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Dear Friends ~ 

September 4, 2022 marked our 20th anniversary in our main sanctuary. On that date we celebrated our first Mass in our building. For those who were around at that time, they can recall the obstacles and challenges we faced due to our unique situation. At the same time, the constant support and commitment of all to make this happen is what I can remember most. Our building committee at that time, along with a host of parishioners, learned so much about the documents our Catholic faith has regarding our sacred space, the symbolism, the theology and sacred signs, that our building models to all who enter. This weekend at all our Masses, I will preach about our sacred space, what our doors, altar, tabernacle, crucifix, the gathering of the people mean as we worship in our sacred space. God speaks to us through signs and symbols, and to recall what God uses in our space to speak to us can bring us to a better place in loving God and neighbor. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK is this week, and Bishop John Dolan, our new Bishop, presided at the 9:00 am TV Mass from our Cathedral last Sunday. His homily talked about comfort and support for those who have lost loved ones through suicide. Included was the Bishop’s own personal story, along with some teaching of what our Catholic faith understands about this situation. Much has changed in the mental health field and so has Church teaching in this area. The Bishop also announced a new Diocesan Office of Catholic Mental Health to offer teaching, better understanding, and support on Mental Health. What a great step for the Church to be present to those who suffer with mental illness. I have included the Bishop’s homily from the Sunday Mass.

(There was some technical issues at the end of the homily, but you can hear pretty much the entire homily. The Diocese said they will try to put the entire Mass up, but just in case, I wanted you to know.) 

ALTAR SERVERS - Boys and girls from 4th grade through 12th grade are encouraged to serve the community through serving at the altar with the Priests and the community. There is a brief training before one begins to serve. There are two options for the training, one on Sunday, September 18 or Sunday, October 2. Next month we are ready to have servers at as many Masses as possible. If you are interested please contact Stephen Tellez at altarservers@stpatcc.org. I am looking forward to having the young people serve at Masses. 
 
I look forward to preaching the Good News of God’s presence most especially in our gathering place.

See you Sunday.


Peace in Christ,


Fr. Eric Tellez
Pastor, St. Patrick Catholic Community

Safe Haven - The Safe Haven law, ARS 13-3623.01 now allows a parent or designated agent to anonymously relinquish an unharmed infant up to 30 days old, to a designated Safe Haven provider. Recently, the Social Justice and Outreach core team and staff here at St Patrick Catholic Community have had the opportunity to develop a relationship and receive training from an organization called Arizona Safe Baby Haven. This is an organization that promotes education and awareness of the existing Safe Haven law in Az to prevent the illegal abandonment of babies across the state. It also promotes safety and leaves options to sustain life. Our parish will now be an identified safe-haven location for a mother who can anonymously relinquish an unharmed newborn child up to 30 days old without fear of prosecution. 

To learn more about the organization we invite you to watch a recent episode of "The Converstaion" from St. Patrick Studio where we interview Heather Burner. Please use the button below the video to visit their website. 

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The September 2022 Edition of our Social Justice & Outreach Newsletter is here! - Use the link below to read an interactive version of the newsletter online. Learn about the Safe Haven Foundation, celebrate Hispanic Heritage, join in a Coffee & Conversation event and more.

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Cancer Support Community  - Cancer Support Community AZ offers free services and resources for cancer patients and survivors as well as anyone impacted by cancer. Some of the services and resources are right here on our campus. Stop by the table outside after Masses this weekend to learn more! You can also CLICK HERE to register for the next "Drumming from the Heart" drum circle taking place in the House of Mercy on September 14. 

Adult Ministry  - Our Adult Ministry invites you to Coffee & Conversation next Thursday, September 15 from 1:00 - 2:30pm in Fenlon Hospitality Center. Join us for coffee, fresh baked goods and inspiring talk from Sister Meg Walsh of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur! 

Click here to Download a Flyer to Share!

That Man Is You  - We have a special invitation for the men of St. Patrick Catholic Community!  A dynamic video series will be shown by the “That Man is You” (TMIY) Ministry and will include small group discussions on increasing spirituality in our lives. Learn to overcome the darkness in our world and to pray like the Saints. A sign-up table will be outside of the Narthex after every Mass on September 10 & 11 and September 17 & 18. The parish leaders of TMIY will be on hand to meet you and discuss the powerful transformation available to all of us. The program will start on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 6:30 am to 8:00 am in Fenlon Hall and will continue weekly for a total of 13 weekly sessions.

The Next Chapter  - The Next Chapter is a ministry for people farther along in their grief journey. We will hold our first meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 1:00 pm  in the House of Mercy. The topic will be "Moving Forward on your Grief Journey." Each meeting include spiritual, educational and social activities. The ministry meets monthly from September through May. ALL ARE  WELCOME! Tell a friend. For more information contact Peg Bohnert at thenextchapter@stpatcc.org.

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge  - This competition is designed for players ages 9 to 14 to demonstrate the most basic of soccer skills - the penalty kick. All families and friends are invited. There will be competitions for boys and girls. This event is completely FREE and will take place from 8:00 am to 12 noon on Saturday, September 17. Sign-Ups dates after all Masses on 9/10 or 9/11. Use the button below to download a flyer with more information. 

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Adult Formation Opportunities  - There are three programs starting soon for adults who want to learn more about their faith. Use the buttons below to download the flyer or visit our webpage to learn more about these programs and to sign up. We will begin a new session of Alpha soon. This is a great place to bring your questions and begin diving more into your faith. In addition, there are two JustFaith programs about to begin. They are "Food Insecurity" and "Sacred Water: Oceans & Ecosystems." 

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Click here for registration

The Social Justice and Outreach office continues efforts to develop relationships and partnerships with those in the wider community. These include nonprofits, other faith communities, and governmental agencies. These collaborations not only give us a participating voice in areas of advocacy and education, but also help garner resources for those in need.
 
Director Tom Simplot from the Az Department of Housing understands the relationship of housing and how it relates to the Dignity of the Person. Tom is responsible for ensuring affordable housing is available for Arizonans. He oversees programs established to create, preserve, and invest in affordable housing statewide. Please read what he has shared with our parish regarding his department's efforts and vision for affordable housing.

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Thank you to all of the families who have supported our Parish during this time - Our most sincere and deep appreciation goes out to you. We encourage you to sign up for online giving today. It's the easiest, most secure and convenient way to help us move our Mission forward. You can click here to donate online now, or you can text GPS to the number 800-950-9952 and set up your one time or recurring gift with your phone! It's easy, fast, and secure.

Pope Francis is praying for the global abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September. Will you join him? Together, let us answer the Holy Father's call and lift up this prayer that we may mobilize mercy and uphold the dignity of all, regardless of the harm they have suffered or caused. Watch the video for a message from Pope Francis and click on the button below the video to take a pledge to join him in prayer. 

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WORK AT ST. PATRICK! - We are looking for people who would like to join our team as staff members here at St. Patrick Catholic Community! Below is a list of our open positions. Use the button below the list to find the job postings, job descriptions, and apply online! 

  • Coordinator of Stewardship & Development
  • Facility Care Team Member
  • Coordinator of Parish Community Nurse Ministry
If you, or someone you know, is interested in one of these positions, use the button below to apply now! 
Click here to see our open positions and apply now!

Veterans Dental Day 2022
October 1, 2022
Carrington College: 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ. 

Volunteers Needed: 

Clinic Set Up: September 30, 2022 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 
Clinic: October 1, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

CLICK HERE 
to visit the website where you can watch a brief video
and signup to volunteer.

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