Over the past months (and years), I have noticed some problems with receiving a complete list from the local hospitals for our parishioners. Many times our parishioners are in the hospitals but when we call to get the list from the hospital using our access code, the names do not add up. I think there is perhaps a change in policy or procedure at the hospital that must account for this. I've asked certain patients whether they were asked about their church affiliation (if they have a parish) and they have more than once told me they were never asked. So I think this is where the problem is arising. Perhaps there are some changes in policy due
The Knights of Columbus local St. Therese Martin council 17043 is hosting a great opportunity for Lenten renewal. Thursdays at 6 p.m., beginning on February 28. Room 2 of the Parish Center
"Into the Breach", a brief exhortation written by Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix in 2015 to address the need for Catholic men to step up and fully embrace their role in building the faith. There is no cost for this discussion group, only reward and fellowship!
Evangelization is a work of helping others along the journey toward discipleship, toward knowing Christ Jesus and living for Him, or better yet, in Him. This is usually a process, that takes people through, as Sherry Weddell describes in her watershed book (Forming Intentional Disciples, 2012) five different "thresholds" of conversion. Trust leads to curiosity, to openness, to seeking (pursuing), to intentional discipleship. We need to journey with people through all these steps to lead them to decide to give themselves entirely to Christ, to choose a God-centered life. This is not easy, and it never happens overnight, even though we may tell stories that seem to suggest it does.
At any given time there are between 45 and 50 parishioners that are not able to get to Mass.
The Knights of Columbus of St. Therese chapter is initiating a plan to assist Fr. Terry and those currently taking Communion to many of the homebound, in visiting all homebound members of our parish. We feel that with help from the brother knights and an increased team of parish volunteers, we will be able to help Father visit and give the Holy Eucharist to all. While the commitment of time is small, one hour per week will be huge to those that may be lonely and in need of receiving Communion.
“The evil of racism festers in part because, as a nation, there has been very limited formal acknowledgement of the harm done to so many, no moment of atonement, no national process of reconciliation and, all too often a neglect of our history.”-pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts.
Some may think that racism is not a major issue of our society because of gains of the civil rights movement and legislation. But it’s the very persistence of racism that motivated the bishops to write their pastoral letter. In the words of Pope Francis, let no one “think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.”
In their pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” the bishops point out the many forms of racism in our society. Even though we’ve made progress with the civil rights movement and some legislation, they point out that it is false to think that racism is “only found in the hearts of individuals who can be dismissed as ignorant or unenlightened.”