Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

05-28-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today begins the seventh week after Easter that leads to next Sunday's celebration of Pentecost. This feast highlights the apostles and disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and their being missioned by Jesus, "As the Father sent me so now I send you."

Today, in the Diocese of Phoenix, liturgically we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Let me quote from the booklet Magnificat that quote Pope Benedict XVI: "The meaning of the Christ's Ascension expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God." The Magnificat author continues, "It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as 'the temporary absence of Christ from the world. Rather, 'we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him. Heaven is a person; Jesus himself is what we call heaven.'"

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Sixth Week of Easter

05-21-2017Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Let me open my reflection with a quotation from the Creighton On-line Ministries:

"In this sixth week of Easter we continue to let the joy of the Easter Season deepen in us. Perhaps we ask bigger questions.  Perhaps we let the good news of the gift of new life enter into those places where we struggle.

We are listening to the story of the early community's recognition of the presence of the Holy Spirit with gentiles.  And, we hear the rest of Jesus' last words to his disciples at his last supper with them. In the fifteenth chapter of John's gospel we read some of the deepest things Jesus says directly to us. We can hear him now, with the faith of the resurrection and gift of the Holy Spirit.

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I will go and prepare a place for you

05-14-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioner and Friends,

Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Here is an excerpt from today's gospel:

  • Jesus said to his disciples:
  • "Do not let your hearts be troubled.
  • You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
  • In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.
  • If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
  • And if I go and prepare a place for you,
  • I will come back again and take you to myself,
  • so that where I am you also may be.
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Easter Joy for Everyday Life

05-07-2017Pastor's Letter

More than just a day, the Church gives us a seven-week Easter season to celebrate.  Yet sometimes our everyday lives feel so heavy that celebration is not a part of them.  Critical illness in the family, loss of a job, disappointment in a relationship and the burdens of everyday life can make it a challenge to feel particularly joyful – even in the Easter season.

But the joy we are being invited into this season is beyond what we see in our everyday lives.  It's true that Jesus says "Come to me and bring me your burdens" but we usually can't believe it.  Maybe we don't want to believe it.  If I really allow Jesus to come into my heart the way he wants to, will he ask me to change my life in ways that are too hard? How do I share the chaos of my life with Jesus?  If I keep him at arm's length, my life might be difficult, but at least my problems are familiar.  What would it cost me to let go and change my life?

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