Diocesan News & Events April 6th

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April 28

In Defense of Christians-Arizona Film Screening of  Our Last Stand: at 16215 North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, from 6 – 9 p.m. Christians are suffering horrific persecution in the Middle East–join In Defense of Christians and our host committee as we gather for a night of ecumenical prayer and a screening of the fantastic documentary Our Last Stand. The film follows an Assyrian-American woman named Helma Adde as she returns to her homeland and meets with the Iraqi and Syrian Christians who are facing genocide at the hands of ISIS and other militants. The film has been shown internationally and the filmmaker and community leaders will be on hand to discuss the situation Christians face in the Middle East and what can be done. Info and registration: indefenseofchristians.wufoo.com/.

 

April 29

Pro-Life Brunch: The Blessed Sacrament Pro-Life Ministry will be hosting its fifth annual Pro-Life Brunch at Blessed Sacrament Church, 11300 N 64th St, Scottsdale, AZ. We will have a few speakers from local Pro-life organizations who will inform us on the wonderful work they are doing including a speaker from the Call program, the Catholic Teen Leadership program, and from First Way Pregnancy Center. The food is always great and the brunch is free. Just come and enjoy a wonderful meal and be fed spiritually as well. You will be delighted you came. Info and registration: blessedsacramentscotts.org/new/pro-life-brunch/.

 

29th Annual Crozier Gala: at 4710 N 5th St, Phoenix from 5:30 – 9 p.m., “SERVANT LEADERSHIP” has been a primary and enduring characteristic of our Catholic faith, culture, and church since its beginning. It is what Jesus, in so many ways and in so many places, calls each of us to be and each of us to do. As Pope Francis has energized this message anew, it is time for each of us to reflect on what this siren call to action means in each of our lives, the life of our family, and the life of our church. How is it that we each “TAKE OUR PLACE” among those who choose service, in meeting the needs of others, as their highest priority? To benefit the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship Fund for children of diocesan educators & employees. Bishop’s Crozier Honorees for Lifetime Leadership & Service: Dorothy & John Shea, Shea Homes. Info and registration: ccfphx.org/crozier.

 

May 27

Padre Kino Soccer Cup: The seminarians of the Diocese of Tucson have challenged the seminarians of the Diocese of Phoenix to a soccer championship, the Padre Kino Cup at 2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson beginning at 6:30 p.m. Let’s all go to Tucson and support our seminarians. Info: cpereyra@diocesephoenix.org  or call (602) 354-2041.

 

Catholic Charities is Hiring: Catholic Charities is looking for team members to help make miracles in the lives of others. Together, we walk with people in crisis, and stay with them for as long as it takes until they are thriving. Whether it’s a veteran experiencing homelessness, a child in need, or a domestic violence situation, we do positive, permanent life-changing work. We have several positions available to help the communities most vulnerable. Some examples are a Case Manager, Counselor, Head Start Teacher, Adoption Specialist and Program Manager.Info: CatholicCharitiesAZ.org/employment.

 

Recurring Events

 

April 19-20

Arizona Coalition for Military Families’ 8th Annual Symposium: at the Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix. The focus is on military families and resources available to sustain them. This year, the symposium is having a special Faith and Spirituality Track which focuses on the efforts of the Faith Community to bring healing and peace to families and veterans. Pastors and other faith leaders within the Diocese are welcome. Registration is online and available. See website. Scholarships are available for those having funding issues. No one should not attend due to lack of funding. Faith leaders from all over AZ are attending, as well as speakers on “Moral Injury” from noted institutions and well known experts in the field of dealing with combat injuries and PTSD issues. Goal is to have one person at each parish knowledgeable on military and veteran family issues and able to guide parishioners to the right resources. Priests, deacons, parish and diocesan employees dealing with families and their issues are invited to attend. Info: arizonacoalition.org/events/symposium.

April 21

St. Gerard’s Mass of Comfort and Hope: Please join us for the St. Gerard’s Mass of Comfort and Hope for all affected by infertility at the Diocesan Pastoral Center Chapel. There will have a complimentary reception with refreshments and resources to follow. “Do not be afraid, do not feel alone. Let blessing and friendship in God surround and uphold you on your journey.” Info: phxnfp.org.

 

April 22

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., April 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20, 2017. The classes are free, but there is a one-time $10 fee for materials. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6802 S. 24th St., Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen. This will include prepare for the citizenship test and interview. This class also helps students develop their English skills. The class is taught by Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, who has conducted English and citizenship classes for over 20 years. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and register by April 10 as seating is limited. Info and registration: Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.

 

April 22-23

Diocesan Mother-Daughter Retreat: 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and ending after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Agnes Church, 1954 N 24th St., Phoenix! Together, you and your daughter have the opportunity to understand more fully God’s gift of sexuality. By inviting your daughter to attend this retreat, and spending extra time with her, you will help her understand the true value and dignity of her sexuality, plus how important she is to you! The Woman in Love Mother-Daughter retreat is designed to help mothers to deliver God’s remarkable good news about sexuality to their daughters. Katie Hartfiel leads mothers and daughters (grades 8-12) on this remarkable journey that weaves engaging talks with powerful prayer and extraordinary fun to create the experience of a lifetime. Mothers and their daughters from across the Diocese of Phoenix are welcome to attend. Space is limited, and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up today! Info and registration: dphx.org/event/mother-daughter-retreat-2017.

 

April 27

Golf for Vocations Diocese of Phoenix: The Annual Phoenix Diocese Golf for Vocations Tournament will be held on April 27, 2017 at the beautiful Legacy Golf Resort located at the base of South Mountain off of 32nd Street. One of the unique opportunities of this golf tournament is that Sponsors can have a priest play as a fifth in their foursome. Ask your Pastor and/or Parish Priest if they can join your team. Info and registration: golfforvocations.org.

Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council Conference: The GPCAPC invites counselors, administrators, psychologists, DCS workers, Behavioral Health professionals, Social Workers, early childhood care providers, and trauma support teams to its 20th Annual Conference and Cherish the Children Award Luncheon featuring Molly Strothkamp, LMSW, IMH-E (III), a child therapist/training coordinator at the Good Fit Counseling Center, as we explore “Trauma and Young Children: Supporting Young Children and Families through a Relationship-Based Approach.” This luncheon conference will also include a presentation by Marcia Stanton, MSW, Injury Prevention Specialist Phoenix Children’s Hospital on “ACES in Arizona – What New Data Tells Us.” Info and registration: gpcapc.org/annual-event.

April 28

In Defense of Christians-Arizona Film Screening of  Our Last Stand: at 16215 North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, from 6 – 9 p.m. Christians are suffering horrific persecution in the Middle East–join In Defense of Christians and our host committee as we gather for a night of ecumenical prayer and a screening of the fantastic documentary Our Last Stand. The film follows an Assyrian-American woman named Helma Adde as she returns to her homeland and meets with the Iraqi and Syrian Christians who are facing genocide at the hands of ISIS and other militants. The film has been shown internationally and the filmmaker and community leaders will be on hand to discuss the situation Christians face in the Middle East and what can be done. Info and registration: indefenseofchristians.wufoo.com/.

 

April 28-29

A Man For All Seasons – Parish Play: St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish presents: “A Man For All Seasons”. We invite adults and children over 12 years of age to join us on April 28th and/or 29th at 6:30 pm for a parish play at St. Anne’s Parish, 440 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, “A Man For All Seasons.” It is going to be a wonderful production with several St. Anne parishioners sharing their great acting talents. A Man For All Seasons is a play by Robert Bolt. The plot is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, who refused to endorse King Henry VIII’s wish to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon, who did not bear him a son, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn, the sister of his former mistress. The play portrays More as a man of principle, envied by rivals such as Thomas Cromwell and loved by the common people and by his family. Info: stanneaz.org/connect/events/a-man-for-all-seasons or call (480) 507-4400.

 

April 29

Pro-Life Brunch: The Blessed Sacrament Pro-Life Ministry will be hosting its fifth annual Pro-Life Brunch at Blessed Sacrament Church, 11300 N 64th St, Scottsdale, AZ. We will have a few speakers from local Pro-life organizations who will inform us on the wonderful work they are doing including a speaker from the Call program, the Catholic Teen Leadership program, and from First Way Pregnancy Center. The food is always great and the brunch is free. Just come and enjoy a wonderful meal and be fed spiritually as well. You will be delighted you came. Info and registration: blessedsacramentscotts.org/new/pro-life-brunch/.

 

29th Annual Crozier Gala: at 4710 N 5th St, Phoenix from 5:30 – 9 p.m., “SERVANT LEADERSHIP” has been a primary and enduring characteristic of our Catholic faith, culture, and church since its beginning. It is what Jesus, in so many ways and in so many places, calls each of us to be and each of us to do. As Pope Francis has energized this message anew, it is time for each of us to reflect on what this siren call to action means in each of our lives, the life of our family, and the life of our church. How is it that we each “TAKE OUR PLACE” among those who choose service, in meeting the needs of others, as their highest priority? To benefit the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship Fund for children of diocesan educators & employees. Bishop’s Crozier Honorees for Lifetime Leadership & Service: Dorothy & John Shea, Shea Homes. Info and registration: ccfphx.org/crozier.

 

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., April 29, May 6, 13 and 20, 2017. The classes are free, but there is a one-time $10 fee for materials. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6802 S. 24th St., Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen. This will include prepare for the citizenship test and interview. This class also helps students develop their English skills. The class is taught by Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, who has conducted English and citizenship classes for over 20 years. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and register by April 10 as seating is limited. Info and registration: Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.

 

May 1

CCF Scholarship Application Deadline: The Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix is pleased to inform you of TWO $5,000 college scholarships available for seniors graduating from Catholic high school.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is May 1, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be selected by May 31, 2017. The applications for both are available through the Foundation’s website at ccfphx.org/scholarships.

 

May 5-26

Nullity Minister Training: Fridays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. There are many people in our parishes who are divorced and in need of the assistance of the Tribunal. Every divorced person has the right to submit a petition for an annulment! For over ten years, the Diocese of Phoenix Tribunal has initiated petitions at the parish level, with and through the assistance of a trained Nullity Minister. Nullity Ministers make this process a little easier for the Petitioner by having someone they know at their parish who can answer all of their questions. The Tribunal trains Nullity Ministers for this generous work of mercy once per year. If your parish is in need of a Nullity Minister, please identify and register someone today. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact your pastor; his approval is required for your registration. Trainees are required to attend all four days of training, which is offered in English only. If you have any questions, please contact the Tribunal. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/nullity-minister-training-2017.
Continuing Education for Nullity Ministers and Advocates: The Tribunal of is offering the next Nullity Minister Training (see above) free of charge to any active Advocate and Nullity Minister who would like to attend as a means of continuing education. With the changes to the law, this is the best way to freshen your ministry as current Advocates and Nullity Ministers. To attend, please register by April 27. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/nullity-minister-training-2017.

May 6

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., May 6, 13 and 20, 2017. The classes are free, but there is a one-time $10 fee for materials. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6802 S. 24th St., Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen. This will include prepare for the citizenship test and interview. This class also helps students develop their English skills. The class is taught by Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, who has conducted English and citizenship classes for over 20 years. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and register by April 10 as seating is limited. Info and registration: Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.

 

May 13

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., May 13 and 20, 2017. The classes are free, but there is a one-time $10 fee for materials. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6802 S. 24th St., Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen. This will include prepare for the citizenship test and interview. This class also helps students develop their English skills. The class is taught by Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, who has conducted English and citizenship classes for over 20 years. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and register by April 10 as seating is limited. Info and registration: Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.
Magnificat Meal celebrating the Fatima Centennial: A perfect Mothers Day gift from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul, 330 W Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix. On the day of the first apparition of Mary to the children in Fatima 100 yrs ago, we will gather to praise God, share a meal, and hear the testimony of one of the most well versed Mariologists in the world. Janice Connell, is a corporate attorney whose love for our Blessed Mother led to do exhaustive researched on Fatima as well as many other aspects of Mary’s messages and apparitions worldwide. Our event includes a catered lunch, music by Handsome Ron & Theresa, and other delightful surprises! Cost is $15 (pre-registration is required). We hope you will treat your mother or bring a friend to celebrate this momentous occasion. Men and women are invited to this special event! Info and registration: aa-ok0.wixsite.com/magnificat-arizona or (623) 979-9780.

May 20

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., May 20, 2017. The classes are free, but there is a one-time $10 fee for materials. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6802 S. 24th St., Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen. This will include prepare for the citizenship test and interview. This class also helps students develop their English skills. The class is taught by Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, who has conducted English and citizenship classes for over 20 years. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you call and register by April 10 as seating is limited. Info and registration: Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.

 

May 27

Padre Kino Soccer Cup: The seminarians of the Diocese of Tucson have challenged the seminarians of the Diocese of Phoenix to a soccer championship, the Padre Kino Cup at 2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson beginning at 6:30 p.m. Let’s all go to Tucson and support our seminarians. Info: cpereyra@diocesephoenix.org  or call (602) 354-2041.

 

May 28

Transitional Diaconate Ordination: The Catholic community of the Diocese of Phoenix is cordially invited to attend the Mass of Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate from 9-10 a.m. at Ss Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix. Not available to attend in person? Watch LIVE on AZTV 7/13 or youtube.com/phoenixdiocese. Info: mgonzal@diocesephoenix.org or call
(602) 354-2005.

May 30 – June 8

Celebrate Pentecost in Rome with Pope Francis: Join the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Renewal Ministries on a Pentecost Pilgrimage to Italy. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, including Mass with Pope Francis. Full brochure at myfaithjourneys.com. Click on Log In. Enter Group ID: 17042. Or call 1-877-732-4845, Ext. 200.

June 2

Holy Hour Vigil: Holy Hour Vigil with Bishops and the Seminarians of the Diocese of Phoenix from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ss Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix. Info: mgonzal@diocesephoenix.org  or call (602) 354-2005.

 

June 3

Ordination to the Priesthood: In a Spirit of Joy and Thanksgiving, The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop, The Most Reverend Eduardo Nevares invite you to join in the Mass of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood from,10 – 11:30 a.m. at, All Saints Parish, 1534 N Recker Rd, Mesa. Info: mgonzal@diocesephoenix.org or call (602) 354-2005.
Catholic Youth Congreso (CYC): All teens and young adults are invited to a bilingual Revival – Full of the Spirit, Acts 2:1-4 – at the 2017 Catholic Youth Congreso (CYC). Have a personal encounter with Jesus through prayer, formation, and evangelization. Learn more about your faith and Catholic culture, PLUS encounter Christ in a new way, to better love Him and serve Him in His Church. Info: dphx.org/event/cyc-2017.
July 19

Infant Adoption Orientation: Looking to adopt an infant? The Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Program has openings available in our Child Placement Program. The first step is to attend a program orientation. Info and registration: contact Sally Gramke at (602) 230-4910 or sgramke@cc-az.org.

July 28-30, August 18-20, September 8-10 & 22-24

Leadership Training course: Leadership training course for young latinos 16 years and older. This bilingual series of 8 workshops in 4 weekends addresses the minister in a holistic manner providing the human, faith and pastoral formation necessary for an effective ministry to young Hispanics using the Prophets of Hope model as its approach. Info: (602) 354-2120 x9003.

 

October 7

3rd Gala Concierto Católico: Come live a cultural experience where faith and art join through music, feeding the soul and the senses while at the same time you enjoy, in the company of your family, a wonderful concert with international artists. This event is in Spanish. Info: (602) 354-2120 x9001 or gophx.org.

Dec. 1-3

Emmaus Ministries’ Retreat for Grieving Parents: at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Organized by grieving parents who have lost children of their own and supported by spiritual leaders who understand this ministry, we provide an opportunity for parents to gather in a sacred, warm, and compassionate space with others who know their pain. This is a weekend for healing broken hearts and providing hope to bereaved parents. All faiths are welcome. Info: emfgp.org or contact Marianne Gouveia at (602) 549-8932 or Diane Monaghan at (617) 542-8057.