Diocesan News & Events July 14th

New this week

September 9

Whatever God Wants: A Couples’ Retreat: Come away and rediscover the fullness of what God intends for your marriage! Hear from Gianna Emanuela Molla, M.D., daughter of St. Gianna Molla, and Jason and Crystalina Evert on seeking holiness in marriage. This event is designed for all couples – those who are recently married, those who’ve been married for decades, and everything in between. The retreat is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish, 440 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted celebrating a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. $50 per couple and $30 per individual, with lunch available for purchase. Limited childcare is provided, so sign up fast! Register at stanneaz.org/marriage-retreat.

 

September 15

Anti-trafficking seminar: There are no borders or boundaries to human trafficking. It effects EVERY socioeconomic group… every neighborhood… our children. Phoenix Police Department have encountered children as young as 9 years-old who are being sold for sex. Join us for an evening of prayer and awareness from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, about human-trafficking, the dangers of pornography, and social media safety.

September 16

The Joy of the Gospel: Join Dr. Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E Knox Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. for a stimulating morning discussing The Creed, The Trinity, Faith and Family. Please note that tickets ($10 each) are required for attendance and they can be purchased through the website: stpaulcenter.com/events/phoenix.

September 16

Aid to Women Center 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala: Aid to Women Center’s annual fundraising gala is fast approaching! Come celebrate 32 years of serving the unborn and their mothers at St. Bernard Clairvaux Catholic Church, 10755 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. We will begin with Mass at 5 p.m. with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted followed by registration and social hour at 6 p.m. The Gala will be from 7 to 9:30. The keynote speaker this year is Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor who has dedicated her life to spreading the pro-life message. If you would like to sponsor a table of 8, we have three different levels: Gold ($500), Silver ($400), and Bronze ($300). Please call Katrina at (480) 966-1902 for more information or visit our website, aidtowomencenter.org.

 

September 30

Celebrating Marriage: Come celebrate marriage at this annual diocesan event at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix, consisting of a beautiful Jubilee Mass and luncheon. This year’s speakers at the luncheon are Peter and Cynthia Lemieux, marriage mentors and formators, presenting “Marriage: Come Follow Me.” Mass begins at 10 a.m.; luncheon follows in the parish hall. Those celebrating 25th, 40th, and 50th + jubilarian anniversaries receive a special blessing, a group photo with Bishop Olmsted, and frame-worthy certificate when pre-registered. $55 per couple for luncheon. $30 for individuals wishing to attend. Registration required. For registration information, call Clarissa Quiring at (602) 354.2132 or register online at OurCovenantofLovePHX.org. Seating for luncheon and speakers limited. Couples of all ages welcome, as well as family members.

 

Dates Vary

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Catholic Charities is Hiring: Catholic Charities is looking for team members to help make miracles in the lives of others. We walk with those in crisis and stay with them until they are thriving. Whether a veteran experiencing homelessness, a child in need, or a domestic violence situation, we provide positive, life-changing work. We have several positions available to help the community’s most vulnerable, including Case Worker, Counselor, Head Start Staff, Community Engagement & Volunteer Services Supervisor and Program Manager. Info:catholiccharitiesaz.org/employment

 

Recurring Events

July 3-21

From Porn to Freedom: Join Dr. Monica Breaux, PhD, a Catholic therapist and sex addiction expert, and Andrew, an average man who overcame pornography addiction, to arm yourself and your loved ones for battle. Hear Andrew’s story, the science behind his journey, and how to avoid or overcome this problem. Ask your questions, and get their answers.

 

Current Schedule:

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 2117 S Rural Rd., Tempe

  • July 7 Women’s Talk from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • July 8 Men’s Talk from 7-8:30 p.m.

St. Mary Magdalene, 2654 E Williams Field Rd., Gilbert

  • July 16 Teen Talk from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • July 17 Women’s Talk from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • July 18 Men’s Talk from 7-8:30 p.m.

There are still dates and times available for your parish or ministry group! Contact Dr. Breaux at (602) 228-2126 or whollymen@gmail.com to schedule today. Info: whollymen.com.

 

July 7- August 25

Cup-O-Theology: Lifeboat Coffee,  is sponsoring “Cup-O-Theology” Friday nights at 6 p.m. through August 25. Come join us at Lifeboat Coffee, at 536 E Dunlap Ave (Lifeboat Coffee Co), Phoenix, for lively discussions of the Faith and enjoy complimentary drip coffee from 6pm-7:30pm. Espressos and goodies also available at a nominal charge. Info: quartermaster@lifeboatcoffee.com.

 

July 9-14

Grief to Grace Healing Retreat: Hosted by Restore Dignity, the Grief to Grace retreat invites participants to journey through this program in the name of love – love for themselves, love for family and friends, love for those who have suffered unspeakable abuse and mistreatment, and love for the Church – the suffering body of Christ, who cries out for comfort and consolation in the midst of profound betrayal and abandonment. The program offers a very unique process for helping victims of abuse to grieve the past and discover spiritual healing and transformation. Dr. Theresa Burke, who is the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard retreats for healing after abortion, composed the program and will serve as the facilitator for this retreat. Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse – is a spiritual program for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual, or spiritual abuse. It is appropriate for anyone who has endured sexual abuse, rape, incest, or other forms of traumatic violation in childhood or adolescence. It is also appropriate for anyone who has been abused by clergy. Info and registration: restoredignity.org.

 

July 10-18

Annual Novena to St. Odilia: The Crosier Community of Phoenix invites you to join us in our continued devotion to St. Odilia by praying with us during the Annual Solemn Novena in honor of St. Odilia at 7:30 a.m. from July 10-18 at the Priory Church of the Holy Cross at Crosier Village, 717 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix. Sharing a novena in time of need is a powerful way in which you can petition St. Odilia’s help for healing, both spiritually and physically. Please feel free to download the Novena prayer leaflet here. Visit crosier.org or call (602) 443-7100 for more information.

 

July 15, 22, 29

Citizenship Preparation Classes: The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting its next series of citizenship classes on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon., July 15, 22 and 29, 2017. Classes are FREE but a single $10 donation for materials is appreciated. All classes will be taught in English and are held at Crosier Village, 717 E. Southern Ave, Phoenix. This course helps students learn the basics for becoming a U.S. citizen by studying for the citizenship test and preparing for the 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: call Br. Jim at (602) 769-7744.

 

 

July 16

St. Odilia Healing Mass: The Crosier Community of Phoenix invites you to the Healing Mass in honor of St. Odilia, patroness of the blind and afflicted and patroness of the Crosiers. This Mass is held each year on the Sunday closest to St. Odilia’s July 18 Feast Day. It is an opportunity for pilgrims to celebrate the healing petitions and ministry of her powerful intercession. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is celebrated, and at the end of Mass, personal blessings with the ancient relics of St. Odilia are offered. The Crosiers will host the Mass at their Priory Church of the Holy Cross, 717 E. Southern Ave. in Phoenix at 8 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome! For more information, please visit crosier.org or call (602) 443-7100.

 

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 21-23

Satisfying Our Restless Hearts – Magis Women Retreat: based on Fr. Robert Spitzer’s book “Finding True Happiness” at the Doubletree Inn, Tempe. We live in a noisy world, and it’s almost impossible to avoid constantly checking some form of screen that keeps us vaguely connected to others and likely out of touch with ourselves. There’s still good news: Jesus has promised us rest from our burdens! This retreat will give you time to rest in the Lord, encountering Him and being nurtured. In addition to examining how we can satisfy our restless hearts in Him, take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, Adoration, a beautiful environment, peaceful free time, experienced prayer teams, praise and worship, quiet time for journaling and reflection, an expressive art experience that progresses throughout the weekend, and delicious food! Come away with Him and be restored. Info and registration: magiswomen.com/events.

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

Leadership Training coursel: Leadership training course for young latinos 18 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.

 

 

August 4

3rd Annual JP2 Classic: IT’S GAME TIME! Bring the entire family out to Hoop It Up at the JP2 Classic – 3rd Annual Basketball Event at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N 5th St,Phoenix beginning at 7 p.m. Dribble on over to see The Church Fathers (Your Parish Priests) take on Our Phoenix Sons (Diocesan Seminarians). ONLINE ONLY TICKETS SALES WILL BECOME AVAILABLE IN JULY. Spectators will be treated to hot dogs, an exciting game, half-time tee shirt launch, and a post-game ice cream social. Info:mgonzalez@dphx.org or call (602) 354-2005.

August 5, 12, 19, 26 and September 2

Immigration Legal Clinics: Join us at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale beginning on August 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting a special five (5) week series of immigration legal clinics on essential and timely topics for immigrants. Each program will include a presentation by an immigration attorney, followed by questions and answers, and personal consultations. Info and registration: (602) 769-7744 by July 31 or visit our website at crosier.org.

 

August 12

Mom & Me: Our Bodies, Our Bond – 10-13 yr olds: Join us at 400 E Monroe St, Phoenix, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., for a beautiful seminar for moms and their daughters to learn together the beauty of reproduction and their changing bodies in an age-appropriate, faithful setting. Cost is $30 per pair and includes refreshments and a workbook. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/moms-daughters-2017a or call (602) 354-2122.

 

Mom & Me: Our Bodies, Our Bond – 14-17 yr olds: Join us at 400 E Monroe St, Phoenix, from 1 – 5 p.m., for a beautiful seminar for moms and their daughters to learn together the beauty of reproduction and their changing bodies in an age-appropriate, faithful setting. Cost is $30 per pair and includes refreshments and a workbook. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/moms-daughters-2017b or call (602) 354-2122.

 

August 12, 19, 26 and September 2

Immigration Legal Clinics: Join us at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale beginning on August 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting a special five (5) week series of immigration legal clinics on essential and timely topics for immigrants. Each program will include a presentation by an immigration attorney, followed by questions and answers, and personal consultations. Info and registration: (602) 769-7744 by July 31 or visit our website at crosier.org.

 

August 13

Male Sexuality: A Conversation for Fathers and Sons: Fathers, with their sons, learn about the awe-inspiring bodies we have! This seminar covers male/female reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception and the contraceptive mentality, true masculinity and femininity, the unitive and procreative nature of marriage, age-appropriate scientific basis for Natural Family Planning, and sexual morality at 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, from 1 – 4 pm. The Church’s beautiful teachings intertwine with the truth of science to show us the beauty of our biology. Prepare to be amazed at God’s design.This seminar is also offered within the 2nd Year of the CALL program. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/fathers-sons-2017.

 

August 18-20

10th Annual St. Philomena Mother-Daughter Retreat: 6 p.m. Friday through noon on Sunday at the San Marcos Crown Plaza Resort, 1 N San Marcos Pl., Chandler. “The Gift” retreat is dedicated to St. Philomena and is intended for girls 11-14 years of age and their moms. Reflect on St. Philomena’s life, the virtue of chastity, the feminine gift of self, and the beauty of God’s plan for marital intimacy with talks by engaging speakers, guided questions, crafts and activities to strengthen your relationship with your daughter, prayer, opportunities for confession, mass and more! Join us and celebrate the woman your daughter is becoming while building memories that will last a lifetime. Info: stphilmdo@gmail.com.

 

August 19, 26 and September 2

Immigration Legal Clinics: Join us at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale beginning on August 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting a special five (5) week series of immigration legal clinics on essential and timely topics for immigrants. Each program will include a presentation by an immigration attorney, followed by questions and answers, and personal consultations. Info and registration: (602) 769-7744 by July 31 or visit our website at crosier.org.

 

 

August 21 – October 13

54-Day Fatima Novena: Join Bishop Olmsted in a 54-day novena as we approach the October celebration of the Fatima Centennial. Pray the rosary daily, offer acts of penance, and do your part to bring about peace on Earth as Our Lady promised!

This novena will begin with Solemn Vespers at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix. Sign up to receive prayers, messages from Bishop Olmsted, and more via text and email. Just text fatima100 to 84576 from your phone to subscribe – it’s super easy! You can also watch for our special Our Lady of Fatima videos to publish on the 13th of every month at dphx.org/fatima, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

August 23-24

Pilgrimage with Bishop Olmsted: hosted by the Friends of the Cathedral. Experience holy sites of Tucson and southeastern Arizona, including St. Augustine Cathedral, Degrazia Gallery, Mission San Xavier de Bac, and St. Francis Mission Ak-Chin under the spiritual direction of our Bishop. Advance registration required. Info: friendsofthecathedral.org.

August 25

Run Alpha: Run Alpha is an opportunity to gather with other churches across the region to experience what it is like to run an Alpha. We will learn and put into practice some of the unique elements of Alpha like leading small groups and prayer ministry. We will also discuss the story and convictions behind Alpha. We also have dedicated time to process how you can run Alpha in your context. This is designed to be a highly relational and conversational event. Whether you are a first time host or a seasoned administrator, this event is for you. This event takes place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. When finished, you will have everything you need to run Alpha. Info: priscillanavarro@alphausa.org or call (602) 509-0238.

 

August 26 and September 2

Immigration Legal Clinics: Join us at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale beginning on August 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting a special five (5) week series of immigration legal clinics on essential and timely topics for immigrants. Each program will include a presentation by an immigration attorney, followed by questions and answers, and personal consultations. Info and registration: (602) 769-7744 by July 31 or visit our website at crosier.org.

 

August 30

Jesuit Strong, Coffee with Companions Fundraising Event: 7:30-9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish and Elementary School, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Inaugural event to raise funds for parish and school programs. Breakfast event featuring a guest speaker and students from the elementary school. Info: sfxphx.org.

September 2

Immigration Legal Clinics: Join us at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale beginning on August 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting a special five (5) week series of immigration legal clinics on essential and timely topics for immigrants. Each program will include a presentation by an immigration attorney, followed by questions and answers, and personal consultations. Info and registration: (602) 769-7744 by July 31 or visit our website at crosier.org.

 

September 9

Whatever God Wants: A Couples’ Retreat: Come away and rediscover the fullness of what God intends for your marriage! Hear from Gianna Emanuela Molla, M.D., daughter of St. Gianna Molla, and Jason and Crystalina Evert on seeking holiness in marriage. This event is designed for all couples – those who are recently married, those who’ve been married for decades, and everything in between. The retreat is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish, 440 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted celebrating a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. $50 per couple and $30 per individual, with lunch available for purchase. Limited childcare is provided, so sign up fast! Register at stanneaz.org/marriage-retreat.

 

September 15

Anti-trafficking seminar: There are no borders or boundaries to human trafficking. It effects EVERY socioeconomic group… every neighborhood… our children. Phoenix Police Department have encountered children as young as 9 years-old who are being sold for sex. Join us for an evening of prayer and awareness from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, about human-trafficking, the dangers of pornography, and social media safety.
September 16

The Joy of the Gospel: Join Dr. Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E Knox Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. for a stimulating morning discussing The Creed, The Trinity, Faith and Family. Please note that tickets ($10 each) are required for attendance and they can be purchased through the website: stpaulcenter.com/events/phoenix.

 

September 16

Aid to Women Center 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala: Aid to Women Center’s annual fundraising gala is fast approaching! Come celebrate 32 years of serving the unborn and their mothers at St. Bernard Clairvaux Catholic Church, 10755 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. We will begin with Mass at 5 p.m. with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted followed by registration and social hour at 6 p.m. The Gala will be from 7 to 9:30. The keynote speaker this year is Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor who has dedicated her life to spreading the pro-life message. If you would like to sponsor a table of 8, we have three different levels: Gold ($500), Silver ($400), and Bronze ($300). Please call Katrina at (480) 966-1902 for more information or visit our website, aidtowomencenter.org.

 

September 22

Friends of the Cathedral Golf Tournament: 6:30 a.m. at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix. Support Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral and the Diocese of Phoenix Vocations Office by gathering a foursome of your favorite people to golf with the Friends of the Cathedral! This exciting day includes continental breakfast, four person scramble / shotgun start, auction and raffle items, and an awards luncheon. Info: friendsofthecathedral.org.

 

September 29 – October 1

Theology of the Body and its Application to the Health Care Professional: This weekend spiritual retreat, at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday September 29- Sunday October 1 at 12 p.m., will provide talks on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and its application for health care professionals with small group discussions, Mass, Adoration, Confession, times for prayer ministry and socializing. Info and registration: call@diocesephoenix.org or call (602) 354-2123.

 

September 30

Celebrating Marriage: Come celebrate marriage at this annual diocesan event at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix, consisting of a beautiful Jubilee Mass and luncheon. This year’s speakers at the luncheon are Peter and Cynthia Lemieux, marriage mentors and formators, presenting “Marriage: Come Follow Me.” Mass begins at 10 a.m.; luncheon follows in the parish hall. Those celebrating 25th, 40th, and 50th + jubilarian anniversaries receive a special blessing, a group photo with Bishop Olmsted, and frame-worthy certificate when pre-registered. $55 per couple for luncheon. $30 for individuals wishing to attend. Registration required. For registration information, call Clarissa Quiring at (602) 354-2132 or register online at OurCovenantofLovePHX.org. Seating for luncheon and speakers limited. Couples of all ages welcome, as well as family members.

 

October 5

Ascent Parish Leadership Conference – St. Paul: The Diocese of Phoenix is proud to announce the relaunch of the Parish Leadership Conference – Ascent! This free single-day event, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., is designed to bring ministry HIGHER for pastors, priests, parish staff members, and lay leaders. For more information including speakers, registration information, and a schedule for the day please visit http://dphx.org/ascent.

 

October 6

Ascent Parish Leadership Conference – St. Andrew the Apostle: The Diocese of Phoenix is proud to announce the relaunch of the Parish Leadership Conference – Ascent! This free single-day event, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., is designed to bring ministry HIGHER for pastors, priests, parish staff members, and lay leaders. For more information including speakers, registration information, and a schedule for the day please visit http://dphx.org/ascent.

 

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.

 

October 10-20

Corpus Christi Parish Pilgrimage 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima: In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Corpus Christi is inviting guests to make an 11 day pilgrimage to holy sites in Portugal, Spain and France. In addition to participating in all the festivities in Fatima, our pilgrimage will include a visit to Lourdes, France where our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette. Many blessings of the sick and miracles have taken place in the healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring. Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity! Info and registration: unitours.com/client/CorpusChristiMarianShrines.html.

 

October 13

Consecration of the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Join Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted for Solemn Mass and the Consecration of the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. More details to come. Sign up to receive prayers, messages from Bishop Olmsted, and more via text and email. Just text fatima100 to 84576 from your phone to subscribe – it’s super easy! You can also watch for our special Our Lady of Fatima videos to publish on the 13th of every month at dphx.org/fatima, Facebook, and Twitter.

October 22

Arizona Rosary Celebration: Come celebrate the 42nd annual Arizona Rosary Celebration on Sunday, October 22, 2017. This year we honor Mary under her title, Our Lady of Fatima, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of her apparition in Fatima, Portugal.. The celebration will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F and G, 3rd Street and Jefferson, downtown Phoenix. It starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m. The Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix, will preside. Listen to guest speaker Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Come early, the doors open at noon for confessions, adoration, and a concert. More information can be found on the website: azrosary.com, by calling (602) 469-0758, by e-mail azrosary@yahoo.com, or like us on Facebook.

November 4

10th Annual Night of Hope: at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N 5th St., Phoenix, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Phoenix as we showcase our common faith foundation and each school’s unique identity! This year, we celebrate outgoing Superintendent MaryBeth Mueller and her 30 years of service to diocesan schools. Proceeds from this event provide emergency tuition assistance to students and families who face unexpected financial crises. Info and registration: catholicschoolsphx.org/night-of-hope.

November 8

2nd Gala Pro-life Dinner: an annual event were pro-life coordinators, advocates and organizations gather each in a formal setting, at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E Lakeside Dr, Gilbert from 6-9 p.m., to enrich and support the Office of Parish Hispanic Leadership Support through donations with an emphasis on respect life and evangelization outreach to the Hispanic community. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/2nd-gala-pro-life-dinner/.

 

December 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.

March 12-20, 2018

Sancti Spiritus: A Lenten Pilgrimage to Cuba with Bishop Nevares: Join Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares, Fr. Mark Bozoda, and Dr. Timothy Mullner on the Diocese of Phoenix’s first ever pilgrimage to Cuba! Doors are opening in Cuba, and so are hearts, hungry for connection to Christ and the Church! This pilgrimage is named after the “Sacred Spirit” (Sancti Spiritus) region of Cuba, home to the oldest church currently standing on the island. See stunning Catholic churches, visit a Jewish Cemetery, deliver humanitarian aid (school supplies) to benefit local schools, and more! Visiting communities in Sancti Spiritus (a land unchanged by time), will help you to gain fresh insights into the rich history of Cuban spirituality as we pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our sisters and brothers. Info and registration: dphx.org/event/cuba-pilgrimage-2018.