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.
Holy Week 2015 Schedule
Holy Week commemorates the triumphal entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into the holy City of David, Jerusalem. This entry marks the beginning of the most important week in the history of salvation. Holy Mother Church invites us to make this week truly a "holy week" by accompanying the Lord and sharing in spirit, in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Palm Sunday Vigil of the Passion the Lord, March28th:
- 4:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass - Procession
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - March 29th:
- 8:00 a.m.
- 9:30 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. - Spanish Mass/Procession
- 5:00 p.m. - Procession
Monday of Holy Week
- 8:30 a.m. Confessions
- 2:00 p.m. Chrism Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson
- 7:00 p.m. Confessions
Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week
- 8:30 a.m. Confessions
- 7:00 p.m. - Confessions
Holy Thursday, April 2nd - Mass of the Lord's Supper
- 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Confessions
- 7:30 p.m. - Mass of the Lord's Supper (Bi-Lingual Mass)
- 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Solemn Adoration of the Lord at Altar of Repose
Good Friday, April 3rd - The Lord's Passion
- 12:00 noon - Stations of the Cross in Church (English)
- 3:00 p.m. - Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion
- 5:00 p.m. - Outdoor Stations of the Cross - Youth Groups
- 7:30 p.m. - Celebración Solemne del Señor (in Spanish)
Holy Saturday, April 4th - Easter Vigil
- 7:30 p.m. - Easter Vigil - (Bi-Lingual Liturgy)
Easter Sunday, April 5th
- 6:00 a.m. - Sunrise Easter Sunday Mass
- 8:00 a.m.
- 9:30 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. - Spanish
- [NO 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday - No habrá Misa a las 5:00 p.m. en Domingo de Pascua.]
Summer Bible Camp – Volunteers Needed!
Religious Education is planning our annual Summer Bible Camp program and is looking for a volunteer coordinator to take the lead in organizing and guiding this one week program. Please contact AJ in the Religious Education Office at 520-568-4605 or email email@example.com for more details.
Open Position – Director of Religious Education
Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, located in Maricopa, Arizona, seeks a full-time (30 hours per week) Director of Religious Education to manage, enhance and maintain a comprehensive catechetical program for parish youth and adults. The goal of the position is to communicate an enthusiasm for the Catholic faith among the young people and their families.
Essential job functions: recruits, motivates, and forms catechetical ministers. The person must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. Must be well-formed in Catholic theology and spirituality. Strong knowledge of Sacramental preparation for children. Degree in Business, Education or Religious Education from an accredited institution with 3-5 years’ experience in a Catholic religious environment as an educator or practicing catechist. The person selected must have ability to work cooperatively with others as well as ability to delegate; must have knowledge and understanding of good teaching techniques. Director must have ability to work under pressure, manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle stressful situations; excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish (preferred) ability to maintain confidentiality. Evenings and some weekend work is required. Preference will be given to individuals who are fully bi-lingual (English/Spanish). For complete job description please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and references April 15, 2015, to AJ Napolitano, Search Committee Chairperson at email@example.com or mail to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Avenue, Maricopa, AZ, 85139.
The Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign will run during Lent from February 18, through March 29, 2015. Our Lady of Grace Parish will again be participating, praying in front of the Planned Parenthood, 610 N. Alma School Road, in Chandler. We are again trying to cover the twelve - 1-hour slots on the five Tuesdays of the campaign. 40 Days for Life prayer vigil campaigns have resulted in forty-four abortion clinic closings, nearly 10,000 lives saved (that we know of), and the post abortive healing of countless women and men that is so desperately needed.
This Lent, won't you please SACRIFICE one hour to sign up and pray so that others may LIVE? For more information, please send email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit http://40daysforlife.com for more information and to sign up online.
The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction. ~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Don’t Waste Your Lent: 7 Ways to Have a Good Lent by Sam Guzman
Lent is a season of penance and ascetical warfare. The enemy is concupiscence, the world, and the devil. The goal is pure hearts so that we can joyfully celebrate the resurrection of our Lord at Easter, the greatest feast of the liturgical year. In a way, Lent should be a microcosm of our entire struggle on earth, continue reading . . .
Lenten Season - February 18th through April 2, 2015
Lenten Penance Service - Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m.
The Lenten Penance Service for our parish is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. Several priests from the Vicariate will be available to hear individual confessions that evening. Preparing ourselves to renew our Baptismal Promises at Easter by confessing our sins and our failure to keep those promises assures us of being spiritually acceptable in the eyes of God.
Fast and Abstinence
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.
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 20th. On Good Friday the Stations will be prayed at 12:00 noon. The Youth Group will pray the "Living Stations Outdoors" at 5:00 p.m.
Lenten Almsgiving Challenge - Dry Pasta, Rice, and Tomato Sauce
Please collect one item a day to donate and bring your items and drop them off in the marked bins near the church entrance. Please bring your donations of Dry Pasta, Rice, and Tomato Sauce on Sunday, March 29th. Your donations will help Maricopa F.O.R., our local food bank, feed the families in our community.
"The Best Fish Fry Dinner in Maricopa®" is back!
Every Friday during Lent from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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.
If you would like to volunteer in any way to help at the Fish Fry please call the parish office for more information.
Middle School HOPE Group, “LOVE COURAGEOUSLY” - 3 week series
beginning on March 13th
10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” Cannot be a Marriage
- Topics discussed will be:
- What does Natural Law Mean?
- Why the Sexual Differences are the Difference?
- And What Does the Catholic Church teach on same –sex attraction
Due to the nature of the content, parents are highly encouraged to attend with their child.
High School FAITH Group, “LOVE COURAGEOUSLY—4 week series beginning on March 5th.
10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” Cannot be a Marriage
Additional topics discussed will be:
- Is this the New Sexual Revolution?
- If this a Civil Rights Argument?
- And We are still Called to Love
Elisa Chavez, B.A. in Theology (anticipated graduation date is May 15, 2015) will be presenting.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2015
Entire Diocese Goal: $3.85 million
Parish Goal: $52,860
Parish Pledge to Date: $11,123
21% of Parish Goal / 55 Donors
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.
Please consider making a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal on behalf of our Parish and "People of Faith, Hope and Charity" and we will reach our goal!
To see the daily goal progress for the entire Diocese click here.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - R.C.I.A.
Room 2 - Parish Office - 7:00 p.m.
March 19, 2015
Topics: Honoring Our Parents / The Sanctity of Human Life / Stealing, Cheating, Lying"
Scripture Reading: Gospel of St. John 19 - 21
Plans for New Parish Church
Parish Events - Videos
Video footage taken by Michael Barnes.
First Annual Dinner-Dance Gala 2014
First Friday 24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration
May 1, 2015
All day and all night Eucharistic Adoration will begin on Friday, May 1st after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and conclude with Benediction and Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning (May 2nd).
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 7:00 p.m.
Benediction and First Saturday Mass: 8:00 a.m.
WE ARE OVERGOAL!
Christ our Cornerstone
As of July 19, 2014 we now have $1,811,885.36 in pledges!
¡SOBREPASAMOS LA META!
Hasta la fecha hemos recibido $1,811,885.36 en compromisos de los feligreses!
Christ is our Cornerstone… of faith, of hope, of love and of salvation.
Let us set His Cornerstone in Maricopa with His help!
PRAYER FOR THE END TO ABORTION
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: On Hwy 347 in front of Basha's, next to Circle K
Our purpose is to bring awareness to the reality of Abortion. It’s crucial that we pray and stand against the powers of darkness over our land that have given us the present “culture of death.” Simply come and stand in peaceful solidarity at the corner for an hour on the third Friday of the month.
Bring your sign if you have one, to witness to and help educate a public that is sorely lacking the Truth that abortion is a great evil that defames the name and holiness of God. It is not an easy thing to witness to the truth of abortion. The media continues to treat those who oppose abortions as extremists and mindless zealots. However, considering the scope of the evil that plagues our countries, it is vital that pro-lifers speak up, because if they don’t speak up, no one else will.
Please contact Ann Bunn at 717-495-0222 for more information. Thank you in advance for your participation.
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.