Wednesday we begin the holy season of Lent celebrating Ash Wednesday. The ashes remind us that we have sinned, that we are to be meek and humble of heart, and that we want to start again to follow more faithfully our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also preparing ourselves to walk with Jesus through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
I had a classmate in seminary who would walk through the halls during Lent singing, "We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!" This is true, but Easter begins with Lent and the Alleluia is because Jesus has suffered, died, and then risen. Ashes are as much a part of our lives as Alleluia.READ MORE
This weekend since we are celebrating our 70th anniversary, we will not join most of the diocese in starting our Charity and Development Appeal; we will do our commitment Sunday for CDA next weekend.
There are some changes in the CDA this year. First, they will no longer accept payment by credit card; of course, this saves the diocese from having to pay the fee to the card company. Also, they are asking you to commit online if possible, again to save personnel hours from entering all of the data.READ MORE
Next Saturday we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale! Of course, our Capilla is much older, so we have been around for a long time! As we have prepared for this celebration I have heard so many wonderful stories of our greatpast.
I told our Parish Council, who have been coordinating our celebration, that in 5 years we will have a bigger celebration, so let's not "go overboard" this year. However, in our diocese, 70 years is a milestone tobe honored.READ MORE
This week we celebrate Catholic schools week and we are blessed to have a Catholic school in our parish. Our school is a major ministry of our parish community, and we all share in that ministry. The joy of our school, whether it be the sports games or the music programs or graduation, is shared by all of us.
The responsibility of our school is also shared by us all. Our parish subsidizes our school a little, and many of you use your "Adopt a Student" envelopes to help subsidize students in need. Of course, your participation in the Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) tuition tax credit program is a great help to us. We so appreciate it when you attend any of our fund raisers, whether the Unity Festival, meals after Mass, or any of the sales.READ MORE
In one of their documents, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called for "full, active, conscious participation" in the liturgy, everyone in the liturgy. In the first years after the Council, this phrase was sometimes misunderstood. Some changes in the liturgy were proposed that were not intended by the Fathers of the Council.
In our sacred liturgies, all have an important role, but not all roles are the same. You see that priests and deacons have similar roles, but definitely different. All of the various ministries in the liturgy are very important, but they are different. This includes the assembly, the congregation; you, too, have a very important role.READ MORE
As most of you know the people of Arizona voted to raise the minimum wage in our state to $10 an hour beginning January 1, 2017. While we did not have employees making the old minimum wage, we did have a few at $10 per hour. Since this is now the minimum wage, we did not want our employees to be at minimum wage, therefore, we have immediately have given small raises to those employees at the bottom of the pay scale.
Of course, this will cause our projected budget to be off a little, and it will tighten our already difficult financial situation. However, I hope you all will agree this was the just thing to do. In the future, many wages will need to be adjusted next financial year, beginning July 1.READ MORE
As we continue our Christmas celebrations with the feast of the Epiphany, we remember that the second group to come to the newborn Jesus were the Magi, gentiles like ourselves.
Pope St. Leo the Great said in an Epiphany homily, "In the persons of the Magi let all people adore the Creator of the universe; let God be known, not in Judea only, but in the whole world."READ MORE
Howdy and Happy New Year!
This is such a great time to look back on what we have accomplished this past year and to look ahead to what is to come. For me, it is all about blessings. Yes, there were and will be difficult times, but together we follow our Lord andsee the blessings He brings.READ MORE
Howdy and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Let me speak for all of our priests and our staff in wishing each of you a Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year. You are a gift to all of us! For most of us, Christmas is a time for family and friends. It is a time to celebrate the gift of life and our many blessings. It is a time of joy. Let us also remember that for some, it is a time of loneliness and loss. Let us include these in our prayers in this season of celebrating that we are all God's sons and daughters by adoption. I pray that this coming year is a time of growth in our unity in the family of God. That will mean getting to know God better and learning even more to love all of His family. Think of what our world, our community would be like with a little more love...well, maybe a lot more love! It can start with us here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale.
Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent; Advent is almost over. Are you ready? No, I don’t mean are the gifts bought, the decorations up and the cookies baked. Are you ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and are you ready for Him to come again in glory?
Remember that our last confessions before Christmas are this coming Tuesday; we will not have confessions on Christmas Eve. Are you ready to celebrate the gift of life; the life of Jesus, your own life, and the life of all others? We will pray the rosary with Bishop Olmsted at the Glendale abortion mill Saturday morning at 11am. We pray it in both English and Spanish.READ MORE
Let me share with you from an Advent letter by St. Charles Borromeo:
"Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. This is the season that the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. We too should always observe it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery.READ MORE
In both the Old Testament and the New Testament God continually warns us against following false prophets; false prophets who act as if they are speaking God's word, but are actually giving their own opinions. There are false prophets among us today and we need to be careful lest they weaken our faith sowing seeds of fear and hatred.
These false prophets sit on thrones in "newsrooms" giving their opinions about what is going to happen as if they had some special inside knowledge. Remember, they are the ones who said that Hilary Clinton was definitely going to win the election. Now, many are sowing seeds of division and fear prophesying what President-elect Trump will do. Remember, all candidates speak "promises" that are often forgotten or changed when they get into office.READ MORE