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An Update on Fr. Eric

An Update on Fr. Eric:

Please continue to keep our Pastor, Fr. Eric, in your prayers.

On Monday, February 11, he underwent bypass surgery. The surgery went well and he is recovering. He is in good spirits, and looking forward to getting back to St. Patrick and the football field.

Dear Heavenly Father, restore to full health, mind, and body all those in need. Amen.

Please note: Fr. Eric will not be checking email or returning phone calls while he recovers. If you need anything immediately, contact the front office, otherwise, Fr. Eric looks forward to hearing from everyone when he returns. We ask that there be no visitors or flowers. Cards can be sent to the church. Thank you for your respect and understanding as he recovers.

Welcome the Stranger: Extended Love Resource Guide

Extended Love: Migration and the Church

Fr. Eric wishes to share with everyone this resource guide. “Extended Love: Migration and the Church” is a quick reference resource to help everyone reflect on Church teachings, scripture, and quotes regarding the issue of migration and how the Church is called to respond.

Click here to download the resource.

If you would like to dive further into this topic, you are invited to join VIP (Valley Interfaith Project) and us as we co-host a Civic Academy on the topic, Wednesday, January 16. Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to visit a webpage with all the information we currently have on our Matthew 25 Project which is the way we are answering the call to Welcome the Stranger.

From the Diocese of Phoenix

Bishop Olmsted has heard from many in the Diocese about how the current scandals surrounding the Church have affected you, and now he would like to hear from all of you. The Diocese of Phoenix has built a new website and invites everyone to take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Bishop Olmsted will review your responses and share the information with his brother Bishops. Click here to visit the website and use the player below to watch a message from Bishop Olmsted.


Hurricane Harvey

We are one family. Right now, many of our family members are suffering greatly from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

If you are looking for a way to help in response to Hurricane Harvey and the devastating effect it is having on Houston and the surrounding area, you can do so through Catholic Charities.

Donate through Catholic Charities: As the country continues to see the devastating and heartbreaking images from Hurricane Harvey, Catholic Charities agencies are rolling their sleeves and providing on the ground support. Catholic Charities USA is working in conjunction with the local agencies and parishes to setup shelters, distribute supplies, and are creating canvassing teams to go door to door to check on families. In addition, Catholic Charities USA is sending their newly commissioned Mobile Response Center vehicle to provide further disaster relief assistance. Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church. Block by block and brick by brick Catholic Charities is committed to providing help, healing, and hope to the people and communities who have lost homes and loved ones, but we cannot do it alone.

Here is how you can help:

Pray: God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of Hurricane Harvey, and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to all those in need; strengthen the weary; console the grieving and heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of goodwill to respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.

Give: Help relief efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or click below. You can also give by calling 1-800-919-9338 or by mail: PO Box 17066 Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 and put “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo line of the check, or online at Funds raised will go towards Catholic Charities agencies’ efforts to assist families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term recovery needs.

We thank you for your time and generosity. Your donation to CCUSA’s Disaster fund supports disaster response and recovery efforts including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services.

Sacrament of Marriage

In Christian marriage, spouses model the love and self-gift of Christ. By giving of themselves and serving one another, their family, and community, they help one another live out Christ’s call to discipleship, love, and service. The Sacrament of Marriage provides a foundation for a family committed to community, solidarity, and Jesus’ mission in the world.

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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.


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Father Eric Tellez and Kevin McGloin explore the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

IMG_0733In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation.  These sacraments lay the foundation of every Christian life.

We are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

Join Father Eric Tellez, pastor of St. Patrick and Kevin McGloin, Director of Liturgy & Youth Ministry in this three part podcast series as they explore the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

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Building a Home Field Advantage

Great teams know what it means to have a home field advantage. We will build ours by strengthening the pillars of our community – Hospitality, Liturgy, Stewardship, Social Justice, and Formation. Take a listen to the keynote and workshop given by Joel Stepanek, as we continue building a home field advantage. Thank you to everyone who attended and all the staff and volunteers who helped make it happen.

Keynote Speaker- Joel Stepanek

We are not simply guests of God, but sharers in the mission of inviting everyone to God’s table. The time for silence is past; it is time to become a voice of hope.2Y6A8221

Joel Stepanek has been actively involved in ministry for over ten years and is currently the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle and high school students. He is the author of two books, and received his Master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University in New York City.



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