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Pastoral Team Articles

April 2016

Apr 26

Called and Gifted

On April 22 and 23, I attended a very special workshop hosted by Corpus Christi Catholic Church in south Phoenix. It was presented by two  excellent  speakers from The Catherine of Siena Institute. There were four of us from our parish and a total of about 280 laity from around the Diocese of Phoenix. I’d like to share a bit...
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Apr 23

Why Do Priests and Deacons Kiss the Altar?

WHY DO PRIESTS AND DEACONS KISS THE ALTAR? Because the altar represents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is the special table on which Christ becomes truly present in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity by the words of consecration said by the priest acting in the person of Jesus. When we genuflect in church it is to Christ in the tabernacle....
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Apr 12

World Day of Prayer for Vocations...

Will be observed on Sunday, April 17th, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to...
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Apr 6

What Are Last Rites?

WHAT ARE LAST RITES? People often mistake this for the Anointing of the Sick. I have so often heard people say, “We don’t call it last rites anymore; it’s now called anointing of the sick.” That is only partially true. If a person receives sacraments before surgery and survives and improves, then it was not their...
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