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LENT 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We talk about the “discipline of Lent” every year at this time. Of course, we are speaking of fasting, prayer, a good examination of conscience, strong resolve to begin again the struggle against those passions which so easily derail our spiritual life – and more.

Perhaps this year we might look more closely at the root of the word, “discipline”, which is “disciple”. A disciple is one who is learning – like an apprentice learning a trade from someone who has already mastered that trade.

Jesus calls to us: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart”. This is the first lesson in being a good disciple of Christ. The Gospels, if we study them, become for us a veritable handbook of discipleship.

As you begin your Lenten discipline on Ash Wednesday, I invite you to encounter Jesus’ Masterful teaching for serious learners by studying one of the four Gospels. Short reads, (once for the head and once for the heart, as they say in Marriage Encounter) can bear much fruit!

Faithfully,



Fr. Doug Lorig, Pastor

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Lent and Easter Calendar of Events

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Ash Wednesday – Masses with Imposition of Ashes at 8:00 a.m., 12 Noon, and 6:00 p.m. (Church). 40 Days for Life begin today until March 29.

Friday, Feb. 20 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Friday, Feb. 27 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Friday, March 6 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Saturday, March 7 - SMG Women's Guild Spring Retreat "Pieces - because life was meant to be shared", 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Piper Hall. Click here for flyer and registration details (RSVP by March 3).

Tuesday, March 10-Thursday, March 12 – SMG Lenten Mission by Fr. Phil Krill. Conferences after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and again at 6:30 p.m. in the Church.

Friday, March 13 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Saturday, March 14– Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance (Piper Hall) at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 20 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Friday, March 27– Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in Piper Hall.

Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday – Masses and blessing of Palms at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Last Supper – 6:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel until midnight.

Friday, April 3 – Good Friday – 3:00 p.m. Procession to the Tomb and Prayer before Christ in the Tomb, followed by Stations of the Cross and Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Church) – 4:00 p.m. Tea and Hot Crossed Buns (John XXIII/Patio) – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Veneration of the Cross and Communion (Church) – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 – Holy Saturday – Blessing of Easter Baskets (Piper) at 10:00 a.m.; Easter Vigil (Church) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 – Easter Sunday – Masses at 7:00 a.m. (Church), 9:00 a.m. (Church), 9:10 a.m. (Piper), 11:00 a.m. (Church), and 11:10 a.m. (Piper).

Sunday, April 12 – Divine Mercy Sunday – Masses on Saturday night 5:00 p.m.; Sunday morning at 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. With the promulgation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, all Masses celebrated this weekend are in commemoration of the Our Lord’s Divine Mercy.

Shroud of Turin Exhibit (John XXIII) – Sun., March 29 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Mon., March 30-Friday, April 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Parish Office will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday
The Chapel will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday

Lenten Confessions: Saturdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Sundays of Lent from 10:05-10:45 a.m.
Thursdays 8:40-9:20 a.m.

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ListenFr. Doug's homily from September 7th on Pope Francis and the New Evangelization.

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Make a Difference For a Student in Our Community

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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

Almighty God,

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,
Amen.