Welcome to Our Lady of Grace Parish Website!Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church is a parish of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas established the parish on January 13, 2007. We are dedicated to proclaiming and living our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! We seek to preach and teach the fullness of the Gospel in accord with the teachings of the holy Roman Catholic Church by loving God and neighbor.
Attention All Volunteers - New Compliance Procedures
We are truly blessed with our parishioners who volunteer in our various ministries and events. We are all called to serve and share our stewardship gifts of time, talent and treasure with our parish community and beyond. Thank you for answering your call to live your faith and the mission of our church. We also have a call to protect, which is why we ask all of our volunteers to go through this Volunteer Application process. The Diocese of Tucson requires that all of our volunteers begin the process by completing an application online. Those volunteers who participate as ministry leaders, liturgical ministers (Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Sacristans), in a ministry that interacts youth or vulnerable adults, makes homebound visits or handles money, are required to go through a background check including providing fingerprints or a current fingerprint clearance card. Once we receive Diocesan Clearance, we will invite you to a Volunteer Compliance Orientation Session led by our Compliance Officer.
- 1) Go the Human Resources page of the Diocese of Tucson.
- 2) Click on the Employee and Volunteer Opportunities tab on the left side of the page.
- 3) Scroll down to the section "PARISH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES" and look for Our Lady of Grace Parish entry.
- 4) Click on "Volunteer" and begin the process.
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10)
Vocations Retreat for Men
March 16 - 18, 2018
Is God Calling You to be a Priest?
If you are at least a junior or senior in high school, or in college, or have been thinking about the priesthood, you are invited to attend a Vocations Retreat to be held in Tucson, March 16th through March 18th. If you have ever thought about serving the Lord Jesus by being a priest, this retreat might be the way you hear the call of the Lord for you. The Lord calls everyone to serve Him and to a few men, He calls them to leave everything behind and follow Him. Priests are called to do this. Are you being called?
The Vocations Retreat for Men on March 16th - 18th will take place Immaculate Heart High School located at 625 E. Magee Road, Oro Valley, AZ. The overnight retreat will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday and will conclude at 12 noon on Sunday. Registration for the retreat can be done through the Vocations Office at 520.838.2531 or by sending an email to email@example.com, and by contacting Fr. Velásquez.
Our Lady of Grace Parish invites you on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from September 17 - 26, 2018, with Fr. Velásquez as Pilgrimage Chaplain.
For more information and to register online.
Lent and Easter
Go to our web page for more information about Lent, the Parish Mission, Confessions, Stations of the Cross, etc.
"The Best Fish Fry Dinner in Maricopa®" is back!
Every Friday during Lent from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Beginning this Friday, February 16, 2018 and every Friday during Lent join us for "The Best Fish Fry In Maricopa®!" Fish & Chips Plate, Fish Tacos, Onion Rings, and Desserts are on the menu each evening.
Desserts are needed for the Fish Fry. If you can donate desserts, please bring them to the office on Friday after 12:00 noon. Donations of sodas and waters are also needed and may be dropped off any time during the week.
If you would like to volunteer in any way to help at the Fish Fry please call the parish office for more information.
Registration for this ACTS Retreat is now open and the link below will enable you to request attendance for this Retreat.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
Entire Diocese Goal: $4 million
Parish Goal: $66,340
Donor Goal: 184 Donors
Pledges: $27,925 / Donors: 109 / 42% of Goal
Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, parishes work together to provide funding for 26 uniquely Catholic charities and ministries that truly do answer God's call to serve.
The goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is to raise $4 million. The best way this extraordinary amount of money can be raised is to encourage people to pledge a certain amount and then pay it over several months. All payments must be received no later than December 31, 2018 to be counted in the 2018 Campaign. The Annual Catholic Appeal is the primary way by which the Diocese raises money for its charities and ministries.
Please consider making a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal on behalf of our Parish and "Living our faith through acts of charity" we will reach our goal!
Parish Activities in Lent
Lent is one of the five liturgical seasons of the church year. It is a forty-day period of preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent is a time for all Catholics to prepare themselves to renew their Baptism Promises at Easter. Our promise is to renounce sin and to profess our faith in God. It is a time to examine our lives in the light of the teachings of the Lord, something which we should be doing at all times, but during the season of Lent the Lord grants special graces to those who seek Him once again. This is why we call this season the "holy season of Lent."
The Easter Duty
The Easter Duty is the obligation all Catholics have to prepare themselves for the celebration of Easter, which is the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over sin and death. He died and rose again to save us from our sins and eternal death. He left us His Body and Blood and true food and drink and make the promise "Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day," (John 6:54). Because this Gift is precious beyond price and of eternal value, holy Mother Church calls all her children, especially those who have been away, to return to the Lord, to taste and see how good is the Lord.
The Easter Duty is our obligation to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This is to be done within the seasons of Lent or Easter. Our duty to confess our sins at least once a year follows from our obligation to prepare ourselves worthily for the reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Easter Duty therefore consists of two things: confessing our sins and receiving Holy Communion at least once a year.
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 is the first day of Lent. Blessed ashes are placed on everyone's forehead in the form of a cross. "Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you will return," or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel." Placing ashes in our foreheads is an act of penance and a sign of repentance. Ash Wednesday is also a day of Fasting and Abstaining.
Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday: 6:20 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bi-Lingual Mass. (Wednesday evening Confession schedule is cancelled for Ash Wednesday.)
Fast and Abstinence - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
The Lenten regulations regarding fasting are as follows: All people from age 18 to age 59 are required to fast. This means one full meal for the day (and if necessary, two smaller meals maybe taken that do not equal the full meal). Fasting is required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Abstaining refers to not eating meat or chicken for the day. This applies to everyone from the age of 14 and up. We are called to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays during Lent.
Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving
Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are traditional penitential practices during Lent. These three "righteous deeds" are mentioned by the Lord in the Gospel of St. Matthew and that is read at the Mass on Ash Wednesday.
Fasting can take on many forms, it is not limited to food only. We can fast from many things: music, television, movies, video games, wasting time. We can focus our time on doing good or pursuing spiritual things. Fasting helps us to realize that we can do without material things for a while. It helps us to realize that the things of the spirit are the most important. When we hunger physically for food or material comforts we should remember that it is Jesus Christ for whom we should hunger.
Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God. We pray first, to adore God, expressing to Him our love and loyalty; second, to thank Him for His favors; third, to obtain from Him the pardon of our sins and the remission of their punishment; and fourth, to ask for graces and blessings for ourselves and others. There are two kinds of prayer: mental prayer and vocal prayer. During Lent we should make an extra effort and our prayer life. Our prayer to God should come as natural as our conversations with spouses, brothers and sisters and good friends. With them we have no trouble finding something to say, and yet with God, how often do we ignore prayer or only do it hastily and without true thought and feeling. Whether we practice mental prayer (raising our thoughts to God) or vocal prayer (raising our voices to God) prayer will bring us closer to God.
Almsgiving is charity. Giving some of our money to those in needs is a very powerful means of purification of our sins. "Give alms from what you have and, look, everything will be clean for you, (Lk. 11:41). "When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing: your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you, (Mt. 6:3-4). "Your prayers and charitable gifts have been accepted by God," (Acts 10:4). "Almsgiving saves from death and purges every kind of sin. Those who give alms have their fill of days," (Tobit 12:9). "Water puts out a blazing fire, almsgiving expiates sins. Whoever gives favors in return is mindful of the future; at the moment of falling, such a person will find support," (Ecclesiasticus 3:30-31).
Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are three traditional devotional practices which help us prepare properly for the celebration of Easter at the end of Lent.
Stations of the Cross
The practice of walking the Way of the Cross with Jesus dates back to the times when people could no longer make pilgrimages to the Holy Land and retrace the actual steps or "stations" which led the Lord to Calvary and the Cross. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing this devotion in its present form with fourteen stations. The faithful mediate on the suffering and passion of the Lord, seeking to share in a small but meaningful way in the sufferings of the Lord.
We will be praying the Stations of the Cross in the parish every Friday during Lent at 5:45 p.m. beginning Friday, February 16th. On Good Friday the Stations will be prayed at 12:00 noon and the Youth Group will pray the "Living Stations Outdoors" at 5:00 p.m.
Confessions are heard in our parish on Saturday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and after the daily 8:00 a.m. Mass. Confessions will also be heard every day after the Parish Mission (March 5-7). Our annual Lenten Penance Service will be on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Lenten Penance Service will feature eight to ten priests from the vicariate. Click here for information on how to make a good confession.
Penance Service - March 19, 2018
Our annual Lenten Penance Service will be on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Lenten Penance Service will have eight to ten priests from the vicariate available to hear individual confessions.
Lent and the Mass
In addition to the 8:00 a.m. daily Mass Monday through Friday, during the season of Lent, a 6:30 p.m. Mass Monday through Friday and a Saturday morning Mass will be added at 8:00 a.m.
Since Lent is a penitential season in preparation for the glorious season of Easter, there are changes in the celebration of holy Mass. The liturgical color for Lent is violet. Rose is used on the Fourth Sunday of Lent known at Laetare Sunday. The singing or saying of the Gloria and the Alleluia is omitted during Lent. Flowers and decorations at the altar are prohibited (except on feasts, solemnities and Laetare Sunday).
There are six weeks of Lent. The last week is known as Holy Week which begins with the Solemn Observance of Passion (Palm) Sunday. The season of Lent ends on Thursday morning of Holy Week. The Easter Triduum is a season of its own: Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.
Thank you for supporting the Arizona's Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO). Your participation has helped Catholic education by providing scholarships to deserving students in our Catholic schools.
We have great news! The individual Tax Credit limits have increased. If filing as a single taxpayer you can give up to $1,089, and a married couple filing jointly can contribute up to $2,177, and you, the donor can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit off your Arizona tax liability.
To download a brochure or make an online contribution visit www.ctso-tucson.org.
The Arizona Tuition Tax Credit Program allows you to use the money you would have to pay in taxes anyway to provide tuition support for students is still available for the 2017 tax year. Contribute to CTSO in any amount - $100, $200, $500…up to $1000 for a couple filing jointly and $500 for an individual. We ask for your continued support.
Walk to Emmaus ministry presents . . .
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
A 24-Part Bible Study Featuring Jeff Cavins
February 19, 2018 - Mondays - Two Sessions: 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom. This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus' life, Matthew shows us who Jesus is and what His life and teachings mean for us today.
Every Monday beginning February 19, 2018. Two sessions will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participant workbook is $29.95 plus shipping. To purchase Participant Workbook go to: ascensionpress.com.
For more information contact Michael Barnes at 602-549-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHALOM WORLD TV
A family television network with a Catholic world view that imparts the peace found in Christ!
Shalom World is a commercial-free, high-definition, Catholic family channel that reaches out to the world with the truth of Christ. This channel supplements the pastoral efforts of the Church to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus. SHALOM WORLD offers programming that will truly be a spiritual banquet to people of all ages.
Our Lady of Grace Agape Young Adult Group
Are you between the ages of 18 and 32 and looking for a group to belong to?
JOIN THE AGAPE YOUNG ADULT GROUP
March 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
at the parish office!
Refreshments will be provided! Come for fun, faith, and fellowship!
If you have any questions or would like to be on the contact list, please contact Chrissy Maloy at 619-804-5232 or email@example.com.
Monday - March 12, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Session 28 - Prayer and Our Father
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the process by which men and women who think and feel they hear a call from God, are lead to conversion and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. The teachings of the Gospel are studied and pondered, the requirements of the Christian life are explained and a call to faith is fostered. It is above all an invitation by God to the person to become His son or daughter . . . to be born again through baptism and/or fully initiated through Confirmation and Holy Communion.
Coming this Fall!
-- Faith Formation Program --
GoodNewsPeople is a dynamic, parish-wide program inviting people to new ways of understanding their faith, themselves and the needs of the world around them. The intent is to familiarize parishioners with the biblical witness of Jesus, awaken the call to discipleship that resounds within each of us, explore the richness of the Catholic faith, and inspire new passion for the Church’s mission. More information . . .
¡Llegando este otoño!
La justicia brota de la fe
-- Formación en la fe y en la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia --
La justicia brota de la fe es un proceso de formación para hispanos sobre el compromiso social y la intima conexión entre la fe y el amor hacia el prójimo. Esta obra promueve el desarrollo espiritual de todos los que anhelan profundizar la práctica de su fe en un ambiente tan desafiante como el de hoy y en el que somos llamados para la Nueva Evangelización, como nos invita el Papa Francisco: “vayan sin miedo a servir.” Para más información . . .
First Friday 24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration
April 6, 2018
All day and all night Eucharistic Adoration will begin on Friday, April 6th after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and conclude with Benediction 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning (April 7th).
The Lord promised that He would be with us until the end of time. His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist is the fulfillment of that promise. Prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament shows our faith in the true and real Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ among us. Come to the Lord and pour out your hearts before Him!
First Friday Masses: 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Benediction and Mass Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Sign-up now online! Click on the icon below to sign-up for Eucharistic Adoration and to see which hours need to be covered. Let us know what you think of this new feature.
What is "Spiritual Adoption?"
Spiritual Adoption is a Pro-life ministry organized to pray for the unborn who may be in danger of abortion. Each person is asked to pray for nine months for a particular child and its mother. For more information . . .
¿Qué es "Adopción Espiritual"?
Adopción Espiritual es un ministerio de Pro-Vida que reza por los niños no nacidos que puedan ser en peligro del aborto. Cada persona se compromete a rezar por nueve meses por un niño en particular y su mama. Para mas información . . .
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of Our Lady of Grace is a group dedicated to knitting, crocheting or quilting shawls and lap blankets to be given to those in need of healing and comfort. Everyone is welcome to join this ministry. For more information . . .
31 Club for Priestly Vocations
Our Lady of Grace Parish is seeking to focus and increase awareness for the need for religious vocations and to pray for that grace. Because of our belief in the power of prayer, one of the suggestions to encourage more vocations was to form a "31 Club" from the members of our parish.
What is the 31 Club?
As a member of the 31 Club you would agree to one extra Mass each month. You would offer this Mass:
- 1) For priests and religious who have served our parish in the past
- 2) For those serving now
- 3) To ask the Lord to call future vocations from this parish family
- 4) To pray for seminarians who are currently studying and preparing for the priesthood
To make it easier to make your commitment, you are asked to choose a specific day (for example, the second Tuesday of the month) or a date (perhaps the sixth of each month) to attend Mass. If you miss your chosen day or date, the nearest convenient day is fine. The Mass does not have to be offered here at our parish, any Catholic church will do. We are looking for people to commitment to the "31 Club" for one year beginning this March 2017.
There is a calendar in the north vestibule of our church. If you are able to make this commitment please sign up. Welcome to the 31 Club!
Mass of Rite of Dedication of Our Lady of Grace Parish - February 13, 2016
"Pathways of Life and Remembrance" Legacy Paver Project
Our Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a special project to glorify God for answering our prayers for our New Parish Church. The "Pathways of Life and Remembrance" Legacy Paver Project will provide you to place a special message of your choice on a paver brick. Your message can create a lasting family legacy, remember a departed one or commemorate an important event in your life.
Please consider sponsoring a paver. Costs range from $100 for a 4"x 8" (3 lines of 18 characters each), $200 for a 8"x 8" (6 lines of 18 characters each) to $250 for a 8"x 8" (Logo plus 2 lines of 18 characters each). Orders will be taken after weekend Masses or in the Parish Office. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
- Sample messages:
- In Memory of Richard Doe 9/14/64—7/29/08 (3 lines)
- In Celebration of 50 years of Marriage Joe and Mary Jones (3 lines)
- In memory of my loving wife Mary - Bill Roberts (3 lines)
- Thanks to the Virgin Mary for her intercession (3 lines)
- The Smith Family parishioners since January 2007 (3 lines)
- Mary Smith Your 1st Communion 10-04-2014 Mom and Dad (4 lines)
The pavers will be installed as the exterior is being completed and orders are filled.
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Parish Registration Code: R7JJR6
For all you Online Shoppers
We have an opportunity for you to shop online, save money and earn cash back. And when you do this through www.Shop.com/OurLadyof Grace, our Parish receives royalties as well as you earning up to 35% cash back on qualified purchases. There are thousands of partner stores, including Walmart, JCPenney, Best Buy, Apple, Home Depot to name a few. Refer a friend, and you can earn cash back on the purchases they make as well.
It’s free to sign up. Go to www.Shop.com/OurLadyofGrace, click on “Sign In”, then “No I am a new customer” and follow the prompts. Now you are ready to shop! Take advantage of the ease of convenience of Internet Shopping this Holiday Season, while helping Our Lady of Grace Debt Reduction Efforts.
Para todos ustedes compradores en línea
Tenemos la oportunidad de comprar en línea, ahorrar dinero y ganar dinero en efectivo. Y cuando hace esto a través de www.Shop.com/OurLadyof Grace, nuestra Parroquia recibe regalías y también gana hasta 35% de reembolso en efectivo en compras calificadas. Hay miles de tiendas asociadas, incluidas Walmart, JCPenney, Best Buy, Apple, Home Depot, por nombrar algunas. Recomiende a un amigo y también puede obtener un reembolso en efectivo sobre las compras que realice.
Registrarse es gratis. Visite www.Shop.com/OurLadyofGrace, haga clic en "Sign In", luego "No I am a new customer" y siga las instrucciones. ¡Ahora estás listo para comprar! Aproveche la facilidad de conveniencia de las compras en Internet durante esta temporada de vacaciones, mientras ayuda a Our Lady of Grace a reducir su deuda.
Support Our Parish when you shop at Fry's
If you have a Fry’s V.I.P. card, link Our Lady of Grace and every time you shop, you can help earn money for Our Lady of Grace.
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If you don’t have a Fry’s V.I.P. you can get one online through the aforementioned website or in any Fry’s Food Store.
If you shop through Amazon, Our Lady of Grace Parish can receive 0.5% cash back. Just click on the Amazon Smile logo to the left to register and help our parish.
What is it that God is asking you to do with your life?
Are you discerning your "call" in life, your vocation?
Have you ever thought of being a priest?
Diocese of Tucson Vocations Prayer
Loving and generous God, we need more vocations to the priesthood. Send us faith-filled servants to minister as dedicated and loving priests in the Diocese of Tucson.
Inspire us with your Holy Spirit so that we will encourage and foster a culture of vocations in which many will hear your call to serve your people.
Bless our Diocese with men and women who will work together with your priests as deacons, religious, and lay ministers to bring to life the Gospel and to realize the Church’s mission in our Diocese. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Middle School Youth Group
Big Changes To Hope Youth Group Days!
Every Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hope Youth Group will not be meeting in the month of July! We will be taking a small break this summer. We will be starting again in August with a new time and day! We will be meeting every Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please join us on August 1st for first meeting with our new day & time!
Catholic to the Core!
We will have Games, Food and Fun!!! All Middle School Youth are welcome to come and see what Hope Group is doing over the summer.