Rats, Choice and Credits

02-16-2020Fr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

This seems to fit right in with the Year of the Rat theme. The AZ Department of Education released the names and personal information of 7,000 AZ families who use Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA). The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program is an account administered by The Arizona Department of Education that is funded by state tax dollars to provide educational options for qualified Arizona students. This also allows parents to choose from a variety of alternative educational services including private schools and home-schooling to fit the special educational needs of their child.

The information that was released included the account balances, the names and email addresses and the grade in which the student is enrolled and special needs students had their disabilities listed. To make matters worse the information was released to an organization called Save Our Schools, that opposes the scholarships and school choice in general. That’s not all. The AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has publicly stated her opposition to ESA’s, making the release of the information to an anti-school choice group all the more disturbing. The Education Department, claimed, “oops, sorry” an honest mistake. But I can’t help smelling a rat.

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Events & Announcements

Request your Contribution Statement

Fill out the online form and your 2019 statement will be emailed to you.

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Incense

Please Note: Incense will not be used at any of the weekend Masses.

Virtual Tour of the Holy Land

Feb 19, 2020: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

in McCready Hall

Join Alex Cudzewicz, veteran of three trips to the Holy Land and trip photographer, and Kevin Saunders, Bible Teacher and leader of many trips to the Land of Jesus, for an informative slide show presentation.

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Ministers of Care Training

Feb 22, 2020: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Would you like to be the connection between the parish community and the homebound or hospitalized by bringing them Communion? Training will be Sat, Feb 22 from 9:00am—12:00pm.

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Women’s Studies Ministry

Feb 25, 2020 - Mar 24, 2020: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (weekly)

in McCready Hall

This spring the Women’s Studies Ministry will study an 8-week session on The Kingdom of Happiness, Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life.

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb 26

Feb 26, 2020

Liturgy of Word with distribution of Ashes: 12:00pm

Mass with distribution of Ashes: 6:30am, 8:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm

Come Visit the Prayer Team

Mar 1, 2020 (every first Sunday of the month)

Prayer Teams are available for those seeking healing after the 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm Masses on the first Sunday of each month.

Welcoming Event and Registration

Mar 1, 2020 (every first Sunday of the month)

Join us the first Sunday of the Month after the 11:00am Mass in the north end of McCready Hall.

Women’s Studies Ministry

Mar 3, 2020 - Mar 24, 2020: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (weekly)

in McCready Hall

This spring the Women’s Studies Ministry will study an 8-week session on The Kingdom of Happiness, Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life.

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Science Fair

Mar 4, 2020: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

All Junior High students will be participating in our local Science Fair on Mar 4. All are invited to McCready Hall from 6:00-7:30pm.

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