Family Promise

05-26-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

Recently I was invited to a meeting of religious leaders in our city by Mayor Weirs. He wanted to discuss the problem of homelessness in our city and how it affected our communities. He also wanted to introduce a new program in Glendale called Family Promise.

Family Promise was already familiar to me as we have signed up to be a sponsoring parish, after discussing the issue with our Parish Council and with our staff. Family Promise is designed to help homeless families (not individuals) to move out of the pit of homelessness. It is a national program and very successful; I know of it because many Catholic parishes on the east side of town are involved.

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Our Blessed Mother: Mother of God and Our Mother

05-19-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

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Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. Many little children made special cards or even a gift for their mother. It is one of the biggest days in the restaurant business...you take mom to dinner so she doesn’t need to cook that day. At mass I often see mothers with flowers and they are often more dressed up. Yes, it is a special day.

After my mother died, this day felt a little different; I mean, do I go to the cemetery to visit her? Do I sit and remember all of those memories, feeling either sad or thankful? How do I celebrate Mother’s Day when my mother has died? Or, do I just go on my regular way and ignore the day? It was a little sad and confusing for a while, not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

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Pray for our 8th grade graduates

05-12-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

Please remember to pray for our 8th grade graduates as we are getting close to graduation; the Baccalaureate Mass will be next Sunday at 10:30 am. Also, please pray for all of our parish students who are graduating or moving on in their lives.

Father Miguel will be on vacation for the next two weeks, but Father Ernesto, your new pastor, will be around much of the time. We have not put Father Ernesto on the mass schedule but I am sure you will see him and have a chance to greet him.

Peace,

Father Mike

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Thank you for your generosity

05-05-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

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Let me first ask for your prayers. The priests of our diocese will be on convocation next week, a very important time for us. This also means that our mass schedule will change so watch the bulletin or the website carefully. Also, we enter that time to celebrate Confirmation and First Holy Communion, please remember to pray for our candidates during the next two weeks.

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Have a blessed Easter season

04-28-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

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It is hard to believe that April is almost over and we are entering into May. This is a very busy month for many of us, with Confirmations and First Communions, Graduations, and, of course, remembering to honor our Blessed Mother. Praying the rosary together is a great way to slow the family down a little and focus on what is important.

From Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9, the priests will be on Convocation. This is an important time for us to meet with the Bishop and gather with each other. Of course, the schedule of masses, and other events may be different so watch the bulletin next weekend. Please remember to pray for us while we are away.

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He is Risen! He is Risen! Alleluia!

04-21-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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He is Risen! He is Risen! Alleluia!

As we celebrate the great feast of our salvation, Easter, it is important to remember that our Easter Celebration is actually an octave...it lasts for eight days! All of our Lenten preparations are to prepare us for this wonderful time. Please do not just go back to “ordinary” life; sing the Alleluia as often as possible.

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Have a Blessed Holy Week

04-14-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Many of you have heard me say how much Bishop Olmsted appreciates this community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale. The history of the parish is full of newly ordained priests being assigned here. Well, here you go again: Bishop Olmsted has assigned Dcn. Chris Gossen to OLPH as our new parochial vicar (associate pastor) after his ordination to the priesthood on June 1. He will begin on July 1. Of course, that means that Father Miguel will be transferred to St. Daniel parish in Scottsdale.

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Why put a crucifix in our homes?

03-31-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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St. Aelred wrote in his book, Mirror of Love, "The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one's enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than the grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ...Who could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakable serenity- - -'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing, and hesitate to embrace his enemies with overflowing love?'

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Let us imitate the love of Christ

03-24-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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An ancient saint, St. Asterius, wrote, "You were made in the image of God. If then you wish to resemble him, follow his example. Since the very name you bear as Catholic Christian is a profession of love for all men and women, imitate the love of Christ."

He goes on to talk about the parable of the lost sheep; how the shepherd put the lost one on his shoulders to bring it back, he carried it back to the flock. He says, "We should not look on others as lost or beyond hope; we should not abandon them when they are in danger or be slow to come to their help. When they turn away from the right path and wander, we must lead them back, and rejoice at their return, welcoming them back into the company of those who lead good and holy lives."

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eGiving

03-17-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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During Lent Catholics are called to renew our spiritual practices like fasting, praying, and almsgiving, and to think about our lives and ourselves in new ways. Almsgiving encourages us to express gratitude for all that God has given us by giving some away, and you can embrace a new practice that will provide our church with consistent support and simplify your giving.

Did you know that our parish pays $1288 six times a year for envelopes for our parishioners? And when someone moves they usually do not notify us so we must not only pay postage to send the envelopes, but pay again when the packages are returned! So, some may say, "well, let's not use envelopes." But keeping track of contributions is important and a requirement for us. A better response would be for more parishioners who give regularly to use eGiving which would make this process so much easier and less costly for everyone.

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Lent: a season to live a Catholic life to the best of our ability

03-10-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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Lent is that wonderful season when we focus again on insuring that we are living a Catholic life to the best of our ability. We see many more people at daily mass and celebrating confession. I know that many of you also look for some good Catholic reading rather than more television. Thankfully, even some television stations increase their religious programming!  

I think we all know that as Catholics we are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this holy season to help us be prepared for the great Easter vigil. I would remind families that this is even more important because these can be done as a family. You can pray together at a special time each day or each week. You can choose to have a special simple meal once a week as a way of fasting. And you can together decide to give up something so that you can give more to the church in your offering.  

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Lent is not a time for "business as usual"

03-03-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Oh my gosh!! It is Lent already! Well, almost, and it is important for us to be ready to prepare ourselves for a wonderful Easter season.  

In the Ceremonial of Bishops, which is a book helping bishops with liturgical issues as bishops, it says concerning Lent: "The annual Lenten season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens, both with the rite of election and scrutinies, and by catechesis, are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation; the faithful, ever more attentive to the word of God and prayer, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises."  

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