September 5th, 2021, Sunday Bulletin from Saints Peter and Paul.
This Sunday, September 5th, 2021
Saints Peter and Paul
TIMES OF REFRESHING
Fr. Ricky V. Ordóñez
A story I heard a long time ago went something like this.
There was a church in a rather wealthy part of town that was so proud of their history and its long-standing patrician members. One Sunday, the elite crowd came in their flashy cars and “Sunday’s best”, greeted each other, and took the seats that they had always occupied. As they were settling in before mass, they saw a young man, whom none of them knew, enter the church.
The young man was very simply but neatly dressed sported rather longish hair and carried a well-worn backpack. As he went through the main aisle looking for a place to sit, the “well-heeled” members of the church looked the other way as they moved to occupy whatever space was available in their pew. Politely, the young man moved to the next pew and was sadly greeted the same way …. “No room for you here.” scoffed one family.
Finally, when he reached the front pew and also “found it fully occupied”, he just sat on the floor horrifying the crowd.
Meanwhile, from the back, the town’s richest man who was also the parish’s biggest benefactor and the area’s biggest employer started walking toward the young man seated on the floor. People were hushed expecting a big confrontation. Trying to steady himself, the distinguished gentleman, dressed in his Saville Row suit, held the man on his shoulder and said, “Young man, help me sit beside you!” Whereupon the young man reached out and helped him sit on the floor beside him.
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Immediately, many jumped out of their seats to offer it to the distinguished gentleman. All of their offers were politely refused. Slowly, one by one, shamed by their behavior, people sat on the floor together with the two for the rest of the mass.
It takes only one act of kindness and humanity to bring others to realize how wonderful it is to dispense it.
The Sacristy renovation is almost done. It now has been retiled, repainted, new cabinets, toilet fixtures, 3 counter tops, etc. We are awaiting the completion of the altar piece that is being made and the donated upper cabinets installed. It has been exciting as we see it “coming to life”.
The rectory dining room, where meetings are held, is also being renovated with a new tile floor, the walls re-stained and the old furniture restored.
Together with the cleanup and gradual landscaping of the adjoining patio, it will be a good venue for meetings and get-togethers.
SAVE THE DATES:
SEPTEMBER 11, 2021, SATURDAY AT 8:30 AM
FORMATION OF THE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2021, SATURDAY AT 8:30 AM
TEACHING ON “THE MASS”
We are now registering families for the New Religious Education program School year. The classes will be back to
Classes will begin on September 11
We would love to have an opportunity to introduce the Sadlier curriculum to your families this year. All registered families will have access to the online Portal and a textbook for the in-class sessions.
We will be meeting on Saturday from 9:30- 11:00, which is traditionally the time for Religious Education at SSPP, and we will hold Classes in the SSPP school.
The Bishop has released a COVID Protocol that we will follow for the SSPP School and our Religious Education program.
Kim Buchholz will be assisting me with the program, and she is our Religious Education Coordinator. So, she will be speaking with you all soon.
We have teachers in place for all grade levels and will introduce them to all of you very soon!!
God Bless you. We look forward to sharing the Catholic Faith with everyone.
Please call me with any questions at 327-6015, x 108.
Deacon Daniel Flanagan
Director of Faith Formation
Saints Peter and Paul
Please register as soon as you are able by using the link below. It will be great to see everyone soon.
Click this link for the registration form.
Religious Education (CCD) registration. Grades 1-8
To cover the ever-increasing cost of the program, we are asking for a donation of $50.00 per family with an additional $25 if more than one student is registering, not to exceed $75 per family.
Since we know that current times can be tough on families, scholarships are available.
Ignatian Silent Retreat is back!
This year’s retreat, with appropriate COVID precautions, is scheduled for September 24-26, 2021 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
Father Chris Corbally, SJ, and Dr. Aileen O' Donoghue, both astronomers, will lead us in prayer on the theme: "The World is Charged with the Grandeur of God: St. Ignatius and our Care of Creation.”
In this retreat, rooted in the Spiritual Exercises, we will embrace the Lord’s invitation through St. Ignatius to “find God in all things,” from the most intimate parts of ourselves to the vast expanse of the universe.
We will consider the joy that St. Ignatius felt from simply “staring at the sky and all the stars,” and the desire to serve and care for all Creation that they inspired in him.
There will be opportunities for personal prayer, Mass, and guided stargazing.
Come and experience the miracle of our lives and the life that surrounds us. Silence will be an important part of this retreat, allowing time for prayer and reflection on what God is doing now, and on what God is asking each of us to be doing in collaboration.
For more information, write to Ann Dickson at email@example.com or Deacon Paul Duckro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Our Lord's parting words to his disciples were
, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt. 28:19-20).
Our RCIA community is forming for the 2021 / 2022 season.
Sessions will begin on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 pm
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
describes the RCIA as a process in which participants "undergo . . . conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments . . . The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council.”
Do you know of someone interested in becoming a Catholic? Do you know a Baptized Catholic that needs to receive the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and or Confirmation? Are you interested in learning more about your Faith as a Catholic?
If you or someone you know has questions and would like answers, click on the link titled "Sign Up" to register your name and contact information on our list. You can also reach out to Deacon Dan at 520-327-6015, X 108.
RCIA ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2021/2022 SEASON
Get your questions answered today.
Interested in the RCIA program at SSPP
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5:20 - 5:45 pm. (Az Time) Mon-Fri
Zoom Meeting Room
ID: 361 136 7024
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September 5th, 2021. The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday at 7:00 with masks and social distancing protocols in place.
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Budget YTD: $ 86,796
Income YTD: $ 89,114
YTD Surplus: $ 2,318
Sunday Collection 08/29/21: $ 5,914
Online Donations 08/29/21: $ 1,221
Total Collection 08/29/21 : $ 7,135
St. Vincent de Paul: $ 3,458
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You may also call James Lemas at the parish office if you need assistance.
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Deacon Dan Flanagan
on Friday, September 3 at 7:13AM