Coming to the end of the Liturgical Year

11-18-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez-Rivera

Dear family in Christ;

Praise be Jesus Christ!

We are getting to the end of this 2020, a year of challenges in many aspects of life such as: Family, Health, Liberty, Politics, and Religion.  All of these aspects were impacted in a very direct way on this 2020.

I do want to share that even though this had been a challenging months…. Don’t forget the love of God for us.   Yes, we have been tested like gold in the fire.  We have been challenged in several aspects we never thought.  But, here we are, you and I have been protected by the Holy Spirit presence and by his strength we still standing.

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Farewell Fr. José Ballesteros

08-12-2020Pastor's Letter

We deeply thank Father José Garibaldi Ballesteros in his work as vicar in our parish. We also thank the entire community for their demonstrations of affection, gratitude and prayer in the drive-thru farewell event on Saturday, August 15.

Fr. Jose was a dearly loved priest by God and by this community. Fr. Jose has been moved to Christ the King Parish in Mesa, AZ. He will be living behind his teachings and example of love and fidelity to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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A Time for Reconcilation and Love

03-17-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez-Rivera

Dear Children of God;

This is the appropriate time to hide ourselves under the NAME OF JESUS. We should remain in prayer in our homes with your beloved ones. You can watch broadcasts the Catholic Mass each Sunday at 9:00am on AZTV Channel 7. You can watch Mass on FACEBOOK and Youtube or any other social media. Probably we are uncertain of our future and about all our recent days in our society and in the world. We are confused, in what to do, what not to do, what its appropriate and what is safe to do. We are vulnerable, weak, lost and confused. It is vital to keep CALM, in all decisions use COMMON SENSE. As many places has been closing, and keeping restrictions, that includes schools. It is not time for vacations

It is time to stay at HOME, do not go outside to socialize or to enjoy free time. BE SAFE AT HOME.

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Jericho's Site Begins

03-01-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez-Rivera

Dear Brethren,

Jericho's Site begins; 7 days and 7 nights of the One who is LOVE; He presents Himself with ALL His Power to satisfy our thirsty souls. This is an opportunity of conversion, penance and sacrifice.

It is time that helps us to get closer into the Heart of God. In this week of Love, we can experience His Mercy. I invite you to make time for HIM in prayer and contemplation.

There, HE will help you to enter into your own soul so HIS LIGHT must shine within you. He will reveal to you all those areas that are not pleased to HIM.

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Conversion and Repentence

02-19-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez-Rivera

Lent has arrived. This is the time to make and stop and to reflect in our journey of faith. Every year that pass by we are building up into ourselves many unpleasant situations that harm our relationship with God. Those situations makes harder our journey of grace and authentic peace with our Lord.

On this 2020 we are now living, it's important to make an opportunity to look into our deeds, actions and our way of living. It is so good and necessary that, even in the middle of our own limitations we can say to God: here I am again, I am so sorry for my sins, my falling and I really need your Grace.

Our Lord never get tired to forgive us…. But he will admonish us as a father does with his own child. God desires that you and I should live free from all bondage of sins and from all evil.

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Come Lord Jesus

12-07-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez-Rivera

Dear family in Christ;

We just entered into a new Season called ADVENT, we are walking towards Christmas Day, as we are going to commemorate the FIRST Coming of Christ in the flesh.

Keep in mind the importance of prepare yourself every day and every moment possible. His FIRST coming took place to bring salvation and freedom. We are expecting the great PAROUSIA of our Lord; look what is written in the Holy Scriptures (Bible):

Mk 13:26-27… And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather (his) elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

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Praise Be Jesus Christ

10-30-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

One Lord, One God, one Catholic Church is the center of our Catholic Faith. Our Lord came to set us free and to rescue our souls from the slavery of sin and evil.

As your pastor of this community of faith, I pray for you and ask the Lord to shower your lives with all type of blessings. We are living into a difficult times; our society is lacking of moral values and a close relationship with Christ. We should remain strong and faithful until the end of our lives. No one has the right to be an obstacle or impediment to stay close to our Lord. Do not listen to any sordid words against our catholic Faith, those who speak against our Church are those how are not living in the truth of Christ.

Having said that, I encourage you to refresh your relationship with CHRIST. To take time to go to confession often (once a month), to attend every Sunday to the Holy Eucharist, to visit the Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel, to daily read the Holy Scriptures (Bible) and to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary. With all of the above I assure you to remain strong and protected.

Sending you my daily blessings,
Padre Carlos

Alabado Sea Jesucristo

Un Solo Dios, un solo Señor, un solo Bautismo, una Sola Iglesia Católica son el centro de nuestra Fe. Nuestro Señor Jesucristo vino para rescatarnos de la esclavitud del pecado y de satanás.

Yo le pido y oro al Señor que deje caer sobre ustedes y sus vidas todo tipo de bendiciones. Estamos viviendo en tiempos muy difíciles; nuestra sociedad carece de valores morales y de una cercanía con Cristo. Debemos de mantenernos fuertes y fieles hasta el final de nuestras vidas. Nadie tiene el derecho de ser un obstáculo o ser impedimento en nuestra relación con Dios y con nuestra fe. No escuchen palabras vacías de los que no están en nuestra fe. No conocen la verdad en plenitud y nosotros tenemos la verdad de Jesucristo.

Ya que les he dicho estas palabras, les invito que renueven su relación con CRISTO. Tomen tiempo para ir a confesar sus pecados en el sacramento de la Reconciliación (mínimo una vez al mes), asistir a misa los Domingos, visiten el Santísimo Sacramento en la capilla de Adoración, lean las Sagradas Escrituras (Biblia), y oren mucho a Maria Santísima. Con estas recomendaciones, les aseguro que ustedes estarán fuerte y bien protegidos.

Les mando mi bendición diariamente,
Padre Carlos

Blessed be God for His Saints!

09-15-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

Dear family in Christ,
Saint Augustine Catholic Church is entering into the 49 years Anniversary of our parish. Almost 50 years forming our faith, receiving Sacraments, receiving healing, peace, renewal of our lives and an exceptional transformation… and much more blessing to come.

We are enjoying the presence of the Image of St. Augustine made by human hands to remember his life, his presence and his relationship with God. Catholics follow the Sacred Scriptures in Exodus 25:10-22. God told Moses to build the Arc of the Covenant, and the Israelites did as the Lord told them. Remember, the life of the Saints refresh our memories in telling us how much we need to work in our holiness and to strive to achieve that goal. Images made by human hands are permitted by God and we have them in our Church not because we “adore them” NO, not at all, those images being blessed reminds us of their intercession into our lives.

Let us walk together united with all the saints and angels in heaven. The blessed Mother and St. Joseph are near to us.

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Fr. Carlos

Alabado sea Dios por Sus Santos!

Querida familia en Cristo;
Han pasado 49 años desde la fundación de nuestra parroquia Iglesia Católica de San Agustín. Casi medio siglo formando nuestra fe, recibiendo Sacramentos, recibiendo sanación, paz, renovación de nuestras vi-das y una transformación que seguirá siempre.

Con alegría tenemos la imagen de San Agustín hecha por manos humanas que nos recuerda su vida, su presencia y su rela-ción con Dios. Los Católicos seguimos lo escrito y mandado por nuestro Dios en las Sagradas Escrituras en el libro del Éxodo 25:10-22. El Señor Dios le dijo a Moisés el construir el Arca de la Alianza, y los Israelitas lo hicieron tal como el Señor los mandó. Recuerde que la vida de los Santos nos recuerda la importancia que debemos de tener nosotros de caminar en una vida de santidad y poder llegar a esa meta. Imágenes hechas por manos humanas son permitidas por nuestro Dios y es por eso que las tenemos en nuestros templos y capillas. Nosotros NO “adoramos” esas imágenes, No a Dios se le Adora y a los Santos se les da la veneración por su vida heroica. Esas imágenes son bendecidas y colocadas en nuestros templos, Iglesia y Capillas para recordarnos de la intercesión de ellos en nuestras vidas.

Caminemos junto a los Santos y ángeles del cielo. La Santísima, Virgen María nuestra Madre y San José está cerca de noso-tros para ayudarnos en este caminar al gran encuentro.

San Agustín…. RUEGA POR NOSOTROS…!!!
Padre Carlos

Blessed be God for His Saints!

09-08-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

Dear family in Christ,
Santi Augustine Catholic Church is entering into the 49 years Anniversary of our parish. Almost 50 years forming our faith, receiving Sacraments, receiving healing, peace, renewal of our lives and an exceptional transformation… and much more blessing to come. We are enjoying the presence of the Image of St. Augustine made by human hands to remember his life, his presence and his relationship with God. Catholics follow the Sacred Scriptures in Exodus 25:10-22. God told Moses to build the Arc of the Covenant, and the Israelites did as the Lord told them. Remember, the life of the Saints refresh our memories in telling us how much we need to work in our holiness and to strive to achieve that goal. Images made by human hands are permitted by God and we have them into our Church not because we “adore them” NO, not at all, those images being blessed reminds us of their intercession into our lives.

Let us walk together united with all the saints and angels in heaven. The blessed Mother and St. Joseph are near to us helping us for the joyful encounter.

Saint Augustine….. PRAY FOR US…!!!

Padre Carlos

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Time to Walk with God

06-30-2019Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos Gomez

Family in Christ Jesus;
The Holy Spirit has been poured down into our lives by the Love of God.

On June 24th, we celebrated the birth of John the Baptist. That day reminds us that the entire Church (you, me and everyone) should be focused on the mystery of the gifts entrusted to each of us. Gifts that by grace have been placed into our hands to put into work for the good of all.

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