Faith and Family is a weekly column by Lani Bogart, in which she provides practical ways to connect the Sunday readings, especially the Gospel, to the lives of families. Lani oversees all things catechetical at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and co-leads the Committee to Serve Wives and Widows of Deacons for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Divine Mercy Sunday

04-11-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let’s consider what it takes to have strong families.

Much of the message we hear from the world around us flatters us and yet keeps us weak. We are told we deserve good things, but huge advertising budgets, movie and game fantasies and cheap fashion and material choices manipulate us into feeling that we don’t measure up so we will be seduced to buy more and more and more to feel better.


Happy Easter

04-04-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!!!

May your family know in countless ways the blessings of resurrection life.

We pray especially for families with members who are newly Baptized and Confirmed, that they will continue to nourish their lives with the graces of the Holy Eucharist which they received for the first time at the Easter Vigil.


Holy Week

03-28-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. Please pray for those being fully initiated into the Church on Holy Saturday. Hopefully, you remembered to bring your own palms to celebrate Palm Sunday.

Some other things you can do to commemorate this Holy Week are:


Upcoming Rite of Christian Initiation of Children & Adults

03-21-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Several children and two adults from our parish are preparing to receive the three Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

On Holy Saturday they will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.

But before that, they, like the rest of us will enter into the Passion of Christ during Holy Week.


Items Used at Mass - Vestments

03-14-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

At last, with these Vestments, we finish our series of articles used at Mass. Do you know the names of these items worn by clergy and/or lay servers at Mass or during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?

Stole-Priest The stole is a long strip of fabric worn around the neck. It matches the color of the day. Priests wear the stole around the neck and over the breast.


Items Used at Mass - Vestments

03-07-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

This week and next we will finish our picture series of articles used at Mass with Vestments. Do you know the names of these items worn by clergy and/or lay servers at Mass?

Alb A long white garment which can be used by all liturgical ministers. It is a reminder of the baptismal garment worn when the new Christian "Put on Christ."


Items You See at Mass

02-28-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

With the exception of the Monstrance, you can see all the following items at a Sunday Mass. If you already know their names and what they are used for, you know more than many other Catholics!

The Tabernacle The shrine or receptacle either round or rectangular that serves as a place for the exclusive reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. It should be of solid material, opaque, secure and inviolable, fitting the architecture of the church in a preeminent place.


Items Used at Mass - Part 3

02-14-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue with articles used at Mass, along with a short description of each and what it is used for.

The Lavabo and Pitcher Used for washing the priest's hands as he asks for God’s cleansing from sin.

Burse and Veil The burse holds the corporal - a square white linen cloth - that is used during the celebration of Mass. The veil is set on top of the chalice and the burse is then set on top of the chalice.


Items Used at Mass - Part 2

02-07-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Here are some more items used at Mass, along with a short description of each and what it is used for.

Cruets The vessels used to hold the water and wine before they are poured into the chalice.

Purificator A small piece of white linen, marked with a cross in the center, used by the priest in the celebration of Mass. It is folded in three layers and used by the priest to purify his fingers and the chalice and paten after Holy Communion.