March 6, 2022

First Sunday of Lent

Matrimony Retreat starts Wednesday. Please keep silence on the retreat grounds this week. Please keep the retreatants in your prayers.

Ember Days: Traditional days of fast and partial abstinence are Wednesday, Friday (complete abstinence), and Saturday, March 9th, 11th and 12th.  This observance was originally instituted to encourage the faithful to pray and do penance for new priests. Please offer your prayers and sacrifices on these days that God may inspire more men to offer themselves for this holy ministry and for the perseverance of those already ordained. 

Holy Name Society meeting Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center. Fr. McFarland will give a conference, with discussion and refreshments following.  All men interested in learning more about the Holy Name Society are encouraged to attend.

Stations of the Cross will be at 6:00 PM on Friday during Lent.

Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar: Are your affairs in order? We invite you to attend a free funeral pre-planning seminar on Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 AM in the Performing Arts Center. Information will be provided by Dignity Memorial. Please RSVP to Matt Wilhelm (623-979-7111) or Julie Bell (602-502-7706).

Pray for an end to abortion. Please join us in praying the Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, March 12th at 6:00 PM.

Second Collection schedule: March 13th to benefit the Building Fund. March 20th to benefit the Academy. Thank you for your generosity.

Bookstore Sale: Select Lenten titles are now 20% off.

Academy Auction: Save the date for this year’s silent auction, to be held Sunday, March 20th on the church grounds from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We invite all parishioners to come socialize, bid on some fabulous items, enjoy light refreshments, and support our parish school. If you would like to make a donation to the auction, please contact the Academy office at 602-305-7183.

Academy Enrollment:  New families are invited to enroll now for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please visit the school website ( or contact the Academy office at 602-305-7183. Returning school families are asked to re-enroll for the 2022-2023 academic year using the FACTS family portal. All families who re-enroll by March 31st will receive a $50 tuition credit.

Church Cleaning Assistance: Many volunteers are currently needed to help with church cleaning. The only requirement is to be able to clean one area of the church once a month, according to your schedule. Please make a small sacrifice to keep God’s house clean and beautiful! Sign up in the vestibule to be contacted with further information.

Sunday Brunch for the Priory: Volunteers are needed to prepare Sunday Brunch for the Priory. Please show your appreciation to our Priests and Religious by cooking one meal for them! We ask for one person/family per weekend, so the more who volunteer, the fewer meals everyone cooks. For more details and to sign up, please visit Thank you to all who help feed our Priory!

40 Days for Life Lenten campaign is March 2 – April 10, 2022. Come protect mothers and children by praying and fasting for an end to abortion! Parish vigils will be held Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM at     1331 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. Sign up for an hour or more: Parish contact: Alan Aversa ([email protected]).