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Advent: The Time of Our Hope

And the race begins!  Instead of doing as Jesus asks and remaining vigilant instead of focusing on daily anxieties, the beginning of Advent seems to signal the shot that begins our race toward shopping for our loved ones and attending all the myriad events of the season.  I am no different! On December 5, which just happens to be my birthday, after church I have purchased tickets for two separate Christmas Concerts!  Does it get any less busy after that?  I will let you know.

These events are all good, and I do not want to discourage anyone from enjoying them or going to see children or grandchildren perform in their Christmas pageants. I definitely don't want you to forgo our St. Teresa sponsored Advent retreat next Saturday!  But save time for contemplation and prayer!  Contemplation, as Fr. Richard Rohr reminds us, draws us outside of our "little selves" into internal communion and unity with God.  It sends us into a place of acceptance of who we really are and a place where we can begin to forgive others as well as ourselves.  Your contemplation may be as simple as staring fixedly at a lighted Advent candle; it may occur as you walk along in a natural setting; it may occur as you stare at falling snow.  God is in all, and asks if we will allow God to draw us in, to rest awhile, in surety that we are loved.

Consistent with the CDC updated guidelines, I am asking all parishioners attending mass to wear a mask.


We are also transmitting mass via Zoom on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for those who are out of town or are ill. Please log in at least ten minutes prior to the start of mass so we can let you into the Zoom room.  The worship aid for November 28 can be found here or will be shared on Zoom.

Join us for our Advent Retreat with Fr. Nathan Castle, Saturday, December 4, 8:45 - 2:00 p.m.  Click on our events page to RSVP.  We are supplying breakfast and lunch, so your RSVP is welcome!

Peace and all blessings,

Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB

Please join us for weekly Mass:


Sundays at 9:00 a.m.


Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85029



St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC).  The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.

The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.