FIESTA GREETINGS: Welcome to our Fiesta Weekend this Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon until 8pm.
Our deepest gratitude to all who have been involved for months preparing for our 38th 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.
OCTOBER 2 - GUARDIAN ANGELS FEAST DAY: PRAYING WITH YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL BY FR. JAMES MARTIN, S.J.:
In his homily for the feast of the Guardian Angels in 2014, Pope Francis said, “According to Church tradition, we all have an angel with us, who guards us.” Earlier that day, in his private chapel, he said that we often have the feeling that “I should do this; this is not right; be careful.” This, he suggested, is the voice of our guardian angel.
A skeptical Catholic may raise an eyebrow at that. But the pope is correct: the belief is part of our tradition. In the Old Testament, a variety of angels demonstrate their care for men and women. “My angel shall go before you,” says God to Moses (Exod 32:34). Speaking of his “little ones,” Jesus says, “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father” (Matt 18:10). In the Acts of the Apostles, an angel rescues Peter from prison (12:6-11). Later scholars and saints, including St. Jerome, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. John Paul II, also wrote about these angelic protectors.
The word “angel” comes from the Greek angelos, which means messenger. Guardian angels, then, are simply emissaries from the God who wants to protect us. Pope Francis suggested some questions we might ask about our guardian angel: “Do I listen to him? Do I bid him good day in the morning? Do I tell him: ‘Guard me while I sleep’? Do I speak with him? Do I ask his advice?” (Of course we can say “her” as well.)
All of us need help. So why not ask help from the angel whom the Lord has appointed to, in the Pope’s words, “guard me and accompany me on the path, and who always beholds the face of the Father who is in heaven.”
The above is reprinted with permission. Fr. James Martin, SJ. “Teach Us to Pray: Praying With Your Guardian Angel,” from the October 2016 issue of Give Us This Day,www.giveusthisday.org (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016).
OTHER OCTOBER HAPPENINGS:
- October 4 St. Francis’ Feast Day: The annual blessing of animals and pets will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, October 4th adjacent to the outdoor statue of St. Francis outside the southeast door of the church. Four-legged creatures on a leash, please. Two-legged creatures come at your own risk.
- Anointing of the sick monthly Masses: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated regularly at the 6:30pm Wednesday evening Mass on the first Wednesday evening of the month (October 5th), and also at the 8:30am Mass on the first Friday morning of the month (October 7th).
- The parish Rosary rally will take place after the 8:30am Mass on Saturday, October 8th. It will consist of praying the Rosary within the church and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Our annual parish Ministries Awareness Weekend will take place in the parish hall October 15/16. Our seven Parish Council Commissions and our Stewardship & Development Council will feature their respective ministry materials with relevant information for all parishioners trying to navigate the ministries maze of the parish. Our parish Stewardship & Development Council will have helpful information on the discernment of personal gifts and matching them to the appropriate ministry in the parish.
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.
I am always thankful to God for the gift of my parents who celebrated, protected and nurtured my life in the vulnerability of its beginnings all those years ago.
It is kind of a mystical experience always when I return to my home on vacation in Ireland to be able to sleep in the room where I was born. I typically meditate on the first chapter of Jeremiah there which says…Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I consecrated you, as a prophet to the nations I sent you.
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 in our outreach to the least. Thanks to all who subscribed over $4,400 to the recent annual collection for the Blessed Nuno Society.
Prayer for life: 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.
A NEW WORK OF MERCY - POPE FRANCIS in a message on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, established “Care for Our Common Home” as an added work of mercy. Pope Francis added Care for Creation to the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. The theme of his message was a call to us to “show mercy to our common home”.
The following is a quote from his message: “We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness…But if we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces.”
Obviously “human life itself and everything it embraces” includes care for our common home. So let me propose a complement to the two traditional sets of seven: may the works of mercy also include care for our common home.
As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world” which “allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us”. As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”.
PARISH MERCY OUTREACH OUTLETS:
As we journey through the Year of Mercy, our parish is blessed with many mercy outreach outlets. The following active ministries present many opportunities to actively engage parishioners in fulfilling the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society is a very active mercy outlet, as are the following groups…our parish Care for Creation, Haiti Project, Blessed Nuno Society, Sr. Jose’s Women’s Center, Primavera Shelter for Homeless Men, Reachout Pregnancy Center, PCIC, etc., etc.
Thanks to so many of our parishioners who are actively engaged in the ministry of these mercy outlets. They address and fulfill the primary focus of the corporal works of mercy. These active mercy outreach activities are given oversight and coordination under the parish Christian Life Commission.
Our parish presents a host of opportunities for addressing and fulfilling the spiritual works of mercy through the Christian Education Formation Commission/School Board; through our Liturgy & Worship Commission and our Hispanic Ministry Affairs Commission. A core focus of our parish through the oversight of our Parish Ministries Council and our Stewardship & Development Council is striving to implement and fulfill the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Through the deliberation and planning of our Stewardship & Development Council, our annual stewardship season of Time, Talent and Treasure will be presented this year beginning mid-October. It will be within the timeframe of approximately 5 weeks. Sequencing the presentation of the 3 T’s within this timeframe will help the overall connectedness and understanding of holistic stewardship. Holistic stewardship, simply stated, means that everything in our life is gift. Once we acknowledge and recognize everything as gift, then we are moved in thanksgiving with a need to share. We are to share the blessings that have been given to us with family and in the ministry of everyday life and in our parish ministries. Completed ministry registration forms are to be turned into the Sunday collection on the weekend of October 22/23.
The “Yes, Lord” stewardship of treasure will be promoted and presented to all parishioners toward the end of October and early November. Holistic stewardship, in the area of Treasure, holds up the ideal of tithing. The relevant mailings to all parishioners toward the end of the month will explain this ideal more fully.
A NEW PARISHIONER’S REFLECTION ON STEWARDSHIP:
While marvelous in its reward, stewardship is not without some sacrifice, however. For our family, it often means that being active at the school equates to less time spent getting our yard just the way that we want it, that putting our tithe in the basket means one less meal that we get to eat out or volunteering to be part of a parish committee means one more television show that we are going to miss. As a one-income family for over a decade so that I could be a full time stay-at-home mother, we are no strangers to the idea of sacrifice. However, Saul and I decided early in our marriage that tithing was important to us, and we have built our lives around it. We have seen our months of struggle, but for the duration of our marriage, God has never let us falter. When calculations just did not add up, somehow God always pulled us through. We know now that regardless of the sacrifice that stewardship asks of us, we know that the spiritual rewards are immeasurable. As the common expression goes, just when we feel that we are at the end of our rope, God always ties a knot.
ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA CANONIZATION BLESSING:
Dear Monsignor, Thank you for the beautiful ceremony honoring St. Mother Theresa. The letter she wrote framed with her pictures, the procession, flowers and blessing of her statue made her canonization so very personal and real. May her legacy, grace and dedication to those in need live in all of us to make us be "our better selves". I pray for her to guide all of us and especially for all of you as leaders of the Church. May God bless you!
OUTDOOR SHRINES - “PRAYER CORNERS” - AT OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS:
There are approximately nine outdoor shrines in close proximity to the church at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. These are reminders to us of the company we keep and are prayer corners favorable for prayer. Statues/images in the shrine areas are reminders to us of the Holy. We do not pray to the statue or the image, we pray to the presence represented by the statue or image. Again, statues and images are reminders to us of the company we keep in the communion of saints.
LOCATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF OUTDOOR SHRINE AREAS:
In walking into the placita through the double-gates from Denebola Street, the first shrine area on the left is to the Holy Family. Directly across from it is the statue of St. Peregrine. His intercession is invoked by people who are experiencing serious illnesses…cancer, etc., etc.
Moving through the placita, there is a beautiful mosaic shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe…Our Lady of the Americas. Directly across from this shrine is a pedestal area where seasonally one of four statues of saints in the All Saints Garden is featured there during the feast day time of the particular saint. Close to the Fountain of Life in the placita is the image of Our Lady of Life.
There are three shrine areas off the walkway just outside of the parish offices. On the west side of the walkway is the shrine to St. Martin de Porres. At the midpoint of the walkway is the shrine to St. Teresa of Calcutta. The next shrine closest to the parish office is the shrine to St. Kateri Tekakwitha. In the alcove outside the southeast door of the church is the special shrine to St. Francis of Assisi.
The architectural cross in the placita is a reminder to us of the source of God’s manifold graces to us, through the mediatorship of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. All the other shrines are outlets of His amazing grace and blessings in and through Jesus.
As we come and go from the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries … the Mass, go forth renewed amid these outdoor shrine locations - “prayer corners” - and be aware of the company we keep.
MISSALS TO BE DISCONTINUED IN THE PEWS:
In accordance with the directives from the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, beginning on November 27th of this year, the 1st Sunday of Advent, the missals will not be in the pews of the church so that will may “listen attentively” and “not miss the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit”.
For those who may be unable to hear the spoken word or for the visual learners who need to follow along, there will be a limited amount of missals in the back of the church which you can pick up on your way into Mass. We will also provide a list of other resources such as the Magnificat and The Word Among Us. You may also wish to purchase your own subscription of our missals to take home with you and prepare the readings for the following Sunday.
Monsignor Tom, thank you for your monthly up-date with all the inspirational information you write about. I'm especially grateful that we will be encouraged simply to LISTEN to the proclamation of the words of scripture without reading along with them. Our lectors are, to a person, very compelling in their proclamation which shows they truly care about the Word and have prepared for their ministry. And it is another small way we as a parish community can show our "care for creation" (namely, our glorious trees.) Special thanks to the thoughtful parishioners who have worked to make this change possible
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE CENACLE CHAPEL?
Hello Msgr. Tom, Thank you for talking with me on Wednesday. I truly enjoyed it and I appreciate you taking the time to get to know a new member of the parish.
When I moved back to Tucson after living in Ecuador for many years, I was looking for a parish where I would feel at home. After some searching, God guided me to OMOS and, for many reasons, I am thankful and feel blessed.
One of the things I missed most about my parish in Ecuador was being just a short walk from the church and Chapel of Adoration, which I was commissioned to open every morning and close every evening. Those moments with the Holy Sacrament were the most precious part of my day. Finding the Cenacle Chapel was just what I needed. Yes, it’s farther away physically than in Ecuador, but knowing I can go and pray, or just sit with Jesus, in the chapel when I need to makes all the difference in the world. Thank you, Our Mother of Sorrows, for receiving me with open arms and for making God’s House a true Home.
Susan de Alban
NEW PARISH WEBSITE OPENED:
I’m very excited to announce the grand re-opening of the OMOS website on the Feast Day of Our Mother of Sorrows September 15th. Thanks to a team of dedicated, hardworking and creative parishioners and staff, we were able to update the face and functionality of the website to be more user friendly and with fresh, current and relevant information for new visitors, parishioner and school families, liturgical ministers, and anyone active in ministry. The new web address is “www.ourmotherofsorrows.church”, but it can be accessed through the current website address www.omosparish.org.
Some of the new features include a welcome video by Msgr. Tom, church events calendar, Lyn Bulski’s liturgical ministry calendar, and Parish Council, Stewardship Development Council and staff pictures. Because of safe environment compliance protocol, the liturgical calendar is password protected. Please contact Lyn Bulski for access.
We hope you enjoy the new website. We will continue to evolve the site with new features and fresh content. Please contact me at the parish office or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. God bless.
VISIT OUR NEW PARISH WEBSITE:
Click on ourmotherofsorrows.church to visit our new website. The following parishioners, José Merino, Steve Contreras, Madeleine Crespo, Melinda Caballero, Jean Fedigan, Michelle Benzenhoefer, Maria Arvayo-Campbell, and Pam Coonan have put in endless hours since December reshaping and refocusing our website.
NOVEMBER 5TH 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, November 5th. The gathering will include parishioners in leadership from parish groups. Parishioners who may have a desire to participate in this seminar day are encouraged to contact Steve Contreras at email@example.com or 747-1321.
Respect Life Month - All month long
Fiesta Weekend & White Elephant - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2
St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals - October 4 at 6 pm
Ministries Awareness - October 15/16 after all Masses
OMOS Annual Rosary Rally - October 8