Consecration of Russian and Ukraine

03-27-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Friday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, called on Christians the world over to pray in unity with the Church for peace in Ukraine. For the past nine days, many throughout the world joined Pope Francis in praying a Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was completed Friday.

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St. Joseph

03-20-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th. St. Joseph is known as the foster father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. Besides this feast, he is also honored on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1.

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Second Sunday of Lent

03-13-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Lent can certainly be described as a penitential season that is meant to prepare us for Easter. Part of that preparation includes a beautiful devotion called the Stations of the Cross, which follow the path of Christ from Pontius Pilate's praetorium to Christ's tomb. In the 16th century, this path was officially entitled the "Via Dolorosa" (Sorrowful Way) or simply Way of the Cross or Stations of the Cross.

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First Sunday of Lent

03-06-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The devil’s agenda is clear for those who are paying attention. He wants to seek and destroy God’s beloved children and rule the world. One of the devil’s methods of destruction is to do what he can to make sure people ignore God, promote injustice, invite people to solve problems with violence, and ensure that the seven deadly sins remain attractive to vulnerable souls.

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Junior High and Teen Retreat

02-27-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My pastor’s column this weekend is an invitation to teenagers and to junior high students to experience our upcoming retreats on April 9th – 11th. This is also a plea to parents to consider sending your teen and junior high children to these retreats as part of your duty to catechize them as they face the challenges of this world. Because we love them, it is essential to give them the necessary tools to navigate our world that is in turmoil.

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Charity and Development Appeal

02-20-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Do to others as you would have them do to you… Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” Today’s Gospel helps us to understand what love looks like. Jesus reminds us that love gives without counting the cost. Love seeks the good of the other without looking for anything in return. This is the kind of love that Jesus invites His disciples to have in our all relationships.

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For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

02-13-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has invited all the members of Catholic Church to embark on a journey of discovery together with him. Through listening and prayerful thought rooted in the Holy Spirit, the entire People of God are being called to look to the future and contribute to a process by which the Church hopes to deepen the understanding of Her sacred mission given by Christ Himself: that of making disciples of all nations.

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Call for the Faithful to Unite in Spiritual Warfare

02-06-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!

Bishop Olmsted invites the faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix to unite for a month of increased spiritual warfare and reception of the sacraments leading up to and during “SatanCon,” which is scheduled to be held in Scottsdale the weekend of February 11-13.

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Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments

01-30-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus Christ! You may have heard this argument by advocates of abortion: "You cannot legislate morality or force your religious views on others!" You may wonder how to respond to such a statement.

To say that laws cannot make an immoral person moral is correct. To say that we do not legislate morality is nonsense. Virtually every law is based on an idea of what is right or wrong.

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Building a Culture of Life

01-23-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!

As more rounds of hateful political rhetoric are lobbed back and forth every day, I’m wondering if it all stems from the “culture of death.” Facebook posts, gotcha moments, tweets and sound-off sections on internet websites, some media pundits all seem to stir greater polarization in the human family, not to mention crafty politicians who are quick to demonize the opposing views. It seems a daily occurrence to witness the worst side of our humanity rejoicing over other’s failures and even their mistakes.

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The Anniversary of Roe v. Wade…again

01-16-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!

I saw a shocking security video last week on a news website. It showed a woman stepping out of a relatively new automobile. She then opened the back door and picked up a baby that was wrapped in a towel and tossed it in a dumpster like she was taking out the trash. She got back in her car and drove off.

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Baptism of Our Lord

01-09-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

If Jesus is the Savior, then does He need to repent? No. Jesus did not sin nor was He born with original sin on His Soul, like you and I. Baptism washes away original sin from our souls and brings us into God family as His beloved children. Therefore, Jesus has no need to be baptized. And yet, Our Lord shows up by the river Jordan and gets in line anyway. John the Baptist sees Him and objects, but Jesus insists on taking His place right beside those who need Him most.

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Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord

01-02-2022Letter from the PastorFr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. What exactly is an epiphany? One definition is simply a profound realization of something important; a breakthrough; a deep and profound understanding of something once mysterious. The Church uses the term “Epiphany” to describe God as being made manifest in Jesus Christ – Emmanuel – God with us.

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