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November 24 Weekly Reflection

11-24-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: Christ is King. In the Gospel reading this weekend, we are reminded of that as the criminals who were crucified with Jesus engage in conversation with Him. On one hand, there is the criminal who approaches Jesus' kingship from the secular, more common way, he tells Jesus to assert His power. The other man knows that Jesus' power is from above. He has come to establish a kingdom meant for Heaven, not an earthly kingdom of power. Please take some time to read the history of this feast and enter into the grace offered during this special week.

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

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Wonderful Updates coming to our Liturgical Ministries and Special Masses

11-24-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

There are so many great things happening in our parish for which we must be very grateful. As I wrote in a recent article, we had a very inspiring Sensory Friendly Mass at the beginning of this month. Due to the demand for this special Mass and after the success of this first one, we have decided to make this a regular feature in our liturgy here in our parish. Therefore, beginning in January and going forward, we shall be having a Sensory Friendly Mass every second Sunday of each month at 1:00pm. I look forward to many of you again joining us at our next one, on January 12, 2020.

Also, on November 13, we hosted a Young Adult-oriented Mass at the regular 7:00pm Mass. What was particularly special about this Mass was that the beautiful music was provided by a young Adult choir. After the Mass, the young adults were invited for some fellowship and food in the Life Teen Center. Beginning with the third Wednesday of January 2020 and going forward, the Wednesday evening Mass will be Young Adult oriented. This means the music, the Lectors, and the Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion will largely be made up of Young Adults.

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“I went to shop for our Good Samaritan Food Pantry, I wasn’t expecting to meet a Good Samaritan!”

11-17-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

I want to share with you all the inspiring words of testimony shared with me by Florence Slattery, our Parish Business Manager who is also the Coordinator of our Caring Ministries. As she shared her experience with me, her excitement was so evident and contagious. Here, in edited form, is what she shared with me.

On Tuesday last week, Florence noticed that there were several empty shelves in our Good Samaritans Food pantry, which she oversees. She was a bit concerned as we approach both the Thanksgiving and the Christmas seasons. So, she decided to go to Bashas' to purchase supplies that were needed immediately. At checkout, there was a woman behind her who overheard the cashier asking her if the food she was purchasing was for a food bank. She told the cashier that it was for our Good Samaritans Food Pantry. Curious, the same woman behind her asked which Church she was from. Florence answered her that she was from St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. The woman said she knew St. Andrew Catholic Church because she used to come attend our church.

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November 17 Weekly Reflection

11-17-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: God reminds us today that He will provide for us. He will defend us when times get tough and He will secure our safety. Take some time in prayer this week thanking God for His love and protection.

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

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November 10 Weekly Reflection

11-10-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: We are called to always be looking toward Heaven. Jesus reminds us today that many of the things that occupy our thoughts while here on earth will simply not matter in Heaven. When God talks about eternity with Him in Heaven, He means it. We will not die, but live forever. Our God is a God of the living. In God, life will always prevail over death. God's reassurance of this is the beauty in the starkness of winter giving way to the breaking of a new dawn, or the life-giving love of one person to another.

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The Beauty and Success of the "Treasure Mass"

11-10-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

Last Sunday, November 3, as I announced in an earlier bulletin article, our parish celebrated its first sensory-friendly Mass for families who have members with disabilities: God's Treasures. By all accounts, it was a tremendous success! The attendance, estimated at a little over 150, included participants from not just St. Andrew the Apostle, but from around the Diocese of Phoenix: St. Timothy, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Anne just to name a few. Apart from very favorable media advert from The Wrangler and The Arizona Republic preceding the celebration, part of the Mass was also broadcast by Fox channel 10 on Sunday evening at their 9:00pm and 10:00pm news.

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Together Let Us Go Forth!

11-03-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

As you may recall, I have already shared with you in a few articles that our parish has joined with other parishes around the diocese to participate in the Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante Campaign. Through this campaign, our Diocese is seeking to raise $100 million to expand our efforts to bring all people to a relationship with Jesus Christ through discipleship and evangelization.

This campaign is being approached in four phases. The first phase which began in July is known as the silent phase. During this phase, I had the opportunity of meeting some individual families to share the objectives of the campaign and invite them to make a five-year sacrificial pledge. Then we held three receptions with still some more parishioners, sharing the same objectives. Thirdly, I formed a cabinet of twelve people to continue reaching out to more Individual parishioners and invite them to support the campaign. This weekend begins the fourth and final phase of the campaign. In this phase, also known as the public phase, I am officially launching the campaign to the whole parish, asking you to prayerfully begin considering making a five-year financial commitment to support the campaign.

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November 3 Weekly Reflection

11-03-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: God loves us all! And when we hurt others or lie, as Zacchaeus did, God still loves us and wants us to promise not to do those things again, so that we can fully love Him back. When we ask for forgiveness and offer it in return to those that have hurt us, we can truly begin to heal.

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

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