There are some big events going on this weekend throughout the Diocese of Phoenix. Have you made plans for any of them?
Laity lecture — 7 p.m. March 6 at Benedictine University, 225 E. Main St., in Mesa in the community room of Gillett Hall. Info.
Dr. Christine Fletcher from the university’s Department of Theology will explore the call to witness the faith in daily life. Her free lecture, “The 24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity,” will explore the Vatican II documents “Lumen Gentium,” “Gaudium et Spes” and “Apostolicam Actuositatem,” which outline the laity’s responsibilities within the “New Evangelization.”
Harvey — 7 p.m. March 5-7 at St. Mary’s High School. Info.
See what happens when a brother insists on including his imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit in his sister’s life. Tickets: $5.
The Secret in the Wings —7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 7 at Xavier College Preparatory.
Written by Tony Award and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Mary Zimmerman, the play is a fantastical adaptation of six European fairy tales. Tickets: $7 for all patrons. General seating. Order at (602) 240-3161, email@example.com or at the door.
Trinity workshop — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 7 at Benedictine University, 225 E. Main St., in Mesa in the community room of Gillett Hall. Info.
Dr. Christine Fletcher from the university’s Department of Theology will present a free workshop, “Living the Trinity in Daily Life,” that features prayer, two breakout sessions and presentations on the Trinity as a mysterious and misunderstood doctrine and “Making the Trinity a Lived Reality: the Artist and the Trinity.” Lunch will be available for a nominal $5 fee.
Nun Run — March 7 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Info.
Come run, walk, talk with the “Desert Nuns,” from Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in Tonopah. They dedicate their lives to praying for intercessions throughout the world. Proceeds will help build the permanent monastery.
Hike for Homeless — March 7 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills. Info.
Take a short or a long hike alongside others eager to support a job-seeker’s path to self-sufficiency. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker which guides clients including those who are homeless and living in shelters, through the resume and interview process and equips them with bus passes, clothing and other work necessities until they start earning a regular paycheck.
Participants include André House, Notre Dame Preparatory, St. Bernadette and St. Patrick parishes in Scottsdale, St. Paul Parish, St. Thomas More Parish in Glendale and Xavier College Preparatory.
Give blood — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 7 at Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde. Info.
Snow days for schools in northern Arizona earlier this week also meant the cancellation of blood drives. There is already a deficit at the blood bank due to cold and flu season. Rainbow Acres, a community home for adults with disabilities, which includes some Catholic residents, is hosting a blood drive.
Also before/after Masses March 8 at Corpus Christi in Ahwatukee, St. Mary Magdalene in Gilbert, St. Edward the Confessor in Phoenix and St. Bernadette in Scottsdale.
Q&A with Abby Johnson — 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Gilbert. Info.
Hear from Abby Johnson, a woman who once worked for Planned Parenthood and is now an outspken advocate of the pro-life movement. Tickets: $7.
Traditional Latin Mass — 11 a.m. March 7 at Our Lady of Joy Parish in Carefree. Info.
Priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. All are welcome.
Benefit lunch for homeless older adults — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 7 at FuNuGyz Sports Grill in Peoria. Info.
A St. Francis Xavier student is coordinating the benefit lunch and giving the proceeds to Ozanam Manor, an outreach of St. Vincent de Paul which provides transitional housing for homeless men and women aged 50 or older and any adult with a disability.
While you’re there, walk over to the Peoria Sports Complex. The Seattle Mariners play the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:05 p.m.