The Catholic Church is full of flesh and blood—the pope, bishops, priests, deacons, the saints, Mary. They are people like us. But we need not worry. Jesus shows us flesh and blood can be graced with divinity. That is why he came! God has never given up on flesh and blood, which He created in His own image and likeness. Amazingly, He is not afraid to make Peter the rock of His Church. Jesus guarantees that the dark forces of death and deception will never prevail against His flesh and blood Church. Lord Jesus, help us remember that to build a human Church was Your idea; help us do our part to live your kingdom way and to believe that You will see us through.READ MORE
Howdy, We have begun our Novena to Our Blessed Mother with our Bishop and all those in our diocese. If you have not begun to pray the Rosary it is OK to start now; you can join at any time and if you forget one day, just start again. It is the prayer that is important, even if you do not do the entire 54-day Novena.
Of course, it is good if you can pray the Rosary with your family as Sr. Lucia recommended. Anything that unites the family during this important time is good. Remember that there are pamphlets to help you with the Rosary if you have forgotten or never learned; do not be ashamed, it is never too late to learn. It was many years after my conversion before the Rosary became important tome.READ MORE
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is silent toward the woman who is begging for a miracle, so she turns to his disciples. When that fails, she humbly kneels before Jesus saying, “Lord, help me.” Jesus answers, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." Doesn’t this sound awfully mean to us? But, Jesus isn’t calling the woman a “dog.” He is using a saying of the day to explain why he must give priority to the Jewish people. It’s like saying that the children must be fed before the pet dog. In humility, the Canaanite woman is willing to think of herself as undeserving as a dog would be compared to the children of a family. However, she points out to Jesus that “crumbs” fall from the children’s table, and the “dogs” are happy to lap them up. This pagan woman teaches us that true believers both humble themselves and hang on for dear life, knowing the goodness of God. “In you, Lord, we have put our hope, and we shall not hope in vain!”READ MORE
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
So many questions arise from today’s Gospel. Why did Jesus send his disciples out on the stormy sea? Why did he leave them there all night? They were physically and emotionally exhausted and they feared for their lives. Didn’t Jesus know that his ghostly appearance would make them even more terrified? Is it their fear that keeps them from recognizing him? The very moment they cry out in fear, he speaks, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." What more do we need when facing our most dreaded fears? Jesus’ own presence with us is more than enough to calm the scariest storms in our lives. In the storms of your life, look for him. Listen to his voice. Trust him when he says he is with you. Do not be afraid.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
Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration when we contemplate the great mystery of Christ’s power and glory. He could have used his power to escape suffering. He could have used his glory to command our allegiance. Instead he shows us the path of love. He shows us how to suffer in a way that brings redemption.
How can we imitate our Lord this week? As parents, how can we choose the path of humility and love for those God has put in our family? As a son or daughter, or brother or sister, how can we walk the path of love, even if it means suffering? When we choose to follow him in humility and love, we will know his light and his glory!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