Do we behave like the third servant in today's parable? When God entrusts us with the treasure of family, do we complain that he expects too much and is unfair?
Life seldom unfolds the way we think it will. We are tempted to compare our "talents" with others, which is always a recipe for disaster. Instead let us practice trusting God with our whole hearts and loving others by words and actions.READ MORE
As I look forward to our celebration of Thanksgiving, I am aware of so many things for which we have to be thankful. Just this past year or so, we have grown and celebrated so much. In February we celebrated the 70th anniversary of our parish community. What a rich history! Bishop Olmsted was here to celebrate with us; he even stayed at the reception until most of the people (and the food) were gone.
Of course, we were recently chosen by our diocese to host the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. I was amazed at the incredible devotion that was evident all night.READ MORE
The Diocese of Phoenix has announced a new leadership program, Tepeyac Leadership Initiative, to help develop Catholic professionals to advance the mission of the Church and to serve the common good in our secular society. There are many professional leadership training programs, but al seem to be secular in orientation. Catholic leaders must be able to defend our Church teaching and to lead according to Gospel values and morals.
The program will begin in February, but the application process will close November 30 for this first group. Men and women are invited to apply. The sessions will be on Tuesday evenings for 5 months. The cost of the program is $600.READ MORE
I recently attended the funeral Mass for a 17 -year-old youth who died suddenly and unexpectedly. His family grieved his death, but the celebration of his life also exemplified the truth St. Paul speaks of in today's reading. This young man of our community is not lost in death, but has "fallen asleep," so we do not grieve "like the rest, who have no hope."
It's been more than 2,000 years since Jesus ascended to Heaven, so it's easy to forget that Jesus, "with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven." A new existence for those who believe in Christ will begin. On a certain day within history, either at our own death or His glorious return, it will happen. Here is the question: Will we have lived wisely or foolishly? Will we be ready, as St. Paul writes, "to always be with the Lord"? Lord Jesus, someday I and my family will see Your face. Please keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for You.READ MORE
One day, when my children were small, I sat down to the piano and began to play and sing a prayer song, "I cast all my cares upon you . . ." Before I could finish the song, my youngest son interrupted me with a request for help. I blush with shame when I remember my exasperated response. "Can't you let me have just a few minutes without asking for something?" I soon realized if I had truly been casting my cares on God, I would have treasured the opportunity to help my child instead of counting him an obstacle to "my" time with God. When we love God in our families by embracing both the quiet moments and life's interruptions, we can say with the psalmist, "In You, LORD, I have found my peace."READ MORE
Festival!! Next weekend is our parish Unity Festival. Unfortunately, I will again miss it since I will be in Mexico with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos for their quinceañera celebration, and to see the damage done by the earthquake. You know I will miss you all...and especially the food!
Our festival is very important for our parish community. Yes, the money helps, but more important is seeing our family come together. It is always so good to see former parishioners and students.READ MORE