Assumption of Mary

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on Thursday, August 15th and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. 

Mass Schedule

Tuesday, August 14th

4:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace

Wednesday, August 15th

8:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace

12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes

6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes

 Schedule Changes

Wednesday, August 14th

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will end at 3:00 p.m.

 Thursday, August 15th

There will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or confessions

Our Lady of Lourdes Golf Tournament

Our Lady of Lourdes Golf Tournament
Benefiting Family Catechesis

Friday, September 20th
Pebblebrook Golf Course: Sun City West
Shotgun start at 2:00 p.m.

Entry Fee:   $100/player. Entry fee of $100 must be paid at time of sign-up to be considered registered for this event. Early Sign up discount: $350/4 players by due date.  (Green Fees Included) Cash/Check only.  Checks payable to Our Lady of Lourdes. 

Entry Fee Includes: Golf, dinner to follow, prizes, drink ticket, range balls, and tee gift.

Entry Deadline:  Entries MUST be received at Our Lady of Lourdes office by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5th. Limited to the first 88 paid entrants.

Format:  Four (4) person scramble team. All prizes based on gross score, no handicap information needed.

Prizes:  1st place team prize $400 - 2nd place team prize $300 - 3rd place team prize $200

Refunds: Will be granted only if request is made 48 hours or more prior to event starting time.

Questions? Please call Rich Stone at 623-262-2427 and leave a message.  

Sign up entry forms available at Prince of Peace & Our Lady of Lourdes offices or at SCW Golf Operations.

Prince of Peace / Our Lady of Lourdes 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M & W / 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. T & TH 
14818 W. Deer Valley Drive / 19002 N. 128th Ave
Sun City West, AZ  85375

Golf Operations Department - Pebblebrook GC  
7am – 3 pm Monday - Friday   
18836 N. 128th Ave. 
Sun City West, AZ  85375

Year of Mary

Purpose of the Year of Mary

During this time of the Year of Mary, we have a phenomenal opportunity to get to know the greatest woman who has ever lived and to let her guide us. She is, for us, the perfect model of the Church and the most perfect follower of her Son, Jesus Christ. Mary, immaculate from the first moment of her conception, never committed a single sin in her life because she was so motivated by the love of God.

When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her God’s plan for herself and for the human race, she responded in complete obedience and love. We call this moment her “fiat,” coming from the full phrase in the Latin Bible: “…ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum… (Lk 1:38)” In English: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.” When we feel that God is calling us to something, we must learn to respond with our own fiat. Mary shows us the model of perfection in following Christ.

 Her whole life was consecrated to God in body and soul, and so we acknowledge her as a perpetual virgin before, during, and after the birth of Christ. And at the end of her earthly life, she was honored by her Son by being gloriously assumed body and soul into Heaven. She goes before us as a perfect model to show us what awaits us in the resurrection of the body. Without Mary, the Incarnation or enfleshment of Jesus would not have happened. God used Mary’s free choice to accomplish the work of salvation and redemption with her cooperation. She provided Jesus with His humanity and sheltered His divinity in her womb. She gave birth to God the Word and is rightly called the Mother of God. Truly, she is also our mother and the Mother of the whole Church. To know Jesus more, we ought to know Mary. Because without Mary, there is no Jesus.

So, why should we go to Mary? 
Why did God offer us the gift of Mary’s intercession, guidance, and motherhood?

Let us examine the words of the great St. Louis Marie de Monfort in his work True Devotion to Mary:
“There is no darkness in Mary, not even the slightest shadow since there was never any sin in her. She is a holy place, a holy of holies, in which saints are formed and moulded. Please note that I say that saints are moulded in Mary. There is a vast difference between carving a statue by blows of hammer and chisel and making a statue by using a mould. Sculptors and statue-makers work hard and need plenty of time to make statues by the first method. But the second method does not involve much work and takes very little time. St. Augustine speaking to our Blessed Lady says, "You are worthy to be called the mould of God." Mary is a mould capable of forming people into the image of the God-man. Anyone who is cast into this divine mould is quickly shaped and moulded into Jesus and Jesus into him. At little cost and in a short time he will become Christ-like since he is cast into the very same mould that fashioned a God-man (True Devotion to Mary, par. 218-219).”
Year of Mary Highlights
  • At Home with the Rosary Groups - Come together with your friends and neighbors to share a meal and pray the rosary.
  • Monthly Parish-Wide Rosary at Planned Parenthood - Praying through the intercession of Mary to end the genocide of the unborn on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Parish-Wide Marian Consecration - We will be using to access Fr. Michael Gaitley's '33 Day to Morning Glory'.  We will begin on January 6th with consecration taking place on Sunday, February 9th (Solemnity of Our Lady of Lourdes)
  • Mary, Star of Evangelization - A Training Course Webinar - Emailed out through Flocknote.  Based on a few different moments in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and showing the implications for sharing the Gospel in practical ways.
  • Mary: Light to the Nations Webinar - Emailed out through Flocknote.  Walking through the Second Vatican Council's document Lumen Gentium.  ​​​
  • Mariology Seminars (December 4th & February 11th) - What does the Church teach about Mary? What are the four Marian dogmas?
  • Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes - Second week of June 2020. More details to come.

Interested in getting involved in the Year of Mary? Click here.

Below is the presentation from the Year of Mary Preview Party that was held on June 13th.

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night - Snow Buddies

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Friday, May 31st

5:00 p.m. 

Madonna Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes


Start the summer off right by watching a bunch of puppies play in the snow in Disney's Snow Buddies.

In this spin-off of the Air Bud franchise, five pups follow an ice cream transport truck to a plane and end up flying with the ice cream shipment to Alaska. There they find a pup friend and a boy who needs five dogs for a big race. - From IMDB

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is a two church parish with an additional Sunday Mass at Vistancia Elementary School.  It can get a tad bit confusing at times.  To help you try to understand how our parish works, listed below are frequently asked questions our church offices receive: 

Three locations all in one parish? How does that work? 

  • It takes a lot of coordination to make it work.  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish was founded in 1982 and Our Lady of Lourdes Church was dedicated in 1988.  Due to the expansion of Sun City West and Surprise, the decision was made to build a mission church, Prince of Peace, and have it be part of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Prince of Peace Church was dedicated in 1999.  Due to further residential expansion in the Northwest Valley, our Pastor, Fr. David Ostler, made the decision to celebrate Mass in the community of Vistancia beginning in September 2018.  We currently have three assigned priests and are blessed with three retired priests who assist when they are able.  No matter which location you attend, you will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  

Where are the churches? Where is Vistancia?

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church is located at 19002 N. 128th Avenue in Sun City West
  • Prince of Peace Church is located at 14818 W. Deer Valley Drive in Sun City West
  • In Vistancia, we are currently celebrating Mass at Vistancia Elementary School at 30009 N. Sunrise Point in Peoria

 How do I baptize my child?  

  • Baptism is the first of the Sacrament of Initiation, without which no other sacrament can be validly received.  Parishioner who have a new child are requested to fill out an Infant Baptism Request form (found in either church office) one to two months prior to the child's due date, if possible.  Infant baptisms are for registered parishioners only (exceptions reserved to Pastor).  Click here for more information on infant baptism and baptism for children under the age of seven.

 How do I become Catholic?

  • If you are considering becoming Catholic, congratulations on taking the first steps in finding more information.  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has a Becoming Catholic group which is a place to journey towards full communion with the Catholic Church.  Because the journey is different for each person, the best place to start is by contacting the parish's Director of Catechesis and Evangelization, Will Wright, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 623-344-7288.  

 I haven't been to confession in a long time. Can I schedule a time to meet with a priest to have private confession?

  • Yes!  If you haven't been to confession in a long time, you are welcome to call the church office (623-214-5180) to schedule a time to meet with one of our priests one-on-one.  Don't be scared, Jesus is anxious to forgive you.

Since the churches are located in Sun City West (a retirement community), is it okay for me bring my kids with me to Mass?

  • Absolutely!  We strongly encourage you to bring your kids with you to Mass - Jesus wants them at Mass.  We are firm believers that if the Church isn't crying, it's dying.  At most of our Masses, you will see some children, but our Family Mass (11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes) is filled with children.  At the Family Mass, the children are involved in all of the ministries and our Family Catechesis Program follows that Mass. While neither church has a cry room, the narthexes (entry of the church) of both churches double as cry rooms as they have audio and windows looking into the church.  Click here for more information on the parish's Family Catechesis Program.

Is the office open today?

  • The office at Our Lady of Lourdes is open Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The office at Prince of Peace is open Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Neither office is open on Friday or Saturday
  • The staggered schedule allows us to provide complete coverage in both offices during business hours

 Can anyone come to Adoration even if we are not registered with your parish?

  •  Of course!  Jesus wants everyone to come and adore Him.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in St. John Paul II Chapel at Prince of Peace.  For more information, please contact Ginna Villa-Pollock,  623-344-7274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 What time is Bingo on Sunday?

  • The Knights of Columbus host Bingo every Sunday (except for Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and the Sunday closest to Christmas and New Year's) at 1:00 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall at Prince of Peace.  Buy in is $10.

 Do you offer assistance with rent or utility payments? Who can help me?

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish does not offer assistance with rent or utility payments.  We refer all inquires to the Our Lady of Lourdes Conference of St. Vincent de Paul.  St. Vincent de Paul is an organization that specifically assists people in times of need.  Our Lady of Lourdes St. Vincent de Paul Conference does not meet with people in their office.  Instead, those who volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul (Vincentians) go to the houses of those who are in need of assistance.  If you are in need of assistance, please call Our Lady of Lourdes St. Vincent de Paul Conference at 623-344-7267.  

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This is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation, without which no other sacrament can be validly received. Our old self of sin dies and is buried with Christ in order that we may live a new risen life of grace as a member of His Church. Baptism washes away Original Sin and any past personal sins, it gives the character of an adopted child of God and member of Christ’s Mystical Body, and it plants the seeds of Eternal Life.

If you are an adult and not baptized and want to receive instruction and enter the Catholic Church as a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, please call to make an appointment with our Director of Catechesis and Evangelization, Will Wright. Parishioners who have a new child should fill out an infant Baptism request form one or two month before due date, if possible. 

Infant Baptisms for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)

Click HERE for more information on Infant Baptism and Baptism for children under the age of 7.



This sacrament is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation, where the fullness of the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit and the character of a Christian Soldier is given. Confirmation ought to be received in the state of grace, preceded by a good confession.

Confirmation is normally reserved to the Diocesan Bishop in all cases except for those adults who enter the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism at their parish. However, all three Sacraments of Initiation may be administered at the same time for a non-Catholic entering the Church.

Classes for First Holy Communion are offered every year in conjunction with the annual preparation for Confirmation. The normative age for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is 3rd Grade.

REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)



The third of the Sacraments of Initiation, the Holy Eucharist is the greatest of the sacraments since it gives not only Sanctifying Grace (as all the other sacraments do), but it gives the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, of Jesus Christ Himself. The Sacrament of Our Lord’s Body and Blood is given during Holy Mass and outside of Mass to sick and elderly parishioners who are unable to attend Holy Mass. To receive the Eucharist worthily, one must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church and not conscious of having committed any mortal sins since one’s last confession. Also, the current Law for the Eucharistic Fast obliges Roman Catholics to not take food or drink for at least 1 Hour before receiving Holy Communion (Water and Medicine do not break the Fast).

Classes for First Holy Communion are offered every year in conjunction with the annual preparation for Confirmation. The normative age for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is 3rd Grade.

[First Holy Communion is for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY.]



This is the sacrament of mercy through which sins, especially mortal sins, are forgiven and penance is done, both to make up for those sins already forgiven and to help preserve the penitent from future falls. Remember the 5 Steps to make a good confession: 1) Find out your sins, 2) Be sorry for them, 3) Make up your mind not to sin again, 4) Confess your sins to the priest, and 5) Do the penance he gives you. 

Sorrow must be for a supernatural motive (filial fear of God’s punishments and/or filial love for God who has been offended). Some purpose of amendment must be included with true sorrow (firm resolve to not sin again and to remove any obstacles/occasions which can and ought to be removed). All Mortal Sins that one recalls since his last good confession must be confessed by both kind and number. Venial sins may also be confessed, though this is not required.

After kneeling or sitting in the confessional, begin with some customary formula such as, “Bless me father, for I have sinned. My last confession was [mention how long since last confession] and these are my sins…” If you need help, advice, or have a question, don’t be afraid to ask the priest. After listening to his advice/admonition, pray your act of contrition when he tells you to, and begin your penance after departing the confessional. Outside of the regular daily confession times, reasonable requests by parishioners for a confession appointment can be honored.

Preparation for First Reconciliation is done in 2nd Grade.



This sacrament is for those in danger of death from some internal illness, physical injury, or very old age, in order to prepare them with the graces they need for a holy death or to heal them of their infirmity if God so wills.

This sacrament, outside the case of an unforeseen emergency, ought to be given when the sick person consciously desires this sacrament and is able to make a good confession. If your loved one is in danger of death from illness, injury, or very old age, please do not wait to call when they are almost at the point of death. Call the main number to reach the anointing line (623-214-5180) early enough to help them receive it with the best possible dispositions.



This is the sacrament which makes a man participate in the ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest in order to Sanctify, Teach, and Govern the people redeemed by His Precious Blood. There are three grades of this sacrament: Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. The man in Holy Orders sanctifies the people through the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Prayers of the Divine Office, as well as administering the other sacraments. He teaches them through his preaching and his catechetical instruction. He governs them by carrying out his pastoral duties according to his rank and pastoral appointment given him by his superiors in the Church.



This is the sacrament of the family, the domestic church. The primary purpose of this holy union of man and wife is the procreation and education of children and the secondary is the mutual love and support of the spouses. This sacrament gives all the special graces needed for the spouses to be faithful to each other and it enables them to educate and form their children to know and live out their Catholic Faith as true disciples of Christ.

The Diocese of Phoenix has a 9-month period of preparation time for engaged couples in order to insure sufficient time for catechesis and review of all documentation on the freedom of each person to marry. Marriage Preparation classes are provided by both the Diocesan Office for Marriage and by Fr. Mike, our Director of Marriage in the parish. You must meet with Fr. Mike before beginning your marriage prep and before setting a final wedding date.

REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)

Together Let Us Go Forth

Our Lady of Lourdes is partnering with the Diocese of Phoenix for the Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante campaign. The Diocese is seeking to raise $100 million to expand our efforts to bring all people to a relationship with Jesus Christ through  discipleship and evangelization.  
This campaign will support a number of case components:

$34 million - Catholic Education 
$10 million - Newman Centers
$7 million - Francis Mercy Fund
$4 million - Seminarian Support
$3.8 million - Ministry Support
$7.2 million - Administrative Components
$34 million - Direct Parish Support 

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish goal is $2,242,282 and 
we will receive 35% back, or $784,799. 

Our share of the funds will be used towards the following:
1. Upgrading kitchens at Parish halls to eliminate potential safety problems
2. Purchasing an outside storage container for Our Lady of Lourdes Church
3. Purchasing new, larger pick-up truck
4. Replacing the tile floor at St. Michael’s and Madonna Halls
5. Upgrading lighting at both campuses, new fixtures and LED lighting
6. Creating a new, larger St. Bernadette’s Chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
7. Create a Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
8. Complete resurfacing/replacing of campus parking lots as needed

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return."

Ash Wednesday, March 6th

Mass Schedule
8:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Church
10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
4:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church
6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Mass Schedule

Monday, December 24th

4:00 p.m. - Our Lady of Lourdes Church (choir)
4:00 p.m. - Prince of Peace Church
6:00 p.m. - Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Tuesday, December 25th

8:00 a.m. - Prince of Peace Church (incense)
9:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Lourdes Church
10:00 a.m. - Prince of Peace Church (choir)
10:00 a.m. - Vistancia Elementary School
11:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Lourdes Church (incense)

Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule

Friday, December 7th
4:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace
6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, December 8th
8:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace
12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes

For more information on the Immaculate Conception, click here. 


Please join us for
Thanksgiving Mass
Thursday, November 22nd
8:00 a.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church


Message from the Pastor

This Thanksgiving we have an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. God has certainly blessed our parish with many beautiful ministries and organizations that do so much good. He has blessed us with wonderful parishioners willing to serve in so many different ways in our parish and community. Above all else, we give thanks for our Lord’s gift of Himself in the Most Holy Eucharist. This is what Eucharist means in Greek: Thanksgiving! We give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His steadfast love endures forever.

In the Mass, there is a sacred reality that Jesus Himself is our High Priest and holy Victim offering Himself perfectly to the Father in the power and working of the Spirit. We then get to enter into this reality and offer ourselves with Christ on the altar: our joys, sufferings, triumphs, and blessings. The perfect offering of Thanksgiving is the gift our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength to our God who loves us perfectly and individually. I invite you, this Thanksgiving, to renew your commitment to Jesus Christ, especially in the Holy Eucharist.

May Almighty God bless you and remain with you, and may your families experience the abundant wealth of blessings that God wishes to bestow upon you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

- Fr. David Ostler



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



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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
12:00 p.m. (beginning Easter Sunday)

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 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.

God Bless,

Fr. David M. Ostler
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Joanne Harroun
Finance Council Chair
Our Lady of Lourdes

Kay Coffey
Pastoral Council Chair
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish