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April 19-Fried: French Fry and Music Festival

April 20

67 W. Culver St. It's a French fry extravaganza at Fried: French Fry and Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 20 at Margaret T. Hance Park. There will be classic fries and loaded versions with savory toppings. Live music will also be featured from local bands and performers. Tickets are $16 and attendees can purchase food and drink from individual vendors.

St. Bernadette Catholic Church

Candace’s Corner-April 23

Today is St. George and on April 25th is the Feast of St. Mark the patron saint of Venice. Perhaps we should indulge in a little fantasy in Las Vegas with a Stay in the Excalibur Hotel followed by a stay in the Venetian with a stay at the Pink Flamingo due to a full pink moon with stop to marvel at the Hoover Dam.

Marvel at the Hoover Dam[1]

The Hoover Dam has been a popular Arizona attraction since it was constructed in 1935. The dam is an engineering marvel on the Colorado River. Visitors can either drive or walk across the dam that stretches across the river for 1,244 feet. Regarded as one of the greatest engineering wonders of the world, Hoover Dam is a popular destination for people visiting Northern Arizona and Las Vegas. If you have time, be sure to take one of the guided tours of the dam to witness its grandeur up close.


Candace’s Corner-April 30

Tuesdays Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ, we beg Thee for the grace to remain guarded beneath the protective mantle of Mary, surrounded by the holy briar from which was taken the Holy Crown of Thorns, and saturated with Thy Precious Blood in the power of the Holy Spirit, with our Guardian Angels, for the greater glory of the Father. Amen. 

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival Arguably one of the grandest Cinco celebrations in the Valley -- both in size and scope -- this two-day block party on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, in the heart of downtown Phoenix will boast huge lineup of live entertainment and distractions aplenty. To go along with its mix of mariachi groups, traditional musicians, vibrant vendors, folklorico dancers, lucha libre wrestlers, and amateur boxers, the festival's main stage will feature a diverse mix of music and some pretty well-known artists -- including Ginuwine, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Keize Montoya, and Fayuca on Saturday, followed by gigs from Tower of Power, Jay Perez, La Sucursal de la Cumbia, Soul Persuasion, and the Latino Rebel Band on Sunday. General admission is $5 at the door before 5 p.m., $15 at the door or online after 5 p.m., and free for kids 12 and under. Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2; and at noon on Sunday. 

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Our SJV Hispanic community is hosting a Kermés in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! This is a fundraiser for our Parish! There will be lots of Mexican food and drinks for sale, so come join us outdoors, in the parking lot, for the Fiesta!!

Kentucky Derby Arizona?

Arizona’s most exclusive and only Kentucky Derby Party with LIVE thoroughbred horse racing and on-site private betting is coming to Turf Paradise on May 4th. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub presented by Sanderson Lincoln features VIP and luxury tables, live thoroughbred racing, DJs, champagne, quintessential Mint Juleps made with Woodford Reserve— and of course the Kentucky Derby itself. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub is a sister event of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, which returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale on October 26, 2024.


Candace’s Corner-May 7

May 12 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Everywhere Phoenix, AZ, United States

The Ascension of the Lord - Sunday, May 12th, 2024. In the Diocese of Phoenix, as with most Dioceses in the United States, the Solemnity of the Ascension is not observed on its traditional Thursday, rather it is transferred to the following Sunday.

All-inclusive Wellness Resort in Mexico Feels Just Like Summer Camp — With 40 Miles of Hiking Trails and Cooking Classes

Holistic spa treatments, an on-site culinary school, and desert hikes await.

Named one of the best destination spas in the world by Travel + Leisure Rancho La Puerta is a special place.

Rancho La Puerta has been family-owned and operated since 1940 and is widely recognized as the pioneer of the 20th-century wellness movement in the U.S. In the wake of World War II, Edmond Szekely, a Jewish Romanian scholar known as “the Professor,” and his wife, Deborah, were forced to move south across the border to Mexico after his immigration status expired. The couple found a scrap of land at the base of sacred Mount Kuchumaa with a bare-bones storage shed to live in, and not long after, Rancho La Puerta was born.

  • The expansive grounds span 4,000 acres, with 40 miles of hiking trails and 32 acres of landscaped gardens.
  • A daily sunrise hike concludes with breakfast at the ranch’s culinary school, set on an organic farm.
  • There’s a huge, diverse selection of fitness activities and spa treatments to choose from.
  • The villa accommodations have private patios and wood-burning indoor fireplaces.

Candace’s Corner-May 14 Marine Hunks and Movies

Great Place for someone’s birthday.

Alexi’s Grill

Welcome to Alexi’s Grill, a family-owned and operated restaurant that has been a treasured Phoenix tradition for more than a quarter-century. Opened by Christo and Connie Panagiotakopoulos, of Christo’s Ristorante, in 1994, has since become a Midtown Phoenix landmark and highly acclaimed fine dining establishment. Now, nearly 30 years after our founding, Alexi’s Grill is dedicated to continuing our longtime legacy of fantastic food, outstanding service, and a welcoming, upscale ambiance.

We are proud to have created an ideal environment for any occasion, including business lunches, special celebrations, and even romantic dates. Besides our dine-in and take-out services, we also offer catering for a wide range of events. Intimate and chic, yet decidedly relaxed, Alexi’s Grill provides a dining experience unlike any other in the Valley.

Happy Hour

Mon – Fri, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Candace’s Corner-May 21


O Powerful St. Rita rightly called Saint of the Impossible, I come to you with confidence in my great need. You know well my trails, for you yourself were many times burdened in this life. Come to my help, speak for me, pray with me, intercede on my behalf before the Father. I know that God has a most generous heart and that he is a most loving Father. Join your praters to min and obtain for me the grace I desire [mention your request here]. You who were so very pleasing to God on earth and are so much more now in heaven, I promise to use this favor, when granted to better my life, to proclaim God's mercy, and to make you more widely known and loved. AMEN

St. Rita Shrine History

13260 E Colossal Cave Rd, Vale, Arizona

The Shrine of Santa Rita in the Desert was built in 1935 in memory of Dr. Jokichi Takamine (1854-1922) by his widow, Caroline Takamine Beach. It is the only Catholic Church in the United States built in memory of a Japanese citizen. Caroline and Jokichi spent the first years of their marriage living in Japan. Caroline had met and married Charles Beach, a Vail rancher, in 1926. Caroline had been a devout Catholic since her conversion as a young adult and wanted to provide a way for the people living in and around the small railroad/ranching community of Vail, Arizona to be able to worship. A population of about 25 lived at the town site with several hundred more scattered in a radius around the rural ranching community. They were predominantly poor Hispanic ranch hands, railroad workers and homesteaders. Caroline began at least as early as 1927 facilitating Sunday Mass in the Vail School house. She began to formulate a plan for a church that would serve the spiritual needs of the Vail area as well as be a memorial to her first husband. She and her second husband Charles began purchasing land in the area in addition to the homesteaded land to the south at the base of Mt. Fagan where their ranch operation was located. One of these purchases was at the Vail town site and would become the site for the Shrine. The beautiful stained-glass windows that are the focal point of the Shrine were the center piece around which the entire building was designed. They were purchased by Caroline Beach in 1931. They had been salvaged from the 1st United Methodist Church on 6th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona. That congregation had relocated and built a new church on Park Avenue in 1929. The 1st United Methodist Church was built in 1906. The designer and craftsman of the windows is unknown. The graceful arch of the large tripartite lancet style windows that are set into the south wall of the Shrine is incorporated throughout the entire design of the Shrine. The simplicity and gracefulness of Japanese design is felt in the symmetry and simplicity of the Shrine’s overall Mission Revival style.

The Feast of St. Rita will take place in the John XXIII at 5 p.m., with mass, procession to the Shrine, followed by a parish picnic.

When: Wednesday, 22 May 2024 

Candace’s Corner-May 28

Do the holy face devotion-Day 1-Tomorrow

Fairness is giving animals their due too this is “Responsible Animal Guardian Month”.

In honor of St. Bernard hike a mountain.

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona, United States |

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300 Hard• Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Check out this 2.3-mile out-and-back trail near Phoenix, Arizona. Generally considered a challenging route. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are October through May. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

After the hike have a BBQ

·         National Brisket Day

·         National Burger Day!

After dinner have a brady in honor of St. Bernard and his dog.


Candace’s Corner-June 4

National Headache Awareness Week[1] aims to shed light on the significant impact headaches have on everyday life. Celebrated in early June, this awareness week draws attention to the millions who suffer from migraines and other types of headaches. The event plays a crucial role in driving conversation and support around this often-overlooked health issue. The primary reason for celebrating this week is to increase awareness and promote understanding. Many people are unaware of how severe and frequent headaches can be for those who experience them. By sharing knowledge, the goal is to reduce stigma and encourage empathy for those affected. Another important reason behind this week is to encourage sufferers to seek proper treatment. Many suffer silently, thinking their pain is unavoidable or that it’s not severe enough to warrant attention. National Headache Awareness Week aims to change that by emphasizing the importance of recognizing the symptoms and seeking help.

Candace’s Corner-June 11 Go to a nice place to eat

In the shadow of Arizona’s famed Camelback Mountain, theà, named after the Goddess of light, serves as a haven where guests can indulge in simple pleasures and extravagant moments sky high. With breathtaking views and lively DJ energy, théa sets the stage for an unforgettable evening that transports you to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean.

The menu explores the vast preparations of Mediterranean mezze, pasta and coastal seafood with dips, flatbreads, perfectly prepared vegetables and marinated protein skewers, all designed to be shared. théa’s cocktail program is equally as rooted in fresh and house-made ingredients that combine the classic with the unexpected. But the cocktails are not to be outdone by one of the country’s most extensive rosé collections.

As the sun sets over the horizon, theà’s contagious energy lingers in the open air, beckoning you back for more, whether for a lively dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. Immerse yourself in the laid-back sophistication of this unique restaurant in Phoenix.

Go out for Steak or order online grass-fed beef 

In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, opened its doors for the first time with a menu focused solely on its historical past: beef. Staying true to its heritage, The Stockyards’ menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib. With an emphasis on hearty flavors, The Stockyards' “New West Cuisine” embraces the culture and culinary trends of the Southwest, utilizing the freshest and highest quality indigenous ingredients in new and innovative ways. To date, The Stockyards remains a part of local history and a favorite gathering place for Arizonans. 

In honor of St. Barnabas my grandma loved Barnabas, but he was not a Saint. 

·         St. Anthony Novena 1-on thirteen consecutive Tuesdays.

o   Saint Anthony died on Friday, June 13th, 1231.
He was buried on the following Tuesday, June 17th.

o   No miracle had occurred during the interval, but on that Tuesday his funeral procession was changed into a continuous triumphal ovation on account of the number and greatness of miracles by God occurring thru the intercession of St. Anthony.

o   Come join us for 13 TUESDAYS NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY.  

o   Mass is celebrated at 6:30 PM, then the Novena, followed by adoration until 8pm. Confession is also available during this time. 

Candace’s Corner June 18

Good luck with finding a picnic spot in June in Arizona

·         10 coolest summer getaways in Arizona: Mountains, lakes and a chilly cave trek

Candace’s Corner-June 25 Have a healthy Brain

An Overview of The Brain Warrior’s Way

Who it’s for…

The Brain Warrior’s Way is for those feeling overwhelmed by the fog of mental fatigue, the weight of depression, or the struggle of attention disorders. Daniel Amen reaches out to anyone yearning for a sharper, more resilient mind and a fortified body.

Health Conditions Addressed

Within its pages, The Brain Warrior’s Way acknowledges the battles many face: anxiety, depression, obesity, and memory problems. Daniel Amen understands these are not mere inconveniences but profound challenges that can dictate the quality of one’s life. He offers strategies to confront these conditions head-on.

Health Goals The Brain Warrior’s Way Champions

Readers of The Brain Warrior’s Way are seeking transformation. They crave mental clarity, sustained energy, and an invigorated spirit. The book promises a blueprint to achieve optimal brain health, which in turn, catalyzes a ripple effect, enhancing overall well-being.

Path to Health

The Brain Warrior’s Way illuminates a path through the wilderness of misinformation and quick fixes. Daniel Amen equips readers with knowledge and tools, inspiring them to take control of their brain health and, by extension, their lives.

Central Themes of The Brain Warrior’s Way

At the heart of The Brain Warrior’s Way are empowerment and education. Daniel Amen emphasizes the interconnectedness of brain health with every aspect of our existence. He advocates for a proactive stance against the onslaught of brain-damaging influences in our modern world.

Key Takeaways to Achieve Health Goals

Daniel Amen stresses the importance of consistency and commitment. The Brain Warrior’s Way is not a fleeting fad diet or a temporary fix; it’s a lifelong journey towards vitality. He encourages readers to embrace a warrior mindset, one that is disciplined, focused, and relentless in the pursuit of health.

Fruit & Veggies for the Month of June

  • Blueberries
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Cherries
  • Lychee
  • Plums
  • Pluot
  • Aprium
  • Okra
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries


Candace’s Corner-July 2nd National Synesthesia Awareness Day

 A rare neurological condition that blends sensory information through unexpected places, synesthesia impacts up to 4% of the population. This genetic condition causes individuals to experience unique combinations of senses, or more than one sense at the same time. For example, this might include seeing shapes when a person hears music, tasting a certain food when seeing a word, or experiencing music as a color. 

National Synesthesia Awareness Day is here to increase knowledge and understanding about this fascinating anomaly and show some appreciation for those who experience it!

Candaces Corner-July 9  Stop the soul sucking

5 Things to Do When You Are Betrayed by Another Catholic

 ·         Move Beyond Distrust

o    Our religious affiliation does not ensure that we act in a saintly manner — which is why confession so readily available.

·         Make a Decision

o    You can let this betrayal drag you down or you can use it to help you find a deeper faith and closer relationship to Christ.

·         Work Through the Emotional Baggage

o    As always, prayer is the best recourse. It is okay to go to God and tell him why you are seething. Of course, he already knows, but somehow the act of explaining it to him has a way of lightening the load.

·         Consider Your Unique Abilities

o    Our betrayals can, if we don’t let them destroy us, be a signal of what types of souls God wants us to help.

·         Remember the Ransom

o    In Les Miserables there is the iconic scene where the saintly old bishop, just after telling the police that Jean Valjean was actually given the silver he stole, says to the hardened criminal, “Jean Valjean my brother you no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I have bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred, and now I give you back to God.”

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