Fasting and Abstinence

Catholics who are 18 year old and up, until their 59th birthday, are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Catholics who are 14 years old and older are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent.

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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for September 2011

General: That all teachers may know how to communicate love of the truth and instill authentic moral and spiritual values.

Missionary: That the Christian communities of Asia may proclaim the Gospel with fervor, witnessing to its beauty with the joy of faith.

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When the need arises, Father Gonzales recommends the services of the following  funeral homes:

Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 6830 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria, AZ 85381 (623) 974-3671


Menke Funeral Home

12420 N 103rd Ave, Sun City, AZ 85351 (623) 979-6451

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Defend Us in Battle

Human Life International has launched an international campaign to promote praying the St. Michael prayer after every Mass. This is a grassroots campaign designed to encourage the laity to pray for St. Michael’s intercession for the conversion of abortionists. It is also a call to priests and bishops to include the St. Michael prayer after the final blessing at all Masses. The fight against the culture of death is primarily a spiritual battle, and Human Life International knows that with the aid of St. Michael, abortionists around the world will convert from their cooperation with evil.

Beginning Monday, March 23 this prayer will be said after all Masses.

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Flawed Understanding of Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, cites a flawed understanding of Vatican II teachings and the influence of secular ideologies are reasons:

“Some practices which Sacrosanctum Concilium had never even contemplated were allowed into the Liturgy, like Mass versus populum (toward the people), Holy Communion in the hand, altogether giving up on the Latin and Gregorian Chant in favor of the vernacular and songs and hymns without much space for God, and extension beyond any reasonable limits of the faculty to concelebrate at Holy Mass. There was also the gross misinterpretation of the principle of ‘active participation.’”

“Basic concepts and themes like Sacrifice and Redemption, Mission, Proclamation and Conversion, Adoration as an integral element of Communion, and the need of the Church for salvation–all were sidelined, while Dialogue, Inculturation, Ecumenism, Eucharist-as-Banquet, Evangelization-as-Witness, etc., became more important. Absolute values were disdained.”

“An exaggerated sense of antiquarianism, anthopologism, confusion of roles between the ordained and the non-ordained, a limitless provision of space for experimentation– and indeed, the tendency to look down upon some aspects of the development of the Liturgy in the second millennium– were increasingly visible among certain liturgical schools.”

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Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

5:00 p.m. Family Mass

with Children’s Christmas Pageant

12:00 a.m. Traditional Latin

Midnight Mass

Thursday, December 25, 2008

10:00 a.m. Bilingual Mass

Saturday, December 27, 2008

5:00 p.m. Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday, December 28, 2008

8:00 a.m. La Sagrada Familia

10:00 a.m. Feast of the Holy Family

Thursday, January 1, 2009

10:00 a.m. Mary, Mother of God

Holy Day of Obligation

Saturday, January 3, 2009

5:00 p.m. The Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday, January 4, 2009

8:00 a.m. La Epifania del Senor

10:00 a.m. The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 10, 2009

5:00 p.m. The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 11, 2009

8:00 a.m. El Bautismo del Senor

10:00 a.m. The Baptism of the Lord

Please note

In addition to Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Parish Office will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31, 2008. No Masses will be offered on those days.

The Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 2, 2009.

Father Gonzales will be away January 12 to 16, 2009 for his holiday break with his parents in California.

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Important Liturgical News from Rome

In an interview this Sunday to Spanish daily La Razón, the new Prefect of Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, had this to say on an important liturgical matter:

[La Razón:] Nevertheless, Benedict XVI has reiterated in some instances the propriety of receiving communion kneeling and in the mouth. Is it something important, or is it a mere matter of form?

[Cañizares:] – No, it is not just a matter of form. What does it mean to receive communion in the mouth? What does it mean to kneel before the Most Holy Sacrament? What dies it mean to kneel during the consecration at Mass? It means adoration, it means recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; it means respect and an attitude of faith of a man who prostrates before God because he knows that everything comes from Him, and we feel speechless, dumbfounded, before the wondrousness, his goodness, and his mercy. That is why it is not the same to place the hand, and to receive communion in any fashion, than doing it in a respectful way; it is not the same to receive communion kneeling or standing up, because all these signs indicate a profound meaning. What we have to grasp is that profound attitude of the man who prostrates himself before God, and that is what the Pope wants.

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