All Saints Day Masses

All Saints Day is on Thursday, November 1st and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will have the following Masses:

Wednesday, October 31st (vigil)
4:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church

Thursday, November 1st
8:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Church
12:00 noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

I Want to Get Involved

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;

God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind."  Hebrews 13:16

Our souls were made to love as God loves, totally and freely.  When we serve God and one another, we receive the immense joy of Christ.  When we serve, we become a part of something greater than ourselves, we feel a sense of belonging.  If you are ready to answer the call and give of yourself to serve the parish, please feel free to fill out our Serving form by clicking here: Serving.

Life Teen Trip to Washington D.C. Pictures

 

A hugethank you to everyone who helped us get to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  Without your donations and prayers, this trip would not have been possible.  Thank you!

- Nathan, Jeromy, Veronica, Lukas, Allen, Brenda, Stephanie, Daniela, Yvonne, Jessica, Christian, John, Jennifer, Kristal, and Will

 

 

Now Available: Electronic Giving!

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is pleased to announce a convenient new way to make your regular offerings.  With our new electronic giving program, you can easily set up a recurring giving schedule or make one-time contributions.  We encourage you to set up a schedule of recurring contributions.  It's convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our church.  If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write our 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes.  Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, our church will continue to receive your contributions on an uninterrupted basis.  To become an electronic give, please click on the 'Give Now' button below.

 

 

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Statement from Bishop Olmsted & Vigano Testimony

 

Statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted Regarding Archbishop Viganò’s Recent Testimony

PHOENIX (Aug. 27, 2018) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has released the following statement today from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix:

“I have known Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò for 39 years. We became colleagues in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See in August 1979, where he had been serving prior to my entrance into this work in service to the ministry of Pope John Paul II.

Although I have no knowledge of the information that he reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so I cannot personally verify its truthfulness, I have always known and respected him as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity. St. Paul says of priests: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” (1 Cor 4:1-2). That is how I have consistently found Archbishop Viganò.

For this reason, I ask that Archbishop Viganò’s testimony be taken seriously by all, and that every claim that he makes be investigated thoroughly. Many innocent people have been seriously harmed by clerics like Archbishop McCarrick; whoever has covered up these shameful acts must be brought to the light of day.”

+Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

TESTIMONY of His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò, Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana, Apostolic Nuncio by edwardpentin on Scribd

New Liturgy Schedule

Message from the Pastor

  • We have 8 weekend Masses and 11 weekday Masses as well as two Senior Home Masses per week.
    • This is 21 Masses per week, which does not include Funeral Masses, Memorial Masses, Holy Day of Obligation Masses and Nuptial Masses.
  • For a more reasonable and more sustainable future, in our two-church parish of 2,700 families, the number of Masses provided needs to be amended.
  • A priest, assigned or retired, according to to Canon Law, may not offer more than two Masses on weekdays and may not offer more than three Masses on Sundays and other solemnities.
  • We do not have enough retired priests to help with current number of Masses to be celebrated.
  • All three priests assigned to the parish are finding it very difficult to cover all the Masses.  As a rule, one of our priests does not drive at night.  The priests, of course, do sick calls, Masses, Confessions, but they also are chaplains of our various organizations.  They need to be freed up to be more present in the community.
  • The heart of our mission as a Catholic parish is evangelization; however, we must realistically see that our society is rapidly becoming more secular, like Europe before us.
    • Today, 70% of millennials do not belong to any religion.  We have an opportunity to invite people back to the practice of the Faith, but we need to be realistic that this trend affects and will affect our parish size and future Mass attendance.
  • Despite constant pleading for new volunteers, we are having enormous difficulty covering all weekend Masses and weekday Masses with the appropriate number of liturgical ministers. 
  • The liturgical law of the Church states music is mandatory for all Sundays and other Solemnities, which is difficult to maintain and very expensive.
  • Safety concern: The current Sunday 7 a.m. Mass at Prince of Peace Church begins when it is still dark outside for at least three months of the year. This is an issue that can be avoided by a Mass that is a half hour or an hour later.
  • The current attendance for any weekend Mass, even in the busy month of December, is far from filled or crowded.  The weekday Masses are less attended than in previous years.
    • The capacity at Prince of Peace Church is 1,900.  During the month of the December, the Sunday Masses at Prince of Peace had an average attendance of:
      • 4 p.m. - 597 (31.4% capacity)
      • 7 a.m. - 258 (13.6% capacity)
      • 9 a.m. - 435 (22.9% capacity)
      • 11 a.m. - 321 (16.9% capacity)
    • The capacity at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is 980.  During the month of the December, the Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes had an average attendance of:
      • 4 p.m. - 382 (39% capacity)
      • 8 a.m. - 286 (29.2% capacity)
      • 10 a.m. - 369 (38% capacity)
      • 12 p.m. - 181 (18.4% capacity)

This decision was one that took months to finalize and was a decision where the input of the leadership staff, Pastoral and Finance Councils, and Parish Leadership was sought.  The goal for the new liturgy schedule was to provide diversity for the parishioners and to have a schedule that is realistic for the size of the parish.  Highlights from the new liturgy schedule:

Weekday Mass Schedule (Changes effective Monday, April 2nd)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 8 a.m.
Prince of Peace Church - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m.

Confession Schedule (Changes effective Thursday, April 5th)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church - Monday and Wednesday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Weekend Mass Schedule (Changes effective Saturday, April 7th)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - 4 p.m. Anticipated Mass, 9 a.m. Choir Mass (alternating with Prince of Peace), 11 a.m. Family Mass
Prince of Peace Church - 4 p.m. Anticipated Mass, 8 a.m. Traditional Mass in English, 10 a.m. Choir Mass (alternating with Our Lady of Lourdes)

Please see below for documents pertaining to the New Liturgy Schedule:

pdf New Liturgy Schedule (779 KB)

  pdf How The Decision Was Made (86 KB)

Mass at Vistancia Elementary School

Mass at Vistancia Elementary School
Every Sunday
4 p.m.

Our First Mass at Vistancia Elementary School

We held our first Mass at Vistancia Elementary School on Sunday, September 9th and it was amazing! We had 174 people in attendance and you could feel the Holy Spirit's presence. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help put this Mass together.

     

 

Reasoning Behind Starting a Mass in Vistancia

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish,

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is active and effective in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  We have so very much for which to be thankful and joyful in our parish.  Jesus says, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them (Mt 7:18-20).”  Our parish continues to grow and bear much fruit. 

In Retrospect, In Thanksgiving

Let us take a moment to reflect on what God has done for us in our parish, to see the fruits that He has cultivated.  Our parish sacramental ministry is very active.  Our parish offers Daily Mass six days a week, six weekend Masses each week, eight care center Masses per month, and confessions five days a week.  We also have exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament five days a week.  In the past year, nine adults and fifteen youth received the Sacrament of Confirmation and several people have returned to a practice of the Catholic Faith.

We continue to grow our evangelistic and catechetical efforts.  Our children and teen catechesis programs also continue to grow and we even have two teens and one young adult actively discerning the priesthood in our parish.  Our adults are offered various opportunities for ongoing formation including two annual parish missions, Bible studies, Alpha, and various classes.  Our revitalized library ministry has recently been instituted and our parish will be offering the free use of the Formed.org online resources to all in our parish boundaries.

In Pastoral Care, we visit Banner Del E. Webb Hospital with Holy Communion six to seven days per week.  We will begin our Stephen Ministry this fall.  Friend to Friend Ministry is blossoming.  We have a full-time Social Worker on staff and we offer a bereavement support group.  A group from our community also offers a free blood pressure clinic for parishioners once a month.

We have a fabulous parish gift shop, which was recently enlarged and remodeled.  This ministry offers parishioners and our community beautiful Catholic products to grow our Faith and move our hearts to Christ.

Our parish reaches out to the poor and marginalized through various ministries, including the Food for the Hungry and Cradle Sunday Pro-Life ministries, has contributed to other parishes locally and abroad, and actively supports our four big organizations: St. Vincent de Paul, the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary, Women’s Guild, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

We have active prayer groups that praise and glorify our Lord in diverse ways.  We have almost 400 volunteers in our liturgical ministries and are always looking for more.  We have a wonderful music department and a fantastic parish choir.

Our parish is socially active offering an annual parish picnic, movie nights, annual Ministry Gratitude Supper, our Thanksgiving Dinner, the annual Mardi Gras Stewardship Celebration, the Blessing of Animals, and, coming this year, our Veterans’ Gratitude celebration.

Due to the good stewardship of our Pastor, Finance Council, and Buildings & Properties Committee and the generosity of our parishioners, we have no debts and have been able to pay completely for $4,000,000 of preventative maintenance and repairs.

Looking Forward

They will know us by our fruits.  Our parish is marvelously fruitful and, as we grow, we have the opportunity to be bigger and bolder in our zeal for souls.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is meant for all people without exception.  This means the young and old, people of every race and ethnicity, and those of various political persuasions. 

Our parish boundaries encompass about 150 square miles in Sun City West and large parts of Surprise, Wittmann, and Peoria.  The largest neighborhood within our boundaries is Vistancia, which includes the retirement community of Trilogy and the multi-generational communities of The Village and Blackstone at Vistancia. 

Beginning on September 9, 2018, in an effort to bring the Gospel and the Eucharist to where the people are, we will be adding a 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass at Vistancia Elementary School.  Just as the catechesis programs are tied to the 11:00 a.m. Family Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Life Teen youth group will be connected to this new 4:00 p.m. Mass. 

This is a very joy-filled outreach for our parish.  The youth are the lifeblood of the parish, and our Catholic faith, and can so greatly benefit from the wisdom and life-experience of the older parishioners.  By growing our parish in this way, the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ can reach more hearts and change our world.  Every one of us in the parish have a part to play in this evangelistic outreach.

They will know us by our fruits.  This means on a personal level as well.  Do you bear fruit in your life?  St. Paul tells us that “… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… (Gal 5:22-23).”  By serving Christ and living a life in unison with the Church, we will bear these great fruits in our own lives. 

Let us all, filled with the joy of Christ, go forth to bring the love of Christ to everyone in His Church.  Let us go in peace and kindness to serve faithfully and generously in our northern boundary areas.  Let us patiently walk with people as they approach our Lord from all walks of life.  Let us be gentle with those who are at different stages of their journey.  And may we have the self-control and humility to overcome indifference and stagnation.  We have great work to do, and together, we can change our corner of the world. 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.  And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And you will renew the face of the earth.

Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

God Bless,

Fr. David M. Ostler
Pastor
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Joanne Harroun
Finance Council Chair
Our Lady of Lourdes

Kay Coffey
Pastoral Council Chair
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish