Bringing back our pachangas!

08-25-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH parishioners.

The Lord has been good to us. Let me update you with the state of the a/c units. In July, five of our a/c units broke down. As you might remember, a few weeks ago, one a/c from the main church broke down and yes, it was so warm. We apologize for this inconvenience. At the same time, three other smaller a/c units from the school stopped functioning and one of the a/c units from the parish hall died. The good news is that we acted ASAP to fix the cooling systems and now you have started noticing this at mass. Now, I want to address a topic related to this situation. Upon my arrival, I noticed that most of our property facilities require much attention. This is a beautiful parish with beautiful committed families. A parish with so much potential to grow. We have the energy and enthusiasm to revive our parish and make it better. We will do it because our families, children and grandchildren deserve it. Thank you for your openness in supporting our initiatives. But nothing happens if we don’t start with the strengthening of the mystical body of Christ which is all of us. This is the reason we are thinking differently. We are bringing fresh ideas in order to make of our parish a place of joyful worship.

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Updates and New Improvements

08-18-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH parishioners,

Padre here. Let me begin with our school news. Let me share with you that we had a great beginning of the school year. The kids are so enthusiastic and, personally, it is always joyful to see our kids coming back to school. The good news that I would like to share with you is that we had to open two new classrooms due to the high demand of enrollment that our school is experiencing. This is a good sign from God and, of course, the fact that our school staff and teachers are doing a great job. Kudos to our teachers!

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Beyond the Status Quo

08-11-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

The Prince of Peace wants to set the world on fire? This Sunday's Gospel can sound more intense than what we may be accustomed to. It's a passage of contradictions. Jesus so clearly prays for unity, yet here he speaks of division. Why would our God who comes as an offering of love speak so frankly about causing relationships to be torn apart?

The sobering truth is that Jesus is divisive. We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words. Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the status quo. And it doesn't end with his preaching and miracles! "There is a baptism with which I must be baptized." Jesus isn't talking about his baptism at the Jordan River, which has already occurred, but the passing through the waters of death on the Cross and rising again to new life in the resurrection. This is divisive stuff! Christ's spiritual fire turned the "fathers" - the Jewish people and Pharisees - against the "sons" - the common people. Not everyone wants the Gospel Jesus is preaching. Not everyone wants to be set on fire with the desire to love others. Some prefer to put on a warm sweater and curl up in front of the TV.

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Safe Environment Training Updates

08-04-2019From the Pastor

Dear Volunteer,

Since the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by the Bishops of the United States in 2003, the Church has made great strides in developing policies and procedures that assist in providing safe environments for our young people. One of most important safety precautions instituted by the Charter has been the requirement that dioceses evaluate the background of all employees and volunteers who have contact with minors. In 2018, the Charter was revised to ensure that all dioceses are using the most current and effective means at their disposal to protect the most vulnerable among us. In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Minors and Young People, therefore, all employees and volunteers in the Diocese of Phoenix will be required to be trained in Safe Environment annually and complete a state and federal criminal background check prior to serving.

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Sacred Place

07-28-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH members,

May the Lord be with you. I would like to take this opportunity to meditate on the most important sacred structural part of the parish. That sacred place is known as the sanctuary. The sanctuary is mainly composed of three parts: 1) the tabernacle -where Jesus is present in the consecrated species, 2) the altar, and 3) the ambo where the readings are proclaimed.

With secularism is on the rise, the respect for Christ in our society is declining. Some people who once were baptized as catholic, have decided to follow other beliefs to fulfill their spiritual needs. For some of them, from my point of view, it was due to the poor catechesis they received.

In response to our current hostile environment towards the divinity of Christ in the Eucharist, we at Our Lady of Perpetual Help decided to put more emphasis on the sacredness of the sanctuary. The sanctuary, in other words, is the place where we encounter the presence of God, the celestial reality where God has decided to dwell among us.

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The Transition

07-21-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH Members,

We begin the transition to this beautiful parish with great joy. Between boxes, office cleaning, new keys, hidden rooms, batteries for microphones, our transition in general has been very pleasant and smooth. Along with this, I have met a number of excellent people, who with great joy, have offered their help to strengthen the parish mission. This of course, says a lot about who we are as a parish.

What I continue to ask from you is to be patient with us (Fr. Christopher and myself). Trust me, we are very slowly trying to remember your names, while at the same time exploring the functioning of the internal structure of the parish.

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Who is our new spiritual father?

07-14-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Fr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL was born in Mexico City but most of his life he lived in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in Electronic Media.

Prior to his ordination as a priest, he had a successful career in Information Technology (IT). Some of his IT projects were featured by international institutions such as: The Smithsonian Institute, The University of London, The Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The National Geographic Society, The New York Times and Stanford University among others. In addition, he has participated in various conferences as a guest speaker/presenter such as the White House/U.S. Department of Commerce, The NASA Network Resources Training Site, Michigan State University, and the American Association of Higher Education. In 1998 he joined Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector located in Tempe AZ at the IT Enterprise Architecture and Tools division as an IT Software Engineer III, SPS Intranet Development Lead.

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We are the Laborers for the Harvest!

07-07-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." As Catholic disciples, we are the laborers that the Master is sending. All around us are opportunities to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ - our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, even our faith communities! Lest we feel unequipped for the task, Jesus gives us some advice.

"Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals." We might not have a theology degree or training in public speaking, but that doesn't mean we can't share the Gospel. The power of God is at work in simplicity. The disciples went forth with nothing as a reminder to trust in the Providence of God. Say a little prayer that God will speak through you and has a need for your gifts, just as you are.

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Sacred Place

07-28-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH members,

May the Lord be with you. I would like to take this opportunity to meditate on the most important sacred structural part of the parish. That sacred place is known as the sanctuary. The sanctuary is mainly composed of three parts: 1) the tabernacle -where Jesus is present in the consecrated species, 2) the altar, and 3) the ambo where the readings are proclaimed.

With secularism is on the rise, the respect for Christ in our society is declining. Some people who once were baptized as catholic, have decided to follow other beliefs to fulfill their spiritual needs. For some of them, from my point of view, it was due to the poor catechesis they received.

In response to our current hostile environment towards the divinity of Christ in the Eucharist, we at Our Lady of Perpetual Help decided to put more emphasis on the sacredness of the sanctuary. The sanctuary, in other words, is the place where we encounter the presence of God, the celestial reality where God has decided to dwell among us.

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The Transition

07-21-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH Members,

We begin the transition to this beautiful parish with great joy. Between boxes, office cleaning, new keys, hidden rooms, batteries for microphones, our transition in general has been very pleasant and smooth. Along with this, I have met a number of excellent people, who with great joy, have offered their help to strengthen the parish mission. This of course, says a lot about who we are as a parish.

What I continue to ask from you is to be patient with us (Fr. Christopher and myself). Trust me, we are very slowly trying to remember your names, while at the same time exploring the functioning of the internal structure of the parish.

READ MORE

Who is our new spiritual father?

07-14-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Fr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL was born in Mexico City but most of his life he lived in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in Electronic Media.

Prior to his ordination as a priest, he had a successful career in Information Technology (IT). Some of his IT projects were featured by international institutions such as: The Smithsonian Institute, The University of London, The Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The National Geographic Society, The New York Times and Stanford University among others. In addition, he has participated in various conferences as a guest speaker/presenter such as the White House/U.S. Department of Commerce, The NASA Network Resources Training Site, Michigan State University, and the American Association of Higher Education. In 1998 he joined Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector located in Tempe AZ at the IT Enterprise Architecture and Tools division as an IT Software Engineer III, SPS Intranet Development Lead.

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We are the Laborers for the Harvest!

07-07-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." As Catholic disciples, we are the laborers that the Master is sending. All around us are opportunities to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ - our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, even our faith communities! Lest we feel unequipped for the task, Jesus gives us some advice.

"Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals." We might not have a theology degree or training in public speaking, but that doesn't mean we can't share the Gospel. The power of God is at work in simplicity. The disciples went forth with nothing as a reminder to trust in the Providence of God. Say a little prayer that God will speak through you and has a need for your gifts, just as you are.

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Thank you!

06-30-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

I have told you often how thankful I am to the Holy Spirit and to Bishop Olmsted for calling me to be pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale. It has truly been an honor and a joy to serve you and to work with you to build up the Body of Christ here in the West Valley.

There are more people to thank than I can possibly remember, and I risk missing someone if I start naming names. Of course, to our great and devoted staff, and to all the volunteers who make pastoring here so easy and such a joy: THANK YOU! The friendship all of you have shared has strengthened me tremendously.

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

06-23-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

As we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi I was reminded of a reading from the liturgical Office of Readings a couple of weeks ago. First we read the third letter of the apostle John, and then from a sixth century African author; he writes:

“...As individual men who received the Holy Spirit in those days could speak in all kinds of tongues, so today the Church, united by the Holy Spirit, speaks in the language of every people.”

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Together Let Us Go Forth

06-16-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

I was recently at a Presbyteral Council meeting and we were given an update on the Diocesan Evangelization Campaign, Together Let Us Go Forth; Junto Sigamos Adelante. Although campaign numbers are still confidential until the campaign ends in January we are able to let you know how we are using your donations.

Of course, our new high school, St. John Paul II, is now open and running; work continues to make it ready to be a fully operating high school with fields, gyms, and everything needed. Our new seminary, Nazareth House, will be open in August. This will allow our seminarians to stay in Phoenix for the first two years of college seminary. It will be a bonus to have seminarians here and it will save us money. The first meeting to discuss renovation of the Newman Center at NAU has been held. Of course, here at OLPH, we have finally fixed our church roof so that it does not leak in major rains.

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Welcome Father Gossen

06-02-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

Saturday morning our new Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor) Father Christopher Gossen was ordained to the priesthood. Unfortunately I could not attend since I am in Mexico with some of our 8th grade graduates. What is important to know is that Bishop Olmsted has assigned Father Gossen to OLPH.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale has been the first home for many newly ordained priests in our diocese. Not just Bishop Olmsted, but other bishops as well have understood what a great parish this is for a new priest. This is because of your great love for your priests, yes, and your patience.

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