Importance of Incense in Catholic Worship

12-05-2021From the PastorBernadette Linde, Director of Liturgy & Music

Incense has become a polarizing topic in the Church. Some love it, some hate it, very few are indifferent. But why do we use incense during Mass and why have we for centuries?

The use of incense in the liturgy is an important element for liturgical, theological, and historical reasons.

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Sundays of Advent and the Design of the Season of Joy and Hope

11-28-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

Advent is the first season in the Liturgical Year. Each liturgical year uses a different set of lectionary readings from Sacred Scripture. We now start using Year C on Sundays and Year II on weekdays. By using the three years (ABC) on Sundays and two years (I & II) on weekdays, the Catholic Church celebrates and presents a huge amount of the Bible to Christians for reflection and worship.

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Lectionary

11-21-2021From the PastorBrian Guillot, Director of Faith Formation

The Church uses two main books to celebrate Liturgy: the Roman Missal and the Lectionary. The Roman Missal contains the prayers, rituals, and gestures used for Masses on Sundays, weekdays, and Holy Days. The Lectionary is the set of Scripture readings proclaimed at each Mass.

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Welcome to our new parochial vicar, Father Jacob

11-07-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix granted my request for a second parochial vicar. Father Jacob's new assignment is effective November 1, 2021.

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Baptism

10-31-2021From the PastorBrian Guillot, Director of Faith Formation

The Church has three Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion—that confer on the recipient full membership in the community. The process begins, of course, with Baptism. The historical roots of baptism can be found to a small degree in the purification rite ancient Judaism had for those gentiles wishing to convert. To a greater degree, the Christian idea of baptism finds its beginnings in the ministry of John the Baptist, especially in his baptism of Jesus.

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Catholic Church Synod 2021–2023

10-24-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix celebrated a special Mass on October 17th at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish in Phoenix and shared it via live-stream to begin the synodal process within our diocese in union with the whole Catholic Church.

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Where is Everyone We Saw Before COVID?

10-17-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

Do you know how your neighbors are doing? Have you checked on the wellness of people that previously sat near you in church? Are you one of the people reading this who still has not returned to church?

Christians carry the burden of caring for one another. Thank God our churches have more people now inside for Mass, but we are still way down from normal attendance. Our priests, deacons and lay staff members have tried over the past two years, especially to call upon parishioners to see how they are doing.

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Celebrating Wonderful News

10-06-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

This summary of my announcement at all Masses last weekend is especially for those who could not hear the livestream or may have been away.

I am speaking to everyone at all the Masses this weekend to share some wonderful news! I am extremely delighted to report that we paid off the church building loan completely a week ago on September 27th. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Our Parish has come a very long way. We accomplished a lot together since July 2000 when the diocese established Saint Clare of Assisi Parish. We have grown a lot and worked hard. We had several capital campaigns to build our new church. And we moved in on Christmas 2008.

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The Radical Permission to Kill Preborn Children

10-03-2021From the PastorFr. Hans Ruygt

October is Right to Life Month. Once again we see how much work lies ahead for those who believe in the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception through natural death. Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Fri, Sep 24, just two weeks after remembering 9/11 with great sadness for all the innocent people who died that day from terrorist attacks, House Democrats passed a sweeping pro-abortion bill which they masked with the misleading title: “Women’s Health Protection Act,” voting 218-211.

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