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Dear Parishioners and Friends,
I pray you are well, and that the coming of Advent finds you at peace - in spite of all that is on your plate this time of year. Be assured of my prayers for you and your loved ones.
The Savior’s Nativity always brings a repeat of music and movies, lights and decorations that enlarge our hearts to take in more of “the others” – what the Scriptures call our neighbor. This enlarging of our hearts (this opening to Love) may seem as though it is nothing more than holiday sentimentality, but at a deeper level it is a great deal more. It is love that lies at the center and core of God’s being, and we are created in exactly that Image. Life certainly provides enough grief to challenge Faith, but it provides a great deal more to inspire Hope. At this time of year we can regain our faith in humanity and the basic goodness of the people around us.
I pray that the celebration of Jesus’ birth proves to be a time of renewal and hope for you, and that its Advent preparation helps you reflect on God’s wonderful plan of Love.
Peace to you, and every Blessing!
Fr. Doug Lorig, Pastor
SUNDAYS.............10:05-10:45 (Dec. 1, 8, and 22) * * Holiday Office Closures * *
The Parish Office will be closed the following days:
Staff Furlough, Monday, December 23rd - Sunday, December 29th
Tuesday, December 31st, Office closes at noon
Wednesday, January 1st, Office closed
The Parish Office will reopen at normal business hours on Thursday January 2nd
The Adoration Chapel will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
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CATHOLIC EDUCATION ARIZONA
Make a Difference For a Student in Our CommunityAnyone can redirect their tax obligation to St. Maria Goretti Kindergarten through Catholic Education Arizona. If you owe money to the Arizona Department of Revenue for taxes, you can contribute at no cost. Your contribution will be a credit toward the taxes you owe (up to the limit allowed by state law - $1031 for individuals, $2062 for married filing jointly). See the FAQ on CEA's site for more info. It’s simple! Visit Catholic Eduction Arizona and make your donation, selecting St. Maria Goretti Kindergarten as the school designated to receive your gift. You will receive a tax receipt from CEA – give this to your tax professional so the necessary forms are filed along with your state tax return. If you prepare your return yourself, be sure to include the necessary State of Arizona forms (301, 323 and 348) along with your return.
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A Prayer for My Parish
My parish family is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is. It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish family of loyalty, love, fearlessness and faith, and a parish with a noble
spirit, if I - who make it what it is - am filled with these same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want
my parish family to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God, that I might build the Church through Jesus Christ our Lord,