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.READ MORE
One of the clearest ways we can express our love for God and all He has done for us is to love our neighbor. So, if we find a desire in our hearts to follow Jesus wherever He leads, we can count on Him to lead us into loving those around us.
In what ways is God calling you to love those around you?
Is he calling you to become a catechist and accompany children on their journey of faith?
Our Parish Catechists:READ MORE
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.”READ MORE
Jesus tells the apostles, “Give them some food yourselves.” This must have seemed outrageously impossible to them. Did any of them silently wonder why Jesus expected that they could feed all those people? They were just ordinary men; he was the miracle worker.
But Jesus wanted to work through the apostles. He still wants to work through his apostles today. At every Mass, priests collaborate with him in offering us food for our hungry souls.
The twelve wicker baskets of leftovers are a sign of God’s superabundance in filling the needs of not just his followers, but of all the people. The miraculous meal he left the Church is meant to satisfy the hunger of the whole world, too, even those beyond the walls of church buildings. God always calls human beings to work with him.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Trinity Sunday is an excellent time to reflect on our families and the Sign of the Cross. The act of reverently tracing a cross over ourselves with great love for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an easily overlooked teaching that every adult can give to the children in their lives. Every time we prayerfully cross ourselves, our humble gesture contains the Mystery of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit whose communion of love keeps all things in existence. What a privilege to be able to repeat it again and again in the presence of our little ones! What an ingenious way Mother Church gives us to root the identity of each beloved child in the love of the Holy Trinity!
This week find time to help a child in your life discover or rediscover the beautiful prayer of the Sign of the Cross.READ MORE
If God is one, how can He be three? The most intelligent theologians have racked their brains over the problem, and the most prayerful ones have surrendered to the mystery. How it can be, we can't explain. But what it means, we can join! Our God is an ever-unfolding relationship. Theologians speak of the immanent and economic Trinity. The Trinity is immanent in the sense that the Persons are close and entirely sufficient within Godself. In other words, God doesn't require us for God to exist. The word economic is rooted in the Greek word for management of a household or family. The Trinity is economic in the sense that God has invited us to be part of Him. He's growing the family! We see the dynamic here in today's Gospel.READ MORE
As we celebrate the joyful Feast of Pentecost, let us invite the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit to reanimate us, to fan into flame the fire of God’s love in our hearts and in our families, and to make us ONE.
As he faced his passion Jesus’ prayer was for unity in his Church: “I…pray…that they may all be one… so that the world may believe that You have sent Me” (Jn 17:20-21).
Pentecost is the answer to Jesus’ prayer. God sent His breath, the Holy Spirit, to create supernatural unity. The first converts experienced it immediately, it is still a sign that the Holy Spirit is with his Church, 2000 years later.READ MORE
"God is always more." Have you ever heard that? If we truly believe that He is infinite, then this statement is worth exploring. Today, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in power upon the early Church. But Pentecost wasn't the first time the disciples received the Holy Spirit. The Gospel actually occurs chronologically before Pentecost. Soon after the Resurrection, Jesus already "came and stood in their [the disciples'] midst... he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'"READ MORE
At every Sunday Mass we confess our faith by reciting the Nicene Creed. Today our celebration of the Ascension focuses on these words: “he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
Just before he ascended into Heaven, Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit.
Both the Nicene Creed and the Mass teach us that the Holy Spirit’s dynamic presence makes it possible for Jesus to remain with us.
The same Holy Spirit that overshadows Mary when Jesus is conceived in her womb is called down by the priest to overshadow the elements of bread and wine at each Mass and make Jesus present for us!READ MORE
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.READ MORE