On Monday we begin a diocesan wide Novena to Our Lady in the year of the 100th anniversary of her appearing to the three children at Fatima, Portugal. Bishop Olmsted has asked us all to pray the Rosary daily during this Novena. He especially called on parents to pray the Rosary as a family. On October 13, the 100th anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima, Bishop Olmsted will publicly consecrate our Diocese to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The Novena, beginning August 21 on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, will conclude on October 13.READ MORE
Next weekend the deacons of our diocesan region will be meeting here in Phoenix. This is always an important time of continuing education and for socializing with other deacons from other states; please remember our deacons in your prayers this week.
As you all know, deacons play an important role in our church ministry. Of course, they can baptize and celebrate weddings outside of mass, and they assist at mass and funerals including preaching. However, their duties are much greater than that, they also lead prayer and assist at meetings. Maybe even more important, in these days when priests are transferred often, deacons usually stay in a parish for a longer time, giving the parish much needed stability. Deacon Tony has been many years in our parish and probably knows our parish better than anyone.READ MORE
It is hard to believe, but summer is almost over! Well, not the heat, but the slow-down of our activities. Our school starts on Tuesday. It will be great to have our children back and the good new is that our numbers continue to grow. In fact, we will be out of room shortly if we continue.
With schools beginning, most people are home from vacations and starting back into their normal schedules. That means that we will be starting programs and activities as well. Please watch the bulletin in the next couple of months to be sure you do not miss anything.READ MORE
We have received some good news that I want to share with you. First, the diocese has given us a grant to re-seal the west parking lot in front of the office and the parish hall. This has been needed for a couple of years but we did not have the money to do it. Work is scheduled to begin next week and should take a couple of days; of course, the parking lot may be closed during the work.
Secondly, after a few months of negotiation and planning, we have agreed to be a pilot parish for the diocese on a solar energy project. The plan is to cover a portion of the east parking lot and the basketball court in the school. This should either reduce our utility fees or keep them at the same rate if there is an increase by the utility company. Work should begin next month so please be patient.READ MORE
I want to continue the message from Msgr. Bui concerning our diocesan celebration of the 100th anniversary of our Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima:
In commemorating the Centenary Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity until November 26, 2017. There are three ways to obtain the plenary indulgence: make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, pray before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Church or chapel, and for the elderly and sick that cannot move, pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in their own homes.READ MORE
Below is a message from Msgr. Peter Dai Bui, theological consultant to Bishop Olmsted:
Our Diocese will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady appeared to three children near the small town of Fatima, predicting a century marred by war and the rise of atheistic Communism. She also gave the visionaries simple ways to stop and even restore what would be lost. Her solution was simple: return to her Son Jesus through the practices of prayer and penance. These weapons are as powerful and relevant to us today as they have ever been.READ MORE
I borrowed this from Bishop James Wall of Gallup with his permission:
What is a Vocation?
From the Latin word "vocare" means "to call", a vocation is a call from God. Most people think of a vocation as job to do in life but it goes much deeper. It is important to understand that our first call from God is the call to be holy. Keeping this in mind, a vocation as Frederick Buechner defines it, "is where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need."READ MORE
"Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." When Jesus says paradoxical things like this, we can still trust him. Even when he makes claims that, at first glance, seem impossible, we know that he's not talking gibberish. Why? Because Jesus lived the ultimate paradox: he brought life out of death. His resurrection proves for us that things are not always as they appear. The Crucifixion, which looked like the end of Jesus' influence, was actually a tremendous new beginning.READ MORE