Changing and Growing

08-25-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

The discipline of the Lord that comes through our various trials “seems a cause not for joy but for pain.” We have all experienced this in daily life. It hurts to be confronted with the ways we need to change and grow.

Yet, over time, if we receive it with faith, hope, and love, God’s discipline will produce in us “the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” This is a treasure no one can take from us!

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Bringing back our pachangas!

08-25-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH parishioners.

The Lord has been good to us. Let me update you with the state of the a/c units. In July, five of our a/c units broke down. As you might remember, a few weeks ago, one a/c from the main church broke down and yes, it was so warm. We apologize for this inconvenience. At the same time, three other smaller a/c units from the school stopped functioning and one of the a/c units from the parish hall died. The good news is that we acted ASAP to fix the cooling systems and now you have started noticing this at mass. Now, I want to address a topic related to this situation. Upon my arrival, I noticed that most of our property facilities require much attention. This is a beautiful parish with beautiful committed families. A parish with so much potential to grow. We have the energy and enthusiasm to revive our parish and make it better. We will do it because our families, children and grandchildren deserve it. Thank you for your openness in supporting our initiatives. But nothing happens if we don’t start with the strengthening of the mystical body of Christ which is all of us. This is the reason we are thinking differently. We are bringing fresh ideas in order to make of our parish a place of joyful worship.

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A Season of LIfe

08-18-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Have you ever endured a season of life where you felt as if you were trudging through thick mud? Today’s 1st reading reminds me of that feeling of being stuck in a mud pit. Every decision seems too difficult and you can’t see a way out.

The answer the Psalmist offers might not be what we want to hear when we’re in the pit. It involves waiting. Waiting for God. While we wait, we can only cry out for his help.

But when he finally delivers us, our faith grows! We come to believe that God has not forgotten us and our confidence grows. We sing a new song to God and encourage others to trust in God’s goodness.

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Updates and New Improvements

08-18-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH parishioners,

Padre here. Let me begin with our school news. Let me share with you that we had a great beginning of the school year. The kids are so enthusiastic and, personally, it is always joyful to see our kids coming back to school. The good news that I would like to share with you is that we had to open two new classrooms due to the high demand of enrollment that our school is experiencing. This is a good sign from God and, of course, the fact that our school staff and teachers are doing a great job. Kudos to our teachers!

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Beyond the Status Quo

08-11-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

The Prince of Peace wants to set the world on fire? This Sunday's Gospel can sound more intense than what we may be accustomed to. It's a passage of contradictions. Jesus so clearly prays for unity, yet here he speaks of division. Why would our God who comes as an offering of love speak so frankly about causing relationships to be torn apart?

The sobering truth is that Jesus is divisive. We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words. Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the status quo. And it doesn't end with his preaching and miracles! "There is a baptism with which I must be baptized." Jesus isn't talking about his baptism at the Jordan River, which has already occurred, but the passing through the waters of death on the Cross and rising again to new life in the resurrection. This is divisive stuff! Christ's spiritual fire turned the "fathers" - the Jewish people and Pharisees - against the "sons" - the common people. Not everyone wants the Gospel Jesus is preaching. Not everyone wants to be set on fire with the desire to love others. Some prefer to put on a warm sweater and curl up in front of the TV.

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Abraham, Father of Faith, pray for us

08-11-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Am I the only one who cringes when I hear the reading about God being so pleased with Abraham’s faith because he does not hesitate to obey God’s command to slit the throat of his only son? Today’s second reading helps us understand it better.

The author of Hebrews explains that Abraham believed God could raise Isaac from the dead; that he received Isaac back from God as a symbol of the resurrection.

This means that many years before Jesus raised himself from the dead under his own power, Abraham believed in the Resurrection of the Body! No wonder Abraham is still honored for his amazing faith.

Abraham, Father of Faith, pray for us.

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Safe Environment Training Updates

08-04-2019From the Pastor

Dear Volunteer,

Since the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by the Bishops of the United States in 2003, the Church has made great strides in developing policies and procedures that assist in providing safe environments for our young people. One of most important safety precautions instituted by the Charter has been the requirement that dioceses evaluate the background of all employees and volunteers who have contact with minors. In 2018, the Charter was revised to ensure that all dioceses are using the most current and effective means at their disposal to protect the most vulnerable among us. In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Minors and Young People, therefore, all employees and volunteers in the Diocese of Phoenix will be required to be trained in Safe Environment annually and complete a state and federal criminal background check prior to serving.

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Sacred Place

07-28-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH members,

May the Lord be with you. I would like to take this opportunity to meditate on the most important sacred structural part of the parish. That sacred place is known as the sanctuary. The sanctuary is mainly composed of three parts: 1) the tabernacle -where Jesus is present in the consecrated species, 2) the altar, and 3) the ambo where the readings are proclaimed.

With secularism is on the rise, the respect for Christ in our society is declining. Some people who once were baptized as catholic, have decided to follow other beliefs to fulfill their spiritual needs. For some of them, from my point of view, it was due to the poor catechesis they received.

In response to our current hostile environment towards the divinity of Christ in the Eucharist, we at Our Lady of Perpetual Help decided to put more emphasis on the sacredness of the sanctuary. The sanctuary, in other words, is the place where we encounter the presence of God, the celestial reality where God has decided to dwell among us.

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Become a Catechist

07-28-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Is God calling you to become a catechist and accompany children on their journey of faith? Our Parish Catechists:

  • are 16 years or older,
  • have completed the Sacraments of Initiation
  • are single OR are married in the Church
  • attend Mass on Sundays
  • want to learn how to share the Catholic faith with others.
  • appreciate the dignity of children
  • are willing to invest time and effort into preparation and lesson planning.
  • are available on Sundays from 10:00am to Noon
  • Speak enough English to communicate with the children at the assigned grade level.
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How are you helping your family grow in the Catholic Faith this summer?

07-21-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Summer is traditionally a season of much growth. How are you helping your family grow in the Catholic Faith this summer?

Excitement is growing in the R.E. office as we plan how to better serve families in our parish.

Check out the free website Formed.org. Enter parish code N2NFK7. There you can find good movies for your children, for you, and for the whole family. There are beautiful stories of the lives of saints, cartoons that teach the truths of our faith, and some great audible books too.

High school volunteers can earn service hours and contribute to our parish!

If you are available on Sundays from 10:30 to Noon from mid-September through early May and willing to serve as an aid in our Sunday morning Catechism Classes, please email or call our Religious Education Office this week!

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The Transition

07-21-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Dear OLPH Members,

We begin the transition to this beautiful parish with great joy. Between boxes, office cleaning, new keys, hidden rooms, batteries for microphones, our transition in general has been very pleasant and smooth. Along with this, I have met a number of excellent people, who with great joy, have offered their help to strengthen the parish mission. This of course, says a lot about who we are as a parish.

What I continue to ask from you is to be patient with us (Fr. Christopher and myself). Trust me, we are very slowly trying to remember your names, while at the same time exploring the functioning of the internal structure of the parish.

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Who is our new spiritual father?

07-14-2019From the PastorRev. Ernesto Reynoso, J.C.L.

Fr. Ernesto Reynoso, JCL was born in Mexico City but most of his life he lived in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in Electronic Media.

Prior to his ordination as a priest, he had a successful career in Information Technology (IT). Some of his IT projects were featured by international institutions such as: The Smithsonian Institute, The University of London, The Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The National Geographic Society, The New York Times and Stanford University among others. In addition, he has participated in various conferences as a guest speaker/presenter such as the White House/U.S. Department of Commerce, The NASA Network Resources Training Site, Michigan State University, and the American Association of Higher Education. In 1998 he joined Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector located in Tempe AZ at the IT Enterprise Architecture and Tools division as an IT Software Engineer III, SPS Intranet Development Lead.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

07-14-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Do we act is if we believe the catholic faith is merely a matter of being nice or good people? Today's Gospel shows us what obedience to Jesus looks like. We are to take care of each other! The Good Samaritan uses his body, time, possessions, and money to help the victim of the robber. He refuses nothing that might be of help. He bandages his wounds, probably with fabric from his own clothing.

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We are the Laborers for the Harvest!

07-07-2019From the PastorFather Michael Straley

This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." As Catholic disciples, we are the laborers that the Master is sending. All around us are opportunities to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ - our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, even our faith communities! Lest we feel unequipped for the task, Jesus gives us some advice.

"Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals." We might not have a theology degree or training in public speaking, but that doesn't mean we can't share the Gospel. The power of God is at work in simplicity. The disciples went forth with nothing as a reminder to trust in the Providence of God. Say a little prayer that God will speak through you and has a need for your gifts, just as you are.

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God's Love for You

07-07-2019Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Do you know someone who is convinced God loves them personally? Someone whose faith is alive? The prophet Isaiah uses the image of a mother and child to describe the intimacy he wants to have with each one of us. “As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” God’s care for His children is personal, tender, deep, merciful and everlasting.

It’s this kind of love that motivates us to turn from sin and selfishness. His love helps us face our fears and see ourselves for who we really are. When we’re grounded in his love we see our sins, admit them honestly, confess them regularly and try again.

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