Dear Parish Family,
Today, we celebrate not only an empty tomb, but the One who opened the tomb and left it empty.Jesus the Christ destroyed death; His death and our death. Fear of death may once have hadpower over us. But, for Jesus’ disciples, then and now, faith in Jesus Christ conquers that fear. Itis His gift of faith that brought us here today to celebrate His victory and worship Him as Lord ofthe world.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Today we carry palms. We wave them to welcome Jesus the messiah to take his throne in Jerusalem. Let us not miss how close we are to those who first waved these palms. We share thesame human nature and have the same need for this messiah to save us from our failings. In fact,we wave our palms together with them to welcome the same Jesus and proclaim him king of ourworld.READ MORE
The Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria was erected on March 3, 2001 via promulgation by Blessed John Paul II with Bishop George J. Dodo appointed as first bishop. The Diocese of Zaria is located in Kaduna State of Nigeria with the majority of the population as Muslims. Zaria town has a total population of about 1.8m people and out of this 68,000 are Catholics.READ MORE
God has created us and breathed his own life into us. He created this world for us to live in, supply all of our needs and to commune with him. We begin in a garden of God’s own design.
But, when the ancient serpent persuades us to doubt God by tempting us with the power to define (or redefine) good and evil according to our own will or desire, we find that his advice only leads us to a war within ourselves and between ourselves. Before Adam and Eve took the serpents advice we knew an inner peace and harmony. Our thoughts, our will, our passions were all working together. As people at peace with God and at peace within ourselves, we were always at peace with one another. But when we betrayed God’s gift by trying to take control and define (or redefine) human nature according to our own will, by deciding the definition of good and evil for ourselves, our mind, will and passions began to turn on one another. We lost God’s peace within ourselves and between ourselves. Adam and Eve covered themselves because they no longer trusted each other completely.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Baby Jesus has come to you. He had you in mind when he created the world and when he made a promise to Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David. He was born for you and carried his cross for you. He prepared a way for you on the day of his resurrection and on the day of his ascension. He prepared a place for you on the day he entrusted the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter and the Apostles, and also on the day of Pentecost, the birthday of his Church. All of this from the beginning of time until today is for you. Jesus is born for you.READ MORE
Deacon J. Michael Woiwode was ordained in October 2011 for the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota. There he served in the St. Leo Parish in Minot, North Dakota until he and his wife, Marionand their youngest daughter, Michaela, decided to move here to Lake Havasu City in 2015.
On Sunday, October 23rd he will be officially installed at the 10:30 am Mass as a deacon in the Diocese of Phoenix and assigned to Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Deacon Jim Trant will be here as representative from Bishop Olmsted’s Office for the installation. Please welcome Deacon J. Michael Woiwode to his ministry here. All are invited to join his installation at the 10:30 am Mass on October 23rd.
More than five years ago, Father Lawrence Bakut came to Our Lady of the Lake from his Diocese of Zaria in Nigeria. He had been teaching at the university there for many years and serving at a large parish near the university.
At the end of June, this year, he will be returning to his university and parish work in his Diocese of Zaria, where he has been greatly missed these past five years.
I want to thank Father Lawrence for his ministry here. His knowledge and experience as a priest and professor have been a great blessing for me and for all of us in so many ways.
On Sun, Jun 12 everyone is invited to the Holy Family Parish Center at 11:30 am for a light lunch and to show our appreciation to Father Lawrence. Then it will be our turn to miss him.
The Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria was erected on March 3, 2001 via promulgation by Blessed John Paul II with Bishop George J. Dodo appointed as first bishop. He was here in Flagstaff in December 2010 and early this month.
The Diocese of Zaria is located in Kaduna State of Nigeria with the majority of the population as Muslims. Zaria town has a total population of about 1.8m people and out of this 68,000 are Catholics.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Today, we celebrate not only an empty tomb, but the One who opened the tomb and left it empty. Jesus the Christ destroyed death; His death and our death. Fear of death may once have had power over us. But, for Jesus’ disciples, then and now, faith in Jesus Christ conquers that fear. It is His gift of faith that brought us here today to celebrate His victory and worship Him as Lord of the world.READ MORE
Please welcome Father Barnabas Duniya to Our Lady of the Lake Parish and Our Lady of the Desert Mission. Father Barnabas was ordained on July 6, 1996 for the Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. In 2000, he became a priest of the newly created and erected Diocese of Zaria in Nigeria. He has served in several capacities, including Cathedral Administrator, Director of Priestly Vocations and Director of Liturgy for his diocese, and most recently as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Zaria.
I am grateful to welcome Father Barnabas here in Lake Havasu City. He brings a wealth of priestly experience to us.