Fr. John's message to the people of Mount Carmel
Effective March 16, 2020, Bishop Olmsted has dispensed all of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.
- We have suspended all Parish meetings, events, and gatherings, including Daily Mass, Weekend Mass, and Public Devotional Prayers.
- The church will remain open from 6am-6pm for private prayer. Social distancing protocols must be observed.
- Reconciliation will take place outside on Saturday at 3pm
- Catholics are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion, to pray the Rosary, and other private devotional prayers during this time.
- Every Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at Ss. Simon and Jude TV Mass is broadcast live on AZ TV7,
Cable 13, Catholic Radio 1310 AM, and may be viewed online at www.simonjude.org, www.youtube.com/user/PhoenixDiocese and Facebook
Answering to the Humanitarian Crisis in Arizona
You have probably heard "ICE is dropping off refugees in Phoenix". These are not "illegal aliens". They are not felons. Most these days, are families often with very small children. They have been interviewed by Customs and Border Patrol and approved to stay and apply for asylum.
A Letter from Fr. John
Moral Decisions and Pandemic04-05-2020Fr. John Bonavitacola
You may not have given it too much thought but you should, namely moral decision making in the time of Pandemic. One of the moral principles that we see in action right now is the principle of Subsidiarity. That is, that the higher level should not do what the lower level is competent to do. In this case the Federal government should not do what the states can do and the states should not do what the municipalities can do. The most effective responses come from the local level since a community knows its needs and how to respond to them. That’s why the state Governors are taking the lead and only asking the Feds for assistance when needed. The state should assist or provide where the municipality cannot and so on. The fact is that Arizona has different circumstances and needs from New York and Phoenix has different circumstances than Yuma so operating on the Principal of Subsidiarity would offer the most effective way for localities to help themselves and to be helped where needed without creating a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy or a one-size fits all approach.READ MORE
Fr. John’s Pasta Sauce is back!
Stop “buy” the parish office to pick up a jar or two. It’s organic, vegan, 100% gluten free, kosher and delicious. All proceeds will go towards the income lost due to the cancellation of our Parish Festival. $8.50/jar or $96/case.
Peru Mission Trip
Jun 13, 2020 - Jun 22, 2020