Congratulations to our Graduates!

05-29-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Next Friday is the last day of school; of course, our 8th graders have already graduated and our pre-school is already finished. Public schools have also finished. This means that there are many children outside playing. Some children are attending summer school, but the hours are often different. Please be alert when driving or when you see something t hat does not look right.

Our children are a great asset to our community and we want to keep them safe during the summer months. This is not just a job for parents, but for the entire community. Children will be children (they are not little adults), so they will explore and get into things, sometimes things they should not get into.

In God's Mercy,
Father Mike

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Celebrations coming up in our Parish

05-22-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

This weekend I am in Mexico with a group of our 8th graders. Please remember to pray for us as we pray for you, especially when we are with Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Next month we will celebrate the ordination of our new parochial vicar, Deacon Ryan Lee (soon to be Father Ryan). The ordination will be Saturday, June 11 at 10am, and all are invited. This year the ordination will be at St. Thomas Aquinas in Avondale, not at the Cathedral, because there are four men being ordained and the Cathedral is not large enough. Ordinations are a great way to encourage vocations, whether to priesthood, or consecrated life for men or women, or for matrimony.

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

05-15-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

As we celebrate Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit, not only for the Apostles but for all of us who are confirmed in our faith, we also celebrate what we believe is the beginning of our Church.  The gifts of the Spirit are not only for each of us individually, but are for the building of the Church in our world and for our world.

It is a good time to reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how we use them in our lives.  Do we listen to the Spirit, to that “still, small voice” of God?  Does the Holy Spirit guide our lives, or does the secular world or the secular media guide us?  These are important questions, especially when you look at our world today.

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Honor Mary during May

05-08-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

It is hard to believe that we are in the month of May already! Of course, this is an important month for us at Our Lady of Perpetual Help because the month is dedicated to Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. So, are we going to simply say, "Oh, that's nice," and then forget it? Or, are we going to make something special of this month?

Usually in May I invite families to be sure to pray the rosary together. This is not only a wonderful way to honor Our Lady, but it is a way to bring families closer together in this busy world. If you are not comfortable praying the rosary, or if you do not know how, we have rosary groups and opportunities in the parish to help you. Also, you can get a few booklets from our gift shop, or any Catholic bookstore, that can help you. Of course, there is also help on the internet.

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"As I have done, so you must do."

05-01-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

We remember that at the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of his apostles...then he said, "As I have done, so you must do." Soon after that he led them to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, "Take this cup away, Father, but not as I will but your will be done." He then went through suffering to his death and then his resurrection.

Many of us want resurrection without suffering, and especially without submitting to the will of God. At the Last Supper Jesus also said that no servant is greater than his master; yet many believe that they can ignore the teachings of the "master", God, because they know better.

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