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Pastoral Team Articles

January 2021

Jan 30

Bishop Olmsted's Statement on the Inauguration of President Biden

Bishop Olmsted’s Statement on the Inauguration of President Biden.  January 20, 2021 En Español Today I join in prayer with Archbishop Gomez for President Biden as he begins his role as President of the United States. He takes on this task amid many troubles and tensions in our culture and world. It is my firm hope that the...
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Jan 23

Tumultuous Times Need Christ

Tumultuous Times Need Christ I am writing this on January 15th in order to meet the print deadline. My hope is that we will make it through the transition of presidential authority peacefully, but I have seen the news coverage of boarding up buildings and installing fences in DC and across the nation.  It is deeply saddening that we saw...
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Jan 16

COVID-19 and Continuing Celebration of Sacraments

“The Sacraments are essential to the lives of our people and the Diocese of Phoenix will continue the public celebration of Masses.“ I want you to know how the diocese is handling the pandemic. We received this letter recently. You can also find a public statement on the diocesan website at this link....
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Jan 9

Mark's Gospel

Mark's Gospel Even though we refer to the four Gospels as Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John the titles “according to …” were added later. There are traditions and scholarly theories about the authors and their gospels. In 2021, we are in Cycle B for our Mass readings. That means listening to Mark’s Gospel proclaimed for...
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Jan 2

The Why

THE WHY I am guilty of being a modern thinker. So, when I read how Jupiter and Saturn would align on December 21, I got excited! This naturally occurring conjunction is what God used to lead the magi to Jesus! I can even find other examples in Scripture of times that miracles are actually natural occurrences: the Red Sea is actually a marshy...
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