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September 29 Weekly Reflection

09-29-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: Jesus teaches us that there is nothing wrong with having money so long as that money doesn’t become the one thing we cannot live without. How do you and your family share your wealth in order to help provide for the needs of others?

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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The Apostles of Jesus Missionaries Need Your Financial Support this Weekend

09-28-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

As announced at all the Masses this past weekend, today we are taking a second collection to support the work of the Apostles of Jesus Missionaries.

The Apostles of Jesus Religious Missionary Order was the first such Order to be founded on the African soil, expressly for the evangelization of Africa and the World. It was founded by two Italian Missionaries, Bishop Sisto Mazzoldi and Very Reverend John Marengoni of the Comboni Missionaries, barely a year after Pope Paul VI in his homily, on July 31, 1969 in Kampala, Uganda, saying: "By now you Africans are Missionaries to yourselves…in other words you Africans must now continue upon this continent, the building of the Church." Since those prophetic words, the Lord has blessed our Order in amazing ways with now a membership of over four hundred priests and religious brothers. Last August, we ordained 14 new priests ready for missionary work. Another 18 perpetual professed members are doing their final formation in preparation for ordination to the diaconate in the very near future.

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09-22-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: The message that Jesus is teachings Hisfollowers today is that we are called to be trustworthy in all of ourdealings. We are called to be faithful and honest in both small andimportant matters. What should drive our actions is the beliefin the message and promise of God, the love and compassionfor others, and the mercy that God has shown us. Jesus ends Histeaching by reminding us that no man can serve two masters.In other words, we need to be all in for God. We need to bedevoted to the truth and to love; we need to be good and faithfulstewards.

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Like Father, Like Son

09-22-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

This past week, all the priests of the Diocese of Phoenix retreated to the cool weather of Flagstaff to pray and reflect on their priestly ministry, and to rejuvenate. What a refreshing and spiritually most fulfilling four days those were! During the second meditation on the second day of our retreat on the beatitude: "Blessed are the poor in Spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God" (Matthew 5:3), one seemingly off-handed remark from the preacher kept coming back to me over and over again for the whole day. In his remark he said: "It is dangerous to rush into the Priesthood to be a Spiritual Father without being a Son First." The more I thought about this, the more I realized how true this was for Jesus and also how true it still is for our own lives. Our fathers significantly shape how we handle responsibilities and challenges in our adult lives. In the case of Jesus, for instance, we notice that shortly before his public ministry, at His Baptism by John in the Jordan river, a voice came from heaven saying: "This is my beloved Son, listen to him" (Luke 9:35). Also, at the transfiguration, "…a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: 'This is My beloved Son. Listen to him!'" (Mark 9:7). In both of these, the Father made it clear that he was father from whom the Son must always draw his inspiration, example, and strength. Yes, Jesus was God. Yes, He was eternal like the Father and the Holy Spirit, and yet, during His ministry, He kept this in mind. He always consulted with His Father, through prayer. Often, and actually always, before taking a major step in His ministry or after a hard day's work, He would withdraw to a lonely place to pray to His Father. His Father was His role model and mentor!

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September 15 Weekly Reflection

09-15-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: Have you every lost something that you really cared about and then finally found it? Maybe a toy, or even your pet? What did it feel like to find it? The joy you experienced and the relief that the item you lost had been found and was now where it belonged is the same thing God feels when we choose to live lives that glorify Him. God wants all of us to turn away from sin and back to Him. If and when we do, all the saints and angels in Heaven rejoice along with our Heavenly Father.

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September: a Month to Focus of Stewardship of Time

09-15-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

In previous articles, I have written a lot about the Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure. In order to deepen our understanding of the stewardship of Time, the Stewardship Council and I have decided to dedicate this month of September every year to reflect on the spirituality tied to this tenant. This will involve workshops on Time, homilies by the pastor on Time, Witness talks, and a commitment drive of our Time to Prayer. This is because, time is so invaluable a resource that its value can not be emphasized enough in the context of stewardship, since it permeates literally all the other aspects of stewardship.

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Til Death Do We Part

09-08-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterBarb Lishko

It's been a roller-coaster kind of year so far, with thrilling highs, unexpected jolts and surprises. At the end of a roller-coaster ride after being yanked to and fro, it just seems to come to an abrupt stop and it's time to get off. You are not quite sure if you want to ride again or run for the door. I guess I'm sort of feeling that way. Not knowing quite what to do, yet aware of the necessity to go on despite the unpredictability of what comes next.

2019 started out so hopeful, with the anticipated birth of a new grandson. On the day he came home and I would have held him in my arms, I began a rapid downward spiral which landed me in ICU. Fungal Meningitis was the culprit and I had almost delayed too long in seeking help. The recovery was slow and long, like the uphill trek of a roller coaster. Cranking along one link at a time, struggling and gasping as the summit draws closer.

Then, as if almost suspended in midair, a temporary pause, and with bated breath, the exhilaration of the descent. The anticipation and realization that what comes next, might not be what one expects.

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September 8 Weekly Reflection

09-08-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: What are the radical choices that you are begin called to in order to be a disciple of Christ? No matter our sacrifice, if we do not make it in God's name, with the love of Christ in our heart, then it is for nothing. We are called to take up our own cross and follow Christ. We can count on Him to provide and lead and we must remember, on this journey, that redemption costs us nothing; discipleship will cost us everything. What are you truly willing to sacrifice for our Heavenly Father? What does it mean to renounce your possessions, in such a way that we can be content to rely on Him? How can non-material things like ideologies, prejudices, or ideas be like material possessions that we can strive to shed?

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September 1 Weekly Reflection

09-01-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: Spend some time this week talking with your family about who you might invite to Mass. Maybe next time a friend sleeps over on Saturday, invite them to Mass with you and your family the next day. It is a joyful thing to share our faith with others, and something Jesus encouraged us to do.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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The Catechetical Formation Year is Back! What can we Expect?

09-01-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

After almost three months of relative quiet and a hot summer, our much longed for bee-hive of activities and joyful noises from our kids are finally coming alive! This is the time of the year I always look forward to because it breaks the "boredom" resulting from the absence of the noises of our children running around our beautiful campus. I realized that I was not the only one missing the Kids when I heard Fr. Teilo confessing to Fr. Edward how he too missed the noises of the kiddos soon after closing the religious education program for the year in May. He was visibly bored!

Yes, there is something unique about children that simply melts the heart. Their simplicity, innocence and readiness to learn new things is a disposition we must all guard and guide with unrelenting diligence. This is because it is at this age that children are curious and ready to absorb anything. If they are not given them the right formation, they are damaged for life. Here at our parish, we strive to provide this formation through our well structured children's religious education programs that caters for all age-groups including both their typical and special needs. Fr. Teilo and his team of highly motivated administrators and catechists are already busy preparing to kick off this new catechetical year this coming week on September 8.

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