I write this very early...it is still September, because as you read I am currently in the Holy Land praying for you at all the holy places in the life of our Lord.
I am enclosing our annual financial report for the past fiscal year, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. As you will note, the past year looks very bad, losing money both in the parish and in the school. It is important to remember that this is only a one year report.READ MORE
A few weeks ago I wrote to you about your participation at Mass, especially your use of the proper gestures. Failing to join the community in responses and gestures is a sign of not being in the community, not being in communion with the community.
Today I want to mention something else about our presence at Mass. During football season, I can always tell if the Cardinals have a home game or not, and usually I can tell who they are playing. People going to a sports event often take care about what they wear, making sure they have on the proper colors.READ MORE
Today, October 16th, Jose Sanchez Del Rio will be canonized by Pope Francis. St. Jose Sanchez was a 14 year old boy from Mexico. Some of you may have seen the movie. "For Greater Glory", that in part told of the martyrdom of St. Jose.
Why is this important for us today in the United States? Today, more and more, our children are being taught secularism and hedonism in our public schools, especially in our universities, and by the media. Every one of our children are daily exposed to values contrary to our Catholic faith. It is therefore critically important for all of us to hold up examples of young people who were willing to put their faith in God above everything else.READ MORE
Last week I shared with you some messages of thanks for your generosity to our parish school's scholarship funding. I would like to share one more with you.
This is from a mother of six, who decided to leave her job to be a stay at home mother. At the same time, they decided to place their children in our school. She writes, "Today in gratitude to the mercy of God, our Pastor, Priests, Parishioners and the whole community of OLPH our gratitude is over and beyond a humble Thank You from our heart. Prayers truly are heard, and God will provide as He has been to our family. Thank you for the generous scholarships to our family.READ MORE
Sometimes you are not aware of how much your generosity is appreciated. Many of you help with scholarships to our school, even if you are not aware of it. When you donate to Catholic Education Arizona, the tuition tax credit organization, you are helping our families attend our school. Also, sometimes we receive a bequest following a death that goes into our school endowment fund, which helps families. There are many other smaller ways you help, including the Adopt a Student envelope.READ MORE