Parish Mission is April 23 & 24Mark your calendars now for our Parish Mission... “Ablaze: Passionately Pursuing Christ and a Life of Purpose” led by Dcn. Keith Strohm at 6:30pm April 23 & 24!
Free Childcare & Children’s Mission. Additional details as the date approaches or call Manda at (480) 775-5221.
PARISH MISSION PREVIEW…
INTRODUCING DCN.KEITH STROHM
Dcn. Keith is the former Director of the Office for the New Evangelization and a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A well-known international speaker and conference keynote, he has helped tens of thousands of men and women hear the Gospel message and encounter the mercy, love and power of Jesus Christ. He is also the Executive Director of M3 Ministries (www.m3catholic.com) and a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute. He is a co-author, along with six other collaborators, with Sherry Weddell for the book Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples--a follow-up to the bestselling book, Forming Intentional Disciples. His latest book, Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, is available now from Our Sunday Visitor. You can follow him on Twitter (@KeithStrohm).
We were created for an eternal life filled with peace, joy, freedom and communion with God, and each other. Before we were even conceived, God held us in His Heart. His desire for us to be in relationship with Him is so intense that when our First Parents rebelled against God and chose themselves over Him, the Father sent His Son to seek after us, the children of Adam & Eve. The Son's love for the Father and compassion for us was so great that He willingly chose to leave the glory of Heaven and live through our human nature, ultimately suffering torture, punishment and a humiliating death on a Cross so that we might be restored to communion with the Father.
Jesus' obedience to the Father's plan of Salvation was complete, and because of the Father's love for Jesus, He was raised from the dead. The powers of sin and death threw everything they could at Jesus, and He triumphed over them. The tomb could not contain him! Because Jesus took on our human nature, His resurrection and Ascension open the way for us to receive the divine power of His resurrected life. He offers us Kingdom life so that we can once again enjoy communion with God and transformation in Him. He frees us from bondage to the powers of sin and death and offers us fulfillment and joy in this life and eternal life in the next through the power of his Holy Spirit. If we repent of our sin and turn toward Him, the power of the Sacraments restore and strengthen the Divine Life within us. This night, we will have the opportunity to respond to God’s invitation to a relationship and live out the Kingdom life we receive in the Spirit.