Respect Life

01-21-2018Pastor LetterDiocese of Phoenix Respect Life Office

From dphx.org/respect-life/know-the-issues/abortion

Abortion has been one of the most divisive issues in America since states were forbidden to outlaw abortion after the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, over 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States with an average of 3400 abortions being performed each day. On one side of this contentious issue, those who call themselves “pro-choice” believe that abortion is a private medical decision that should take place between a woman and her doctor, without interference from the government or anyone else. On the other side, those who describe themselves as “pro-life” believe abortion is the killing of children before they are born and therefore should never be tolerated in a free society. So where does the Catholic Church stand in the debate between “pro-life” and “pro-choice?”

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Giving Your Whole Heart: The Challenge of Discipleship

01-14-2018Pastor LetterDavid Kilby © May 18, 2017

Sometimes when I’m at Mass or doing something out of charity, I still feel this emptiness inside. Despite being told over and over that living the Faith will bring the greatest sense of fulfillment to my life, sometimes I’m just not feeling it.

After a closer look at Scripture, though, it becomes clear that in those moments, I’m just missing the point. In my effort to praise God through my words and deeds, I often hold back the most important thing: my heart.

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The foolish wisdom of the Three Wise Men

01-07-2018Pastor LetterThe Catholic Sun with Fr. John Parks, Vicar of Evangelization — Dec 22, 2017

Their journey of encounter is an example for all of us "I call them the three fools."

"What?" I said a little incredulously to Dr. Robbins.

"Yeah, I call them the three fools. After all, who would leave everything that is safe and comfortable to travel in the darkness after a star merely because it promised something better?"

I knew what Dr. Robbins was doing. He was being provocative in a desire to teach me a lesson. We were standing in his office in front of a large painting depicting the Three Wise Men sitting on camels as they traveled by night to a distant star. That conversation was a seminal moment in how I came to understandthe journey of the Three Wise Men.

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A Historical Look at Eucharistic Adoration

12-24-2017Pastor LetterMatt Henry, Director of Music & Liturgy

Eucharistic Adoration has existed since early times. From the 3rd century, the early hermits (solitary monks) reserved the Eucharist in their cells. The immediate purpose of this reservation was to enable the hermits to give themselves Holy Communion. But these hermits were too conscious of what the Real Presence was not to treat it with great reverence.

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Adoration

12-17-2017Pastor LetterMatt Henry, Director of Music & Liturgy

As director of liturgy, my job is to advocate for the sanctity and efficacy of the Mass; to limit obstacles to our worship and advance opportunities to enhance worship; to honor the Church’s profound and meaningful history and traditions; to highlight the beauty, sanctity, and real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the center of the Mass: God truly present in the consecrated Body and Blood of our Lord.

Our parish offers perpetual adoration: the opportunity to spend time with the real presence of Jesus in the adoration chapel. As director of liturgy, I want to invite you to consider investing in a Holy Hour each week, so that you can continue to build a closer, more intimate relationship with Christ through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This relationship will spill over into the Mass and enrich our liturgy and enhance your worship.

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Celebrating Advent as a Family

12-10-2017Pastor LetterBy Maruška Healy

from www.foryourmarriage.org/celebrating-advent-as-a-family

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: "Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment… But we cannot pray 'at all times' if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it" (CCC 2697). We come before the Lord with a desire for 'a new heart' when we find time for prayer throughout our day. The Church invites us to pray in many different ways. We can recite the Rosary, pray the liturgy of the hours, learn about the lives of the saints, celebrate the liturgical year through feast days, lift up our hearts in song or silence, and above all participate in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. If we take time to pray at "specific times," our home will be filled with prayer at "all times."

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Who was Saint Nicholas

12-03-2017Pastor LetterChristi Deg

This coming Wednesday, December 6, is the feast of Saint Nicholas — a real man who lived long ago. He was born during the third century in Patara, a Greek village at the time in what is now the country of Turkey.

Nicholas was the only child of wealthy Christian parents who both died due to an epidemic when Nicholas was very young. He was raised by his uncle, the Bishop of Patara, who eventually ordained Nicholas as a presbyter (priest).

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Awakening to the Catholic Church

11-19-2017Pastor LetterMarlo Smith, from Catholic Answers Magazine, Nov-Dec 2017 issue

I was baptized Catholic and grew up in a Catholic family. Like many Catholic families, we attended Mass most weeks, said prayers now and then, and were taught the basics about God, Jesus, and Mary. Yet I never saw the Catholic Church for what it was; I never realized the enormous comfort, strength, and wisdom contained in the Church. I spent so many years of my life looking for answers and fulfillment in all the wrong places, not realizing that the treasure I was looking for was right before me all along! This is the journey that led me back to the church and awakened me to its abundant grace and beauty.

As a young adult, I attended Mass somewhat regularly but would describe myself as a half-hearted Catholic at best. I loved God and wanted to serve him, but wasn't convinced that I necessarily needed a religion or church to do that. I was married and had my first son by the age of twenty-one, so I went to church mainly for my son's sake.

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Ministry Spotlight: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

11-12-2017Pastor LetterCarmelita Madison

Spirituality • Fellowship and Friendship • Serve Those in Need • Give others the opportunity to serve

I think I've heard of St. Vincent de Paul Charity." ~"What is the Society of St. Vincent de Paul?" ~"What is a Vincentian?" "What are Associate members?"~ "I remember St. Vincent de Paul helped my family when I was a kid. It's a good organization" ~"They help the poor, right?"

These are some of the comments and questions St. Vincent de Paul, Corpus Christi Conference (SVdPCCC) members have heard throughout the years. Hopefully, in the following paragraphs, these questions will be answered. But more importantly, we would like to convey how blessed our Corpus Christi community really is and how its partnership plays a wonderful and appreciated role within the Society ofSt. Vincent de Paul.

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