Have a blessed Easter season

04-28-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

Howdy,

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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Divine Mercy Sunday

04-28-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Divine Mercy Sunday

When the other apostles report to Thomas that they have seen Jesus, he doesn’t believe. He must see and touch the wounds of Jesus to be convinced. I wonder why Thomas doubted the men who closely followed Jesus with him for the last three years. His doubt does not seem like a good response, does it? Yet Jesus is not limited by Thomas’ lack of faith. He does not admonish him for his doubts but gives him exactly what he needs for faith. Mercy! And the good news for us is that this same mercy, like a river, is headed our way!READ MORE

ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN!

04-21-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

If you do not normally come to Mass except on Easter and Christmas, we want you to feel especially welcome at Our Lady of Perpetual Help!

The Church's beautiful celebration of Easter is the perfect time to begin anew in your life of faith.

We, in the Religious Education Office want to extend a warm welcome to you and your family and to invite you to explore your Catholic Faith.

We offer classes for everybody, from Kindergarten through Adults. We will journey with you if you or your children of any age are unbaptized or if you wish to prepare for marriage in the Church.

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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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Hosanna in the Highest

04-14-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!

We pray these words at every Mass, but they are especially highlighted today when we reenact in a symbolic way the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

Yet, how quickly we turn from songs of Hosanna to Jesus our King to shouts of, "crucify him!" This reality ought to jolt us out of any complacency or comfortable routine.

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Have a Blessed Holy Week

04-14-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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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Upcoming Easter Triduum

04-07-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

For the first 40 years of my Christian life I knew nothing of the beauty and truth of the Church's Sacraments or the three holiest days of the year. Now, I have the joy of preparing children and adults for Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Communion and, though it can be hectic, it's my favorite time of year! There is so much grace!!!

On this 5th Sunday of Lent we ask for your prayers for more than 20 young people who are to be Baptized and make their Confirmation and 1 st Communion in our parish at the Easter Vigil. Please pray also for those who are journeying with them; family members, sponsors, and catechists.

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Nazareth House

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Howdy,

I have some exciting news! Bishop Olmsted has announced that the Diocese of Phoenix will begin a seminary house of formation, Nazareth House, for college-level seminarians in our diocese beginning this summer.

Bishop Olmsted writes, "As young men consider a life of service to God in the Diocese of Phoenix, it will be a blessing for the initial stage of their formation and discernment to take place in the heart of our community. Discerning a call to priestly service will be aided greatly by their contact with our local community, bishops, priests and faithful. This will also allow the bishop and those charged with the work of priestly formation to get to know the men prior to considering their advancement to philosophy and theology studies."

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Pray for those being baptized at the Easter Vigil

03-31-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

On this 4th Sunday of Lent we pray even more fervently for those who are to be Baptized at the Easter Vigil. We remember those also, who will make their Confirmation and 1 st Holy Communion this year.

Here is a prayer your family can pray for them:

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Why put a crucifix in our homes?

03-31-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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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Pray for our Catechumens

03-24-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

What a privilege it is to accompany those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion at the Easter Vigil! More than twenty men, women, and children will be initiated into the Church here during the Easter Vigil on April 20th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Hundreds more throughout the Diocese are also preparing for Full Initiation into the Church.

Will your family pray for our catechumens as they live their first Lent? This is a time of intense testing for them. It's a time a time of purification for them to overcome doubts and choose the faith even when it is not easy. It's a time for them to see themselves as they are in the light of God's love.

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eGiving

03-17-2019From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

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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Special Graces

03-17-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

recently attended the funeral of a faithful priest who was given many special graces from God. He also suffered much, but only those closest to him knew of his intense suffering. Was he one of God's favorites? His life and even his death brought countless graces to all those he loved. God's favorites, like the "favored one" (Mary) are eager to share the graces they are given with all of us.

God allowed only three of the Apostles access to the special event on the mountain top. Does it seem unfair to you that God might have favorites? Only three of the twelve had the privileged experience of seeing Jesus transfigured and hearing a voice from heaven. But the glorious experience was never meant to last forever. It was to strengthen their faith and the faith of all who knew them.

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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

Howdy,

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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God's love for us never changes

03-10-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

In today's readings, the Church offers us the same psalm the devil quoted to Jesus as he tempted Him in the desert. But the devil only quoted part of it to Jesus. He quoted the part about God's promise to send angels to protect and help those who love him. But the devil didn't quote the beginning of the psalm: "…say to the Lord, 'My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.'" The psalm promises help for those who call upon God, who "cling" to Him, who "acknowledge His Name." We first live a life of daily trust in God, like a child accepts the love of a father. When we live this life in him, he delivers us. It cannot be the other way around ("deliver me, Lord, then I will trust in You"), which is what the devil suggested to Jesus. When we habitually trust God, we can sing with the psalmist, "Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble."

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The Season of Lent

03-03-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

In just three short days we begin the penitential season of Lent. Did you know more people go to Church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year? Perhaps it is because we sense our deep need for God's mercy, and we want to do something to invite his grace and forgiveness into our lives. We know that ashes on our foreheads does not really change anything, but we hope it can be a sign of change in our hearts.

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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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