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The Voice of the Martyrs Podcast

Christians in many parts of the world have faced persecution for centuries. Today it still exists and Christians face hardships that even cost their lives. In our country we have the freedom to worship at church or not and there really is not much risk for most Christians. Yet there can be an awareness that our brothers and sister in Christ need our support and prayers. Parishioner John Baker gives his time to speaking on behalf of Voice of the Martyrs. Please listen to this podcast that can share with you an awareness of the persecution of Christians and how we can support them wherever they may be.

For more information on The Voice of the Martyrs please visit their website at or Contact John Baker at jbakervom(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

First Down – Week of August 28th

Dear Friends,

This is the tenth football team at Sunnyslope High School that I have coached. Over that time, I have come to understand that every team is different and each year we need to figure out where the strengths are. We also need to understand the areas that our kids cannot do. Once these strengths are discovered we become a team that plays to its strengths, and we keep working on the things they do best.

Ministry by God’s people works the same. There are so many ministries that our Catholic Faith calls its people to serve. So how does our parish leadership help discover the true gifts and strengths of those who want to serve? A fantastic tool we use is called Living Your Strengths. This tool can help anyone discover their God-given strengths. So often in any church there are people who are asked to serve, but do not have the right gifts in that area, and it can bring about experiences that can be frustrating. This tool can help everyone understand how one operates and what one does best. When used and explained properly it does wonders for a parish or organization, and most importantly, the self-discovery is priceless.

Living Your Strengths helps to discern how to live Beyond Sunday, as it is an on-line tool you take and then receive the results immediately. The parish offers a workshop to help understand and explore each of your strengths. Sessions are September 13, 20 and 27th. For more information on this great tool and how to make use of it, contact Dan Minton at the Parish Office at 480-998-3843, ext. 137 or email lys(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

When the football coaches at Sunnyslope look closely at the strengths of each new team, we play to their strengths, and the last three regular seasons we have had a record of 29-1. The parish also wants to know the strengths of its people, so that the gifts that each person has can benefit the person and the entire community. Living Your Strengths is a great tool and all that is required is to take the on-line assessment and meet with the people who can help interpret your gifts.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric

As For Me and My House – Video

We live out our faith as disciples of Jesus formed in his teachings. Formation allows us to explore our faith within the context of our world and those around us. Below you will find the first video of our “As for Me and My House” videos called “What is Formation?”


How You Can Help the Victims of Flooding in Louisiana

Make a Donation to Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge: Click Here

Here is a recent news story from the National Catholic Reporter on the situation:

As Louisiana’s governor announced the federal government had declared a major disaster for the state Saturday, Catholic churches in the Baton Rouge diocese called for volunteers to help those displaced by extreme flooding and asked flood victims what assistance they needed.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters at a news conference that about 20,000 people had been rescued from their homes and more than 10,000 people were in shelters after a slow-moving tropical storm system dumped nearly 2 feet of rain on southern Louisiana. Several rivers crested at record levels.

As of mid-morning Monday, state officials said at least six people have died in the floods.

Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench visited three evacuation shelters Monday to comfort evacuees. In a statement the day before, he dispensed Sunday Mass obligations for all Catholics affected by the storm and urged parishioners to limit their driving over the weekend because of “the inherent dangers of unsafe driving conditions.”

“Please know of my prayers for your safety and the safety of your church parishes and parishioners,” he said in a message to pastors.


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JustFaith at St. Patrick

JustFaith is an excellent opportunity for ongoing formation in unpacking our role in the World as Christians. Through lectures, small-group discussions, and immersion experiences, JustFaith participants grow closer to God as they understand what it means to be in right relation

Contact Matt Wheeler if you have any questions, or if you would like to sign up: mwcraftsman(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or phone at 602-499-6276.

Elementary Formation, EDGE, and Life Teen Registration!

It’s time for Fall Registration for Elementary Formation (pre-school – 5th grade), The Edge (Middle School), and Life Teen (High School)! For more information please see each section below.

Elementary Formation – Pre School through 5th Grade

Sacramental Preparation

Registration will begin in October. Please contact Maggie Seliga

The Edge – Middle School

Life Teen – High School

Vacation Bible School Slideshows Posted

A massive THANK YOU is in order for all of the wonderful staff members, parents, and teen volunteers who spent many hours working hard so our children can encounter Christ. Vacation Bible School is always a big hit with kids because it helps them understand their faith in a fun and exciting way! Check out these slideshows from the two weeks of VBS at the parish this year.



St. Patrick Assisting St. Lucy Parish in Gila Bend

St. Patrick has quietly helped many different parishes that have needed some financial assistance. This time we are supporting Fr. Joy in Gila Bend, Arizona at St Lucy’s. This is the first time they have a full-time priest in many years! Fr Joy spent the last nine years in Bagdad, Az and did great work with the people. St. Lucy’s is in dire need of work on the rectory and the church. We are always looking for ways in which we can help. Please pray for Fr. Joy and the people of his parish! 

Food Drive Supporting Vista Del Camino

StPatsCityStrong, a ministry of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is conducting a FOOD DRIVE in support of Vista Del Camino, a social services initiative of the City of Scottsdale. Boxes/Bins for the FOOD DRIVE will be located at the lobby of your building starting Tuesday July 5th till Friday July 29th.

Please help us replenish Vista Del Camino’s food shelves during the summer months. Food supply at Vista Del Camino runs pretty low during the summer months, during which time most indigent families need the supply. According to the Association of Arizona Food Banks: nearly 1 in 5 Arizonans (1.15 million people) live in poverty; 1 in 4 of Arizona children (434,840 children) suffer from food insecurity; Arizona ranked 6th highest in the nation for individuals living in poverty and 5th highest for children.

List of the most needed items:
· Meat (canned (tuna, chicken)
· Beans (refried, kidney, pinto)
· Fruit & Vegetables – Canned
· Cereal (whole grain, low sugar)
· Meals – canned or boxed (chili, ravioli, stews, soups, mac-n-cheese, hamburger helper, etc)
· Pet Food Small Bags- up to 5 lbs for cats and dogs
· Toiletries – toothpaste, shampoos, bar soap and bathroom tissue
· Laundry Soap

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Your support brings sunshine to the lives of many !!!

StPatsCityStrong is a ministry at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church whose one initiative is to support Vista del Camino, a social services arm of the City of Scottsdale. Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.

Vista del Camino services are available on site at 7700 E. Roosevelt St., Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (480) 312-2323