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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

It seems quieter this week. Many people have been involved in all the activities of the past month, from the liturgies of St. Francis Day, to the Ministries Fair and Rosary Walk, from the Nigerian celebration for our centenary and the regular care of those seeking food assistance on Saturday morning by our St. Vincent de Paul group. I am also moved by the immense generosity of our ministers of care at Good Samaritan Hospital and the long twelve-hour shifts of chaplain Fr. William Okat, AJ. who lives in our Franciscan community. Then there is Mando & Tensie and the PCLC… we honor the hours of loving care they put into the food preparation and infamous St. Mary’s hospitality for these activities.

This past week I gave a retreat on preaching to about 38 priests from the Diocese of Tucson at Picture Rocks. I was so impressed with the dedication to weekly homily preparation of these good ministers. St. Paul tells the Thessalonians in the second reading that they too have become a model. They have inspired others by the way they lived. So much inspiration happens daily around St. Mary’s Community. And imitation is the highest form of compliment. St. Paul modeled to the Thessalonians the ways of Jesus and they imitated him. The Letter he wrote to them invites us to imitate the Lord of Life. Imitating the love of God in Christ was big to the spirituality of St. Francis. We have to adjust our thinking and feeling to the Master’s heart. To be as mindful and “compassion full” as God is the goal of personal prayer. The pay off is an outstanding...full enduring human life. “The glory of God.” said St. Irenaeus of Lyon, is a person “fully alive and full human life is found in the vision of God.” To notice our world and to embrace it in the love of Christ... to see it with our mind and heart is our mission. Maybe more accurately… to see the world around us with Christ’s mind and heart transforms ours’ into a Sacred Heart.

Next weekend is Halloween. On Thursday we will have a vigil with 40 Days for Life through the afternoon hours. Join us on Saturday November 1st for the Great Solemnity of “All Saints” for the ten o’clock Mass. Our big centenary All Souls - “Dia de Los Muertos” celebration after the eleven o’clock Eucharist on Sunday promises to be an annual Phoenix event.

A gentle week to all.

Fr. Michael



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