Keeping Our Hopes High09-25-2020Fr. James Aboyi, V.C.
I can’t believe it is already three weeks now since we reopened our SJB school for in-person classes. We are still operating a hybrid model with over 90% of our students currently attending classes on campus. I thank God everyone is doing well, both in the school and here in the parish. We have observed an increase in Mass attendance here in the parish for the past few weeks. It is so wonderful to hear in the news about the consistent declining rate of COVID-19 cases. As we look forward to returning back to our normal life and routine, I encourage everyone to patiently continue to observe all the health and safety precautions. Let us resist the temptation of hastily abandoning the safety precautions so as to avoid a sudden spike in new cases.READ MORE
St. Benedict, Where All are Welcome
St. Benedict Catholic Church is a welcoming and vibrant family of believers located in the Phoenix community of Ahwatukee in Arizona. We are a Catholic faith community that recognizes the face of Christ in all and we respond with our lives. Our growing community is made up of members from all walks of life and we value our diversity. Our motto, “Where All Are Welcome,” stems from the belief that every person is a treasured child of God. Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or searching for a new place of worship, we hope you’ll find a home in St. Benedict Catholic Church.
From the Pastor
Gospel Reading09-26-2020Fr. James Aboyi
The Catholic radio station, Relevant Radio 1310AM, used to have a program called, Cradle vs Convert. That is, people who were born into Catholic families versus those who experienced a profound conversion into the faith. The Gospel reading today is a good illustration of these two groups of people in the Church. The parable also represents people who experience a sudden growth in their spiritual lives. Like the first son in this Gospel, there are many people who say Yes to God at their Baptism and grow up in the faith, but later abandon their relationship with God or do not take their faith seriously. The second son represents people who do not believe in God early on, but later experience a conversion of the heart and become faithful followers of Christ.READ MORE
Do you have a child whom you would like to have baptized?
Please contact Sr Colleen, email@example.com to find out how to proceed.
Due to the pandemic, many more of us are cooking from home. Naturally, a parish cookbook would be a great way for us to virtually share the meals we are making for our loved ones, helping everyone to get some new ideas! Deadline is Sat, Oct 31.
The St. Benedict Events Ministry would like to put together a Parish Cookbook to virtually share the recipes from meals we are making for our loved ones, giving all of us some new ones to try! Please send your recipe (including how many it serves) and a picture of the finished dish (if possible), along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Sat, Oct 31.
We are down to the last few days of updating your Safe Environment training with the diocese, in case you haven’t done so yet.We still have about 40 volunteers that must complete their training by Monday, or they will not be allowed to participate in their ministry after Oct 1.
St. Vincent De Paul Collection
We so appreciate your continued donations. Here is the list for the week: Mayo, Peanut Butter, Jelly/Jam, Pasta Sauce (Red), Laundry Soap, and Hand Soap.