Sept. 28-30. Parish fiestas and other Catholic, life-affirming benefits.
Fall festivals — Sept. 28-30 at St. Vincent de Paul (51st Avenue north of Thomas Road). See hours. Also at St. Jerome (35th Avenue north of Peoria Avenue). Support Catholic parishes and schools while enjoying a carnival-like atmosphere with fellow Catholics. Check out the cakes at St. Jerome.

Foster Care open house — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Mesa Convention Center (Bldng A) and Sheraton Crescent Hotel (2620 W. Dunlap). Join Catholic Charities Community Services and other local agencies that help adults, married and single, become foster parents plus the support the agencies offer. Info.
More than 13,500 children currently are living in out-of-home care with no families to share birthdays and other special moments.

Catholic thrifting — Sept. 29 at various stores. Up to 66 percent off at St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores in celebration of its anniversary. 2-for-1 books at Maggie’s Thrift. Regular day at Lupe’s Thrift.

Benefit for local monastery — 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Augustine Parish (71st Avenue south of Indian School)
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Benedict in Ahwatukee.
The Benedictine Sisters who run a Phoenix monastery will bring Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy to St. Benedict Parish. His talk: emphasizing how to better live the Divine Mercy message in the family and the workplace. Refreshments and mementos will benefit the Benedictine Sisters who run Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, organic community garden and thrift shop. Info.

Installation Mass — 10 a.m. Mass, 4 p.m. potluck reception Sept. 30 at Most Holy Trinity Parish (7th Street north of Northern Avenue).  Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will formally install Fr. Brady Williams, SOLT as pastor of the parish and Fr. Miguel Angel Noyola as parochial vicar. SOLT priests and SOLT sisters serve the parish and school. Info.

Plus, on our sunbeams calendar:

  • The Beauty of the Sacrament of Confession
  • Aid to Women Center fall fundraiser gala

And on the Diocese of Phoenix’s Events page:

  • Aid to Women Center fall gala
  • Gourmet Gala benefiting Notre Dame Preparatory