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Pope Francis: The Church is to Come Out of Herself (Part I)
from Fr. Chad King on May 1, 2016
On my way up to the mountains for a few days of vacation, I listened to a series of CD's from Catholic Answers that I had checked-out from our Parish Library. (Did you know we have a library in the office for you to check-out books and CDs for free?) In the next couple of bulletin letters, I want to share with you some of what I heard:
In the period leading up to a conclave, the cardinals of the Church gather in a series of meetings that are known as the "general congregations." In these meetings, they are allowed to make brief statements—known as "interventions"—about the problems they feel need to be addressed in the Church and what kind of man the next pope should be.
Before the recent conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio gave an intervention, which didn't even last four minutes but which got the attention of his brother cardinals. According to some, this speech was a major moment in his path to becoming Pope Francis. The soon-to-be Pope Francis said:
1. Evangelizing pre-supposes a desire in the Church to come out of herself. The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery.
My thoughts: The Church is meant to, as Pope Francis says: go to the peripheries. The peripheries are geographical, as Jesus commands the Church to "make disciples of every nation," (Mt. 28:19). But more than just being a missionary to those far-off cultures, Pope Francis reminds us that the peripheries include all human beings who are dealing with sin, pain, injustice, and those who are indifferent to religion. We are called to evangelize, to share the good news that the hope, the answer to every human condition is the person of Jesus Christ. Therefore, faith cannot be private; it must be shared. Too many Catholics are silent when it comes to sharing their faith and love of Jesus Christ because they are afraid to offend others. Many are afraid to reveal the sinfulness of others or to show them the pain they are bringing upon themselves because of it. But yet these same people will admit that we are called to love others. My brothers and sisters, love means to will the good of the other, especially when it is difficult. To not share with them the love, freedom, and hope we have in being in relationship with Jesus Christ, is to not truly love them or will their good. Therefore, it is an offense to NOT share the Good News with them.
Look again at the examples Pope Francis uses of the human beings in the peripheries: those consumed by sin, pain, injustice (can't forgive others), ignorance and indifference to religion, etc. Don't these examples look a lot like the Spiritual Works of Mercy?
• To instruct the ignorant • To counsel the doubtful • To admonish sinners • To bear wrongs patiently • To forgive offenses willingly • To comfort the afflicted • To pray for the living and the dead
Of course we are called to practice these in charity. We are not hypocrites if we approach others as a fellow sinner who is struggling to overcome our own sin and as someone who was ignorant but has come to know Christ for oneself, or as one who is searching for knowledge and understanding. Bishop Sheen said, "There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be." It is not us against them, but we need to learn to have respectful dialogue with those who differ from us. Pope Francis is calling us to practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy. During this Year of Mercy, I encourage us to reflect on how we can grow in practicing these in our relationships.
Next week I will include other inspiring words that the soon-to-be Pope Francis made prior to the conclave.
Help Wanted: Adoration Adorers
Tired of the hectic and frantic pace of life today? Are you worried and getting nowhere? Let Jesus be a “Game Changer” for your life. Spend an hour a week with Jesus present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - in Eucharistic Adoration. Become an intentional Adorer and Follower of Jesus. Knock, Seek and Ask - receive His Mercy and Forgiveness. The Adoration Chapel is a great place to commit to a Holy Hour each week. Allow Jesus to make positive changes in your life.
Hours that need an honor guard are:
Sunday: 2:00am, 5:00pm
Monday: 12:00am, 2:00am, 3:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm, 4:00pm
Thursday: 12:00am, 1:00am, 11:00am
Friday: 4:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm
Our Adoration Ministry needs two committed Adorers for each hour. We are very short of this goal. For more information and to sign-up, please call David or Fran Grattan at 480-460-4134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Knights’ Sal Scordato Scholarship
Applications for the Knights' Sal Scordato Scholarships are being accepted. The deadline is Tue, May 31.
These scholarships are merit-based and do NOT require financial or hardship criteria for consideration. However, applicants MUST be a member of Corpus Christi Parish, and related to an ACTIVE member of a Knight of Columbus in Council 10062 or Assembly 14.
Please contact Chairman Gene Lutz at Eugene.email@example.com or 480-759-7921 for information and an application.
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Divine Mercy on FORMED.org
Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God's Love and Mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute's film studio, the vast panorama of God's work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.
Episodes will be available for a limited time on FORMED.org as a special event that began on Divine Mercy Sunday. Each video will be viewable for two weeks and will be placed sequentially on FORMED - one episode each week until the end of June.
Log-in to FORMED.org using our parish code: VD6QM2.
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Join us in celebrating our Parish Feast Day
All are invited as we celebrate both our parish and our community for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sat, May 21!
The celebration will begin with the 4:00pm Vigil Mass, followed by a procession around the parish campus, and then concluded with a parish-wide potluck! There will be a tree with tags available a couple weeks before the event for families to pick out what type of dish to bring.
Also, we are hoping to have a slideshow presentation during dinner, so please visit our website or contact the Parish Office if you have any photos of past events at Corpus Christi that you would like included in the slideshow. See you there!
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Women's Sodality Meeting
May 4, 2016 (6:00p)
Please join us for the last meeting of the year. Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm in the church, followed by our end of the year celebration! Installation of officers for next year will take place during the Mass. An Italian themed meal will be served! RSVP to one of the officers if you are coming.
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Called & Gifted Workshops
May 4, 2016
Did you miss the workshop, but still want to learn how God is calling you to a unique purpose in life and how to discern your spiritual gifts?
Come listen to the Called & Gifted talks:
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Library
May 4, 11, 18, 25
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Knights of Columbus Meeting
May 5, 2016 (7:00p)
Information about carpooling and other details regarding the Special Olympics event on Sat, May 7 will be discussed.
All Knights are encouraged to attend.
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St. Gerard Circle: Annual May Tea & Silent Auction
May 6, 2016 (9:30a - 11:30a)
This is the last monthly meeting of the year! We begin with the Rosary in the church and then head over to the Parish Center for an amazingly delicious potluck style brunch. In addition, we will have a silent auction!
We are seeking items for our silent auction. If you would like to contribute an item for the event, please let us know! Please contact Alison at SGCpresident.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Alicia at SGCfundraising.email@example.com.
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Respect Life Ministry's Annual Mother’s Day Bake Sale
May 7, 2016 to May 8, 2016
The Respect Life Ministry will be holding its annual Mother's Day Bake Sale to benefit Maggie's Place and Life Choices Women's Clinic (LCWC). LCWC is a pro-life pregnancy resource center offering assistance and compassionate care for those facing unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy under "less than desirable" circumstances. Its goal is to educate, support, and encourage women and families about healthy options for pregnancy, such as parenting and adoption, while providing education on abortion risks. Services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, comprehensive prenatal care, basic women's health services, post abortion support, peer counseling, resources and referrals.
The Respect Life Ministry would really appreciate donations of cakes, pies, cookies, etc. to support this bake sale and wonderful organization. You can drop off your baked goods before the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses over Mother's Day weekend.
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Help Wanted: VBS Artists
May 31, 2016 to Jun 2, 2016 (10:00a - 2:00p)
Come and bring your creative talents!!!! If you are in Junior High or High School, come and help us out for ART WEEK! We need you to help with VBS backdrops and designs that make it such a great week for the younger children. This is a great way to earn any service hours that you may need for school.
WHEN: Tue, May 31, Wed, Jun 1, and Thu, Jun 2
from 10:00am-2:00pm each day
BRING: Brown bag your lunch and we will supply drinks and snacks.
Please call the Catholic Education Office at 480‐893-1160 to conﬁrm.
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Vacation Bible School 2016: Barnyard Roundup
Jun 6, 2016 to Jun 10, 2016
Come join in all the fun at this year's Vacation Bible School!
Barnyard Roundup will be happening the week of Jun 6-10. Children ages 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to participate! (The 6th grade students will be volunteering in daily service projects.)
Volunteers will be needed in all areas including: Teachers, Skits, Music, Recreation, Snacks, and Nursery.
Call the Catholic Education office for more information and to volunteer.
Attention High School students: This is a great opportunity to gather your service hours for the following school year.REGISTER NOW
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PDCCW's "Women of the Year" and "Young Women of the Year" Awards
Jun 18, 2016
at the Cathedral of Ss. Simon and Jude, Phoenix
The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) is preparing for the 2016 "Women of the Year" and "Young Women of the Year" award ceremony. Each year PDCCW hosts this event to recognize the outstanding ladies who volunteer their time and talents in their parishes.
There are many dedicated and faithful ladies (and young ladies ages 16-22) serving out there in your parishes. We encourage you to take this opportunity to nominate them for this award and let them know how much they are appreciated.
Deadline for nominations is Fri, May 13. Nomination forms and guidelines for both awards are available on the PDCCW website at www.PDCCW.com.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will honor the 2016 "Women of the Year" and "Young Women of the Year" award winners with a luncheon and Mass at the Cathedral of Ss. Simon and Jude on Sat, Jun 18.
For additional information please contact Roberta Bazaldua at 602-471-1944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jun 26, 2016
Totus Tuus is a week-long Christ-centered summer program led by college-aged missionaries. This 5-day mission is for youth to come closer to the heart of Christ through the Sacraments, prayer, learning, games, skits, and fun!
in the Fall will meet Mon, Jun 27-Fri, Jul 1.
Students entering 7th -12th grades will meet Sun, Jun 26-Thu, Jun 30.
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Steubenville West 2016
Jul 15, 2016 to Jul 17, 2016
in Tucson on the U of A Campus
Join us for a powerful weekend of encountering Christ through the Sacraments, prayer, dynamic speakers, games, and the joy of joining with hundreds of other Catholic teens! Contact Anthony to RSVP as soon as possible!
Coordinator of Youth Evangelization: Anthony Janus, Anthony.Janus@corpuschristiphx.org, 480-893-8770 ext. 236
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