Weekly Reflections2022-12-16T14:07:09-07:00

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

In Search of the Outcast Do you ever feel like you don’t belong? Perhaps, for whatever reason, you feel like an outcast from society and you’re on the outside looking in. Maybe you’re not part of the popular in-crowd and it feels like everyone else is included except for you. Maybe you feel that you are being judged by the color of your skin; the cloths that you wear, the political views you have or the church you attend.

March 20th, 2023|

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

March 13th, 2023|

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of my dear friend Spencer.  I truly believe that I will never fully recover from his death.  He was “my boy” and I enjoyed having him in my life.  We talked several times a week, and even though we were very different, we had a deep love for each other. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point God gave me His heart for Spencer.  I no

Deacon Dennis Paschke’s Reflection

March 6th, 2023|

The Present Moment So many of us are so busy in life we fail to encounter a new life that awaits.  I've been guilty of this.  Focusing on a future that either gives hope in something not real, or frozen in a past that causes lament, regret, shame. Either one of these ensures that we miss out on the only place where we can encounter God - the Present moment.  Then wonder where God is in our lives yet

Jody Serey’s Reflection

February 27th, 2023|

Mothers Left Behind As a pastoral officiant and a mother, I have discovered that there are few tasks any more difficult than finding words for another mother who has lost her child. The respective ages of the mother and that of her child do not matter. For any woman who has both welcomed her child, and then faced an hour when she is left behind on this earth without her child – regardless of how many minutes or decades

Debbie Smith’s Reflection

February 20th, 2023|

When praying about what I should write this reflection about, the clear call was prayer.  So, I’m going to share with you my life around prayer.  I don’t remember how I learned to pray.  I do remember praying for most of my life. I remember saying prayers before bed and before meals.  I remember praying at school to start the day, praying at mass as a student at St. Agnes church and school and as a congregation at mass on

Priscilla Bertoglio’s Reflection

February 13th, 2023|

True Love I decided to write about “true” love, being that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. We know that love is mentioned in the Bible a multitude of times.  The most common passage is:  1 Corinthians 13:4-5: Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, or boast, it is not arrogant, rude or proud, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no

Deacon Karen Klemens’ Reflection

February 6th, 2023|

I have loved watching The Chosen series for many reasons.  Most poignantly, it has brought me to a deeper knowing and understanding of the humanity of Jesus.  Watching him dance, laugh, create little wood objects for the children, tell stories and the countless instances of kindness, compassion and love has moved me episode after episode to tears. Consider this an ad or endorsement if you wish.  Watch it and most importantly, watch with the eyes of your heart. Season

April Thalman’s Reflection

January 30th, 2023|

Community I belong to a community. Webster has a variety of examples, one being “A group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, having interests in common.” In old French it can mean ‘public spirit’ or sharing a sense of place. The Praise and Worship Center has been the first place where I have been part of a whole, one of many searching to strengthen our faith, care about each other and improve

Joe Sesniak’s Reflection

January 23rd, 2023|

I was lucky enough to go on the recent pilgrimage to Assisi.  We held Sunday service on the hotel roof, which provided a picturesque view of the medieval city of Assisi barely two kilometers in the distance. As we sang, prayed, and even during our pastor’s insightful homily, I was drawn to gaze at the medieval city in the distance.  I was transfixed.  I was so moved during the service that I openly wept several times.  Very unlike me.

Mary Jo West’s Reflection

January 16th, 2023|

In God’s Own Time Are you patient when praying to our Lord about a request? Normally, I am not and want an answer as soon as possible! But Psalm 37:7 tells us:  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him.  REST!!!?? My friend from church, Judy Verbosky and I were in northern Kenya this fall and the village we were visiting, Gem, has suffered through a three-year drought. Their crops and livestock are dying, and they have no

Deacon Peter Klemens’ Reflection

January 9th, 2023|

When Do We See God? When do we see God, when is God available and we don’t see him.  This is my second or third reflection I have written for the newsletter, and perhaps I am seeing God working in my life a little more as time goes by. I think the first year I wrote was about fishing in remote Alaska.  Seeing God there was easy:  snowcapped mountains, picturesque river, big bears, eagles, and the pronounced cycle of

Deacon Chuck Monroe’s Reflection

January 2nd, 2023|

I am married to my wife Sylvia, and we have been married for 32 years.  We have a blended family of seven children, twenty grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  I am a retired firefighter and worked with the Mesa Fire Department for 31 years and had a successful career.  I have attended church at the Praise and Worship Center since we have been in our current building. I have two important ministries as a deacon.  One, I am one

Rosemary Sambora’s Reflection

December 26th, 2022|

Recently at the Praise and Worship Center (PWC) there was a continuing spiritual education program offered, called the School of Prayer. I was privileged and honored to attend all five sessions. It was especially meaningful because my focus word for the year 2021 was “prayer”. In a prior reflection (May 2022) I shared that in 2020 I began having a focus word and that the first one was “transformation”; but back to prayer. When I was led to choose

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

December 19th, 2022|

  C.S. Lewis told the story about his brother overhearing a woman on a bus.  As they drove by a church, which had a nativity in front of it, the woman on the bus said, “Oh My!  They bring religion into everything.  Look-they are even dragging it into Christmas.” This story is almost funny.  It’s a great reminder to us, as Christians, that we let Chrsitmas slip away from us.  Christmas now seems to belong to the stores, the

Deacon Carol Palmer’s Reflection

December 12th, 2022|

As I have been pondering for a few weeks about writing this, I set down this morning, and as I prayed dear Holy Spirit please help, and of course I have many things flashing in my head now. I know Christ is calling me to spread His gospel here and now.  I have been blessed to be the Deacon of Woman's Ministry.  Seeing the transformation of the ladies in our class is truly amazing, and I know in the past

Deacon Sharon Trischan’s Reflection

December 5th, 2022|

“Give to your faithful Lord, a prayerful spirit of gratitude, that we may thank You for all of your gifts”, from intercessory prayers found in the liturgy of the hours in early November. As I pondered this prayer, I became more aware of the liturgical season of Advent we will be entering.  It seems we all put on a spirit of gratitude through Thanksgiving. Keeping it going beyond the season is sometimes difficult. The word gratitude and its derivatives appear

Father Michael Lessard’s Reflection

November 28th, 2022|

Morning A vermillion paradise arose. The advent of newborn colors, slowly ascending. It dabbed my world with the specter of the dawn. And flittered, first among the tall branches and slowly raised my hopes... Banishing away the dark shadows with rays of morning light, Burnishing a polished brightness that illuminated my soul’s “dark night.” A new actor arrived on stage to draw in the audience with a secret scene, That quiet hush, as I tried to hear, such a

Terri Thompson’s Reflection

November 21st, 2022|

River of Living Waters Recently while reading from one of my favorite daily devotionals, the passage “The River of Living Waters, touched me and I wanted to read more, understand this meaning and share this message in my reflection. In the Bible verse, John 7:38 (NIV) it states, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he means the “Spirit” whom those who believed in him were later

Tami Heinl’s Reflection

November 14th, 2022|

The Season of Grief The season of grief is long and hard to carry…there is no timeline, no map, no check list on how to navigate through…and just when you think you have found your breath again, something else catches you off guard and you are back to being raw, weak, and completely unsure of your steps. In January, it will be three years since I witnessed Father Dale guide my sweet husband into heaven.  I felt like he

Savannah Abbott’s Reflection

November 7th, 2022|

Healing a Broken Heart At the time I am writing this, the group that went on a pilgrimage to Italy have been home for a few days, and I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what I experienced and what I learned about myself. I had a God moment that I would like to share with you, but first a little background as to why this moment was so powerful. When Father Dale baptized me in August

Jody Serey’s Reflection

October 31st, 2022|

Friendship and Faith I spent many years digging deep into the theoretical aspects of Christian belief. Fortunately, my steadily increasing age finally rescued me from this pursuit. My enthusiasm for somewhat detached intellectual considerations decreased in direct proportion to the number of candles I had on my birthday cake. Instead, I found my faith in the midst of real life and real people. Births and deaths, triumphs and tragedies, and the relentless passing of time taught me more than

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

October 24th, 2022|

What Faith Can Do At one of our God and Coffee events at church we were having discussion about what was going on in our world. There were a lot of negativity and people were losing hope in humanity for all the chaos that was happening. When I shared an unfamiliar perspective, Father Dale commented I have a Pollyanna look at life. People laughed and I had no clue what the statement meant.  So, I went and looked it

Dawn Paschke’s Reflection

October 17th, 2022|

Purpose in Life Everyone has a purpose in life, a ministry. We may be searching for it or in the middle of it. I recognize when I’m in the middle of my purpose, I feel I’m where I’m meant to be, by the sense of clarity, connection, and passion for what I am doing. I often tell others my greatest purpose in life is to be a mother to my boys, they are my greatest achievement. Ministry for me

Rachel Freeman’s Reflection

October 10th, 2022|

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 I grew up going to church every Sunday but as a child and young teen, I never truly understood the love of God, or even what having a relationship with Him looked like. I was a high-level athlete focused

Deacon Peter Palmer’s Reflection

October 3rd, 2022|

An Old Belt My brother called from Seattle, Washington the other day, laughing so hard I could not imagine what was so funny! It seems he was working on a project around the house and needed to put on his work belt that had not been used for several years. You guessed it, the belt missed closing by four inches, which he thought was pretty funny and a little embarrassing. At that moment I decided I should check to see

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

August 29th, 2022|

Most of us are not very good when it come to prayer. Even those of us in the “God Biz” still struggle with knowing what prayer is and struggle with praying. As a child, prayer was easy enough to do at night by kneeling on the side of the bed. As a teen, I did not have a clue about prayer except to say a prayer before a big test in school. In the seminary, prayer was very routine:

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