First Sunday of Advent

11-27-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Advent is such a wonderful season to pause and reflect on who we are and what we believe. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, "for the light has come to you and the glory of the Lord has risen over you." After all we have been through this past year, let us pause and remember this great light.

Many years ago, a bishop, Saint Andrew of Crete, wrote, "What kind of light is this? It is the everlasting light, the timeless light revealed in time, the light manifested in the flesh although hidden by nature, the light that shone round the shepherds and guided the Magi. It is the light that was in the world form the beginning, through which the world was made, yet the world did not know it. It is the light which came to its own, and its own people did not receive it."  

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Feast of Christ the King

11-20-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." The two thieves that were crucified next to Jesus show two very different ways of understanding who Jesus was. The first thief insulted Jesus, prodded him, mocked him. He didn't believe that Jesus had any power whatsoever. Like the sneering crowds, he thought that it was a joke to label Jesus as the "King of the Jews."

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Use your state tax dollars to help support Catholic Schools

11-13-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

I know it is hard to believe, but we are already planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even worse, I am already getting my income tax files together. Help!

That also reminds me that I need to remind you about Catholic Education Arizona. As most of you know, you can designate some of your state tax money to help support Catholic schools. You can help our parents who choose to send their children to our parish school by providing some tuition assistance.    

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This is my body

11-06-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Recently as I was celebrating Mass I almost had to stop; it felt like I was hit by the Holy Spirit. As I was speaking those most holy words, "This is my body" I was suddenly reminded of the only other time I hear those words...from a woman saying, "This is my body." The problem is, Jesus continued, "which will be given up for you."

In our increasingly self-centered society, life for others seem to get lost. I am reminded that I once read that the definition of "Hedonism" is:seek pleasure and avoid pain.

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