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Dear Family of God,

What does it mean to trust in God?

When Joseph was engaged to Mary and learned that she was pregnant before they lived together, he considered breaking their engagement. But an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife, because her child was conceived by the power of God. Joseph, like Mary trusted God, so he did as the angel said.

When Mary said ‘yes’ to the angel, she trusted God even though she understood the danger of being stoned to death as a result of people thinking she was unfaithful (although the precise opposite was true) by becoming pregnant during her engagement period.  She also understood she might be despised by her future husband.

Both Mary and Joseph trusted in God.  The result was Jesus, the Son of God, became man in Mary’s womb and the world was gifted with a Savior.

Our God is full of surprises. He may ask us to do what seems to be impossible for us - but nothing is impossible for God. He only needs our ‘yes’ and He will do the rest. To trust in God means even amidst suffering and difficulties in this life, we still have faith in Him who is working for our salvation. We still have peace of mind because we know with certainty that He, our loving Father, is in charge.

May we unite our will with God’s will and be instruments like Mary and Joseph to bring Jesus into our world, and truly have a Merry Christmas - for we have Jesus who is Emmanuel, that is, God-is-with-us.

Yours in Christ through Mary,

Fr. Jess Ty

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Mass Intentions
Thursday, January 19
8:00 am
† Jim Shepherd
Friday, January 20
8:00 am
Martha Solorzano-Living Intention
Saturday, January 21
8:00 am
† Ada Sanowski
5:00 pm
† Carole Clancy
Sunday, January 22
7:30 am
† Marie Schultz
9:00 am
11:00 am
† Joseph Rezzo
4:00 pm
† Emmet Shelton
Monday, January 23
8:00 am
† Frances Scipiane
Tuesday, January 24
8:00 am
† Robert Bochansky
Wednesday, January 25
8:00 am
† Herb Heimerl

Ongoing Parish Activities

Catholicism 101
Grief Support Meeting
Legion of Mary
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knights of Columbus
Sanctity of Life Meeting
That Man is You

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How Can You Financially Support Your Parish?

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Parish Retreat

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, this is the week to take the next step.

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Free Gift for Entire Parish

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Catholicism 101

Have you ever wondered why people who convert to Catholicism seem so much more excited about the Faith than most cradle Catholics?

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Al-Anon Meetings

Every Tuesday at 7:00pm at Christ the Lord Lutheran 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree.

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Alegria Gifts

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RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for adults who are interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

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Sacrament of Matrimony

A comprehensive nine-month preparation program is required by the Phoenix Diocese to assist couples who are called by God to the Sacrament of Matrimony.

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Faith Formation for Children and Teens

For continuing faith formation and sacramental preparation for your child: Kindergarten through 5th grade, contact Karen Powers at 480-346-3069. For 6th grade through High School, contact Maggie Curtis at 480-346-3046.

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Sacrament of Baptism

An initial baptism class assists parents in the wondrous and weighty responsibility of raising Catholic Christian children. For more information and to sign-up for class, call Karen Powers 480-346-3069.

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Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing is celebrated to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness or especially near the time of death.

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Our Lady of Joy Preschool

We are always honored to share the wonderful things that are happening in our Preschool community.

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EDGE-A Program for amazing sixth, seventh and eighth grade youth!

Virtually every Wednesday Night in the Teen Center 5:00 - 6:30pm. All are welcome! You don’t even need to be a parishioner! Bring your friends!

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ENDOW-Education on the Nature and Dignity Of Women

For all women of the parish on Monday evenings or Thursday mornings.

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JAN 18

St. Joseph Table Volunteer Meeting

We are always in need of volunteers.

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JAN 22

Life Teen Returns!

OLJ Youth Ministry is starting the Life Teen program Sun, Jan 22!

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JAN 22

First Confession/Reconciliation Retreat

Just a reminder that children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time need to attend this retreat.

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JAN 28

Car Corral and Boat Show

Sell or buy a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, RV and/or car parts! Bring a friend for coffee and donuts!

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JAN 29

Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose with Matthew Kelly

This powerful event is coming to St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

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JAN 30

Annunciation Catholic School-Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment on Mon, Jan 30.

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The Sacred Art Gallery Grand Opening Event!

In Old Town Scottsdale 7165 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

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FEB 18

2017 Phoenix Diocesan Catholic Women's Conference

"Perhaps You Were Born for Such a Time as This" 2017 Phoenix Diocesan Catholic Women's Conference.

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MAR 19

St. Joseph Table 2017

March 19, 2017 will be our 20th St. Joseph Table here at Our Lady of Joy!

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