Can We Be Light? - 5th Sunday In Ordinary Time

02-09-2020HomiliesFr. John Erich

Have you ever been stuck in a room of total darkness? It can be terrifying to be in that disorienting situation, trying to stumble through to find a light switch and not trip over anything. Once the lights are suddenly turned on, we are immediately comforted and can see the reality of our surroundings, feeling much better. The divine revelation of our faith says that the world was in darkness, searching as lost children. When Christ came, He illuminated that darkness and brought deep peace while pointing us in the right direction. We are called to be the hands of feet of God by bringing that light into the world as well. Today’s gospel asks us to consider whether we bring light/dark, positivity/negativity, kindness/resentment, harmony/discord to the our own reality. In being light to others, we allow ourselves to Also bring Christ into the room.

Rev. John Ehrich, STL, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Phoenix in 2000.He earned his M.A. from St. Meinrad Seminary in 1998 and his MDiv in 2000.After five years of parish ministry, he studied at the Accademia Alfonsiana inRome where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Moral Theology) in2007. Fr. Ehrich currently serves at St. Thomas More in Glendale.

Battling the Flu in Our Community

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Dear Parishioners,

Flu season is upon us and Maricopa County reports that infections are at the highest level of "widespread." As many of you know, people with compromised or underdeveloped immune systems are particularly at risk of developing further complications from the flu virus, as well as death. Thus, I think it's important that we do what we can to help contain the spread of the virus in our community. The diocese also has provided us with the suggested measures listed below:

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Evangelization Efforts

01-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John Ehrich

The Church, for many centuries, has evangelized peoples all across the globe. However, in a society that had been already evangelized those efforts naturally would diminish. If everyone is Christian, some might ask "why evangelize?" The reality is that evangelization should never stop as it constitutes the proclaiming of the essential message of Jesus Christ; that he is God and he died for our sins.

St. John Paul II called the Church to a "New Evangelization" some years ago. Unfortunately this effort was either not taken up or it became confused with catechesis. Catechesis (handing on the essential teachings of the faith) has a different objective from evangelization. However, evangelization needs to happen prior to catechesis, otherwise the content received through catechesis has very little meaning. In short, if people don't "know" Jesus, teaching them "about" Jesus becomes a merely intellectual exercise and is deprived of its most important element; a relationship with Christ.

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Welcome To All The New Families!

01-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John Ehrich

Some wonderful and amazing things are happening at our parish! More and more, each Sunday we are meeting numerous new families who are joining. In the last 3 weeks alone we have had 21 families join our parish and quite a few more join just this past weekend.

I had numerous people tell me they are from the area but are just finding us and coming back to Church. Others have heard about what's happening here and decided to give us a try and are making this their home. Time and time again this is what I am being told every weekend.

If you have not yet registered at St. Thomas More, please either do so via the website or in the parish office.

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The Doctrine of Concomitance

01-12-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John Ehrich

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, one of the distinctively Catholic beliefs is that the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Himself, is truly and fully present whenever we receive either the consecrated Host or from the cup. This has been the belief of the Church since the time of the Apostles.

However, it is not uncommon for people to speak errantly about the Eucharist. Far too often I have heard people talk about receiving the "wine" or, receiving the "bread." We need to remember that we never receive wine at Communion, just like we never receive bread. We always receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is, in fact, the point. When the gifts are brought forward they are merely bread and wine. But by virtue of the prayer of the priest and the action of God, they become the Real Presence of Christ. They are no longer bread and wine.

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Holiday Thank You's

01-05-2020Pastor's LetterFr. John Ehrich

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to thank everyone for our wonderful Christmas celebrations. It takes quite a bit of coordination and numerous volunteers to do everything from decorate the church to ensure that our liturgies are well done.

I would like to thank all of our people who helped with the environment in the church, especially Nancy Kijewski and her team. All of our volunteers for the liturgies; lectors, ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and servers.

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