It has been almost four months since we began the Annual Catholic Appeal, Boundless Mercy, Received, now given reminds us just how blessed we have been in our lives and how we are called to share our blessings which we have received with others.
I am very proud of our parish family and your willingness to help our Diocese in this endeavor and I wanted to write all our parish families this day to remind us and to give a snap shot of how our parish community is doing to date regarding the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Our Annual Catholic Appeal does so much good through the whole of our diocese and it so amazing to know that all we do collectively as a parish church alongside other parishes, helps to assist our Bishop meet the ever growing demands and needs of outreach to the poor, homeless, medical assistance for low income families, and education programs throughout the Diocese. It even assists parishes through grants for various needs parishes find themselves in need. We in fact were recipients of an $8,000.00 grant for new computers and a new phone system for the parish office.
Additionally, the Annual Catholic Appeal assists Bishop to form our young men to be future priests for our local Diocese of Tucson. Keep in mind with rising costs, this is a rather expensive endeavor, which thankfully no parish has to pay the bill. On average it costs the Diocese of Tucson $35,000.00 annually per student to study in both the minor and major seminaries throughout the United States. Our assistance helps in more ways than you can imagine.
The Annual Catholic Appeal is a way in which we all can share in the saving mission of Jesus Christ and be agents of mercy to many to whom we do not know. This is one of the many ways in which we can put our faith into action and touch lives very tangibly and dramatically all at the same time.
Currently, our parish goal is $22,040.00 and to date, our parish has forwarded $13, 753.00, which is 62% of our overall goal. I am very proud and appreciative of all our parishioners in their generosity in helping our parish community meet our goal. Our remaining balance to date is $8,287.00 and it would be very encouraging if many more of our parish families would be willing and prayerfully consider contributing to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Prayerfully consider an offering to the Annual Catholic Appeal on behalf of your parish family. Thank you for your generous considerations. God bless and keep you always!
A Jorge Alba, Eddie Albert, Alfredo Alemán, Hector Andujo, Roberto Araiza, B Daniel Baeza, Jr., Krissy Baker, Frankie Beltrán, José Ángel Beltrán, María Beltrán, Maria Bermudez C Richard Cariño, SSGT. Steven Clarke, Donald Clutterham, Hermosinda Corona, Elena Coronado, Frank Cruz, D Lucy Domínguez, E Roberta Estes, Evan, Charity Eveland, F Father Richard Fliss, Dominic Flores, Sylvia Fuentes, G Adela Galaviz, Justin Gall, Manuel García, Peria García, Trinidad Gonzales, Elvira Granado, H Harley Herrera, I María Isabel Ibarra, L Kelly Leivas, Victor Lerma, Yolanda Lerma, Ashley Lock, Arnoldo López, BlancaLópez, Christopher López, Tomas López, Ana Lucas, M Jimmy Madrid, Jose Mariano, Ellen Martínez, Jordan Martinez, María Martínez, Sally Martínez, Ken McBride, Francis McBride, Nelly Medrano, Elizabeth Michaels, Gabby Montijo, José Luis Montijo,
Jose Moroyoqui, Sr., Francisco Moroyoqui, María Mosier, Ray Mosier, Joey Murrieta, Sr. N Amanda Nabor, Rosemary Nabor, PabloNieto, Diego Norrid, O Rachell Ochoa, Paul Olvera, Michelle Orquidez, P Beatriz Parra, María Perales, Irma Pennington, Cynthia Pensa, Theresa Peterson, R Michael Reyes, Teresa Reyes, DJ Rivers, Christian Robinson, Chris Robles, Jesús Rojas, Margarita Ruiz, S Gilbert Sánchez, Jacob Saucedo, Rosemari C. Segaria, Martha Sejkora, Tony Serda, Rosie Silvas, T Francisco Tapia, Leo & Judy Tipman, Lala Treviño, LupitaTreviño, Ethel Turner, V Bertha Valenciano, James Valentine, Iden Valenzuela, Arminda Vidal Valdez, Josie Vidal, Lupe L. Vidal, Jr., Queta L. Vidal, Ricardo Y. Vidal, W Terry Wise, MAJ Jeff Wright, SGT Kevin Wright, Y Josie Ysaguirre, Orlando Ysaguirre, Z Gilbert Zamorano, Sr., Conrad Zapata, Jr., Phoenica Zapata
SUNDAY'S READINGS - EXCERPTS TO PLACE IN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS First Reading: Thus says the Lord: I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and petition; and they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn. (Zec 12:10)
Psalm: My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. (Ps 63)
Second Reading: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28)
Gospel: "Who do the crowds say that I am?" They said in reply, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, 'One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'" Then he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter said in reply, "The Christ of God." (Lk 9:18b-20)
WEEKLY READINGS AND OBSERVANCES - ENGAGE PARISHIONERS IN DAILY MASS AND PRAYER Readings for the Week of June 19, 2016 Sunday: Zec 12:10-11; 13:1/Ps 63:2-6, 8-9/Gal 3:26-29/Lk 9:18-24 Monday: 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18/Ps 60:3-5, 12-13/Mt 7:1-5 Tuesday: 2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36/Ps 48:2-4, 10-11/Mt 7:6, 12-14 Wednesday: 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3/Ps 119:33-37, 40/Mt 7:15-20 Thursday: 2 Kgs 24:8-17/Ps 79:1-5, 8-9/Mt 7:21-29 Friday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/Ps 71:1-6, 15-17/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17 Day: Is 49:1-6/Ps 139:1-3, 13-15/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80 Saturday: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19/Ps 74:1-7, 20-21/Mt 8:5-17 Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21/Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/Gal 5:1, 13-18/Lk 9:51-62
Observances for the Week of June 19, 2016 Sunday: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Father's Day/Día del Padre; Juneteenth Day Monday: Tuesday: Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious; first full day of summer Wednesday: Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs Thursday: Friday: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Saturday: Next Sunday: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE "Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him..." The first line of today's Gospel presents a strange image. Jesus was both by himself and with others. He was somehow experiencing the solitude of personal prayer, but was also close enough to his followers to engage in conversation with them.
Although we don't know exactly what the details were of this situation, it does suggest for us an example of what we might call spiritual "balance." Here we see Jesus taking time to be alone in prayer, but also taking time to engage in spiritual reflection with the other members of his community. He didn't sacrifice one for the other. He found a way to have both.
We are called to do the same. Developing the habit of personal prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives. Like Jesus, we too need to set aside time and space to pray by ourselves, connecting as individuals with our Father in heaven. Whether it be a few quiet moments in the morning, or time to pray at night, this kind of prayer keeps us connected to God. It enables us to give our own answer the poignant question Jesus poses today, "But who do you say that I am?" Personal prayer alone, however, is not enough to fulfill us spiritually. We are also meant to participate in the larger community of believers, joining together with others in communal prayer and reflection.
This, of course, happens every time we attend Mass as we gather together at church and join in the liturgy. For some, "sacrificing" our Sunday mornings week after week may seem like too much to ask. But this is one way we can carry out the challenging command of Christ to take up our cross and follow him.
LIVE THE LITURGY - INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK Many believe that happiness is found in building up our earthly lives, achieving success, and fulfilling of our hopes and desires. Jesus tells us that this is not where happiness is found at all. Our true sense of purpose and well-being is discovered when we lose our lives not protect them! We find salvation, our true self, when we daily take up our cross and lose our lives. That is, sacrificing our own needs out of love for God and our brothers and sisters.
EVERYDAY STEWARDSHIP - RECOGNIZE GOD IN YOUR ORDINARY MOMENTS There once lived a man named Alvin Straight. He lived in Iowa. His brother Henry lived in Wisconsin. Alvin loved his brother. In 1994, at the age of eighty, Henry had a stroke. Alvin, in his late 70s himself, could not imagine not being there for the brother he loved, but he had no driver's license and he was uneasy about forms of public transportation. So Alvin climbed aboard his riding lawnmower and set out on a 240-mile journey that would eventually lead him to Henry.
The road was anything but easy, going all that way on a lawnmower. He broke down several times. He ran out of money. Day after day passed, Alvin traveling at a speed of 5 mph most of the time. But nothing could have stopped Alvin from getting to his destination. The love of his brother was a greater power than all the hardships combined. After nearly six weeks, he finally got to his brother.
Alvin's story is an amazing one. What Jesus asks us to do because of our love of him is amazing as well. We are to take up our cross and follow him, giving away all we have, even our very lives, so that we may be free to follow. The road is not easy and all of us fall and end up sitting on the side of the road. But our love of Jesus should be stronger than any force we could meet up with along the way. His love for us was stronger than anything he faced along his journey with the cross. Just like Alvin, nothing could have stopped Jesus from completing his journey. Just like Alvin, we are called to make a similar journey and stay on course, regardless of the cost.
Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK - INVITE PARISHIONERS TO REFLECT AND RESPOND TO SCRIPTURE Luke 9:18-24: What challenges you most in Luke's definition of discipleship?
Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1: Where do you see "a spirit of grace and petition" in the Church today?
Galatians 3:26-29: Paul identifies the social and cultural demarcation of his day (Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female). How would you define those markers in our current culture?
CATHOLIC QUOTES - WORDS TO INSPIRE THE FAITHFUL Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.
Call 911 1. Call law enforcement to make a report. If the abuse happened in Arizona, call the Police or Sheriffs Office in the specific area. If the abuse happened in any other state, call the Police or Sheriffs Office in the specific area of that state. 2. Call the diocese in which the abuse happened. If the abuse happened in the Diocese of Tucson, call the Victim Assistance Program of the Diocese of Tucson at 520-623-0344 (1-800-234-0344 in Arizona) and/or the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection of the Diocese of Tucson at 520-792-3410. If the abuse happened in any other diocese and you live in Arizona, you may call the Victim Assistance Program of the Diocese of Tucson, the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection of the Diocese of Tucson or the diocese or archdiocese in which the abuse happened.
Llama al 911 1. Llame a las autoridades pertinentes y haga la denuncia. Si el abuso ocurrio en Arizona, llame a la Policia o a la Oficina del Alguacil del area especifica. Si el abuso ocurrio en otro estado, llame a la Policia o a la Oficina del Alguacil en el area especifica de ese estado. 2. Llame a la diocesis donde ocurrio el abuso. Si el abuso ocurrio en la Diocesis de Tucson, llame a la oficina del Programa de la Diocesis de Tucson de Asistencia para Victimas al numero 520-623-0344 (1-800-234-0344 en Arizona) y/o a la Oficina para la Proteccion del Niño, el Adolescente y el Adulto en la Diocesis de Tucson al numero 520-792-3410. Si el abuso ocurrio en otra diocesis y usted vive en Arizona, usted podra llamar a la oficina del Programa de Asistencia a las Victimas, la Oficina de la Proteccion del Niño, el Adolescente y el Adulto de la Diocesis de Tucson o la diocesis o arquidiocesis en la cual ocurrio el abuso.
Child Abuse Hotline Report Form PDF (Mandated reporting sources must follow-up all telephone reports to Child Protective Services (CPS) with a written statement within 72 hours. Completing this form fulfills the written requirement for mandated reporting sources.)
Our Knights of Columbus Council here at St. Helen of the Cross will be promoting the devotion to the Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary before all the Masses when there is a fifth Sunday in the month. All Knights are especially encouraged to attend and wear their council shirt if they have one.
St. Helen Knights of Columbus Council #13841 meets every third Tuesday of the month.