Common Sense?

04-29-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asked for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  Luke 11:11

The Waffle House and mass murder are not things I would have ever linked. I remember in my younger days going to dance clubs and then after the clubs closed heading to a local diner to continue the fun. Then sneaking home hoping not to wake up my parents. Amazingly they never woke up. But suspiciously my mother would wake me up at 6am… During those 3am diner dates the worst that ever happened was a fight, usually over a girl. But I would have never conceived that you could be murdered for no reason at all while eating breakfast with friends. That’s all changed now and we seem to have an abundance of sick and twisted individuals that bring our civilization to new lows on a regular basis.

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Our Hope is Here

04-28-2018The Sisters Corner

Easter is a time of hope. The light of Christ’s Resurrection has overcome all darkness. So, what is hope?

Hope is theological virtue; a gift bestowed by God through which one trusts God will grant us eternal life. Our hope is deposited in God’s promises to take us to heaven. This very hope brings us joy, a joy so deep that no one can take it away.  Our work is to never lose this hope and to let it shine through us.

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A Tilted Playing Field

04-22-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The Arizona Faith Network (formerly known as the AZ Ecumenical Council) is a coalition of various faith communities including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix that collaborate on a variety of issues of social concern. They recently put forward a statement on Criminal Legal Reform (https://www.arizonafaithnetwork.org/message-on-criminal-legal-reform ). The purpose of the message is to encourage people of faith, faith leaders, and faith communities to add their voices to this call and to advocate for a "fundamental transformation of mindset about the criminal legal system." The message itself has some very worthy points that should be considered in any Criminal Justice Reform. Of particular note is recognizing the special needs of juvenile offenders, stopping the privatization of prisons and jails, fostering the reintegration of offenders into the community.

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A Note from Sr. Maria Cristina

04-22-2018The Sisters Corner

The Divine Mercy Sunday is a beautiful celebration in the Church, rooted in God’s wonderful love for all of  humanity. 

After praying and discerning about how to celebrate on a deeper level for this feast in our Church, we (my team and I ) decided to host a Divine Mercy Celebration open to all the children of the parish so as to spread God’s merciful love to all. 

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Checks and Balances

04-15-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In the Book of Revelation John begins by writing to the seven Churches that were near Patmos, the penal island on which John was incarcerated. He writes to these living communities with a word from Jesus, a word that affirms them and also a word that challenges them. These churches or Christian communities are referred to by John as the 7 lampstands among whom Jesus walks. As lampstands they are to give light to the culture around them otherwise their light will be extinguished. Their light will burn out if they are not faithful to Jesus the faithful witness.

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New people coming into the Church!

04-15-2018The Sisters CornerSr. Maria Jose

It has been such a wonderful blessing for me to witness the ways God has been present and working in the lives of all the RCIA participants during this past year. Some of the many amazing graces have been witnessing as they were getting baptized, receiving Confirmation and First Holy Communion, then fully belonging to the Catholic Church.

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Happy Sunday of the Divine Mercy!

04-08-2018The Sisters Corner

Today is a great day to remember God's Mercy for all the Church. God invites us; through Sister Faustina, the story of the Church and throughout the Story of Salvation, to open our hearts to His Merciful love for all of humankind.

In our charism as Servants of the Plan of God, it's very important to us that we have present in our lives the Mercy of God. We have a devotion to the Master of Mercy. It's an image of the Child Jesus that from his chest he takes his own heart to give it to us freely. When you look at His child face, He's with a smile, showing us that He is happy to do it. When we see a child we can't help but to receive the love from the child. That's why He wants us to perceive Him as a little child.

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Let's Make a Deal

04-08-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The NRA and Planned Parenthood don't really have much in common except one thing. They both operate using the same strategy: never give an inch. No matter how reasonable a restriction may be, the old saying applies: “if you give an inch they’ll take a yard”.  The NRA argues that since gun ownership was written by the Founders in the plain text of the Constitution and Planned Parenthood argues that abortion is a constitutional right as determined by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and therefore need to be protected against any encroachment. I find it interesting that a lot of the same restrictions we have tried to enact on abortions are the similar to the ones being proposed for firearms.

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They Came to Believe

04-01-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

And I came to believe in a power much higher than I
I came to believe that I needed help to get by
In childlike faith I gave in and gave him a try
And I came to believe in a power much higher than I

“Came to Believe” by Johnny Cash

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Happy Easter! Christ is risen!

04-01-2018The Sisters Corner

During this Lenten time, we have experienced God's love and grace in our hearts working differently both individually and as a community. We also experienced, through our different ministries, the grace of God’s work in those we serve as part of the parish and school.

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Walk the Walk

03-25-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

As we enter into the week we call Holy we begin with the crowds who sing “Hosanna’s” to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem but we will end the week with them by shouting “Crucify him”. There are moments when we want a Savior of our own making and moments when we reject the type of Savior that God offers us. How much do we want a God who comes to us on our terms yet spurn the God who comes to us on His terms?

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Holy Week

03-25-2018The Sisters Corner

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" Mt 25:40

As we begin Holy Week and it is the Lord who invites us, in many ways, to accompany Him during the days of his Passion and death through His resurrection.

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Choose Wisely

03-18-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In an episode of The Twilight Zone, entitled “A Nice Place to Visit,” Rod Serling narrates the following story:

After robbing a pawnshop, Henry, aka, “Rocky” Valentine is shot by a police officer as he flees. He wakes up to find himself seemingly unharmed. A genial old man greets him. He explains that he has been instructed to guide Rocky and give him whatever he desires. The two travel to a luxurious apartment. Everything is free. Rocky concludes that he’s dead and believes he’s in Heaven and the gentlemen is his guardian angel.

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The Eucharist-Source of Our Consecrated Lives and Mission

03-18-2018The Sisters Corner

This past weekend Pope Francis invited our church to have “24 hours with the Lord” in Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament and confessions. Some of us had the opportunity to participate in a retreat for consecrated sisters in Phoenix where we could participate in this beautiful initiative of the Church,  thus receiving the mercy and love of God.

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Free? or Free and Fair

03-11-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Trade, tariffs and tirades. International trade is definitely not my forte, nor do I pay much attention to it. But my curiosity peaked when, after the President declared he would impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, heads started popping off, editorial writers with hair on fire declared the apocalypse. The reaction was sure and swift. According to some, there is no greater sin that a president can commit than imposing tariffs. But why?

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They Are Heroes!

03-11-2018The Sisters Corner

During this Lenten season, we remember our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted. We have a song, that gives honor to them, called Heroes. Even though it’s in Spanish and you can listen to it online. Below, are the translated lyrics. We ask you to meditate on the words while reading. Please pray for our brothers and sisters around the  world who are dying for their faith.  The picture in the bulletin is the Nazarene symbol (Isis put this mark on Christian houses) (look familiar?)

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Pistol Packin' Principals?

03-04-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

There finally seems to be a lot of willingness to come up with strategies to prevent future mass shootings at our schools. But the fact that we even have to discuss the issue at all shows how far our society has come apart at the seams. How did things change from the days of leaving your car unlocked and windows down to having to install alarm systems to prevent theft? Maybe I am just being sentimental and nostalgic but the not too distant past seemed a lot safer and saner.

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Let’s Keep Our Hearts Warm to the Needs of Our Brothers and Sisters

03-04-2018The Sisters Corner

This Lent, God asks each of us to have our hearts opened to receive His grace and, as Pope Francis has said, “to keep it not cold for the needs of our brothers and sisters, especially those who are poor.”

Today we share with you some of the service and evangelization that our sisters in our community perform in Angola, Africa. In Angola, Africa,  one of our sisters is working in a hospital as a doctor. The need there is very vast. Daily she treats babies and children who are malnourished and with many diseases that perhaps in our countries people would not die of. In Angola, they die due to the shortage of medicines.

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