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Dear Friends in Christ,

Lent, and its reflections on our faith, is fast approaching. We have planned the music, liturgies, environment and activities to make your Lent as rich as possible. Hopefully you were able to join Fr. Sean Davidson as he led our Parish Mission on Eucharistic Adoration last week. I extend a special invitation to each of you to join us for Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, or at 6:00 p.m., followed by a light supper provided by several of our parish ministries. This is a wonderful opportunity to share in this Lenten journey as a community. The schedule for all the Lenten activities is below.

Our reflections during this time will center on Jesus’ total commitment to his Father’s will – not as slavish obedience, but as an obedience springing from his great love for his Father and for us. We know it was this love that moved him to walk that road “unto the end”.

The joyful celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection will usher in the Easter Season and all the rich Gospels assigned to it. We look forward to the blessings it will bring our whole parish. As Jesus said to the two disciples of John the Baptist, we say to you to “Come and see!”

Fr. Doug Lorig, Pastor

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Thursday, April 17 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Last Supper – 6:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel until midnight.

Friday, April 18 – 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) – 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tea and Hot Crossed Buns (John XXIII Patio) – 6:00 p.m. Veneration of the Cross and Communion (Church)

Saturday, April 19 – Holy Saturday – Blessing of Easter Baskets (Piper) at 10:00 a.m.; Easter Vigil (Church) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 20 – 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 27 – 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.

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.

Shroud of Turin Display: Saturday, April 12 & Sunday, April 13: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (presentations: 4:00 p.m. - Relics (Detail discussion of the history, markings, providence, testing, and authenticity of the relics of Jesus); 5:00 p.m. - Historical Background (Relevant historical background of the Jewish religion at the time of Jesus; 6:00 p.m. - The Passion Story (A review of the Passion in the light of Physical Evidence and History). Click here for the Shroud flyer.

Monday, April 14: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Relics Presentation)
Tuesday, April 15: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Historical Background Presentation)
Wednesday, April 16: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. The Passion Story Presentation)
Thursday, April 17: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. The Passion Story Presentation)
Friday, April 18: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. Relics Presentation; 1:00 p.m.
Historical Background; 2:00 p.m. The Passion Story)

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Make a Difference For a Student in Our Community

Anyone 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 - $1053 for individuals, $2106 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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St. Maria Goretti is pleased to offer online giving! Now you can make your offertory gifts work harder than ever to support SMG by participating in our Online Giving Program. When you participate, your gift will be transferred conveniently from your account directly to St. Maria Goretti. Just follow the "Donate" link above. It's easy and secure!

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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,