New Lector Training

This training is for those 16 and over who have received their 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Diocesan Safe environment training is required to serve in any ministry in the parish. You can take this training any time as long as it's completed before you begin serving. Sign up here for "Protecting God's Children for Adults" here: www.safeenvironmenttraining.org/classes.php

Life Teen Retreat

Attention all High School Teens:
It's time to sign up for our upcoming Life Teen Retreat, September 19-21.

 

To register, either click the link below to fill out the online form or download the forms, fill them out and return them to the Church office during office hours or bring them with you to Life Teen on Sunday.

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Eucharistic Minister Training

This training is for those 16 and over who have received their 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Diocesan Safe environment training is required to serve in any ministry in the parish. You can take this training any time as long as it's completed before you begin serving. Sign up here for "Protecting God's Children for Adults" here: www.safeenvironmenttraining.org/classes.php

Mass Intentions
Tuesday, September 2
6:30 am
† Jimmy Vincent
8:30 am
† Antoinette and Lawrence Breckel
Wednesday, September 3
6:30 am
† Theresa Thompson
8:30 am
† Albert & Anna Troike
Thursday, September 4
6:30 am
Matilde Piñeiro
8:30 am
Jose Antonio Martinez
Friday, September 5
6:30 am
† Sophie Lange
8:30 am
† Theresa Thompson
Saturday, September 6
7:30 am
 
5:00 pm
Parish of St. Jerome
Sunday, September 7
8:00 am
† Frank & Agnes Hadynka
10:00 am
Deacon Dick & Sharon Rein
1:00 pm
Sergio Betancourt
4:00 pm
† Anastasia Flanagan
6:00 pm
† Raymond Kaczmarowski
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Hey now...Bringing about peace and love in this world

Hey now,

The other day a famous quote from one of Robert Burns' sonnets came to mind. I had planned to head out for a run, but after the morning mass I stopped in the office to inform the staff of my plans. As you can imagine the quote I mentioned above came true. "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. (Although I do have to say I prefer it as Burns wrote it: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley.) You guessed it, I was pulled into one situation after another and the opportunity to run outside that day turned into a jaunt on the treadmill at the gym.

While it was not as enjoyable as getting outside it allowed me to watch the news of the world for quite some time. The saying is oh so true that 'no news is good news.' For in fact the news was very somber and it weighed heavily upon me. With all the advances that we make in areas such as technology and communication, there seems to be one area that we are not progressing in, and actually may be regressing. That area would be our moral fortitude. The way that humanity treats one another is simply put, disgusting.

There is the barbaric action of decapitating a reporter. People destroying and looting property to show one's disdain for the actions of certain people. Wars blowing up in all regions of the globe, and a ceasefire that is so fragile that the slightest remark or movement can bring sides to clash once again. Some people step up and say they have the answers to bring us out of these dark times and they will provide those nuggets of wisdom if only we vote for them or against someone else. Really. Do people not care enough that their fellow human beings are dying, living in squalor or having to abandon their homes and homeland that they would no freely share their solution to save the lives and dignity of their sisters and brothers?

When are we going to awaken and realize that what Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana de Borrás (or as he was simply referred to as George Santayana) said was so true. "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Our world for millennia has been plunged into the darkness that hatred and war bring. We keep thinking that more weapons, more power, more land, more this and more that will be the answer to bring about peace amongst God's children. The only way that this will come about is if the more this or more that refers to love and mercy.

We, as followers of Christ, need to work each day to bring about peace and love in this world. That unconditional love that Jesus modeled is truly the only solution. Do we believe this? If not, then do we really believe in the message of Jesus? He taught us a new way to define neighbor, to look at love and to understand peace that this world cannot give. If we profess our faith in God then are we not saying that we will do all we can to live his message of life. Love, as I have said before, makes us vulnerable and no one likes that feeling, but it is the only move that will break us out of this cycle of violence. For if we do not do something then as Santayana said not only are we condemned to repeat the past, but also we are condemning ourselves to a future that looks bleaker every day. Let us prove Santayana wrong and learn so that another one of his quotes will no longer be true. "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

In Christ's Peace,
Fr. Gary

Hola a todos,

El otro día una famosa cita de Robert Burns se me vino a la mente. Yo había planeado salir a correr después de la misa de la mañana, pare en la oficina para informar al personal de mis planes. Como usted podrá imaginarse la cita que he mencionado anteriormente se hizo realidad. "Los mejores planes de ratones y hombres a menudo se tuercen". Tengo que decir que muchas veces el hombre planea y Dios dispone. Lo has adivinado, me detuve en una situación tras otra y la oportunidad de correr al aire libre ese día se convirtió en un paseo en la caminadora en el gimnasio.

Si bien no fue tan agradable como correr afuera, me permitió ver las noticias del mundo que no había visto por algún tiempo. Me llegue a dar cuenta, como dice el refrán, "no tener noticias es buena noticia". Porque en realidad la noticia que mire era muy sombría y me peso escucharla. Con todos los avances que hacemos en áreas como la tecnología y la comunicación, parece que hay un área que no estamos progresando, y en realidad podríamos estar retrocediendo. Esa área puede ser nuestra fortaleza moral. La forma en que la humanidad se trata entre sí es sencillamente, repugnante.

La noticia fue una acción bárbara de decapitación de un reportero. Las personas se destruyen y saquean la propiedad para mostrar el desdén de las acciones de ciertas personas. Guerras surgen en todas las regiones del mundo, y hacer un alto el fuego es tan frágil que el más mínimo comentario o movimiento puede traer a todos a pelear una vez más. Algunas personas dan un paso adelante y dicen que tienen las respuestas para sacarnos de estos tiempos oscuros y que nos proporcionarán migajas de sabiduría si sólo votamos por ellos o no por otra persona. En serio. ¿La gente no les importa lo suficiente si los demás seres humanos están muriendo, viviendo en la miseria y tener que abandonar sus hogares y su patria para salvar sus vidas, si ellos tuvieran la solución la compartirían libremente para salvar la vida y la dignidad de sus hermanas y hermanos?

¿Cuándo vamos a despertar y darnos cuenta de que lo que Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana de Borras (o como se le refiere simplemente como George Santayana) dijo algo que es tan cierto. "Aquellos que no recuerdan el pasado están condenados a repetirlo." Nuestro mundo durante miles de años se ha sumido en la oscuridad que el odio y la guerra trae. Seguimos pensando que más armas, más poder, más tierra, más de esto y más de aquello va a ser la respuesta para lograr la paz entre los hijos de Dios. La única manera de que eso vaya a suceder es si el "más de esto o de aquello" se refiere al amor ya la misericordia.

Nosotros, como seguidores de Cristo, tenemos que trabajar todos los días para lograr la paz y el amor en este mundo. Ese amor incondicional que Jesús modeló es verdaderamente la única solución. ¿Creemos esto? Si no, entonces ¿realmente creemos en el mensaje de Jesús? Él nos enseñó una nueva forma de definir al prójimo, a ver el amor y la paz y de entender que este mundo no la puede dar. Si profesamos nuestra fe en Dios, entonces, ¿estamos diciendo que vamos a hacer todo lo posible para vivir su mensaje de vida?. El amor, como ya he dicho antes, nos hace vulnerables y a nadie le gusta esa sensación, pero es el único movimiento que rompe este ciclo de violencia. Porque si no hacemos algo, entonces como Santayana dijo no sólo estamos condenados a repetir el pasado, sino que también estamos condenando a un futuro que se ve cada día más sombrío. Probemos que Santayana estaba mal y aprendamos que sus frases ya no serán ciertas. "Sólo los muertos han visto el final de la guerra."

En la Paz de Cristo,
Padre Gary

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AUG 27

Catechist Training

SEP 1

Mudanza Oficina de formación de Fe

SEP 6

NEW MASS SCHEDULE

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SEP 6

Altar Server Training for Current Servers

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Altar Server Training for New Servers

SEP 15

New Eucharistic Minister Training

SEP 17

NEW Lector Training

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"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class

SEP 20

Clothing Donations needed for Foster Care Ministry

Collection during the weekend of Sep 20/21

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SEP 26

Catholic Retreat for Young Singles (CRYS)

at Mount Claret, Phoenix

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SEP 27

Annual Celebrate Marriage Event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

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SEP 27

September Ultreya