Pope Francis


 New from Pope Francis: the study on the family...


Father Jim is currently writing about the Pope's letter, Laudato Si /Care for Our Common Home.  You can read it on page 1 of the parish bulletin.                                        You can find copies of Father Jim's article in the Sacred Heart Library.


The Year of Mercy.  

With sentiments of gratitude for everything the Church has received from the Lord, and with a sense of responsibility for the task that lies ahead, we shall cross the threshold of the Holy Door fully confident that the strength of the risen Lord, will sustain us.  The celebration ushering in the new Year of Mercy will be held at the Cathedral at noon on Tuesday, December 8 .  The Holy Door will be open to all for engagement in the celebration.


Pope Francis will visit the White House on Sept. 23, 2015.  He will also visit Cuba on the already planned trip to the U.S.  A book is available in the library of Pope Francis' speeches and talks.  How inspiring for our country!


Pope Francis has called for a special year-long focus of consecrated life, asking all religious sisters, brothers and priests to "wake up the world"                               with their testimony of faity, holiness and hope.  He opens the year with a celebration in Rome today, the 1st Sunday of Advent. The Diocese of                                Tucson joins the Pope with events sponsored throughout the year.  The Bishop will inaugurate the year with a special Mass at the Cathedral on                                Sunday, Dec. 14, 10:00am.  All are invited to join us as we "wake up the world"!


 Pope Francis has asked the churches to pray and fast for the Syrian people this coming Saturday, Sept.7. Perhaps we could also do a little almsgiving so that medicines & food will be available for the Red Crescent and Doctors Without Borders.  Praying for Peace is one of our best callings as Catholics. We do it very well. So lets get going.


Pope Francis returned from his first international trip to Brazil, site of World Youth Day celebrations. One comment the AP reported he said: Without the grammar of simplicity, the church loses the very conditions which make it possible to understand a simple message of love, forgiveness and mercy."

He visited the favelas, greeted the people, became a nightmare for security, laughed with the young people, kissed babies, blessed everybody, spoke of the church and its mission, opened the windows to the Holy Spirit and invited everyone to come in.



In an AP article by Nicole Winfield in the Sunday Star, this was the headline.  In an amazed tone the article tells about Pope Francis acting in a very normal and human way. It tells that he answered some kids' questions quite candidly.  

"Francis told them the decision to become a priest had been difficult and he had suffered 'moments of interior darkness' when 'you feel dry, without interior joy'.  But he said he went ahead because he loved Christ."

Someone else asked why he prefered the Vatican Hotel rather than the Apostolic Palace. He said he needed to live among people, not alone, it wouldn't be good for his mental health.

A teacher, presumably with the children, asked about "compromised" politicians. "(Francis said all Christians had an obligation to be involved in politics.)" 

If you would like to read the complete article, go to the azstarnet.com page or The Associated Press page.


With praise to the Trinity this Sunday, we begin those Ordinary Days in the Liturgy, where we live out the life of Christ in the world.  The color of green reminds us of the fresh life of God with us in everything we do.  We will listen and pray the gospel of Luke and the letters of Paul. I read that every act of compassion to the homeless, the sick, the imprisoned is an act of praise.  Likewise, every act or word against injustice and greed. This is the Kingdom of God begun here and now and our burdens become light and our paths, easy.


Pentecost Sunday is celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit. Read Acts 2:1-11.  Also Paul said in his letter to the Romans:  Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness.  The liturgy after Pentecost reads Sirach, praising Wisdom a gift of the Spirit.

Receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost energized the apostles to spread the Word of Jesus.  So with us, the gift of Wisdom strengthens us to speak the Word of Jesus.


The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after the traditional Thursday.  This year the Ascension Mass will be read on Sunday, May 12 at 8am & 10am in English and 12pm in Spanish.

Ascension of the Lord





 I love the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (rather Adventures of the Apostles) readings after the Resurrection of Jesus!  Luke writes the second book and tells of the adventures of the apostles establishing the early Church in Jerusalem and even extending to the whole Mediterranean area.

Acts 16:11-15 and following  tell of Paul's 1st missionary journey all the way to the city of Philippi in Macedonia, a Roman colony. So they go outside the city gate to pray along the river.  There they meet some women gathered there. And they meet a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, a worshiper of God.  She was listening to Paul and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention.  After she and her household had been baptized, she invited Paul and Silas to come and stay at her home.  







Two of my favorite songs of the Christmas season are "Mary, Did You Know?" and "There's a New Kid in Town".  They are not the grand triumphal songs that you often find in Christmas music looking to the end of the story rather than the beginning. Rather they look at the nativity as the Virgin Mary or the Magi might have looked at it then and there.   Full of wonder and the unknown future, the cross undreamt of, miracles unimagined, only the present moment filled with the uncertainty that I expect any teenage mother would feel. A wonderously quiet night that passed unnoticed at the time.

That is what you will encounter in Pope Benedict's new book, the conclusion to his trilogy on the life of Christ.  Pope Benedict uses all his skills as a priest, theologian, teacher and lover of God, to walk us through the gospel accounts of the first twelve years of Jesus' life.  This is not a work written to convince skeptics nor is it a work for academics.  It is a work for you and I the faithful.It is a work for people busy with cares of everyday living but who nonetheless wish to  meditate of the mystery of God's incarnation.  For those with a special devotion to the rosary it is an excellent aid in the meditation of the joyful musteries as that is pretty much the scope of this short book.

Normally with a book this short, I would read through it in an evening and not give it a second thought the next day.  But this book stops you.  It takes you by the hand and says, "Let/s walk together for a while."  It finds its way into your mind and stays with you, helping you to reflect on the birth of Christ.  Don't try to read it all at once.  Give it a few days and you will not feel it time wasted.




Resurrect Peace  (a secular prayer)

How can I bind you to responsibility in a non-responsible world?  How can I bind you to yourselves so that you  know that the human face will triumph over the boot forever?  Perhaps through telling you that if we drop our twin seasons of privilege and inferiority, we will see a world free of myths and social ills.  If we act in the interest of world humanity--if we help improve life for our sisters and brothers in our country and the world--then we will truly move as human beings.

Listen to Tolstoy: "I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back."  This earth can no longer hold those people who choke us, or who are choked.

We must finally say: I hear your daughter's laughter in the wind; I see your son riding on the morning waves.  And I will never let these intoxicating ideas of race superiority, economic superiority, social superiority, religious superiority, terrify the Earth until it swallows itself whole.  W.E.B.DuBois said, "The cause of war is the preparation of war."  I say, "The cause of peace must be the preparation of peace."

Can you say peace:  Can you resurrect peace?  Can you house the language of peace?  Can you rise up at the sound of peace?  Can you make peace lighter than air?

Let us inaugurate a new day.  A new way. A time for all Americans, for all people.  Let us come out towards peace and justice and truth.  Let us come with ourselves and our friends. Let us come with singing eyes and singing hands.  Let us disarm the death makers and let us throw off the men on our backs.  Let us come to celebrate life.  And let us become seeing men and women again.  

If we do, it will get better on this Earth.  If we work for peace, if we work for equality, if we work for racial and sexual justice, if we work for social and economic justice, if we work for a good education for all our children, it will get better for you and me.  We'll make the world better in our time so that we'll all have more time.

by Sonia Sanchez, Philadelphia's first poet laureate and author.  The Progressive, December 2012

Potato Chips

> A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived
, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started
>   his journey.
> When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He
>   was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next
>   to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root
>   beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some
>   chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
> His smile was so
>   pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.
>   Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
> They sat there all
>   afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
> As twilight
>   approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but
>   before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the
>   old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..
> When
>   the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was
>   surprised by the look of joy on his face.  She asked him, "What did you
>   do today that made you so happy?"
> He replied, "I had lunch with God." But
>   before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He's got the most
>   beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
> Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant
>   with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on
>   his face and he asked, "dad, what did you do today that made you so
>   happy?"
> He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However,
>   before his son responded, he added, "You know, he's much younger than I
>   expected."    

emailed from Joann


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