Once again, we at the Our Lady of Joy Parish Project for Advent and Christmastime are happy to provide the parish with the opportunity for works of charity that are life-giving and eternal. As we work out our own salvation by how we live (Philippians 2:12), we must, as Pope Francis implores, look to the poor and needy as our brothers and sisters in Christ. You can help the less fortunate in the Valley by participating in one or all three of these efforts:

  1. The St. Charles Mission School: Red shopping bags will be distributed in the courtyard the weekends of November 21/22 and 28/29, with collections December 5/6 for the 127 children in grades K-6 at St Charles Mission School on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation near Globe. Christmas trees will also display "tags" of items you may purchase for the needs of the school (motivator gifts and supplies). Sunday December 6 will be the last day to return the filled bags and tags so they can be delivered to the school the following week. For more information, please contact Jody Svitak at jody.svitak@gmail.com.
  2. The St. Agnes School St. Nicholas Shoeboxes: The weekends of November 14th/15th and November 21st/22nd, volunteers in the courtyard will be distributing fliers with labels, for either a boy or girl and grade level, with suggestions on how to fill a surprise shoebox for over 200 students at St. Agnes Catholic School in central Phoenix. We provide wrapped shoeboxes for the entire school: preK through 8th grade. Filled shoeboxes can be dropped off all weekends through December 6th. Shoeboxes can also be dropped off in the Parish office during the week. There will be a wrapping party December 13th in the Teen Center from 12:30-3:30pm. Wrapped shoeboxes will be delivered to the school on Monday, December 14th. If you are able to help wrap or deliver, please feel free to contact the Madura Family, Sharon, at 480-656-4646 or sbmadura@yahoo.com.
  3. The Pregnancy Resource Centers: Aid to Women Center in Tempe and First Way Pregnancy Center in Phoenix. Both are pro-life, Catholic pregnancy resource centers that provide compassionate services to low income women and their new babies, including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, counseling and ongoing support and care for their choice of life. Volunteers will be in the courtyard every Advent week-end after all Masses (November 28-December20) to distribute and collect white shopping bags for your convenience.

Donations of the following items are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through the Feast of the Holy Family on December 27, and delivered to the centers in the first week of January: diapers (newborn to size 5), baby wipes, new and gently used clothing (boy or girl, size newborn-2T), blankets, new and gently used infant items such as high chairs, strollers, pack-n-plays, cribs, and bouncy seats, and new or gently worn maternity clothing. Envelopes for cash donations will also be available, checks made payable to Our Lady of Joy, with "Parish Project" on memo line to ensure proper credit for year-end contributions. Please contact Jeanne McDonald at jeanne.m.mcdonald@gmail.com (508-736-4113) or Pat Phee at patphee@cox.net with any questions.

Mary is our model for how to welcome Jesus into our hearts and lives this Advent Season. As we journey toward Christmas, may the Lord grant us the grace to reflect her example in our Parish life. As Pope Francis reminds us in the Joy of the Gospel, "whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms."

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

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Dear Family of God,

"Let us not forget that God pardons and God pardons always. Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness." --Pope Francis.

Pope Francis declared that this coming December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, until November 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King, as an "Extraordinary Jubilee" and will be called the "Holy Year of Mercy". He wants the Church to live the holy year "in the light" of Jesus' words in the Gospel of Luke: "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

Pope Francis said, "I am convinced that the whole church—that has much need to receive mercy because we are sinners—will find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time."

What is a Jubilee Year?

A Jubilee year is a special year, called by the Church, to receive blessings and pardon from God and for the remission of sins. The Church has called jubilee years every 25 or 50 years since 1300 and has also called special jubilee years from time to time, known as "extraordinary jubilee" years. The last jubilee year was held in 2000 under now Saint John Paul II and was known as "the Great Jubilee."  The last extraordinary jubilee year was held in 1983 to celebrate 1,950 years since the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

Jubilee years also provide the Church with opportunities to receive special indulgences. What is an indulgence? All men were redeemed by the death of Christ. It is up to us to receive this redemption for the sins we have committed.  There are two consequences of every sin we have committed: eternal punishment and temporal punishment. We are freed from eternal punishment when we receive absolution from a priest or bishop in Sacramental Confession (the Sacrament of Mercy!) through the grace of God. We are freed from temporal punishment (that is, the lingering effects of sin which affect our souls in this life and after we die) through penance and/or Purgatory. An indulgence is an opportunity to reduce (partial indulgence) or completely remit (plenary indulgence) temporal punishment due to sin. There are many ways to receive indulgences for ourselves and for others, but we will focus just on the extraordinary jubilee here.

During this extraordinary jubilee year we are given a chance to receive a plenary indulgence when the following conditions are met: 1.) Enter a "Jubilee Door" (In the Diocese of Phoenix, these will be at the Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral and the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona) 2.) Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. 3.) Receive Sacramental confession within 8 days before or after the day you intend to receive the plenary indulgence. 4.) Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be). 5.) Be detached from all sin, and as far as possible, even venial sin.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother of Mercy, guide us all to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Fountain of Mercy.

In Christ through Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty

Read Past Bulletin Letters ▸
Mass Intentions
Monday, November 30
8:00 am
† Nora McConville
Tuesday, December 1
12:00 pm
† Barbara Kraemer
Wednesday, December 2
8:00 am
† James Papadopuolos
Thursday, December 3
8:00 am
† Bill Gunn
Friday, December 4
8:00 am
† Dick and Jeannette Polak
Saturday, December 5
8:00 am
Ronald Schott
5:00 pm
† Becky Miller


8 week study on Tuesdays

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33 Days to Morning Glory

6 week small group retreat
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm or Wednesdays 9:15-10:45am

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St. Nicholas Shoebox Project

Filled shoeboxes collected all weekends through Dec 5/6 and in the Parish office during the week
Shoebox wrapping party Sun, Dec 13

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Change in the Tuesday morning Mass time

In November and the 1st week of December, Mass of Tuesdays will be at 12:00pm instead of 8:30am.

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New Junior High Youth Group

Mondays 6:30-7:45pm

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Foothills Food Back November Wishlist

Our Lady of Joy Parish Project for Advent and Christmastime

To benefit:
St. Charles Mission School
St. Agnes School St. Nicholas Shoeboxes
Aid to Women Center in Tempe and First Way Pregnancy Center in Phoenix

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Advent Confession Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays during Advent 6:00-7:00pm
Saturdays: 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday- Friday: 7:30am
30 min. before each Sunday Mass until the homily

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Support our Troops by making rope Rosaries

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Our Lady's Guild Christmas Luncheon


10th Annual Breakfast with St. Nick


Holy Day of Obligation - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass times:
Mon, Dec 7 5:00pm
Tue, Dec 8 8:00am, 7:00pm

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Knights of Columbus Council Officers Meeting

DEC 10

Knights of Columbus Assembly & Council Meetings

DEC 12

St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive

Collection dates Dec 12/13

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DEC 19

Celebration of Fr. Varkey's 25th Anniversary of Ordination

DEC 25

Christmas Mass Schedule

Thu, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve
4:00pm, 4:05pm (Parish Hall), 7:00pm, 9:00pm

Fri, Dec 25 - Christmas Day
9:00am & 11:00am

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Holy Day of Obligation - The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mass times:
Thu, Dec 31 5:00pm
Fri, Jan 1 9:00am, 11:00am

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Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy

A live multimedia production performed by Maria Vargo

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