Steubenville West Conference

07-28-2019The Sisters Corner

Going to Steubenville West Conference has been a blessing for our parish!

Steubenville West is a conference held every year by the Franciscan University, in Tucson, Arizona. This conference is for all entering freshman to graduated senior students. During this conference teens from all over the valley gathered together to worship God and grow in their relationship with Christ. They received different talks, had Eucharistic Adoration, received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, went to Mass, had praise & worship time and was a great opportunity to build community!

Every conference has a theme: this year’s theme was called BELONG; and it explains the desire of every human being to have a meaningful and authentic relationship with others, to love and be loved; and most importantly to have this relationship with God, who is our Father.

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The Politics of Waxing

07-28-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

One of the ideas that underpins Identity Politics is that rights, rather than being located in the individual are located in an identity group. And an Identity Group is a group that has some history of oppression or disenfranchisement. So, whether that is based on race/ethnicity, sexual preference, biological or non-biological gender identity, the identity group by virtue of being an identity group can claim to merit special favor from the government and society at large.

A problem that often arises is that the various groups can clash or compete for that favored status position. To avoid that, the groups have to learn to practice ‘intersectionality’. That is finding common ground and supporting each other’s right to overcome grievances. This often leads to a conflict with individuals and their rights. So, for instance, we have already seen the case of Jack Phillips, the baker who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. In the world of Identity Politics, Phillips as an individual has no right to refuse service to a member of an identity group. In other words, their rights trump his. But, according to the rules of Identity Politics, he could refuse to make a cake with the words Jesus is Lord written on it, since people from Jesusland are not part of a recognized aggrieved identity group.

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A Space Oddity

07-21-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

I remember it as if it were last night. Watching Apollo 11 blast off from Planet Earth to head to the Moon. Everybody’s first thought was, “will they make it to the surface of the Moon?”. A few days later the spaceship entered the Moon’s orbit and then out popped the Lunar Module with the two astronauts aboard. We watched with great anticipation as the Module made its way down to the surface of the Moon and heard those immortal words: “the Eagle has landed”! It would be several hours before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would step out of the Lunar Module onto the surface of the moon, earning the right to the best bragging rights ever.

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Special prayer intentions

07-21-2019The Sisters Corner

We are always grateful for your prayers for us, but on this weekend we want to ask all of you for special prayers since there are so many things happening at the same time. Sr. Cristina and Sr. May will be in Tucson at the Steubenville Youth Conference with two of our youth ministers and 28 High School Teens. This will be a very special occasion for teens in our parish to encounter the truths of their faith in a youthful and joyful way. Please pray for all of them so that they may have a meaningful encounter with Jesus.

On this same weekend, Sr. Monica and Sr. Maria Jose are starting a 7-day silent retreat in Peru where they will join Sisters from around the world for their annual spiritual exercises. As Sisters we look forward to this moment of the year when God calls us to take the time to stop all of what we are doing and focus on Him. This is always a very special moment in which we renew our encounter with God and the mission He entrusts us.

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The Joy of Serving

07-14-2019The Sisters Corner

We all yearn to have a happy and meaningful life, but many times we don't really know what we need to do to be happy and to be fulfilled. We may find ourselves looking all around with no real clue of how to achieve it. No one can give you the recipe for happiness. We are all meant to find it in our own personal circumstances and in our own way. But there is something that is unfailing and only those who have experienced it will be able to understand: there is more joy in giving than in receiving.

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How to Get a Gold Star!

07-14-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Consider this a Public Service announcement. After October 1, 2020 a valid AZ Driver's License or I.D will no longer be a valid form of I.D for Federal identification purposes. Which means you will not be able to use it as a form of identification to board an airplane in the US, enter a military installation, nuclear power plants or a Federal prison (as a visitor; for inmates fingerprints and mugshot will do!). However, you will still be able to use a valid Passport, DHS Trusted Traveler card, or permanent resident card at TSA checkpoints at airports. If you desire you can obtain a new AZ Traveler I.D. (driver's license or I.D. card) but there is no obligation to do so and your current valid AZ driver's license will still be fine to use for driving and other non-federal I.D. purposes. The reason for this is that AZ has to comply with the Real I.D Act passed by the US Congress in 2005. (AZ was granted some extensions but that will end in October 2020.)

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Our Parish Logo

07-07-2019The Sisters Corner

God wanted the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be the logo of our Parish “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”. That is a big invitation from Mary to us, to have her same heart.

The heart of Mary it is an exposed heart, which means that it is called to be open every day to receive the love of God, and as a consequence to love Him back and love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

It is red because it is nourishing from the blood of Christ that loves us so much. God is the one that gives life to her heart.

The white roses invite us to live the purity in all our lives; in our minds, in our thoughts, in our way to love detached from every selfishness, purity in our intentions trying to seek the glory of God in everything, as the purity in our bodies as well.

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Contradictions & Truth

07-07-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

When we let go of objective truth or moral absolutes, well anything can happen. Two cases that demonstrate the point. This year marks the 25th Anniversary since the Rwandan Genocide. The UN had Peace Keepers, troops on the ground and when the killing broke out the commander contacted the UN Headquarters and the UN President told him to stand down, “we don't take sides”. Which was in effect taking a side. You can never be neutral when it comes to evil. You either fight it or are complicit in it.

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