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SAVE THE DATE!!

February 7, 2015 - Our Lady of Joy Women's Coffee
Our Lady of Joy Parish Center 10:00-11:30

Are there women at mass that you see week after week and still don't know? Let's make an effort to get to know each other. Our Lady's Guild invites you to join other parish women for a winter coffee/tea. Please plan to attend and bring a friend to enjoy refreshments and fellowship. We hope to see you there.

Please RSVP: Lena at lab952@gmail.com or Toni at 480-502-4991

We welcome all people to share in the worship of Jesus Christ through the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Dearest Parishioners,

On Monday, December 8th, we will celebrate the Great Feast of the Immaculate Conception. What does this feast mean to us? First we must recognize that this feast celebrates the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother Saint Anne, not the conception of Jesus. Defined as a dogma of faith in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, it declares that, “the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by singular grace, granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from original sin.”

Second, we must recognize that this is not the first time God created a human person without sin. Both Adam and Eve, the first parents, were created without sin before the fall. Just as Christ is referred to as the “New Adam” (1Cor. 15:45), so Mary is often referred to as the “New Eve” by the Church Fathers. If the first Eve was created sinless, then the promised “Woman” in Genesis 3:15, the “New Eve” must be sinless also, for the fulfillment in the New Covenant is greater than the Old.

As John Duns Scotus said: “The perfect mediator has to effect a perfect mediation in respect of the person in whose favor He mediates and in the perfection of His function as mediator. Mary was the one above all for whom He became mediator, therefore Christ achieved the most perfect mediation and redemption in His own function as mediator and redeemer in regard to Mary.” He also said, “In fact I pass on to Jesus concerning His Mother and the salvation which was hers—a salvation which preceded her birth, absolute and perfect and the rest of mankind now only in process.”

Because of the great love of God for us, that He wants us to participate in the Divine Love of the Holy Trinity, He wants us all to be like Mary, Bearer of God. What God does in Mary, He wants us also to receive and possess through Mary, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us to open our hearts to God and imitate her total availability to do the will of God and be holy like her.

In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. Jess Ty

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Mass Intentions
Friday, December 19
8:00 am
† Steven Schmidt
Saturday, December 20
8:00 am
† June Mowry
5:00 pm
† John McCullough
Sunday, December 21
7:30 am
† David Celestina
9:00 am
† Irene DeWitte
11:00 am
† Rosario Fordley
4:00 pm
Parishioners
Monday, December 22
8:00 am
† Nancy Kay Austin
Tuesday, December 23
8:00 am
† Mary Torres
Wednesday, December 24
8:00 am
† Virginia Thompson
4:00 pm
† Penny Fritz
4:05 pm
† Edward Kriz
7:00 pm
† Richard DeCapua
9:00 pm
† David Celestina
Thursday, December 25
9:00 am
† Lillian Romig
11:00 am
† Patricia Bianchini
Announcements

Parish Advent Project: The Pregnancy Resource Centers of the Phoenix Diocese

Confessions & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction

Mondays and Wednesdays during Advent 6:00-7:00pm

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Help Wanted: Volunteers to help clean altar linens

Pilgrimage to Sacred Shrines of Philadelphia, the Festival of Families and Papal Mass

The Great Adventure: A Journey through the Bible

Fridays, 9:00-11:00am and Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am

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Events
DEC 20

We need help at the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen!

3rd Saturday of the month

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DEC 23

Grief Support Group

DEC 24

Catholicism DVD for Christmas!

DEC 25

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve - Wed, Dec 24 - 4:00pm, 4:05pm (Mass in Parish Center), 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Christmas Day - Thu, Dec 25 - 9:00am, 11:00am

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JAN 1

Holy Day of Obligation: Thu, Jan 1

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Mass times: Wed, Dec 31 5:00pm; Thu, Jan 1 9:00am, 11:00am

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JAN 24

Knights of Columbus Hawaiian Luau

FEB 7

Our Lady's Guild Women's Coffee and Tea

MAR 7

6th Annual Nun Run