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All Saint's Day & All Souls' Day
from Fr. Chad King on October 31, 2014
Yesterday was All Saints' Day. A day in which we remember all the canonized and un-canonized saints in Heaven, all those who knows God's love and who love God perfectly. Many people think they could never be a Saint, they could never be as holy or love God as much as someone like St. Thérèse, or be as poor and free as St. Francis. Or some people think that to be a Saint, one has to copy what the Saints did, like pray in the chapel for hours without noticing anything around them, like St. Dominic Savio did. There is a song written by Danielle Rose entitled, The Saint that is Just Me. In it she sings how she wanted to be heroic and prove herself to God the way all the various Saints did. However, in the chorus she writes, "Upon the Cross you didn't die so I would try to be like someone else, you died so I could be the Saint that is just me." The song goes on, "you saw that I was perfectly imperfect... you saw my sins and weaknesses, you died just for me. So why am I afraid to be broken and vulnerable before you? You didn't die so I could be like someone else, you died so I could be the Saint that is just me." I dare we ask God what is holding us back from becoming a Saint? What are you and I trying to hide, what are we not willing to surrender to Him? He died so we could be the saint that we are meant to be.
Because today is All Souls' Day, I thought I would take this opportunity to pass on something I read about the great gift of the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory. "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," (CCC 1030). Have you considered Purgatory as a gift from God, as a gift from God that we give ourselves? Sr. Marie Andre of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Tonopah, AZ in a recent letter reflected on the confessions of St. Catherine of Genoa. Sr. Marie Andre writes:
The writings of St. Catherine of Genoa show us that purgatory is literally a gift from God—a pathway to pure love. During one particular confession, St. Catherine saw the state of her soul and then began to experience purgatory. Her knowledge of purgatory deepened throughout her life. The insight she shares about her experience of purgatory should alleviate some concerns we might have for our loved ones and ourselves. St. Catherine explains that God does not condemn a soul, but rather a soul must decide for itself. How beautifully she writes; "God stands before us with open arms to receive us into His glory." When a soul passes from this life, a final choice is made whether it will love and serve God or continue to trust only in itself. If the soul chooses the way of love at that moment, it can sin no more and is as pure and pleasing to God as at the moment of its creation. Nevertheless, the stain of sin remains which St. Catherine likens to rust. A Holy Soul actually desires to be cleansed from this spiritual corrosion so that it may be presentable to the Almighty God. We often overlook the fact that the Holy Souls can no longer gain graces to make up for the shortcomings of their lives by themselves. Only God's mercy and our prayers can lessen a Holy Soul's time in purgatory. As Catholics we are also called to develop a relationship with the Holy Souls. And the month of November is the ideal time to foster that special friendship. The Holy Souls are ever grateful for any charity exercised for them, any and every suffering endured for them. We should be mindful that our acts of charity should also include the forgotten souls – those who have no one to pray for them.
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.
Meals should be simple—an entrée and a side dish—enough for two adults and prepared in disposable containers (please, NO fish). A dessert is unnecessary, but if you would like to include a treat, fresh fruit is preferred. A variety of American, Mexican, and Italian food is appreciated.
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 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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Book of All Souls
The Book of All Souls, located in the vestibule of the church, is available to enter the names of your deceased relatives and friends.
The last day to enter names will be Fri, Oct 31.
The book will then be placed in the sanctuary on All Saints Day and will remain there through out the month of November in memory of our departed loved ones.
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St. Vincent de Paul Coat Drive
Please support the St. Vincent de Paul Coat Drive during the first two weeks of November. Collection boxes will be placed near the Holy Family statue in front of the Parish Office for your donated coats, hats, scarves, and blankets.
The last day to contribute will be Sun, Nov 8, when the donation boxes will be removed.
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33 Days to Morning Glory
An extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint Pope John Paul II. Fr. Michael Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teachings, making them easy to grasp, and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thoughts into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time, or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.
The books are now available in our very own Gift Shop! Also, DVD Retreat Talks will be played each week on Mondays until Nov 24 in classrooms 5&6 at approximately 9:00am (following daily Mass). Marian consecration will be celebrated at daily Mass on Fri, Nov 21 at 8:15am.
If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Wedell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information.
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40 Days for Life Fall Campaign
Sep 24, 2014 to Nov 2, 2014
Take a stand for life! The 40 Days for Life campaign is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point-program: 1) 40 days of prayer and fasting, 2) 40 days of peaceful vigil, and 3) 40 days of community outreach.
The 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign
takes place Sep 24-Nov 2, from
Corpus Christi parishioners will be praying the rosary outside of the Chandler Planned Parenthood facility, located on the NW corner of Galveston & Alma School, on Saturday mornings 9:00-11:00am and Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00am.
Please prayerfully consider joining us as we pray for the end of all abortions and stand up for the unborn. You can get more information about the Campaign at www.40daysforlife.com/chandler.
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Texas Hold’ Em Poker
Nov 1, 2014 (6:00p)
The tournament is open to the public, so invite a friend, spouse, son, daughter, or neighbor.
Money raised will support the education of our seminarians.
Complimentary snacks & soda!
$2 beer & wine!
Prizes for the top 3 finishers.
Contact event chair John Gavin at JandSGavin@cox.net or 602-670-3455 if you have any questions.
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First Saturday Rosary Hike
Nov 1, 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, Nov 1 - 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 email@example.com.
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Diocese of Phoenix Annual Veterans Retreat
Nov 1, 2014 (9:00a - 2:20p)
at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd. Mesa, 85205
Lunch is provided.
RSVP: 480-985-7655 (Parish Office) or 1-850-516-5053 (Dcn. John Scott)
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Mass of Remembrance
Nov 2, 2014 (12:30p)
A New Beginning (our Bereavement Ministry), cordially invites you to join together at a special Mass of Remembrance on Sun, Nov 2 at the 12:30pm Mass. This Mass is offered so that those who grieve a loss through death may experience the healing comfort of God through their faith community at Corpus Christi.
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Annual Veterans Mass
Nov 2, 2014 (11:00a)
Please join Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted at
All Saints Catholic Church,
1534 N. Recker Rd. Mesa, 85205 on
Sun, Nov 2 at
11:00am with reception to follow.
All are invited to help pay tribute!
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Nov 3, 2014 (9:00a - 10:30a)
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 2: Mondays, Nov 3, 10, 17, & 24 9:00-10:30am
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.
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Nov 4, 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 Mass:
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Women's Sodality Meeting
Nov 5, 2014 (6:00p)
Our next meeting will be on Wed, Nov 5, beginning with a Rosary at 6:00pm in the Church. A bake sale will be held from 6:30-7:00pm in the Parish Center for all parishioners. Then we will have our regular meeting and bingo. Please join us and bring a friend.
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St. Gerard Circle: Spiritual Book Club
Nov 6, 2014 (7:30p)
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly
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St. Gerard Circle: Trivia Night
Nov 7, 2014 (5:30p - 9:00p)
Get ready for an evening of brainteasers and laughter as Trivia Night returns to Corpus Christi on Fri, Nov 7 from 5:30-8:30pm. Gather eight of your smartest (and most fun) friends to form a team for this great event! Cost is $20 per person or $160 per table.
Dinner is included and the event is B.Y.O.B. A cash prize and traveling trophy will be awarded to the top team. All proceeds will used to support SGC charity projects that help women and children in need.
For more information contact Carolyn Griedl at: Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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St. Gerard Circle: Monthly Meeting
Nov 7, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)
In the Parish Center
Topic: Spiritually Single Wives
Speaker: Chris Moss
If you are a Catholic Women who shares everything with your husband, except your Faith, you won’t want to miss our November meeting. Our speaker, Chris Moss claims she is “not a theologian or even a Bible college graduate.” She is simply a “’self-proclaimed rebel’ transformed by the grace of God through the power of Jesus Christ.” Chris has been married to Ed for 18 years. He is the love of her life, but they do not share the same Faith. Chris is the author of Spiritually Single Wives. Learn how she “keeps it real” at home and in Church, as she shares ways to build great marriages while serving Jesus Christ.
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Mary of Nazareth
Nov 12, 2014 (6:00p)
Theater seating opens at 6:00pm.
Plan to arrive early!
We will pray the Rosary in the Theater at 6:15pm. Film begins at 7:00pm sharp and is 2.5 hours long.
at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 Theater, 6950 East Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa (South of I-60 freeway, just east of Power Road, next door to the Home Depot)
Cost: $10.00 per ticket
This is a private showing of the film. Advanced ticket sales only! No tickets will be sold at the theater.
Contact the following for tickets:
Steve Nosal: email@example.com or 602-290-2456
Dan Castillo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-772-5324
Mary Aflague: email@example.com or 602-617-9589
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Feed My Starving Children Packing Event
Nov 14, 2014
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Nov 16, 2014 (7:30a - 12:30p)
Our council provides 3 blood drives per year. The fall blood drive is scheduled for Sun, Nov 16 starting at 7:30am with the last appointment at 12:20pm. You can schedule your time here.
You can still do double red donations at time of donation. The double red donation will actually put fluid back into your body so you will not feel the same effects as a regular donation. This type of donation is especially useful for surgery or trauma patients who are in need of oxygen-rich blood cells.
Please remember a couple things prior to donating:
- HYDRATE!!! Please make sure that you drink plenty of water starting at least 2 days prior to donating.
- EAT!!! You will be having a pint of fluid removed from your body. In order to compensate, please make sure that you have a hearty meal prior to donating.
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