Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday of Lent 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Extra Lenten Confession Times: Every Friday of Lent 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Soup and Scripture: Every Monday of Lent 6:30pm
The topic for this Lenten Soup & Scripture program is “Lent and the 7 Deadly Sins”. It will be presented on Monday evenings, starting on 23 February, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in Fr. D’Arco Hall. Kitchen helpers are also Greatly needed.
Please contact Deacon Dave in the parish office, at (505) 892-1511 Ext.103, to volunteer.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
The purple veils on the sacred images tell us that it is now the Fifth Sunday of Lent - the start of that final part of Lent that we call Passiontide, when we focus in an intense way upon the sufferings and death of our blessed Savior. The images of the saints are veiled because they represent the Church in glory, but at this season we wish not to be distracted from our Savior's sorrows. The crucifix is veiled so that it might stand out anew when it is solemnly unveiled on Good Friday.
Of course I like the explanation that was given to me by Sister Josephine in second grade: the saints are veiled because it is too painful for them to watch our Lord suffer and die.
-Every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from eating meat.
-Stations of the Cross and Benediction every Friday at 3 pm and 7 pm.
-Extra Lenten confessions every Friday at 7 pm.
-Lenten Soup and Scruipture every Monday in Fr. D'Arco Hall: soup at 6:30, hour-long Scripture lesson at 7 pm.
This Wednesday is a great feast of the Church - the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Exactly nine months before Christmas, it is the day we celebrate the announcement given to our Lady by the Archangel Gabriel, when she conceived our Blessed Lord within her womb. Not a holy day of obligation, but a day of deep devotion, a great feast of the mystery of the Incarnation.
This week I will be gone on my last Lenten mission to St. Ann's Parish in Deming. The missions have been very successful this year. Please pray for the sucess of the mission in Deming!
A blessed Lenten week,
Msgr. Doug Raun
Today is Laetare Sunday, the popular name for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Laetare means "Rejoice" in Latin, and the Introit (entrance antiphon) for the Mass on this Sunday is Isaiah 66:10-11, which begins "Laetare, Jerusalem" ("Rejoice, O Jerusalem..") Being the midpoint of Lent, Laetare Sunday has traditionally been viewed as a day of celebration, on which the austerity of Lent is briefly lessened. The passage from Isaiah continues, "rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow," and on Laetare Sunday, the purple vestments of Lent are set aside, and rose ones are used instead. Flowers, which are normally forbidden during Lent, may be placed on the altar.
Laetare Sunday is also known as Rose Sunday or Refreshment Sunday, and it has a counterpart in Advent, Gaudate Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, when purple vestments are exchanged for rose ones. The point of both days is to provide us encouragement as we progress toward the end of each respective penitential season.
We thank God for the wonderful response to our Lenten observances:
- Remember, every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from eating meat.
- Stations of the Cross and Benediction every Friday at 3 pm and 7 pm.
-Lenten Soup and Scripture every Monday in Fr. D'Arch Hall - soup at 6:30 pm, hour-long Scripture lesson at 7 pm. This weeks topic - the Deadly Sin of Anger.
This week we have the festivals of two great saints:
-March 17, the feast of the Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick (a day to rejoice in the conversion of Ireland to Christ, and Ireland's children who have spread the faith throughout the world. It is not an excuse to break Lent and to get drunk on green beer.)
-March 19, the solemnity of the glorious St. Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ and Patron of the Universal Church.
How powerful is St. Joseph? "I know by experience," says St. Teresa of Avila, "that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me."
A blessed Lenten week !
This weekend, I am preaching the Lenten Mission in Los Alamos, and so we are blessed to have Fr. Glenn Jones, the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Alamos celebrating Holy Mass for us this weekend. One of the nice things about Lenten Missions is that we get to listen to different priests. Please welcome Fr. Jones to our parish.
How did I forget to mention this last week? This weekend (March 7-8), is when Daylight Savings Time changes - "spring ahead" (ie, get cheated out of an hour's sleep.) Well, those of who who read the bulletin on line have been forewarned!
What wonderful attendance at the Lenten Soup and Scripture gatherings. I never thought there would be so much interest in the Seven Deadly Sins! Every Monday, soup at 6:30 pm, talk at 7 pm (one hour !), in Fr. D'Arco Hall.
Remember, every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from eating meat.
And Stations of the Cross and Benediction every Friday at 3 and 7 pm. At the 7 pm Stations we also have extra Confessions, including a visiting priest. Take advantage of this opportunity to get our Lenten confession in early!
Our fall Pilgrimage to Italy is quickly filling up! One full week in the City of Sts. Peter and Paul, and the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the ordination of our parishioner, Michael Niemczak, in St. Peter's Basilica. September 28 to October 6, $3,595 per person. Contact the parish office for more information and registration.
A blessed Lenten week!
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Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
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