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Mary Bible Study

A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother An Eight-Part Bible Study Featuring Dr. Edward Sri


Join our Monday or Thursday Study


Monday Evening Session
6:30 - 7:45 PM
OLOJ Preschool
Starts September 15

Thursday Morning Session
9:00 - 10:15 AM
OLOJ Teen Center
Starts September 18

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Cost of Program is $27 / Register at OLOJ Parish Office
Contact Carlos Gonzales - cgonzales@oloj.org

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,

What is discernment? Why do we need to do it?

Saint Paul urges us, "by the mercies of God, to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship." He continues, "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:1-2).

According to Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV, in his book The Discernment of Spirits, "discernment is to be aware, to understand and to take action" on the truth, event or situation that God has presented with, in a given moment. Prayer and the wisdom of the Church with her 2000 years tradition will help and guide us and lead us to the truth, to peace and joy that our hearts long for.

Discernment is needed because the enemy is so subtle and cunning, if we are not careful we can easily be deceived as many of our brothers and sisters are. There is a saying: "The way to hell is paved with good intentions". When Saint Peter trying to dissuade Jesus from the cross, Jesus rebukes Saint Peter and calls him "Satan". Although a good intention, Peter was not discerning God's will. He was putting his own human will and comfort above the will of God. That is why even with the best of intentions, we can say or do things that help the enemy instead of God.

Another example: the issue on abortion or killing a baby inside the womb. Both the so called "pro-choice" and pro-life believe in helping women by supporting either one. Their intention is to help, but there is another principle in Ethics which says: "The end does not justify the means." The good intention to help a woman, (the end or purpose) does not make killing (the means) her own baby right. Those who are pro-choice are made to believe making abortion available to women is an act of compassion, to free women from the burden of child-rearing especially when they are single and facing unwanted pregnancy. But this is misguided compassion. They are not told that abortion hurts women and men and kills their own baby. God's law that is written in our heart, "love one another as Jesus loves you, thou shall not kill". Real compassion is to help both the baby and the mother, to help the mother have informed decision by offering different options; adoption of the baby, sacrifice your body for the life of the tiny person in the womb, and "not to conform yourselves to this age" of pleasure, greed and selfishness. Rather "be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is pleasing and perfect."

May our Lady of Joy, the Mother of God, intercede for us to know the will of God and do it.

In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty

Read Past Bulletin Letters ▸
Mass Intentions
Sunday, September 21
7:30 am
† Patricia Davis
9:00 am
† Stuart Rotchford III
11:00 am
Parishioners
4:00 pm
† Diana Stocker
Monday, September 22
8:00 am
† George L. Betker
Tuesday, September 23
8:00 am
Charles Johnston—Birthday
Wednesday, September 24
8:00 am
† Vivian “Aunt B” McLean
Thursday, September 25
8:00 am
† Pat Miller
Friday, September 26
8:00 am
† Omaha Aggie
Saturday, September 27
8:00 am
† Pearl Connors
5:00 pm
† Carl Gaerig
Announcements

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

8 part Bible study - Monday evening or Thursday morning sessions

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Events
SEP 12

That Man is You

Fridays, 6:00am in the Hall

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SEP 23

Ministry of Compassion

SEP 26

Catholic Retreat for Young Singles (CRYS)

at Mount Claret Retreat Center, Phoenix

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SEP 27

Annual Celebrate Marriage Event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

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OCT 5

7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona

OCT 11

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

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OCT 13

Donate Your Gently Used Books

Donations can be brought to the Ministry Office beginning Mon, Oct 13.

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OCT 18

Knight of Columbus Cars for Charity

OCT 26

Father Jess Ty’s Installation Mass

NOV 7

8th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Booths are available for venders and crafters.

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NOV 14

Parish Movie Night

NOV 23

Advent Wreath Making

DEC 14

Fr. Herb Hauck’s Anniversary Celebration