Diocesan News & Events March 17th

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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.

June 3

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.
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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

 

March 1 – April 9

40 Days for Life: You can help save lives in your community — momentum is on our side! Visit 40daysforlife.com to find a campaign site near you!

March 23

Crosier Lenten Spiritual Exercises: Are you wondering how well you’re using the gifts God has given you? Are you searching for God’s plan in your life? This five-week retreat is designed to examine one’s personal experience of the Cross and identify challenges to conversion and growth at the Crosier Province Headquarters, 4423 N 24th St # 400, Phoenix, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Led by Fr. Stephan Bauer, osc, participants learn to face personal challenges with courage and embrace the promise of healing, freedom and hope offered by the Cross. This retreat can help you know God better in your life, see a path to holiness, and become freer for the things God calls you to be and do. Registration is required. Info and registration: crosier.org.

 

March 24

Crosier Lenten Taizé Prayer Service: Join the Crosier Community of Phoenix for their Taizé Prayer Around the Cross every Friday during Lent. This prayer service will take place in various parishes around the diocese every week. Taizé Prayer is a meditative, communal prayer that begins with the singing of simple and repetitive songs, without many words. The worship is quiet and reflective to create a prayerful environment that helps people draw closer to God and the place of the cross. This style of prayer is one way the Crosiers express a communion with the crucified Christ, with people who suffer and are in need of healing, and with all those who gather. The focus of Taizé is on Christ and the cross, reconciliation, and prayers for the suffering throughout the world. The prayer service is one-hour in length. Info and locations: crosier.org.

 

March 25

Annual Walk in the Son Retreat: at the Heard Pueblo Boy Scout Camp, 1901 E Dobbins Rd, Phoenix. Camping is available Friday and Saturday. This is a GREAT opportunity for scouts to learn more about our Catholic faith and enjoy a day outdoors at the same time. The retreat is open to scouts of all ages and their families.This year’s theme is “Finding Jesus Through Mary”. Participants will take a hike on Saturday while learning about Mary and her apparitions as they go. Activities, games and crafts will follow. Mass will be at 4:30 p.m. with dinner and an evening campfire program afterwards. Don’t delay, sign up today! This will be a wonderful, faith filled, fun retreat! Info and registration: phxdccs.org or kpolo55@gmail.com.

 

March 26-29

St. Bernadette Lenten Mission with Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers: You were made for greatness! Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers, the “Dynamic Deacon,” is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to inspire those who hear him. Join this amazing man as he makes a special appearance at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish, 16245 N 60th St., Scottsdale, as he will speak to our minds and hearts. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Info: saintbernadette.com or call (480) 905-0221.

 

March 29

Youth Mental Health Resources: Youth Mental Health Resources for youth leaders, campus ministers, and all who work with youth. Come and join us at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, for a morning full of resources and information, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in regards the struggles and how to help our youth. Info: dphx.org/youth-ministry.

March 30

Crosier Lenten Spiritual Exercises: Are you wondering how well you’re using the gifts God has given you? Are you searching for God’s plan in your life? This five-week retreat is designed to examine one’s personal experience of the Cross and identify challenges to conversion and growth at the Crosier Province Headquarters, 4423 N 24th St # 400, Phoenix, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Led by Fr. Stephan Bauer, osc, participants learn to face personal challenges with courage and embrace the promise of healing, freedom and hope offered by the Cross. This retreat can help you know God better in your life, see a path to holiness, and become freer for the things God calls you to be and do. Registration is required. Info and registration: crosier.org.

March 31

Crosier Lenten Taizé Prayer Service: Join the Crosier Community of Phoenix for their Taizé Prayer Around the Cross every Friday during Lent. This prayer service will take place in various parishes around the diocese every week. Taizé Prayer is a meditative, communal prayer that begins with the singing of simple and repetitive songs, without many words. The worship is quiet and reflective to create a prayerful environment that helps people draw closer to God and the place of the cross. This style of prayer is one way the Crosiers express a communion with the crucified Christ, with people who suffer and are in need of healing, and with all those who gather. The focus of Taizé is on Christ and the cross, reconciliation, and prayers for the suffering throughout the world. The prayer service is one-hour in length. Info and locations: crosier.org.

 

March 31 – April 2

Healing of Memories for Spouses and Caregivers of Veterans Workshop: The Franciscan Renewal Center Veterans Ministry is sponsoring its third residential Healing of Memories Workshop for the spouses and caregivers of veterans. This is not a couples retreat but is devoted to the spouses and caregivers of service members and veterans to provided them with a safe, experiential and interactive way to address anger, loss, grief and guilt. The workshop is free of charge to any spouse or caregiver of a vet, including all meals and two nights lodging. It begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31, and ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. People who have attended this workshop in the past say that it was a major step in their healing from their psychological and spiritual wounds. Transportation will be provided to those who need it. Funding for this workshop is provided by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation in honor of Fr. Ray Bucher, OFM. Info and registration: Mike Wold at (651) 687-9767 or michael_w_wold@msn.com.

April 1

2nd Annual Spring Boutique: St. Mary-Basha Catholic School, at 200 W Galveston Dr, Chandler, is hosting our 2nd Spring Boutique from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the school campus. This is shaping up to be a wonderful event both for our community and for all the vendors and business owners who are participating. Vendors are donating raffle items, and we’ll raffle off an Apple Watch Sport. Coffee will be served by Universal Cup Coffee. And our food vendor this year is Smokolita’s BBQ. Come get a jump on your Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation gift shopping and enjoy a great day of shopping! Proceeds benefit St. Mary-Basha School’s Home and School Association. Info: smbhomeandschool.com/boutique.

 

Theology of the Body for Youth Ministers, CORE, and Parents: Learn how to answer your teens’ questions about sexuality and marriage from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Join international speaker and TOB specialist Katrina J. Zeno, MTS, for an informative (but quick!) jaunt through St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” $37 registration fee includes lunch and 6 Catechist recertification hours. Info and registration: (602) 354-2179 or dphx.org/jp2. Please note this workshop is not for teens to attend.

April 4

Crosier Lenten Spiritual Exercises: Are you wondering how well you’re using the gifts God has given you? Are you searching for God’s plan in your life? This five-week retreat is designed to examine one’s personal experience of the Cross and identify challenges to conversion and growth at the Crosier Province Headquarters, 4423 N 24th St # 400, Phoenix, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Led by Fr. Stephan Bauer, osc, participants learn to face personal challenges with courage and embrace the promise of healing, freedom and hope offered by the Cross. This retreat can help you know God better in your life, see a path to holiness, and become freer for the things God calls you to be and do. Registration is required. Info and registration: crosier.org.

“Be a Saint; what else is there?” with Patrick Coffin: at Our Lady of Joy, 36811 N. Pima Rd., Carefree, from 6:30-8 p.m. Witty and insightful, acclaimed speaker Patrick Coffin will discuss topics of interest to Catholics and those interested in Catholic values. Patrick is the former host of the award-winning Catholic Answers Live radio show and the Catholic Answers Focus podcast. He is founder and CEO of Patrick Coffin Media, a platform devoted to the renewal of culture through his podcast, The Patrick Coffin Show, and YouTube Channel. Patrick is also the author of “Stay Cool When the Argument Heats Up: Proven Strategies for Calm Conversing.” Info: (480) 488-2229 or oloj.org.

April 7

Application Deadline – Diocesan School Board: The Catholic Schools Office is now accepting applications for the Diocesan School Board. All registered Catholics are eligible. You do NOT need to have children enrolled in Catholic school to qualify. Info and application: please e-mail Margaret Hardy at mhardy@diocesephoenix.org or call (602) 354-2344.

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 28-29

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

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 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.