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Children's Living Stations of the Cross

Children in grades 3rd and up are invited to participate in OLJ's Living Stations of the Cross. Good Friday, March 25th @ 2:00 pm in the Church. Practices will be after the 11:00 am Sunday Mass on March 6th, 13th and 20th. Please contact Karen Powers to sign up!

Karen Powers
email: kpowers@oloj.org
phone: 480-346-3069

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(See Catechism of the Catholic Church #1471-1484)

The word “indulgence” is not used very often today. We are often hard pressed to find any reference to them in any modern prayer books. I have even talked to people that say they had never heard of the word in their entire lives, except perhaps regarding chocolate. The Church still does teach indulgences, but because indulgences are often misunderstood, there can be a lot of confusion. Here I will look at what an indulgence is, why we need them, and then how to gain the indulgence for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

What is an indulgence? A traditional definition is: “An indulgence is a remission...of temporal punishment due to sin whose guilt has already been forgiven” (CCC #1471). So what does that mean? When a sin is committed we can say that it results in two consequences:

First is eternal punishment. One sin has the ability to cast us into Hell forever. Fortunately God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, and died on the Cross. This opened the way for us to eternal life. We choose to accept this redemption through baptism, faith, and through good works (James 2:14-26). However, if we fall into a mortal sin, the consequence is being separated from God unless we seek forgiveness. The Sacrament of Confession then, is the “sacrament of mercy” in which Christ works through the priest to forgive sins by applying the merits of His crucifixion, thereby remitting the eternal punishment due to our sin.

Second is temporal punishment. All sin has lasting effects which must be purified, even after they are forgiven. For example: if I steal from my friend they might forgive me, but they probably would be very hesitant to trust me around their possessions in the future. Our relationship therefore has changed. Those are the lasting effects of the sin which need to be purified. All sin results in particular attachments which affect our souls in this life and even after we die. The sin is forgiven and we will get to go to heaven, but we will need to go through a period of purification first. This is what the Church calls Purgatory. Purgatory is a means by which our temporal punishment due to sin is remitted after death.

This is where indulgences come in. The Church, through the mercy of God, provides a way for people to have their temporal punishment due to sin remitted even before Purgatory, usually though particular acts or prayers. “ An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead” (CCC #1471).

During this Year of Mercy, a person may gain a plenary indulgence by visiting a Holy Door, receiving Holy Communion, going to confession, and praying for the Pope. In Phoenix, there are two Holy Doors: Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. One indulgence can be gained per day. Please take great advantage of this indulgence during the Year of Mercy. Also, there are many other indulgences that are available to us throughout the year, and many more partial indulgences that can be gained through prayer, so keep an eye out for them!

God Bless, Andy Miller

For suggestions on future topics email me at amiller@oloj.org

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Mass Intentions
Saturday, February 13
8:00 am
† Ines Freese
5:00 pm
† Clara Grilli
Sunday, February 14
7:30 am
† Margaret M. LaDue
9:00 am
† Pashka Dushaj
11:00 am
† Kathleen Julien
4:00 pm
Monday, February 15
8:00 am
† John McCullough
Tuesday, February 16
8:00 am
† Dr. Robert Sanowski
Wednesday, February 17
8:00 am
† Loretta Quigley
Thursday, February 18
8:00 am
† William Minckler
Friday, February 19
8:00 am
† Ada Sanowski

Bible Study: A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Every other Saturday at 9:30am, Jan 30 - Apr 16

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Bible Study: A Journey through Church History

Fridays 9:00-11:00am, Jan 29 - Jul 1

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Shawl Ministry

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm

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Help Wanted: Called to Protect Trainers

Our Lady of Joy is seeking 2 parishioners to share their skills as Called to Protect Trainers.

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Stewardship Opportunities to Volunteer

Many wonderful opportunities are available for you and/or your entire family to get involved at the 4:00pm Sunday night Mass.

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FEB 12

Lenten Fish Dinners

Fridays during Lent 6:00-7:00pm following Stations of the Cross
Feb 12, 19, 26
Mar 4, 18 (not Mar 11)

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FEB 16

Our Lady's Guild General Meeting

FEB 18

The Choice Wine

The Choice Wine places couples on a path to authentic marital happiness.
Weekly sessions begin Thu, Feb 18 6:15-8:30pm

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FEB 20

Singles Ministry Meeting

This will be a very important planning meeting to give our ministry direction, purpose and meaning.

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FEB 23

Grief Support Session

FEB 25

Shawl Ministry

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm

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FEB 27

Our Lady’s Guild Welcome Coffee


Knights of Columbus Council Officers Meeting

MAR 10

Knights of Columbus Assembly & Council Meetings

MAR 13

19th Annual St. Joseph Table

1st planning meeting will be on Thu, Jan 21.

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MAR 25

Children's Living Stations of the Cross

Practices on Sundays, Mar 6, 13, 20
Stations on Fri, Mar 25

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