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Dear Friends,

This week's Gospel gives us some difficult medicine to swallow: "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father." 

Seriously?  We are supposed to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us?  This is never an easy task. 

Our entire lives are filled with mortal enemies that attack us.  As children, many of us have siblings to battle.  In school, we face cliques and bullies.  In college, we are ostracized by professors for our faith.  As adults, we know ISIS would like to eliminate us.  In older age, our own health turns on us.  How in God's Name (quite literally) are we supposed to love these enemies? 

The answer is found at the beginning of the second reading.  "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"  Through asking the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, we begin to resemble Christ who truly showed forgiveness and love is possible in every circumstance.

In Christ,

David Lins
Dir. of Faith Formation

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Mass Intentions
Sunday, February 26
7:30 am
9:00 am
† Bernard Cooper
11:00 am
† Frances Mayer
4:00 pm
† Jane Kobos
Monday, February 27
8:00 am
† Erika and Peter Kubasiak
Tuesday, February 28
8:00 am
† Paul Jacobs
Wednesday, March 1
8:00 am
† Becky Miller
12:00 pm
† Tim Wilsey
7:00 pm
† Roger Nazzaro
Thursday, March 2
8:00 am
† Marilyn Erickson
Friday, March 3
8:00 am
David Walker
Saturday, March 4
8:00 am
† Zach Lang
5:00 pm
† Arthur Dymek

Ongoing Parish Activities

Catholicism 101
Grief Support Meeting
Legion of Mary
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How Can You Financially Support Your Parish?

Automatic Withdrawal, Text or Envelope in Collection Basket.

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Catholicism 101

Have you ever wondered why people who convert to Catholicism seem so much more excited about the Faith than most cradle Catholics?

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Sacrament of Matrimony

A comprehensive nine-month preparation program is required by the Phoenix Diocese to assist couples who are called by God to the Sacrament of Matrimony.

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Faith Formation for Children and Teens

Continuing faith formation and sacramental preparation for your child K - 5th grade.

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Sacrament of Baptism

An initial baptism class assists parents in the wondrous and weighty responsibility of raising Catholic Christian children.

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Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing is celebrated to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness or especially near the time of death.

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Our Lady of Joy Preschool Registration Time!

Do you have or know a child who would benefit from the values represented by a Catholic education?

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Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Various Adult Faith Formation Opportunities in our Community.

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EDGE: Upcoming Dates

A Program for amazing sixth, seventh and eighth grade youth is held virtually every Wednesday Night in the Teen Center 5:00 - 6:30pm.

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End of Year Contribution Letters

This year, Our Lady of Joy is emailing the end-of-the-year contribution letters to all parishioners with current email addresses on file.

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Opportunity to Serve Our Homeless

We have an opportunity to serve our homeless and working poor brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Foothills Food Bank Needs

February Wish List

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Cross Check Volunteers Needed

Cross checkers are registered, active OLJ parishioners who confidentially handle monies received through the weekly offertory.

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Alegria Gifts

Now open Tue - Sun.

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CDA-Charity and Development Appeal

“Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity...” – Pope Francis

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Help Wanted: Our Youth Ministry Needs You

Our youth ministry programs desperately need young Catholics who live their faith (high school graduate to 35 yrs. old or so) to assist with our big plans!

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Life Teen: Upcoming Dates

Life Teen is held on Sunday nights following the 4:00pm mass in the Teen Center.

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Maintenance Department Job Openings

Full Time: Monday-Friday 40 hours/week
Friday, Saturday and Sundays 27 to 30 hours/week

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Our Youth Minister Needs a Car

Our Youth Minister, Maggie Curtis and her husband moved here from Virginia to join our team at OLOJ. They are in need of a second vehicle to get to their jobs in our sprawling city. Their only request is that it be safe and reliable as they are expecting their first child!

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FEB 28

Complimentary Annual Breakfast at Notre Dame Prep

With guest speaker Fr. Thomas J. Eckert.

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The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday

Mass times: 8:00am, 12:00pm, 7:00pm

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Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

MAR 19

20th Annual St. Joseph Table

We are always in need of volunteers.

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MAR 25

7th Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner

KBI works to ensure the safety and dignity of migrant men, women and children at the border in southern Arizona.

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Patrick Coffin- “Be a saint. What else is there?”

This event is free but there is limited seating available.

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