Happy Father's Day

06-21-2021NewsFr. James Aboyi, V.C.

I wish all fathers and father-figures in our parish community a Happy Father's Day and God’s blessings! We are thankful for the sacrificial love our fathers share with us throughout our lives. On Father's Day, we honor and celebrate the indispensable role fathers play in our families and society. The joy of fatherhood is facing unprecedented challenges in our time. One can hardly talk about fathers these days without sounding “old fashioned” or offending someone. Someone once said that it is easier these days for fathers to have children than for children to have fathers. Studies have shown that the absence of fathers, or father-figures, in a family has a significant negative impact on the emotional, social, spiritual, and psychological development of many children leading to increasing stress, drug abuse, suicide ideation and crime among young people.

The presence of fathers in the lives of their children is critical to their faith as our relationship with our fathers often mirror the nature of our relationship with God. Let us pray for many children who, due to no fault of theirs, are experiencing the challenges of the absence of a father in their lives. Let us also remember to pray for all fathers who are facing different challenges in their personal and family lives. I encourage all fathers to look up to St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Mother, as their role model. Despite his holiness, he experienced challenges as he sacrificed his own personal dreams in order to fulfill God’s will by protecting his wife and child, Jesus. I pray again for God’s special blessings upon you through the intercession of St. Joseph.

Church Building Update

I thank you for your patience as we go through this period of detailed design and permissions from the City of Phoenix and the Diocese. Between the first announcement regarding the new building plan in February, until now, we have formed six committees to oversee different aspects of the building process. They are as follows:

  • Building Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Pre-construction Committee
  • Interior Design Committee
  • Audio/Video Committee
  • Loan Committee

These committees have been working diligently behind the scenes and are on target with our timeline. Other committees may be formed and more members added as we move along with the building process. I will be giving you more updates beginning in the month of July

Here is an article titled "U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at the Spring General Assembly"

The Catholic bishops of the U.S. met this week for their Spring General Assembly, June 16-18 in a virtual format. Their meeting agenda included votes on 9 action items. (link to article)

Have a wonderful weekend and Remain Blessed.

Fr James Aboyi, VC