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Dear Family of God,

"The hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs" (Psalm 145:16). God does feed us. But the question is, are we ready to receive what He is feeding us? God wants to give us every gift we need to be with Him forever. He is giving us Himself as the greatest gift in the Holy Eucharist.

Did you know that the Holy Eucharist is God? It is surprising today to see how many Catholics today do not know this, nor have even heard this teaching. So how should we prepare ourselves to receive such a perfect gift? Two things: spiritual preparation and physical preparation.

First: spiritual preparation. When was the last time you confessed your sins and received absolution in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? This is the ordinary way of having our sins forgiven that Jesus Himself instituted when He said to His apostles, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained" (John 20: 2223). If it has been a while, I invite you to consider coming back to confession to experience the peace and forgiveness of Christ. Another part of our spiritual preparation is to come early to Mass to prepare our hearts. God is about to enter there. We should offer ourselves with Christ's offering of Himself to the Father. We can offer up all our pains and problems and successes, most of all our very selves, lay them down at the foot of the altar and unite them with Jesus who did not hold back anything.

Second: physical preparation. Consider for a moment how would you dress if you were to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Now consider how you dress when you come to Mass to meet God. The way we dress is a sign of respect for who we are meeting. We should also not be a distraction to others who are at Mass. Please come to Mass dressed reverently and modestly. We should also consider that we can prepare to receive the Eucharist by treating it with great respect. This helps us and those around us to understand that the Eucharist is God. We do this by genuflecting or kneeling to the tabernacle, not talking inside the church, and ensuring that not a crumb of the Eucharist falls to the ground. If you see that there are crumbs in your hands after receiving the Eucharist, please do not brush them off onto the ground. This is why many choose to receive directly on the tongue.

May we all continue to grow in love and reverence through our spiritual and physical preparations for God, who by dying on the cross, showed his great love. May our Lady of Mercy, standing beneath the Cross, teach us to value the love and sacrifice of her Son Jesus, re-presented at each Mass.

In Christ who is truly present in the Eucharist,
Fr. Jess Ty

Read Past Bulletin Letters ▸
Mass Intentions
Tuesday, August 4
8:00 am
Bruno Krieger
Wednesday, August 5
8:00 am
† Adele Medley
Thursday, August 6
8:00 am
† Barbara Ann McNutt
Friday, August 7
8:00 am
† Raymond Heppeler
Saturday, August 8
8:00 am
Chloe and Gavin Sigua — Birthday
5:00 pm
† Joyce Hauger
Sunday, August 9
7:30 am
† Mark Szuter
9:00 am
Parishioners
11:00 am
† Jack & Jim Kelly
Monday, August 10
8:00 am
† Gerard Madaio
Announcements

Donate your gently used books

for the Book Nook at the 2015 Our Lady’s Guild Annual Holiday Bazaar
Collection begins Mon, Oct 12

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Centering Prayer Ministry

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

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Adopt-a-Seminarian Program

The Vocations Committee is looking for individuals, families, or groups to support a Diocese of Phoenix Seminarian for a year.

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Help Wanted: Volunteers for St, Ambrose Books & Gifts

We are looking for volunteers to help us keep out bookstore open on Sunday from 8:30am-12:30pm.

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Events
AUG 1

Donations needed for Back to School Supply Drive

New school supplies will be taken to the students at the St. Charles Apache Mission School in San Carlos (grades K-6).

Donations will be accepted Aug 1-9.

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AUG 11

Knights of Columbus Council Officers Meeting

AUG 11

Grief Support Group

AUG 13

Knights of Columbus Assembly & Council Meetings

AUG 15

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

3rd Saturday of the month

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AUG 18

The Parish Office will be closed on Tue, Aug 18 due to an All Staff Retreat.

AUG 21

2015 Arizona Marian Conference

Theme: At Every Moment, Do what Love Requires

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AUG 22

Parish Retreat

“Finding Joy in the Gospels”
Facilitator/Speaker: Deacon Jim Gall
Keynote Speaker: Fr. Fred Adamson V.G.

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AUG 25

Grief Support Group

AUG 27

Shawl Ministry Meeting

SEP 12

Celebrate Marriage event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

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SEP 22

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

NOV 6

9th Annual Holiday Bazaar