Giving

11-25-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Coming into the Holiday season, I know we’ve all been a bit stretched with giving and I thank you for your sacrificial giving in the Together Let Us Go Forth Capital Campaign, (if you haven’t yet pledged, I eagerly await your pledge!) so I want to remind you of ways you can still give but at no cost to your budget.

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Give Thanks

11-25-2018The Sisters Corner

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136) Some days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving Day, a beautiful holiday that helps us to remember the importance of being grateful everyday of our lives for everything we receive.

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Everyday Stewardship

11-25-2018Stewardship Reflection

On this last Sunday of Ordinary Time for the liturgical year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, at a time when the world was experiencing a rise of secularism, materialism, and individualism, and an increasing denial of Christ’s existence and authority.

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Thanksgiving Day is coming!

11-18-2018The Sisters Corner

This is our second year celebrating Thanksgiving Day with you. In our countries, we don’t have an exactly holiday dedicated to giving thanks but we see the beautiful value to be aware of the many gifts we received from God, through our community, family, friends and His many other details.

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Everyday Stewardship

11-18-2018Stewardship Reflection

Today’s readings are in stark contrast to the joy of the holiday season that is fast approaching, warning us instead of dark times ahead and our inevitable judgment day.

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America & the Hand of Providence

11-18-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Pope Paul III, not Paul VI of Humanae Vitae fame, now St. Pope Paul VI, but Pope Paul III of Sublimus Deus fame, is who we should thank on this Thanksgiving Day holiday. Sublimus Deus (The Sublime God), an encyclical letter issued in 1537, some 45 years after Columbus came to America, stated that, “Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the faith of Jesus Christ; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and the possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved…” It also called for the evangelization of the native Americans who wished to receive the Christian faith.

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An Unexpected Journey

11-14-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The scheduled meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops started off with a sniper attack from the Vatican. As you may have read, the Vatican insisted the US Bishops NOT vote on their proposals to deal with Bishop Accountability and the Investigation of the McCarrick Affair. Some have said that the Vatican pulled the rug out from under the Bishops. But that is way too kind. The Vatican bureaucratically castrated the US Bishops, at least those who still had some. And amazingly it seemed like many Bishops were ready to plow full steam ahead until the Vatican pulled a trump card. But was it really?

The US Bishops, or any country’s Bishops Conference does have its own jurisdiction and the right to make particular law. Obviously, an individual Bishop’s Conference can’t make universal law. But the Vatican insisted it wanted to wait until the February meeting of all the world’s head of Bishop’s Conferences to deal with the issue of clerical sexual abuse in a uniform way. But if the Vatican was concerned that what the US Bishops were legislating would conflict with universal norms or law they could easily have sent the Vatican’s top Canon Lawyers to advise the Bishops and make sure there would be no conflict or after the February Meeting they could always amend what the US enacted. What’s even more cynical is that the Vatican waited until Sunday afternoon to let Cardinal DiNardo, the USCCB President know of this directive.

Strange how in 2002 when the US Bishops legislated the Dallas Charter which deals with priests who abuse, the Vatican went right along and even was amenable to changes in the Code of Canon Law based on what the US Bishops had done. But when it came to the accountability of Bishops the Vatican clearly put the brakes on. At least now we know that the source of corruption is the Vatican officials. It seems like they have a lot to hide when it comes to protecting the malfeasance of Bishops and the appointment of McCarrick’s partners in crime who are currently Bishops of Dioceses.

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Everyday Stewardship

11-11-2018Stewardship Reflection

Today’s First Reading from the First Book of Kings, as well as the Gospel passage from Mark, both center on the actions of two seemingly poor and helpless widows who show themselves to be faith-filled and generous stewards.

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Mary in Our Lives

11-11-2018The Sisters Corner

Today the Lord invites us to give ourselves to Him and to others with a generous heart. How many examples can we find of this in scripture and in the lives of many we know that are giving their lives to the Lord and for others with so much love?

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Do you inspire others to give?

11-11-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

On a visit to the city of Rome, some years ago, a person I was with had never been before and upon seeing the hundreds of churches, he remarked, “these people must really love God.” So many generations of believers gave of their time, talent and treasure to build some of the most magnificent Catholic Churches in the world. I often wonder when people visit our country what impression are they left with? Obviously, the buildings that stand out the most are the tallest skyscrapers and most of them are used to house financial institutions, banks, investment firms, and insurance providers. I guess someone could walk away, after seeing all that and conclude that we really love our financial security. It raises the question, that ironically is found on our currency, In God We Trust, do we really?

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Together, Let Us Go Forth

11-04-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Our records indicate that the first baptisms at our parish took place in July of 1870. Ever since then the Catholic community in Tempe has been alive and well. The first Church, a small adobe building, built by hand by the parishioners was located where now stands the ASU Sun Devil Stadium ticket office. By 1912 the parish moved to roomier space at College and University avenues, the current location of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center. By 1957, through the stewardship of the Hughes family, the ten-acre campus on Rural Road had its beginnings.

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Everyday Stewardship

11-04-2018Stewardship Reflection

Today’s Gospel presents Jesus’ teachings on the two greatest commandments. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And, love your neighbor as yourself. Let’s consider these “greatest commandments” as they relate to three aspects of a Christian steward’s daily life - the giving of our time, talent and treasure.

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All Saints Day

11-04-2018The Sisters Corner

Some days ago we celebrated All Saints Day, a very special day for all the Church to celebrate!! As Servants of the Plan we see holiness as avocation that can be lived by everyone, not by doing extraordinary things but as giving ourselves to God, giving Him glory, with every ordinary moment thatGod gives us, to love Him and others.

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Time Goes Fast!

10-28-2018The Sisters Corner

We can’t believe that it’s been two years since we arrived in the U.S. We are grateful for the many blessings that we have received from God since we started this adventure of God’s Plan!!

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Propositions, Meth Labs and AZ

10-28-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

A relief break, from looking into the sad goings-on in the ecclesiastical world is certainly in order. Then again looking at the outside landscape isn’t so uplifting either. One of the candidates running for US Senate in AZ was quoted as saying, “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life,” she told Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944. “That’s bulls***. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here.” Well, I for one want to stand up for those women who “stay at home” since we have lots of them in our community.

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Everyday Stewardship

10-28-2018Stewardship Reflection

As Christian stewards, we are called to devote a regular portion of our time to God in prayer. Perhaps we find it intimidating to find the right words when approaching our perfect and all-holy God.

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Not About You

10-21-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Over the last several weeks I’ve heard from many survivors of abuse, both at the hands of priests and others. The scope of how many people sexual abuse in general touches is really mind-numbing. But I tell those who were abused that the first step out of the damage of abuse is to realize that it was not about you. It was never about you, it was always about the abuser and his or her sickness and sin.

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Vatican vs Trump-Putin?

10-14-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The Viganò-Vatican vitriolic verbiage is starting to sound like something worthy of a Dan Brown novel. In a second published letter, Archbishop Viganò challenges several Vatican officials by name to reveal what they knew about the behavior of former Cardinal, McCarrick. One of them, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the head of the Vatican Congregation that assists the Pope in appointing Bishops, responded with a long and acerbic public letter.

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Everyday Stewardship

10-14-2018Stewardship Reflection

Part of the beauty of stewardship spirituality is its simplicity and practicality. It can be summed up in the simple phrase, “All I have is a gift from God and I must make a grateful return to Him for all He has given me.” So simple, that even our youngest parishioners can grasp the concept. Simple, however, does not necessarily mean easy. Simple also does not mean shallow.

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Listen to His Voice Calling Us

10-14-2018The Sisters Corner

All of us, lay and consecrated people, are called to Holiness and to follow Jesus in very different ways. We as Servants of the Plan of God, listened to His Call in a specific moment of our lives. Actually, God was calling us many times before we answered. But there is a special moment where we recognized His voice calling us to follow Him to be his Servants: some of us when we were 15, 18, 25 years old or more and each one, with a different story to tell.

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Sr. Maria Jose's experience in the Newman Center

10-07-2018The Sisters Corner

Working with college students has been a wonderful experience for me during my time in Arizona. It makes me so happy to see the Lord working in the heart of each student specially when we have been on Retreats or Mission Trips.

It is a strong moment for them to have an encounter with Jesus and with the beautiful heart that the Lord has given them. ASU is one of the largest universities in the US and there is a need for our Lord to be very visible.

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Poisonous By Nature

10-07-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The sagas of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the US Supreme Court and Dr. Kermitt Gosnell, convicted killer, both intersect over abortion and the mistreatment of women. Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist was convicted of the homicide of women on whom he performed abortions and the death of multiple infants, who were born alive. The fierce opposition to Kavanaugh is at its bottom line over abortion, specifically whether or not he represents the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Once again, we see how abortion poisons everything.

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Being a Good Steward of your Vocation

10-07-2018Stewardship Reflection

Today’s readings give us a wonderful refresher on the Biblical origins of the Sacrament of Marriage, going all the way back to the second chapter of Genesis in our First Reading, and then reinforced by Jesus in our Gospel Reading from St. Mark.

Perhaps more than any other time in Christianity, marriage and family life are under attack right now. It is vital that we have a proper understanding of the Church’s beautiful and solid teachings in these areas. We call this type of knowledge, “Formation” and it is one of the pillars of a stewardship way of life. Solid formation in the faith not only strengthens us in our own walk with the Lord, but it allows us to pass on this knowledge to others who are thirsting to know the truth about the human person, and it also arms us to defend our beliefs, when necessary.

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