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A week of feasts!
from Fr. Chad King on September 28, 2014
This week I decided to take a pause from communicating about the state of Corpus Christi, and instead write something of a more spiritual nature. I am doing so in light of one of the most holiest weeks of the year (at least in my opinion), this upcoming week—jam packed with Feast Days in which we celebrate the lives and workings of some Angels and Saints.
On Monday we celebrate the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael (I hope you all know and pray the St. Michael prayer—as we do after daily Mass) is God's Warrior, who defends us in battle against Satan. Archangel Gabriel was the one who asked Mary if she would say "yes" to her allimportant role in the great plan of salvation for the entire world. May Archangel Gabriel convict each of us in our role in the plan of the salvation of every human person. And finally, Archangel Raphael, whom we know from the Book of Tobit, guided Tobias to meet and heal his future wife, Sarah. May Raphael heal all marriages that are in need and bring the spouse God intends for those who are looking.
Tuesday is the Feast day of St. Jerome—the great biblical scholar and translator. It is Jerome who reminds us that "ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." I implore you not to be ignorant of Christ—read and study your bible. And remember, if you come to Mass every day for three years, you will have heard about 80% of the entire bible-. Maybe you can make it to daily Mass more this week— every morning at 8:15am and Tuesday evening at 6pm, after Confessions.
Wednesday is the Feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, but more on her in a second.
Thursday is the Feast day of the Guardian Angels, a special day in my life. May we thank each of our guardian angels in a special way and ask that we all be guided in the will of God throughout the day on Thursday.
Friday is the only non-Feast day, but it is still a holy day, particularly for those who have First Friday devotions.
Saturday is the great Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. I know you know all about him through Fr. Hoorman and Deacon Phil Simeone, among others in our parish. I am reminded of the quote from St. Francis in the Adoration Chapel, "He looks at me, and I look at Him." May we spend more time in Adoration this week if at all possible, and look at Him and allow Him to look upon you in love.
In this week, in which we celebrate so many Angels and Saints who participated in the work of salvation for us and for every person, I want to remind you of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. In my office I have a picture of her as a little girl and her as a Carmelite Nun. I love those pictures because it shows that no matter who we are or what age we are, we are called to become a Saint. And we are called to desire and work towards that goal today and every day of our lives. Not only does she hopefully inspire us, but she also shows us how to become a Saint. St. Thérèse writes, "this desire to be a great saint could certainly appear daring if one were to consider how weak and imperfect I was, and how, after seven years in the religious life, I still am weak and imperfect. I always feel, however, the same bold confidence of becoming a great saint because I don't count on my merits, since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness. God alone, content with my weak efforts, will raise me to Himself and make me a Saint, clothing me in His infinite merits." We don't become holy or a Saint ourselves, but He makes us holy if we humble ourselves in our weaknesses to Him. Be a Saint! What else is there?!
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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Schedule of Faith Formation Class Start Dates
Special Education: Mon, Sep 29
Atrium (ages 3-5): Tue, Oct 14 & Wed, Oct 15
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Help Wanted: Pastoral Council Members
Fr. Chad is currently looking for FOUR new parishioners to serve on the Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council at Corpus Christi consists of seven voting members (excluding clergy and staff) of the lay faithful who are active parishioners.
The council helps to promote communication, understanding, and resolution among Parish ministries/organizations and parishioners. The council meets with the Pastor about once a month to help discuss, prayerfully discern, and advise me on various topics or issues regarding the parish. I would like the members to be of various ages and areas of involvement, but still have a well-rounded knowledge of the parish as a whole.
If you would like to be considered, please write a letter or email (at least a paragraph) introducing yourself to Fr. Chad, what ministries/organizations you have been involved with in the parish, and why you think you would like to serve in this capacity.
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Join Fr. Chad for new Adult Faith Formation Program
Thursdays, Sep 25 through Dec 11
in the Parish Center
Journey around the world and deep into the Faith.
For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic Faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience.
Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr. Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth's people.
From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda...from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Journey deep into the Faith as you watch each episode.
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Sep 17, 2014
All children in 1st - 5th grades are invited to join the Children’s Choir and be part of a fun and rewarding experience!
Children’s Choir rehearsals take place EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY beginning Wed, Sep 17 in the Church from 4:00-4:45pm. Under the direction of Matthew Henry, the Children’s Choir will sing at all the Family Masses, as well as at the Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve and other times throughout the liturgical year.
If you have any questions, please call 480-893-1160.
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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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Sep 29, 2014 (6:30p - 8:30p)
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 1: Mondays, Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, & 20 6:30-8:00pm
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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Women's Sodality Meeting
Oct 1, 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 next meeting will be on Wed, Oct 1, beginning with Mass at 6:00pm in the Church, followed by our meeting in the Parish Center at 6:30pm.
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St. Gerard Circle: Monthly Meeting
Oct 3, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)
in the Parish Center
We are excited to welcome Melanie Pritchard as our Featured Speaker.
Melanie Pritchard has a Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and is the Founder of Vera Bella Catholic Girls’ Formation Program (www.verabella.org) and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Life and Love (www.fflal.org). She speaks nationwide to Catholic audiences about modesty, chastity, dignity of life issues, and marriage. In 2010, The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix honored her with the “Evangelium Vitae Award.” She is a featured author in the book I Choose God, and has written her own book called, The Day I Died about her survival after suffering an amniotic fluid embolism.
All Catholic mothers are welcome!
A goodwill donation is requested from all non-SGC members to attend and will be given to Mrs. Pritchard for her time and inspiration.
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Family Mass & Potluck/St. Francis Festival
Oct 4, 2014 (5:30p)
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First Saturday Rosary Hike
Oct 4, 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, Oct 4 - 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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Annual Soccer Challenge
Oct 4, 2014 (9:00a - 11:00a)
Join Corpus Christi’s and St. Benedict's Knights of Columbus for our annual Soccer Challenge. It will be held at St. John Bosco's soccer field. Boys and girls ages 9-14 will be able to test their goal shooting ability at various targets from the penalty line. Hope to see you there!
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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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Blessing of the Animals
Oct 5, 2014 (2:00p)
in the Pavilion
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Oct 7, 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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Arizona Rosary Celebration
Oct 12, 2014 (2:00p - 4:15p)
Plan to attend the Arizona Rosary Celebration on Sun, Oct 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center from 2:00-4:15pm. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, will preside. Pray the Holy Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, participate in a Blessing Procession, enjoy music, and listen to the words of keynote speaker the Very Rev. Juan-Diego Brunetta, O. P. Honor Mary under her title, The Immaculate Conception.
All Catholic schools, parishes, organizations and groups are invited to participate. Pray for the success of the Arizona Rosary Celebration.
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Atrium begins in October
Oct 14, 2014
Atrium (The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) is a religious formation program for children 3 to 6 years of age.
This amazing year long program is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and uses the educational principles of Montessori.
The 2014-2015 sessions begin Tue, Oct 14 and Wed, Oct 15.
Register at the Catholic Education Office. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Vance at 480-893-1160.
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Annual Car & Bike Show
Oct 18, 2014 (10:00a - 2:00p)
in the Far North Parking Lot
Event is open to the Public. Bring the whole family!
There will be music, food, drinks, and raffles.
To register your car or bike in the show, please contact Dennis Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission and the Just for Vets Foundation will be the major beneficiaries.
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Oct 25, 2014 (5:00p - 9:00p)
Fun for the entire family!
Food * Fun * Games * Music * Trunk or Treat * Basket Raffle * 50/50
Trunk-or-Treat event sponsored by St. Gerard Circle.
Desserts sponsored by Altar Guild.
Games provided by High School Catholic Education.
German food sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Entertainment provided by the Music Ministry.
All proceeds to benefit the Parish Center!
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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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