A letter from Andy Miller, former administrative assistant for Fr. Jess. Andy left Our Lady of Joy in August 2016 to enter the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska.
Dear Parishioners at Our Lady of Joy,
The first year of seminary formation (called “year of spirituality” or “candidacy”) is considered a “year of probation.” During this year we are watched very closely by our superiors. This includes peer evaluation, work reports, and monthly meetings with our novice master. We focus on learning Scripture, spirituality, liturgy, Latin, Gregorian Chant, and catechism, as well the constitutions and history of our order, The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. They also give us plenty of work to do (callouses before chalices!) At the end of the year, the priests at the seminary meet and vote on all of the first year seminarians to determine if we should continue on with formation. I am pleased to announce that the priest council voted and favorably and I will be allowed to continue.READ MORE
The 2nd Fatima Apparition occurred on June 13, 1917, the Feast Day of St. Anthony who is the Patron Saint of Portugal. This day was a test for the children, especially for Lucia, because many festivities were planned for the day. In the end, the children went to the Cova de Iria but they were accompanied by a group of people who had traveled far to see the site of the previous month’s apparition.
Our Lady’s arrival was announced by lightning. She told the children to continue to pray the Rosary daily and she asked Lucia to learn to read and write. She revealed that Jacinta and Francisco would die soon but that Lucia would live longer. Toward the end of this Apparition, Our Lady said to Lucia, “Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” As Our Lady spoke these words, she opened her hands and for a second time, she communicated to the children the rays of that immense light emanating from her hands. According to Lucia, “We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God; Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which rose to Heaven and I, in that which poured out on the earth.” In front of the right palm of Our Lady’s hand was a heart surrounded by thorns seeming to pierce Her heart.” The children understood it to be the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offended for the sins of humanity and desirous of reparation.READ MORE
Mary’s first Apparition to the three shepherd children was on May 13, 1917. While the children were playing in the Cova de Iria a few miles from their home, a flash of light appeared to them above a holm oak tree. Within the light was a beautiful lady dressed in white. She told the children, “Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm.” When asked where she was from, the Lady replied, “I am of Heaven.”
Our Lady then told the children that she wanted them to come to this same place on the 13th of each month for the next six months so that she could speak with them again. She told the three children that they would go to Heaven. She asked them to pray the rosary daily and to make sacrifices for the reparations of sin and the conversion of sinners. After saying these things, the Blessed Virgin opened her arms for the first time and a very intense light poured forth from her hands. The children fell to their knees and repeated, “O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee. My God, my God, I love thee in the Most Holy Sacrament.”READ MORE
Dear Family of God,
Beginning this May, we will be trying to learn the Messages of our Lady of Fatima in order to commemorate the 100th Year Anniversary of her apparitions and her concern for us, her children. We will culminate this celebration on October 13th.
“The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children (Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta and Sr. Lucy) at Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until October 13, 1917.READ MORE
Temptation is not a sin. It will only become sin when we act on it. It is like an inclination to like or do certain things that appear to be good but in truth are harmful to us. We may be inclined to eat half pound of steak, but we don’t do it, so we are more healthy and free. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “At the heart of all temptations is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary.”READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Dear Family of God,
I invite you to make a gift to Jesus for this coming Christmas by giving Him an hour a week in our Perpetual Adoration chapel. The Eucharist is the continuation of the Incarnation of Jesus. He is truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Sacred Host. He longs to be with each one of us. He “thirsts” for your love. As we long to be with our loved ones all the time, so we must also long to be with Jesus as often as possible.
An hour spent with Him is the best hour you will have on this side of eternity. We are in need of at least forty (40) more adorers. Please sign up for an hour, you won’t regret it. May Mary, Queen of Peace intercede for us all.
Yours in Christ through Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty
This weekend, we will hear the story of Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector who just wanted to see Jesus. His issue was his short stature as Jesus was already drawing crowds that rendered sight lines for the vertically impaired less than ideal. If Zacchaeus was going to see Jesus, climbing a tree was the only option.READ MORE
Dear Family of God,
I recently attended the Phoenix Diocese “Celebrate and Defend Life Luncheon.” It was a beautiful event and Bishop Olmsted shared a few thoughts I wanted to pass along.
It can be discouraging to look at our society and see so many people still unwilling to defend the lives of the pre-born, a renewed push for euthanasia with no restrictions and the disintegration of the traditional family. Yet, we are a people of hope and confidence.
We know how this story ends. We know Jesus has the victory over death and sin. There is no need to fear for those who live in Christ.READ MORE