important to see how this campaign will benefit us at OLPH. Of course, it will help pay for the new Catholic high school, Pope St. John Paul II, in Avondale. Many of our students will consider the new school because it may be closer to their homes. Also, there are funds for our three Newman Centers at our universities, especially a new Center at Grand Canyon University. Again, many of our young people will directly benefit from this campaign. Finally, our parish will receive a percentage (30%) of the funds that we raise, to help us with some much needed work. I will be letting you know more about our parish plans in the future.

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Ready to help our youth grow in their faith

09-10-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Next week our Jr. High and High School youth programs begin, which always makes me very happy. It is so great to get to know better our young people. I also enjoy watching them grow in their faith.

I know that as children grown order their activities in school become more important; I was very active in my high school. However, please remember that this is an important time when young people are developing attitudes and values that will form their lives as adults. Public schools teach secular values; they are not allowed to teach religious values.

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Important dates to put on our September calendars

09-03-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I can't believe it is September already: happy Labor Day. Let's be thankful for all those who labor to make our lives better and for those who are seeking employment. I say this every year, but it feels strange to honor labor by not laboring.

With September there are a few important calendar dates I want to give you. The Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre pray the rosary for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land every first Monday of the month. Monday, Labor Day, is the first of the month and we will be hosting a group of them in the church to pray the rosary at 6:00pm. We always invite parishioners at the church we gather at, so you are invited.

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