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We celebrate the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13) who asked the three shepherd children to pray for sinners but especially, recite the rosary. The Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Fatima appeared in Portugal every 13th of the month for 6 consecutive months beginning on May 13, 1917. Devotion to our Lady has become widespread across the globe. Tuesday, May 14 is the feast of St. Matthias, chosen by the apostles through discernment and casting lots to replace Judas Iscariot to complete the twelve. Wednesday, May 15 is the feast of St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers. He was a humble fellow who attended daily Mass before heading to work out in the field. 



May is the month of sacramental celebrations. Last Saturday, May 11, the St. Luke Religious Education Program and Our Lady of Loretto School communicants received first holy communion in a solemn mass presided by yours truly. Occasion such as this is both a parish event and a family gathering that everyone looks forward. I’m deeply appreciative of the support of the parents/guardians, padrinos/padrinos and tata’s and nana’s. I’m profoundly grateful to the Catechists who prepared them mind, heart and soul. The kids looked lovely and fabulous. When I chatted with them before Mass, they were extremely excited obviously manifested in their disarming smiles as though it was the most important moment of their lives. Following Mass, many of them told me, they were at a loss for words to describe the experience of receiving the body of Christ for the first time.  






The Catholic Community of Douglas-Pirtleville welcomes back Fr. Marco Basulto as the new Parochial Vicar beginning July 1, 2019. I have a strong connection and huge respect for him as he was my predecessor in St. James in Coolidge, AZ. He is no stranger to the community as he was assigned here in the early 2000’s. I still vividly remember he accommodated me here in town for a day back in July 2003. In fact, during the visit, I had the chance to pray at the Immaculate Conception and St. Bernard Churches. Back then, I missed St. Luke because I thought it was far from where we were only to realize that all three parishes are within 2.5 mile radius and .07 mi from IC.  


Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away: Richard Elzy and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving family, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.   

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. 





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