How do we go about explaining the Trinity?

05-27-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.  So...how de we go about explaining the   Trinity?  We don’t!  It is a mystery!  But that is not enough.

Our God is a trinity of persons, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit;  we all know that, or I hope we do.  The doctrine of the Trinity was developed over time, mostly during the 3rd and 4th centuries by some of our greatest theologians.  It was developed by reflecting on the scriptures, by looking at the many references to God.

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The Trinity

05-27-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

The Trinity shows us the truth that God is a communion of Persons, the Blessed Three in One.  In the beginning God says, “Let 'us' make man in our image.” The one God is an “us” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Mystery of the Holy Trinity which we cannot grasp nor fully explain, is at the center of our Catholic Faith.

By baptizing believers in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Church declares that we can share the life of the “us” who has always desired our fellowship. 

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Fake Feelings

05-27-2018Holy Catholic Marriage

Our feelings change constantly; yet, we allow them to control our lives. Knowledge of the truth concerning right and wrong, rather than unreliable feelings is to be the basis of decision-making. Feelings are real but may not be accurate or true. Real and true are not the same when it comes to feelings. Judas felt Jesus could not forgive him; the feeling, while real, was not true.

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Teach the real presence of Jesus

05-20-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Today concludes our series reflecting on actions we can take to help our children get to heaven. This week’s   action is: Teach the real presence of Jesus. Here are some practical ways to do this:

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Your Lost Sheep

05-20-2018Holy Catholic Marriage

The word religion means relationship. Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with God who was present as the most perfect, loving Father, giving them everything. Like selfish children, they turned away from their loving Father in disobedience and all future generations have suffered from their prideful disobedience.

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CDA News

05-20-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

We finally started to receive the results of our Charity and Development Campaign. It seems that the diocese made some change in their computer system, and, of course, there were some problems. They made the change just before the CDA campaign started, so we did not receive accurate results until now.

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Love one Another

05-13-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series reflecting on actions parents can take to help your children get to heaven. So far we have discussed Baptism, Prayer, and Offer it Up 

This week’s action is "Love One Another".  

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Divorce

05-13-2018Holy Catholic Marriage

When questioned, Jesus was clear about divorce: “God created them male and female” (Gen. 1:27) and “The two shall become one flesh; what God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mt. 19:6).

Our toxic culture does not care about God or truth. Instead, the lie is promoted that love is fun, should always feel good and when love becomes work, leave! This has resulted in serial relationships, broken promises, insatiable lust and the victimization of women and children. Sacramentally married Catholics must be aware of and protect themselves from this mentality. The sacramental nature of Catholic marriage means that a man and a woman freely present themselves to Christ and His Church on their wedding day, vowing faithful, fruitful, permanent, exclusive unity and love for life. Christ then becomes a part of their lives in an unbreakable covenant bound together by Him.

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Divorce

05-13-2018Holy Catholic Marriage

When questioned, Jesus was clear about divorce: “God created them male and female” (Gen. 1:27) and “The two shall become one flesh; what God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mt. 19:6).

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Happy Mothers Day

05-13-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

At the risk of being politically incorrect in our gender neutral society, I want to wish all of our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. In fact, I will go a little farther and wish all grandmothers, godmothers, or any who carry that sacred title of “mother” a wonderful day as well.

For all of us, this is a special day, whether our mothers are living or not. I remember shortly after my mother died I began to realize an even stronger relationship with our Blessed Mother, Mary. She is a mother available to us all as adopted brothers and sisters of Christ. Maybe that is why we honor Mary, not just with a day, but with a whole month.

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Let us welcome Fr. La Combe

05-06-2018From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

Howdy,

Many of you know Fr. La Combe, a retired priest form the diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Father was a military chaplain for the Marine Corps in California and has retired here in Arizona. He has helped us occasionally with Masses and with confessions.

I was talking to Fr. La Combe recently about retirement and he mentioned the adjustment it is to be without a community, and how much he enjoys helping us. I have asked him if he would like to be scheduled for one English Mass every weekend and he said he would love it. Starting this month, Father will be with us once a week. Please welcome him as I know you will.

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Greed

05-06-2018Holy Catholic Marriage

"Judge wisely the things of the earth and hold firm to the things of heaven." These words, from a prayer for the second week of Advent, can be difficult to live by in our toxic culture. Scripture says, "The love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim 6:10). The right priority is to love people and use money. Unfortunately, we love money and use people. Unnatural desire for money is the worship of an idol and leads to greed, one of the seven deadly sins. God becomes unimportant as materialism, self-indulgent pride and the desire for more money takes over a person's thinking and life. Lottery winners often face bankruptcy, divorce, even jail or suicide. Money is a tool to be used with restraint, wisdom, self-discipline and deferred gratification.

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Offer it up!

05-06-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We recently began a series reflecting on actions parents can take to help our children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God for all eternity! We already discussed baptism and prayer.

Today's action is Offer it up.

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