BACK TO BEGINNINGS:
All our parish liturgical services are now being celebrated in the original church space of the parish, now the parish hall. The parish hall was the original church space of the parish for 27 years. The current church space which has been in service for worship for 33 years is undergoing remodeling. Thanks to all of our parishioners for your patience and understanding during this relocation to the parish hall for all our liturgical functions. What remains consistent during this time of transition is our coming together in God’s presence in the Mass, in Word, community, and Sacrament, calling us and leading us to loving service. Whenever God’s people come together in His name, Jesus assures us “there I am in your midst”.
It is our hope that the remodel within the church space will be concluded by the middle of August. The initial phase of the remodel is progressing according to plan. Let’s pray that it will continue to progress favorably on the time schedule that has been set forth.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS (MID-MAY THROUGH MID-AUGUST):
Because of the extensive renewal projects taking place in the church space during the summer months, the weekly exposition is relocated from the Cenacle Chapel to its own special designated room at the northwest corner of the parish hall...currently the Choir Room. The door to the space has a handicap ramp and will be secured at all times by a keypad on the door. The combination to the keypad is available to Eucharist Adorers at the parish office.
All of our weekday and weekend Masses are now in the hall space (our original church) through mid-August. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows the regular weekly schedule in its new designated space during the approximate three-month period of time.
I am hopeful that the relocation of the exposition space during this period of time will not change the adorer’s weekly practice of adoration and prayer in the present of the exposed Sacrament.
60TH ANNIVERSARY INTERESTING STATISTICS:
Since the beginning of the parish, there have been 8,813 baptisms; 10,750 first communions; 6,068 confirmations; 3,253 marriages; and 2,830 funerals celebrated here at Our Mother of Sorrows parish.
COMMEMORATIVE 60TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKMARKERS NOW AVAILABLE:
These remind us of our primary purpose with our Parish Mission Statement on one side of the bookmarker and the 60th Anniversary theme …Remember, Renew and Rediscover Jesus Christ on the other side.
Remember, Renew & Rediscover
Our parish community gathers in thanks,
As a pilgrim people of faith.
Called by the Lord,
To remember, renew and rediscover.
We pause to remember
The abiding presence of the Lord
On the journey of sixty years.
Yes, and for more than 2,000 years.
We pause to renew our relationship
With this abiding, healing and merciful Presence,
And with our patroness – Our Mother of Sorrows
Bequeathed to us from the Cross.
We pause to rediscover
This sacred and abiding companionship,
As we journey on with Jesus and Mary
On our pilgrim way home.
THREE R’S RENEWAL PROJECTS WELL-PLANNED:
Our deepest thanks and gratitude to all our Building & Maintenance commission members for pre-planning so well for the church building renewal projects during the next three-month period. The commission is now becoming a construction management group. The construction management committee plans to meet on a weekly basis to oversee and monitor the development of these renewal projects within the church. The following parishioners are members of our Building & Maintenance/construction management group: Hank Krzysik (construction manager), Steve Contreras (parish business manager), Jose Reyes (parish facilities manager), Jay Alexander, Rodney Langer, Andy McGovern, Oscar Esquerra, and Randy Samuel.
FLASHBACK TO 3RD WEEKLY BULLETIN . . .JUNE 29, 1958:
The number of parishioners in attendance at the three Masses last Sunday totaled 502. This figure was very encouraging insofar as it was the first Sunday, June 22nd, that Mass was offered at the new parish and the distance to the Seminary was considerable. It is hoped that all parishioners of Our Mother of Sorrows will attend Mass at the Seminary in the very near future.
Due to the large attendance at the last Mass on Sunday, two additional Masses will be scheduled at 11 and 12 o’clock, beginning next Sunday, July 6th. Five Masses will be celebrated each Sunday, on the hour, beginning at 8:00 o’clock.
The County Office of Public Highways has been contacted and assurance was given that 22nd Street from Wilmot Rd. to the Seminary shall be watered down each Friday afternoon in preparation for the traffic on Sunday morning.
OUR MISSION AND OUR PURPOSE AS A PARISH:
As we enter into our 60th Anniversary year, we need to ask ourselves the question “Who are we as a parish?” and “What is our purpose?” The verse before the Gospel in the Mass of the Ascension of Christ into heaven gives us clear purpose and mission in the words of Jesus….Go and teach all nations, says the Lord. I am with you always until the end of the world.
Our first purpose as parish is to proclaim and live the Good News. This is a priority and over and above the Three R’s renewal projects within the church space over the next three months. It is easy for us to get sidetracked from our mission onto maintenance. Our Three R’s theme for our 60th Anniversary is at the very heart of the mission of our parish. It is at the core of our faith as Catholics. We are called to: Remember God’s abiding presence with us in Jesus Christ in the community of the Church; Renew our relationship with Jesus Christ again and again through Word, community, Sacrament and loving service; Rediscover Jesus Christ in the joy of the Gospel through ongoing encounter and missionary conversion.
WE ARE STRIVING TO BE A MISSION-DRIVEN PARISH by helping all people encounter Jesus and experience conversion through their involvement at the parish and outside; forming individuals to discern our chrisms on God’s given vocations; answering the outward call of the parish by providing formation for individuals to both take part in parish ministries and transform the secular world. Pope Francis’ definition of a parish featured on the front page of the bulletin each week gives us another perspective on who we are as a parish.
MCS: Our parish is about proclaiming the Message, forming Community, leading to loving Service.
Fr. Richard Awange will be taking up his new assignment in pastoral ministry at St. Margaret’s parish in Tucson on August 1st. The parish is most grateful to Fr. Richard for his very generous spirit of service and ministry during these past two years. He has been very available for a wide range of priestly ministries during this period of time. The parish will host a bon voyage reception for Fr. Richard after the 9am Mass on July 29th. Deacon Thomas Quirk will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral at 10am on June 2nd. Parishioners who have never experienced the beautiful ritual of an Ordination Mass and who may have a desire to participate are encouraged to do so. Fr. Quirk will be taking up his first priestly assignment with us here at Our Mother of Sorrows on the first week of July.
A MESSAGE FROM FR. RICHARD — MY TIME AT OMOS:
Living and ministering among the people of OMOS was a sweet delight. The challenge was a commitment of faith to missionary discipleship. It was a period of creative fidelity to the Joy of proclaiming the Gospel. Initially, it made real demands of my persistence, perseverance and emotional fortitude. But soon the payback was measured in better understanding of the people of OMOS and the culture of ministry that has been maintained in her traditions. I picked up the competency of expression and achieved the reflexes to freely flow with the currents and faith of the people of OMOS — an environment of collaborative ministry. More enriching was the quality of personal friendship and generous hospitality of her people. I found particular satisfaction in my ministry with the children of OMOS School and Life Teens who I will dearly miss so much. Such a worthy time well spent only makes me feel ready to now move on: a Missionary Disciple to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque here in the Diocese of Tucson.
Fr. Richard Awange
INTRODUCTION FROM DEACON TOM QUIRK
Hello, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish! My name is Deacon Tom Quirk. Just a couple of weeks ago, I received a wonderful letter from Bishop Weisenburger telling me that he has assigned me to OMOS this July. He will ordain me a priest this coming June 2nd at St. Augustine Cathedral. (By the way, all are welcome to attend this 10am Mass.) I can’t wait to become a priest, and I’m very excited to begin my priestly ministry with you all.
Our Bishop has placed me with you because he understands that Our Mother of Sorrows parish is an excellent community for a brand new associate pastor. I can’t wait to learn many things, from Msgr. Tom and from you, as I serve as your new priest. Please pray for me and know that you are already in my prayers as I prepare to take on this new role. May our Lord and his Mother, models of faithful service and self-gift, make their presence known to us as we journey together. And may God richly bless you all!
(Almost) Father Tom
KNOW YOUR STAFF — Laura Stehle:
It has been a great blessing for me to be the Director of Religious Education and the Christian Life and Social Concerns Coordinator here at Our Mother of Sorrows. I started working at the parish part-time almost 25 years ago assisting the director with the Religious Education Program. I feel the Holy Spirit guided me in a way I never expected and over the years I took over as the Religious Education Coordinator. In 2004, after completing the diocesan Living Stones program, I started full time as the Director of Religious Ed. It is wonderful to be able to walk with families and assist them in their child’s faith journey. Sacrament preparation and celebrations are a real joy for me as I see the church filled with families celebrating Sacraments.
I have always been involved in social outreach and cared deeply about those living in the margins. In 2012, I became the coordinator for Christian Life and it has been such a joy for me to oversee ministries such as TIHAN, Haiti, Blessed Nuno Society, Care for Creation, Primavera, and Consistent Ethic of Life. Some of my favorite outreach projects include our Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach, Christmas Angel Tree, Lenten Change Haiti Outreach, and pilgrimages to the Blessed Nuno Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
I’ve been blessed with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren that live here in Tucson and all of which have made some of their Sacraments here at the parish. It has been a great blessing to be part of such a wonderful staff and parish and to do something I feel so passionate about.
THREE-YEAR CATHOLIC BIBLE INSTITUTE:
Parishioners interested in learning more about the three-year Catholic Bible Institute may pick up a brochure with registration information at the Parish Office. The three-year Catholic Bible Institute sponsored by the diocese will be hosted again here at Our Mother of Sorrows parish. The Institute usually meets on the third Saturday of each month (8:30am to 4pm), beginning in August. Many of our parishioners who participated in the first three-year series feel very gratified and enriched through the in-depth study of the Bible.
STANDUP FOR KIDS TUCSON:
Kim Sisson, our Parish Youth Minister, is currently Executive Director and has been volunteering with SUFK for ten years. StandUp For Kids Tucson is a small grass roots and 100% volunteer non-profit organization with the goal of recognizing and meeting the needs of our local homeless youth. This includes fundraising, creating awareness and developing programs.
SUFK volunteers go into the streets Sunday and Wednesday evenings with trained volunteers. They reach out to our homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. Carrying food, hygienic products, service information, and other basic supplies, they encounter those kids where they are...living on the streets. Even though homeless kids need these items, the real goal is building trust relationships by being compassionate and loving. Often SUFK volunteers are their only example of a healthy relationship.
OMOS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL STARTING SOON:
VBS snacks are a big part of the Bible-learning experience and your help is greatly needed to help feed our VBS crews. Graham Crackers, Fruit Roll-Ups by the Foot, Capri-Sun, Goldfish Crackers, Vanilla Pudding Cups and Vanilla Wafers are needed. Donations of cash and Fry’s cards help to purchase items in short supply. For additional information about VBS, contact Laura Stehle, 747-1321.
‘PRAYING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS’ BY FR. JAMES MARTIN:
A few years ago, a Jesuit friend remarked in a homily that every time we enter a church we are reminded of our baptismal promises. Sitting in the pews, I thought, “We are?”.
My friend meant that when we dip our fingers into the holy water font and trace the Sign of the Cross on our forehead, shoulders and chest, we are reminded of the waters of baptism and of being baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This “Trinitarian” formula reflects the Christian belief that God has been revealed to us as “one in three persons.” Now, even those who have had just a smattering of theology know that almost anything you say about the Trinity will be inadequate — because the Trinity is a great mystery! It’s hard to say something that won’t deny either the individuality of the Father, Son and Spirit or the unity of three in one.
One of the best insights I’ve heard is that the Trinity is a “community of love”. And as community, the Trinity shows us that our life is lived not only in common with God but in common with one another. God is, to sum up, relational. God’s own nature is relational, and this offers us an insight into our own lives, patterned as they are after the Trinity.
So the next time you make the Sign of the Cross, either as you enter a church, begin a prayer, or even during a moment of fear, you might remember God’s “relational” nature. And you might be reminded that God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — desperately longs to be in relationship with you.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage and In All Seasons, For All Reasons, a collection of essays drawn from his column in Give Us This Day.
PARISH BUDGET NEWS FROM STEVE CONTRERAS, PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER:
As we approach the end of May 2018, our stewardship is almost 10% ahead of our budget for this time of the year. Even with the Three R’s Capital Campaign, our stewardship has been maintained, though we have fallen behind where we were last year at this time. As we come to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, our stewardship typically declines. However, our current surplus will help carry us through the “lean summer”. Our new FY18/19 Budget has been approved by the Finance Committee and OMOS Board of Directors. Due to rising costs and our stewardship plateau, we will need to tighten our belts for next year just like every family does with their household budget. The new stewardship budget will continue with the weekly stewardship goal of $19,000 per week. We are so grateful to you, our parishioners, who make all the 70 to 80 ministries possible with your support.
June 2018 Update
June 2nd - 10 a.m.
St. Augustine Cathedral
June 8th & June 9th
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Parish Mission Statement
As missionary disciples filled with the joy of the Gospel, our parish proclaims an ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ through Word, community , Sacrament and loving service.
Sunday, September 16, 2019
Rededication of Church Space
Special Mass at 1:00pm
Concelebrated by Bishop Weisenburger, Bishop Emeritus Kicanas and former OMOS associate clergy. Mass will honor charter members, alumni, religious and former associates.
Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Parishioner & School Alumni Celebration
(in conjunction with National Catholic Schools Week)
Join us in celebrating 60 years of Catholic education at
OMOS with fellowship, tours and food.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Festival of Families
Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland this year to celebrate Mass for the World Meeting on Families. Here at OMOS we also want to focus on the importance of families. Come and join us as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary with food, fun and games.
60th Anniversary Observances
Mercy Outlets and Pilgrimages
Blessed Nuno Society
Join a pilgrimage to the Queen of All Angels Orphanage and
neighborhood outreach in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Pilgrimages: June 2, Aug. 25, Dec.1
Valid passport required
Mass at Casa Maria on the 2nd Tuesday Mass starts at 10:00am
Sandwich making on the 3rd Thursday
PAC Dining Room 8:30—10:30am
Primavera Men’s Shelter
Cook dinner on the 4th Wednesday
Parish Hall kitchen at 2:00pm
Serve dinner at the shelter
Leave OMOS at 5:00pm
Sr. Jose Women’s Center
Cook Dinner at the Center
Individuals or Groups
Schedule with Madeleine, 747-1321
Day or Night Volunteer
Contact Laura Lynn, 909-3905
St. Vincent de Paul Outreach
Minister here at OMOS to those in need of food and services
Mon - Sat 9:00am - 12:00pm
Stand Up for Kids
Find, stabilize and help homeless teens improve their lives.
Contact Kim Sisson, 747-1321.
Reach out to those living with HIV/Aids.
Help OMOS serve lunch at the Poz Café on the 3rd Monday in January.
Attend volunteer training to help in the office or become a care partner.
Kino Mission Pilgrimage
February 26 - 28, 2019
Travel by motor coach during this three-day Tuesday--Thursday pilgrimage, where you will visit some of the missions in Sonora, Mexico established by Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino. Fr. Kino brought with him ideas and material culture—chiefly the Christian faith, the Spanish language, cattle, and crops that would deeply change the region forever. Join us in retracing the steps of Fr. Kino and the missionaries who followed him. A valid passport is required for this pilgrimage. The $575 fee includes all meals, transportation, and lodging (double occupancy).
Additional Pilgrimages During the Year
The Three R’s theme for our 60th anniversary is at the core of our faith as Catholics.
We are called to:
Remember God’s abiding presence with us in Jesus Christ
Renew our relationship with Jesus Christ again and again through Word, community, Sacrament, and loving Service
Rediscover Jesus Christ and the joy of the Gospel through ongoing encounter
and missionary conversion
OUR MOST HOLY TIME
We are now entering into our most holy time and season. If Holy Week and Easter were to be omitted from our Church’s calendar, we would be left with nothing. Our pastoral theme would begin and end, “We are all sinners” and “loved by God” would not be part of our reality and understanding. But because of the saving and life giving action of Jesus during the first Holy Week, through His suffering, dying, death and rising, we are all embraced by God’s unconditional love. Because Jesus, God’s own Son, willingly entered into His passion for us, we can fully proclaim that, “we are all sinners loved by God”. The Joy of the Gospel is surely proclaiming this good news. I invite you to pray our parish mission statement as a mantra prayer, “As missionary disciples, our parish joyfully proclaims an ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ through Word, community, Sacrament and loving service”. We are so blessed through the gift of our living faith in the Risen Lord.
OUR THREE MOST HOLY DAYS….THE TRIDUUM
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday lead us into the greatest celebration of our faith…Easter…Alleluia, Alleluia. Easter is the mountain top experience of our faith. The Risen Lord brought our broken humanity to the cross and brought it in triumph over sin and death to resurrection and glory. Through our baptism, the Risen Lord leads us and calls us to be a risen people, bringing hope and joy and life beyond life to our everyday world, so often searching desperately for meaning and purpose.
Our Lenten journey was defined by the Three R’s…Reform, Repent and Renew. The renewal of our baptismal promises at all the Easter Masses typically connects us all deeply to our new humanity in the Risen Lord.
A FIFTY DAY FESTIVAL OF FAITH
Easter is a fifty-day festival of faith and Easter is to each year what Sunday is to each week. Each Sunday is a mini-Easter and participating in Sunday Mass renews us in the Easter life.
38 PEOPLE TO BE FULLY RECEIVED AT THE EASTER VIGIL
Twelve participants will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). Thirteen participants will profess their faith and receive Eucharist and Confirmation. Thirteen participants will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. And four couples will have their marriage validated in the Catholic Church.
The following are some testimonials from some of those fully received into the Church at the Easter Vigil:
ALIENATED CATHOLICS ANONYMOUS (ACA) AFTER-EASTER SERIES
Inactive? Hurt? Angry? Alienated from God or the Church? Seeking peace? Come to the 6-part After-Easter Alienated Catholics Anonymous series. The series begins on Easter Mondayevening, April 2nd at 7pm in the Parish Activity Center. This series will involve informal sharing, reflections from Catholics recently returned to full and active participation in their faith. It will also serve as an update on what Catholics believe. The series will address the needs of those who have entered into non-sacramental marriages and where there exists conflicts between their closest relationships and their Church. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Brochures on the series are available in the church vestibule and the parish office. These Monday evenings are open to all and will be facilitated by the Pastor.
MASSES FOR THREE MONTHS WILL BE BACK TO THE ORIGINAL CHURCH OF THE PARISH…THE PARISH HALL
Daily and weekend Masses will be celebrated in the original church of the parish…the parish hall…beginning on May 17th and will continue until mid-August. It is estimated that the 3R's church building projects will take a minimal three months to complete. During these three months, the regular weekly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be located in the Choir Room in the southeast corner of the parish hall.
“KNOW YOUR STAFF”...MARY CHAJEWSKI
I am humbled and honored to be the Adult Faith Coordinator at Our Mother of Sorrows. You can usually find me coordinating or facilitating the adult offerings, such as retreats, book sharing, adult enrichment classes, and marriage couple-to-couple sessions or working with the adults seeking their Sacraments to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. I’m a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister, which helps me in the many ministries I’m involved with. I truly love my position here. Easter Vigil is the highlight for the Catholic Church, but it is also the highlight of my year as I see so many participants filled with joy and love as they receive their Sacraments.
I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan, and my husband, Deacon Chuck, is from Wisconsin. We came to Tucson and OMOS Parish in 1973, when the Air Force brought us here. The Air Force sent us to Europe for 7 years, but then returned us to Tucson in 1982, and we’ve been here ever since. We have been married 45 years; have 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and a lot of foster children who call us grandparents. As many of you know, I am a Green Bay Packer backer … it was an unofficial part of our marriage understanding and has been a lot of fun ever since.
It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to serve Our Mother of Sorrows in so many ways. I am here by no accident; the Spirit has led me on this enriching spiritual journey!
ADULT FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR (20-30 HRS/WEEK)
Mary Chajewski who has served so wonderfully in this position will be retiring on June 30. The parish will be actively seeking her replacement. Necessary qualifications for the position: ●Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in human service, communications or related field ●Master’s degree in religious studies or pastoral theology preferred ●Appreciation for Vatican II theology ●Knowledge of adult faith formation and learning styles ●Skilled in group dynamics ●Background and appreciation of contemporary theology, adult education, spirituality, and formation ●Competent in budgeting, recruitment, evaluation, and religion ●Certificate in lay ecclesial ministry program ●Fluency in Spanish desirable. A profile of the position will appear on the parish website after Easter.
HONDURAS — A BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL LAND BY KIM SISSON
Each year I travel to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos in Central America to form Catechists and build Atriums for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This work, which never feels like work, began in Honduras and has extended to Guatemala and Nicaragua. Often, I arrive with a plan that is quickly adjusted to meet the needs of the current situation. Always, I arrive to meet loving, faithful people who desire to lead children to Jesus. Over the years I have received many gifts. In addition to many beautiful friendships, I have been blessed to be present for baptisms, first communion preparations, the arrival of new children, the dying of others, funerals, and many celebrations. What began so many years ago with a crazy English speaking woman traveling into a country that was called the “murder capital of the world” has become an annual visit to my ‘second home’, surrounded by hundreds of children and people I love dearly. The gift of being able to watch the children as they heal and grow in love with our Lord is difficult to put into words.
The beauty of celebrating Mass together where children serve in all capacities and offer food they have sacrificed during the week for the poorer communities nearby overflows my heart. This year the greatest gift was Jarvin. Jarvin began in the Atrium at age 3 and, at his request, joined us for formation at age 14. Excited and engaged, he was the first one to respond to a question and confirmed through sharing his experiences that the method of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd truly leads the child to a deep understanding of the love of God.
In our discussions on Salvation History he shared, “I wonder about Israel because when God opened the sea, they believed, but in the next moment, they forgot”. He also said, “The Philistines were stupid because they were afraid of God, but they didn’t convert”. Also, in great joy he exclaimed, “I have just realized how God always chose the smallest…Israel…David!” Jarvin was born ill and is very small for his age so I imagine this was a very personal discovery. In another moment he shared, “My favorite work in the Atrium is the tomb because if a child has lost a mother, he will be so happy that Jesus resurrected, and we will rise again.” Again, this is his reality and his comfort is Jesus. I have many quotes from our time together, but I will leave you with just one more, “Always when I am at Mass I see the cross and the candles and think light is stronger than darkness and resurrection is stronger than death.”
In a country of extreme poverty and violence, there stands a home on what feels like holy ground. NPH is a Catholic orphanage and was founded by the forgiveness of Fr. Bill Wasson in Mexico. It is currently located in 9 countries and selfishly I hope to visit them all.
PARISH MISSION WEEK WELL RECEIVED
Our Parish Mission Week seemed to have been well received through the good preaching of Fr. Greg Adolf. The two evening missions in Spanish conducted by Sr. Gladys and Msgr. Raul Trevizo was also well received by all participants. Mission Week is always a good preparation for entering into the Triduum of our three most holy days.
AN UNBROKEN CIRCLE BY SHARON BREWER
A Southern hymn sings “Let the circle be unbroken.” Here at Our Mother of Sorrows we are currently celebrating our own unbroken circle. On May 10, 1958, a “new” parish was established on the far eastside of Tucson and its church home was dedicated on November 8, 1959. For 26 years, we shared liturgies and sacraments, lives and traditions. A thriving parish and school community grew until the church became too small to meet all parishioners’ needs. On May 26, 1985, our current church home was dedicated and the circle of parish life continued unbroken. Today, we are again addressing the need to refresh and renew our church home. In mid-May, the circle will take us back to our first church home where we began while necessary work is being completed. In September, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish will celebrate its sixtieth year by following the circle back to our renovated church. The circle of Our Mother of Sorrows parish home continues unbroken.
DEACON CHARLES WHALEN CALLED HOME BY THE LORD
His final ‘yes’ to the Lord came on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, when the Lord called him to his eternal home. Deacon Charles served faithfully and well as one of our deacons for a period of twelve years. He had a very deep love for the Lord and for the ministry and for God’s people. Following are personal quotes from him from his personnel file regarding his ministry time here at Our Mother of Sorrows parish:
AN SCHOOL UPDATE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL, ERIN VU
Over the past 18 months, the school has been preparing for a visit from the school’s accrediting team: WCEA. During March 12-14, a team of educators came to verify the Self Study document. The visit included classroom observations, a review of surveys and data, and meetings with each shareholder. The team looked at how well the school has accomplished the goals from the last six years, how the school is currently performing, and how well the school has planned for the next six years. At the conclusion of the visit, the school received either effective or highly effective in each of the twelve accreditation factors. This is a great accomplishment for the entire community.
Over the next six years, the school community will be working on curriculum mapping, meeting the needs of all learners, using data to inform instruction, engaging families in the life of the school, and incorporating the school-wide learning expectations into the culture of the community. I look forward to working with our community during the next six years as we continue to improve!
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
Thanks to the 374 parishioners who have already pledged $98,617 representing 60% of our parish goal of $163,340. Parishioners who have not yet completed their pledge to this year’s appeal are encouraged to please do so.
SPECIAL HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULES
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Last Supper; Washing of the Feet, 7pm
Good Friday - Stations of the Cross and Communion Service, 2:30pm
Good Friday - The Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and Communion Service, 7pm
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday 7 PM each evening.
Good Friday has Stations of the Cross at 2:30 PM and
Proclamation of the Passion at 7 PM.
EASTER MASS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
7:00 PM-Easter Vigil Mass - All Priests - Combined Choirs
There is no 5:30 PM Mass
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1
5:45 AM-Sunrise Mass (Courtyard) - Cantor
7:00 AM-Church - Cantor
9:00 AM-Church - Combined Adult Choirs
9:00 AM-Parish Hall - Cantor
10:45 AM-Church - Angels
10:45 AM-Parish Hall - Cantor
12:30 PM-Church - Jubilation
2:00 PM - Iglesia - Misa en Español - Matices
No habrá misa de las 4:00 PM en español
LENT IS A-MOVING
Hopefully moving us in the Spirit, the Spirit that led Jesus into the desert. Ash Wednesday was somewhat like a gold rush for the ashes, with very full participation at all scheduled masses. Participation at all our seven Ash Wednesday Masses was exemplary, edifying, prayerful and faithful. May this Lenten season, which began so well, continue to be a blessing in the Lord for all of us as we fully embrace the discipline of Lent…Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
It is so good to see the increased participation in our daily Lenten Masses and also increased prayer participation in the Cenacle Chapel. The Sacrament of Reconciliation during the three scheduled weekly times also shows increased participation. The Friday evening 5:30pm Lenten Mass followed by the Soup & Sacrifice meal in the parish hall are very popular gathering points for the Lenten discipline of PFA – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
A LENTEN CALL TO ESTABLISH FAVORABLE TIMES FOR PRAYER & FAVORABLE PLACES FOR PRAYER
In my own personal practices of daily prayer I found that a favorable time each day for intentional prayer and a favorable place to pray are two essential pillars for daily communion with God. Our desire to pray and to pray more often is best translated when we have a place favorable for prayer in our home… a prayer corner and a specific time to be there each day. A prayer corner in the catechism of the Catholic Church is described as a place that is favorable for prayer, a place that is free from distraction, and a place that will help us focus on sharing with God. Many of our parishioners have such prayer corners in their homes. They are constant reminders to them of the Holy and a call to have a consistent appointment time with the Lord to be there in the prayer corner on a daily basis.
A MEAL BLESSING FOR YOU TO USE AND SHARE DURING THIS HOLY SEASON:
Lenten Meal Blessing
We bless you, Lord, and we praise you,
For you have given us this meal to share,
Provided by the earth and prepared by human hands.
Help us remember those who cannot eat
Because of poverty or sickness
Let the brief hunger we feel this Lent
Make us hunger even more for justice.
May this meal strengthen us to do your will.
Blessed be God forever.
-Diana Macalintal, The Work of Your Hands
Reprinted from the February issue of Give Us This Day
FR. GREG ADOLF TO PREACH THE PARISH LENTEN MISSION
Fr. Greg Adolf, pastor of St. Andrew’s parish in Sierra Vista, will preach at all Masses on the weekend of March 17-18, and the Parish Mission on March 19, 20 & 21. The morning Mission during those days will be at 9:15am and the evening Mission at 7:15pm. The Mission theme is “Encountering Jesus…The Way, the Truth and the Life.”
ANOTHER SENSELESS MASS SHOOTING!!
The following is a statement from Bishop Weisenburger on the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Its focus is very clear, thought-provoking, and a call to action. It is shared here for our parishioners’ prayerful review and call to action.
“The mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida again calls us to action against the random and senseless destruction of human life. As with many of us, I too ask myself how many times will we need to hear the shocking, even unbelievable statistics that follow each incident without taking any meaningful action.
The Catholic Church discerned long ago that the faithful cannot condone abortion and also be followers of Christ. The Church also has come to recognize that other life issues such as slavery, racism, and usury also compromise our discipleship. I join with Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago in asserting that we cannot stand by and shrug our shoulders. We must make clear to our elected officials that the weapons and ammunition that facilitate this carnage have no place in our culture. We owe it to our children to protect the cherished freedoms so many have fought and died for: to worship, learn and work in safety. That is true patriotism. I also join with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia who likewise asserts that while we must pray for victims and promote healing, we also need to get angry: angry at our lawmakers for doing so little to prevent these catastrophes; angry at the media coverage that feeds off these tragedies as well as fuels them with a steady stream of sensationalism; and angry at ourselves for perversely tolerating these things and then forgetting them until the next round of violence.
One research group identified that between 2013 and 2015 there were 160 school shootings across 38 states. Nearly 53 percent of the identified shootings took place at K-12 schools, and 47 percent took place on college or university campuses. Here in Arizona, in January of 2011, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot with multiple deaths resulting, there were calls for restrictions on assault weapons and better protection for all of us. In December 2012 in Newtown Connecticut, 20 children and six adults were murdered. More calls for limited gun control, especially assault weapons, but no action by our elected leaders. Then the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas with 58 deaths and 891 injuries. I would add that some call this recitation of facts “the normalization of shootings,” in other words, the new normal.
Enough. We all are called to protect life. We must address this issue now.”
Let’s honor those already lost and suffering with action that will save lives. I urge our parishioners to contact our legislators and ask them, plead with them, to enact reasonable legislation and safeguards to protect the precious gift of human life. Contact information for our legislators is available on our parish website.
LITANY OF NON-VIOLENCE
Sisters of Providence
aware of our own brokenness,
we ask the gift of courage
to identify how and where
we are in need of conversion
in order to live in solidarity with all Earth's people.
Deliver us from the violence of superiority and disdain.
Grant us the desire, and the humility,
to listen with special care
to those whose experiences and attitudes
are different from our own.
Deliver us from the violence of greed and privilege.
Grant us the desire, and the will,
to live simply so others may have
their just share of Earth's resources.
Deliver us from the silence
that gives consent to abuse, war and evil.
Grant us the desire, and the courage,
to risk speaking and acting for the common good.
Deliver us from the violence
of irreverence, exploitation and control.
Grant us the desire, and the strength,
to act responsibly within the cycle of creation.
God of love, mercy and justice,
acknowledging our complicity
in those attitudes, action and words
which perpetuate violence,
we beg the grace of non-violent hearts.
+ Amen +
THANKS TO OUR THREE R’S PLEDGE GIVERS
Our parish is entering into its sixtieth anniversary year in mid-May. Over this past year we’ve been reflecting on all that has been given to us. We have been reflecting especially on “…what can we do now to ensure that the legacy we inherited remains for future generations?” This question has been reflected upon especially through our leadership councils…our Parish Ministries Council, our Stewardship & Development Council, our Parish Board of Directors, and our Liturgy & Worship and Building & Maintenance commissions. In order to ensure that Our Mother of Sorrows Parish and School remain strong and vibrant communities of faith, we embarked on this time last year on a capital campaign entitled Remember, Renew and Rediscover Jesus Christ. The maturing dollar pledges from the campaign are now adequate for us to address Phase One of our critical needs within our plant calling for attention. Phase One of the three-year projects are scheduled to take place from mid-May to mid-August within our church building. The following needs will be addressed within the church building renewal during the three months of the summer, from mid-May through mid-August:
MASSES BACK TO THE ORIGINAL CHURCH OF THE PARISH…THE PARISH HALL
Daily and weekend Masses will be celebrated in the original church of the parish…the parish hall…beginning on May 17th and will continue until mid-August. It is estimated that the church building projects will take a minimal three months to complete. In these three months, the regular weekly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be located in the Choir Room in the southeast corner of the parish hall.
MARCH 10TH PILGRIMAGE DAY TO OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS ORPHANAGE IN AGUA PRIETA
The Tucson Chapter of the Blessed Nuno Society, home-based here at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, is sponsoring an all-day pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta on Saturday, March 10th. Carl Sylvester, Executive Director, will lead the one-day pilgrimage. Participants will be helping bring supplies provided by the Society to the orphanage. The onsite visit to the orphanage, will give a hands-on prayerful experience of reaching out to the most vulnerable among us, the homeless orphans at the orphanage.
Parishioner pilgrims will need to have a valid passport. The carpool/motorcade will depart from the parish parking lot after a 7:15am Mass on Saturday, March 10th returning by 8pmon that Saturday evening. Pilgrim cars will be parked on the Douglas side of the border and the pilgrim group will walk across the border and board a bus for the 5-minute ride to the pilgrim site in Agua Prieta. There is no cost, but a freewill offering to offset the cost of the Mexican bus and to assist the orphanage will be collected at the orphanage. Pilgrims are responsible for paying for their own lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Interested parishioners are asked to contact Rocio at the parish office at 747-1321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYING THE ‘JESUS PRAYER’ BY FR. JAMES MARTIN
In The Way of a Pilgrim, a 19th-century Russian spiritual classic, the words of St. Paul change a man’s life. An unnamed pilgrim encounters Paul’s advice to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17) and embarks on a quest to learn how. In time, he encounters a starets, or holy man, who teaches him the “Jesus Prayer.” The prayer has its roots in the fifth-century Desert Fathers, though it may be older. It is deceptively simple: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (Some versions do not include the words “a sinner”.) One practice is to breathe in slowly as you pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,” and then slowly exhale on the words, “have mercy on me, a sinner”.
The prayer can be used in at least two ways. First, as a quieting backdrop for prayer. You can repeat the words and let yourself enter into the presence of God, noticing what arises or simply enjoying being in God’s presence. For many people, the practice of using comforting words to quiet themselves can be a highly effective way to pray.
The second way to use the Jesus prayer is to focus on the meaning of each word and let it penetrate your soul. What does it mean to call Jesus “Lord”? (For some that carries negative connotations; for others it reminds them of Jesus’ power and majesty.) What does it mean for Jesus to have mercy on you? And how does the awareness of your sins influence your relationship with Jesus?
However you pray it, let this simple and ancient prayer carry you closer to Jesus’ mercy.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide, and In All Season, For all Reasons, a collection of his essays from Give Us this Day.
“KNOW YOUR STAFF”...MEET STEVE CONTRERAS: As I approach my three-year anniversary as the Parish Business Manager, I have to do a double-take at how God has blessed my family and me, and how He continues to move in my life. The wide spectrum of my previous undergraduate and graduate degrees in Management and Accounting & Controllership, along with my over 30 years of secular business experience in budgeting, cost and investment analysis, proposals, and project management have all come into focus in this new ministry. I’m so grateful for the love and support of my wife, Debbie, for over 33 years. We both are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and have been Religious Education Catechists, and I continue to lector. Now as empty nesters, our four children are off living their own lives and doing their own thing. But we get to see our two grandchildren almost every day.
I’m humbled and thankful for the prayers, support and encouragement I receive from the whole parish and school. May God continue to bless all of you abundantly in every way.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
The 8:30am Mass on Saturday, March 17th will be our annual citywide Mass in honor of St. Patrick. Celtic music and dancing will be a special feature of the celebration and will begin at 8am and continue during the Mass. All Irish who fit into any of the following acronyms are invited and welcome… CIA, FBI, IBM, TWWTW.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
Our parish is in the first weeks of the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our parish goal is $163,304. Thanks to all who have participated to date and we look forward to generous participation of so many of our parishioners who have helped us meet our parish goal in the past. With the spirit of generosity that is so typically alive in our parish, this year’s goal should be attainable hopefully by Easter time. Parishioners who have not yet responded are invited to return the completed pledge in the weekend collection.
SPECIAL HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULES
Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:
Communal Penance - Sunday, March 25th at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 27th - after the 8:30 AM Mass, 4:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 28th - after the 6:30 AM Mass, 4:00-5:00 PM, 6:00-6:25 PM, and 7:00-8:00 PM.
There will be no confession times on Holy Saturday, March 31st.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday 7:00 PM each evening.
Good Friday has Stations of the Cross at 2:30 PM and Proclamation of the Passion at 7:00 PM.
EASTER MASS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
7:00 PM-Easter Vigil Mass - All Priests - Combined Choirs
There is no 5:30 PM Mass
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1
5:45 AM-Sunrise Mass (Courtyard) - Cantor
7:00 AM-Church - Cantor
9:00 AM-Church - Combined Adult Choirs
9:00 AM-Parish Hall - Cantor
10:45 AM-Church - Angels
10:45 AM-Parish Hall - Cantor
12:30 PM-Church - Jubilation
2:00 PM - Iglesia - Misa en Español - Matices
No Habra Misa de 4 PM en Español
February days bring us into springtime in the world of nature and on February 14th into the world of love, Valentine’s Day and the Lenten world of grace. Both bring times of new life – life in the world of nature and the life of the world in supernature.
Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day this year will introduce us into our annual springtime training during the Lenten season when the exercises of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (PFA) renew us in the three pillars of the Christian life. We are called to give more deliberate attention to them during the 40-day period of Lent. They bring us a deepening springtime in God’s love and presence…springtime in heart and in the spirit.
IS THE CALENDAR MIXED UP?
Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday on the same day! Seems though we should not be celebrating and enjoying “heart” day and begin the season of Lent on the same day. However, perhaps it is a great blend and mixture. What better way to begin Lent than to reflect on how we are called to change our heart? What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to reflect on how we are called to become more loving?
Lent’s basic message is to be open and be ready to change so that God’s love may increase in us. Lent isn’t just a time to remember that we are dust. Rather, we are to remember that God’s spirit of love was breathed into us when we were merely dust. That dust was then formed into a living person, capable of loving God and all creation. Lent is a point of turning or returning to our God, a season when our hearts can expand as God fills them with love.
BISHOP EDWARD WEISENBURGER’S NEW YEAR GREETINGS:
We are at the beginning of a new year. I must admit that I am moved by the year-end message of Pope Francis. He remarked that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice. In his characteristically direct and prophetic manner, he urged people everywhere to take responsibility for their actions. While I find the Holy Father’s assessment accurate and sober, I also find that it comes from a man whose life is a constant witness to boundless joy. Indeed, I believe it is that joy that has endeared him to most all the world. I suspect his words have great power as they flow from one who lives as he preaches, spending his days as a prophetic witness to peace, mercy, service of the poor and reconciliation among all peoples. Pope Francis is indeed a man who sees the world’s sufferings, but his witness is to the light of Christ — a light burning brightly which no darkness can ever overwhelm.
For those reading these humble words, I kindly invite you to join with me in looking honestly at our world and looking honestly within ourselves. Take an honest look at the sufferings of Christ as they are found in so many in our world today even as you take stock of the undeserved blessings of your own life. Consider the year behind us and join with me in answering Pope Francis’ call for the year ahead — accepting responsibility for our world, perhaps most especially by working to be part of someone else’s blessings in 2018.
SCHOOL STUDENT BODY ADORATION AND BENEDICTION:
Recently I celebrated a holy hour of adoration and benediction with the entire student body from our school. There was a very prayerful participation on the part of all the students during the prayer time. Following are some (direct) quotes from the third-graders’ reflections on their experience. They are simple, profound and precious.
The comments and observations of our third-graders on the exposition experience can be an invitation to all of us to visit the Cenacle Chapel during the exposition days. It’s a wonderful way to joyfully encounter Jesus Christ as the source and summit of the Christian life and His companionship in the living bread from heaven during exposition times.
MONTHLY HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER:
The parish will be offering a monthly Holy Hour of Prayer on the first Friday of each month beginning on February 2nd from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the church. Parishioners who are actively involved in ministry in the parish are especially invited and encouraged to participate. The monthly Holy Hour offers an opportunity for parishioners to come together in community of prayer in the presence of the exposed Sacrament. It will keep us prayerfully connected again and again with the source of all ministry. Without it, we may just be doing our own thing. The longer I remain in the ministry, the more I realize that it is the Lord who ministers to us and through us. When we continue to come back to the source, the Lord will bless us all abundantly.
KNOW YOUR STAFF - Madeleine Crespo, Executive Assistant to the Pastor:
I initially joined Our Mother of Sorrows as a 7th and 8th grade science and religion teacher. I answered the call to serve the wider parish community and joined the parish staff in 2015 as Executive Assistant to Msgr. Tom, a position which is both an honor and a joy. In addition to administrative duties, I am a Eucharistic Minister and also coordinate the parish schedule for the OMOS food service ministry benefiting Sr. Jose Women’s Center. My husband and I also serve as a sponsor couple in the Couple to Couple diocesan marriage preparation program.
Our Mother of Sorrows Parish and School is a unique faith-filled community of very special people who encounter Christ every day in the faces of those we serve. It is a great blessing and a privilege to serve the Church in the capacity that I do.
TEACH US TO PRAY - WAITING AND PRAYING BY FR. JAMES MARTIN, SJ:
The feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (sometimes called Candlemas because of the tradition of blessing candles on that day) commemorates the “presentation” of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem, not long after his birth. “When the days were completed for their purification,” Joseph and Mary brought their firstborn son for the ritual dedication to God, as required by the Jewish law. And so, as presented in the Gospel of Luke, the Presentation is a story about faithfulness.
But not the faithfulness of just Mary and Joseph. It is about also the patient fidelity of two other people in the story: Simeon and Anna. Both are usually depicted as elderly, but only Anna is described that way by Luke. Both, however, are faithful. Simeon has been promised that he will see the Messiah before his death, and so he waits patiently. When he encounters Jesus, he takes the child in his arms and praises God. Anna prays constantly in the Temple, and when she sees Jesus she rejoices.
Simeon waits and Anna prays. What wonderful models of faithfulness for all of us. In our prayer this month, we might imagine Simeon asking us, “What is worth waiting for?” And we might hear Anna asking us, “What is worth praying for?”
For me, the most beautiful part of this story is that while both Simeon and Anna understood that the Messiah had come, they didn’t know what, precisely, that would mean. As it is with us: sometimes God answers our prayers in ways that may remain mysterious for many years. So, then, there may be more waiting and praying.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest and the author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and In All Seasons, for All Reasons, a collection of essays from Give Us This Day.
ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DINNER & DANCE:
This annual event is scheduled to take place in the Parish Hall after the 5:30pm Mass on Saturday, February 10th. The theme is “Great Gatsby/The Roaring 20s”. Tickets are $50 per couple and are available for sale at the school and parish office. Free childcare is provided by our LifeTeen group for children who are potty-trained through 6th grade.
Married couples will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows at all Masses on the weekend of February 10-11. Couples coming to the annual dinner and dance are encouraged to participate in the 5:30pm Mass on February 10th and renew their marriage vows during the Mass itself. The annual dinner and dance is very well received and is a blessing opportunity for couples to have time out to celebrate and renew God’s presence in their friendship and in their call to be together in marriage.
As your pastor, I very much encourage married couples to give yourself this gift. You deserve it, you’ve earned it, and you’ll relish it.
Beginning in February, Catholic Extension will broadcast weekly Sunday Masses for the homebound on KOLD, Channel 13. Catholic Extension selected the Tucson area to launch this new and exciting initiative, a partnership with the Diocese of Tucson and Tucson's local CBS affiliate, KOLD. Broadcast decisions were made by the Extension Society. The Sunday Masses will air both at 6am and 9:30am.
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS - JUNE 14-23, 2018
A 10-Day Pilgrimage Retreat to the Holy Land: A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey made to a certain sacred place as an act of religious devotion with the aim of growing in one’s relationship with God. It is time set aside to be with God: to listen and talk with Him. The Holy Land of Israel is the main setting of Gospel events in the life of Jesus. Undertaking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land also helps Christians to connect to the historical sites of the events in the life of Jesus and our Christian faith. In the year of our 60th Parish Jubilee, we hope to renew our commitment to continue “walking in the footsteps of Jesus.”
Planning is underway for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for parishioners, their family and friends. This 10-day retreat experience will be led by Fr. Richard and would include prayer at the Church of the Nativity, The Valley of Cana, The Sea of Galilee, Mount Tabor, The River Jordan, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.
The complete itinerary of this pilgrimage costs $3,300 per person and includes round-trip air fare from Phoenix, accommodation in first class hotels, breakfast and dinner, all land transportation, expert and professional guides, and daily Masses, spiritual exercises and reflections. Space is limited to 40 persons. Interested parishioners are invited to a brief informational meeting with tour personnel on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the church. Deadline for registration is March 1st. For additional information, please contact Fr. Richard at the parish office or visit www.nativitypilgrimage.com.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS EPIPHANY PARTY SPONSORS:
Our exceptional sponsors again this year included Watson Refrigeration, Bring’s Broadway Chapel, Tucson Catholic Cemeteries, and the OMOS Parish Endowment Trust. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and support of our parish family and for the ministry you provide to those you serve in our community.
ANNUAL WINTER VISITORS RETREAT, MASS AND LUNCHEON:
Welcome back, Winter Visitors! Please join us for this special annual gathering on Tuesday, February 13th. We’ll begin at 9:30am for a time of reflection. Mass begins at 11am, followed by a luncheon in your honor. RSVP by February 9th with the parish office at 747-1321. This luncheon is for all winter visitors… if this your first winter with us or your fifteenth, we’d like to welcome all of you.
RRRJC CAMPAIGN & PROJECTS STATUS UPDATE:
Wow! God is on the move. Thanks to all those in the parish and school communities who have made sacrificial pledges to the Remember, Renew and Rediscover Jesus Christ Capital Campaign and faithfully continue to fulfill them. As of 1/15/18 we have received pledges amounting to $1,043,523 and received $431,343 in pledge fulfillment – over 41%! Together with our Building & Maintenance Commission, Campaign Master Planning Committee, and staff, the church remodeling projects are coming together.
We are very excited about all the work to be done in the church this summer. The first Masses celebrated in the hall will be on May 19th, back in the first church of the parish.
Then, the church projects begin as we replace the pews, carpet and tile, remodel both bathrooms, build shrine niches by the altar space and the back of the church, and install glass doors by the main entrance vestibule. Our 60th Jubilee Anniversary Mass will be celebrated September 16th with a special 1:00pm Mass instead of the regularly scheduled Mass at 12:30.
Stand by for more updates to come. Together we are the family of Our Mother of Sorrows and together we are making a difference for today and for tomorrow for the glory of God and to be a blessing for His people.
Steve Contreras, Parish Business Manager
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL:
Bishop Edward Weisenburger will introduce the Diocesan Annual Appeal through a DVD presentation at all Masses next weekend 2/3-4. Our parish goal is $163,340. Thanks to all who participated and helped us achieve 92% of our goal last year. The spirit of generosity alive in our parish will help us to reach this year’s increased goal, which challenges us to a greater generosity of spirit.
MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM... DID YOU KNOW?
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any parishioner charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, contact your Human Resource representative or enter your employer's name on the following website link: www.matchinggifts.com/acs. If your company offers such a program, simply request and complete a matching gift form from your employer. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. The impact of your gift to Our Mother of Sorrows Parish/School may be doubled or possibly tripled!
Pray. Fast. Give.
February Dates to Remember:
Valentine’s Dinner & Dance 2/10/18
6:30pm in the Parish Hall
Winter Visitors Mass & Luncheon 2/13/18
9:30am (Reflection), 11am (Mass), 11:45am (Luncheon)
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule 2/14/18
6:30am, 8:30am, 10am (School Mass), 3:30pm, 6pm,
7:30pm English in Parish Hall
7:30pm Spanish Mass in Church
WELCOME TO 2018
May we continue to be open and receptive to the companionship of the Lord in all our activities during this New Year. May the Lord bless us in our individual needs, in the needs of our Church, in the needs of our country, and our world through all the opportunities and daunting needs and challenges confronting us.
WHAT’S NEW FOR OUR PARISH IN 2018….
Our parish is moving into its 60th Jubilee anniversary year on May 10th. OMOS was established as the farthest eastside parish in the city on May 10, 1958. The following Jubilee committee is meeting on a monthly basis planning the Jubilee Year activities. The Jubilee anniversary committee roster is as follows: Msgr. Tom, Aida Samuel & George Gewehr (co-chairs), Cindy Phillips, Ed Ackerley, Erin Vu, Jose Merino, Jose Osuna, Laura Stehle, Lyn Bulski, Madeleine Crespo, Pam Coonan, RJ Saavedra, and Steve Contreras. A calendar of activities for the Jubilee Year is presently in process. An upcoming monthly update will have an extensive outline of the Jubilee activities.
PRAYER AND PRAYING:
Prayer and praying has been a lifeline to me as an individual and as a priest. Prayer keeps us connected with God who is the source of all blessings. The following prayers are very timely and I encourage using them on a regular basis.
New Year’s Blessing
O God of ancient blessing,
Your servant Mary pondered in her heart
The treasured words spoken about her Son,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Bless us, as we gather in his name,
And prepare our hearts to receive his Spirit,
That our tongues may confess him Lord,
Every day of this new year,
And for ever and ever. Amen.
~ Blessings and Prayers for Home and Family
Prayer for Those Who Migrate*
Mary knew the weariness of the journey;
To Bethlehem, to Egypt, back to Nazareth.
She knew the weariness, the fear, the longing for home,
The need to continue moving, moving,
The longing for journey’s end,
The longing for at least a semblance of a home.
To Mary we entrust the mothers, the fathers, the children
Who today are holy families
Migrating in hope, in fear, in longing,
For peace, for some security, for something like a home.
May they find their journey’s end
As we open ourselves to their stories,
Their need, their spirits;
We ask for mercy for all migrants
And for our communities
Who are challenged to welcome them,
To hold up hope for a new beginning.
~Jane Deren, Education for Justice
*January 14 is World Day of Migrants and Refugees
A Prayer for Life
Father and maker of all,
You adorn all creation
With splendor and beauty,
And fashion human lives
In your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
Reverence for the work of your hands,
And renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
Your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and resigns with you in
The unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever. Amen.
~Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers
Stewardship Prayer: I Am
My parish is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes,
if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into worship,
if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty and love,
of fearlessness and faith,
Of compassion, charity and mercy,
If I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I now dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be.
THREE R’s FIRST PHASE PROJECTS
During these past months, five of our nine free-standing buildings have had their roofs either replaced or repaired. During the summer months, a major part of our 3R’s projects will be taking place within the church. In mid-May, the weekend Masses will transfer to the Hall during the duration of the upgrades within the church space. The church floor will be re-tiled and re-carpeted. The new pews will be installed. The church restrooms will be remodeled and made handicap accessible. Glass doors will be installed in both entry ways from the vestibule. The statues of Mary and Joseph will be relocated from the back of the church to new shrine areas on either side of the sanctuary space. Shrine areas in the back of the church will feature Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John XXIII, and St. Teresa of Calcutta. All of this work is being underwritten through the 3R’s campaign maturing pledges. Thanks to all who are turning in their pledge payments faithfully.
WE ARE SEEING REALITY THROUGH THE EYES OF EIGHTH-GRADERS
Our school involves our junior high students in justice exercises through what is known as Justice Monday. Recently they had a field trip to Casa Maria, the Catholic Worker House, where the hungry homeless are fed. It happened to be the second Monday morning of the month when I do an outdoor Mass at Casa Maria and they were participants. Afterwards, their Justice Monday field trip took them to Holy Hope Catholic Cemetery. The following is a sampling of reflections from the students. I find their witness very refreshing and telling.
Yesterday, I visited Casa Maria. It was a heart-breaking experience because it was sad that so many people weren't able to live independently. During Mass they were so enthusiastic.
Yesterday I went to Casa Maria. At Casa Maria we gave the people our lunches that we made for them. We also had Mass with them outside. It was very wonderful to see all of their wonderful, happy faces when they were singing the songs at Mass. I can’t wait to go back soon. It was a very important day that happened to me. It increased my faith very much!
Yesterday I went to Holy Hope Cemetery for our Justice Monday field trip. The first thing I felt as I got onto the bus was how I am going to really dislike going to a cemetery, but as the day went on it was much more than just going to it because I simply have to. I learned that people have lost loved ones that they deeply loved and yet they still go on with their lives serving God. I can’t even imagine losing anyone I love. I saw markers that have beautiful flowers and decorations with nicely polished stones, but I also saw some that had nothing but a name and date, dusty, with no decorations. I felt sad that their lives are now a memory and how families have to deal without their loved ones. This experience made me appreciate my family much more.
When I went to the cemetery I felt bad. When I saw all the graves of the children, I thought, “Not fair! Why did they have to go so early and lose their family?” It was hard to see all the graves and very heart breaking. I said a prayer in my head whenever I cleaned a grave out of respect. I want to say it helped me understand what it felt like to lose someone and not get them back. I would like to pray for the deceased that they find their path to God.
That a grade school and parish can impact and help so many people through everyday of life. I now really get why Mrs. Stehle asks for food to give back to the people in need. Thank you for letting us have this great opportunity.
Yesterday we went to Holy Hope Cemetery and in my personal experience I felt very pained in my heart knowing that there were thousands of bodies under my feet, especially after going to the section of children who had died. I feel very grateful that I am still on this earth. This experience made me realize that every day, every minute, every second, may be our last so we should live out our lives the way we have always imagined/dreamed. Now after, I have really thought about the meaning of life and now in my soul I believe that it is to love people while they are here and learn to let them to go live eternally with Jesus.
PRAYING FOR PEACE…BY FR. JAMES MARTIN
The most well-known prayer for peace may be the Prayer of St. Francis, which begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” It’s attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, but it is the work of an anonymous French writer who published it in 1912. St. Francis’ non-authorship shouldn’t deter us from the underlying goal of the prayer, which is peace.
What does it mean to pray for peace? First, it means to beg God to bring peace to warring countries, into troubled regions, and in the midst of tense interpersonal situations. Peace is at the heart of the Christian message. And the peace that Jesus envisioned – the Hebrew word shalom – is not simply a cessation of violence, but the highest good for all involved. By praying for peace, we unite ourselves with God’s desires.
Second, praying for peace means putting those hopes into action. It means becoming a reconciler – among individuals, groups, and nations, as well as with those from whom we are estranged. All this brings us into closer relationship with God, for reconciliation with God demands reconciliation with one another. And how can you be in right relationship with God if you hold a grudge against your brother and sister?
Finally, there is a prayer for inner peace. Can you allow God to enter your heart and give you calm? Can you turn over the “warring” factions within you and give them to God? In all this, trust that Jesus, the “Prince of Peace” is on your side.
James Martin, SJ is a Jesuit priest, editor at large at America and author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, as well as In All Seasons, For All Reasons, essays collected from his column in Give Us This Day.
JANUARY 20TH MARCH FOR LIFE
The annual March for Life will take place Saturday, January 20th beginning at 9 am with Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral. The Tucson March for Life gathers at St. Augustine Cathedral (192 S. Stone Ave.) and proceeds to Holy Hope Cemetery (3555 N. Oracle Rd) where a special prayer service at the "Statue of Rachel" will conclude the march. For more information contact the Diocese at 520-792-3410.
Respect Life Prayer
God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
ANGEL TREE AMAZING TOTALS
Through the generosity of our parishioners we received more Angel Tree donations than we have over the last few years:
Angel Cause Amount
White Haiti $1755
Yellow Blessed Nuno Gift cards $ 815
Blue Merilac Lodge Gift cards $ 370
Blue Merilac/Reachout Women’s Center $1936
Purple CCS - Refugees $ 648
Green Sr. Jose Women's Shelter, TIHAN,
Casa Maria, Poverello House,
Primavera, Border Ministries $2271
Red SVDP & Project Outreach $4902
In total we received about $12,697 in cash, gift cards and gifts. Thank you to all our parishioners who made the Angel Tree a success through their prayers and donations. Thanks, thanks, thanks a thousand times over to all who befriended the angels!
KNOW YOUR PARISH STAFF
Patsy Klein, Pastoral Care Director In overseeing the Stephen Ministry, Home Bound Ministry and the Hospital Ministry at Banner University on Ajo Way, I continue to be in awe of the daily witness that God walks this earth in the form of the person willing to answer His call to service as well as the miracle of the believers whose pain and worry, doubt and fears vanish with prayer and receiving the Body of Christ. I will never know how I came to be so blessed to be called to this service, but I will always begin and end my day in total and complete gratitude!
In good humor Patsy Klein responds to the always asked question – “No I’m not a singer. I love music but singing was not a talent the good Lord thought to give me. I was however, a teacher and dancer of Mexican folkloric dance. Family and friends know I love to enjoy chocolates and cups of hot tea. Come visit me for prayer and conversation.”
If you would like more information on the ministries Patsy oversees or is in need of pastoral care services, you can reach her at the parish office at (520) 305-3613 or email@example.com.
A NOTE OF APPRECIATION TO SISTER JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER
I wanted to let the staff and volunteers know how much I appreciate the support and help I received while staying in the overnight program for three weeks. The smallest things can make all the difference in your life and this place made a huge difference in mines. My first day here was very hard for it was the first time I had been in a shelter. Jean and Kim were very welcoming and made the stay here worth it. I thank you all for your help and to the staff and volunteers as well. The bed and warm blankets was so comforting. The delicious dinners that were prepared for all of us women were so wonderfully made. The guests (the other women) made me feel good by letting me know they, too, have faith which only made my faith grow. Sister Jose’s Jean and Penny are wonderful women and I’m very grateful to come to this shelter. It’s a special place in my heart I’ll never forget. I stayed together here and felt safe and that’s what matters the most. Anything is possible…. Thank you to all of you at Sister Jose Women’s Center.
MID-YEAR FY17/18 PARISH INCOME REPORT
As we reach the end of 2017 and the halfway point of the fiscal year, I want to thank all our parishioners for their faithfulness and generosity in their stewardship and outreach to the ministries at Our Mother of Sorrows and our community at large. Indeed, we are all blessed! As of December 25th, our weekly average stewardship is $20,520, which is 8% above our budget of $19,000, and 2% ahead of last year at this point. Our “Yes, Lord” campaign cumulative pledge values continue to lag behind last year, however, and we are under by 5%. EFT values have increased 1.5% thanks to 27 families increasing their gifts and seven new families signing up. Thank you again, and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones.
Steve Contreras, Parish Business Manager
DATES TO REMEMBER
Epiphany Ministries Dinner and Dance - January 6th - 6:30 pm
Liturgical Ministers’ Convocation - January 13th - 8:30 am
Special Celtic Mass - January 13th - 5:30 pm –“Switchback Duo”
March for Life - January 20th - St. Augustine Cathedral
“Mere administration” can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be “permanently in a state of mission.” ~Pope Francis
TRIPLE GREETINGS AND BLESSINGS:
I. New Church Year Greetings and blessings as we enter into the Advent season.
As we journey into the season of Advent in preparation for Christmas the following Advent prayer sets a good perspective for us.
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance into His company.
I like the following older translation of the prayer,
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share His wisdom and become one with Him when He comes in glory, while He lives and reigns with You in the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
At this time of year, a host of burdensome expectations can indeed become “earthly undertakings”, hindering us from meeting Jesus and receiving Him with joy. They can sidetrack us from gaining admittance into His company as we approach the great season of His birth among us at Christmastime. Preparing to receive Christ with joy challenges us to pay more deliberate attention to time for prayer, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and reaching out to the least in loving forms of service. These are some of the ways of gaining “admittance to His company” and will help us to receive Christ with joy.
II. Christmas Greetings are surely most appropriate as we observe and celebrate Jesus being born into a human condition on December 24/25. Prayerful Christmas greetings come to all who read this Update. These greeting come from our very committed parish and school staff and faculty. I greet you especially through my 2017 Christmas poem entitled, Wonder of Wonders. It is a profound mystery and wonder of our faith that God has come into our human condition and desires to be our companion on the journey of life. This, indeed, is a wonder of wonders.
Christmas…Wonder of Wonders
Christmas is God’s wonder
In Mary’s helpless baby in the manger.
Wonder of Wonders
God is now within and among us.
Wonder at God’s omnipotence
Coming into human bondage.
The God-child helpless,
Needy, dependent and powerless.
Christmas is pondering time,
Pondering and wondering time.
Pondering within the heart
The heavenly treasure come to earth.
Mary kept all these things
Reflecting on them in her heart.
Will our hearts be filled
With the wonder of wonders now and always?
III. New Calendar Year Greetings - January 1, 2018: Prayerful greetings and blessings for the new calendar year of 2018.
The year 2018 will bring us into the 60th anniversary year of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. The parish was established on May 10, 1958. An anniversary committee is presently planning a calendar of events for the Jubilee Year…one major event each month of the Jubilee Year.
As we prepare for a new calendar year, let’s prayerfully reflect and embrace our parish mission statement…as missionary disciples, our parish joyfully proclaims ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ through Word, community, Sacrament and loving service. Let’s be witness to this mission statement in our daily lives and in doing so, we witness to the Gospel values of love of neighbor, inclusivity, respect and love for the gift of life in all its forms from the womb to the tomb. We are called to reach out to the least…the homeless, refugee, migrant and all on the margins, and care for our common home.
DOOR OF MERCY REMAINS OPEN:
MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER is the motto and theme over the door frame leading to the Reconciliation/Confession Rooms in the church. It is a reminder to us that Jesus is the doorway to the mercy of the Father. As our Pope Francis states so beautifully, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy”.
The Door of Mercy leads to the Reconciliation/Confessionals where we encounter the face of God’s mercy among us in Jesus.
APPOINTMENT TIMES TO EXPERIENCE THE FACE OF GOD’S MERCY:
The following are times when the Lord is available in the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession for blessing you with the gift of His healing mercy, reconciliation and peace.
On a weekly basis: Wednesday evenings 6pm-6:25pm and Saturdays 4pm-5pm and 7pm-7:30pm.
First Communion Families: Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30am and 10:45am.
School Communal Penance: Tuesday, December 12th at 9:30am and 10:15am.
Parish Communal Penance: Sunday, December 17th at 7:30pm.
Pre-Christmas opportunities: Monday, December 18th (9am); Tuesday, December 19th (7am); Wednesday, December 20th (6pm); Thursday, December 21st (4pm-5pm, and 7pm-8pm); Friday, December 22nd (4pm-5pm, and 7pm-8pm).
NEW PARISHIONER GATHERING:
I am responding to the invitation to the new parishioner gathering. I will be unable to attend because I am heading out of town early to join family out of state for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I will answer the statements for Msgr. Cahalane as follows: I most enjoy the fact that OMOS has Eucharistic Adoration throughout the week. It is what brought me to the Parish. I have been invited to join the Servites and their book club. I hope to connect with the Rosary Makers as I am a Rosary Maker myself. I have attended the recent Faith, Dying and Dignity Series. I also attended all seven nights of the OMOS Novena in September. I may look for other opportunities to join in church activities in the future.
NOTE: 139 new parishioners registered between April 1st and October 31st of 2017.
BEING STILL IN ADVENT BY FR. JAMES MARTIN:
This may sound almost heretical, but with each passing year I like Christmas less and less. At the same time, with each passing year, I like the feast of the Nativity more and more. Maybe you feel the same. The craziness surrounding the secular season of Christmas – the endless ads on TV and online, the crowded stores, the glut of often crass holiday-themed movies – sometimes seems to drown out the real meaning of the season.
That’s why I treasure silence during Advent. Silence is a gift that we can give to ourselves in the middle of a noisy season. And silent prayer is something we can all afford – it costs nothing. Of course many people – parents of young children, children of aging parents, and people with hectic working lives – may not have much time to spare, but even a few minutes of quiet may help to center oneself.
In busy times it’s important to let quiet be your prayer. This can be as simple as “withdrawing”, as Jesus did, from the busyness of life and just sitting in the presence of God. Or it could be a simple meditation, reflecting on a single word from the stunning readings of Advent: from the Book of Isaiah, the Psalms, or the Gospels.
Sometimes people feel guilty for taking a break in the weeks before Christmas – there’s often so much to do. But think of silence as a gift you give not only to yourself but to God, who wants to meet you in the silence as you wait for Jesus to enter your heart in a new way this Advent.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage and a collection of essays from Give Us This Day entitled In All Seasons, For All Reasons.
“KNOW YOUR STAFF” — CINDY PHILLIPS:
My name is Cindy Phillips and I am the Front Office Manager here at the parish. I grew up in this parish and I consider it my “family.” I have worked here for 24 years and consider it a true privilege to minister to the parishioners here at the parish. My job entails many facets which gives me an opportunity to work with people in all walks of life and generations. I oversee the front office, do data entry, scheduling for the entire plant and a wide variety of other tasks and duties. I am on the Fiesta committee, am a Eucharistic Minister and the staff liaison for the Ladies Guild. I am a mother of five and have four beautiful granddaughters. I love spending time with my family and friends. Board games are one of our favorite things to do together. I greatly admire St. Teresa of Calcutta. One of my favorite quotes from her is, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
RESERVE JANUARY 6TH… ANNUAL EPIPHANY PARTY:
The 5:30 pm Saturday evening Mass on January 6th, the week of the Epiphany, will be offered in thanksgiving, acknowledgement and gratitude for all the gifts of service given to our Bethlehem King by our parishioners during this past year. All adults who are actively involved within ministries in the parish are invited to this annual dinner. The weekend bulletin of January 6th will have an honor list of names of parishioners nominated for special recognition because of their ministerial service to the parish.
BECOMING FULLY CATHOLIC:
The following witness sharings are from some of our adults Confirmed on November 18th:
I've known my whole life that Christ has always been present and has never left my side even in my darkest days of when I’ve felt completely alone. During this past year battling a brutal divorce and all of its other challenges there have been many days I’ve wanted to give up, but the Holy Spirit has stayed with me and pulled me through.
To me, completing confirmation is not just because I was born and raised Catholic but an opportunity to commit my life and my true self to God. I want to be of service, continue to learn, grow, share the Lord with others, and most importantly; just be the very best person I can be during my time here on this earth.
I know in my heart and soul that I have grown and look forward to the many more amazing experiences through Christ and to love all people as He has loved me. I also have learned true forgiveness. I have let go of a lot of baggage through confession and feel renewed in spirit and mind.
I am grateful to be here right now and my home church of Our Mother of Sorrows and after 10 years being gone from Tucson it was not an accident to come back home and be here during these incredible life changing events. God has provided for me in more ways than I can count…I am truly humbled.
I want to become Catholic so that I can continue my journey with my family. I practice the Catholic faith as much as I can but I want to fully receive the body and blood of Christ. I know that I am here at Our Mother of Sorrows for a reason. I was pulled by the Holy Spirit to be involved. Several years ago I prayed to be involved in some way at OMOS since both of my kids went to school here and then the next week I received a call to be an LMS minister so I accepted. The next year I was the head coordinator of the LMS group and served on the School Board and now work in the School office and I love it! I would never have thought 15 years ago I would be where I am with two beautiful healthy boys, a loving husband and a part of this great parish. I know that my grandmother is in Heaven very happy that this is where I am. I can’t wait to start my new life on this beautiful journey. Thank you.
Luke12:34 – “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” We are all made to believe money and material items are our treasures. My parents migrated here to the US in hopes of a better life. But it came with a price of long hours of working, discrimination, and being made to believe money will solve all your problems. As a young man seeing all this, God and Church were not a priority. My parents’ heart was in money and giving us a better future. Unfortunately I did the same. Since January of this year, I’ve been coming to church every Sunday and I give my 10 percent and I pray with love to God.
I would like to thank the church and the staff in our confirmation class for taking time out of their evenings to teach us about our Catholic faith. Thank you so much for all you do.
NEW LIFE MOMENTS:
Twenty-two adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 5:30 pm on November 18th. Two couples had their marriages validated. Eighteen children from our Religious Education program and from our school were baptized into the church at a special Mass on Friday, November 11th. More than 100 teens took part in the Rite of Welcome of Confirmation at the 12:30 pm Mass on November 19th.
LOURDES WATER DISTRIBUTION:
When Mary appeared to Bernadette in Lourdes in 1858, she identified herself as….I am the Immaculate Conception. During one of the apparitions, she asked Bernadette to “…go and drink at the spring and wash in it”. Drinking the water from the spring and washing in it is a special feature of pilgrimages to the Shrine in Lourdes. A limited number of small containers with water from Lourdes will be available to parishioners after all Masses on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.
PARISH RESOURCE GUIDE:
Three thousand copies of the Parish Resource Guide have just been published for distribution to our parish families. The Resource Guide has been in ongoing stages of development over this past year under the sponsorship of our Stewardship & Development Council. The booklet is an extensive review of the ministries and different forms of service active in Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. The booklets are being distributed after all Masses during the first weekend of Advent. Thanks to Madeleine Crespo, Melinda Caballero, Rocio Zamora, José Osuna and José Merino for finalizing the Resource Guide. A special thanks to a number of sponsors and to our Parish Endowment Trust, our primary sponsor, for underwriting the printing cost of the Parish Resource Guide.
COMING HOME TO GOD'S MERCY THROUGH CHRISTMAS ALIENATED CATHOLICS ANONYMOUS PROCESS:
Beginning on January 8th, ACA can be a very helpful process for inactive Catholics to come home to God's mercy to reconnect and rediscover Jesus. The ACA six-week sessions can be most helpful and effective towards personal encounter with Jesus as the face of God's mercy. Contact Msgr. Tom for more information.
ANNUAL TITHE/STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL:
Yes, Lord responses have been steadily coming in this year. To date we have received a decrease of 14 in responses over the same period last year. The total amount pledged is 5%less than last year as well. Five percent of our 336 current active EFT stewardship contributors have increased their monthly automated donation for the new pledge year. We are thankful to those parishioners who have responded thus far to this year’s Yes, Lord campaign.
CTSO GIFT TIME:
The CTSO acronym stands for Catholic Tuition Support Organization. Did you know that couples can designated $2,177 of their state income tax or $1,089 for individual filers to help students at OMOS School? An upcoming mailing from the parish will fully explain how parishioners can designate a portion of their state income tax between now and December 31st to benefit OMOS School. In the meantime, brochures with all the relevant information are available in the vestibule of the church and in the parish and school offices.
HOW TO INCLUDE OMOS IN YOUR WILL OR ESTATE PLAN:
One of the easiest planned gifts is a bequest. You can simply state in your will or trust: I give to OMOS Endowment Trust, a not-for-profit organization with its principal office located at 1800 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ 85710…(then specify what you want to give.) If you wish to restrict your gift for the benefit of a particular ministry, this should also be stated here. Ministry categories within the Parish Endowment are: General Unrestricted; Christian Education Formation; Parish School; Social Outreach; Liturgy & Worship; Building & Maintenance; Scholarship; and Other (designated). You can:
Christmas Mass Schedule
CHRISTMAS EVE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH
7:00am, 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, and 12:30pm (Spanish) in the Hall
5:00pm - Msgr. Tom....Angels & Jammin’
5:00pm - (Hall) Fr. Richard...Cantor
7:00pm - Fr. Liam Jubilation
11:30pm - Carol Service/12:00am - Msgr. Tom...Solemn Celebration/Combined Choirs
CHRISTMAS DAY - MONDAY, DECEMBER 25TH
7:00am - Fr. Richard...Cantor
9:00am - Msgr. Tom...Praise Alive
10:45am - Fr. Liam...Laudate
12:30pm - Fr. Jorge...Cantor
2:00pm - (Spanish) Fr. Ruiz...Coro de los Niños
No 6pm Mass
PARISH COMMUNAL CELEBRATION OF PENANCE
Sunday, December 17th 7:30pm (10 Priests/Confessors)
ABOUT MANY THINGS:
Our early October annual three-day Fiesta was again an outstanding success. There was a wonderful presence of community, family and loving service evident at the three evenings of the Fiesta. Thanks to RJ Saavedra and her family and the entire core committee who presented the 39th annual Fiesta. Next year is our 40th Fiesta which will be a highlight of our 60th Anniversary/Jubilee Year.
NOVEMBER DOOR OPENERS:
The feast days of All Saints on November 1st and All Souls on November 2nd are both door-openers to November. On Wednesday, November 1st, All Saints’ Day, we pray to God through the intercession of all the saints as we clearly acknowledge the company we keep in the opening prayer of the Mass…Today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. In this prayer, we acknowledge not only all canonized saints, but all our loved ones who have gone on before us, and who, in the course of their lives, let God’s light shine through them to us. We acknowledge these holy men and women to be people like parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, whose lives have been a compelling inspiration to us on our journey to the holy.
All Saints’ Day Masses:
Tuesday (Anticipated), 6:30pm;
Wednesday, 6:30am, 8:30am, 10:00am (School Mass), 6:30pm, and 7:30pm (Spanish).
PRAYING TO THE SAINTS AS PATRONS – by Fr. James Martin, SJ: A common misconception about Catholics is that we worship the saints. Not true. Worship is reserved for God alone. The saints are “venerated”, much as you would venerate a beloved mentor. Frankly, the saints would be the first people to tell you not to worship them. The other misconception concerns praying to the saints. Some people think that when Catholics pray to the saints, we are supplanting prayers to God Also not true. We are simply asking for their prayers.
Here’s an easy way to understand it: Most of us ask our friends on earth to pray for us, especially when we are struggling. If you ask for the prayers of friends on earth, why not ask for the prayers of friends in heaven? And why would the saints not pray for us? What’s known as “intercession” has always made sense to me.
I pray to the same few saints over and over, those for whom I feel a great deal of affection. Often some facet of their lives intersects with my needs. When I am sick, I pray to St. Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, not only because she uncovered the spring water that has proven helpful for physical healing, but because she herself suffered from several serious illnesses. When tempted with pride, I pray to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the French Carmelite nun who was one of the humblest of saints. And when I need help with problems in our Church, I pray to St. John XXIII, who was pope from 1958 to 1963.
The saints are our companions, examples to inspire us. They are also our patrons in heaven, whose constant prayers help us here on earth.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America, and author of many books, including My Life with the Saints and In All Seasons, For all Reasons, a collection of his essays from Give Us This Day.
ANOTHER DOOR OPENING FEAST
All Souls’ Day on Thursday, November 2nd, we pray that any of our loved ones who may still be separated from God by any burden might be set free by our prayers on their behalf. The memorial altar set up in the vestibule of the church is a reminder to us of this door opening into this All Souls’ month of November. All three All Souls’ Day Masses (6:30am, 8:30am, 6:30pm) will have a special All Souls’ Day emphasis and will be the opportunity to come and pray for our beloved dead.
ALL SOULS MEMORIAL CANDLES:
All Souls memorial candles are available for purchase from the parish office as a way of remembering beloved dead during All Souls’ month...the month of November. A label is available with each purchased candle. The names of deceased family members and friends can be noted on the label, and then placed on the candle. Candles can be brought to the Mass of your choice on All Souls’ Day, November 2nd, for a simple blessing during the prayers of petition. The blessed candle can be lighted during prayer time in the home during the month of November and may also be placed on the dinner table in the evening and lighted as a way of personally remembering those whose names have been noted on the candle. Perhaps praying the Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be would be an appropriate way to prayerfully entrust them into God’s loving care. The blessed candle is a sacramental in our Church practice, a way of reminding us of the holy. May our beloved family members and friends who’ve gone on before us in faith, rest in peace.
PRAYER FOR ALL SOULS:
Almighty ever-living God,
Who rule both the living and the dead and are
merciful to all,
We humbly beseech you,
That those for whom we pour out our prayers
May obtain pardon for their sins through
your tender mercy,
Rejoicing together, blessed in your sight,
And praising you without end.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
“YES, LORD” ANNUAL RENEWAL OF TITHE/STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE:
During these weeks, our parish is into the annual exercise of the renewal of our stewardship giving of treasure. My deepest thanks to Mari John who shared personal witness on tithing/stewardship practices during the annual preaching on this important aspect of holistic stewardship. All registered parishioners will be receiving their annual “Yes, Lord” mailing during this time. Commitment Weekend for this annual appeal is on November 4/5.
Our stewardship/tithe weekly income seems to be on a stationary plateau. Overall support of annual operational budget seems to be adequate for now. Recognizing the plateau reality, our current year’s budget remains at $19,000 a week income. Thanks to our regular givers for maintaining our budget in balance. Non-givers on our parish roster are invited to consider beginning a weekly giving within a $1 to $5 range. Our deepest thanks to all who are regular and faithful supporters of our parish.
FY 17/18 WEEK 16 PARISH INCOME REPORT:
Thank you to all of our parishioners for their faithfulness and generosity in stewardship and outreach to the ministries at Our Mother of Sorrows and our community at large. As of October 15, 2017 (week 16 of FY 17/18), our weekly average stewardship is $18,401 which is 3% below our budget of $19,000, but slightly ahead of last year at this point. Fiscal year-to-date, we are $9,577 behind our budget. Thank you again, and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones.
Parish Business Manager
LIVING AS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES:
The Book “Living as Missionary Disciples” has been an eye opener to our parishioners. With over 100 people participating in 9 different groups, there have been a lot of great ideas being shared. I visited most and facilitated some of the groups and I can say there is a lot of energy throughout. Most agree that Our Mother of Sorrows does a good job at reaching out to people, but they also think we can do more. We are called by Pope Francis to move from a mindset of maintenance to mission. This vision cannot be accomplished without shared effort by the whole church community. Participants are openly sharing their concerns and ideas as we take on a “road map” to new paths for the Church’s journey of evangelization. This is becoming an on-going effort of our parish to be Missionary Disciples and I hope to see you along the journey!
Adult Faith Coordinator
PRAYER FOR THE MINISTRY OF EVERYDAY LIFE:
God our Father,
Work is your gift to us,
A call to reach new heights
By using our talents for the good of all.
Guide us as we work and teach us to live
In the spirit that has made us your sons and daughters,
In the love that has made us brothers and sisters.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
DECEMBER 2ND PILGRIMAGE DAY TO OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS ORPHANAGE IN AGUA PRIETA:
The Arizona chapter of the Blessed Nuno Society, home-based here at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, is sponsoring an all-day pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta on Saturday, December 2nd. Executive Director Carl Sylvester will lead the one-day pilgrimage. The onsite visit to the orphanage will give a hands-on prayerful experience of reaching out to the most vulnerable among us, the homeless orphans at the orphanage. Parishioner pilgrims need to have a valid passport. The carpool will depart from the parish at 8am on Saturday, December 2nd and return by 8pm that evening. Cars will be parked on the Douglas side of the border and the pilgrim group will walk across the border and board a bus for the 5-minute ride to the pilgrim site in Agua Prieta. There is no cost, but a freewill offering to offset the cost of the Mexican bus and to assist the orphanage will be collected at the orphanage. Pilgrims are responsible for paying for their own lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Interested parishioners may contact Rocio at the parish office.
“KNOW YOUR STAFF” - KIM SISSON:
My name is Kim Sisson. I am married and have 4 amazing young adult sons. My missionary heart and desire is to stay close to Jesus as He fills my life with adventure and love. I am a trained Catechist in all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and a certified level one trainer. This work keeps me in constant formation and leads me to orphanages in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua each year. I am the Executive Director of StandUp for Kids in Tucson, working in the street with homeless and at risk youth and young adults. These kids are a true testament that there is beauty and goodness in every dark corner of our world. A little over a year ago, I began a new journey with OMOS Teens as the Youth Minister. I am fascinated and inspired by the young people in our parish and continually encounter Jesus, in new ways, through them. I trust the wisdom and love the beauty of the church especially as it is reflected in our youth. I feel very blessed to be part of the OMOS parish staff and grateful for the opportunity to pray, grow and work together. I look forward to the sacrament of every moment and the joy that it brings through so many young people in so many different capacities. Please pray for me, pray for our youth and for our programs.
ROSARY-MAKING SPONSORED BY STRONG CATHOLIC FAMILIES:
In celebration of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th, Strong Catholic Families sponsored rosary making for all ages. It was wonderful to have 64 adults and children come for the event. Everyone was invited to make a rosary for themselves and another to donate to the Blessed Nuno Society for distribution in Agua Pieta, Mexico. Over 200 rosaries were made, many of which were donated. It was beautiful to see so many families come out and honor Mary by making rosaries on her feast day.
COOKING AT SR. JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER:
Once a month students from OMOS School have been providing the food and cooking dinner at the Sr. Jose Women’s Center. Here is what a few of them had to say about their experience:
THANKSGIVING MEAL PRAYER:
God most provident,
We join all creation
In raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving
Through Jesus Christ, your Son.
For generation upon generation
Peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;
We too offer you praise
For the rich harvest we have received at your hands.
Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.
Continue to make our land fruitful
And let our love for you be seen
In our pursuit of peace and justice
And in our generous response to those in need.
Prayer and glory to you, Lord God, now and forever. Amen.
BRIEF SELF-INTRODUCTION BY DEACON GREGORY HENDERSON:
For the last twelve years I have worked for a great nonprofit organization named Accion based in Albuquerque as Chief Financial Officer. However, in February it became apparent to my wife and I that we were needed to move to Tucson to support my wife’s mother. Very shortly thereafter I was very pleasantly surprised to learn of the timing of the Diocese of Tucson CFO opening.
In my life I have had the blessing of relating to a broad range of people, from spending two summers on the Navajo reservation in college, to living three years in India as a missionary, to serving as a deacon with a majority of Spanish-speaking immigrants. As a deacon, I have served at the diocesan level on the archdiocesan pastoral council, deacon formation policy board, and deacon council, as well as at the parish level on a parish building committee and parish finance and pastoral councils.
By God’s grace, I look forward to serving as a deacon at OMOS and meeting my new parish family.
Deacon Gregory Henderson
Yes, Lord Renewal of Tithe/Stewardship Season
All Saints’ Day Masses - October 31 (Anticipated) & November 1
All Souls’ Day Mass/Altar of Remembrance - November 2
Anointing of the Sick - November 8
Veterans Day Mass for Active & Retired Military - November 8
Monthly Memorial Mass - November 15
Thanksgiving Day Mass- November 23 at 9am
Feast of Christ the King - November 26
Welcome to our Fiesta Weekend this Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Our deepest gratitude to all who have been involved for months preparing for our 39th annual Fiesta event. The Fiesta is really an environment for celebrating friendships and community that draws together our parish and school families in an atmosphere of food, games, fun, music and dancing. There will again be a diversity of activities to engage children, teens, and adults. We will have a special emphasis during the weekend on respecting and cherishing our common home planet earth, with attention to recycling and waste management. Please come and join us this Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday 4pm-10pm; and Sunday 1pm-8pm.
OTHER OCTOBER HAPPENINGS:
OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH:
For several years, the U.S. Catholic Bishops have designated October as Respect Life Month. This October's theme continues to be deeply personal for me since I saw the light of day for the first time on October 6, 1938.
The greatest gift that God has given to each of us is the gift of life. Its preciousness comes from the fact that each person' s life is unique...Made in the image and likeness of God. This God-given image impressed in each and every person's life is what gives each person their unique dignity. This is why each human life is to be cherished and protected and respected in all its seasons from the first moment of conception to its last natural breath.
Our parish Consistent Ethic of Life Committee strives to promote this vision of respect life throughout the year through different points of emphasis and activities. The following is their mission statement: To invite and promote a charitable dialogue regarding a consistent ethic within Our Mother of Sorrows Parish community and beyond. To address all life issues by articulating the authentic teachings of the Church on life issues and advocating for the sacredness and the dignity of every human life. To do so with a reconciling spirit of humility, openness and prayer.
Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta, Mexico, sponsored by the Blessed Nuno Society, is a natural respect life ministry and is one of many of our mercy outlets to the least. Thanks to all who will subscribe to the annual collection for the Blessed Nuno Society on October 14/15.
GRATEFUL FOR VISIT TO CHILDREN'S ORPHANAGE:
My name is Evelina Henderson, I am 18 years old, and I recently got the chance to go to Agua Prieta, Mexico, with a group of about 15 people from our church. Starting our day off with prayer at OMOS, we then carpooled to the border. We walked across the border, and piled into a bus. We first went to a very poor barrio and handed out food, clothes, school supplies, and other necessary items. It was heartbreaking to see the way that these people lived. Their homes were very rundown, with tin roofs on many of them. They lacked many necessities, some wore pajamas as day clothing because it was all they had. There were stray dogs wandering the dirt streets, and there were flies everywhere. I was happy that I was able to help them in the small way that I could, and talk to them in my limited Spanish (I'm learning!). After this, we went to a drug rehab center and heard the testimony of former drug addicts who now help others move past their own addictions. Lastly, we went to an orphanage. There were nearly 20 children with ages ranging from about a year to 16 years. We painted and played and danced with them. It was amazing to see how much joy they had despite the struggles that they have borne. We ended our day with prayer again in the beautiful little chapel in the orphanage, before traveling back to Tucson. I am very grateful that I got the chance to go help and spend time with the people in the barrio, the rehab center, and especially the children at the orphanage. I look forward to a chance to go again in December.
DECEMBER 2ND PILGRIMAGE OF MERCY TO OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS ORPHANAGE IN AGUA PRIETA:
The Tucson Chapter of the Blessed Nuno Society, home-based here at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, is sponsoring an all-day pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta on Saturday, December 2nd. Parishioners will need to have a valid passport. We will depart from the parish parking lot at 8:00am, Saturday, December 2nd returning by 8pm on that Saturday evening. Vehicles will be parked on the Douglas side of the border and the group will walk across the border and board a bus for the 5-minute ride to the pilgrim site in Agua Prieta. Parishioners interested in this pilgrimage are asked to register by calling the parish office at 747-1321.
Respect Life Prayer:
God, our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone has the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
END OF LIFE ISSUES:
Towards the end of October and early November, Our Mother of Sorrows' Consistent Ethic Of Life Committee plans to focus on End-of-Life issues. We feel that addressing this issue for Catholics is especially important now, given the growing acceptance of physician-assisted suicide and related legislation in nearby states.
The mission of our Consistent Ethic of Life Committee is to invite and promote a charitable dialogue regarding a consistent ethic of life within our parish community and beyond; to address all life issues by articulating the authentic teaching of the Church and advocating for the sacredness and dignity of life in all its forms; and to do so with a reconciling spirit of humility, openness and prayer.
Chair, Consistent Ethic of Life Committee
"Faith & Dying With Dignity" a 3-part series on
Three consecutive Sunday afternoons:
Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12
1:45 - 3:15 pm (90 minutes long)
Our Mother of Sorrows Parish
(Session I to be held in the Church)
FROM OUR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, ERIN VU:
This year, our school enrollment from Pre-K-8 is 397 students. The school year has been off to a great start! With our increased enrollment, we have found that we have an increased financial need for families. The school families in grades K-8 are so grateful for the Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) donations from our parishioners. These tax credits help families attend the school. Many families are unable to pay $5,500 per child to attend the school, and the CTSO helps to bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of tuition.
In the preschool, the tax credits are not an option, but we are grateful for scholarships which have been provided by generous parishioners and other friends of the school. This year, one parishioner donated a scholarship which fully funded one child and provided a partial scholarship for another student. Two other families donated scholarships which helped assist other children. In total, we have been blessed with over $11,000 which has support ed our preschool families.
Financial support helps make a Catholic education possible for many of our families. Gifts whether small or large go a long way to support our mission. We are so blessed to have many parishioners who believe in our school and support us through the CTSO and scholarships. If you would like to help support a child's Catholic education, please contact Erin Vu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 747-1027.
"KNOW YOUR STAFF" - ROCIO ZAMORA:
I'm the Parish Ministry Volunteer and Hispanic Ministry Coordinator. I have been a parishioner of Our Mother of Sorrows parish for 15 years and on staff since 2013. In 2002, I moved with my husband and two kids to Tucson. I was not so sure what God wanted for my family here in Tucson since we came because of my husband's job. Soon we found OMOS and loved it, and decided to make it our home parish and school for our kids . Very soon the Lord started to show our family the path He wanted us to take. My husband became a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Tucson in 2012, and I was certified into Lay Ecclesial Ministry along with him.
I love to work with different cultures and look for opportunities to bring our parish together and build community. As a missionary disciple, I truly believe that the New Evangelization which Pope Francis is calling us to, is one that is based in love, is inclusive and intercultural.
ENTERING THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY...BY FR. JAMES MARTIN:
I have a confession to make: I haven't memorized all the Mysteries of the Rosary. That may sound disappointing or scandalous, since I'm a priest. But since I never went to Catholic schools, and spent only a few years in religious education, I wasn't taught the Mysteries as a boy and I find it a challenge to memorize them as an adult. That doesn't mean that I don't pray with them, just that I need a "cheat sheet".
The Mysteries are events and themes for the life of Jesus and Mary that one meditates on while saying the Rosary. They are a kind of backdrop for the "Hail Marys" and "Our Fathers." And since Jesus' life was a mixture of both happy and sad moments, there are "Joyful", "Sorrowful", "Glorious", and thanks to additions from St. John Paul II, "Luminous" Mysteries. Traditionally, one prays a different set of mysteries for different days of the week.
My favorite insight into the Mysteries came from an elderly woman I met after a parish talk I had given. When she brought up the Rosary, I shared that I had a hard time remembering the mysteries. She smiled and said, "Oh, I love the Mysteries. When I remember all the things that happened to Jesus, it's like I'm with Mary and going through her scrapbook with her. We remember all those events, and I tell her what I think about them, and how they make me feel, and sometimes Mary tells me what she thinks and feels." That night I went home and started to memorize them.
James Martin. SJ is editor at large of America, and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Seven Last Words, and a new collection of his columns for Give Us This Day entitled In All Seasons, For All Reasons.
OCTOBER 28TH LEADING LIKE JESUS SEMINAR. . . SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT DAY:
The parish continues to make a very intentional investment into the Jesus model and example of servant leadership. A day-long seminar (8:30am-3:30pm) entitled "Leading Like Jesus" will be presented in the parish on Saturday, October 28th. The gathering will include parishioners in leadership from parish groups. Interested parishioners are encouraged to contact Steve Contreras at 747-1321 or email@example.com.
CHILD'S PRAYER BEFORE TRICK-OR TREATING:
God, bless all the people we will meet.
Let our visit with them be a pleasant treat.
Whatever the costumes we wear tonight,
May we all be clothed with Christ 's light.
Protect us from danger and the devil' s ways,
That tomorrow with the saints we may sing your praise.
-Diana Macalintal, The Work of Your Hands
CENACLE CHAPEL "SUCH A JOY":
Do you know that it has been almost five years since we left Tucson to take up residence back East? The time has really flown by for us. We are much comforted by the fact that our family is now close by us. However, I am writing with a different point in mind. I have tried to maintain a prayer life and still have what you have called a "prayer corner". What I am missing most in this regard is the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Cenacle Chapel at OMOS was such a joy - one could stop in and visit the Lord at any time during the day. Here, there is no comparable practice and the churches are closed and locked after Mass each day. Please continue to remind the good folks of OMOS that they enjoy a singular privilege and one that I dearly miss.
SISTER JOSE WOMEN'S CENTER ANNUAL DINNER CELEBRATION:
The annual dinner celebration benefiting Sr. Jose Women's Center will be held on Saturday, October 21st at St. Augustine Catholic High School Gym located at 8800 East 22nd Street. The evening will begin with a reception from 5-7pm, with dinner immediately following. Silent Auction will be open throughout the evening . Tickets for this worthwhile and enjoyable celebration are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Jean Fedigan at (520) 954-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LIVING AS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES FIVE WEEK SERIES BEGINS ON OCTOBER 8TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 5TH:
In preparation for the 60th anniversary of the parish, you are invited to participate in a 5-week faith- sharing opportunity to explore the 34-page bookIet: Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization. Participants can participate in a group at any of the following session times:
1. Sunday 9:00 - 10:15am PAC Retreat Room
2. Monday 9:30am - 11:00am PAC Room #2
3. Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm PAC Room #1
4. Wednesday 7:00pm- 8:30pm PAC Room #1
5. Thursday 9:15am - 11:00am Family Room
6. Friday 7:00pm - 8:30pm PAC Room #2
7. Saturday 9:30am- 11:00am PAC Room #1
Registration information can be found in the Sunday bulletin or on our website at omosparish.org.
OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE
Fiesta Weekend...This weekend - September 29, 30, October 1
Respect Life Month - All month long
Blessing of the Animals - Feast of St. Francis, 6pm - October 4
OMOS Annual Rosary Celebration, 6:30pm - October 7
Missionary Disciples Series starts - October 8
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Celebration - October 13
Ministry Awareness - October 14 & 15
Leading Like Jesus - October 28
End-of-Life Issues Series - October 29, November 5, November 12
PASTOR’S JULY TIME AWAY
My time away during the month of July was renewing and refreshing. My two weeks of ministry in Lourdes was again inspirational and grace-filled. Administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation on an average of three to five hours a day was a fulfilling and joyful part of my priestly ministry there. The universality of the Church in the living faith of pilgrims coming to the sacrament there from all countries was amazing, striking and most edifying.
My home visit time with family in Ireland during the last two weeks of July was also a very blessed reconnection and relaxing time with family. Returning to the roots of family is always homecoming time, for all of us.
NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE AT LOURDES
Access to the vast sanctuary space at Lourdes which encompasses the Shrine and many of its basilicas have been reduced from 32 points of entry to three. The three major points of entry now have massive concrete blocks to impede any motorized vehicles from having easy access. One of my favorite walkways from the chaplains house to the Shrine is the zigzag pathway down to the Shrine is now closed as part of these new security measures. I find the following article by the late Cardinal Hume of London on the zigzag pathway down to the Grotto to be very insightful and enlightening. It’s entitled, “What We Do Not See”
What We Do Not See
By Cardinal Basil Hume, The Mystery of Love
One of my favorite places in Lourdes is the zigzag path down to the Grotto. What you see on the first corner is a statue of Bartimaeus, the blind man. Why is it there? Looking over the Grotto, he sees nothing because he is blind. That statue was placed by an Italian who, though not cured of her blindness, rediscovered her faith, which she realized was more to be prized than physical sight…
The point about [the Bartimaeus] story is not that the blind man got back his physical sight, which indeed he did; the important point is that he followed Jesus.
What is important for us in following Jesus is that we should get back to the inward eye, the inner light. So we pray, not for a physical miracle, but a spiritual change.
The inner life: that part of us where faith and doubt contest the mastery, and where alas, doubt prevails because it is the stronger of the two, though not the wiser. Without faith, life is emptied of its true meaning and purpose.
A long time ago I had a friend who had been born blind. He had one great enthusiasm in his life and that was watching cricket. He had no idea what cricket looked like. Yet he had this tremendous interest, almost a passion for it. I used to take him to matches, sit behind him, giving a running commentary. He would be riveted and get very excited.
The point is this: He was totally dependent on what I was saying to him. I could have been telling him a pack of lies. We might not even have been watching a cricket match at all. But, no, as I described the game, he got more and more interested and involved.
It was that experience that taught me about faith. Because I do not see God with my eyes, I do not see him present in the Blessed Sacrament. I did not see him rise from the dead. I have not seen any of these things with my eyes. I cannot touch God with my hands, nor hear his voice with my ears. So in a way we are all blind, like that man at the cricket match.
You and I depend entirely on what God tells us. That is why the Word of God is so important. Faith is listening to what God has to say through the Scriptures.
ETERNAL REST ON SPECIAL FRIENDS
HAPPY, BLESSED, REFRESHING AND RENEWING LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Labor Day creates a marked separation between Summer and Fall
“GO, YOU ARE SENT”…is the command of Christ to His followers.
The call and mission of Jesus is inseparable from discipleship. As we ready ourselves for the 60th anniversary of the parish in May of 2018, our parish will be lifting up our call to living as missionary disciples. We will be reflecting and prayerfully considering what our main purpose and goal is as a parish community in the Lord. We are much more than structures and buildings. The challenge as we approach the milestone of the 60th anniversary is to move the parish and its ministry strategies from a mindset of maintenance to mission. Pope Francis in the Joy of the Gospel document offers the following: “I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advance along the path of pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be ‘permanently in a state of mission’”.
LIVING AS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES
This is the title of a resource booklet from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which was published in May of this year. It provides parishes and other church ministries with a road map to “new paths for the Church’s journey” of evangelization. I read and reviewed its content during my time away and found it most insightful and enlightening and visionary. I see it as a very helpful resource for our pastoral staff and parish leadership and I hope during the fall months to engage them in reviewing its content and direction. The 34-page booklet does not provide a ready-made program for a parish to follow or a detail study or plan to implement. Rather, it offers principles that a parish can apply to its efforts in evangelization and missionary discipleship.
I very much agree with the following observation from the booklet, “Pastoral leaders cannot form missionary disciples alone. Evangelizing parishes and therefore missionary disciples foster co-responsibility among the baptized.” Pope Francis reminded the pastoral leaders in the United States of this way of being churched during his apostolic visit in 2015: “One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the Church’s mission, and to enable them to fulfill their responsibility as missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in our world. This will require creativity in adapting to change situations, carrying forward the legacy of the past, not primarily by maintaining our structures and institutions, which have served us well, but overall by being open to the possibilities which the Spirit opens up to us in communicating the joy of the Gospel, daily and in every season of our life.”
The theological and pastoral resources provided in the booklet Living As Missionary Disciples is an aid to assist a parish in its journey towards forming missionary disciples and transforming the world with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
SOLAR ECLIPSE…A FAITH LESSON!
The moon recently shadowed out the light of the sun in the solar eclipse. However in our faith practice as followers of Jesus we believe that Jesus the Son of God is the Light of the World. Jesus is the Son/Sun who is at the very core of our faith. As the Light of the World, Jesus pierces through all shadows and darkness with the light of eternal life. No shadow or darkness can overcome the light of this Son…Jesus Christ. He proclaims to us, “…I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will not walk in darkness.” He proclaims to us as His followers, “…You are the light of the world; your light must shine before others so that seeing your good deeds they may give all glory to the Father who is in heaven.”
Through the gift of living faith each of us are transmitters of this extraordinary light. How blessed we are to have this Son shine on us and through us.
“KNOW YOUR STAFF” - PARISH RECEPTIONIST
My name is Yvonne LaRoque. I’m a life long Catholic and have been a member of OMOS Parish since 1994. I am a married mother of two beautiful daughters, one son-in-law and two darling grandchildren. One of my daughters attended OMOS school. Her time at this school made such a positive impression on her that when she graduated from the U of A she turned to me and said the OMOS school motto to me, “Hard work pays off!!” I have been an active member in many ministries here at OMOS. After 17 years of being a stay at home mom I am excited to return back to the work force at such an active and faith filled parish that lives out Our Lord’s Beatitudes on a daily basis. Deciding to return to work led to many hours of prayer and contemplation. Saint Anthony had a hand in it too! My prayers were answered with a receptionist position listed in the Sunday bulletin. I officially started working mid-summer and love being able to serve God and OMOS parish in this capacity. Thank you OMOS parish staff for “adopting” me!
Many blessings, Yvonne LaRoque
THE SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY STATIONS …SEPTEMBER 9TH TO SEPTEMBER 15TH
At 7:15pm each evening from September 9th and concluding on the Feast Day of Our Mother of Sorrows on September 15th, a devotional prayer ritual around each of Mary’s stations of sorrow will be celebrated in the Church. Each evening will focus on a particular sorrow of Mary. It will be followed by silent prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the main altar and conclude with Benediction at 8:15pm each evening. A station prayer particular to each day will be included in the each of the daily and weekend Masses during the seven days.
Parishioner Petitions: Parishioners who wish to have particular personal intentions included in the prayers during the seven stations devotions are asked to note their petitions on the special form in front of the image of Our Mother of Sorrows in the Church during these weeks.
CENACLE CHAPEL…REST STOP PLACE
For so many of our parishioners and so many people beyond our parish, our Cenacle Chapel is a rest stop place in the Lord. It is a unique place within our church and our parish plant for encountering the Lord in the prayer of quiet and solitude.
The Word/Scriptures are always in exposition there. The Eucharist/Blessed Sacrament is in exposition there after the 6:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, until 8:45pm each evening. It is in exposition there all day Friday after the 6:30am Mass, all through Friday evening and through the night until 8:00am on Saturday morning. All adorers do an hour of prayerful adoration time during each of the daily adoration hours and on Friday evening/night and Saturday morning. The Blessed Sacrament is in exposition also in the Cenacle Chapel every Sunday after the 12:30pm Mass until 8:45pm each Sunday evening. This prayer chapel is indeed a blessed and graced rest stop place in the Lord. Parishioners are encouraged to befriend the Lord there for a brief or long stop over times during the week. This rest stop place of the Cenacle Chapel is a wonderful way to respond to the Lord’s personal invitation “….Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you”.
ANNUAL PARISH & SCHOOL FIESTA SEPT. 29, 30, OCT. 1
Our annual parish and school Fiesta will be on the first weekend of October. The annual Fiesta is the single biggest gathering of our parish and school and neighboring community each year. It takes appropriately 300 volunteers to present the Fiesta event each year. Parishioners and school parents are encouraged and invited to sign up for some volunteer hours at the Fiesta during these weeks. You’re encouraged to do so through the parish office. The final day of the Fiesta this year will commence after the 12:30pm Mass on Sunday afternoon. This will give an opportunity for families to enjoy lunch and the many other Fiesta activities from early afternoon into the evening. Our deepest thanks to RJ Saavedra and her family for the huge leadership investment in the Fiesta with the core team and all who plan the Fiesta over a period of many months. The Fiesta event each year creates a unique environment for celebrating community and promoting a network of deepened relationships and friendships. Pray for God’s blessings on all who are involved in presenting the Fiesta and all who will participate in this annual gathering.
“THE VOICE, VISION AND NAME OF POPE FRANCIS” BY LESLYE COLVIN
A man humbly enters the global stage of a hungry world — an abundant world seemingly anesthetized to the reality of those on the margins. Like the one whom he follows did 2000 years ago, he seeks to encounter, to embrace, and to listen to those cast to the peripheries by systems of indifference — the ill, the imprisoned, the migrant, the poor, the refugee, the other. Summarily, his faith and life lessons compel him towards inclusion as he affirms their dignity, their humanity. Before choosing his name, he is reminded to remember the poor, a prophetic act speaking to how he would move forward in this new mission.
“I was seated next to...Cardinal Claudio Hummes...And when the votes reached two thirds, there was the usual applause, because the Pope had been elected. And he gave me a hug and a kiss, and said: ‘Don’t forget the poor!’ And those words came to me: the poor, the poor. Then, right away, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi. Then I thought of all the wars, as the votes were still being counted, till the end. Francis is also the man of peace. That is how the name came into my heart: Francis of Assist. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we? He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man...How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!”
Leslye Colvin is the communications coordinator for Gathering for Mission. She has experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach in a variety of sectors including faith-based nonprofit and at the archdiocesan level.
MERCY OUTLETS — SISTER JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER
When asked to make and serve a meal for the women at Sr. Jose's shelter for homeless women I felt an excitement and a little anxiety. I had never done anything like that before yet serving homeless women has been in my heart for some time. Madeleine was super easy to work with ..she is well organized and made the experience fun and effortless. When serving food to the women I was so aware of how all of us are interconnected in Christ. Anyone who has some time and are called to help in this Ministry of preparing and serving food to the women at Sr. Jose's I would strongly suggest you step up. We work as a team and the grace received is far greater than the service given!
Blessings, Christina Hart
Sister Jose Women’s Center annual dinner celebration will be held on Saturday, October 21st at St. Augustine Catholic High School Gym, 8800 E 22nd Street. Silent auction begins at 5pm, dinner at 7pm. Tickets $40. To purchase tickets, contact Jean Fedigan, executive director, at 954-3373.
FIRST VOWS CONSECRATION
Dear Msgr. Tom and OMOS family,
Hello! I hope you have been having a good summer. I wanted to ask for your prayers because my year of 19 novices will make our first religious vows as Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus in Galapagar, Madrid, Spain. Please pray that the Lord may grant us the graces we need to persevere always in faithfulness to the consecration of our lives to Him, and that we might be authentic witnesses of His love and mercy for the world. May His Mother and our Mother always keep you in her care and keep us safe on the path marked out for each one of us. You’re in my prayers as well.
God bless, Sr. Caeles Grace María
Note: Sr. Caeles is a graduate of our school. Her parents Scott Wilson and Dynse Crunkleton are OMOS parishioners.
RRRJC CAMPAIGN STATUS UPDATE
We continue to praise God and be thankful to all those in the parish and school community who have made pledges to the Remember, Renew and Rediscover Jesus Christ Capital Campaign. As of August 18, 2017, $1,054,169 has been pledged and we have received $318,350 in pledge fulfillment – over 30%! As of July 31, 2017 we have incurred $128,148 in campaign expenses and project expenditures. We continue to work hard on planning out the projects targeting the summer of 2018 for the church renewal. The major repairs needed on the campus roofs will begin this fall/early winter. Together we are the family of Our Mother of Sorrows and together we are making a difference for today and for tomorrow for the glory of God and to be a blessing for His people.
Steve Contreras, Parish Business Manager
A PRIEST KIDNAPPED AND RELEASED
Recently we all shared some anxious days with Fr. Richard as one of his community members, Fr. Thaddeus, was kidnapped in Nigeria. A few days later we rejoiced with Fr. Richard and his community when Fr. Thaddeus was released unharmed by his kidnappers.
Seven Sorrows of Mary Novena - September 9~15 at 7:15pm each evening
Staff & Faculty Retreat - September 15
Parish Feast Day - September 15
Fiesta Weekend & White Elephant - September 29, 30, October 1
ABOUT MANY THINGS & HUMBLE PIE:
Four special First Communion Mass celebrations and the two special Mass Confirmation celebrations were very humbling in the movement of God’s Spirit among His people crowding the church space for each of the six celebrations. Families and extended families gather on these occasions for these milestone moments in a family’s journey. Grandparents and great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, showed up in great numbers for these joyful celebrations of faith alive in the abiding presence of the Lord among us. One hundred sixty-five children made their First Communion at these celebrations and 114 received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The grand success of the 3R’s Campaign was another experience of humble pie. The Lord’s blessing in abundance has become evident upon our collective efforts in our enhancing the legacy of prior generations of parishioners. A year ago at this time, our Parish Building & Maintenance Commission and our Parish Ministries Council and board of directors were identifying needs within our parish campus which became the core of the 3R’s case statement. In August the leadership of our Parish Ministries Council, Parish Stewardship & Development Council and Board of Directors voted for the parish to engage the professional services of CCS for the capital funds campaign which was launched in January around the goal of $850,000.
THREE R’s CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS $850,000 GOAL IN $1,047,347 PLEDGED SUPPORT:
Thanks to all who participated with monetary gifts and three-year pledges. Thanks to all our parishioners for your patient understanding, toleration, endurance and prayer in response to the call of our parish leadership (Parish Ministries Council, Parish Stewardship and Development Council, Parish Finance Committee, Parish Building & Maintenance Committee and Parish Board of Directors) in mounting this necessary capital campaign. As funds become available from the maturing three-year pledges, projects that have been identified in the case statement of the campaign will be completed. Overage beyond the campaign goal will be most helpful in addressing the legitimate expenditures incurred in conducting the campaign.
A very special thanks to the following members of the Executive Campaign Committee: George & Julie Gewehr and RJ & Eddie Saavedra, co-chairs; Ed Ackerley, Hector & Elizabeth Acosta, Gerardo & Geraldine Aguilar, Nancy Arce, Paul & Brenda Carrillo, Steve Contreras, Pam Coonan & Keiron Bailey, Anthony & Madeleine Crespo, Pegi & Kenneth Dodd, Jean Fedigan, Gordon & Lynn Fuell, Ralph & Herminia Gantt, Mary Gioco, Conrad & Luisa Greer, Mari & Michael John, Felicia Klein, Rick & Cecelia Lind, Eric & Diana Maugans, Maggie & Francisco Medina, José & Jeannete Merino, Rachel Michaud, Leyda Ketcham, Jenine & Daniel Moss, Jack & Cindy Nisbet, Nichole & Adam Pelan, Frank & Lucy Perotti, Janice Price Davis, Rafael & Mari Ramirez, Alicia Reyes, Aida & Randy Samuel, Erin Vu. Their participation and involvement as committee members in weekly meetings during the campaign was indeed exemplary in a loving spirit of dedication and service to the parish. Their update sharings from the pulpit on many of the weekends during the campaign was a great blessing and most appreciated. Their commitment reflected a great spirit of collaboration and shared leadership and responsibility. I consider this shared leadership and responsibility to have been the cornerstone for the success of the 3R’s campaign.
As your pastor, I found the exercise of the 3R’s campaign to be very challenging and I am most grateful to God and the good people of Our Mother of Sorrows parish that we are now enhancing and adding to the legacy that prior generations of parishioners have handed down to us. I am thankful, indeed very thankful, that the pledged portion of the campaign is successfully concluded.
THREE R’s CAMPAIGN COUNSEL PERSPECTIVES:
It has truly been my privilege to serve as campaign counsel for the Remember, Renew and Rediscover Jesus Christ campaign here at Our Mother of Sorrows. As I look back over the past few months, I am amazed at the level of activity and participation of the OMOS family. It is wonderful to see the vibrancy with which this community lives out the Gospel message to love and serve one another. The success of the campaign reflects that commitment to serve others. As of this writing the campaign has raised $1,047,347 or 123.2% of goal! 525 families contributed to the campaign, many are first time donors of record to the parish. We have already collected nearly $220,000 in cash. In a campaign such as this it is common to lose a few pledges here and there, so we must not become complacent and think we exceeded our goal until all the money is collected. I am confident that will happen. If you are still thinking about making a donation, it is never too late. Just contact Steve Contreras in the parish office. I look forward to being with you when you celebrate your parish’s 60th anniversary next year.
God bless, Martin Camacho
SR. JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER:
The new 9,000 sq. ft. Women’s Center ministering to homeless women in this city recently became functional. The initial shelter was launched from Our Mother of Sorrows parish some nine years ago and has now become an interfaith endeavor crossing boundaries of all faiths. I shared the following poem entitled Miracle on Park Avenue at the public opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 20 that its new site at 1050 South Park Avenue:
MIRACLE ON PARK AVENUE
Sister Jose’s Women’s Center
Is a miracle on Park Avenue.
A miracle place of God’s abiding love,
Sisters serving sisters.
Many loving hearts and hands
Fashioned this sheltering space.
God’s unconditional love flows freely
Through these heart-prints and hand-prints.
It’s truly a miracle place
God transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Where there is love,
There is God.
This Park Avenue miracle place
Continues Sister Jose’s passion.
Finding and recognizing the Lord in “the least”
Through sisters serving sisters.
God’s love transcends all boundaries here,
Transcends all interfaith labels.
This miracle place
Is a sheltering ark and tabernacle.
PARISH STRUCTURES OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND CONSULTATION:
Our parish is blessed with a broad participation of lay leadership in the following major oversight groups. Parish Ministries Council has twelve members and meets six times a year. Our Parish Stewardship & Development Council has eleven lay members and a number of ex-officio parish staff members and meets on a monthly basis except for the summer months. Our Parish Board of Directors is made up of five members whose names appear on the front cover of the weekly bulletin. Our Parish Endowment Board of Directors is made up of seven members and meets five times each year. The following parishioner members are currently serving on the Parish Ministries Council: José Merino (President), Alicia Reyes (Vice President), AnaLiza Sala, Andrew Malinowski, David Caballero, Jack Nisbet, Jenine Moss, Kevin Curry, Maria Arvayo-Campbell, Michael Cruz, Nichole Pelan, and Oscar Esquerra. On Stewardship & Development Council: Sharon Brewer, Melinda Caballero, Pam Coonan, Kathy Dehn, Jean Fedigan, Susan Hillman de Alban, Mari John, José Osuna, Glenda Roark, and Sand Zaspel. Members of the Parish Endowment Board are: Ann Marie King, Bette Glover, Bob Gagnon, Dan Moss, Robert Blanchette, Tim Heinan.
The following seven commissions are under the oversight of the Parish Ministries Council…Christian Education Formation, Parish School Board, Christian Life, Liturgy & Worship, Hispanic Affairs, Parish Finance, and Building & Maintenance.
PRAYING TO BECOME WHAT WE RECEIVE BY FR. JAMES MARTIN, SJ:
“Behold what you are; become what you receive,” wrote St. Augustine in the fourth century. When I first encountered this quote during graduate school, it set my head spinning — and changed the way I understood the Eucharist.
Augustine’s famous comment reminds us that we can look at the “Body of Christ” in a number of ways, all of which overlap. There is, first, the body of Jesus Christ, who lived on earth, suffered, died, and was raised from the dead. There is the Church as one body with many parts, an image used by St. Paul (I Cor 12:12). There is the “Mystical Body of Christ”, the Church on heaven and on earth (the subject of an encyclical by Pope Pius XII). There is the Body of Christ that is the present-day Church, the people of God throughout the world. Each reality is present in the Eucharist, which is also the Body of Christ.
Trying to unpack Augustine’s profound counsel would be like trying to explain a poem. But for me, his words remind us to live in both the present and future. The knowledge that we are already part of Christ’s Body is immensely comforting. But there is a future promise too: the more we partake of the Eucharist, the more Christlike we will become.
Perhaps you might use Augustine’s words as an invitation to prayer —to meditate more deeply on the reality you are receiving in the Eucharist. On the reality you already are, and are called to be. That’s a prayer for a lifetime.
James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America and author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Seven Last Words, and a new collection of his columns from Give Us This Day entitled In All Season, For All Reasons (August 2017).
THE CENACLE CHAPEL… A COOL PLACE:
Yes, the Cenacle Chapel is a cool place physically during the summer (it’s air-conditioned) and it’s a cool place spiritually for quiet prayer in the presence of the Lord in the exposition of the Eucharist and in the exposition of the Word. So many people have found it to be a place most favorable for prayer. Recently, a person from Vail who frequents the Cenacle Chapel shared her regret with me at not being able to come more frequently because of the distance factor to fulfill her desire for prayer there. It is truly a blessed space of encounter with the Holy. Parishioners are encouraged to experience the “cool” there physically and spiritually during these hot days of summer. It is a wonderful place to make vacation trips during the summertime.
The word “vacation” comes from Latin word “vacare” which means to empty out. The Cenacle Chapel is a wonderful place to empty out our burdens to the Lord… the Lord who says, “Come, to me all you who are weary and are burdened and I will refresh you.”
PRAYER FOR THE RENEWAL OF SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
To be recited daily before Pentecost this weekend:
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into Heaven promised to send the Holy Spirit to complete Your mission on the earth. Grant a renewal of the same Holy Spirit to us that He may perfect in us, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant us, the Spirit of Wisdom that we may appreciate Your created gifts in this world and aspire more fully after the gifts that are eternal. Renew the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our mind with the light of Your divine truth. Renew the Spirit of Counsel that we may always choose the ways of pleasing You in lovingly serving neighbor and gaining heaven. Renew the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear the cross with You and that we may overcome with courage any and all the obstacles that oppose loving service of You and neighbor and our salvation. Renew the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in the way of the Saints. Renew the Spirit of Piety that we may find the service of You and neighbor sweet and fulfilling. Renew the Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with a loving reverence towards You – God of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. Renew all these sevenfold gifts within us - within the Church, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PETITIONS FOR LOURDES:
Petitions for the shrine in Lourdes are to be completed by Sunday, June 25th. Blank petition forms are available in the church by the icon of Mary and completed forms are to be dropped into the special basket there. It is always a joy for me to bring many, many parishioner personal petitions with me for my annual ministry time at Lourdes each year.
BECOMING CATHOLIC — A NEW PERSPECTIVE:
Becoming Catholic has changed my entire perspective on life, my fellow man and my role in all of it. Before, I had lost all faith in everything and was for the whole world to burn. I was full of anger and disgust with my fellow man and the events taking place around the globe. The love for my family was the only thing that kept me going, but I was starting to lose them due to my feelings towards the rest of the world. Now, thanks to the Parish being so welcoming and the life changing education through the RCIA program, I am a new and better man. Not only have I been able to forgive those I have harbored anger and ill will towards for over 35 years, I have been able to pray for their well-being and have asked the Lord to help them find the way to true peace and happiness. As my faith has grown throughout the RCIA program, all aspects of my life have greatly improved. I know it’s the Lord blessing me as my faith grows stronger.
PARISH PASTORAL CARE OUTREACH:
Our Pastoral Care ministries are busy growing. Four new Stephen Ministers were commissioned on May 31st. They are Susan Hillman de Alban, Glenda Roark, Rich Tritchel and Rocio Zamora. They prepared by completing 52 hours of study on various life situations that we all face at one time or another.
Our hospital ministry team at Banner South located at 2800 E. Ajo Way continues going strong. We welcomed three new Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist in April and May. Teams of two take communion to the Catholic patients in the hospital every Tuesday and Thursday.
Six new Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist were welcomed in April to the ministry who take communion to our home-bound. Should life changes occur that do not permit you to attend Mass, call the parish office to arrange for an EME to bring the blessing of communion to your home, hospital room or nursing home.
If you are experiencing illness, divorce or the death of a loved one, you do not need to walk the path alone. Our Pastoral Care Director, Patsy Klein is available to help. You can reach her at the parish office or email@example.com.
FROM OMOS HAITI MINISTER JOAN MARTIN:
To Msgr. Tom, the OMOS Parish & School Communities, the OMOS Haiti Committee, the Change Haiti Team and other friends and benefactors --
Thank you for your kind words, your generous financial support and your prayers for the past fifteen years. Mesi anpil!
United in the Spirit, Joan Martin
DEACON AL SILVA AND MSGR. A.S. CARRILLO GO HOME TO THE LORD:
Deacon Al was a faithful member of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish and was an active deacon for the first decade of the new century. He served in our parish and through the diocese with great dedication.
Msgr. Carrillo served as a priest in the diocese for 61 years and in his early retirement years related to our weekend Mass schedule. He was a good pastor, a great priest and trusted friend. May their souls rest in peace.
TWO PARISHIONERS TO BE ORDAINED TO THE DIACONATE ON JUNE 17TH:
Eric Maugans and Frank Perotti will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, June 17th at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral. They have completed the four year special formation process for the Permanent Diaconate through the Diocesan Common Formation Program. Our congratulations and welcome to them into the active ministry here at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish.
NOW ENROLLING FOR VBS:
Maker Fun Factory! Created by God, Built for a Purpose! The dates of VBS are June 19-23 and it takes place from 8:45 – 12:00pm each day. VBS is for children going into grades 1-6 and will help them discover they are lovingly created by God. Registration forms are available in the Parish Office and on the parish website. For additional information about VBS, contact Laura Stehle at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the parish office, 747-1321.
PARISH BUDGET NEWS:
As we approach the end of May 2017, our stewardship is almost 12% ahead of our budget for this time of the year. We are so grateful to God and the faithfulness of our parishioners! Even with the Three R’s Capital Campaign, our stewardship has been maintained. But as we come to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, our stewardship typically enters into a 'lean & mean' time in our annual income cycle, so this current surplus will help carry us through the “lean summer”.
Our new FY17/18 Budget has been approved by the Finance Committee and OMOS Board of Directors. Because of our stewardship plateau, the new budget will continue with the weekly stewardship goal of $19,000 per week. Again, we are so grateful to you, our parishioners, who make all the 70 to 80 ministries possible with your support.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL SECOND COLLECTION AT ALL MASSES:
The parish is 22% or $34,851 away from its goal of $158,000. Contributions in any amount should help us conclude the appeal. Thanks to all for your generosity.
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Dates to Remember
Pentecost ~ June 4th
Trinity ~ June 11th
Corpus Christi ~ June 18th
Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ June 23rd
Immaculate Heart of Mary ~ June 24th