Stabat Mater Adoration Chapel & Outreach Center

12-31-2017The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

For those of you who were not able to attend our summer ice-cream socials, it was there that I began sharing with the larger community of Holy Cross the idea of the Stabat Mater Adoration Chapel & Outreach Center: 'Stabat Mater' is the first line of the ancient hymn traditionally sung during Stations of the Cross:

Stabat mater dolorosa
juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
dum pendébat Fílius.
At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.

Arizona Caregiver Coalition Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

12-31-2017On the Caregiving Journey…

Are you exhausted from the holidays? Are you thinking how great it would be to take a little time off from your caregiving duties but wondering how you can afford the luxury? If you are overqualified for free respite care programs and not able to afford to pay private professional caregivers, then you need to check out the Arizona Caregiver Coalition Lifespan Respite Voucher program. To qualify for a $300 quarter-year respite voucher, you must be a full-time family caregiver living with your care receiver.

To obtain more information and an application form, call the Caregiver Resource Line at 1-888-737-7494. As a dedicated caregiver, you deserve to take a break to renew and refresh your energy.

Holiday Tips for Caregivers - Part 2

12-24-2017On the Caregiving Journey…

As a caregiver, you may be feeling extremely stressed and overwhelmed with holiday tasks in addition to all your caregiving duties. According to Amy Goyer featured on the AARP website, applying these two important points can make a big difference in your emotional health:

Stay mindful on what needs to be done right now. Don't let your mind stray to the long list of tasks that you need to complete.


Evangelization Campaign

12-24-2017The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

During the summer ice cream socials, I had the chance to share how our Bishop had invited all parishes under his care to participate in an evangelization campaign in order to build up the Church's response in a new strategic outreach of missionary activity. At that time, I also mentioned that our Bishop had asked us as Parish to raise $2.2 million of which 35% will come back to us and help us with some necessary upgrades such as a new roof for the Church.


Fresh Evangelization

12-17-2017The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

The presence of the Church and its works today are, in large measure, the fruit of generous support of previous generations of the faithful who sought to build up the presence of Christ’s body in our society. Christ’s body, in fact, is the Church and Jesus is its head. Our Bishop has vision because he sees an opportunity for a new impetus of Evangelization, and the changing demographics within our area are confirming it.


Holiday Tips for Caregivers

12-17-2017On the Caregiving Journey…

The holidays can be very stressful for everyone including caregivers and care receivers. Caregivers may feel a heavy burden of taking on holiday preparations while care receivers, especially those with memory problems, may become confused and disoriented by the change in their daily routines. The Mayo Clinic provides the following tips on how to handle holiday preparation and celebration in ways to reduce stress:


Present and Future Needs of our Church

12-10-2017The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

On November 7th, I and a dozen or so pastors met with Bishop Olmsted to receive his personal invitation to support the Diocesan Capital Campaign called Together Let us Go Forth. At the end of lunch, he offered words of encouragement and invited us pastors to be the first ones in our parish to contribute. When I got home, I took up his invitation and went to my private chapel, and there, before the Living Lord, I pledged my support. I sat down with my checkbook and wrote out the first installment of my sacrificial gift. Then, something unexpected happened: a sense of joy invaded me. It really did. This isn't fluff.


The Monk of Despair

12-03-2017The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Last summer I had an opportunity to see Carlsbad Caverns. In the deepest, blackest part of the cave open to tourists you'll stumble across a natural formation that in my imagination appeared as a captivating row of stalactites that lined the door to Hades, or even the mouth of a nasty Great White. In the foreground, the outline of a sitting monk appeared before my eyes. So, I gave it my own name: The Monk of Despair.

From this angle, I imagined him with his back to me as he himself sat there looking at the door that led him into the Netherworld, but now closed off from any escape.