Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated. The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent.
They came from across the Diocese of Phoenix and beyond to show their love for Mary and ask for her intercession. The 40th annual Arizona Rosary Celebration drew several thousand Catholics to the Phoenix Convention Center Oct. 25 to pray the Rosary, listen to an inspirational message and soak up the blessings that poured out on a colorful display of faith and heartfelt affection for the Mother of God.
Sherry Weddell stood before a hall packed with 500 local Catholic leaders and issued a challenge. “What if you set out to double the number of intentional disciples in five years? What if you set out to make your parish a center of evangelization and discipleship?” Weddell queried the group.
I was still coming down off the high of the papal visit and engrossed in Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s exhortation to men when the news broke of yet another school shooting. This time, it was at a community college in a small town in Oregon where Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, killed nine people and wounded nine others.