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State Raffle Check Presentation

State Raffle Check Presentation

The Council received its check from the pro-
ceeds of the State Charity Raffle. Grand Knight Richard Mefford pre-
sented Fr. Dan Vollmer with a check for $873.

A Note From Fr Dan…

On Tuesday, June 23rd we received more infor-
mation from the Diocese of Phoenix concerning the

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to have public Masses with safe physical distancing,

we are still limited to gatherings of 10 or fewer peo-
ple, with safe physical distancing and masks. The

Diocese sees Mass as an exception to the rule.
The ten people or fewer rule will remain in place
until the governor moves the state to Phase 2. In
Phase 2, we will be allowed to have gatherings of 50
or fewer, with safe physical distancing (Remember,
Mass is the exception to the rule).
When will we move to Phase 2? We don’t know, but
pray that it is by the end of August.
Add this to your rosary intention list because it
won’t be possible to restart our Religious Education

classes, Knights of Columbus, Ladies Guild, Catho-
lic Daughters, Interfaith Luncheon, Grupo de Ora-
cion, etc on our church campus until we are in Phase

2.

Also… On Tuesday, June 23rd, I received the con-
tract for the sound absorbing panels, so there is

some progress on that front. The architect and con-
tractor of the new church project and the Diocese of

Phoenix are assisting with this. Keep praying.
God bless, Fr. Dan

Saturday, May 2nd
We will live stream the Rosary tomorrow morning at 8:25am and First Saturday Mass at 9am.
The Church will be open for private prayer from 10am to 4pm. 
We will have Confessions from 3-4:15pm.
We will live stream the Vigil Mass at 4:30pm on Facebook.com (StGermaineInPV).
Sunday, May 3rd
The Church will be open for private prayer from 7:30-11:30am. 
We will live stream the Spanish Mass at Noon Facebook.com (StGermaineInPV).
 

Sent by Linda Ables Knize  Reply

4/29/20

There are a lot of good audio presentations on Formed.org.  In case you haven’t started listening to them, below is a suggested list of some of the audio presentations that I have listened to that I liked a lot.
To find them, move the cursor over the word “Audio” at the top of the Formed.org home page.  A pop up box will appear, click on one the categories listed below to listen to one of the audio presentations that I suggest below.  Each presentation is about an hour.
I have only listened to about half of all the audio presentations on the Formed.org website, so there are probably a lot more very good audio presentations that I have not listened to yet.
Happy Listening.
God bless,
Fr. Dan

Under “Being Catholic”:The Crisis of HappinessWho Am I to JudgeEncountering the PoorWalk the Walk
Under “Exploring the Faith”Religionless SpiritualityCan You Trust GodThe Case For JesusThe Lamb’s SupperMen and Women are From EdenScience, The Origin Of the Universe, and GodThe Second Greatest Story Ever ToldUnderstanding the Crusades
Under “Share Your Faith”Parenting For PurityMade For GreatnessFrom Atheism to CatholicismGangland to Promised LandLove Conquers AllNo Turning BackWhy I Left Planned Parenthood

March 2020

Homily 1st Sunday of Lent

Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and so man became a living being.
Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
and placed there the man whom he had formed.
Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow
that were delightful to look at and good for food,
with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
“Did God really tell you not to eat
from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree
in the middle of the garden that God said,
‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman:
“You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized that they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together
and made loincloths for themselves.

3

Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned

Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.
But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one, the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.
And the gift is not like the result of the one who sinned.
For after one sin there was the judgment that brought condemnation;
but the gift, after many transgressions, brought acquittal.
For if, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one,
how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and of the gift of justification
come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
condemnation came upon all,
so, through one righteous act,
acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man
the many were made sinners,
so, through the obedience of the one,
the many will be made righteous.

Matthew 4:1-11
At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command that these stones become loaves of bread.”
He said in reply, “It is written:
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth
from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus answered him,
“Again it is written,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
At this, Jesus said to him,
“Get away, Satan!
It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.”
Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.

What is the nature of sin? What is the nature of our sins?
Some sins are more serious than others. Mortal sins, for example, are more serious
than venial sins. Mortal sins deal with very serious, or in theological language, grave
matters. Since commission of these sins requires our consent, they sever our
communion with God. Venial sins deal with less serious matters, or they are
committed in ignorance, without sufficient knowledge or deliberation. Likewise, the
reparation to God’s Justice varies with the nature and seriousness of the offense. But,
in another sense, all sins are the same, as they all have the same cause.
In today’s reading, Jesus is tempted by Satan. In the first temptation, Jesus is hungry
and Satan’s tempts Him with food. Satan always tries to attack our weakness, but the
real temptation is not food. The real temptation is for Jesus to use His Divine Power
for His Own benefit. The real temptation is to avoid suffering, to take the easy way
out, and abandon God’s Plan of Salvation. Jesus will face this temptation over and
over again, as the Jews demand signs that prove Jesus is the Messiah. Even on the
Cross, they cry out, “If He is the Messiah, Let Him come down from the Cross.”1
We face this temptation in our lives when we use our resources strictly for our own
pleasure and ignore the needs and suffering of others. We submit to this temptation
when we do not use our God given talents and abilities to build up the the Church, the
community, and the Body of Christ.

1 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Board of Trustees, Catholic Church. National Conference of Catholic Bishops, &
United States Catholic Conference. Administrative Board. (1996, c1986). The New American Bible : Translated from
the original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources and the revised New Testament. Confraternity of
Christian Doctrine. Matthew 27:42

In the second temptation Satan attempts to trap Jesus. Jesus is challenged to throw
Himself off the Temple. Satan dares Jesus to act recklessly. If He complies, He
commits the sin of presumption and puts God to the test. If He refuses, He can be
accused of lacking faith. Jesus will face such traps over and over again. He was
tempted to violate Roman Law when asked, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to
Caesar or not?”2

And another trap was set when the Temple Officials brought Him

the woman caught in adultery.
We, too, face this temptation when we act recklessly, when we lash out in an attempt
to win an argument or make sure our opinion prevails. We act recklessly when we
make impulse purchases that exceed our resources, or attempt to satisfy our temporary
and unnecessary desires. We act recklessly in flirtations that tempt sexual interests
and marital infidelity. We act recklessly when we fail to fortify ourselves in
Communion with God and in prayer.
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Board of Trustees, Catholic Church. National Conference of Catholic Bishops,
and United States Catholic Conference. Administrative Board. (1996). The New American Bible: translated from the
original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources and the revised New Testament (Mt 22:17).
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

In the third temptation Jesus is shown all the kingdoms of the world. All this will be
His if He makes an act of submission to Satan. The temptation is to be king, to wield
personal, political, social, and economic power; to dictate to others; and abandon the
virtues of humility, fidelity, and obedience. In offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the
world, Satan, the Father of Lies, tries to claim what is not his. Jesus is careful to
ensure that this temptation does not take root, as the people want to proclaim Jesus a
political king. Even hanging on the Cross, Jesus’ refusal to assume personal power is
mocked, as Satan hangs a sign on the Cross which reads, “The King of the Jews.”3
We are constantly tempted to seize control, to criticize and defy legitimate authority,
when we insist on our own point of view, or use our influence for personal gain. How
many baptized Catholics, for example, leave the Church because they insist on
artificial birth control, divorce and remarry outside the Church, engage in non-marital
sexual relationships, or refuse to recognize Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy
Eucharist. But, as tempting as it is to prevail in our own opinions, yielding to
temptation never brings true or lasting happiness. No matter how apparently logical
or attractive, yielding to temptation is always a miserable deception. It allows Satan
to gain a foothold in our souls, and brings tremendous sorrow and destruction in our
lives and the lives of others.
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Board of Trustees, Catholic Church. National Conference of Catholic Bishops,
and United States Catholic Conference. Administrative Board. (1996). The New American Bible: translated from the
original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources and the revised New Testament (Mk 15:26).
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

All three of these temptations serve one purpose. And that is for Jesus to put Himself
first, to rebel against His Father’s Will, and to abandon His Mission. And that brings
us back to the nature of sin.
All sin is a violation of the First Commandment, “You shall not have other gods
besides Me.”
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All sin, whether it be envy, greed, lust, sloth, or even refusing to honor
the Sabbath, involves putting ourselves first. Numerous Church Fathers have spoken
of this as the ‘Sin of Idolatry’, where our desires supplant the obedience and the love
that is due to God alone. And that is the true nature of all sin: it is putting ourselves
first.
Even though Satan tried to tempt Jesus, we know theologically that Jesus was
incapable of sin. And when we enter Heaven, we too will be incapable of sin. In
Heaven, our souls will be the complete master of our bodies. There will be no sin: no
envy, no lust, no greed, no hatred. And we will live fully in God’s Divine Will. Is it
any wonder that Jesus speaks so lovingly about welcoming us into the Kingdom!
So, the true nature, the true cause, of all sin is putting ourselves first. Unfortunately,
while on earth we are not immune to sin, but have to constantly resist our sinful desire
to put ourselves first. So, if you haven’t firmly decided on a Lenten Penance, or even
if you have, you may want to consider spending these next 40 days putting God and
others first. It would be an appropriate, and very rewarding penance, that may bring
healing to many, and bring a little bit of Heaven to Earth.
Baruch Hashem

5/15/19

From Fr Dan’s Homily on the 3rd Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel St. Peter is able to make up for his three denials of our Lord. Jesus doesn’t condemn Peter or replace him with another apostle. After Peter takes back his three denials, our Lord simply tells Peter, “Follow me.”
And so it is with us sinners. On the weekend after Divine Mercy Sunday, we are reminded once again of the mercy of God. We are all called to leave our sins behind and follow Jesus, even if those sins include addictions, robbery, murder, abortion, denial of our faith, adultery, etc. No one is ever irredeemably lost in the eyes of God. His mercy is available for all who ask for it. Please, never forget that, and be sure to let oth-
ers know about the infinite mercy of God. Amen?
Rev. Daniel Vollmer

11/2/18

Happy Birthday Father Dan.

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5/30/18

Congratulations to Council Chaplain, Reverend Worthy Knight
Daniel Vollmer on the 16th anniversary of his priestly ministry
on June 1st.
May God continue to pour out His spirit upon you and bring
you peace. Congratulations on this joyous occasion.

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“Into the Breach”

Definition: A gap in the wall, barrier or defense, especially one
made by an attacking army or the devil himself.

We remember our twenty-one Coptic brothers who just recently, were beheaded on a beach in
Egypt (ed. note: 2/15/2015), and as Pope Francis noted, “only because they confessed Christ.”
Men, we must never believe that holiness and courage are things of the past! You and I are called to
a holiness that shows Christ to the world as our forefathers have done countless times throughout
history, following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, in this time of evil’s growing boldness,
each man must prepare himself for nothing less than martyrdom, whatever form this may take,
and to instill in his children and grandchildren the willingness to do the same.
Will the Lord not continue to inspire men? Of course He will, He continues to do so! Our concern
is not if the Lord will give us the required strength, but how He is doing so right now. How is His
Spirit moving us to rise up and reject passivity in a culture of fatherlessness? How is He now giving

us interior strength in a culture of pornography? How is He now inspiring us to look beyond our-
selves and our technology to the peripheries where Christ is needed? How is the Lord inspiring

you and me, right now, to cast aside concerns for our own comfort, to serve our fellow man, to put
out into the deep, to step into the BREACH? I strongly encourage your familiarity with the lives of
the Saints.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted , Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix

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8/1/17

Installation of Council Officers
Council Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Vollmer proclaimed the closing prayer
to officers installed for the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year.

He prayed:
“Worthy Officers: As you are standing, you form a living Cross. May
it ever be a reminder to you that you must be renewed in Christ and
that your administration must show the leadership among the people
of God that flows from this renewal. Invoking God’s help to fulfill this
mission, I will now impart to each His Blessing.
Holy Father, we thank you for the graces which You have bestowed
upon us all. We thank You for the spirit of cooperation which has
reigned here, for the inspiration which you have placed in the hearts of these men today. We humbly beg that You will find merit in the endeavors of our newly-elected Officers and in the efforts of those Brother Knights who will labor long and unselfishly under the banner of the Knights of Columbus and under the leadership of the men who have accepted the responsibilities of that leadership.

We ask this in Your Son’s name, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.”

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 Up coming PLENARY INDULGENCE opportunity:

Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary,

Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire Jubilee Year.

There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence, detailed in a statement on the shrine’s website. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.

2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.” Regarding this second way, the rector of the Fatima Shrine told CNA that the visit to the statue of the Virgin, “does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal,” but can be done anywhere in the world. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

3. The elderly and infirm The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

Fr. Dan, St Germaine Church:

On the 13th of each month from May 2017 to October 2017 we will have the Our Lady of Fatima statue in the church so that parishioners may receive this indulgence. If the 13th doesn’t fall on a Saturday or Sunday, we will make sure that we pray a rosary before the daily mass that day. God bless, Fr. Dan

WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?

A plenary indulgence means: that by the merits of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the full remission of the temporal punishment due to sacramentally forgiven sins is obtained. The person becomes as if just baptized and would fly immediately to heaven if he died in that instant.