Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  05/26/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

This weekend’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is a special one. Every Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and every time we begin Mass - or the blessing before a meal or our bedtime prayers for that matter - we pray In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By invoking our God in His Three Persons so often we call to mind this central mystery of our faith: God loves in relationship, among Three Persons.


Pentecost Sunday

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  05/19/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

If you ever have a chance to visit Arizona State University at its Tempe Campus, I hope you’ll begin your tour with a stop at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center. They have a wonderful Blessed Sacrament Chapel where you can Adore the Lord in the Real Presence. The students and young campus ministers are very welcoming and surely they will show off the murals in the main church. Fr. Rob Clements (their terrific director and pastor - and a great friend to our parish!) has been having these commissioned and installed over the past decade and is rightly proud of how beautifully they have turned out.


Ascension of the Lord

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  05/12/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Many of us remember when The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord was celebrated on “Ascension Thursday.” For various reasons, in most places in the United States it is now celebrated on the Sunday following 40 days of Easter. It’s hard to believe how fast time flies, isn’t it? We’ve now been giving glory to God for Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Morning for over 40 days! That’s more than the entire Lenten observance which preceded our great paschal celebration.


6th Sunday of Easter

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  05/05/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

As we continue the Easter celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead, our Sunday Masses are going through the first months and years of the Church, newly founded and told in The Acts of the Apostles. Besides being our “family story” in the faith, it tells us how the Apostles and early Christians understood what God was revealing about Himself through Jesus. Since they were mostly Jews, these men and women understood God to be One, Holy, the Creator, the Lawgiver and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He had formed a special covenant with Israel, God’s Chosen People.


St. Clare of Assisi

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  04/28/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

St. Clare of Assisi is, rightly, famous for many things. She was a spiritual sister of St. Francis, a rich and beautiful young woman who desired to live detached from any material wealth or comfort. She was zealously committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and founded a group of women to pray - today known as the “Poor Clares.” We are quite blessed to have a house of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration at Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in Tonopah. They are our neighbors and one of our former parishioners, Aundrea Garcia, is a novice there. Fr. Brian regularly offers Mass for the sisters and I know they pray for all of us.


Fourth Sunday of Easter

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  04/21/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

You may have noticed that this year we celebrated the Annunciation on April 8, not the usual March 25, as that date fell during the Easter Octave (those 8 days of Resurrection celebration.) We don’t typically move holy days around - so it tells us just how important the Easter Octave is that the Church wants us focused the whole time on Jesus’ resurrection… AND how important that we still celebrate the Announcement by Archangel Gabriel to Mary that the Eternal Son of God would be conceived as a human baby in her womb.


Love One Another

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  04/14/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

An ancient story, retold famously by St. Jerome, is that in the final years of St. John the Apostle he lived in exile in a cave on Patmos Island. A small community of Christians lived on the coast and each Sunday they hiked up the mountain to pray with and  listen to the Apostle. Every week St. John told them “children, love one another.” The Christians nodded their heads and seemed to take this message to heart.


Divine Mercy Sunday

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  04/07/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Happy Easter! For these past 7 days (today makes 8!) we have been celebrating the Octave of Easter and praying as if each day were the Day of Resurrection. This means that we come to Mass today with the same joy as the disciples who found the empty tomb and were gathered in the Upper Room as Jesus came to them to bring them peace (John 20:19).


Christus Resurrexit Sicut Dixit!

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  03/31/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Christus Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! Christ is risen, just as He said! Happy Easter to you all and may God bless you abundantly this holy season!

Over the past week we have celebrated, as a parish, the mysteries of our faith: the Passion, Teachings and Death of Jesus Christ. This morning we celebrate his glorious Resurrection from the dead!


Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  03/24/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

A very blessed Palm Sunday to everyone. Following our six weeks of preparation in Lent we have come to the beginning of this most sacred week. Together, over the coming days, we will commemorate the central mysteries of our faith: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.


5th Sunday of Lent

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  03/17/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

Just like we found with Advent and Christmas, time flies when you’re having fun (and busy!) It’s hard to believe that Palm Sunday is next week… I hope your Lent has been full of many blessings and graces that have brought you closer to Jesus. As a parish, SJV has celebrated a Mission, weekly Stations of the Cross, daily Mass, and many good confessions. Of course we have also had opportunities for fun like our weekly Fish Fry and the various spring activities in school, youth ministry and religious education. We have celebrated together at weddings and baptisms and mourned together at funerals.


The Missing Piece

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  03/10/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

I continue to receive lots of notes and messages from parishioners who attended our parish mission, “The Missing Piece: What Are You Searching For?” that we offered on Feb. 25 - 27. To a person people have expressed gratitude to the Holy Spirit for what we received there. As well, we all owe much thanks to David Portugal, Fr. Andrew, the Faith Formation Office and various parish missionaries who helped to coordinate this. It’s no small project!! Keep your eyes out (and ears tuned) for information on how to participate in “quads” of discipleship.


3rd Sunday of Lent

by Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.  |  03/03/2024  |  Pastor's Letter

I can only speak for myself, but all I can say about the Parish Mission is WOW! I felt the Holy Spirit moving in a most palpable and beautiful way. Jesus was present - as He promised - when 2-3 are gathered in His Name and I think we ended up over 500 gathered together on Night 3. He also walked among us in the Eucharist and we proclaimed and heard and shared His Word. Take a look at the pictures we included in this week’s bulletin and if you were with us, please share your experience with those who weren’t able to attend this year.