St. Patrick was honored to host the Crosier religious order of priests and brothers. One of their gifts are ministering to the sick and offering healing. Their patroness St. Odilia has an interesting story shared by Fr. Stephan Bauer at the homily during mass. Hundreds of people stayed after mass to touch the relics of St. Odilia and receiving the anointing of the sick.
There is concern by many regarding the events around the world and in our country. These difficult moments are the opportunities for Christians to respond with courage and offering wisdom to those who live with no hope. The greatest prayer for Christians to pray daily during these times is the Prayer of St Francis. Download a large version of this prayer to use as a wallpaper on your computer by clicking the image below.
As the summer comes to a close it’s time once again to register your children in Formation Programs! Below you can find the details:
Young Disciples – Age 4 through Age 5
Starts up again August 20/21
CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word) – Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Starts up again August 20/21. Volunteers are needed! Please contact dirlenborn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org for more information. Three training dates are available.
Students Who Wish to Recieve the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, or Confirmation – 2nd through 5th Grade
View our orientation schedule online. For more information please call Sharon Fabyanic at 480.998.3843 x-223 or by email at sfabyanic(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org
Last year, in one weekend, St. Patrick’s parishioners helped to pack over 1 million meals for children across the world.
Feed My Starving Children® is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: kids and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to partner organizations for distribution in over 70 countries.
This is a great opportunity for families to serve: children 5 and older can participate under adult supervision. After a simple, moving orientation that demonstrates how to work in teams and have fun making the nutritional MannaPacks, we pack for 2 hours. Make a difference! Click the links below to register for days/times:
Where: Phoenix Convention Center, Hall F, South Bldg, 33 South 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85054
When: Friday 7/29 3-5PM and/or Saturday 7/30 12-2PM and/or Sunday 7/31 1-3PM.
Who: All Are Welcome!
Learn more about the mission of Feed My Starving Children
Michael Dixon hosts a lively radio show on Immaculate Heart Radio called “The Bishop’s Hour” and our very own Director of Evangelization, Family Ministry, and Adult Formation Tricia Hoyt is presenting eight sessions on the life and writings of St. Paul! Tricia is an expert in her field, and her knowledge is sure to help you better understand our Catholic faith. On June 20th, Tricia spoke on Galatians and 1st Corinthians. On July 11th she will present on 2nd Corinthians and Philippians. Tune in at 11:00 AM to 1310 AM or listen online. You can hear episodes recorded below:
We continue to pray as a community for all those who lost their lives in Orlando. As Christians we stand boldly in the hope of Christ — and as Disciples, we make a commitment to act as Jesus in our world by bringing hope.
Below is a statement by our local bishops on the tragedy:
Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares Regarding the Orlando Mass Shootings
PHOENIX — We join the Holy Father in encouraging the faithful to pray for the victims, families and first responders of those involved in the tragic events of the Orlando mass shootings.
We express our profound condolences for the victims of this senseless act of terror, and support the statements made by Pope Francis, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville and the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan, shared below:
A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
WASHINGTON—Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.
Message from Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan
A sword has pierced the heart of our city. Since learning of the tragedy this morning, I have urged all to pray for the victims, the families and first responders. I pray that the Lord’s mercy will be upon us during this time of sadness, shock and confusion. I urge people of faith to turn their hearts and souls to the great physician, our Lord Jesus Christ, who consoles and carries us through suffering with mercy and tenderness. The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual. Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world.
Priests, deacons and counselors from the Diocese of Orlando and Catholic Charities of Central Florida are serving at the Aid Center established by the City of Orlando. They are on site helping victims and families on the front lines of this tragedy. Throughout the day, they are offering God’s love and mercy to those who are facing unimaginable sorrow. They will remain vigilant and responsive to the needs of our hurting brothers and sisters.
I have asked all of our parishes to include prayer intentions during the celebration of Sunday Mass today where close to 400,000 registered Catholics participate in nine counties of Central Florida. At our 91 parishes and missions, today’s prayers have been offered for victims of violence and acts of terror…for their families and friends…and all those affected by such acts against God’s love. We pray for the people of the city of Orlando that God’s mercy and love will be upon us as we seek healing and consolation.
Below is the statement of Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, expressing the Pope’s condolences for the victims of the shootings this weekend:
The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.
May all those involved know the compassion and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Summer can be a very busy time… school is out, vacation days need to be used, and the weather is great for getting out and taking a road trip. Father Eric invites us to keep God central in our lives. With the great gift of technology, we made a list of a few our favorite resources to keep you spiritually refreshed this summer. Pass on this page to a friend or family member if you find it helpful!
- Mass times when traveling – Traveling out of state? Check out MassTimes.org to find the nearest Catholic parish (and the times of their masses)
- Daily mass scripture readings – Did you know we have a page on our website dedicated to the mass readings and scripture? Check it out!
- For Food lovers – The Catholic Foodie is where faith and food collide! Check out great recipes and inspiration at CatholicFoodie.com
- Daily prayer and inspiration – Pick a day of the week for a great, short reflection from an author organized by Creighton University. Read Now
- Sunday homilies with Bishop Robert Baron – Bishop Robert Baron has lots to say about culture, religion, and our daily spiritual lives. Homilies online.
- Sunday mass online with Fr. Edward Beck – Watch the Catholic mass online every Sunday! TheSundayMass.org
- Teen inspiration – Check out Life Teen online… an awesome resource of videos, blogs, and articles about faith and culture. LifeTeen.com
- Young adult inspiration – Never a dull moment at Ignitum Today, an online blog geared for young adult readers. IgnitumToday.com
- Latest Catholic news – Check out CRUX, a great source for Catholic news and commentary. Cruxnow.com
Apps for Phones and Tablets
- Catholic Mega App – Prayers, readings, and much more… all free! Download for Android or Download for iOS
- 5 Free apps for Catholics – Check out this great article from the FOCUS on free apps for Catholics – Read the article now
This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood. This may sound a bit strange, but according to Scripture Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the last supper and said it was truly his body and blood. We come together every Sunday at Mass to recognize this — but this Sunday is of particular importance as the Church takes a moment of reflection on this important part of our faith! We are Eucharistic People because we take what we receive and GO OUT into the world to live Beyond Sunday — bringing the hope, peace, and love of Christ to all we meet. This is living out the gift of the Eucharist!
Did you know that many ministries exist at St. Patrick with the mission of providing healing and comfort to those experiencing hard times, illness, divorce, loss, or grief? Great people come together each week – help is out there! For more information and contact for each of these groups, please see page eight of our weekly bulletin – or view it online.
Today we sent out our Community Connection email… view it online below:
Thank you for making St. Patrick your spiritual home. We would also like to thank everyone for making Fr. Brian Fenlon’s funeral so special — hundreds of people packed the church and hall to remember Fr. Brian. Such a gathering of community would certainly bring a warm smile to his face! View photos from the event if you were not able to attend.
We look forward to seeing you at Liturgy this weekend and at the many great opportunities for fellowship and growth throughout the week!
Father Brian Fenlon was called home to eternal life the evening of May 10th. Fr. Brian was the founding Pastor of St Patrick which started in 1980. He served as Pastor until 1995. Fr. Brian began a very fruitful ministry with Hospice of the Valley for 17 years. Please check our Facebook as we will be updating it frequently with information. May the angels lead to paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome you this day, to bring you to the Holy City, the new and Eternal Jerusalem.
You are invited to celebrate the life of Fr. Brian:
Visitation & Scripture Service
Sunday, May 15 | 6:30 PM | Fenlon Hospitality Center
Mass of Resurrection
Monday, May 16 | 11 AM | St. Patrick Catholic Community
Potluck Reception in Fenlon Hospitality Center following mass. Food may be dropped off at the kitchen before mass. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (480) 998-3843