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8:15 am
† Raymond Quantana
Saturday, November 29
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† Millie Ungerman
4:00 pm
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Sunday, November 30
7:00 am
† Dorothy Cioffi
8:30 am
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12:30 pm
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5:00 pm
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Monday, December 1
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Tuesday, December 2
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† Cassie & Stanley Kozierowski
6:00 pm
† John J. Jarczyk
Wednesday, December 3
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† Christopher John Colter
Thursday, December 4
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Parish Office Hours

Sunday: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM (Closed from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM)
Saturday: Closed

Additional Times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

from Fr. Chad King on November 28, 2014

This weekend we begin the Season of Advent—a time of preparation and orientating our lives to welcome Christ into our midst in a deeper way. Hopefully you all plan on coming to our Parish Mission this Monday-Wednesday evenings, Dec. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Church. This event promises to help you enter into this Advent season so that the Christmas season can be as fruitful and meaningful as Christ wants it to be for you.

Another opportunity I am giving you to help you grow in your love for God and help prepare you to receive the depth of God's love for you in a more real and intimate way this Christmas, is through our increased times for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have our normal scheduled times: Tuesdays before Mass from 5:00 to 5:45pm and Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm. Both Fr. Rafael and I (if we are able) will be there at those times to help ensure you have that opportunity to go. Additionally, the two Saturday mornings before Christmas (Dec. 13th and 20th ), at least one priest will be available as well following the 8:15 am Mass. Furthermore, along with the usual advertised times and the additional Saturday mornings during Advent, we will also be having a Penance Service on Thursday, Dec. 11th beginning at 6:30pm. We will have about 6-8 priests here to hear individual confessions. If any of those times don't work for you, then I am available by appointment (as I always want to make myself available to be an instrument of God's mercy and love).

In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to write and teach a little about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance. I will do so by using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I strongly encourage you to read, particularly paragraphs 1420-1470, regarding this Sacrament. By doing so, I will help to fulfill paragraph 1464, as well as help explain what I try to put into practice, which is what 1461-1467 challenges me to do (you need to read it for yourself to know what I'm talking about). But if you have been asked questions by others and you really don't know why you have to go to confession, or why you have to go to a priest to receive God's forgiveness of all serious (mortal) sins, then I encourage you to read it and learn for yourself.

How often must a Catholic go to Confession? The Church teaches every Catholic should go at least once a year and whenever one is aware of mortal sin on their soul. But the Church also recommends that we go regularly. For those who are serious about growing in their Spiritual life, we know that focusing on our prayer once a year is not nearly enough. Which is why the Church encourages going to confession monthly. I use the analogy of the importance of changing the oil in our car and how regular routine maintenance check-ups help to make sure the car runs smoothly and prevent future problems. So also, Confession is meant to be a regular check-up for our soul, to see how we are or are not growing closer to Christ. And so, not only does it forgive us of our current sins we have committed and makes us clean for that time, but the continual grace given helps prevent us from falling into sin in the first place.

In the upcoming weeks, there will be more regarding how to make Confession even more fruitful and how to fully receive all the effects of the Sacrament.

Helpful links regarding Church teaching and homosexuality

For more information regarding Catholic Church and homosexuality in general:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rgDLWOFCRA everlastinghills.org/movie/

For more information regarding homosexual “marriages” please visit:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWIhZ5xJJaQ
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html

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Parish Advent Mission

Dec 1, 2014 to Dec 3, 2014 (7:00p)

Mary, the Apostles and Us
Featuring Julie Carrick

Let us begin our preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ so that we may welcome him anew into our hearts.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Grief Support

Dec 1, 2014 (6:30p - 8:00p)

Corpus Christi offers a grief support program open to everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. That includes all of us. This is a safe environment where people listen without judgment when expressing your sadness. Expressing experienced grief helps to heal oneself in a positive way.

Give yourself permission to grieve. God gave us tears. The tears to help us heal.

We are please to be able to offer three separate sessions, each of which will meet for four weeks in the St. Vincent de Paul room of the Parish Center:

Session 3: Mondays, Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22 6:30-8:00pm

The support we give is never more than the support we receive. You are welcome to come to any one or all of the sessions. Contact the Church Office and leave your name and phone number to sign-up for the session(s) you would like to attend.

[ Grief Support ]

Healing Mass

Dec 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.

[ Healing Mass ]

St. Gerard Circle: Annual Christmas Ornament Exchange

Dec 4, 2014 (6:00p)

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St. Gerard Circle: Christmas Brunch & Boutique

Dec 5, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)

Is it time to say, "Merry Christmas," yet?! Join us for Faith, Friendship and some Holiday Cheer at our most popular annual event!

We are currently recruiting vendors for this year's boutique. Booths are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and we welcome only one vendor per business type. Booth space is free for current SGC Members and $25 for non-members.

For more information and to sign-up, please contact Maureen Pass at sgcboutique14@gmail.com.

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St. Gerard Circle: Book Club

Dec 5, 2014 (7:30p)

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First Saturday Rosary Hike

Dec 6, 2014 (8:15a)

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, Dec 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 pjh@hofmann84.com.

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Knights' Kids

Dec 6, 2014

We will be hosting our annual Knights’ Kids event where we help clothe underprivileged children. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause or even participate, your donations may be tax deductible.

For more information on how to donate, please contact Grand Knight Doug McCarty at dpm623@cox.net.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Presentation

Dec 7, 2014 (6:30p)

in the Parish Center

You and your family are invited to the Junior High and High School presentation of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Admittance to the presentation is a box of cereal to be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Holy Day of Obligation: Mon, Dec 8

Dec 8, 2014

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass times:
8:15am, 7:00pm

[ Holy Day ]

Advent Penance Service

Dec 11, 2014 (6:30p)

[ Advent/Christmas ]

St. Gerard Circle: Baby Jesus Birthday Party

Dec 13, 2014

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Women’s Sodality Christmas Dinner

Dec 13, 2014 (6:00p)

Dessert - Entertainment - Raffles
Tickets: $35

To purchase tickets, please contact Dee at 480-893-2619 or Myra at 480-326-8088.

[ Women's Sodality ]

A Christmas Evening Novena Mass: The History of “Simbang Gabi”

Dec 15, 2014 to Dec 23, 2014 (6:30p)

Misa al canto del gallo (shortened and corrupted into "Misa De Gallo") has been a Catholic Tradition from the Spanish times in the early part of the Christianization of the Philippine archipelago. It is through this early dawn novena mass in honor of Mary preparing for the birth of her Son Jesus that helped (and continues to help) in the evangelization of the Filipino people.

It is called Misa al canto del gallo (gallo means rooster) because at the rooster's crow (at that time there were no alarm clocks) the people come to the church for the novena Mass in preparation for the birth of Jesus. It is also called "Misa de Aguinaldo (Aguinaldo means gift) in gratitude to God for the gift of faith in Christ. Thus the terms Misa al canto del gallo and Misa de Aguinaldo are used interchangeably.

As this tradition became rooted in the Philippines Church, church attendance filled the churches to overflowing capacity for the Misa de Aguinaldo, it was necessary to have other novena masses in the evening (Gabi means evening) thus "Simbang Gabi" was born. Originally, the early dawn masses were also known as "Simbang Gabi" because they started when it was still dark.

The development of Simbang Gabi in preparation for Christmas was a blessing because the faithful, who could not make it to the early dawn novena mass, still had a chance to complete the whole nine days of the novena in the evening mass. This offshoot tradition of Misa al canto del gallo was gladly welcomed and embraced by the faithful. The positive response was a resounding success in parish churches in the Philippines.

Most of all, the ambiance became more alive and festive because after the dawn Eucharistic celebration the faithful continued to celebrate and look for something to eat around the vicinity. Thus along the church patio, many vendors came to sell their fresh and steamed hot native foods and delicacies from their stoves while Christmas songs are aired through the PA system of the church. This spontaneous development of a food and music celebration after the Aguinaldo and Simbang Gabi culminate on Midnight Mass of December 24. After the Midnight Mass all members of the family faithfully gather around the table to celebrate their "Noche Buena" where good food is awaiting them.

The Misa de Aguinaldo and Simbang Gabi make Christmas not only a festive celebration, but spiritually nourishing as well because of the novena Masses. These wholesome practices become an avenue for evangelization of the faithful. In these celebrations we honor Mary in our nine days of prayerful preparation for Christmas and in the process, Mary leads us and keeps us closer to her Son Jesus.

Once again, Corpus Christi Parish will be having a Christmas Evening Novena Mass Dec 15-23 at 6:30pm each evening. There is no better way to celebrate the Birth of Jesus than to prepare for it through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

[ Advent/Christmas ]

Christmas Mass Times

Dec 25, 2014

Christmas Eve - Wed, Dec 24 -
4:00pm in the Church, 4:00pm in the Parish Center, 6:00pm in the Church, 11:00pm in the Church

Christmas Day - Thu, Dec 25
8:30am in the Church, 10:30am in the Church

[ Advent/Christmas ]

“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” Women’s Retreat

Feb 13, 2015 to Feb 15, 2015

at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, Phoenix

The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and is comprised of guided meditations, personal reflection, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction.

Take some time to step out of your hectic schedule to examine your life, your relationship with God, and your relationship with others! Discover the richness of your faith in an atmosphere of prayer and silence.

For more information, please contact Terri Hofmann at 480-247-6961 or tmh@hofmann84.com.

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5th Annual Phoenix Catholic Women's Conference

Feb 21, 2015

"That which is True, Beautiful and Good"

at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

Speakers include: Leah Darrow, Leila Miller and Ruth Ristow
Please join us for a Spirit-filled day!
New this year: Breakout Session for young Catholic ladies ages 16-22 years old!
Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Tickets now available!
Cost: Early bird tickets: $50
After Thu, Jan 15: $60
Young Catholic Ladies (16-22): $25

For more information call Roberta at 602-471-1944 or visit pdccw.com.
Hosted by the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

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