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We will never see them again. They were a cadre that is rapidly disappearing. But not long ago, priests from Ireland ran the Catholic Church in Arizona. Between 1945 and 1970, 54 newly ordained left the Emerald Isle to minister in our growing state. In addition to these permanent clergy, an additional 44 temporarily worked here during that time.
Three Scouts from Chandler and Mesa recently achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout rank, something few Boy Scouts achieve.
Mark Mellis smiles and bobs his head in time with the jazz flowing from his piano and among the hustle and bustle of Tempe Marketplace. His friend, and partner for the evening, Donna Wilde joins him with her saxophone. A little girl stops in her tracks, dancing to the beat; a couple people sit in nearby chairs, applauding after each piece. Most people though merely pause, snap a couple of pictures and go about their business.
Catholic Charities of Arizona is offering a variety of counseling services to those who might not previously have been able to afford them. Holy Cross Catholic Church, on Power Road in Mesa, is one of many locations where East Valley residents can seek help for a variety of needs.
Oct. 5 is World Communion Sunday. It is an annual event, the first Sunday of each October, in which Christians worldwide celebrate our oneness in Christ. There is a unity to the faith, scarcely as it might appear and in spite of our many differences and traditions. Special services will be held around the globe testifying to this fact.
Authorities are looking for a man who was caught exposing himself in the chapel of a Catholic school and church Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — An August 2016 trial date has been set for a homeless ex-convict charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.
Gary Michael Moran has pleaded not guilty to charges that he badly beat the Rev. Joseph Terra and fatally shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker in the June 11 attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Moran.
Moran was arrested four days after the attack.
Authorities say Moran acknowledged his involvement in the crime, though he initially he didn't remember what happened.
He was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in 2001 to misconduct involving weapons. He also was convicted in two 1989 burglaries.
Chandler Christian Academy
19620 S. McQueen Road
(480) 899-9197 or ChandlerChristianAcademy.org
Originally an extension of Chandler Church of the Nazarene, Chandler Christian Academy came into existence in 2012 as a preschool-through-eighth-grade educational option. The academy offers a curriculum rooted in Christian principles mixed with a strong academic program. Chandler Christian Academy also has special activities like a passport club, volleyball, guitar lessons and other options for students to create a well-rounded educational experience.
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School
(480) 963-4951 or EDline.net/pages/stmarybasha_catholic_es.
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Seton Catholic Preparatory High School
1150 N. Dobson Road
(480) 963-1900 or SetonCatholic.org
Valley Christian High School
6900 W. Galveston St.
(480) 705-8888 or VCHSaz.org.
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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
595 S. Alma School Road
(480) 726-8000 or CornerstoneOnline.com
Cornerstone has proven to be a very popular place to worship, as the exponential growth of the church’s congregation has led to a massive campus, located on Alma School Road just south of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway, with an auditorium that can accommodate more than 1,200 worshippers. Cornerstone’s vision is to create a church that reflects the community and offers answers to life while remaining true to the Word of God. The church offers five Sunday services — at 7:45, 9:05, 10:35 and 11:55 a.m. and 5 p.m. — with extensive child programs and a wide variety of ministries.
2777 S. Gilbert Road
(480) 883-3733 or TheGroveAZ.org
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Chandler Christian Church
1825 S. Alma School Road
(480) 963-3997 or ChandlerCC.org
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community
3450 W. Ray Road
(480) 899-1990 or StAndrew-cfc.org
Five hundred years ago there was a group of Christians living in Europe known as the Anabaptists. These are not to be confused with today’s Baptists, though the groups do share points of common history. The name Anabaptist was not so much a description as it was a condemnation.
Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday-school story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, life-altering implications, not all of which are warm and fuzzy. Consider the life of Bernard Lichtenberg, arrested seven decades ago. His crime: He loved. Lichtenberg was a Catholic priest serving in Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2. When Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, he recognized the coming terror better than most, and made it his ambition to help the Jewish people and other persecuted groups.
A man arrested on suspicion of a DUI Monday afternoon threatened to kill officers and their wives and children.
An early morning accident on Monday left a beloved Mesa Police Department officer dead and a community in mourning.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama's largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there's plenty of free stuff for visitors to see and do in the new Birmingham.
Easter Sunday this year comes on April 20. But, Easter Sunday next year will be Sunday, April 5, 2015. The date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars.
Horizon Community Learning Center has been working on the final completions of its newly acquired parking-lot lease that will be opening tomorrow for its family and staff members.
Citing everything from protecting women's health to God's opposition to the procedure, state senators gave final approval Wednesday to legislation allowing unannounced warrantless inspection of abortion clinics.
In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you."
Christ the King Catholic Preschool
1551 E. Dana Ave.
(480) 844-4480 or ctk-catholicschool.org
Christ the King Preschool uses a strong academic center-based pre-kindergarten program rooted in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Montessori program. Students who are potty trained and at least 4 years old learn about God and the Catholic Church in a nurturing environment. The school offers a full- and half-day programs, with hot lunch available for an additional fee.
First Baptist Children’s Center
4801 E. Brown Road
(480) 981-9685 or firstbaptistchildrenscenter.org
Love of Christ Preschool
1525 N. Power Road
(480) 981-6199 or loveofchristchurch.net/ministry5.php
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The hype and rhetoric on both sides of SB 1062 now awaiting action by Gov. Jan Brewer may disguise the fact the measure does far less than some have suggested.
A special tribunal based in Rome has determined former Mesa Rev. Jack Spaulding committed sins against the Sixth Commandment and recommended removing Spaulding from the priesthood.
After many years of curiosity and speculation as to what lies inside the confinements of a Mormon Temple, my guessing has ended. On Jan. 15, being a freelance community columnist, I was invited to participate in the pre-opening tour reserved for the media by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.