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from Fr. Chad King on August 17, 2014
First of all, I need to do a redaction. Two weeks ago I let you know that my brother-in-law is Byzantine Catholic—and in their tradition they receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) as infants—and thus you might see me give Communion to my nieces/nephew. However, in that explanation, I was mistaken about something, which my sister clarified. I wrote that Byzantine (Eastern rite) Catholics are not under or recognize the Pope and his Office, but they are. It is Eastern Orthodox—not Eastern Catholics—that do not recognize the Infallibility of the Pope. I think I was looking at a website about Eastern Orthodox, not Eastern Catholics. I am so sorry for the mistake and confusion.
It has been suggested that we have an Altar Server training. On this topic, let me say that I am very impressed and happy with how well trained and how many servers we have here at Corpus Christi, which a few had mentioned in the listening sessions as well. However, it was also suggested that we record a Mass (not a real one, but the Mass parts and roles) so to help make the trainings in the future easier. It is towards this purpose that if there is someone who has any experience in video recording/ editing and can help us make a video, please let me know.
And just to give you a heads up, in the near future I plan to have a discussion with all the other liturgical ministers to see what kind of updating their needs to be and how I can help them in their roles. So, be on the look out if you are a current liturgical minister, then we can have trainings for new liturgical ministers.
In that train of thought, I want to share with you a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the topic of the liturgy (Mass) that I came across recently. Although I am happy, for the most part, regarding how well we worship on the Lord's Day, we can always improve. And we owe it to God and ourselves to give our best and our all in our worship. And so I say this to help encourage and perhaps challenge you, just as I am. Paragraph 1098 reads: "The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord and to become "a people well disposed." What this means is that the Sacraments are not magic. Grace is given through them but the effectiveness of the grace is dependent on the disposition (openness and ability to receive) of the person. And so I ask you: how well disposed, how prepared are you to truly encounter our Lord when you come to Mass? To be well disposed, one needs to go to Confession for the forgiveness of any and every Mortal Sin they are aware of in order for the grace of the Eucharist to be received properly and made effective (remember it is a mortal sin to receive Communion with mortal sin on the soul). In order to be well-disposed, one can read and pray over the Mass readings ahead of time. One can arrive early before Mass and pray to settle and make ready their mind and heart to receive the encounter of Jesus Christ. One can go to Adoration to help make the Encounter of Jesus at Mass and their faith in the Eucharist more connected, more real and effective.
Many blessings and thank you for helping to make our Liturgies so beautiful, our worship most glorifying to God, and the grace received effective in our hearts and those around us. Next week, I will continue to discuss the above mentioned section of the Catechism, so stay tuned!
Help Wanted: Volunteers to provide dinner for our priests
Volunteers are needed for this new ministry to provide dinners for our two priests, Fr. Chad & Fr. Raphael, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Volunteers can call the Parish Office at 480-893-8770 to sign-up, either to bring a meal once or on a regular basis. Meals should be enough for two adults and prepared in disposable containers (please, NO fish).
Meals should be brought to the Parish Office after 2:00pm and no later than 5:30pm.
Thank you for supporting our priests with this service of hospitality.
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Schedule of Faith Formation Class Start Dates
Elementary (Grades K-5): Tue, Sep 9 & Wed, Sep 10
Junior High & High School: Sun, Sep 14
Special Education: Mon, Sep 29
Atrium (ages 3-5): Tue, Oct 14 & Wed, Oct 15
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St. Gerard Circle: Open House
Aug 28, 2014 (6:00p - 8:00p)
Join us for Saint Gerard Circle's Annual Open House on Thu, Aug 28 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Center.
Find out about our many activities: monthly meetings with great speakers, spiritual support, family events, Mom's Night Outs, and charity outreach. Win door prizes & enjoy refreshments!
Activities & crafts will be provided for children.
Annual Membership is only $20.
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Sep 2, 2014 (6:00p)
First Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm.
All parishioners are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a small amount of water, salt, and olive oil with them to be blessed during the Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered.
Upcoming healing Masses:
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Women's Sodality Meeting
Sep 3, 2014 (6:00p)
We would like to invite all women of the parish to join us and contribute to what we do. Fresh minds and ideas are always welcomed.
Our first meeting will be on Wed, Sep 3, beginning with Mass at 6:00pm in the Church, followed by our meeting in the Parish Center at 6:30pm.
A light supper and refreshments will be served. Entertainment will be provided by parishioners Steven & Jessica Romero.
Some of our past events and accomplishments include: selling lilies & poinsettias, donating to St. Gerard Circle’s Easter basket drive, supporting our seminarians, providing pottery for the church, sponsoring a family at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and hosting Fr. Kevin Grimditch’s reception after his first Mass of Thanksgiving.
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St. Gerard Circle: Monthly Meeting
Sep 5, 2014 (10:00a - 11:30a)
in Corpus Christi Parish Center
Speaker: Father Chad
** Free Childcare is provided for members
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St. Gerard Circle: Mass for Expectant Mothers
Sep 5, 2014 (9:00a)
* Free Childcare is provided for members.
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Family Rosary Hike
Sep 6, 2014 (8:15a - 11:00a)
Join other Parishioners for a Rosary Hike on South Mountain on the First Saturday of every month! Fr. Rafael will give a short reflection along the way and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
When: Sat, Sep 6 - Begin with 8:15am Mass. Finish hike by 11:00am.
Where: Mass at Corpus Christi. Hike along Warpaint trailhead.
Who: People of all ages (7-70+)
What to bring: Rosary, water & a light snack
For additional information, contact Pete Hofmann, 602-531-7487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Catholics in the Public Square
Sep 6, 2014 (8:00a)
at the Diocesan Pastoral Center
Bishop Olmsted would like to invite everyone to join him for the "Catholics in the Public Square" event being held on Sat, Sep 6 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The event begins with 8:00am Mass at St. Mary's Basilica and will end at 12:00pm. The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this event, which is entirely free, includes breakfast, and features prominent national Catholic speakers.
RSVP to 602-568-5286 or email email@example.com.
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Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
Sep 7, 2014
On Sun, Sep 7, our the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast will take place after the 7:00am, 8:30am, and 10:30am masses.
For only $5 per adult and $3 per child, the price is unmatched to any other breakfast in town!
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Annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Sep 13, 2014 (7:30a)
Our annual Joe Hasulak Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place on Sat, Sep 13. It will be hosted at the prestigious Whirlwind Golf Club. This will be a four person scramble with a 7:30am Shotgun start.
Over the last 20 years, over $100,000 has been donated to charity from the proceeds of this tournament! This year's charities will be Maggie's Place and St. Mary's Food Bank. As with last years' tournament, we will be hosting the Wounded Warriors to come and play with us!
We are looking for sponsors and golfers! There are multiple levels of sponsorship available which also includes sponsoring a Wounded Warrior to play.
The best rate is to sign up as a foursome, but you also can sign up as a single!
To find out more information, please contact Chuck Fraas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona
Oct 5, 2014
Sponsored by: Luis Gonzalez – Going Gonzo For Kids
at Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake Sun, Oct 5 at 7:23am
9K Run, 10K Run, 5K Run / Walk, 5K Stroller Push, Diaper Dash and Kids’ Dash
Join us at our 7th Annual MP9K in Tempe, AZ. Bring your friends and family to this fun, family oriented and stroller friendly event! Participants receive a custom Tech shirt and a chip timed result.
100% of the proceeds benefit Maggie’s Place.
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