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Diocese of Phoenix COVID-19 Update for Parishes

07-05-2020

In light of Governor Ducey’s June 29, 2020-Executive Order “Pausing of Arizona’s Reopening,” the following communication was developed to assist you in continuing to provide the essential service of offering Masses. We remain focused on the physical well-being of our parish staff, volunteers, parishioners, and the wider community.

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Weekly Reflection

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

10-25-2020Rev. Victor C. Yakubu

There is so much talk about love that it is easy to find tons of material on the subject. From movies to fiction novels, we discover the human ability to love and be loved. The beauty of human love is deeply appreciated when love is unconditional and from the heart.

Hatred often creeps into human life and things do not add up as expected. The world today needs love as we see pictures of violence and terrible inhuman acts perpetrated by human beings capable of loving and being loved. It is even more worrisome when religion is used as a cover wreaking havoc on the weak, the innocent and destroying the defenseless.

Unfortunately, the story is not always that way.

My position is that religion is supposed to make you a better person but then, when something is wrong with your practice do not blame the religion per se. The book of Exodus should be read with the background of suffering in Egypt of God’s chosen people. For over four hundred years, they labored as slaves under harsh conditions, until God saved them through Moses.

In today’s first reading, God is urging them to consider acts of kindness to aliens, widows, and orphans. “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.” God is encouraging the Israelites to be kind, considerate, and merciful to these categories of people and indeed to their neighbors who look different than them.

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Upcoming Events

Brick Garden

We are continuing to take brick orders. This is a wonderful way to pay honor to someone you love or to be remembered as part of St. Mary's history for years to come.

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Donate your change

Be sure to pick up a special offering box or can at the back of the church. Write that it’s for the building fund, your name and phone number on it before you turn it in.

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Prayer For Respect For Life

Lord, you are the bread of life. It is in receiving your body and blood in the Eucharist that ourphysical and spiritual lives are nourished.

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Rosary Group

Add Wed, Oct 28 @ 10:00 AM (weekly)

To end the Covid pandemic. To end violence across the USA and for God to restore peaceand calm in our cities. And to illuminate those who govern us so that they may committhemselves to the common good and respect for God’s holy law.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Introduction to the Bible; Study Group

Add Thu, Oct 29 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (weekly)

Many Catholics want to read the Bible but get bogged down by the long stretches that seem not to make sense or get lost among the sea of Old Testament names and places, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.

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