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Are you prepared?
from Fr. Chad King on August 24, 2014
Hopefully you read in my letter from last week's bulletin in which I expounded upon part of a paragraph from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacred Liturgy (Mass), paragraph 1098. Last week I quoted, "The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord and to become 'a people well disposed.'" And I wrote that the disposition of our hearts, that is, the openness and ability to receive, depends on the effectiveness of the Graces we receive in the Sacraments—particularly Holy Eucharist. Put simply, the effectiveness of the Grace depends on the disposition of our hearts. I then mentioned a few ways in which we can "become a people well disposed," by praying over the Sunday readings ahead of time, and coming early enough to Mass in order to quiet our hearts in prayer in order to be ready to receive.
This week I would like to continue my encouraging reflection on paragraph 1098 of the Catechism and talk about what that means for us at Mass. Paragraph 1098 continues: "The preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the assembly, especially its ministers." The Holy Spirit will prepare our hearts, as much as we allow Him to, in order to receive Christ. But this line also tells us that, along with the Holy Spirit, "the preparation of hearts is also the work of the assembly, especially its ministers." I encourage you to reflect on the many Liturgies you have attended over the years; have the people around you distracted you in some way? I am sure all of you will say yes—maybe it was the sound of a baby crying, maybe it was the clothing (or lack thereof) of the person in front of you. Maybe it was how quickly or seemingly irreverently the priest celebrated the Mass, maybe it was how unorganized or unprepared the music sounded. We have all lost the focus of the Sacredness of the Mass by another person at Mass—be it the people around you, the priest, or musician, etc. (By the way, by using the example of a baby crying, I am NOT saying children should not come to Mass, but I do ask parents to be mindful and respectful of others around you if your child is crying or acting up, and to take them to the Narthex or the Cry Room.)
Now I would like you (and I) to reflect on how we might have either been helpful to or a distraction to someone else at Mass. I know that I certainly try and enter in to every Mass I celebrate, not only for myself, but also for you. I hope that my entering in to Mass will help you enter in and have a heart-lifting and life-giving celebration. I am not perfect though, there are times where I am distracted and sometimes my heart is not fully entered in, especially for something I do every day; and for that, I deeply apologize. I do not ever want to be a hindrance for you receiving the most you can out of every Mass.
How do you help (or not help) those around you to enter into Mass with all their hearts? Do you enter into Mass with all your heart? Do you sing, do you say the responses, the Creed? Do you realize that entering into Mass with all your heart, which is expressed through your voice and body, affects others as well? Is your clothing respectful for the most important thing we do in our day? Does what you wear reveal how special that time of the day is for you, or is it just one of the many places you go that day? For example, it is okay to bring a change of clothes if you are going to a football game after Mass.
I simply encourage you (as I am) to take to prayer how well disposed you are at Mass, but also how you help or not help those around you to experience the fullness of God's love made present.
Help Wanted: Volunteers to provide dinner for our priests
Volunteers are needed for this new ministry to provide dinners for our two priests, Fr. Chad & Fr. Raphael, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Volunteers can call the Parish Office at 480-893-8770 to sign-up, either to bring a meal once or on a regular basis. Meals should be enough for two adults and prepared in disposable containers (please, NO fish).
Meals should be brought to the Parish Office after 2:00pm and no later than 5:30pm.
Thank you for supporting our priests with this service of hospitality.
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Schedule of Faith Formation Class Start Dates
Elementary (Grades K-5): Tue, Sep 9 & Wed, Sep 10
Junior High & High School: Sun, Sep 14
Special Education: Mon, Sep 29
Atrium (ages 3-5): Tue, Oct 14 & Wed, Oct 15
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St. Gerard Circle: Open House
Aug 28, 2014 (6:00p - 8:00p)
Join us for Saint Gerard Circle's Annual Open House on Thu, Aug 28 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Center.
Find out about our many activities: monthly meetings with great speakers, spiritual support, family events, Mom's Night Outs, and charity outreach. Win door prizes & enjoy refreshments!
Activities & crafts will be provided for children.
Annual Membership is only $20.
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Sep 2, 2014 (6:00p)
First Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm.
All parishioners are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a small amount of water, salt, and olive oil with them to be blessed during the Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered.
Upcoming healing Masses:
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RCIA Inquiry Sessions begin Tue, Sep 2
Sep 2, 2014
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which adults are instructed in the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and then received fully into the Church with the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
The first session this year is Tue, Sep 2 from 7:00-8:45pm in the Parish Center. Classes will continue to meet subsequent Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.
Principal participants are those who are not baptized, those who have been baptized other than Catholic, and baptized Catholics who have not been confirmed, as well as the sponsors for each participant. Sponsors are adults who have been confirmed and are practicing Catholics.
For more information, please call the Parish Office at 480-893-8770.
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Women's Sodality Meeting
Sep 3, 2014 (6:00p)
We would like to invite all women of the parish to join us and contribute to what we do. Fresh minds and ideas are always welcomed.
Our first meeting will be on Wed, Sep 3, beginning with Mass at 6:00pm in the Church, followed by our meeting in the Parish Center at 6:30pm.
A light supper and refreshments will be served. Entertainment will be provided by parishioners Steven & Jessica Romero.
Some of our past events and accomplishments include: selling lilies & poinsettias, donating to St. Gerard Circle’s Easter basket drive, supporting our seminarians, providing pottery for the church, sponsoring a family at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and hosting Fr. Kevin Grimditch’s reception after his first Mass of Thanksgiving.
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St. Gerard Circle: Mass for Expectant Mothers and General meeting
Sep 5, 2014 (9:00a)
It is a Saint Gerard Circle tradition to begin our year by celebrating Mass together and calling on St. Gerard Mejella to watch over our expectant mothers. Please join us. All expectant mothers are welcome.
Mass will be followed by a general business meeting and a presentation from Fr. Chad.
** Free Childcare is provided for members. **
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St. Gerard Circle: Book Club Gathering
Sep 5, 2014 (7:30p)
Time for God by Jacques Philippe
For more information on St. Gerard Circle or to join, please email email@example.com.
Learn more at: saintgerardcircle.com
Check out our Facebook page at: SGC-PHX
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Family Rosary Hike
Sep 6, 2014 (8:15a - 11:00a)
Join other Parishioners for a Rosary Hike on South Mountain on the First Saturday of every month! Fr. Rafael will give a short reflection along the way and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
When: Sat, Sep 6 - Begin with 8:15am Mass. Finish hike by 11:00am.
Where: Mass at Corpus Christi. Hike along Warpaint trailhead.
Who: People of all ages (7-70+)
What to bring: Rosary, water & a light snack
For additional information, contact Pete Hofmann, 602-531-7487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Catholics in the Public Square
Sep 6, 2014 (8:00a)
at the Diocesan Pastoral Center
Bishop Olmsted would like to invite everyone to join him for the "Catholics in the Public Square" event being held on Sat, Sep 6 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The event begins with 8:00am Mass at St. Mary's Basilica and will end at 12:00pm. The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this event, which is entirely free, includes breakfast, and features prominent national Catholic speakers.
RSVP to 602-568-5286 or email email@example.com.
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"Encounter with Christ" starts Sat, Sep 6
Sep 6, 2014 (9:00a - 10:30a)
Have you had a desire to grow closer to God, but not sure how to do it? Do you know how to “pray with Scripture” (Lectio Divina)? Would you enjoy the friendship and support of other Catholics?
Come and join us on Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:30am in the church cry room. Discover the richness of Lectio Divina, reflecting on what Christ is saying to us in the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel and how it applies to our lives today.
For more information please contact Terri Hofmann at 480-247-6961.
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Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
Sep 7, 2014
On Sun, Sep 7, our the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast will take place after the 7:00am, 8:30am, and 10:30am masses.
For only $5 per adult and $3 per child, the price is unmatched to any other breakfast in town!
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C.E. Elementary Parent Meeting with Fr. Chad
Sep 8, 2014 (6:30p)
in the Parish Center
As we begin our new year of Elementary Catholic Education, we are requesting all Elementary families attend this meeting in order to not only meet the catechists, but especially to have an opportunity to speak to Fr. Chad as well.
Classes will then begin on Tue, Sep 9 and Wed, Sep 10 at the regularly scheduled times.
We look forward to seeing you on Mon, Sep 8. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the C.E. Office at 480-893-1160.
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"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Classes for NEW Volunteers
Sep 10, 2014 to Sep 11, 2014
You must attend one of the following Safe
Environment Training Foundational Classes:
Wed, Sep 10 at 10:00am
Thu, Sep 11 at 6:00pm
inRooms 7 & 8
It you are a returning volunteer, please complete your Online Renewal session if you have not already done so at www.safeenvironmenttraining.org.
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Annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Sep 13, 2014 (7:30a)
Our annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place on Sat, Sep 13. It will be hosted at the prestigious Whirlwind Golf Club. This will be a four person scramble with a 7:30am Shotgun start.
Over the last 20 years, over $100,000 has been donated to charity from the proceeds of this tournament! This year's charities will be Maggie's Place and St. Mary's Food Bank. As with last years' tournament, we will be hosting the Wounded Warriors to come and play with us!
We are looking for sponsors and golfers! There are multiple levels of sponsorship available which also includes sponsoring a Wounded Warrior to play.
The best rate is to sign up as a foursome, but you also can sign up as a single!
To find out more information, please contact Chuck Fraas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sep 29, 2014 (6:30p - 8:30p)
Corpus Christi offers a grief support program open to everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. That includes all of us. This is a safe environment where people listen without judgment when expressing your sadness. Expressing experienced grief helps to heal oneself in a positive way.
Give yourself permission to grieve. God gave us tears. The tears to help us heal.
We are please to be able to offer three separate sessions, each of which will meet for four weeks in the St. Vincent de Paul room of the Parish Center:
Session 1: Mondays, Sep 29, Oct. 6, 13, & 20 6:30-8:00pm
Session 2: Mondays, Nov 3, 10, 17, & 24 9:00-10:30am
Session 3: Mondays, Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22 6:30-8:00pm
The support we give is never more than the support we receive. You are welcome to come to any one or all of the sessions. Contact the Church Office and leave your name and phone number to sign-up for the session(s) you would like to attend.
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7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona
Oct 5, 2014
Sponsored by: Luis Gonzalez – Going Gonzo For Kids
at Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake Sun, Oct 5 at 7:23am
9K Run, 10K Run, 5K Run / Walk, 5K Stroller Push, Diaper Dash and Kids’ Dash
Join us at our 7th Annual MP9K in Tempe, AZ. Bring your friends and family to this fun, family oriented and stroller friendly event! Participants receive a custom Tech shirt and a chip timed result.
100% of the proceeds benefit Maggie’s Place.
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Arizona Rosary Celebration
Oct 12, 2014 (2:00p - 4:15p)
Plan to attend the Arizona Rosary Celebration on Sun, Oct 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center from 2:00-4:15pm. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, will preside. Pray the Holy Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, participate in a Blessing Procession, enjoy music, and listen to the words of keynote speaker the Very Rev. Juan-Diego Brunetta, O. P. Honor Mary under her title, The Immaculate Conception.
All Catholic schools, parishes, organizations and groups are invited to participate. Pray for the success of the Arizona Rosary Celebration.
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Oct 25, 2014 (5:00p - 9:00p)
Save the date!!
Food * Fun * Games * Music * Trunk or Treat * Basket Raffle * 50/50
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