Our Catholic School: a major ministry of our parish community

01-29-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

This week we celebrate Catholic schools week and we are blessed to have a Catholic school in our parish. Our school is a major ministry of our parish community, and we all share in that ministry. The joy of our school, whether it be the sports games or the music programs or graduation, is shared by all of us.

The responsibility of our school is also shared by us all. Our parish subsidizes our school a little, and many of you use your "Adopt a Student" envelopes to help subsidize students in need. Of course, your participation in the Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) tuition tax credit program is a great help to us. We so appreciate it when you attend any of our fund raisers, whether the Unity Festival, meals after Mass, or any of the sales.

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Sacred Liturgy

01-22-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

In one of their documents, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called for "full, active, conscious participation" in the liturgy, everyone in the liturgy. In the first years after the Council, this phrase was sometimes misunderstood. Some changes in the liturgy were proposed that were not intended by the Fathers of the Council.

In our sacred liturgies, all have an important role, but not all roles are the same. You see that priests and deacons have similar roles, but definitely different. All of the various ministries in the liturgy are very important, but they are different. This includes the assembly, the congregation; you, too, have a very important role.  

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A few words about the new minimum wage

01-15-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

As most of you know the people of Arizona voted to raise the minimum wage in our state to $10 an hour beginning January 1, 2017. While we did not have employees making the old minimum wage, we did have a few at $10 per hour. Since this is now the minimum wage, we did not want our employees to be at minimum wage, therefore, we have immediately have given small raises to those employees at the bottom of the pay scale.

Of course, this will cause our projected budget to be off a little, and it will tighten our already difficult financial situation. However, I hope you all will agree this was the just thing to do. In the future, many wages will need to be adjusted next financial year, beginning July 1.

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May God’s light continue to shine through us all

01-08-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

As we continue our Christmas celebrations with the feast of the Epiphany, we remember that the second group to come to the newborn Jesus were the Magi, gentiles like ourselves.

Pope St. Leo the Great said in an Epiphany homily, "In the persons of the Magi let all people adore the Creator of the universe; let God be known, not in Judea only, but in the whole world."

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Happy New Year

01-01-2017From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy and Happy New Year!

This is such a great time to look back on what we have accomplished this past year and to look ahead to what is to come. For me, it is all about blessings. Yes, there were and will be difficult times, but together we follow our Lord andsee the blessings He brings.

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