From the Pastor

What is the meaning of the Advent Wreath?

12-09-2018Fr. Don Kline, V.F.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath is used to symbolize God the Father and eternal life. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent. The light of the flame is a visual reminder that Christ is "The Light of the World" (John 8:12). There are three violet (purple) candles and one rose candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the Savior.


Events & Announcements

Safe Environment Training Online Renewal

If you plan to continue your volunteer status here at SJA or anywhere in the Diocese of Phoenix, we are getting close to the deadline to have your “ANNUAL RENEWAL” completed.


The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 4 - Dec 12

Novena 4-12 de diciembre – 6:30pm en la capilla
Mananitas miércoles, 12 de diciembre – 6:00am
Misa miércoles, 12 de diciembre – 7:00pm en Español

Celebración de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Dec 8 - Dec 12

Novena en la Capilla Dic 8-11 a las 6:30pm (Algunos días con el Sacramento de Reconciliación y Exposición del Sagradao Sacramento).

Diciembre 12 – Rosario y Mañanitas en la iglesia, iniciando a las 5:00am. Misa 7:00pm, convivio en Weinder Hall después de Misa.

Keep Christ in Christmas Coloring Contest 

Dec 9

Coloring Book Handouts after Masses on Sun, Dec 9 & Sun, Dec 16.

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Dec 10 7:15pm - 8:15pm

10 week series – Monday evenings 7:15-8:15pm in the Gomes Center beginning Mon, Nov 5


Bereavement Ministry Meeting

Dec 16 2:00pm

Come join us in the Gomes Center for a faith-based ministry where you can share your story, and where help, companionship and fellowship are offered.

Adoration at the Manger

Dec 18 5:15pm

All RE classes will meet on Tue, Dec 18 at 5:15pm for the Adoration of the Manger. This will be instead of the regular scheduled day.


Advent Penance Service

Dec 19 7:00pm

Several priests will be available to hear confessions in English and Spanish.

SJA Seniors Christmas Lunch

Dec 19

We will be again be having a FREE WILL offering in place of a gift exchange with all proceeds going to our SJA Preschool in memory of Sam Vidulich.


Christmas Mass Schedule

Dec 24 - Dec 25

Mon, Dec 24 – 4:30pm Vigil Mass, Midnight Mass at 12:00am
Tue, Dec 25 – 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm (Spanish)