Akane Okamoto and Kurara Hayashi of Osaka, Japan, pose with Allison Hoff of North Dakota, center, on New Year's eve in New York's Times Square Dec. 31. (CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters)
Akane Okamoto and Kurara Hayashi of Osaka, Japan, pose with Allison Hoff of North Dakota, center, on New Year’s eve in New York’s Times Square Dec. 31. (CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters)

It’s our first “weekend calendar” post of 2013. Check out some things to do and Masses to attend around the diocese this weekend…

Bingo for Haiti — 7-9 p.m. Jan. 11 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Chandler (map). Spend $10 or $1 per game card for 30 chances to win prizes. All proceeds, including snack bar and “Little Haiti Gift Shop” benefit the parish’s mission project, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Haiti. Adults only. The parish has raised some $159,000 in the last three years for the orphanage. See page 6 of bulletin for details.

Healing Mass — 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Scottsdale (map). Hosted by the Phoenix Community of Crosier Fathers and Brothers. Receive the sacrament of the sick and a blessing with a relic from St. Odilia, patroness of the religious order. Info: phoenix@crosier.org or (602) 224-0434.

Being Church in the 21st Century — 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 13-15 at St. Benedict Parish in Ahwatukee (map). Join Fr. Dom Grassi, from the Archdiocese of Chicago for part or all of a three-day mission on being Church in the 21st century.
Jan. 13: Hearing God’s Word
Jan. 14: Understanding God’s Word
Jan. 15: Responding God’s Word

Rite of continuous conversion — 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral (map). Roughly 300 people from 19 parishes throughout the diocese will affirm their commitment to continue their faith formation with eyes set on full immersion in the sacramental life of the Church at the Easter Vigil.

Tax credit class — morning Jan. 12 at Bourgade Catholic, Seton Catholic Preparatory and St. Mary’s High School. Learn how to apply for tuition tax credit scholarships. Sessions run while your student takes the high school entrance exam.

High school entrance exams — morning Jan. 12. Check links for details.

On EWTN TV and livestream online

  • Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord —  3:30-5:30 a.m. EST Jan. 13 on EWTN (check for encore). Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass, with the sacrament of baptism, in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. The liturgy will be rebroadcast 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST.
  • “EWTN Theology Roundtable: The Theology of Prayer” — 10-11 p.m. EST Jan. 13 on EWTN (check for encore). Colin Donovan, Father Joseph Mary Wolfe and others discuss what prayer is, and how viewers can deepen their prayer lives.
  • Pro-Life TV — EWTN’s special program options include (check here for local times):
    *”Bloodmoney: The Business Of Abortion” (Jan. 11)
    *”Thine Eyes: A Witness To The March For Life” which follows youth journeying across the country to participate (Jan. 12)
    *”EWTN On Location: Bringing America Back to Life 2011: Unplanned” (Jan. 12)
    *”A People Of Life,” a look at the pro-life movement in North America, and the Knights of Columbus’ support and involvement (Jan. 12)

Window Dedication — 11 a.m. Mass Jan. 13 at All Saints Parish in Mesa (map). Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will bless a new window at the 18-month-old church structure. He will also be the main celebrant at the regularly scheduled liturgy.

Feast day Mass — 11 .m. Jan. 13 at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Sun City (map). Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will celebrate Mass with Catholics in the Sun City area and celebrate, albeit belated, the feast of the parish’s patron saint.