May 10-12
May 17-19

Wall raising honoring Missie D’Aunoy — 9 a.m. May 18 at Hillcrest Village (roughly 127th Ave. and Florence Street) in Avondale. Habitat for Humanity, an organization which the late Missie D’Aunoy was involved with before working in the Stewardship Office for the Diocese of Phoenix, is building a home in D’Aunoy’s memory. Re-read her obituary. The wall raising ceremony allows those present a chance to sign the stud framing of the home. Info and directions.

Unity Mass — 1 p.m. May 19 at St. Pius X Church (7th Avenue south of Grant Street). Attend the regular Sunday liturgy hosted the third Sunday of each month by the Office of Black Catholic Ministry. Info.

Thrift store sales — 9:30a-6 p.m. May 17 at St. Vincent de Paul’s Bell Road location: 50 percent off selected items.
May 17 at St. Vincent de Paul’s Apache Junction location: $1 each on orange tag clothing and 50 percent off exercise equipment plus buy-one-get-one half off all other items.
At Maggie’s Thrift: VHS movies are 50 cents May 17 and toys are half off May 18.

Parish talent show — 7 p.m. May 17 at Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale (map). This all-age event will feature a surprise lineup of talents. Proceeds benefit the parish’s emergency fund to help parishioners. Tickets: $5 each or $15 per family. Info. (Keep in mind the dinner portion is sold out)

Fare Thee Well — 6 p.m. May 17 at St. John Bosco in Ahwatukee (map). Farewell sendoff for Fr. Gary Regula, who has been pastor of the school and St. Benedict, the parish next door, for seven years. He has been reassigned to St. Jerome Parish and School effective July 1. RSVP to ensure enough food.

Senior/Underclassmen All-Star Basketball games — 3:30 and 6:15 p.m. May 18 at Mesa Community College (map). The seniors play first in this game selected by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association (game schedule). Catholic school players making the roster include:

  • On the Division I-II girls seniors team: Katie Werner from Xavier College Preparatory and from St. Mary’s Chole Johnson and alternate Brandi Walton.
  • On the Division I-II North Team: Sam Engelbert, a senior at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, who averaged more than 10 points per game this season and represents everything Seton stands for on the court and in the classroom, according to Seton Boys Basketball Head Coach Commander King. The coach often found Engelbert helping and motivating teammates and underclassmen.
  • On the Boys Underclasmen East Team: Jake Reuter, one of two freshman selected for the game. He will be an alternate. The Seton athlete played at varsity level for the Sentinels. Coach King complimented Reuter’s character and maturity as well as concern for team, not personal success. King will coach Reuter’s all-star team.

“These student-athletes are outstanding examples of the well-rounded, responsible student we’re nurturing here at Seton every day,” said Patricia Collins, Seton Catholic Preparatory principal. “They are to be commended for their achievements in the classroom and on the court.”


TV Mass/Beyond Words — 9 a.m. May 5 on AZTV7/Cable 13 or online. Can’t make it to Mass? Want to hear a different homily on the same readings you heard at Mass? Virtually join the parishioners of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral for the sixth  Sunday of Easter liturgy followed by a three-minute reflection from Life Teen’s Mark Hart on the gospel in Beyond Words.

“Solemn Mass of Pentecost from Rome” — 9-11 a.m. May 18 on EWTN and online. Pope Francis celebrates the vigil Mass for of Pentecost, followed by the Angelus, live from Vatican City. The pope will also celebrate a Mass on the feast of Pentecost followed by the Angelus 12:30-3:30 a.m. May 19 with a rerun 8-11 a.m.

“Sounder” — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 19 on TCM. This appealing story portrays a black family of Louisiana sharecroppers struggling to survive against natural and human odds during the early days of the Depression. When the father (Paul Winfield) is jailed for stealing food, his wife (Cicely Tyson) and three children (Kevin Hooks is the eldest) are left to crop the sugar cane on their own. The boy’s subsequent odyssey to find the labor camp where his father is being held provides additional drama. Produced by Robert B. Radnitz and directed by Martin Ritt, it captures the humanity of the characters and a fine, distanced sense of its sleepy Southern locale. The 1972 movie earns a deep emotional response from its audience because its story and characters are believable. Not only a valid examination of the black experience in America, it is also a fine family experience. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was G — general audiences. All ages admitted.