July 4th, 2021, Sunday Bulletin from Saints Peter and Paul.
This Sunday, July 4th.
The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Saints Peter and Paul
TIMES OF REFRESHING
Fr. Ricky V. Ordóñez
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, USA!!!!!
Today we celebrate Independence Day! Let us look with pride, joy, and gratitude for the freedom that we enjoy in these GREAT United States of America.
Growing up in the Philippines during the 9 dark years of Martial Law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos has made me better appreciate FREEDOM. When one lives under this state, there is a constant fear that you will be accused of something and you will not have any recourse for true justice. Oftentimes, those accused would simply “disappear” and later on presumed dead. Worse, no one is ever brought to justice for crimes against the people.
Let us be grateful for what our forefathers fought and died for…freedom and justice for all!
RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY!
As freedom-loving citizens of these great United States of America, let us always remember that in exercising our rights, we also need to accept responsibility for its proper use.
One thing that we need to be reminded is that the government is “of the people, by the people and for the people!”
It is not for only a portion of the nation or a certain class of people. It is for all!
Therefore, when we invoke our rights, let us remember that others have the same rights, too.
Isn’t this a very Christian thought?
THOUGHTS OF A (RELATIVELY) NEW CITIZEN!
I became an American Citizen on December 22, 2017, the 10th anniversary of my Diaconate Ordination and the day after my family celebrated our parents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary here in Tucson.
Father's note Continues on top of the next column
My very extended family (19 of them) came from the Philippines, Switzerland and California for these great milestones. It was with great joy that my parents and my sister were able to witness the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse.
After the ceremony, the presiding judge asked for a volunteer to come up to the podium and speak. As I was sitting directly in front of him, it seemed to me that he wanted to “volunteer” me and so I did. I remember greeting everyone with, “My fellow Americans!” Thereupon, the entire room burst into applause!
Among many things that I said is something that I still truly believe in my heart to this day. I did not come to America to create my own little Philippines here in Arizona. Rather, I came prepared to offer the best that I have learned from my family, my culture, and, yes, even from being a Filipino citizen.
I am also prepared to learn the American way and
to the good that is new and even to
what is exemplary. This great nation was built on the backs of the mighty Native Americans and those of the immigrants from almost every nation in the world. They contributed the best that they can with hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice.
Our future continues to lie on what we are willing to give to our
, to wish it well, to cooperate fully, and constantly pray for its safety and success.
Let us be good citizens and become part of the solution to our problems. Let us develop the foresight to what we want to achieve and the determination to pursue it.
LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
We continue the seven-week series that answers the question, "Why should we return to Mass"? The video series is from the Word on Fire library.
Whether you've already started coming back to Mass or not,
we hope these reasons will inspire you and your friends and family.
The Eucharist is Real
Why should you come back to Mass? Because the Eucharist is truly the Body of Christ!
More than just a symbol or nice metaphor, we believe that the Eucharist TRULY is Christ. This is a great mystery, but it is the Source and Summit of our faith.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you" (John 6:53). Christ wants to nourish us and be present to us. In every Mass, we have this incredible opportunity.
Listen to this message from Br. Peter, a Dominican friar and friend of the Word on Fire Institute on the importance of the Eucharist that we receive in every Mass:
God is longing for you to come home!
Rediscover the love of God at Mass this weekend.
Volunteers are needed!!!
I am interested in learning how to help with the Saints Peter and Paul Religious Education (CCD) program, Grades 1 thru 8.
Religious Education for grades 1-8.
2021/2022 Religious Education program.
A Catechist’s Prayer
Father of all families, you have called me to serve the family in truth and love as a catechist.
May I be faithful to this call, rooted in your Word, and open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
May I use these gifts, especially the gifts of faith, hope, and love, to serve the family as a witness to you, who are love and life and the source and destiny of all families.
Let your Spirit enlighten my mind and strengthen my heart so that I can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened.
Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ, whose mission to build a civilization of love passes through the family.
CONTINUE THE TRADITION
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School is a community dedicated to nurturing spiritual growth, strengthening moral values, and developing academic excellence.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School is now accepting enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. We have openings in all grades and Scholarships are available to apply.
For a Virtual or in person tour please call Mrs. Kimberly Triphan, Admissions Coordinator, at 325-2431 ext. 102.
Come see our beautiful campus and all that we have to offer.
July 4th. The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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Deacon Dan Flanagan
on Friday, July 2 at 11:03AM